The oldest independent country in Africa, Ethiopia is in the region famously referred to as the ‘Horn of Africa’. Second largest in Africa in terms of population, it is a perfect blend of natural surroundings and culture. Enjoy the numerous natural and monumental escapades that it offers. Apart from the daring treks and the beautiful monuments, Ethiopia is one of the best destinations for bird-watching. Enjoy the sight of endemic species that are bound to provide a memorable experience.
Best time to visit Ethiopia
A tropical country, Ethiopia enjoys a temperate climate. With the climate varying according to the region, it is of great importance to wisely select the time of your visit. Weather wise, the dry season of October to February is ideal to visit Ethiopia. During this time, the weather is very pleasant and you will enjoy your stay. But if it is the cultural festivities that interest you, then plan to visit Ethiopia during the rainy season of June to September.
Flights to Ethiopia
Traveling to Ethiopia is not a mighty task as you can easily catch a flight to this African country. For international connectivity, book tickets to Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. The hub of Ethiopian Airlines
, some of the other international airlines operating here include Air Djibouti, Emirates, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways
, and Turkish Airlines
. Connecting flights by Emirates, Jet Airways, Air India, and Gulf Air
connect India to Ethiopia.
Hotels in Ethiopia
Accommodation in Ethiopia comes in various forms. While the major cities are full of luxury hotels, a range of safari lodges and camps are available in the national parks and wildlife reserves. There is also an increasing number of hotels, lodges, and villas in areas such as Addis Ababa and Lalibela. Low-end hotels in Addis Ababa costs around INR 2,500, while high-budget hotels may cost you approx INR 30,000 a night.
Attractions in Ethiopia
The only African country to have not fallen under the European rule, Ethiopia retains its cultural identity. Trying to gain an idea of this cultural identity will take you back to the Biblical times. In Aksum, you will find the final resting place of Ark of the Covenant. Try exploring the Aksumite Obelisks in the Northern Stelae Field. From here, head to the monasteries and churches of Tigray. Offering one of the best, rugged sceneries in Ethiopia, few of the monasteries are precariously positioned on the cliffs. Accessible only by ropes and ladders, it adds to the beauty of Tigray.
The Blue Nile happens to be one of the most fascinating natural wonders of the world. Trace back its source by visiting Lake Tana. Full of fishermen gliding the waters on papyrus boats, this is a sight to behold. Not far from here, you can visit the majestic Blue Nile Falls. If it is trekking that interests you, try hiking across the Simien Mountains and the Bale Mountains.
Other notable activities include visiting the beautiful castles of Gondar that stand testimony to the rule of Emperor Fasiladas, boat through Lake Chamo and enjoy the sight of crocodiles sunning themselves, track elephants at Babile, and visit the rock churches in Lalibela. Any trip to Ethiopia is not complete without exploring its capital city. Addis Ababa’s sprawling and dusty roads house the Ethnographic Museum, St George’s Cathedral and Museum, and the National Museum.
Shopping in Ethiopia
Ethiopian markets are full of artistic and cultural artifacts. Shop for embroidered toys, hand-painted scriptures that are made from animal skin, and hand-carved dolls. You can also shop for trendy brands like Zaaf. Go for their exclusive leather handbags and accessories.
Cuisine of Ethiopia
One of the most exciting cuisines in the world, Ethiopian food is full of vegetables, bread, and meat. If you have a liking for spicy food, Ethiopian meals are bound to provide you with gastronomic delights. Some of the must-try dishes include Tibs, Chechebsa, Kitfo, and Chuuco. Injera is an essential part of their cuisine. This widely consumed starch is used almost twice or thrice a day.
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