Standing as the largest land mass on the Caspian Sea, Baku is the capital city of Azerbaijan and there goes the surprise! Read on and we promise that this ride keeps getting interesting. An interesting fact about Baku is that it is denoted as the world’s most low-lying capital nation owing to its position above the sea level! This port city is pretty windy and keeping with rest of Azerbaijan, Baku Weather is partially arid. For those who hate humidity, Baku an ideal holiday destination in summers. It is located amidst the meeting point of Asia and Europe, is famed as the "windy city". On reaching this destination you are sure to recognize the confluence between the architectural designs of Dubai and Paris. The blend is almost chaotic and the same time utterly seamless. This blend of the west and east is as smooth as a meringue and also is one of a kind. The last decade has seen the emergence of towers and fortresses, the romantic pathways around the magnificent parks, gigantic mansions and tree filled streets lined up with exquisite boutiques.
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Baku Boulevard…hugs the breezy seafront
Constructed in the beginning of 20th Century the Baku Boulevard is one of the most modern western features of the city. This wide stretch of side path is flocked with people from all around the world. Visitors frequent the kiosks and small sea facing cafeterias along the Sunset Boulevard of the city. This sidewalk is so breezy that the wind whirls through the hail locks even while jogging and cycling. It is popular amongst Couples who visit here to celebrate their anniversary on cable cars along the boulevard. Playground and other entertainment are also available here, in case you have a kid or two in the tow!
Old City Baku…the hub of culture, history, and tradition
This spot ranks first in World heritage sites under the UNESCO. Explore the cinematic streets of the Old Baku City that is abundant with age-old architectural buildings that are being redesigned. The old city is essentially the home of palaces like that of the Shrivanshahs and Maiden Tower. You can hire a guide to trace your ancient trail to the depths of the city.
Yanar Dag…the land of fire
The legend goes that this gas vent was mistakenly lit by a shepherd who had been smoking. The inception of the 20th century has seen the natural gas reserves being deeply drilled that led to the extinguishing of most of the same. However, amidst all the sleeping gas flame reserves, Yanar Dag is the only one that is still awake. Its rarity makes the tourists crowd this spot. It is also famed as the Fire Mountain.
Azerbaijan Carpet Museum…storehouse of the finest carpets
This Museum site is situated at the very center of Azerbaijan and should be listed in top Things to do in Baku if you are planning to visit. The showcasing of the world’s best carpet and rug collection will surely have its magnetic effect on you. The visitors walk along the polished halls that are filled with vibrant colored carpets depicting the evolution of the city’s history. And the museum building itself is a site- its in the shape of a rolled white and gold carpet, absolutely impossible to miss!
Bibi-Heybat Mosque…the favorite of Alexander Dumas
Built by the famous Shirvanshah Farrukhzad II Ibn Ahsitan II, the mosque of Bibi-Heybat is truly a marvel that will leave you gawking! This beautiful mosque had appealed to Alexandre Dumas to an extent that he nicknamed it as the mosque of Fatima. Resurrected after the destruction, the newly built mosque is today’s spiritual epicenter for all the Muslim natives of the country. Can you imagine, that it was rebuilt based on the testimonials descriptions of travelers and the available pictures?!
Flame Towers…the iconic skyscrapers
These towers are the most important symbols and landmark of Baku. This modern feature is located on a hilltop with the view of both the Baku Bay and the Old City of Baku. The new flame-like structures saw completion only in 2012. It is highly influenced by the fire worship practice that has been famous in Azerbaijan from the ancient times. The view of the towers is absolutely stunning with its transparent bluish tinge complementing the sky itself. If you are planning on a king size vacation you can also arrange your stay in the Fairmont Baku Hotel inside the Flame Towers.
Fountains Square…the throbbing heart of Baku Downtown
The Fountain Square is extremely popular amongst visitor all around the globe for its vivacious entertainment culture. This spot is sure to give you a fun packed experience with all the lip-smacking food of the local cafes, gourmet restaurants. You can also take away souvenirs for loved ones back at home. This plaza is lined with luscious green trees and beautiful fountains that run throughout the Fountain Square. Finding the city’s pulse is a cake walk for any traveler since it’s centrally located. Do not miss it in the night, when the fountains are illuminated giving a surreal feel and effect to this place.
Maiden Tower…the iconic building
Similar to the Old City of Baku, the Maiden Tower has also been listed by the UNESCO as one of the world heritage sites. Giz Galasi, the famous local wall city of Baku is home to this iconic architectural structure. Posing as the most differentiating feature jutting out at the clear skyline, Maiden Tower is crowded frequently with travelers. The top of the tower gives an exquisite view of the Sea and insight into ancient times of Baku.
Martyr’s Lane…a memorial to Azerbaijan heroes
It has been built as a token of respect to the civilians that died for their country during the independence movement of Azerbaijan. It was built over the burial ground that is home to around 15000 heroes. The lane sides are adorned with walls made of marble that bears the martyr’s name engraved in gold. An ever lit flame rises from the middle of the memorial signifying the remembrance of the gone by Heroes. Many citizens and visitor pass by to pay their homage.
Palace of Shrivanshahs…the nostalgic trail
The Palace of Shivanshahs breathes of the ancient times of the 1400’s. This palace gives its visitors ample scope to get an in-depth idea about the cultural and architectural roots. It is segregated into 5 sections. The colossal network of white, is breathtaking site and a splendid part of Azerbaijan's history.
This was the tour of Baku and we were quite surprised that the city itself had so much to offer- architectural splendors and marvelous city vibe. This time of the year is probably the best time to make it to Baku, as the summers are departing and chilly winters are still a while away.
How To Reach
By Air: Baku is well connected and has Heydar Aliyev International Airport which is 16 miles (25 km) away from the city center. Almost all major airlines service this airport.
By Rail: Russia and Ukraine have rail connections with Baku. The trip takes about three nights and is advisable if you have time!
By Road: Baku is connected by road to many international destinations like Turkey and Iran.
Where to Stay
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