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First Glimpse of Turkey


One of the most exciting things about traveling by air is looking out of the window and trying to see how wonderful our planet looks from above and enjoy the sweeping view. Be it flying over fluffy cotton candy-like clouds or over the rugged terrains, cities, and tiny towns or watching the sunrise or sunset, we always have something to look forward to on each trip. Don’t we all for these reasons crave to grab a window seat just to peek outside and enjoy the view? (I bet you must have read tons of posts on how and why to have a window seat while flying!).

First glimpse of Turkey, Bitlis Nemrus Crater

During my recent travel to Turkey, I made sure that I get a window seat right from Bangalore, India to Istanbul (stopover at Kuwait) and I was not disappointed for all the convincing and talking I had to do with the lady in the counter at the airport.

First glimpse of Turkey, Bitlis Nemrus Crater

It was 8 AM in the morning and we were cruising at 36,000 feet above the ground. A sudden jolt due to turbulence woke me up from my sleep and I learned from the display screen that we were still 2.5 hours away from our destination. Disappointed much about the remaining time to reach Istanbul I opened my window screen and I was awestruck by the view I saw. We had just crossed Iran border and had entered Turkey, and were flying over a huge lake which almost looked like a sea with small towns dotted here and there on its bank and snow-capped mountains lined the horizon, which gleamed in the morning light afar. This was such a picturesque sight that I couldn’t stop myself from Snapchatting it and upload it to my Instagram story as I wanted to share it with my friends and followers. It all looked surreal and the snow was one thing I was not expecting to see as it was still fall in Turkey.

First glimpse of Turkey, Bitlis Nemrus Crater

The view was utterly spectacular which made me glued to my window for the rest of our journey, clicking pictures all the way. After a while, something unusual caught my attention which looked like a huge crater. It looked quite unique and as I didn’t have Wi-Fi on the flight I had to wait until I land to know what it is.

First glimpse of Turkey, Bitlis Nemrus Crater

Once I had access to Wi-Fi at the Istanbul airport and quickly googled to know what was it that I had spotted earlier. After looking for the craters in Turkey and tracing our flight path I got to know that it was Bitlis-Nemrut Carter Lake. It made me wonder if I had to spot it from my flight among all the mountains then how huge must be the crater. The images which popped in on my screen was tempting enough to make a trip to this amazing crater lake but since we were traveling mostly south-west of Turkey I had to let it go and save this one for my next trip.

Have you ever come across a view while flying which inspired you to visit that place? Also, how many of you prefer a window seat? Do share your thoughts in the comment box below and subscribe to get more updates on our blog.




32 thoughts on “First Glimpse of Turkey

  1. That crater lake is amazing! It’s quite nice to have a bird’s eye glimpse of a place, before you get to explore it on ground. I think the coolest places I’ve flown over are either Svalbard or Greenland. I’ve been to one and desperately want to visit the other!

  2. Nice article! I think that one of the best views ever had was when flying to Switzerland and we were passing over the Alps! Oh my God! The landscape was like a fake one they use in Hollywood! The clouds blended with the snowy mountain peaks and you could not say which was what! Amazing…thats why every time I fly during the day I try to find a seat by the window!

    1. Yeah! We had a similar experience in Switzerland but we were so lost in seeing out of the window during our flight that we dint click any pics! Swiss and its alps looks heavenly from up… 🙂

  3. You have nailed my reason for always preferring the window seat. You get to see gorgeous views like this. I too was impressed the first time l landed in Istanbul. It truly is one of my favorite places that l have visited.

  4. Wow, i can say I’ve never seen such cool pics taken from the plane. I always try and take the window seat when i fly, it’s often not always possible, and I get sad when people who are sitting at a window seat don’t even look out the window 🙁 How was Turkey? I would love to hear about your experiences.

    1. We agree with you Chanelle! Getting a widow seat and not looking out is like a crime while flying 😉 Turkey was amazing, but its very sad to hear the current situation of the country! Hope everything goes well there soon.. More posts on Turkey will be soon on TOTS!! 🙂

  5. Those are definitely some gorgeous views. I LOVE looking out the window as I travel as well. I sorta hate how the stewardesses come around and tell you to put the shutter down sometimes though. I’ve seen some amazing sunrises/sunsets over Alaksa from the plane as I peek through. Always worth that look out. ^^

  6. By luck or by chance, most of the time I manage to get a window seat in plane and train. Love your description and wonderful photos. Even I have captured some photos from the flight, during my last trip to Singapore.

  7. I had similar views over Salt Lake City in US on my recent visit to Las Vegas et al. It is the expectation of unexpected just around the corner that keeps me on my toes.

    Wonderful of you to have brought these views back for us!

  8. Great sights!
    Window seat, any day. Even thought it’s a pain to to get to the loo. 😀

    You crater sight reminds me of how I looked up the volcanoes of the Casade range, last year. And we saw some of them up close when we road tripped that side a few months back.

    Happy New Year to you two. Happy travel and happy blogging too. 🙂

    1. Wow! Viewing volcanoes from up must such an amazing thing! Did you manage to click any pics??
      Happy New Year to you too Divya!! 🙂

  9. I always prefer a window seat when I am going to a new place. That anticipation of seeing a new place through your plane’s window is something that I love.Your photos are the exact reason. Such beautiful views! I hope you enjoyed your time in Turkey!

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