What to not miss in Cappadocia : Photo Tour – 4

What to not miss in Cappadocia : Photo Tour – 4

Ooooops!!! its been a while, I am here, right?

Well, after taking you to Ihlara valley and Open Air museum, when we went to Fairy Chimney, as I had mentioned, I loved that place so much that I decided to live in one of that mushroom shaped pillars, above the ground….just like those monks in old times. But then one of you called up (yes, I took my phone there and internet was working…he he he) and asked for next attraction. With multiple demands, I had to break my “meditation”, to take you on another tour….

Today, I am going to take you to Turkish night show. On a chilly evening while snow layered Cappadocia decided to call off the day earlier than any other part in the world, I was left with two options – Attend Turkish night (the benefit was dinner and unlimited drink was available) or to enjoy Whirling Dervish Show (something I would have loved to do). Unlimited drink specifically tempted me to go to Turkish Night show and I did not care to ask for details.

Organized at two places in Cappadocia, it really depends upon the tour agency, through whom, you are booking the night tour that to which you place you will go for the show. Fortunately, I was taken to Uchisar castle and looking at that beautiful castle showering in moon light was an added and unexpected bonus.

At 8:30 pm sharp, all the guests were on tables and believe me, every table had a feast. From USA to China and from India to Astralia, guests were eagerly waiting for show to start. Fortunately, we did not had to wait much. While I was still sipping the pineapple juice, dancers were on the floor and cheering up for them had begun. What followed for next 2 hours was again once in a lifetime experience. from Romali music, Bitlis, Girls Folk, Black Sea, Spoon, Central Anatolian Bride and Groom, Zebek and finally the graceful Belly dancer……I would not have asked anything more for that evening…

I know, I know, you are not able to wait for visual treat now…..here it is…enjoy 🙂

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Due to technical limitations, I was unable to upload some beautiful videos from that evening. Please visit my insta profile Wanderer_diary_3 to enjoy those videos.

And yes, did I tell you? We still have one more place in Cappadocia, to visit together…..Stay tuned 🙂

 

 

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What to not miss in Cappadocia : Photo Tour – 3

What to not miss in Cappadocia : Photo Tour – 3

Cappadocia, one of the most visited location in Turkey, has something to offer everyone. Whether you are a nature lover or cultural personality, a tourist or a wanderer, you will find something interesting here!!

After giving you virtual treat around couple of most beautiful locations in Cappadocia – Ihlara valley and Open Air museum, today, I am going to present one more – Fairy Chimneys.

But as usual, before you start enjoying and imagining yourself there, you have to bear with my knowledge about it :-).

Mostly known as Monks Valley, it is situated between Goreme and Avanos region. I was taken aback when the tour bus stopped and I looked around to understand how the next location looked like.

WHAT A BEAUTY !!….thats how I responded to the tour guide, who asked me how did I like it. And I am sure, after starting the virtual tour, your response will be same too.  The mushroom shaped pillars have formed due to the effects of wind and rain on the soft rock but they have become widely known as fairy chimney.

Walking around those spectacular cone topped rock pillars, enjoying camel ride around and enjoying snow under feet were the highlight of that evening. But you know what mesmerized me more? The history of fairy Chimneys aka Monks Valley. Impressed with the isolation and the peace provided by the region, the well-known monk St Simeon, took refuge here. He had built his home 15 meters above the ground in one the fairy chimneys, descending only to collect the offerings of food and water that his followers brought to him. Many other monks were able to hollow out the soft volcanic stuff inside the pillars and create narrow staircases leading up to the cone shaped shelters which they used as living quarters.

Some of the pillars are split into two or even three chimneys and let me tell you this….Visit this location in winter and summer both. In winter, the snow around will give you the perfect brown and white backgroud for beautiful pictures and summer will give you an opportunity to crawl inside the rock and climb the staircases to gaze out over the moon-like landscape.

And I know you are waiting patiently…….here is your treat 🙂

Enjoy!!

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And as usual, I deserved a picture there, which became my fb profile picture later 🙂

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Let me know how do you like this photo tour series so far……

 

What to not miss in Cappadocia : Photo Tour – 2

What to not miss in Cappadocia : Photo Tour – 2

And I am here again….In cappadocia, Turkey’s third most visited location, which attracts tourists from all around the world.

As I had mentioned in First Photo tour of Cappadocia, it is a location to enjoy in winter as well as summer and I was lucky to enjoy it in winter, to capture the brown colored caves standing high on white, snow-layered landscape. Nature has been generous to Cappadocia, when it comes to beauty.

And today, as a second part of Photo Tour to Cappadocia, taking you to Goreme Open Air Museum – the top tourist destination in Cappadocia.

But before you start the virtual, visual treat, you will have to tolerate my words….Yes, a brief about Open Air Museum.

On the list of UNESCO world heritage site since 1984, the Goreme Open Air Museum is accessible from every part of region in just 15 minutes. Well-known for the rock-cut churches and amazing frescos, Open Air Museum represents historical unity. Most of the churches here are from 10th, 11th and 12th century and history behind each of it is really interesting.

Weather erosion for years have created the rocks into unbelievable shapes and small entrances led into man-made cave churches. Prefer to visit with tour guide, who can explain history of each church and soon, without realizing it, you will find yourself imagining life as a Christian fleeing the Romans and living in fear of Arab invasions.

And your tour starts now……As I said, I was lucky to visit it in winter. Look at those beautiful colors and yes, I am there….find me 🙂

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The track uphill…..

 

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Ahaa….the beauty around
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I want to be here forever…..

 

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Did you look at the colors?

 

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That narrow entrance….

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The dining area..

 

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Just wow…..can’t believe my eyes….Nature is really beautiful

 

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The cozy cafe on hill soothes soul with Turkish coffee on winter morning…

 

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Snow around and snowman to love ….

 

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yes, yes…..its me. You guessed it right 🙂

Pack your begs and wait until next photo tour here…… 🙂

 

 

 

What to not miss in Cappadocia : Photo Tour – 1

What to not miss in Cappadocia : Photo Tour – 1

Knowing your US visa can be a gateway to Turkey is a big relief and when I downloaded that eVisa in a minute, I was like……..finally, one more long pending wish…..hooh!! But weather check was not encourageous. With doubts and hopes, the trip finally started.

Turkey was one of the rarest trip where planning time was minimal and could not do much research too. Flying to Cappadocia on second day of landing in Istanbul, that too based on some online suggestions, felt like a rush and on airport when I observed the current temperature in Cappadocia as -8 C, a thought to cancel the trip to Cappadocia crossed mind but ….

But discovering Cappadocia was that once in a lifetime feeling of being amazed and impressed and influenced by natural beauty. 2 days in Cappadocia and camera full of memories, when I left Cappadocia, I knew how and what I wanted to write about this place.

And thats why this photo tour….. Everyone who has visited Cappadocia will agree that you cannot describe the beauty in words and so I will work smart :-). Why to bore you with those black and white letters when you can see the colorful images and imagine yourself in it?

As the title says, this is just first part of Photo Tour to mesmerizing Cappadocia. I am planning to publish at least 5 parts (yes, as I said, camera full of memories)…..so stay tuned 🙂

Today…..the most beautiful part of Cappadocia (or at least I think so) – Ihlara Valley.

To introduce Ihlara Valley, the guide said…as the US has Grand Canyons, we have Ihlara Valley. I was not impressed with the statement knowing Grand Canyons and beauty around. But this photo tour will tell you how I felt good by being proven wrong for one more time….

Ok…..OK…..no more words……only colors…..

Enjoy!!

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Well, as usual, I had a special click too at this beautiful place……memories, you know? 🙂

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Let me know in comments, if you are excited for second part of photo tour….