people, the palace, the views, treekings
may be difficult to reach during the heavy snow times
noah's ark land...and a so amazing castle...
There are local Kurdish people on top of the hill just outside the Ahmed-i-Hani turbesi. We had a brief interaction and they were so friendly and the kids are adorable. They loved to be taken pictures with tourists and they talk to you at least in their very limited english.There are young boys - 3 of them (see pic) - in prince-like costumes and...more
We walked further up the hill behind the Ishak Pasha Palace and even behind the urartian fortress and I found a mosque-looking structure where there are local people coming out.Upon research now, it turned out to be a tomb who belongs to Ahmed Khani, a kurdish poet who was born in 1651, died 1707. His most important literary piece is ‘Mem u Zin’ or...more
Five to 10 minutes walk along the road from Ishak Pasha Palace on a bit top of the mountain is an urartian fortress that looks like built on a rock ridges with a mosque just below it.The location and the view of the Ishak Pasha palace from there is just so dramatic.So don't miss this fortress after you've seen the palace.Go up further on the rock...more
The interiors of the palac eis still complete and intact. The feeling inside is so solemn that during non-touristic days you may want to just slow down and feel the energy inside the castle. It was so peaceful.I just hope tourists won't vandalize the walls as I've noticed some of it around. That's why the guards are checkin gin and out at times to...more
The Ishak Pasha Palace is the highlight of Dogubeyazit. Nestled on top of the mountain, the view is spectacular!We were approached again by the same pesky guy who annoyed us early in the morning when we arrived offering his transport or tour service to the palace but I was fully aware that there's a dolmush which happens to be right at the gate of...more
We were waiting at the bus office of Agri Dagi and we still have about 1 hour before our bus depart so suddenly I felt hungry and I said we still have enough time to have lunch.So I told my friend let's try other resto. The Urfa Sofrasi (or Oz Urfa Sofrasi?) is couple of stalls away from the Agri Dagi bus office, so we pick it. We went on the upper...more
We took all our lunches and dinners in this restaurant. The staff are very attentive and corteous, the restaurant is clean, and the food is really delicious, and of course very affordable. Mostly ranging between TL7 - 12.The tomato/cucumber salad that comes with every order is yummy as well as the home-baked flaky white bread.At night, they put out...more
It was a small restaurant just across the Van busses. We had little time and needed something to eat before the road. The view of the restaurant was not promising but we hadn't time to stroll aroun. So, entered and ordered some "lahmacun", (stupid explanation: small and thin Turkish pizza).While waiting our lahmacun, we realized that the local...more
Dont expect find chic places or restaurants as in Istanbul.. mostly are modest restaurants with exceptional attention from the staff..really helpful and kind... i remember just right now.. but one of them focused my attention ... looks nicer than others and the atmosphere was cool !!location.. quite easy and difficult cos i dont remember the street...more
As in every part of this country the menu aint as divers as i wish ..actually its almost always the same.. i mean that the breakfast served is always the same.. for exemple.. tea, as much as u want, soft cheese cut i slices, black olives, tomato, bread, cucumber, and some honney.. during my month there i was having breakfast the same... during the...more
The nightlife os Dogubeyazit is centered in this pedestrian street and it's so much alive at night - or maybe because it was Bayram festival when we arrived in Dogubeyazit.The length of the street is filled with tables and chairs and full of mostly men drinking tea at the part of the street near the police station and further tables and chairs for...more
What do you do in Dogubayzit at night? Stay in your hotel. Don't go wondering off to watch the moon rise over the volcano Agri Dagi (Mt. Ararat) because you could get raped, kidnapped, or killed. The PKK (Kurdistan Worker's Party-- and its not the kind of "party" you want to be invited to), the Hesbullah, and the local mafia are all active in this...more
At night there is not much to do in Dogubayazit !There are few place to get a beer, and certainly no clubs or music bars, but if you want to check your email or do a bit or surfing then this is the place.Friendly staff that bring you tea or coffee when you want it. They have modern computers with LCD screens and a fairly fast connection. They even...more
Just right outside the main bus terminal in Dogubeyazit there is an old dolmush that will take you to Ishak Pasha Palace at only TL2. So pay no attention to people at the terminal who will convince you to take their tour and that no public bus will take you up the hill to the palace because there is.It's an old yellow-ish or off-white old...more
There are indeed direct buses from Urfa going to Dogubeyazit. I think there are 3 of them mostly leaving in late afternoon and evening. We took the Has Diyarbakir bus line at 4:00pm arriving Dogubeyazit very early in the morning. But since the bus is slower than normal, took us I think 14 hours.Bus fare is TL45, which I think is very reasonable...more
I was on my third trip to Turkey before I ever bought a carpet. And when I did so, I did it here--about as far away from Istanbul as I could get. You may think you have been exposed to the carpet spiel before, but I can assure you, nothing compares to that of my friend, Mr. Serafettin Bayazit. He is, shall we say, a little eccentric, but in the nicest sort of way. You will enjoy your experience here, and if you buy a carpet, rest assured you will pay much less than in Istanbul, and will feel good about it afterwards. He supplies certificates of authenticity (for whatever that is worth) as well. He will also tell you about his plans for a cultural museum for the city. Count on it.
What to buy: carpets!
Unfortunatelly for my stomach all the time in Turkey i was under ramadan time, and its a period where mostly people practice muslim religion, therefore follow the ramadan during all the time.. for westerns the worst part (more in eastern turkey) is that everybody dont eat at all during the day, so its quite difficult find restaurant or places where...more
Some guy told me once in turkey that dogs are quite bad dealed, but cats are quite good. Actually i could see how true is that question walking by this town and others.. its a real pitty.. that guy told me that Mahoma took cats around him and said that cats have soul but no dog get it, and muslims i think that believe in that.. because i didnt see...more
eastern turkey is full of them wherever you move.. several kids will follow u maybe for a guide tour maybe for some coins or maybe for candies.. so polite but a little bit tiresome, but they always love to make pictures with them, its so easy and pleasant.. always smiling and Dogubayazit was an exemple of tens of shots to them !!more
Don’t buy any electronic stuff from the famous market of Dogubayazit. It supposed to be cheap and we thought that it is wise to buy some memory cards for our digital cameras. I was planning a long trip to Himalayas and I would need a memory card that time. I bought one without thinking much. Generally, I do a detailed research about the prices and...more
Not really sure if this is a real meteor crater or not, but its a darn great hole in the ground near the border with Iran.
Unique Suggestions: There is a sign with information about the hole but not much else here, but I guess if its on your route then its a worth a look
I won’t tell you about the children of Dogubayazit which don’t let you walk on your own. There is another story here:On our way back to Van busses, we saw this beauty. It is a huge roll of fabric and it has Liverpool’s famous emblem and “You’ll never walk alone” phrase all over it. I passed examining it at least 3 times and I decided to take the...more
the inner hall is smaller but so beauty and all the corridors on that stage run there.. the typical arabic horseshoe arch is visible in the hall on every side, and mosaic tiles on each side give to this lounge more brightness...the complex is not huge and 15-20 min is time enough to visit it.. but the effort to get there worth while the price and...more
The first picture was taken from one of the huge rooms with an incredible seesight to the west... the valley where i came from (Dogubayazit)The second one was a small hall with open ceiling with a basin of water in the middle together with the fourth pictureThere's also a downstairs that runs to the dungeons.. where you can imagine the prison...more
All an adventure !!! my afternoon excursion to the palace was such a beautiful, scary and harm at the same time... this palace on the outskirts of dogubayazit could be reach by taxi (as moslty guides talk about) or by foot as in my case... these almost 7km are amazing for a treeking lovers like me..more