Exploring the north part of Azerbaijan!

Azerbaijan is a Caucasian country what’s not so famous among tourists nowadays, though the local government is doing a lot to change it. I decided to come here and to see what Azerbaijan hides and I was... amazed!
- Jan 2019 -

DURATION:

5 DAYS

TYPE:

FRIENDS HOLIDAY

MAIN ACTIVITY:

SIGHTSEEING

BUDGET:

€120

Baku

Baku

Baku is the capital of Azerbaijan and the biggest town of the whole Caucasus region. If you think there is nothing to do there, you are wrong. And yeah I’d thought the same before I came ;) 

Baku is huge and very rich. Local government do their best to win the race for the most modern city! I can’t judge, but I gotta say they have great results already!


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Baku, İçərişəhər

Baku, İçərişəhər

My exploration of the city began in İçərişəhər, what’s also known as “inner city”. It’s the old part of Baku situated behind the stone walls. 

İçərişəhər is quite big and the streets of it are quite tangled so even after a few days of exploring it I could find new interesting places there. 


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Baku, Boulevard

Baku, Boulevard

Baku Boulevard is a huge promenade what runs parallel to Baku’s seafront, but for locals, it’s more than just a place. It’s the main symbol of the city and huge centre of gravity where every evening lots of people gather together. 

The Boulevard is quite long and great for walking, and moreover every time I was walking thru it I found there something new: the Little Venice, Museum of Carpets or the shining Crystal Hall in the end of the boulevard. 


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Baku, Highland Park

Baku, Highland Park

The second day I was walking through the boulevard I found an old funicular located right from the museum of carpets. 

Luckily it was working and for quite a cheap price it brought me up to the Highland Park, the best viewpoint of the city. It’s located right near the flame-shaped skyscrapers - Flame Towers and the location itself was good to walk around. 


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Baku, Ateshgah

Azerbaijan is also known as the country of flames. In old times lots of oil stored underground broke out and inflamed. For locals, eternal flames burning out of the ground was kind of magic so they used to worship it before Islam came to this lands. 

Baku Ateshgah is a temple of one eternal fire. It was also pilgrimage and philosophical centre of Zoroastrians who were involved in trade with the Caspian area.


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Lahij

Lahij

Lahij is a village on the southern slopes of Great Caucasus. It’s a notable place in Azerbaijan with its handicrafts traditions related to copper.

Lahij is very authentic itself because it had been almost isolated for centuries, till new road connected Lahij with nearby town Ismailli. By the way, this road is one of the most dangerous in Azerbaijan, so my travelling to Lahij was not only interesting but extreme a bit.


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Qabala

After visiting Lahij I went east and made an unplanned stop in nearby Qabala. This town was a capital of Caucasian Albania what existed on this land thousands year ago. Now it’s famous for the biggest ski resort in the country. So if you like winter sport, you know good place in this region ;)


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Shaki

Shaki

Shaki is a quite big town in the north of Azerbaijan. Azerbaijanis love it for its unique spirit and big historical and cultural heritage. 

Shaki used to be the centre of the most powerful Caucasian khanate. The beautiful palace of its khans, included in UNESCO, still reminds about the great times of Shaki khanate.


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Kish

Kish

The nature of the southern side of Great Caucasus is really splendid in any period, and winter there reminds fairytale with shining white snow. 

After having a tasty piti for a lunch (strongly recommend it!) I went to nearby village Kish to see it winter fairytale in reality and suddenly I found that Kish is an interesting place what still keeps a history of Caucasian Albania existed on this land.


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Qax

Qax

I had a really great time in Shaki, and after leaving the town I headed to the Georgian border to keep my exploration of the Caucasus region and on this way I made a short stop in Qax. 

This town is quite and small, but it’s nice place if you want to see how usual Azerbaijanians live and a nearby settlement Ilisu is perfect example of the beauty of north Azerbaijan ;)


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