The mystical charm of Turkey is alluring. Its iconic mosques and palaces, the pristine Bosporus, awe-inspiring Pamukkale, traditional cuisine and more attract travellers across the globe to this historical country that spans across Europe and Asia. And, the best part is visiting Turkey won’t burn a hole in your pocket. It’s budget-friendly and warm. A budget holiday to Turkey can be customized within INR 60,000 for 7 nights and 8 days with twin sharing options. Yes, you read it right!
So, what includes such a budget-oriented itinerary?
Here’s a list of places you can explore in Turkey on a tight budget:
Take a city tour:
On a day tour of the beautiful city, Istanbul, visit Topkapi Palace, the great palace of the Ottoman sultans, housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, famous jewels of the imperial treasury. Explore the Holy Mantle enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). One of the must-see attractions in Istanbul is the Blue Mosque or better known as the Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque, across the St. Sophia, built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet. Due to its magnificent interior of blue Iznik tiles, it got the popular name, the Blue Mosque.
Shop at the Grand Bazaar:
In this labyrinth of streets and passages there are more than 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area; the goldsmiths’ street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as hand painted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx ware and meerschaum pipers. Shop for souvenirs to gift your near and dear ones back home.
Rejoice onboard the Bosphorus Cruise:
With such an abundance of historical sightseeing spots in Istanbul, the Bosphorus cruise offers a great experience. There are various agents in Turkey organizing the Bosphorus Cruise. Most cruising experiences take you from Eminönü all the way to the Black Sea, and back. Get off the ferry in Anadolu Kavağı, the last harbor before the Black Sea. This gives you the opportunity to gorge on delicacies in one of the town’s fish restaurants located on the shore and a chance to visit the fortress.
Explore the adventures of Cappadocia:
A hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia offers an unforgettable experience. Don’t miss out on this! Also, enjoy the Ozkonak Underground City tour, one of the best preserved Underground cities in Cappadocia. Visit Uchisar Castle, the highest point of Cappadocia; Goreme Open Air Museum, famous for frescoes dating to 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ ad monks; Cavusin, which is an abandoned village with old cave Greek houses; Devrent Valley, also called Imagination Valley, where you can see natural rock formations looking like animals; Three Beauties, three beautiful fairy chimneys with their hats, which is symbol of Cappadocia and more.
Enjoy Pamukkale’s Scenic Beauty:
The white terraces of Pamukkale are one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. The calcite-laden waters dripping down over a series of terraced levels and create a fairyland of bizarre solidified cascades and shell-shaped basins. The scenery seems to be made of snow or cotton balls and hence got the Turkish name Pamukkale or cotton castle. You can even opt for a bath at the Cleopatra Swimming Pool. Just above the travertines lies Hierapolis, once a Roman and Byzantine spa city. Explore its ruins and museum.
Explore Kayseri & Kusadasi:
Experience the thrill of a jet-boat ride on Kizilirmak River. Enjoy a guided tour of Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world, en-route, visit the Temple of Artemis, Curetes street, famous Roman baths, Celsius Library, Grand theatre.
Taste Exotic Turkish Delicacies:
Exploring the local cuisine is definitely an integral part of traveling and experiencing a new culture. When in Turkey, try Kebaps, meat coated around a skewer and grilled over a charcoal fire; Mantı made of ground beef or lamb, onion, salt and pepper; Baklava as dessert and the famous Turkish coffee.
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