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
One of the other great things to do on Agri, as with any mountain, is to disconnect. Satellite phones may work, but this is a great place to forget about everything and focus on the mountain. Focus on the world around you. Night is a great time to do this. Stillness, tranquility. We watch TV shows about nature and the world around us, yet rarely do...more
It's quite a romantic place, Agri is. Rain sweeping down in the valley, rocks dotting a field with short, soft grass underfoot, and shepherds with their flocks. While there aren't rock bands and bars, there is the calm, quiet serenity of a mountainside encampment, a bonfire, stories and song. No, Agri isn't known for its romantic nature, but the...more
... and we didn't suffocate! That's the good news, and, considering the gear on top was lashed to the bumper... well, there's no bad news. Aside from cramped quarters in the back (we're not small guys) and the fumes, it was a pleasant ride to the mountain. This is one guide's transport. I don't know about the others. But, it fit the area- it was...more
Do not go to Uzengili after dark, in fact at dusk, get out.
The Turks own the hills during the daytime, but activities after dark may not be savory.
Also, don't wander into the hills. You will be apprehended by one of three groups: Turkish Border Patrols (hope that you are), Iranian Border Patrols (good luck), terrorists/mafia (nice knowing you...). And if not found by one of these groups, you may encounter the shepherd's dogs (yikes!!).
There is a meteor crater nearby, but some suspect that it is of different origin. This region is seismically active (being along the North Anatolian Fault line and in the vicinity of Ağrı Dağı (Mt. Ararat), a volcano of fairly recent origin and which has a trail of cinder cones trailing off into Iran. The supposed meteor crater might be volcanic or it could be a real meteor crater. Ask for directions to it and see for yourself. Its much smaller than the Barringer Crater so you may have to hunt for it.
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