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Different Reasons, Same Spirit!

Turkey, Istanbul, Cappadocia, Belly Dancing


When you are traveling, there are some ‘special’ moments which become your lifetime memory clip. Here I lay down reasons of my unique experience in Turkey. Just to make sure that you will be at the right place at the right time so that you don’t miss it too!

Reasons To Visit Turkey

Sail Through History!
When in Istanbul, must see Topkapi Palace (Topkapi Sarayi), Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque), Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya), Galata Tower, Dolmabahce Palace, Chora Church. Go on the Boat Cruise Along Bhosphorous, the strait between the Asiatic and the European continent, connected by a 1 km long freely floating bridge.

Do Not Miss The Grand Bazaar In Istanbul!
Istanbul's legendary 15th century Kapali Carsi, the covered bazaar, one of the largest in the world, spreads across nearly 60 streets and 4,000 shops and attracts as many as 400,000 shoppers daily. Here you browse in grand, haughty style surrounded by majestic architecture and mysterious oriental fragrances. Bargain with the same vigour as back home.

Relish The Local Turkish Cuisine
Turkish food is always a feast. Accompanied by local beverages, it is outstanding. kebab, döner, iskender, beyti, spices, nuts, an array of fish variety, the list goes on. Similar to the Spanish Tapas, “meze” starts off the meal. Eaten alongwith wine or “raki”, the anise-flavoured national drink of Turks, sometimes referred to as “lion’s milk”, until the main course is served.
Vegetarians Need Not Worry!
I have never experienced in any other country in the world (apart from mine) where as a vegetarian I could dine like a queen. About 60 to 70 percent of the menu at an average Turkish restaurant is vegetarian -- a bewildering array of Mezze or delicately, lightly spiced vegetarian starters, cheese Nans, potato fry, pasta and ravioli and their special Pide, a warm, cheesy, tomato-less pizza infused with eggplant, potato and more.

If you are in Cappadocia, you are on a different planet altogether!
Waking Up In A Cave – I had a memorable (little scary, though) night in one of the cave hotels of Cappadocia, Yunak Evleri in Urgup. In this region, cave houses, carved into the rocks, have been the traditional housing style since Hittites period. It is possible to see the best examples of these tuff stone houses especially in Urgup and Mustafapasa. Today’s most preferable accomodation style is the boutique hotels including traditional cave and arched houses, redone by a modern touch.

Walk Down Below In Underground Cities in Cappadocia:
The largest known city, Derinkuyu, is open for tours but still full of mystery; estimates of how many people could live there at any given time range from 6,000 to three times that. Archeologists have found eight levels, and some believe there may be another 12 below those. I spent about half an hour walking down 4 floors, stooping and bending hard and seemed to have got a new life on seeing the normal ground level.

Balloonng In Cappadocia
This is the most delightful experience, I must say. The grand view of the Goreme Valley with its mountains and strange formations and fairy chimneys. The feeling of lifting up gently and seeing this enchanting world with so many other balloons in the sky, the excitement of outmatching their height or touching them is so so unreal, magical. Can never forget my handsome balloon pilot who made us land on two feet safely.

Aspendos Amphitheatre And The Ruins Of Perge
Anyone interested in history or architecture will not want to miss the incredibly well-preserved ancient amphitheatre at Aspendos and the ruins at Perge. The amphitheatre was built during the 2nd century and was designed to seat 20,000 people. The acoustics at Aspendos amphitheatre are considered near perfect even to this day, and if you have the time, try to go for a live concert performance on site.

Attend Whirling Dervishes Ceremony At Historical Carevanserai
Sarihan, situated 15 km from Goreme, on the east of Avanos, on the banks of the Damsa brook, is considered to have been built in 1249. An amazing structure with an indoor area of five naves and a courtyard. It had a Turkish bath and a mesjid over the gatehouse and its external area (excluding the towers and portal) is 2,000 square meters. The ceremony simply mesmerized me.

Turkish Bath
A visit to a hamam (Turkish bath) can be a very pampering experience. There will be attendants to scrub you, etc. Can’t explain more, need to be a personal event.

Belly Dancing!
You know what it is, go for it. If you are lucky, Asena, the most popular belly dancer of Turkey will show wonders with her lilting numbers.

Golfers Be happy!
Belek is Turkeys premier golf centre, and it features more than eight championship golf courses. All levels of players will enjoy golfing on Beleks beautiful courses. The majority of Beleks luxury hotels and resorts are situated in very close proximity to one or another of Beleks golf courses.

Sailing From Izmir To Kusadasi Like Homer’s Odyssey
Turkey is a sailing paradise. The pleasure of yachting in Turkey will tempt you to explore yet another stretch of coast and to relive the luxurious ease of life on the sea. For more adventurous, Bare-boat charter has recently been introduced as well.

Finally, Turkish are not only good looking but also very warm and friendly!
Like Indians they are full of a friendly curiosity for the guests visiting their country and don’t mind talking a lot more extra. They happily lack any stiff formality and have a wonderful chalta hai, relaxed attitude. So that really is a comfortable situation.

Go To Turkey, flow with the rhythm!!
Published: 2009-06-20
Author: Sharmila Chand

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