Turkey is one of the leading tourism destinations in the world with its stunning scenery and rich historic legacy. Explore Turkey’s most popular holiday destinations, beautiful coastline, spectacular icons, exciting events and cultural festivals. Plan your holiday to Turkey with great deals on accommodation, travel advices and a variety of things to do and see. Turkey, what a beautiful country; fun, joy, happiness and never ending journey.
GOBEKLITEPE: ZERO POINT IN TIME
In honour of the 12,000-year-old Neolithic era temple, 2019 was declared “The Year of Gobeklitepe” by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Mysteries of Gobeklitepe. A marvel that tells us the secrets of early humans. About 7500 years before the Giza Pyramids, 7000 years before Stonehenge. Gobeklitepe was the birthplace of an ancient civilization of faith and mystery. Discover the world’s first ever temple complex, a place that changes our understanding of early society. Discover Gobeklitepe in all its glory.
Turkey has registered a 56% increase in the number of Indian tourist arrivals in comparison to the same period last year, hosting 130,000 Indian visitors. This was revealed by the Turkish Tourism Board in India.
Looking at such positive growth and indicative data coming from ministry, the Turkey tourism board is expecting to host around 250,000 Indian tourists by the end of 2019. The latest official statistics show that more than 24 million foreign tourists visited Turkey within the period of January to July, a strong 14.10% increase from the same period of last year. The country has emerged as a popular destination for Indian travellers across categories.
From leisure travel to Indian weddings and MICE summits, there has been a significant increase in all segments. The tourism board further announced that by the end of 2019, Turkey is expected to host around 30 Indian weddings and 30, 000 MICE visitors. It is also hoping to reach a record number of Indian tourist arrivals in Turkey by end of this year.
Is it safe to go to Turkey? The short answer is a cautious yes. The British government deems most of the country, including the popular coastal resorts, safe to visit. However, the FCO says the threat from terrorism remains high and advises visitors to be mindful of ongoing security operations throughout the country.
Currency: The Turkish Lira is the currency of Turkey.
Government: The politics of Turkey takes place in a framework of a presidential republic, whereby the President of Turkey is the head of government and the head of state who holds executive powers to issue executive decrees, appoint judges and heads of state institutions.
President: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Speaker: Mustafa Şentop
Government: Democracy, Republic, Parliamentary system, Unitary state, Presidential system, Parliamentary republic.
India- Turkey Trade Relationship: India-Turkey- A Stable & Friendly Partnership.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Erdogan, during the discussions, affirmed that the relationship between India and Turkey was anchored in historical exchanges between the Leaders and the peoples of the two nations. The richly diverse and secular democracies of both nations provide a valuable base to further cement the ties between the two nations.
Both Leaders agreed that India and Turkey, being among the top 20 economies in the world with sound economic fundamentals and increasing convergence of positions, could contribute to addressing international issues of mutual interest such as new economic order, stability and security of the respective regions.
The two Leaders noted that bilateral relations between the two nations have been strengthened by the exchange of high-level visits from both sides.
Both Leaders laid high emphasis on people-to- people contact and strengthening cultural linkages between the two nations. The two Leaders noted that ties of culture and language – the Sufi traditions, the exchanges and influences of the Turkish language on Hindi and vice versa among other linkages – provide a deep connect between our people. They agreed that the new Cultural Exchange Programme would further cement cultural connections and institutional relations.
India and Turkey-Partners in International Cooperation Multilateral Export Control Regimes India and Turkey are united by common interests in preventing the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and their delivery systems as well as in strengthening Multilateral Export Control Regimes. The two Leaders underlined their shared interest in strengthening global non-proliferation objectives. In this regard, President Erdogan welcomed India’s accession to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) inJune 2016. Prime Minister Modi thanked President Erdogan for Turkey’s support for India’s membership of the MTCR and applications to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group and Wassenaar Arrangement .
Both sides expressed satisfaction with regular high-level contacts between the two countries that provide the much-needed impetus to progressive enhancement and deepening of bilateral ties across the entire spectrum of bilateral cooperation.
President Erdogan extended invitations to the President of India and to the Prime Minister of India for visiting Turkey at mutually convenient time.
President of the Republic of Turkey H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan thanked the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee and the Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi for the warm hospitality extended to him and his delegation.
(Declaration published at New Delhi, May 01, 2017 by India MEA)
Places to Visit:
Istanbul: Istanbul, once the capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, features prominently in most travel plans but there are many more great destinations. You could enjoy your time here staying in boutique hotels inside caves and floating in hot air balloons above the otherworldly landscape of Cappadocia, wandering in the midst of the Greco-Roman world in Ephesus, or simply soaking up the sun in the luxury beach resorts along the Aegean Sea.
Ankara: Turkey’s capital city, Ankara, is a sprawling, modern city home to government buildings, commercial businesses, universities and foreign embassies. Located right in the center of the country and the Anatolia region, Ankara is an important transportation hub, linking travelers to other major destinations in Turkey. The city itself city offers a lively arts and culture scene with a large concentration of museums, including the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations.
Mardin: Perched on a strategic hilltop overlooking the plains of Mesopotamia in southeastern Turkey, Mardin is the capital of the Mardin Province. One of the oldest settlements in the region, Mardin is best known for its cultural diversity and Old City of sandstone buildings that cascade down the hill. Mardin’s Old City is easily toured by walking. The maze of meandering streets leads visitors along terraced houses and popular sites like Deyrü’z-Zafaran Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in the world, and the Sultan Isa Medresesi, a medieval monument that once served as an astronomical observatory.
Konya: One of the oldest cities in the world and best known for its remarkable Seljuk architecture and Whirling Dervishes, Konya is a large city in Turkey’s Central Anatolia Region. In the 12th and 13th centuries, Konya prospered as a capital city under the rule of the Seljuk Dynasty. Today, buildings from that era can still be admired such as the Alaeddin Mosque and the ruins of the Seljuk Palace. Konya was also the home of the Persian theologian and Sufi mystic, Rumi. His mausoleum is a must-see site in Konya. Rumi’s followers founded the Mevlevi Order, better known as the Whirling Dervishes due to their religious ceremonies in which they spin around and around on the left foot while wearing white, billowing gowns.
Antalya: Nestled along the beautiful Turkish Riviera on the Mediterranean coastline, Antalya is a large, vibrant city welcoming tourists with numerous resorts, hotels, bars and restaurants. Spectacular scenery frames the city with gorgeous beaches and lush green mountains dotted with ancient ruins. From swimming and sailing to mountain climbing, sightseeing and family fun, Antalya offers something for everyone. A walk around Kaleiçi, the Old Quarter, offers a step back into the city’s ancient past with views of the old city walls, Roman gates, maze-like streets and historic structures that include the Clock Tower.
Marmaris: One of Turkey’s most popular seaside resorts, Marmaris is a picture-perfect setting of pine-clad mountains, sandy white beaches, turquoise waters and historic architecture. Located along the Turkish Riviera in southwest Turkey, this stunning cruise port is a tourist paradise with exceptional sightseeing opportunities, water sports, adventure, fantastic dining and buzzing nightlife. Various boating tours take visitors exploring around the picturesque bays and neighboring villages. If that is not enough, there are a number of day trips from Marmaris to outstanding destinations like Dalyan, Ephesus, Pamukkale and Cleopatra Island.
Side: A major port in ancient Pamphylia and occupied by Alexander the Great in 4th century BC, Side today is a picturesque town of classic ruins and modern day resorts overlooking sandy white beaches. Located on a small peninsula, Side offers fantastic sightseeing, dining and nightlife. Its star attraction is an excavated site of ancient Hellenistic and Roman ruins that include the remnants of a colossal amphitheater and various temples. Featuring narrow streets and attractive gardens, the charming town of Side offers many restaurants ranging from delis and pizza shops to upscale dining in a variety of cuisines.
Bodrum: Located in the southern Aegean region of Turkey, Bodrum was once home to the Mausoleum, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Today, its intriguing ruins, stunning beaches and cliff-top resorts attract people from all over the world. No visit to Bodrum would be complete without seeing the Castle of St. Peter, also known as Bodrum Castle. Built from 1402 by the Knights Hospitaller it now operates as a museum. On Bodrum’s eastern side, tourists will find a beautiful beach overlooking brilliant blue water. Near the beach are plenty of cafes, bars and nightclubs. On the western side of town is the marina, shopping centers and restaurants.
Ephesus: Europe’s most complete classical metropolis, Ephesus is an ancient site located in Aegean Turkey. By the 1st century BC, Ephesus was one of the largest cities in all of the Roman Empire, boasting one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis. The ruins of Ephesus are well preserved and contained within a large archaeological site, making it one of Turkey’s most popular tourist attractions. Its attractions include the massive Theater, the Temple of Hadrian and the magnificent Celsus Library, a two-story structure that was built to house more than 12,000 scrolls.
Cappadocia: Situated in Central Anatolia, Cappadocia is best known for its fairytale landscape of unusual formations resembling chimneys, cones and pinnacles. Natural processes such as ancient volcanic eruptions and erosion have all sculpted these odd formations over the ages. Thousands of years ago, mankind added remarkable touches to the landscape by carving out houses, churches and underground cities from the soft rock. The Hittites were the first to chisel out underground tunnel complexes, seeking safety from invading Persians and Greeks. Much later Christians sought refuge in Cappadocia’s tunnels and caves. Today, some of the caves in the region are actually hotels and cater to tourists.