Is TURKEY the Right Holiday Destination For You?

Turkey is at the crossroads of continents, cultures and civilizations.
But that’s not all…

THE BASICS

Largest Cities:
Istanbul, Ankara (Capital), Izmir, Bursa
Weather:
Warmest Months                              Coolest Months
June, July, August,                                           December, January, February,
September                                                            March

Currency:
1 Turkish Lira = 29.39 Indian Rupees

Official Language:
Turkish

Population:
78 million

Visa Preparation Time: 3 to 4 working days. Visa on arrival if you have a validSchengen, USA or UK visa.

Holiday Planning:
Contact the Turkey Experts at www.namasteturkey.com

NATURE – Pamukkale


Meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish, Pamukkale  is a natural site in Denizli Province in south-western Turkey. The city contains hot springs and travertines – terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. The ancient city of Hierapolis was built on top of the white “castle” which is in total approximately 2700 metres long, 600 metres wide and 160 metres high. It can be seen from the hills on the opposite side of the valley in the town of Denizli, 20 kilometres away. In 1988, Pamukkale was declared a World Heritage Site.

CULTURE – Whirling Dervishes

Whirling is a physically active meditation which originated among Sufis, and which is still practiced by the Sufi Dervishes of the Mevlevi order from Konya.  It is a customary dance performed within the Sema, or worship ceremony, through which dervishes aim to reach the source of all perfection. This is sought through abandoning one’s personal desires, by listening to the music and spinning one’s body in repetitive circles, which has been seen as a symbolic imitation of planets in the solar system orbiting the sun.

ADVENTURE – Rafting on Çoruh River

The Çoruh River rises in the Mescit Mountains in north-eastern Turkey. Its valley lies within the Caucasus ecological zone, which is considered by many authorities to be a biodiversity hotspot. The Çoruh Valley is recognised by Turkish conservation organisations as an important plant area, an important bird area, a key biodiversity area and has been nominated as a high priority area for protection. The Çoruh River has been called “an eco-tourism gem” and “Turkey’s last remaining wild river”, and is being promoted for whitewater kayaking by the Eastern Anatolia Tourism Development Project. It attracts kayakers and rafters from all over the world and was the site of the 2005 Çoruh Extreme kayak competition.

HISTORY – Ancient Ruins of Ephesus

Ephesus was an ancient Greek city, and later a major Roman city, on the west coast of Asia Minor, near present-day Selçuk in the Izmir Province. It was for many years the second largest city of the Roman Empire – ranking behind Rome, the empire’s capital. Ephesus had a population of more than 250000 in the 1st Century BC, which also made it the second largest city in the world. The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The city’s importance as a commercial center declined as the harbor was slowly silted up by the Cayster River. The ruins of Ephesus are a favorite international and local tourist attraction, partly owing to their easy access from Adnan Menderes Airport and via the port of Kuşadasi.

SPORTS – F1 Grand Prix in Istanbul

Located on the edge of one of the world’s most exotic cities, the F1 Grand Prix at Istanbul Park sets new standards in motor racing – for drivers and fans alike. Host of the Turkish Grand Prix since its inception in 2005, the anti-clockwise circuit combines one of the Formula One calendar’s most challenging layouts, with superb spectator access and unparalleled levels of hospitality.  This year’s race will be held from 6-8 May.

ROMANCE – Balloon over Cappadocia

Cappadocia is a region in central Turkey, largely in the Nevşehir Province. It is a region of exceptional natural wonders, particularly characterized by fairy chimneys and a unique historical and cultural heritage. One of the most romantic and memorable activities in this region is taking a Hot Air Balloon ride over the breathtaking Cappadocian moonscape dotted with villages, vineyards and fruit orchards.  After descending in a farmer’s field an hour later, a traditional champagne toast to a successful aeronautical adventure awaits you. The best flying weather is from April through October when the skies are clear and the winds are light at dawn.

FAMILY FUN – Biggest Aquapark in Europe

Regarded as one of the 10 best aquaparks of the world, Adaland is spread out over 25 acres with more than 20 rides providing fun, thrills and excitement for the full family. Set in the lush green surroundings of Kusadasi, a wide range of excellent facilities and water-based rides are available, whether splashing in the cool blue waves, take a plunge down the thrilling water slides, leisurely floating along the lazy river or just soaking up the sun on the cool grassy beaches.

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