A journey to the ‘Land of Fire’ called Azerbaijan.
I am your EARTHTRAVELER.
This part of my world travel, I will take you to some unseen places of Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan is a place of rural natural beauty and furthermore with a touch of ancient architecture. Hence, I describe this place as an unforgettable tourist attraction.
International connection for Baku is
at Heydar Aliyev International Airport (former Bina International Airport. It is also the main international airport in Azerbaijan located 20 km away of the capital Baku.
Further more Baku is a cosmopolitan capital of Azerbaijan. Consequently, it is also a UNESCO listed ancient architectural city which is on the oil-rich Caspian Sea.
Look at some of the famous land marks at Baku.
Another important attraction for you is “Baku at Night”. In addition to day trip, you must visit Baku at night also.
Baku city surrounded by semi-desert and mud of volcanoes.
But most noteworthy is its curious fire phenomena.
Land of Fire, Azerbaijan
Numerous natural fires are burning through out country since antiquity. These were described by historical writers like Marco Polo in the 13th century, also later by the famed writer Alexandre Dumas.
This phenomenon of spontaneous fire caused by gas seepage have given Azerbaijan the moniker “Land of Fire.”
It also created a cult of fire worshipers, the Zoroastrians and first appeared in this region over 2,000 years ago.
Yanar Dag, rather literally translates to “burning mountain”. Furthermore, it is actually a natural gas fire which blazes continuously on a hillside near Baku.
Yanar Bulag or the “burning spring” is located to the city of Astara, in southern part of country.
It consist of a metal stand pipe inside a small pavilion. Through which water comes gurgling out. Nothing unusual, but especially relevant only when you light a match and touch the water. The water itself is set ablaze. This occurs due to the water’s high methane content.
Locals believe the water from the spring has remedial properties and also often take a drink. We filled our bottles while carrying on our journeys.
Sheki is a city in north western part of the country, situated in 325 km from Baku. Furthermore it is known as one of the most ancient city of Azerbaijan. It also called the architectural reserve of the country.
Most interesting place of tourist attraction in Sheki is the Palace of Sheki Khans (1762).
It is also a rare example of combining the national and palace architecture traditions. In addition,
there is a remarkable engineering happened during the construction of the palace. As result not even a single nail was used to build the palace. Also another especially relevant is the colored glass for shebeke (national mosaic), since it was brought from Venice.
Hirkan National Park, Azerbaijan
It is located on the shores of the Caspian Sea in South-east of the country. In addition Hirkan is region’s truly unique protected areas.
Almost ninety percent of the parks are covered by deciduous forest. Furthermore virgin forests virtually untouched for millions of years.
In addition to mentioned places, several attractive tourist destination exists in the country.
Some of them are like Guba, Lankaran, Qakh and Qabala.
In conclusion, I will tell Azerbaijan is a country of rich historical, cultural and natural heritage.
As a result it attracts visitors from all over the world.
Country have much as untouched nature, mineral springs, unique ancient architecture, culture and cuisine. Therefore, these are main contributor to the formation in Azerbaijan tourism.
Earth Traveler continue with more World travel tales in next part.
Visitors may travel by Air to Baku International air port. Most of the Airlines have direct or connecting flight to Baku. Internal transports are available at Baku city. Also Buses, Trains and cars are avail from Baku to rest of the country. Hotels are reasonable rates, good spacious rooms through out the country. Visa for Azerbaijan NO more avail on arrival. Visa must be arranged before traveling from Azerbaijan Embassy or online.
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