A Traveler’s Guide to Azerbaijan

A land of fascinating past and sophisticated present, Azerbaijan is perfect for any kind of travelers; be it history buffs or those who are in search of spiritual rejuvenation. Azerbaijan holidays allow visitors to enjoy its wonderful treasures including impressive landscapes, ancient monuments and modern architectures that will deliver pleasurable experiences like no other.

Accommodation and Food

If you are planning a vacation in Azerbaijan, choosing which area to stay can be a hectic task to undertake as you have your own priorities and interests.

You will get budget friendly as well as reasonably priced accommodation in Baku at Shah Palace Hotel, Icheri Sheher Hotel or Sahil hotel. Luxurious hotels in the city include Four Seasons and Fairmont hotels.

Qafqaz Karvansaray hotel, Qafqaz Tufanda Mountain Resort hotel and Gabaland Villa are some of the places to stay at Gabala.

Ganja has very comfortable accommodation facilities at Ramada Plaza Gence, Karvansaray hotel and Vego hotel.

Top Places & Attractions to Visit in Azerbaijan:

Baku

Spanning along the Caspian Sea, the capital city of Baku is one among the places to visit in Azerbaijan. It is actually a wonderland of contrasting attractions ranging from old world treasures in the city of Icheri Sheher to the glittering modern skyscrapers. Hence, the city is managed to preserve its ancient heritage amidst stunning modernity. Along with this, the city is also loaded with many religious buildings, museums and shopping places.

Yanar Dag Fire Mountain

As the name sounds, visitors can view continuous flames from the mountain as the natural gas within it has kept the hill burning for years. The sight of long tongues of fire is more captivating in the evening. This place of eternal flame gives the country the name ‘Land of Fire’.

Gobustan National Park

Located in the south of Baku, Gobustan National park is a very good place to learn about the ancient part of human history. Totally different from the rest of the attractions in the country, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is an interesting place of ancient petroglyphs.

More than 6000 pictographs and rack carvings showcased give visitors an insight into the lifestyle of prehistoric people such as hunting, culture and recreation. In addition to this, there are active mud volcanoes were visitors can have a close look.

Sheki

Rich in picturesque gorges, green valleys, serene rivers, beautiful waterfalls, and meadows, Sheki is a delightful destination in Azerbaijan. Old world glory of the city is well reflected in the medieval fortresses, Sheki Khan’s Palace and local history museum.

The city is now a major center for craft works, hand-made souvenirs and also Sheki now hosts international along with local festivals attracting people around the world. Apart from these museums; parks and public baths are other mesmerizing things to experience.

Qabala

As brimming with scenic splendors, Qabala is known as the Paradise for nature lovers. There is an abundance of charming appeals including river valleys, Russian forests, Chestnut forest and impressive villages of Laza, Vyandam and Engidzha. Country’s leading amusement park ‘Gabaland’ is located in this city. It is home to plenty of exciting rides for kids and adults as well. The ski resort in the city offers winter sports lovers a greater opportunity for partaking in their favorite things to do in Azerbaijan.

Ganja

Being the second largest city, a trip to Ganja reveals a city that is rich in natural, cultural and olden heritage.  Top Azerbaijan attractions of the city include lakes, rivers, forests, mountains and vineyards. There is a ‘Bottle house’, a two-storied building constructed with around 50,000 glass bottles – a sight to behold! Ganja has also the pride of being the home of 12th-century poet Nizami. A visit to Ganja is a must when staying in this country.

Best time to visit

The most appropriate time to visit Azerbaijan is generally between April and June, then during the months from September and October. During November to March, the winter season is at its peak and in January, snowfall occurs heavily.

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Safety and security

Even though Azerbaijan is a country having a low crime rate, be vigilant always to protect yourselves from crime. Avoid carrying costly items with you. Take great care while traveling especially if you are alone. Better not to take journeys during the night.

Laws to know before you go:

  • Respect local traditions, customs, religious and cultural beliefs especially if you are visiting spiritual places.
  • Proselytization is strictly banned in the country.
  • Both men and women should always follow a modest dressing style.
  • Strict actions are imposed against the violation of traffic rules.
  • Illegal use of drugs is considered a criminal offense.
  • Keeping all these things in mind at the time of planning your tour to Azerbaijan will ensure you a hassle-free vacation.

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Olivia Mary Jones

Olivia Mary John is a wanderlust soul since 2011 when she jumped out of her office cubicle and decided to travel across the globe. For her, a journey is something more than merely seeing the sights. She travels to experience, learn and immerse herself in different cultures. Very much passionate about her trips, she loves to share her experience thus making your travel plans more accessible and enjoyable.

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