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The rare yet beautiful geography of Turkey spanning East of Europe and West of Asia makes it one of the most admired tourist destinations in the world. It resonates the vibrant cultures of the two worlds while also being a reflection of Persian, Ottoman, Byzantine and Greek empires that ruled the place in the ancient times. 

The legendary monuments, picturesque towns, breathtaking coastlines, sparkling beaches, and heavenly food makes Turkey every traveller’s dream. Out of over a dozen tourist places in Turkey, we have handpicked Istanbul, Antalya, Cappadocia, Izmir and Ankara as the top 5 destinations that are a must-go for the first time travellers. Read on to explore the top recommendations for tourist attractions, hotels to stay, restaurants to dine, famous delicacies and flights from India. 

No.1 – Istanbul 

Istanbul, the major city of Turkey is also the cultural and historic centre of the country. The world-renowned Hagia Sophia, the artistic church transformed into a mosque, Blue Mosque built with elegant blue tiles and the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest shopping markets where you can buy anything from jewellery to antique and spices to carpets are some of the crowd favourites. 

Hotels to Stay 

  • Basileus Hotel – A three-star family-friendly hotel situated in the heart of the Sultanahmet neighbourhood.
  • Sumahan On The Water – A boutique hotel located in Çengelköy, on the waterfront of Bosphorus. 
  • Raffles Istanbul – A five-star hotel with a contemporary ambience. 

Restaurants to Eat (With Popular Food) 

  • Uc Yildiz Sekerleme – Try Köfte a popular Turkish dish with a combination of lamb and beef.  
  • Kadikoy Balik Pazari – A small eatery to try Turkish Pizza Lahmacun with minced meat, spices and veggies.
  • Galata Kitchen – Chickpeas with vinaigrette sauce is a must-try. 

Flights from India 

  • Mumbai to Istanbul
  • New Delhi to Istanbul 

No.2 – Antalya 

Antalya is a romantic treat for honeymooners. The city once ruled by Alexander the Great is home to the remains of the era which include amphitheatres and houses. The best way to explore the city is taking a cable car ride up to Mount Tahtali where you can enjoy spectacular views of the coastline, dig into the ruins of Phaselis and the nearby beaches. Shopaholics can head to the modern shopping mall Antalya Migros AVM. 

Hotels to Stay 

Restaurants to Eat (With Popular Food) 

  • Seraser – Steak tartare with sour cream, Dalyan blue crab leg, with carrot or crispy zucchini, are diner-favourites. 
  • 7 Mehmet – Turkish mezes (appetisers) are one of the finest on the menu.
  • Antalya Migros AVM – To dine in the sky with tables in the mid-air. 

Flights from India 

One-stop flights from:

  • Mumbai 
  • New Delhi  
  • Bangalore 
  • Chennai 

No.3 – Cappadocia 

Cappadocia which translates into “the land of beautiful horses” spans unique landscape with cave churches, underground cities, and hot air balloon rides. Explore the top attractions of the UNESCO World Heritage Site on Arab horseback, taking you through areas that cannot be passed through vehicles. Another exciting highlight of the city is the dance traditions of Turkey with scintillating belly dancers. If you wish to enjoy the charm of Cappadocia to the fullest don’t forget to book your stay at cave hotels with ‘Hamams’ (Turkish baths). 

Hotels to Stay 

Restaurants to Eat (With Popular Food) 

  • Han Çiragan – Saç Tava, dolmas and pot kebabs the most popular 
  • Dibek – Try the most savoured Testi Kebabi (Pottery Kebabs) served only on prior booking. 
  • Organic Cave Kitchen – Vegetarian delights. 

Flights from India

One-stop flights from:

  • New Delhi to Kayseri 
  • Mumbai to Kayseri 

No.4 – Izmir 

Izmir, the coastal city of Turkey is one of the fastest-growing cruise ship ports on the Aegean Sea. Here you can spend your holiday exploring legendary streets and Roman ruins. Ephesus, a famous ancient Roman city and Pergamon Acropolis, a Greek city are a feast for history lovers. Pamukkale, a tableland with hot springs flowing from the tip of the mountain is another must-visit.  

Hotels to Stay 

Restaurants to Eat (With Popular Food) 

  • Karsiyaka Meze Evi  – Aegean meze vegetarian varieties. 
  • Akinin Yeri – For the best seafood in the city 
  • Tavaci Recep Usta – meatballs and skewers are best. 

Flights from India 

  • New Delhi to Istanbul 

No.5 – Ankara 

Ankara, the capital city, unveils a rather unique side of Turkey throwing modern vibes with the flavours of the west. Mausoleum of Atatürk built in the memory of the first president of the new Republic of Turkey is a popular tourist destination to discover its legacy. A walk through the historic Old Quarters surrounded by ancient red-roofed Ottoman houses and cobbled streets will give you a glance into the past. Other worth visiting places include Ankara Castle, Historical Centre of Anatolian Civilisation and 410 feet high Atakule Tower. 

Hotels to Stay 

Restaurants to Eat (With Popular Food) 

  • Haci Arif Bey – Try the famous Turkish kebabs
  • Kalbur Balik – Meatballs, kibbeh and seafood are one of the finest from the menu. 
  • Rumeli İşkembe Salonu – 24-hour restaurant to munch on grilled meat dishes and hearty tripe soups. 

Flights from India 

  • New Delhi to Ankara 

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