Flights to Azerbaijan - An Enchanting Land in the Caucasus
Situated in a mountainous area between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan is a country slowly making its mark in the tourist map. A mix of historically important places, skiing destinations, natural wonders, and museums, makes the country a great holiday spot. Take part in the Pomegranate Festival held every November in Azerbaijan, sample the various treats, witness the spectacular fireworks, and enjoy the music performances by local artists. Learn about Zoroastrianism and its culture and traditions in Azerbaijanby visiting the Baku Ateshgah. The capital city, Baku, is a favorite among travelers, with its long list of attractions.
Best time to visit Azerbaijan
The ideal time to visit Azerbaijan is from April to October, although it is best to avoid July and August as the heat is intense. The dry weather from April to October makes it convenient for travelers to tour around the country. Temperate climate with warm summers and cold, dry winters is the characteristic weather condition of Azerbaijan.
How to reach Azerbaijan
Enjoy flying to Azerbaijan with domestic and international airlines like Jet Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Emirates, and Gulf Air. As there are no direct flights from major Indian cities to Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku, the airlines will stop over at Dubai, Mumbai, Istanbul, or Bahrain. To travel within the city, make use of the transport modes such as buses, cars, or trains.
Where to stay in Azerbaijan
Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, offers a lot of accommodation options to choose from, in terms of luxury hotels, hostels, rental apartments, and hotels with basic amenities. For an overnight stay at a hotel in Baku, the starting price will be INR 1,100. Staying at a guest house or hostel will cost around INR 1,500. Qabala, a popular skiing destination, offers accommodation facilities at INR 2,700 per night. Another city which offers great lodging options is Lankaran, with starting prices at INR 2,300.
Must-visit places in Azerbaijan
Have a great time visiting the various museums, mosques, and historic structures in Baku, the capital city. The Palace of the Shirvanshahs, Azerbaijan Carpet Museum, Maiden Tower, Baku Ateshgah (the “Fire Temple”), Bibi-Heybat Mosque, and Fountains Square are the best places to visit in Baku.
Built during the 17th and 18th centuries, The Baku Ateshgah is a place of worship for Hindus and Zoroastrians. Earlier, from the natural gas vents at the surface, fire continuously lit up certain spots in the temple. Now, the phenomenon has been artificially recreated.
Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is famous for its pre-historic rock art engravings. Apart from this, petroglyphs, mud volcanoes, and Gaval Dash (musical gemstone) can be found in Gobustan. Baku Crystal Hall (an indoor arena) and National Flag Square are the other top sights in Baku.
In Shaki, take a tour around Shaki Khan’s Palace, Church of Kish, and Shaki Fortress. History buffs will enjoy visiting Azokh Cave in Azokh, where one of the oldest proto-human remains were found.
Must-buys in Azerbaijan
Go souvenir hunting at the shops in Icheri Sheher and get interesting objects at a reasonable price. Shop for refrigerator magnets mounted with pictures of Azerbaijan’s landmarks, colorful pottery, crude oil painting, silk scarf, bags, and purses. Azerbaijan carpets are quite famous for the intricate work and designs, but you will require an export certificate to take it back home, as per customs requirements.
What to eat in Azerbaijan
Enjoy the flavors of delicious Pilaf (a rice dish cooked with meat, dry fruits, herbs, and spices), Kababs (similar to kebabs), and Dolma (minced lamb with rice) cooked in authentic Azerbaijani style. For dessert, try Pakhlava and Shekerbura (different types of sweet pastries filled with nuts).
•Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Azerbaijan?
Cheap air tickets to Azerbaijan are offered by airlines like Gulf Air, Qatar Airways, and Jet Airways.
•What is the time difference between India and Azerbaijan?
India is ahead of Azerbaijan by 1 hour and 30 minutes.
•What is the average time taken to reach Baku from major Indian cities?
Bangalore to Baku: 11 hours and 55 minutes
Chennai to Baku: 8 hours and 55 minutes
Mumbai to Baku: 9 hours and 55 minutes
New Delhi to Baku: 8 hours and 35 minutes
•What are the major layover airports for connecting flights to Azerbaijan from major Indian cities?
The major layover airports for connecting flights to Azerbaijan from India are at Dubai, Mumbai, Istanbul, and Bahrain.
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