The Maiden Tower (Qiz Qalasi) is said to be finished in the 12th century, although some sources state the 5th century as the start of its construction. The cylindrical shaped tower was erected as part of the fortification system of Baku's old town (Icheri Sheher). The height of the Maiden Tower is approximately 29,5 metres and it has a diameter of...more
Hotel Park Inn / Baku Most of the basic things are fine. The rooms are good. Cleaning works. The...more
I love this place! Before I explain why, it’s best I explain why I came to be here late at night. I wasted 3 days getting my Azeri visa so had a lot less time in Baku that I would have liked. This is what happens when the same family is always in charge. To make my most out of the few full days I had in the city, I got up early every day and got...more
The easiest and most convenient (but not comfortable) way to go from Saki (Sheki), Azerbaijan, across the Georgian border to Tbilisi is by mashrutka/mini bus.First, you need to take a local bus or taxi from Saki to Qax (should take no longer than 30 minutes). The bus terminal at Qax is fairly new and modern.From Qax, take a mini bus (mashrutka) to...more
It is the best hotel in Azerabaizan where I have ever been. So it is my favourite hotel there. It is...more
There is a museum of history of Ordubad in Ordubad :) The museum was created in 1980. 18th century "Qeyseriyye-Zorkhana" has been a home for the museum since May, 1990. Geyseriyye means covered east market and that's where they'd sell all kinds of jewels. In 17th-19th centuries fighters from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and Turkey came to fight and used...more
Ordubad is basically another region within Nahchivan, not too far driving away from Nahchivan city. It's a nice little town with its own villages and hosts many museums. Just like anywhere else in Nahchivan, the nature is picturesque and the people are amazingly friendly. One day is enough to visit all the museums and to grab a bite in one of the...more
One day is enough but also a must in this city. It is a good place to relax before entering to Georgia. Also a good place to go to the mountains.Unfortunatelly i didnt do that. I guess next time. I would say super small city, again with really friendly people.Add to your Trip Planner
Transport from Ismaili to Lahic
Lahic is about 30 km from Ismaili over a rocky country road. You can take a taxi there, which may need to be a 4wd, or a bus if the weather is dry.
When we alighted from our marshrutka from Sheki in Ismaili we were immediately surrounded by taxi drivers eager for our money. We tried to ignore them but somehow got cornered by one whose friend spoke good Russian. They offered to take us there for 20 manat ($25) which seemed very reasonable.
What we didn't realize was that neither of them had any idea of how to get to Lahic, or how far it actually was. The third time they needed to ask directions, we stopped by a group of men idling in that typical Caucasian way. When they finally discovered how far Lahic was, and how bad the road is, they returned to the taxi and asked us for an additional 20 manat. Ever the American, I started to stress a little, but Mamuka simply smiled and got out of the car. I waited alone while some of them men peered in curiously, listening to an increasingly heated argument in Russian outside. I started imaging us abandoned, here in the barren hills of Azerbaijan, with only a large gang of fairly leering men to turn to.
Mamuka poked his head in, saw my tense expression, and exclaimed "Don't worry honey. This is great fun!". He resumed the argument, which eventually ended. The taxi men returned to the car and we started off. I turned to Mamuka in puzzlement. "How much extra did you pay them?" He answered "Nothing, of course! I told the leader of the gang that these men offered to take me to Lahic if I would pay them 20 manat. They are honour bound to adhere to that agreement. If I give them the 20 extra manat, their honour will be sold, for money that will escape their pockets within a few days. The leader agreed with me and ordered them to make sure we get to Lahic."
The taxi men unhappily dropped us off back in Ismaili, where they spoke to the driver of a 4wd and paid him our 20 manat. He in turn unhappily took us to Lahic, at a rate that is half of what locals pay, we later learned!Related to:
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