Our trip to Turkey was totally an out of an impulse plan made while we were looking for a trip which would cost us cheap air tickets and easy visa as we had a valid Schengen visa (Turkish visa tips coming soon).
A country like Turkey needs no introduction as it is known for its exhilarating beauty, myths and legends and how a traveler to this ancient country can enjoy every bit of his time there.
Since, Turkey is spread across two continents it had played a major role in Silk Route connecting east to west. This plus, Roman and Ottoman empires ruled over this country for centuries and has contributed in various aspects be it history, art, architecture and traces of this can still be seen in the monuments, cuisine, culture, etc. Time has tamed its current culture, both ancient and modern go hand in hand and must say traveling to Turkey is like traveling back in time.
With all the recent turmoil unfolding in this beautiful country, one might think twice before planning a trip but life is always a risk and to experience such beauty who wouldn’t take one. So, we took this risk and visited Turkey and it was all worth it. So, here are few reasons why you must visit Turkey.
History: Turkey is one such country which has witnessed great civilizations and empires from the Hittits, Hellens, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Persian to Ottoman in the past and all this have helped in shaping its fascinating and rich history. To get a glimpse of Turkey’s history one must travel there and get a real feel of how it must have all been in the bygone era as their monuments and ruins sing the songs of its glorious past.
Culture: Turkey is a secular nation where one can see diversity in heritage and customs across the country. Although, Turkey has 90% Muslim population, it has a fusion culture of both Eastern and Western and I was quite surprised to find out that drinking beer and wine was legal here as alcohol is not allowed to consume in muslim religion. The Turks are extremely friendly and welcoming people and often you would get invited to drink çay (Turkish tea) and for long conversations. Also, rich history and this diverse culture can be seen embedded in the daily lifestyle of the people.
Architecture: The architecture and the ancient ruins of Turkey are spectacular and as we all know Turkey is the homeland for some of the world’s finest buildings ranging from ancient monasteries, castles to mosques. Some of these ruins are built thousands of years ago and they still stand gloriously.
Landscape: If you are not so keen on history and the past of Turkey, you have abundant of gorgeous and unique landscapes to enjoy here. Turkey is truly blessed with incredibly diverse landscapes from flamboyant Mediterranean coastal towns, fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, enjoy the hot springs by lying on the cotton castle at Pamukkale, climb up to the 4th century Sumela Monastery which is built into a steep cliff of one of the valleys of Pontic mountains or the legendary Mount Ararat which has been mentioned in the Book of Genesis as the landing place of Noah’s Ark following the flood and also the highest peak in Turkey.
Cuisine: Right from Kahvalti (breakfast) which is a lavish spread of fruits, varieties of bread, honey, dry fruits, cheese and it goes on to their succulent baklavas and kebabs Turkey is definitely a country for the food lovers. It was so hard to control from stuffing myself with all these delicious food around and even for Vegetarians there is ample of option to be relished on. And this deserves a separate post on Turkish cuisine.
Relax and rejuvenate: And after all the sightseeing, hiking and other adventures in Turkey, if one needs to just sit back and relax this country once again has ample of options to do so. Spend a day in one of the Mediterranean coastal towns or relax your nerves by bathing in hot springs of Pamukkale or simple visit the nearest Hammam and indulge in the traditional Turkish baths.
Do you wish to visit Turkey someday? What would you like to do when you visit Turkey? Do let us know your thoughts about Turkey in the comments below!!