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The land of mystery and magic carpets



Bodrum in Turkey. Pic credit: Yilmaz ovunc-rsd via flickr
Turkey as a country is always dazzling. Considered as one of the top ten destinations in the world, Turkey has a lot to offer – be it a concoction of history and pop culture, or a harmony between beaches and bazaars.
Though Turkey has been making headlines over the last couple of weeks with news of demonstrations and sit-ins being held all across, this interestingly is also the best time to visit Turkey – to simply witness and record what is happening. Right now visitors can be a part of this rising moment that most are terming as The Awakening.
What is remarkable to note here is that regardless of all the news reports and peoples’ movements, the tourism in the country has been unaffected. All the major tourist hotspots are operating as normal. Business is running as usual with thousands making their way to soak in the visual delights offered in abundance in Turkey.
Whatever your nationality, race or religion, in Turkey you will find yourself being treated as a guest, and welcomed with traditional Turkish hospitality. Here are a few reasons why a trip to Turkey can be your ideal getaway…

Historically and culturally rich

Extremely rich in history, Turkey houses the highest number of archaeological sites in the world. Anatolia, which roughly corresponds to the Asian part of Turkey, was home to world’s earliest settlements. Known as the birthplace of many civilizations, empires as well as historical figures, the place attracts thousands of visitors every year. Just like Anatolia, Ephesus (also known as the Temple of Artemis), Royal Tombs at Amasya, City of Troy and the Zeugma Mosaic Museum are among the countless historical marvels in Turkey. Culturally too, the country boasts of a diverse mix. One can find unique folklore, as well as art and music that will be specific only to a particular region.

Luxurious living  

The luxury and the lavishness that one can find at a hotel in Turkey is truly unmatched. These hotels – especially the ones situated in the Antalya region – are designed to maximize the concept of luxurious living in Turkey. Thanks to the intense competition among travel agencies, most of these hotels are usually available at affordable rates.
While staying at these hotels, remember to have a Hamam experience. Also known as the Turkish bath or the Turkish spa, a visit to a Hamam is a must try. It will help you relax and unwind, making you feeling fresh throughout your trip.

Shop till you drop

 Shopping in Turkey can be your most rewarding experience, provided you know where all to go and shop. The carpets, rugs and kilims that are made in Turkey are known the world over for their creativity and unique designs and make for interesting gifts.

Gourmet’s paradise

A heavenly fusion of various communities and civilizations, Turkish cuisine is one of the best in the world. The locals call it their most precious and diverse treasure. Here, starters are called Meze and they are usually consumed with the Turkish national drink, known as Raki, which is also known as the “lion’s milk.” Apart from that, you can have Turkish tea, Turkish coffee and the famous Lokum, also known as Turkish delight – sweets made of chopped dates, pistachios and hazelnuts. From meat dishes to cold dishes made in olive oil, and from sorbets to spices, Turkey is sure to satiate the gourmet in you through its unique delicacies and specialities. Those with a sweet tooth, do try the amazing baklava.
So, whether you’ve got a holiday booked to Turkey or are considering it as a destination, then go ahead, and leave all the worry aside.
 
What is the most exciting Turkish cuisine you’ve had?