It’s like all of a sudden the whole of Pakistan is in Azerbaijan- Baku to be exact. Trips to Baku have taken the social media by storm, be it Instagram, Facebook or Snapchat almost everyone you know is travelling to Baku. In case you are planning a trip too, or you want to know what the fuss is all about let us give you a mini tour of Baku from the comfort of your home.
Also known as the ‘city of winds’ due to the harsh winds that blow throughout the city, Baku is the largest city and capital of Azerbaijan. Baku is also the largest city on the Caspian Sea and the lowest lying national capital in the entire world as it is nearly ninety two meters below sea level. Baku is the economical, industrial, cultural and scientific hub of Azerbaijan. Its strategic location and charismatic qualities have made it an important venue for international and global events. Baku has hosted the 2015 European games, the fourth Islamic solidarity games amongst many other international events. Baku is also the sole metropolis city in Azerbaijan and is divided into twelve districts commonly called ‘raions’ there, and has forty eight townships. Baku has also been ranked amongst the top 10 destinations for urban night life in the world. The city is renowned for its scenic beauty, happening night life and tourist attractions, here are some places that must be on your itinerary.
The Nizami Street
This street is every shopaholic’s heaven. From glamorous brands to local must haves, you’ll find everything here. There are lots of fancy upscale shops where you can buy whatever you wish for. There are also many restaurants here that range from fine dining to local fast food joints. It’s a bright and bustling street with many tourist attractions and a great background for your next display picture.
Qiz Qalasi aka The Maiden Tower
Qiz Qalasi is the second most visited building of Baku, the first being the airport! Like Eiffel Tower is to Paris, the maiden tower is to Baku. The view from the top is breathtaking. Located in the Old Town and is said to date back to the 12th century. The name stems from a folk tale, where a king once desired to marry his own daughter. The princess deeply ashamed of her father’s intensions asked him to build a high tower and agreed to marry him once the tower was completed. Once the tower was built, she jumped from the top and committed suicide, thus leaving the spectacular monument with the name- Maiden Tower.
Formerly the family house of the famous Azerbaijani oil mogul, Zeynalabdin Taghiyev, this building now is a museum. Its showcases history in the most magnificent way possible. The museum has three distinct sections, with the first covering objects from prehistoric to medieval time periods, the second covering personal possessions of famous people related to Azerbaijan’s history. Lastly, the third section is the mansion of the Taghyey family. The entry fee is 5 AZN for adults, 2 AZN for students and entrance on Monday is free for everyone!
Baku Boulevard aka Seaside National Park
The city boulevard is from where you can observe the stunning Caspian Sea and enjoy the skyline of Baku. At night the lights, make the city glisten, leaving the onlookers bedazzled. There are restaurants, shopping malls and tea shops there. The refreshing sea breeze is just the cherry on top.
Even though out own country is abundant in natural scenery, sometime international trips can help you relax too!