Are you ready for your first flight out from India to Istanbul? Be ready for an adventure of a lifetime.
Lets start with flight information. You should know that you're non stop flight from India would connect either from Mumbai or Delhi. So, you will need to connect to either of these points from other states before heading non stop to Istanbul.
If you are flying out from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, be prepared to get to the airport early due to rush. Delhi Airport caters to more than 2 lakh passengers a day and you will see long lines at immigration.
If you are flying from other states from Bengaluru or Hyderabad and connecting via Delhi, be prepared to add one hour in your travel, since you will need to use the walkway to travel at-least twenty minutes between terminals to get from the domestic to international terminal.
Please note that for a regular visa application, this will take anything between 4-6 weeks to get your Visa processed. So, be ready for the long wait in getting an answer back from the Turkish authorities.
Additional Tip: If you have a valid US or Schengan Visa, you will just need to apply for an eVisa online. This is the most efficient method since you would have an approval in place within 48 hours
When you land in Istanbul (It would probably be around 9:00 AM Turkey time, flying from Delhi), you will probably need a day break before you head out to your next adventure.
We suggest that you stay at the Tria Hotel in Istanbul. The hotel itself is located on the banks of Bosphorous wih a panoramic scenery of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia
We did try an AirBNB stay as well run by
Suitable for a one night transit stay and its location is a shopping haven for guests who are staying in Istanbul
Price for this hotel would range from Mid to High Range
We arrived to Cappadocia the following day post a one and a half hour flight with an addiitonal 2 minute drive to the hotel.
Taskonaklar a resort situated in a small historic town called Uchisar. The area around Uchisar is historically preserved hence maintaining its archaeological value to Turkey. Taskonaklar has magnificent views of Pigeon valley with small nests located on the hills
Price for this hotel would be at High Range
Yacht Boheme features a panoramic view of the turquoise blue sea Fethiye marina bay and located in central Fethiye. The hotel was built replicating bohemian architecture and rooms were built on elaborate bohemian style and designs.
Since the hotel s next to a Yacht dock, we would suggest that you pickup one sailing experience with your loved ones while staying at the hotel.
Price for this hotel would range from Mid to High Range
Turkish and Indigo airlines fly direct non stop either from Mumbai or Delhi. If you plan on visiting Turkey and your dates are flexible, we recommend visiting Turkey August through September. During this time, you will notice that the fares are reasonable and the weather holds as well.
If you are planning to stay for 10 days, we would recommend on targeting not more than 3 location across turkey considering flights to be taken point to point
Istanbul is known for beautiful AirBNB homes especially in central Istanbul. You could spend less by staying in a couple of these locations.
A couple of suggested AirBNB include:
Some of the best hotels that we would recommend to stay around turkey includes:
Tria Hotel - Istanbul Budget (4/5); Location (5/5); Shopping (5/5); Food (5/5); Comfort (3/5)
Budget wise, a great unique hotel to stay right in central Istanbul. If you are in a mood to do some budget shopping and have some great eateries down alleys, this is the best place to stay at.
Taskonaklar - Cappadocia - Budget (2/5); Location (5/5); Food (5/5); History (5/5); Comfort (5/5)
Taskonaklar is built on one of the most beautiul valleys in Uchisar Cappadocia. It is about 15 minutes form the Airport and is centrally located within Uchisar. One of the main wonders with Taskonaklar, is that the hotel is surrounded by beautiful rock formations and historical heritages. The hotel itself is slightly pricey but in every vacation, you will need to manage budget by choosing hotels on a higher budget and balance with other great hotels in a lower budget. That's what makes a holiday experience more memorable
For more information visit: https://taskonaklar.com/en
Yacht Boheme Hotel - Fethiye - Budget (3/5); Location (5/5); Food (5/5); History; Comfort (5/5)
The best part about getting building a great experience in a holiday is by combining your holidays with mountains, history and beaches. Well, for our final destination we chose Fethiye which is a combination of History, Culture and Beaches. Fethiye is known for one its most beautiful beaches which stretched along the coast of Aegean.
For more information, visit: https://yachtbohemehotel.com/en
Just one tip. Never venture into restaurants where you see so many foreigners going to. This is always a marketing stunt to lure folks to eat at more media mentioned eateries. Always go where locals go. This is where you find traditional food that's really tasty and does not pinch your wallet
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There has been a lot of queries on how safe is it to move around in Turkey? Our experience has been quite remarkably good. The Turkish families are very warm and invite you to their homes with open arms. There are some concerns in regards to pick pocketing but I can tell you that we did not have any such issues either at Istanbul, Cappadocia or Fetiye
Couple of tips to take care of while moving around
Always leave your belongings in a hotel where you're staying prior to walking around Istanbul. Carry only what is required for shopping for the day
Istanbul is a shopping haven. Shopping can vary from Traditional to modern characteristics depending on what you would like to do from a shopping perspective. We decided to go traditional and walked the Beyoglua and Ullus market for the experience. Price ranges are low but you should negotiate hard to get the price you desire.
Driving and Moving Around
We recommend that when you travel between cities, you could catch an internal flight especially when you are travelling together as a family. While in Istanbul, we recommend that you stay at Central Istanbul where everything ranging from foo, shopping and stay are all co-located together.
Please remember, Cappadoccia and Fethiya are a mix of fun, pleasure and learning about their heritage. We would strongly recommend that you get a hold of a local tourist guide form your hotel prior to venturing out. Trust me, you experience would be immense while doing so.
Trust me on this. The fares are cheaper while flying out from Delhi during the month of August through September. Starting October, the rates tend to peak upwards.
As per the weather, it held. Slight chill in some areas but overall a good experience. It does not rain during these months.
TBD. We will be back Soon
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