10 photographs as to why Azerbaijan is such an exotic destination

10 photographs as to why Azerbaijan is such an exotic destination

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.

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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.