5 Natural places in Ukraine you must see

Every country on the planet has something which is its very much own. This exclusive thing about the place makes the place worth knowing and most importantly visiting. It can be natural grandeur, man made special monuments, food or simply the overwhelming and welcoming people. The place is known for that one thing or combination of two or more. You want to explore every bit of the place when you are there. If the place has natural beauty then it automatically invites and excites visitors. Every moment that you live in the place is your takeaway of your journey. Ukraine is one such country on the planet gifted by nature. Ukraine is geographically situated in Eastern Europe bordering the Black Sea, between Poland and Russia. A destination on the crossroad between Central and Asian Europe, Ukraine is famous for skiing, hiking, fishing and hunting. Loaded with mountain ranges, Ukraine sees fair amount of visitors despite having a fall in numbers of visitors in last two years. Let us see 5 natural places in Ukraine that you must see on your Ukraine Tour Package.

  1. Carpathian Landscape

Located in the western Ukraine on the territories of Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Zakarpattia and Chernovtsy oblasts, Carpathians is supremely beautiful and the landscape must not be missed when one is on a Ukraine trip. When the first ray of the sun falls on Carpathian range the landscape is a must capture not only in your eyes but in your camera too. The Carpathian Mountain in total is a mountain range in arc form, 1500 KM long which spreads across Central and Eastern Europe. The height of the mountain goes up to 2000 m along the main ridge. With this length Carpathians is the second longest mountain range in Europe.  Carpathian is even more attractive is because the landscape is a wonderful mix of nature, forests, meadows, shepherds and humans at one place. Then to add to this wonderful mix Carpathian has beauty of Alpine meadows, rough rivers, mountain lakes, beautiful climate and historical monuments which attracts travelers towards it. Travelers with core virtue of adventure love to come here and they come in huge numbers. The peaks of Carpathian in Ukraine are not harsh which makes hiking easy.

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  1. Nesamovyte Lake

Nesamovyte is also called Cirque Lake. Why, because it is situated in an amphitheater like large cirque which is formed at the head of a valley glacier. The lake is 88 meter long and 45 meter wide with area of around 3000 square meter. Nesamovyte Lake is a sky high kind of lake. Nesamovyte with height of 1700 m is quite interesting place. At the banks of the lake you will find trees and subalpine herbs. Lake is around 1.5 m deep and water also comes from rain and snow. This lake has huge significance among Hutsuls (an ethno cultural group of Ukrainians living in Carpathian Mountains for centuries) and locals for whom the lake is a sacred place. At the height of 1700 m then hiking has to be one of the main activity to do here as well.

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  1. Dragobrat Ski Resort

Dragobrat is the highest Skiing resort in Ukraine as of now. Situated at the height of 1300 m that goes up to 1800 m Dragobrat offers the most spectacular view from the top of the highest mountain Hoverla in Ukraine. The resort gets snow up to 5 m high and is good enough for skiing from November to May. Sometimes the snow cover up to height as 5 m is not suitable for beginners in skiing. But during other times of the year Dragobrat is for everyone to enjoy skiing. Dragobrat Ski resort is well known place among the tourists. Dragobrat offers skiing options on pistes or off site place. During the spring time the early spring flowers turns the resort into a beautiful view mountain ski resort. Adventure increases because both chair lifts and rotating lifts are available here. Dragobrat has 5 lifts and there are 20 tracks with different difficulty level for Skiers and ski equipment are easily available on rent.

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  1. Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve

Most part of the Danube delta is in Romania while its northern part on the left bank of the Chilia arm is situated in Odessa Oblast Ukraine. Danube delta is a great host to hundreds of species of birds and fishes in its numerous lakes and marshes. So travelers can spend few days here to explore the passages of the delta along with best and highest concentration of bird colonies in all of Europe. You must consider exploring Danube delta before or when you are on Ukraine Tour Package. Danube delta is 2200 miles of rivers, canals, marshes, lakes, and reed islands. In nutshell Danube delta is a paradise for wildlife enthusiast and more so for bird watchers.

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  1. Sofiyivka Park

Sofiyivka is an Arboretum. An Arboretum in a sense is a collection of trees only.  Sofiyivka Park is an Arboretum and scientific researching institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Sofiyivka Park can also be termed as museum of nature because everything in the park is enchanting beauty. You need some time and attention to have a look at them and appreciate it beyond your initial pleasant surprised feelings. Today Sofiyivka Park is a popular recreational spot and is visited by as many as 5, 00,000 visitors every year. Sofiyivka Park is located in northern part of Uman city, Cherkasy Oblast near Kamianka River in Central Ukraine. Over 2000 types of trees and brush are here. They are both locals and exotic. Some of them are taxodium, Weymouth pine, tulip tree, platanus and more of them. Today Sfiyivka Park is among top Ukrainian’s sight which is quite interesting and beautiful. Here you can relax and enjoy with your family and the park is absolute delight for kids.

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You should visit one, two or all of these 5 natural places in Ukraine on your Ukraine Tour Package.

5 places to visit in and around Astana

Astana, capital city of Kazakhstan is one of the two most beautiful cities of Kazakhstan. Astana is a bustling city in Kazakhstan. Astana has lot of beautiful sights for a traveler to visit. Kazakhstan in Central Asia is also gifted by nature and there is no two way about it. This is the reason why tourist number is increasing here in Kazakhstan, Central Asia. Still unexplored by many, Astana is an intriguing and little-known land of vast plains, mountainous horizons and beautiful culture.

  1. Bayterek Tower

Bayterek Tower is quite popular among foreign tourists in Astana. It is a monument and observation tower in Astana. On your Kazakhstan Holiday Package when you land in Astana then you can see Bayterek tower which is meant to embody a folktale. The folktale is about a mythical tree of life and a magic bird of happiness. The bird, named Samruk, had laid its egg in the crevice between two branches of a poplar tree. This is 105 m tall consists o f a narrow cylindrical shaft, surrounded by white branch-like girders that flare out near the top, supporting a gold-mirrored 22 m diameter sphere. The tower has two levels and you can see 360 degree view from level one. You can also make a wish by placing your hand in the imprint here.

 

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  1. President’s cultural center

This is a museum which displays the history of Kazakhstan. It displays ancient and modern history of Astana and achievements of its president. This blue domed building looks beautiful right from the moment you see it for the first time. This is a blue domed building with vertical blue panels surrounding the dome. This building has a museum which houses around 143, 000 artifacts and a library with 700,000 items. President’s Cultural center has museums, library, and concert and exhibition halls. The designs and symbols here in the building are all beautiful and worth watching. The museum has items of archaeology, ethnography, history and current arts.

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  1. Nur-Astana Mosque

Nur Astana Mosque is a famous site in Astana city in Kazakhstan. This is the second largest mosque in Kazakhstan and in Central Asia after Hazrat Sultan Mosque. The 40-meter height symbolizes the age of the Prophet Muhammad of when he received the revelations, and the height of the minarets are 63 meters , the age Muhammad was when he died.

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4. Aquarum of Duman entertainment complex

Duman is an entertainment complex that houses an aquarium, a 5D cinema and many other entertainment options. This aquarium at Duman is the only aquarium in the world which is over 3000 km away from ocean. More than 2,000 of sea inhabitants, the representatives of 100 species of sea fauna from different parts of the world, live there. This is definitely a place to be at. One of the major highlight of this aquarium is the 70 m long tunnel where one can get up and close to sharks and other big fish. Duman adds to your ‘Must see’ places list you are in Astana on a Kazakhstan Tour Package.

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  1. Korgalzhyn nature reserve

Korgalzhyn is a heritage site listed in UNESCO. This is a place of lakes, steppes and semi deserts. Home to Pink flamingos, there is lot about Korgalzhyn to be explored by travelers. In the very heart of Kazakhstan, 130 KM drive from Astana you come close to a place where you may see Pink flamingos, pelicans and several other beautiful species of birds. This is Korgalzhyn nature reserve situated in the north central part of Kazakhstan. The entire zone of Korgalzhyn is a mix of fresh waters and saline lakes embedded in dry steppe zone of Eurasia. The big wetland here sees lot of migratory birds to and from Siberia.There are over 300 species of birds which is a visual delight for bird watchers.

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Astana is a beautiful city and you must explore these beautiful sights in Astana on your Kazakhstan Tour Package.

5 Natural Places in Russia you must see

Russia is one of the biggest and oldest countries on the planet. It is so vivid that probably as a traveler you can explore everything you wish to in Russia alone. It is gifted with nature’s paradise also. There are many natural beauties in Russia which you should explore on your Russia Tour Package. Here are 5 of them for you.

1. Mount Elbrus

Mount Elbrus is the highest mountain in Russia and in Europe and 10th most prominent peak in the world. Nearing the border with Georgia Elbrus is a part of Caucasus in Southern part of Russia. Mount Elbrus is dormant volcano, two summits west and east, both volcanic domes.West Summit is slightly higher than the east. West summit height is 5642 m and east summit height is 5621 m. You would be happy to know that though Elbrus is one of the highest mountains in the world but it is easy to climb. Standard path leading to Elbrus is long and strenuous still easy to climb, probably the easiest among seven summits in the world. The fact that Elbrus is easily accessible with its gentle slopes attracts a lot of tourist climbers every year. People reached the west peak of Elbrus for the first time in 1874 and the east peak in 1829. Since then many have climbed the peaks. Today one who wants to ascend to the peaks can take a cable car and chairlift up to 12500 feet and from there one can take the standard route up to the summit.

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2. Kamchatka Peninsula

Kamchatka is 900 miles long and it is closer to Alaska than it is to Moscow. On the eastern tip of Russia, between the Pacific Ocean to the east and sea of Okhotsk to the west, Kamchatka has over 150 volcanoes and 29 out of them are active ones on peninsula. Kamchatka has group of 19 volcanoes known as Volcanoes of Kamchatka which is UNESCO world heritage site. Kamchatka remains snow covered from October to late May. With the presence of both Volcanoes and ice, Kamchatka is also known as “land of fire and ice”. Kamchatka has largely been less explored by humans and is a remote paradise in Russia. The reason why Kamchatka is less explored is because this is not easy place to reach to. Kamchatka is highly attractive because it has many volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and even a lake of acid. Kamchatka is famous for its diverse and abundant wilderness too. Brown bears are in plenty here, almost 10 bears per square KM. There are also 100,000 lakes and rivers, all bursting with fish.

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3. Valley of Geysers

Valley of Geysers in Russia is a Geyser field on Kamchatka Peninsula and it has second largest concentration of Geysers in the world. There are approximately 90 Geysers. It is situated in the Russian far east on Kamchatka region mainly on the left bank of quite deepening Geysernaya River. This place is wonderful but difficult to reach. Besides helicopters no other feasible means of travel are available. The place was discovered only less than 100 years ago. In fact it was discovered in 1941 by local scientist Tatyana Ustinova. But it took even some more years to explore the place. From the 1980s the area was promoted among locals as one of the tourists place in Kamchatka. For the foreigner tourist entry into valley started from 1991. Though the place is unique and beautiful it is notable that it cannot accommodate millions of tourists because it is a tough terrain. However those who get the chance to visit the place are lucky ones.

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4. Solovetsky Island

Solovetsky, an archipelago is located in the Onega Bay of the White Sea Russia. Solovetsky’s identity as an administrative division is as Solovetsky district of Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia. Solovetsky is a group of Islands and majority of the population of all islands live in Solovetsky which is estimated at 861 inhabitants as of the 2010 census. So how many islands together form Solovetsky? There are 6 in fact and so total area together they cover is 347 square KM. These six islands namely are Bolshoy solovetsky islands, Anzersky islands, Bolshaya Mukasalma, Malaya Mukasalma, Bolshoy Zayatsky and Maly Zayatsky. When visiting the islands you can expect for legendary monasteries and fortress. Some of the famous and main sights to visit here are Solovetsky fortress and cathedrals, Sekirnaya Hill, the Church of Ascension, Commemoration Cross, Belugas Cape, Solovetsky Canals, Solovki Botanical Garden, Negotiation Stone, Zayatsky IslandsMuksalma Island and Muksalma Dam and Solovetsky Gulag history museum.

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5. Kizhi Island

Lake Onega is a picturesque place in Russia and Kizhi Island is situated near the Onega lake in the republic of Karelia, Russia. Kizhi since early times used to be stopover place for travelers. Kizhi pogost which is a major attraction of this island today is actually two churches and a bell tower that were built in 18th century.  Today Kizhi Pogost lives on as one of the largest open air museum in Russia. Today Pogost along with other wooden buildings from the region are divided in 3 special sectors North Karelia, Karelia and Pudozhsky. Other highlights of Kizhi are 22 domes Transfiguration church, church of Resurrection of Lazarus, Chapels of Archangel Mikhail, of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, of the Divine Savior.

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These are 5 popular and beautiful places in Russia which you must visit on your Russia Holida Package or Russia Tour Packages from India.

5 Places to see in Bishkek

Bishkek is without a doubt a grand symphony. It takes you high. It moves you to dip more into it. It stays with you for long. Bishkek is urban. Bishkek is picturesque. Bishkek is emerging as a new tourism hub on the global map. In last few years the government in Kyrgyzstan have laid strong foot forward for tourism infrastructure development. This led to lot of tourist visiting the country and Bishkek in special from different parts of the world. Bishkek, capital and largest city of Kyrgyzstan is speaks loudest of its natural beauty. One specialty of Bishkek is that it is tucked in the Tien Shan mountain range in the Chui Valley that makes it a great place to start your trip to mountains and alpine lakes of Tien Shan. Heart winning people, great hospitality, a well planned city, thunderous mountain places, liberal visa regime all create a crescendo of surprises and makes you fall in love with the place. On your Kyrgyzstan Tour Package you must see some popular places in Bishkek. Here are 5 of those.

1. Ala too square

Ala too square was built in 1984 to celebrate 60th anniversary of Kyrgyz SSR. At that point of time a huge statue of Lenin was placed in the center of the square. This statue was moved in 2003 and a new statue was placed here which was again replaced in 2011 by statue of Manas to celebrate 20th anniversary of Kyrgyzstan’s independence. Ala too square plays a key role in hosting state events and celebrations.  Ala too square offers you a great time when you are here. You can sense the grandeur of this area. You can enjoy this place which is full of fountains and has a huge flag surrounded by huge buildings. Ala too square has bronze statue of its national hero Manas and there is also a monument to the famous Kyrgyz writer Chingiz Aitmatov and a 45 meter high flagpole with huge waving flag of Kyrgyzstan. Ala too square is good place during the day and quite lovely in the evening. In the evening the place becomes extremely lively. Flowers and fountain show you can cherish and capture in your camera forever. Magnificent events take place here during main holidays or festivals like Nowruz and victory day.

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2. Museum of Fine arts

Museum of Fine Arts is dedicated to Kyrgyz Fold and applied arts and Russian art of Soviet times. Initially the museum was located in St. Nicholas Church in Oak Park and in the beginning it was state picture gallery. Today Museum of Fine Arts houses the gallery of Soviet Artist’s union. The modern museum’s building was built in 1974. Museum exhibits several masterpieces of National Arts and the collection of items of paintings, drawings, traditional decorative and applied arts in exhibit is over 17,500.

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3. Ala Archa national park

The Ala Archa National Park is an alpine national park in the Tien Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan, established in 1976 and located approximately 40 km south of the capital city of Bishkek. The park includes the gorge of the Ala-Archa and the mountains surrounding it. So, Ala Archa Park happens to be popular destination point at the weekends. Picnickers, hikers, horse trekkers, skiers as well as mountain climbers looking for challenging ice, rock and mixed routes get their excitement fulfilled in abundance here. The park is open all round the year but late summer and early fall is the best time to go. There are more than 20 small and large glaciers and some 50 mountain peaks within the park. The wildlife here includes the very rare snow leopard on the alpine meadows and snowfields above 2,500 m elevation, wild goats, roe deer and marmots. For those who love trekking planning a longer stay in the park is great choice.

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4. Burana Tower

It is a nice tower surrounded by some beautiful countryside. The Burana Tower is a large minaret and is located about 80 km east of the Bishkek, near the town of Tokmok. The tower represents grave markers, some earthworks and the remnants of a castle and three mausoleums. An external staircase and steep, winding stairway inside the tower enables visitors to climb to the top. The entire site, including the mausoleums, castle foundations and grave markers, now functions as museum and there is a small building on the site containing historical information as well as artifacts found at the site and in the surrounding region.

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5. Osh Bazaar

The chaotic swell of people that duck and weave around Osh Bazaar make it one of Kyrgyzstan’s main attractions. It’s one of the largest in Central Asia and an excellent place to people watch or buy souvenirs, and everything else under the sun. The Bazaar is located on the west side of town Bishkek and is the main Bazaar of Bishkek. When you are on Bishkek tour package and once you are at Osh Bazaar, the colorful Osh Bazaar will probably stay in your memory forever. It tells you about local life and culture and it sells everything. Osh Bazaar, the shopping center of Bishkek was a key stop on the ancient Silk Road through Central Asia. The smell of spices, the crowd leaving little space to move, haggling of smiling vendors and much more gives you a vibe of multicultural intensity of the Bazaar.

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These are only 5 of exciting places in Bishkek which you can explore here. Bishkek and Kyrgyzstan is full of more tourist sights to see.

5 Places you must see in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is a great and fast growing country not in just terms of economy but also for travelling. Foreigners have found and continue to find Kazakhstan a great travel destination. Infrastructure has grown in the god gifted naturally beautiful country called Kazakhstan. Almaty and Astana are already known as two major tourist destinations which are quite modern and can match with any European metro cities. When you plan to go to Kazakhstan with Kazakhstan Tour Package then you should visit some of the exciting places here. We are bringing 5 for you in this article.

1. The intimate ruins of Sauran

Little away from highway from Turkestan to Kyzyl Orda in South Kazakhstan, the intimate ruins of Sauran is there. Sauran is a place for adventurers. Once one of the biggest cities in Kazakhstan, Sauran is today known as romantic ruin remains. Once you are over the fascinating big cities like Almaty and Astana in Kazakhstan, it’s really time for you to explore more here. Ruins of Sauran will catch you with its old and beautiful charm.

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2. The Charyn Canyon

The story of Canyon dates back to 3 million years when the land around the canyon started rising.  A very large lake existed in the area around the top of the canyon and it started to empty.  Over the next million years the canyon was formed by the Charyn River. The canyon features a dramatic landscape with beautiful red sand and formidable rock formations. Kazakhstan’s Charyn Canyon is a spectacular sight sitting at the backdrop of flat steppe lands near Almaty. The multi-colored gorges display millions of years of history. This is a great place for rafting, hiking, climbing or nature appreciation.

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3. Zenkov Cathedral

This cathedral is unique because it is probably only cathedral in the world which is made of wooden completely. Another uniqueness of the cathedral is that it is built without using any nails. Yet another uniqueness of the cathedral is that it has survived major earthquake in the region which is attributed to the architect quality of the cathedral. You can visit Zenkov Cathedral for religious purpose and for accessing its both internal and external beauty. One can observe the customs of the cathedral and should respect it at the same time. Viewing the cathedral from all four sides is worth and so is the walk around. On one side you can see an open area where stalls for children’s activities and rides are laid out. In the center of Panvilov Park, Zenkov Cathedral is worth a visit for everyone who is in Almaty on a Kazakhstan Tour Package. 

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4. President’s cultural center  

President’s cultural center is a blue domed building in Astana with vertical blue panels surrounding the dome. This building has a museum which houses around 143, 000 artifacts and a library with 700,000 items. President’s Cultural center has museums, library, and concert and exhibition halls. The designs and symbols here in the building are all beautiful and worth watching. The museum has items of archaeology, ethnography, history and current arts. Here we also can find out collection of gifts of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

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5. Kazakh Steppe 

Kazakh steppe is a part of Great steppe or Eurasian steppe. This is also called Great Dala. It is vast open grassland in northern part of Kazakhstan and adjacent parts of Russia. The steppe extends to Pontic steppe and Emin Valley steppe thus forming part of the Eurasian steppe. The vastness of Kazakh steppe can be observed by the fact that it almost covers one third of Kazakhstan’s total territory and if measured it extends to more than 2200 KM and covers more than 804, 500 Sq. KM.

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On your Kazakhstan Tour Package from India or your Kazakhstan Holiday Packages you should explore these exciting and diverse places in the beautiful country.

5 reasons why you should travel to Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan is a unique country in many senses. Azerbaijan is located in the southern part of the Caucasus, at the crossroads of Southwest Asia and Southeastern Europe. The country shares a border with Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Iran and a little bit of Turkey. The way Azerbaijan is placed geographically is what makes it a real blend of East and west. Azerbaijan has a deep history and it has all the modern infrastructure too. You can find Azerbaijan immediately interesting when start knowing more about the country and then you may wish to buy an Azerbaijan Tour Package. And to have reasons why you should travel to Azerbaijan, let us see five of them.

  1.   Azerbaijan is secular and liberal country 

This is important in the sense that Azerbaijan was the first Islamic country which declared itself a democratic and secular republic that too in as early as 1918. Unlike some other Muslim countries where there are still no theaters, Azerbaijan was the first to open a theater. From a tourist point of view it is important. People in Azerbaijan are modern and you can see it here in capital city Baku itself. Azerbaijan is quite liberal and you can even find alcohol widely available here.

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  1.    Capital city which is perfect blend of history and modern outlook

When you need to have a good reason to visit Azerbaijan then its Capital city Baku will be the perfect one. Baku is full of surprises for every visitor. The first glimpse that you get is when you land at the airport which is ultramodern. And as you move to the city center you find a wonderful historical old town on the streets of Baku. You also get to experience pubs, fine dining restaurants and luxury cars on the super clean roads of Baku. You must be here to experience the amalgamation of the old and new in Baku.

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  1. It is very cheap travelling here

This is also a great reason why you should visit Azerbaijan. It is cheaper than many European countries. Azerbaijan is rich in oil and gad and so transportation is quite cheap in the country. One of the main components of your travel is food and that too is very cheap in Azerbaijan at local eateries. Staying in hotels beyond fancy places in Baku is also very economical.

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  1. Welcoming people

This is the thing you look for when you travel to a new place. People in Azerbaijan are nicest in entire Caucasus region. The locals here invite you to their place and take you out for a lunch. This might not be true for everyone in Azerbaijan but majority are welcoming people. Most of them don’t speak English language still they try to help you out.

 

  1. The landscape is great

Though Azerbaijan is a small country but it has 9 time zones out 11. You can find everything in Azerbaijan. High altitude Caucasus Mountain, vast hot deserts, green meadows and long coastal area all is contained by Azerbaijan. You have urban landscape in Baku and also 50% of the mud volcano in the world is in Azerbaijan only.

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Now you can prepare to visit Azerbaijan as you have plenty of reasons to go and explore the country. You can buy an Azerbaijan Tour Package and enjoy a great trip to the great Caucasus travel destination.

5 tips for travel to Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan is still untouched land and yet to be visited by millions of tourists around the world. But every year the number of visitors is growing here. Why? Like every great country on the planet, Azerbaijan also has historical, cultural and natural heritage which attracts visitors from every part of the world. When you think of going to Azerbaijan you can look for not just one but many reasons. Azerbaijan has untouched nature, mineral springs, the world’s only oil field treatment – naphthalene, a unique ancient architecture, unique culture, cuisine, and more which contribute to growing popularity of Azerbaijan for all types of tourism like business, sport, medical, cognitive, hunting, exotic, beach and more. The report prepared by the World Travel and Tourism Council says that Azerbaijan is among top ten countries which saw the highest growth in visitor exports during 2010–2016. In 2017 alone the number of tourists soared by 20%. This means that you can definitely plan for your Azerbaijan Tour Package and when you do plan then it is important that you know some useful tips for travel to Azerbaijan. So, in this article we are bringing you 5 tips for travel to Azerbaijan.

 

  1. How to reach Azerbaijan

First thing that you need to know is that how you can reach Azerbaijan. The easiest way to reach Azerbaijan is by plane. The main international airport is Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku, with additional international airports found in Nakhchivan city & Lankaran. When you are looking to fly to capital city Baku of Azerbaijan from Delhi, capital city of India then you can take flights on Air Astana, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Aeroflot and Uzbekistan Airways. All the flights generally have 1 stop. You can reach Azerbaijan by train also by taking direct train from Russia and Georgia.

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  1. When you should go to Azerbaijan

When you decide that you want to explore beautiful country Azerbaijan and the major city Baku here then you should also know when is the best time to go there? Given the fact that Azerbaijan has nine out of eleven climate zones one can experience extremely low and extremely high temperatures during a year. The best time to visit Azerbaijan is from April to June and then from September to October. During this time you can get good temperatures which would not touch above 40 degree in summers and will not find sub zero winters.

Icheri Sheher in Baku. Azerbaijan

3. Money

When you reach Azerbaijan then you need money to enjoy the stay in the country. First thing that you should know that official currency of Azerbaijan is manat (AZN). However, you should take USD or Euro to Azerbaijan. You can exchange the foreign currency at banks, hotels and exchange offices in Azerbaijan. Even the airports and some shops in big cities in Azerbaijan can also be found as currency exchange points. You can use credit cards in some big super markets, banks and international hotels of Baku.

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  1. Get around

Once you are in Azerbaijan then you have total of over 31000 KM paved roads. You can move from one city to another by buses, mini buses and taxis as cities roads are well connected. There is a bus station near a bazaar in each city in Azerbaijan where you can see the fares for buses and minibuses posted. If you are good at negotiation then you must do it for the taxi fare with the driver, which may be difficult for you for lack of language skills.

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  1. Stay safe and healthy

When you are in a new territory you need to stay safe. You should be aware or pickpockets in poor and sparsely populated places. Also when you are travelling by road avoid travelling at night. You can take train for safe night journey. For emergency situations you can note the important phone numbers. If you can speak in Azeri, Turkish or Russian language to communicate then it would be better.

Health is also very important. You should ensure that your diphtheria, tetanus, and Hepatitis A and B immunizations are up to date. Disease like Malaria is a risk in lowland Azerbaijan. Baku is safe from this but the risk is present in rural areas not far from the city. You should consume water from a sealed bottle.

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So, if you follow these mentioned steps in Azerbaijan on your Azerbaijan Tour Package then you can enjoy the travelling experience to Azerbaijan in a much better way.

5 natural attractions in Almaty

There is no Almaty without the mountains. For you who love to explore culture and traditions, Almaty boasts of wonderful mix of culture and traditions. And if you still want your travel destination to be of new modern look then Almaty makes you feel that you are in Europe. This leafy city with a backdrop of the snow-capped Zailiysky Alatau (a spur of the Tian Shan) has always been one of the most charming Russian creations in Central Asia. When you are here you can visit Kok Tobe Mountain, Sunkar international ski jumping complex, chimbulak ski resort, Medeu and Big Almaty Lake. Apart from these natural attractions in Almaty you can see Arasan baths, Kolsai lakes, Central state museum, St. Nicholas cathedral, Gorky Park and many other places. If you love shopping then you will be delighted to know that Almaty has perhaps more bazaars than most cities in the country, the most popular being the Green Bazaar, which sells everything under the sun. However, in this article let us see 5 natural attractions of Almaty.

Kok Tobe Mountain

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Kok Tobe is the highest mountain in Almaty, 1100 meters above sea level. And for tourist’s delight there is a popular recreation place for tourists on the top of Kok Tobe Mountain. Going up there and having a view from top is quite an adventure. There is lot more for visitors here. A fountain of desire in apple shape, playground for children, a climbing wall, a fast coaster ride, art gallery, tea house, a zoo, concert hall, ponds and many shops and lot more which makes visitor’s time wonderful here. And those who look for simple fun and food sort of things, Kok Tobe offers them allot. How? On top Kok Tobe has recreational area with many amusement parks type attractions and on foot it has a TV tower with height of 372 meters.  Kok Tobe also has lot of restaurants offering variety of food.

Sunkar international ski jumping complex

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Sunkar International Ski jumping complex is a ski jumping venue in the southern part of Almaty, Kazakhstan. This Ski Jumping complex in Almaty sits at an altitude of 900 m above sea level. The complex was built in 2010 replacing an old Goreny Gigant ski jumping complex as Almaty and Astana hosted 2011 Asian Winter Games. The very uniqueness of Sunkar International Ski jumping complex is that it is located in a place where there is almost no wind. By 2013 five competition hills here got ready and all these five hills are equipped with plastic mattings and hosting Grand Prix events in summer. The spectator capacity here is around 9500 and both artificial turf and snow can be used here in all season. As Almaty is expected to host a number of sport events in this coming sport season, so Sunkar international ski jumping complex will be a major attraction for visitors and sports lovers.

Chimbulak ski resort

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If you are sucker of adventure then Chimbulak ski resort in Almaty is a certain joy. Chimbulak is a place brimming of snowpack which is an ecstasy for viewers to see. With consistent snow cover Chimbulak boast a very impressive 943 meters (3094 feet) of vertical descent. The snow is on average 150 cm thick in winter, with consistent snow cover from November to May.The slopes here are served by three chairlifts and two tow ropes. The quad chairlift began operation in 2003, and opened a new region for extreme skiing, and for snowboarders there is a new Park. The chairlifts can take you from a height of 2260 m above sea level to the Talgar pass (3,163 m), for a vertical drop of 903 meters. Chimbulak has been a ski base since 1954. Skiing competition has been held here since 1950 when it was under Soviet rules.  And since 1983 Chimbulak has been operated as an center for downhill ski training.

Chimbulak area offers you the snowy alps, gardens, forests, Tien Shan spruces and crystal clear water of the mountain Malaya Almatinka river to admire. Chymbulak has various routes which has gentle slopes that can be traveled by beginners and intermediate skiers and there is longer trails for expert skier too.

Medeu

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This world Known ice skating rink Medeu is located at the altitude of 1,691.2 meters above sea level in a mountain valley (Medeu Valley, or the valley of Malaya Alma-Atinka River) on the south-eastern outskirts of Almaty. Skating at Medeu is adventurous in any weather.  The stadium is open to the public all year round, allowing visitors to skate at high altitude day or night. During night hours, skaters can enjoy music and lights in the stadium either from the ice, or from VIP boxes available for rent. High mountain skating being such an adventure you can live your dream here at Medeu. All the facilities and infrastructure today are world class and turnout of tourists to this destination is increasing every year.

Big Almaty Lake

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Big Almaty Lake is located at an altitude of 2511 m, on the upper side of the canyon by the same name, is fed by the Almaty River running through it, and is part of a wonderful national park. Lake is 1.6 km long, little under 1 km wide, and up to 40 m deep. Lake is surrounded by three majestic mountain peaks, Soviet (4317m), Ozerniy (4110m) and Turist (3954m). The Lake changes its color in different times of the day, month and year and reflects the magnum opus of nature that surrounds the lake on its surface. When you are done with your travel in beautiful Almaty city, it is time to head to the Big Almaty Lake which is only 25 km drive from the city. There is a pass above the lake on the way to a most beautiful light-blue lake, Issyk- Kul Lake in Kyrgyzstan. In spite of the steep slopes, many local travelers hike to the lake on foot to breathe the pure mountain air and admire the mountain atmosphere. The Big Almaty Lake is within the Alatau – Eliy National park and both the Gorge and the lake are an attraction for visitors using Almaty as their base.

So,it is evident that when you are in Almaty on your Kazakhstan holiday package or Almaty tour package you must visit these 5 natural attractions of Almaty.

5 Places in Tashkent you must see

Uzbekistan is becoming a popular travel destination in Central Asia. Tashkent the capital and largest city of Uzbekistan is the most popular travel destination in Uzbekistan. Tashkent is modern. The architecture of the city combines medieval oriental buildings, the European architecture, Soviet architecture and the modern glittering skyscrapers of glass and concrete. Tashkent is evolving as a favorite travel destination in a land locked country Uzbekistan which was for long away from the sight of foreign tourists. So, when you are in Tashkent on your Tashkent Tour Package then you must see some places as your sight seeing activity. 5 of them are mentioned below.

Chorsu Bazaar

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Chorsu Bazaar is hundreds years old. Chorsu Bazaar is a traditional bazaar with bright colors. Chorsu is biggest and oldest in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and in Central Asia. Located across the street from Chorsu Station of the Tashkent metro near Kukeldosh Madrasah, in chorus all daily necessities are sold. Tashkent since oldest time was a trade center where from good came into and out of Tashkent. So a fair was set up where goods came into and went out eastward, westward, southward and northward caravan routes. It was called Chorsu which means crossroad. Since then despite lot of attacks on Tashkent, this oriental bazaar has lived through. You get to see variety of spices. Then you get rice, sugar, white balls of Kurts, dried cottage cheese. Apricots, Almonds, pistachios, walnuts and peanuts are other items for which salesmen shout loud and call you to check and buy them. Fruits and vegetables can be seen in abundance and of varieties. Summer and autumn are best times to display the fruits. The bazaar looks amazing with newly arrived fruits.Then you can have a look at the goods of crafts. Jewelry, painted cradles, gold embroidery, quilted men’s and women’s caftans, national musical instruments and much more delicate goods.

Amir Temur Square

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Amir Temur square is a historical place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The history of this square goes back to 19th century. Amir Temur, an outstanding commander and statesman from 14th century is represented through a monument right in the center of the square. So this monument of Amir Temur in the center of the square is made of bronze figure of Amir Temur with imperial regalia on a reared horse. The square is surrounded by the buildings of Uzbekistan hotel, University of law, the Amir Temur museum, famous Tashkent Chimes and the Forums palace which happens to be one of the most grandiose architectural structures in the city of Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Before you take off after taking Tashkent tour package from India or Uzbekistan tour package from India, you should know beautiful things about the Amir Temur square so that your Uzbekistan tour package becomes absolute value for money. Amir Temur museum around the Amir Temur square looks beautiful. This museum’s blue cupola looks like Gur I mausoleum in Samarkand. Museum contains medieval architecture with all modern facilities. So you should visit this museum also as there are more than 5000 artifacts in the museum along with over 2000 objects which are displayed in museum’s exhibit halls.

Uzbekistan state museum of Applied Arts

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What about a place where masterpieces of a country is organised. There is one such beautiful place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. This is an exhibition of best works of Uzbekistan masters and it was organised around a century ago in 1927. This was an exhibition organised in 1927. This was the exhibition of best works of Uzbekistan masters. So initially this was known as Museum of handicrafts which later in 1997 was granted the state status and received its present name of Uzbekistan state museum of Apllied Arts. The initial collection of the museum consisted of a hundred works of art from Prince Nikolay Romanov and other individual private collections, nationalized in April 1918. Those were mostly paintings and drawings by Russian and Western European masters, sculptures, furniture and porcelain. After it was established as museum then the collection also included works from the collection of Turkestan local history museum.Today the museum displays an antique collection of Uzbek applied arts and it has splendid variety of paintings, prints, jewelry, ceramics and vintage clothing.

So if you are a lover of antique collections then you are bound to love State museum of Applied Arts in Tashkent city.

Chimgan

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In the Tashkent region there is Chimgan mountain ski resort, a wonderful place to head towards especially during summers when it is hot in Tashkent. This naturally beautiful place is one which you probably look for when you are on an Uzbekistan tour package or a Tashkent tour package. 2 hours ride from Tashkent and you reach Chimgan mountain resort. So, Chimgan is most popular ski resort in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Chimgan is located 80 KM or nearly 2 hours away from Tashkent. It is at the height of 1600 meters in the western Tien Shan Mountain surrounding Tashkent from the east. Greater Chimgan is the main peak of the valley and stands out above the entire valley. At the height of 3300 meter Greater Chimgan looks like a peak of giant star from which the rays of slopes, adorned by cliff peaks disperse in all directions. Tien Shan Mountain at the top of it is a blanket of snow and snow slips down to the downside of mountain in winters.

Charvak Reservoir

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Charvak reservoir or lake is a water reservoir in Bostanliq district in northern part of Tashkent, Uzbekistan. It is located on the river Chirchik downstream from the confluence of the rivers Pskem and Chatcal between the Chatkal and Ugam spurs of western Tien Shan ridges. The reservoir is formed by bulk-rock dam height of 168 meters. The water surface of the lake is more than 37 KM2 but it goes down during the summer because the water is used for irrigation farming in the Chrchiq valley. The coastline of the lake goes up to 100 KM. An Uzbekistan tour package from India allows you to explore Charvak Lake which is surrounded by green slopes of mountains, snow topped. Charvak reservoir is newly built in 1970 and the lake is at the topmost of several other reservoirs made on Chirchiq River. This area and surroundings had some villages and people sites as the evidence suggests but they demolished in 1966 earthquake. Today Charvak Reservoir is the most popular recreational site in the Tashkent region and also for those who go on to a Tashkent tour. It is located only 60 KM away from Tashkent so easy to reach. You can swim here; you can for hiking along nearby hills and mountains. You can also go for paragliding or ride on water or at the least you can just enjoy the peaceful environment, views of pure blue colored water and fresh air. Surroundings sites are quite beautiful and sunrise and sunsets are unforgettable once they set into your eyes or your camera.

So, on your Tashkent Tour Package from India you must see these 5 places mentioned along with other popular sights in Tashkent.

5 Places you must see in Baku

Baku is located on the shores of the Caspian Sea, on the crossroad of Europe, Asia and Middle East and the largest city on the Caspian Sea. Baku is 28 m below the sea level which makes it the lowest national capital in the world. Baku is 21st century city with 2000 year of dynamic history. The city can be seen in two parts, the downtown area and the old inner city. Little over 2 million population, about 25% people in the country Azerbaijan live in metropolitan area of Baku. Baku in recent times is reaching new heights. The country, culture and people here are amazing and one who travels to this place will realize this immediately. Baku is popularly known by its nick name ‘City of winds’.

When you are in Baku, you must explore every bit of it. The city in Azerbaijan is wealthy, colorful and has many attractive tourist spots. So, let us see some attractions in Baku which you can visit on your Azerbaijan Tour Package.

Palace of the Shirvanshahs

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When you start searching for places to see in Baku, Palace of the Shirvanshahs will be right on top. This attracts attention of visitors landing in the Baku city. Palace of Shrivanshahs is the biggest monument in Baku, Azerbaijan. It is a 15th century palace which was built by Shrivanshahs kingdom who ruled here from 861-1538. Palace of Shrivanshahs is popularly termed by UNESCO as ‘one of the pearls’ of Azerbaijan architecture. The complex contains the main building of the palace, Divanhane, the burial-vaulst, the shah’s mosque with a minaret, Seyid Yahya Bakuvi’s mausoleum, a portal in the east – Murad’s gate, a reservoir and the remnants of the bath-house. You can explore amazing architecture of Palace of Shirvanshahs palace.

Venice

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Little Venice is a small town in Baku which was built in 1960. Little Venice is possibly the most romantic part in the city. Back in 60s the mayor of Baku Alish Lambaranski who was inspired by his trip to Venice in Italy, decided to create similar experience in Baku. The redevelopment of this Little Venetian town recently saw the expansion of the existing channels. Additional bridges and two beautiful restaurants were made which will add to your experience big time. One restaurant offers Western cuisine and the other one offers Eastern cuisine. You must enjoy boat ride here.

Flame Towers

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You must see flame towers in Baku, the tallest skyscraper in Azerbaijan with a height of 620 ft. These are 3 buildings; south, east and west. There are apartments, offices and hotels in Flame towers. The facades of the three Flame Towers are turned into gigantic display screens with the use of more than 10,000 high-power LED luminaries. The Illumination of Flame Towers designed is considered one of the best in the world. The Flame Towers are completely covered with the LED screens that display the movement of a fire visible from the farthest points of the city.

City Boulevard

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Baku Boulevard which is officially known as Seaside National Park is a happening place in Baku. From this place you can observe the Caspian Sea and the most beautiful night view of Baku. You must walk here and along the walk you can see shopping malls, business centers, restaurants, ‘chaykhana’s (tea houses) and sophisticated plants. You can simply relax at the City Boulevard after a busy time sightseeing in Baku city. You will get some fresh air coming from the sea here. One thing you must do is to take a boat tour and dive into the best feelings.

Gobustan National Park

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Gobustan National Park is about 64 KM southwest from the center of Baku on the west bank of the Caspian Sea. This is a hill and mountain site occupying the southeast end of the Greater Caucasus mountain ridge in Azerbaijan. It is located mainly in the basin of Jeyrankechmaz River, between the rivers Pirsagat and Sumgait. The territory of Gobustan is cut up with numerous, sometimes rather deep ravines. Gobustan is famous for its rock drawings. These drawings date back to 40,000 years. Gobustan is considered as the place where earliest settlement of people in Azerbaijan took place. You can see reflection of the activities of ancient people such as dance rituals, hunting scenes, carpentry and the images of animals.

These are some amazing places in Baku, you must visit when you are on your Azerbaijan Travel Package.