Located at the joint of Europe and Asia, the capital city of Azerbaijan can be considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Baku, or the ‘city of winds’, is the cultural hub of Azerbaijan. It is the city where Muslim east first theatre and opera were performed. True to its title ‘Paris of the Caucasus’, Baku offers Beaux Arts building and a breathtaking walkway along the Caspian Sea.
You can start your journey by exploring the beautiful old town known as the Icheri Sheher. It is surrounded by the medieval walls that separate it from the modern part of the city. As you move around the narrow streets, you will come across ancient palaces and cramped up apartments.
Beyond the walls, you can admire the modern architecture by visiting the flame towers that light up the skyline at night. The towers are consistent with the country’s long history of worshipping fire.
As for nighttime, you can visit the dazzling Nizami street for dinner, do some shopping and take a stroll while taking some memorable pictures.
While traveling in Baku, you can make an easy day trip to the mud volcanoes of Gobustan. Azerbaijan is home to one-third of the world’s mud volcanoes and, hence, missing them would be not a wise decision. Moreover, the unusual sight of mud bubbling from the ground on a remote hilltop is indeed quite fascinating.
Unlike other travel destinations, Azerbaijan is pretty affordable. You can easily spend under $100 a day including food, accommodation, and entertainment. You can opt for a variety of accommodation options; from luxurious hotels to affordable guesthouses- the country offers it all. Transport cost is also quite low because the country is rich in oil and gas reserves.
Most of the time, people don’t pay mind to countries like Azerbaijan when looking for travel options. However, Azerbaijan has a lot to offer. It’s is an ideal place for someone who wants to take a walk through history and the best part about this country is that it is not too crowded and commercialized for tourism just yet.
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