Top 5 Places To Visit In Turkey As The Country Reduces Travel Restrictions For Indian Travellers – NDTV Swirlster

The last couple of years have kept almost everybody restricted to their homes. This, however, has given rise to revenge travel. Revenge travel is when people want to escape their routine lives post the pandemic. It is only very recently that countries have begun to open their borders to foreign tourists. Many countries have also removed the COVID testing norms. Turkey is one of the recent countries to reduce restrictions for tourists. When the government of a country takes such a huge step, it is indication enough that traveling to the country is now safe. We have curated a list of the top 5 places to visit in Turkey which are a must-visit for all types of travelers.

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5 Places To Visit In Turkey

1. Cappadocia

Every tourist has a certain image in mind when they wish to visit a new country. If Turkey brings out a scenic view of the hot air balloons, then Cappadocia should be your pick. It is one of the most well-known areas of Turkey and it lives up to the hype. Make sure you look up the hot air balloon rates and make an online booking in advance. Apart from this, Cappadocia also has Goreme national park, Goreme open-air museum, several ancient valleys and sunset points. It will take a good couple of days to make the most out of this region in Turkey.

2. Istanbul

With colourful alleys, scenic locations, vintage cafes, shopping streets, night cruises and cultural performances, the capital of Turkey has a lot to offer! This city has great historical, religious and cultural significance. There are a lot of boat tours, bus tours, walking tours and more provided to know all about the city. Make sure you book a local guide or read up about the key places in advance so that you know what all there is to be covered. The must-visit spots of this city include many religious places like the Dolmabahce Palace, Suleymaniye mosque, The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia Mosque, Sultanahmet district, The Grand Bazaar, Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace, The Galata Tower and more.

3. Antalya

Contrary to the vintage Istanbul, this city of Turkey is embracing modernism. Expect luxurious resorts along the coast, fun-filled waterparks and more. The blue waters of Turkey surround Antalya thus making it a great port city with plenty of harbours and beaches. Visit the Old Harbour of Antalya on foot and get to see the preserved vintage appeal of Antalya. Make sure you put Aspendos in your itinerary. Located to the east of the city, Aspendos has what remains of the Roman theater structure built in the 2nd or 3rd Century.

4. Bursa

The actual capital of the Turkish Ottoman Empire, this heritage city of Bursa has huge historical significance. If you are a history lover visiting the country, make sure Bursa is on your list. The iconic silk trading route goes through this city. The place also attracts many food lovers because of its authentic cuisine.

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5. Fethiye

Fethiye is yet another city along the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Surrounded by the bluest of waters, this city has immense natural beauty to offer to tourists. The Three Night Blue Cruise is one of the most famous sailing plans in Turkey and it is located here. It gives a great view of the country’s coast. Fethiye also has a few archaeological sites recognized by UNESCO. You can also opt for paragliding and other boat trips here.

So, when are you planning your international holiday to Turkey?

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