Flights to Bulgaria – From skiing slopes to hunting lodges
Bulgaria is a Southeast European country, surrounded by Turkey, Romania, Macedonia, and Serbia. A land of inventions, Bulgaria is where the first electronic computer, car airbag, and the digital watch were invented. Bulgaria is known for some of the world’s top-selling brands, like Romika shoes (rebranded as Nike). The country is also popular for its local wines, salads, rose oil production, and also for winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding. The sandy beaches of the Black Sea, the vibrant nightlife, the natural wonders such as the Devil's Throat Cave, and the religious art easily lure tourists.
Best time to visit Bulgaria
It is best to visit Bulgaria in summer, from June to September, because the winter here is extremely cold. If you want to enjoy winter sports, then December to March is best for you. The spring season from April to May is also a great time to be here; when the weather is pleasant and the country is less crowded (being an off-season). You can also participate in The Festival of Masquerade Games, the most popular Bulgarian event, held in Pernik in January.
Flights to Bulgaria
Get closer to your dream destination by flying via major international airlines such as Air France, Jet Airways, Air India, Gulf Air, Etihad Airways, Turkish Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways, British Airways, etc. Every week, several connecting flights fly from India to Bulgaria at varied flight schedules. Sofia Airport is the country’s main international airport, located 10 km east of the Bulgarian capital, Sofia. You can take public transport to and from the airport, which includes metro services, taxi services, buses, and car rental services.
Accommodation in Bulgaria
Sofia offers excellent accommodation options in the City Center, the area around the Central Station, the Oborishte District, Mt. Vitosha neighborhood, and near the Sofia International Airport. Bulgaria lets you choose from a wide range of accommodation options such as budget hotels, luxury hotels, ski apartments, chalets (small wooden dwellings), seaside resorts, campsites, B&Bs (Bed and Breakfasts), guesthouses, youth hostels, golf resorts, hunting lodges, monasteries, and spa resorts. They remain open or closed depending on the seasons. The accommodation costs per night range from INR 2,000 to INR 3,000 approximately.
Major attractions in Bulgaria
Get a dose of the rich Bulgarian culture and history in Sofia, which is the second oldest city in Europe. Visit the Sofia Opera and Ballet, The Bells Monument, Arena Armeec (a multi-functional sports hall), Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Boyana Church, The National Gallery for Foreign Art, and the Sofia Zoo.
Walk up to the Vitosha Mountain from Sofia and experience pure bliss, away from the city’s busy life. Also, visit the Rila National Park, which is home to majestic mountains and varied flora and fauna like eagles, bats, owls, deer, etc. It encompasses the Musala Peak, which is Bulgaria’s highest point (9,500 feet above sea level). Located in the southwestern Rila Mountains, Rila Monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Varna, Bulgaria’s third-largest city, is home to the spectacular Stone Forest landmark that spreads across 253 hectares. It is a natural phenomenon, also known as Pobiti Kamani (stones beaten into the ground), wherein cylindrical rock pillars of limestone stand above the ground (up to 10 m), in seven major groups.
Shopping in Bulgaria
Shop for ceramics, kilims (flat woolen rugs), copper items, wooden handicrafts, jewelry, and the famous Bulgarian rose oil, which is made from different types of rose petals grown in the Bulgarian Rose Valley, Kazanlak.
Cuisine of Bulgaria
Bulgarian cuisine is diverse and shares various dishes with Italian, Middle Eastern, Russian, and Greek cuisines. The country is very popular for its yogurt and white brine cheese (feta). The must-try dishes include Banitsa (a greasy pastry), Kebapche (grilled minced meat), Shopska Salata (salad), Musaca (made of egg, minced pork meat, and potatoes), and Tarator (yogurt-based soup).
•Which are the budget airlines to Bulgaria?
Qatar Airways is the budget airline to Bulgaria.
•What is the time difference between India and Bulgaria?
Bulgaria is 3 hours and 30 minutes behind India.
•What is the average duration for flying to Sofia from major Indian metros?
Bangalore to Sofia – 13 hours
Chennai to Sofia – 11 hours
Delhi to Sofia – 10 hours and 40 minutes
Surat to Sofia – 17 hours
•What are the major layover airports for connecting flights to Bulgaria?
Vienna, Mumbai, Amsterdam, Delhi, and London are the major layover airports for connecting flights to Bulgaria.
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