Azerbaijan probably on of the least visited places in Europe and Asia is the ultimate Caucasian country. The axiom – East meets West is defined in Azerbaijan. A real blend of Europe, Middle East and the Soviet Union, for years, people have struggled in trying to figure out where does is it actually belong to – Asia or Europe.

Here is a set of 10 Photographs that will make you want to travel to this place :

 

(Excerpt from The Lonely Planet )

Selling itself as the ‘Land of Fire’, Azerbaijan (Azərbaycan) is a tangle of contradictions and contrasts. Neither Europe nor Asia, it’s a nexus of ancient historical empires, but also a ‘new’ nation rapidly transforming itself with a super-charged gust of petro-spending. The cosmopolitan capital, Baku, rings a Unesco-listed ancient core with dazzling 21st-century architecture and sits on the oil-rich Caspian Sea. In the surrounding semi-desert are mud volcanoes and curious fire phenomena. Yet barely three hours’ drive away, timeless rural villages, clad in lush orchards and backed by the soaring Great Caucasus mountains are a dramatic contrast. In most such places, foreigners remain a great rarity, but in return for a degree of linguistic dexterity, you’ll find a remarkable seam of hospitality. And a few rural outposts – from village homestays to glitzy ski- and golf-hotels – now have have the odd English speaker to assist travellers.

Do write to Eventours Travels at info@eventours.in for travel options to Azerbaijan from India.

THINGS TO DO 

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Musical Stone of Gobustan – Resonant stone, that has been played since prehistoric times.
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Yanar Dağ (Fire Mountain) – BAKU, AZERBAIJAN : Mysterious hillside with a continuously burning natural fire.
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Mud Volcanoes of Azerbaijan – Home to nearly a third of the world’s mud volcano’s, Azerbaijan features a messy, bubbling, and sometimes explosive landscape.
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Museum of Miniature Books – A gigantic collection of teeny, tiny books.
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Bottle House of Ganja A quirky house created entirely out of glass bottles combines a collector’s spirit with an artist’s flair.
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Fire Temple of Baku A shrine of fire worship built on top of a natural flame.
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The Yanar Bulag Fire Spring Spring that emits water and fire at the same time is said to have remedial properties, and sparked its own religion.
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Ağdam Azerbaijani ghost town, decaying after a war left it an armed forces buffer zone.

 

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