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About Istanbul Tourism

What was once the largest and wealthiest city in all of Europe is now a major centre for business, economy and not to forget, tourism. With one half in Europe and another half in Asia, Istanbul tourism offers an unparalleled platter of experiences. Its cityscape reflects the heritage of two of the most significant regimes in the world history, and every bit of their diverse culture.

History of Istanbul:

Throughout its history, Istanbul has been an important city with a long heritage. The physical remainders of the Greeks, Romans, and Venetians can be found across the city. While, post the Ottomans conquest, the city became a cultural, political and commercial centre. However, as Ankara became the capital after World War 1, Istanbul has still been recognized as the centre of culture, business, and tourism.    

Best Cuisines in Istanbul:

With a bounty of popular street food joints and famous restaurants, like: 360 Istanbul, Ulus 29, Mikla, Mia Mensa and more, the city caters various kinds of cuisines. On an Istanbul excursion, do try its local dishes, the simit- which is a Turkish bagel, the lahmacun- a Turkish pizza, the balik-ekmek, which is a fish sandwich and many more to add some spice to your journey to this enticing place.

Honeymoon in Istanbul:

Plan a honeymoon escape to one of the most romantic cities in the world, Istanbul, and let its beautiful landscapes beguile for an extended sojourn. Visit to Bosphorus for splendid sunset views, Sultanahmet for exquisite monuments, along with Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Suleymaniye Mosque and more.

Major Festivals in Istanbul:

Istanbul is famed for its music festivals for every kind of season and taste. An excursion to this majestic city let its visitors have a gala time while enjoying events and festivals, like: Istanbul International Dance Festival, Istanbul Film Festival, Istanbul Jazz Festival and the list is huge!

Mosques of Istanbul:

Over the years, Istanbul has been a true blend of western and eastern cultures, and ironically its location justifies that as well. The many grand mosques built during the Ottoman era bear striking references to that east-west blend. The best example of that is Hagia Sophia, which once actually used to be a church and then a mosque, before finally turning into a museum. Sultan Ahmet Mosque, or Blue Mosque as it is more popularly known, is one of the top attractions of Istanbul, Turkey. Suleymaniye Mosque, Rustem Pasa Mosque, New Mosque (although it is 350 years old) and Ortakoy Mosque are among the must-see monuments.

Beaches of Istanbul:

With three water bodies around – Black Sea, Marmara Sea and Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul has a good collection of warm sunny beaches. Babylon in Kilyos is the best Istanbul beach, followed by Uzunya, True Blue, DURC and Dalia Beaches.

These are some of the notable attractions to include in your Istanbul holidays itinerary.

1. Hagia Sophia:

The most famous attraction of Istanbul tourism, Hagia Sophia, is known for its colossal frame and a massive dome, which rises above every other roof in Istanbul. Once a Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal cathedral, and then an imperial mosque under the Ottomans, Hagia Sophia is now a proud home to remnants and relics of both those empires and much more. It is undoubtedly Turkey’s most cherished landmark till date.

2. Blue Mosque:

Unlike Hagia Sophia, this historical architecture is still an active shrine where Muslim people kneel in prayer. Built by Ottoman Emperor Sultan Ahmed I between 1609 and 1616, the mosque when first built, matched the one at Mecca with its towering six minarets. With the grandest of Ottoman architecture and ten thousand Iznik tiles which give the mosque its name, the Blue Mosque duels with Hagia Sophia as the best of Istanbul tourist places.

3. Topkapi Palace:

Topkapi Palace was the glorious residence and seat of power of the mighty Ottomans from 15th to 19th century, overlooking the Bosphorus. The palace is so huge, and lined up with such striking display of Islamic art and architecture, that it takes up almost half a day to see it completely. If you ever had any doubt about the opulence of the Ottomans, Topkapi Palace will do away with those.

4. Basilica Cistern:

Basilica Cistern is the most enigmatic attraction you will see on your Istanbul tour. It was once literally a cistern – a massive underground water system supported by 336 columns, storing imperial water supply for Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Spot the famous Medusa-based columns amidst the dim glow of the lights and the soft trickling sound of water. The location has recently become famous in literature and popular culture as the location of the climax of Dan Brown’s book Inferno.

5. Hippodrome:

Very little of the original hippodrome as finished by Constantine the Great now remain. It was the centre of Byzantine life back in the days – functions, events, races and games were held here frequently. At present, the prime attraction of the relics is the 20m high Egyptian obelisk from Heliopolis, a Serpent Column brought by Constantine himself from Delphi and a stone obelisk which was originally covered in gold-plated bronze but got stolen during Crusades.


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  • Hagia Sophia In Istanbul

    A country with both Islam and Christian histories, Turkey is a delight to visit; and Hagia Sophia is one of the go-to places in Turkey. Located in the old capital Istanbul, it is a cathedral that was later found out to be a mosque and now runs as a museum, mainly as a tourist spot that runs on the visits of foreigners as we...

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    A tribute to Suleiman- the Magnificent, Suleymaniye Mosque is one of the most famous mosques of Istanbul. Built in between 1550- 1557, its construction took almost 8 years; however, the architectural design of Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul is still worthy of appraisal. Designed by the architect Mimar Sinan, the mosque attrac...

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By Air

The only company to have direct tickets from India to Istanbul is Turkish Airlines. There are two flights per day on every day of the week operated by Turkish airlines, one from Delhi and another from Mumbai. India to Istanbul flight duration for both the routes is 7 hours 5 minutes, which is the fastest one can travel between India and Turkey. If you do not live in Delhi or Mumbai, then there are connecting flights run by carriers like Emirates, Qatar Airways, Gulf Air and Etihad with reasonable flight duration. To get cheap flights to Istanbul from India, travel during the off seasons when there is lesser crowd. In case you are on a larger trip and are in any part of Western Europe, then there are more than one daily nonstop flight to Istanbul from cities like Paris, Brussels, Madrid, Munich, Lisbon and more.

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      Overall it was a well organized trip. I had spend 6-7 days across three cities- Istanbul, Cappadoccia and Pamukkale. The travel agent helped well throughout the trip. While booking hot air balloon through the agent I would suggest to emphasize on operators based within Goreme and book only early morning trips. Initially I booked hot air balloon via my Indian agent who connected me to a local operator but the local operator was misguiding. So I finally arranged it via my hotel. Except this everything went well in the trip.
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      City of sultans were not a professional agency. Many things which were promised were not delivered. Even Neeraj from travel triangle was of no help. Right from the start, there was delay in getting the documents for visa, Hotel confirmations. Overall a below average experience. Will never recommend travel triangle and city of sultans to any visitor.
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      It was my first experience with Travel triangle and dayal vacations. We were on our honeymoon to turkey. The trip was very well organised. we faced some issues in Istanbul, where our flights were delayed and the pick up left, the airport drop while flying out was super late and we almost missed our flight. But throughout these issues travel triangle and dayal staff was on call and in contact through whastapp. Overall the trip was very well organised and went smoothly. Hotel selection was also very good.
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    Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Basilica Cistern are the three major attractions of Istanbul, followed by Suleymaniye Mosque and Hippodrome of Constantinople.

     

    For a packed itinerary 3-5 days is enough to see the prime attractions of Istanbul. If you want a more relaxed vacation, take a week off.

    The Marmaray Commuter Rail is the most commonly used transportation to travel across Bosphorus from Asia to Europe and vice-versa. There are cruisers and Catamaran ferries as well, if you want to travel above the water surface.

     

    Turkish Lira or TRY is the official currency of Turkey. It comes in notes of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200.

    March-April and September-October is the best time to visit Istanbul. June-August is too hot and crowded, while the winter months get a lot of rainfall.

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