Our 7 Day Travel Itinerary to Azerbaijan

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It's 2019 and we have completed our 2nd international trip of the year. This time, we traveled to Azerbaijan.

For those, who are not much aware of Azerbaijan, it is a beautiful country by the Caspian Sea that lies on the ancient Silk Road in Central Asia and one of the lesser-known. Azerbaijan is often referred to as "The Land of Fire", and also well known for having 9 out of the 11 climates around the world.

Let's check out our ultimate 7-day Azerbaijan itinerary. It includes sightseeing, major tourist attractions, the best food joints, the most exciting things to do and more. In case, if you feel anything is missing in this itinerary, please write in the comment box for the travelers to read.

We planned this trip with friends. On 10th August 2019, we arrived in Baku, which is the capital city of Azerbaijan and our tour guide was already there waiting for us. Since I had already prepared the travel itinerary, so the role of the guide was just to take us to places we wanted to visit. πŸ˜‰

We started our first day's voyage by exploring Baku, the Land of Magic Carpets.

Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum and Little Venice

Carpet Museum in Baku
Carpet Museum in Baku
Our first place was the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum. The carpet museum was huge but not up to our expectations because we have seen much better handmade carpets in India. The carpet museum stores a rich collection of artifacts and carpets (Azerbaijan's most valuable heritage).

After the Carpet Museum, we explored the Little Venice of the city. But we couldn't get a chance to ride on a boat because there was a huge line for the ticket. And no one available at the ticket counter. So, we had to leave.

Tickets for Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum
For adults: 7 Manat
For pupils and students: 3 AZN

Opening Hours
Tuesday to Friday - 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
Saturday to Sunday - 10:00 am - 08:00 pm
Closed: Monday

Heydar Aliyev Center

Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku
Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku
On the 2nd day (11th August 2019), we visited the Heydar Aliyev Center, which is one of the most impressive buildings in Baku. The architecture of this building is magnificent inside out. The center has a conference hall (auditorium), a gallery hall and a museum. You can find many artifacts of Azerbaijan architecture, crafts, traditions, and much more.

The iconic Heydar Aliyev Center was designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid and is famous for its distinctive flowing, curved style that eschews sharp angles. She was the first female architect to win the Museum’s Design of the Year Award for designing the Center.

It is a must-visit place in Baku. Even if you don't have time to visit the center, you must at least view it from the garden outside. There are giant colorful snails and rabbit sculptures all over the grass. There's plenty of space for kids to run and play outside. Make sure you carry water and snacks with you. As there is no shade outside, it will be quite uncomfortable on a hot sunny day. It's a great place for photography, especially with the I Love Baku sign.

Tickets for Heydar Aliyev Museum
For adults: 15 Manat
Children under 6: Free

Opening Hours
Tuesday to Friday - 11:00 am - 07:00 pm
Saturday to Sunday - 11:00 am - 06:00 pm
Closed: Monday

We spent almost half of our day in the Heydar Aliyev Museum and then planned to visit Ateshgah and Yanar Dag on the same day.

Ateshgah - Fire Temple

Fire Temple in Ateshgah
Fire Temple in Ateshgah
We heard a lot about Ateshgah before visiting Baku. It's a temple of fire-worshippers. The Ateshgah often called the "Fire Temple of Baku" is a castle-like religious temple that was used as a Hindu, Sikh, and Zoroastrian place of worship. But it was turned into a museum in 1975. There's nothing much to explore but it's worth visiting the place for once.

Yanar Dag - Fire Mountain

Fire Mountain in Azerbaijan
Fire Mountain, Yanar Dag, Azerbaijan
Yanar Dag is the mysterious "fire mountain" in Azerbaijan. This natural gas fire blazes continuously alongside the edge of the hill. The locals state that this fire never goes out. The fire keeps on burning even with rain and snow.

Tickets for Yanar Dag - Fire Mountain
For adults: 3 Manat
Children under 6: Free

Opening Hours
7 Days a week - 09:00 am - 06:00 pm

Nizami Street and Old Baku City

Nizami Street is a large pedestrian and shopping street in downtown Baku, Azerbaijan. We all headed to roam into the famous Nizami Street where we enjoyed a nice walk, gossiping around and taking pictures.

I would recommend to not miss walking around Nizami Street and trying their food outlets. And in terms of food, I would say that you must have "Doner Kabab" from Doner House.

Gobustan (Qobustan) National Park

Qobustan National Park in Azerbaijan
Gobustan National Park in Azerbaijan
On the 3rd day (12 August 2019), we started our tour from the Gobustan National Park. It is a hilly mountain site featuring an outstanding collection of more than 6,000 rock engravings and petroglyphs. The mountains display mesmerizing images of prehistoric life in the Caucasus. The reserve also features the remains of inhabited caves, settlements, and burials.

After completing the park tour, we saw two local women making Qutab for the tourists. (Qutab is an ancient Azerbaijani cuisine.) It is made from thinly rolled dough filled with some green leaves as stuffing. Although we were not very hungry, we tried and it was very delicious. πŸ˜‹

Mud Volcanoes

Mud Volcano in Azerbaijan
Mud Volcano in Gobustan
The Gobustan tour is not completed yet. Apart from rock art engravings, Gobustan will amaze you with mud volcanoes. These mud volcanoes are supposed to have healing qualities. The location is off-road, so it is recommended to hire a tour guide. A guide will arrange the tour to see Gobustan’s petroglyphs and mud volcanoes on the same day. We also did the same.

Most of the world's mud volcanoes are located in Azerbaijan. This bubbly oozing mud is cold with no lava, so it's completely safe to get up close. Scientifically, methane and carbon dioxide gases released from deep within the Earth causing Gobustan's mud volcanoes to keep bubbling, releasing a slow drizzle of wet mud. We had fun covering our hands and faces in the mud. After washing out the mud, it left our skin feeling soft and smooth. I would recommend you to not miss this fun part. πŸ˜„

After the Gobustan tour, we headed back to Baku and went to Maharani restaurant for dinner. The aroma of the restaurant was good and the food was delicious.

An Evening in Baku

Fairmont Flame Towers in Baku
Fairmont Flame Towers in Baku
Later we went for a walk at Baku Boulevard which is also known as Denizkenari Milli Park. This park runs parallel to Baku's seafront, located on the shore of the Caspian Sea. It is an amazing place to admire the sunrise and sunset. And the view of Baku Flame Towers from seafront near Milli Park is also stunning. The towers can be seen from almost anywhere in the city, but the night is when they truly come alive. I liked walking in the city and admiring the beauty more than anything else in Baku.

After heading back to our hotel in Baku, we took some rest and later that night, we went to The 15th Restaurant and Terrace located on the 15th floor in our hotel to have Shisha. It was an elegant furnishing terrace with live music. We were confused between so many Shisha flavors available in their menu. The waiter helped us by offering their special Shisha. I don't remember the name but it was the best Shisha we have ever had. It was a perfect way to end the day.

Our 4th day (13 Aug 2019) was planned to visit Gabala, a city in northern Azerbaijan. This city is quite famous for its beautiful lake and cable car ride. We checked out of the hotel in Baku and headed to Gabala where we had already booked the hotel, White Boutique in Gabala for one night. We decided to cover some of the famous tourist places in Gabala before hotel check-in. We stopped at some viewpoints on our way and spent our road trip by playing multiple rounds of Dumb Charades. Oh, I forgot to mention this before... we had been playing Dumb Charades all the time in the car. It was the best and my favorite part of the trip.

Tufandag Ski Resort

Tufandag Cable Car Ride
Tufandag Cable Car Ride
Our first main tourist destination was the Tufandag Ski Resort Complex in Gabala (Qabala) for the cable car ride. It took us around 4 hours from Baku to reach there. We reached late in the afternoon and didn't have proper lunch, so we put our hands on some snacks in the complex first and then purchased the tickets. I don't remember the ticket price now.

It was a great experience riding a cable car that climbs 1660 m high up to the mountain. It was so amazing that I could imagine the view in winter when there will be snow. It's a paradise for locals. It's a must-visit place for all nature lovers and adventure seekers.

Nohur Lake

Nohur Lake in Qabala
Nohur Lake
Our next destination was Nohur Lake in Gabala (Qabala). It's a very beautiful lake surrounded by mountains, located 700 m above sea level. I love those places where you can just go and relax and escape from the noise of the city. It was such a nice place.

We hired a boat to ride on the lake and enjoyed the surrounding landscape. It was fun. We also had the street corn which was made similar to the one we have in India, which we call Bhutta.

After the Lake, we headed towards the White Boutique hotel to check-in. Thankfully, we had informed at the hotel about our late check-in, so we had time. On our way to the hotel, we stopped at a restaurant, Raja Indian and Azerbaijani Cuisine for dinner. The food was amazing with their special drink Ayran. Ayran is more like Masala Chaas (Spiced Buttermilk) in India. Later that night, we checked-in to the hotel that features a huge garden, which we liked the most.

We woke up quite early the next day to see the hotel surroundings. It looked lovely with the sunrays scattered on the mountains surrounding the hotel.

It was our 5th day (14th August 2019) in Azerbaijan and we had it all planned. We were going to explore the beautiful Yeddi Gozal Waterfall in Gabala and then Goygol lake in Ganja.

Yeddi Gozel Waterfall

The Yeddi Gozel Waterfall is a beautiful natural landscape surrounded by nature in Gabala (Qabala). Some people say that it is hyped but I feel, it all depends on the season you are visiting this place. For us, it was a good time to enjoy nature and the waterfall view in Yeddi Gozel Waterfall. To reach there, our guide stopped at a place where we had to hire another guide because you need an off-road vehicle to reach there. Once there, it was quite a long walk to climb the stairs to reach the waterfall. When we reached, it was so nice to feel the cold breeze coming out of the waterfall and there was a small place to sit and eat as well. We tried Azerbaijan's local tea, which was appetizing.

Please note: There are some steep and slippery stairs that you need to climb to reach the waterfall. So, I will not recommend ladies wearing heels. Put on something with a great grip.

Goygol Lake

Goygol Lake in Azerbaijan
Goygol Lake
After visiting the waterfall, we went to the Goygol Lake. The name Goygol means Blue Lake in Azerbaijani language. The. It is a lake with pure mountain water that was created due to an earthquake a long time ago. When we reached the entrance of the lake, it was around 10 minutes walk downhill to the Lake. We took some nice pictures going down the hill. It is one of the most beautiful and cleanest lakes in the world. We clearly saw the underwater life as the water in Blue Lake is very clear and it was beautiful.

Maralgol Lake

Maralgol Lake
Maralgol Lake
We still had time to visit another lake, so our guide recommended visiting Maralgol Lake which is connected with Goygol ("Blue Lake") via Akhsu River. The lake is surrounded by mountains and dense forests. It is also considered as one of the most beautiful and picture-perfect places in Azerbaijan.

We took Marshrutka (public transportation) to go up to Maragol Lake. It took s about 15 minutes from Goygol to reach Maragol. From the drop off point, we climbed approx. 300 stairs. You can also ride a horse if you find difficulty in climbing upstairs. The Maralgol Lake is incredibly beautiful surrounded by a stunning landscape.

You can skip the Nohur Lake for once but definitely not the Goygol Lake and Maralgol Lake.

We were too tired and hungry. So, we decided to have dinner at the same restaurant, Raja Indian and Azerbaijani Cuisine. πŸ˜‹

There was not much left in our itinerary for the remaining days, except a few.

For the 6th day (15th August 2019), we had already booked a resort in Sheki - Sheki Olimpiya Hotel and Resort. So, we checked out from Gabala and visited some places on the way to Sheki.

Gabala Shooting Club

We went to the Gabala Shooting Club first where we enjoyed shooting. It was a nice experience. There were many shooting options like shooting with pistols, rifles, and archery. We opted for the indoor rifle shooting. Though there was waiting time, we enjoyed when we got our turn.

Our next destination was food, lol. We had an amazing lunch at Delhi Karachi Darbar restaurant.

After lunch, we went to a local shop on our way from Gabala to Sheki to buy some local fruit jams and sweets. We bought the White Cherry Jam and Mixed Fruit Jam. We can say it was yum because we were having it every day in our breakfast in the hotels/resorts we stayed in.

After buying Azerbaijan's local sweets and jams, our guide took us to a lake. I don't remember the name of the lake with a waterfall. I personally didn't like it much. So, there's nothing much to talk about that.

Palace of Sheki Khans

Sheki Khans' Palace
Sheki Khans' Palace (Source: Wikipedia)
Finally, we entered the Sheki and went to visit the famous Khan's Palace. But it was our bad that the palace entry was temporarily closed for tourism. Our tour guide told us that a branch of the old tree (dated 1530) with a diameter of about 50 centimeters fell on the territory of the palace a few days back and some tourists got injured. So, we just took some pictures from the outside and headed to check-in at Sheki Olimpiya Hotel and Resort.

We reached the resort late at night so we couldn't really see how it looked like. The next morning, we woke up early to walk through the resort and it was so beautiful that we ended up taking too many photos. There was no other place to visit in our itinerary so we decided to stay in the resort and just explore the resort. It was huge with a lot of greenery and a kid's play area.

We checked out after spending some quality time with our group in the resort and headed back to Baku. On our way, we again went to the same restaurant, Delhi Karachi Darbar for lunch. We checked-in late at the Soffia hotel in Baku that we booked for one night only we had to catch an early morning flight on 17th.

When it was night and we went to explore the Baku city. It was a nice time out there. We found a nice restaurant for dinner i.e. Maharaja Restaurant. After dinner, we just walked around the city and went back to the hotel.

On 17th Aug 2019, we traveled back to Dubai with lots of happy memories.

Please note that the above information is based on our travel experience in Azerbaijan.

5 Ways Travelling Makes You A Better Person

Benefits of Traveling
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Still wondering if you need to save that money or invest it travelling and making memories? We have got your back πŸ˜‰.

Travelling, as it may seem to people around you or that distant relative or family who always bugs to save money for better things, is not the waste of your hard earned money. In fact it is a treat to an exhausted mind of yours. The purpose of travel is to become a better person.

There may be numerous things you want to do in life, but you should never let travelling be out of your schedule. Traveling makes you happy, gives you a purpose of your life, boosts your confidence, and do much more. The benefits of travelling are many and below are a few of them to push you to plan for the trip you've been rescheduling for months now. 😜

Travelling provides peace of mind

The daily hectic schedule of our busy lives gives us much stress and tension. Travelling helps in reconnecting with the beauty in our surroundings and ensures the peace of mind. Select a relaxing destination to find peace in your mind and life.

Travelling gives you lifetime memories to cherish

You travel a place once but the memories stay in your heart forever. You relish it lifelong. The people, the experiences, the beauty, all exists in our memories forever. These travel memories make your life meaningful.

Travelling helps you revive your relations

Be it family, friends or the love of your life, travelling together always bring people closer to each other. We get so indulge in our lives that at times we forget giving attention and making efforts in our relationships. While travelling together, we focus on having a good time and enjoying the company of our loved ones. It will always revive the freshness and spark in your relations.

Travelling enhances your character and makes you a better person than ever before

Unknown places, Unknown people, and sometimes language barriers. You overcome all these when you are travelling. You become more adaptive, and you learn more. Travel makes you open minded. You are open to new things in life where each and every thing you learn stays with you forever. You become better than your own self.

Travelling makes you realize what home means to you

Better said - "Nothing is better than going home to family and eating good food and relaxing."
After travelling, you will yearn more for coming back to your home more than ever. It is the ultimate destination after all.

With these being only a few reasons for you to feel motivated for travelling, you need to try and explore more. Share your experiences, make new friends, make your life worth living and keep on collecting your travelling stories to tell your children and grandchildren.

World is beautiful... you just need to push yourself and leave your spark wherever you travel.

Travel Photos: Dubai Miracle Garden

Dubai Miracle Garden

If you're planning a trip to Dubai, do not ever miss the Miracle Garden and explore the stunning floral display in the middle of the desert. It's the best place to capture the colorful photos and get yourself lost in the fragrance of flowers. The 7th season of Dubai Miracle Garden has unveiled a re-imagined Disney Avenue and here are some stunning travel photos of this season:

Miracle Garden Displays, Dubai

Floral Display in Dubai Miracle Garden

Floral Display in Miracle Garden

Blooming Daisy Duck in Miracle Garden

Miracle Garden Entry View

Floral House in Dubai Miracle Garden

Floral Teddy in Miracle Garden, Dubai

Dubai Miracle Garden View

Emirates Plane in Dubai Miracle Garden

Floral Display of Peacock in Dubai Miracle Garden

Our 5 Day Tour to Armenia - Travel itinerary for Armenia

Most of us know nothing about this Caucasus country, Armenia. In case you too are clueless about it, Armenia is a country in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia between Europe and Asia. The charming blend of East and West is very apparent here.

Our trip to Armenia started from 15th June to 19th June 2018. We booked our flight via flydubai and spent five amazing days in this beautiful country. Our itineraries were all planned and we had already booked our staycations as well.

We left Dubai on 14th June (night) from Terminal 1 and reached the Zvartnots International Airport in Armenia on 15th June. We had visa on arrival that costs us AMD 3200.

We were six (three married couples) and therefore hired two taxies from the airport to reach our hotel in Yerevan. Our hotel was around 13km away from the airport and we paid AMD 6000 for each taxi.

We checked in at the Bass Boutique Hotel in Yerevan. Although it's a 4* hotel, there's no need to spend so much amount to stay in Yerevan. The hotel was good but not worth the price. We could have booked a cheap hotel or guest house or apartment instead.

After checking in, we slept for a few hours so that we won't feel tired later that day. We woke up around 8 am and had breakfast in the hotel where we found that there are not much food items to select from. And the food was just ok ok.

After having breakfast, we all got ready by 11 am and went to search for a tour guide. Near the Republic Square in Yerevan, we found a tour guide with his bus, Ofelya Tour Bus (We do not prefer this Bus Tour as our experience was not good with them) at around 12 pm. We discussed our tour requirements with the guy and finalized our tour for the day. He took us to many places which are mentioned below:

Ararat (Charents) Arch

Visit The Arch of Charents in Yerevan, Armenia

Our FIRST DAY in Armenia began with an amazing view of Mount Ararat from the Arch of Charents. It is one of the best places to see Mt. Ararat. This arch is located literally on the roadway. The monument was built in honor of one of Armenia's most famous poets, Yeghisheh Charents. He often used to visit these places and admire the amazing scenery. The Arch of Charents is one of the most popular places to admire the incredible view and take photos.

(Time spent: 1 hour)

Garni Temple (Souvenirs)

Visit Garni, The Only Pagan Temple in Armenia

Our next destination was Garni Temple which is located in the village of Garni in Kotayk Province, Armenia. It is one of the oldest sights in Armenia that survived the destruction of pagan temples following Armenia's conversion to Christianity in the 4th century. It remains a mystery why the temple survived.

Outside the temple, there is a small market selling local produce and souvenirs. We bought some souvenirs there. You can bargain for a lower price as we did. πŸ˜ƒ

The ticket price to the Garni Temple - AMD 1500.
(Time spent: 1 hours)

Geghard Monastery 

Trip to Geghard Monastery in Armenia

Our next stop was the Monastery of Geghard (means a spear in Armenian). Its location makes it an interesting attraction of Armenia. A beautiful landscape of Geghard is framed with towering cliffs. Geghard Monastery is the unique creation of Armenian architecture, carved out of the adjacent mountain. It's one of the most scenic monasteries in Armenia.

We also bought some sweet bread (Gata) from the stalls outside the Monastery. Everyone seems to be selling the same bread but it is not true. We bought from 2 different stalls and the taste was completely different from each other. You can also taste before buying one.

(Time spent: 1 hours)

Khor Virap Monastery

Khor Virap Monastery - Trip to Armenian

Our last attraction for the day was Khor Virap Monastery. Khor Virap offers a magnificent view of Mount Ararat, one of the most famous Armenian sights. Khor Virap is tied with the life of St. Gregory the Illuminator. Gregory was the first person to bring Christianity to Armenia due to which he was prisoned there for 13 years.

Hire a tour guide and he will tell you the whole story behind the Monastery of Khor Virap. We captured the beautiful scenic views of the biblical Mt. Ararat. The holy Mount Ararat is located in Turkey now.

(We were there till 7:30 pm)

The tour bus then dropped us at Republic square from where we went in search of Mozaic Sky Restaurant, the highest restaurant in Yerevan. It is located on the 17th floor of the Elite Plaza Business. Everything we ordered was delicious. Whether it was an Eggplant Roll (Veg.) or a Stewed Lamb With Dried Lavash. The chocolate shake was also yummy. πŸ˜‹

This is how our 1st day was properly utilized by visiting so many attractions in one day. It seems like a hectic day, though it was not at all. We had fun.

Our SECOND DAY tour started with the same guide at 12 pm to visit the following places:

Hovhannavank Monastery

Visit Hovhannavank Monastery on your Trip to Armenia

The Hovhannavank monastery is located in the village of Ohanavan in the Aragatsotn Province of Armenia. It has rich stone decoration and many engravings.

The church is cross-shaped and there are two-story sacristies in each of the four corners of the church. The dome has an umbrella-shaped roof, which is unique to the Armenian churches.

The Hovhannavank monastery is not colossal but is as unique as other Armenian monasteries. We didn't spend much time there but didn't miss a single place to take photos. haha! πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

Armenian Alphabet Monument

Plan your Trip to Armenian Alphabet Monument

The Armenian Alphabet Monument is dedicated to the founder of Armenia's alphabet, Mesrop Mashtots. An Armenian architect created the carved Armenian letters near Mashtots' final resting place in 2005.

We didn't really understand the letters, therefore, asked the guide to find the initial letter of our first names. We took photos with our initial letters and that's it. There was nothing more to do there.

Amberd Fortress and Vahramashen Church

Plan your Trip to The Fortress of Amberd in Armenia

Now our final destination for the day was the 7th-century Amberd Fortress and Vahramashen Church (also known as The Church of Amberd), located above sea level, on the Slopes of Mount Aragats.

Visit The Church of Amberd on your Trip to Armenia

On the route to Amberd, there are legends about this mountain route where magnetic or supernatural forces are believed to work. The car without a driver climbs up the mountain itself. All against all laws of physics! It was really amazing for us to experience this mystery. Besides, when our tour guide kept a water bottle on the road, it started to miraculously climb the mountain itself. It was unbelievable and interesting at the same time.

It was already 3 pm when we reached there and we spent around 2 hours enjoying a lot of photography sessions. 😜

After visiting Amberd, we returned to the Republic Square in Yerevan where we had some food at Tavern Yerevan restaurant. It was around 7:30 pm but still daylight. So, we had more time to explore the city for the day.

Lovers' Park

Visit Lovers' Park on your trip to Yerevan, Armenia

So, we went to visit the Lovers' Park that was near our hotel. It's a small and very cozy park, located on Baghramyan Avenue. The park is the most beloved place of young couples. It is a park with some sculptures, mini-waterfalls, and a small artificial lake with a romantic atmosphere.

After taking some quality photos in the park, we headed back to our hotel.

Next day, we had breakfast in the hotel and then checked out of the hotel. For our THIRD DAY, we had already booked two cottages in the Noy Land resort, located on the bank of Lake Sevan. The same tour guide dropped us to Sevan from Yerevan.

(We do not recommend the Ofelya Tour Bus service in Armenia. Our experience was awful with the guide. he charged us more than what it should be, just because we didn't want to continue with him in Sevan.)

Now, we didn't want to make our day tiring, so decided to stay at our resort for the whole day. Another reason to stay in Noy Land was its location. It is one of the top-rated locations in Sevan.
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It was so calm and peaceful that we couldn't resist its beauty.

We had lunch after setting down in our cottages and then explored the resort. We booked a boat ride for the evening. The weather was awesome and it started raining as well. We enjoyed a lot there.

At around 7:30 pm, we went for the boat ride in the lake. It was a wonderful experience for all of us. The ride was around 30 min long where the lake offered the stunning sunset views. We took a lot of photos and videos around the lake.

After enjoying our boat ride, we spent some time had dinner in the Noy Land Resort.

On our FOURTH DAY, we hired another tour guide who turned out to be the best guide we could have ever found in Armenia. His name is Grigor Badalyan and he has his own tour agency. He was our personal tour guide.

Just shoot us an email at planforatrip@gmail.com if you would like to hire him as your tour guide while in Armenia or Georgia. You can also fill out the contact form for more information here: Contact Us

We have not planned much for our fourth day but the guide was really helpful taking us to the places that were not even in our itinerary.

Hayravank Monastery

Visit Hayravank Monastery on your Trip to Armenia
Image by Arian Zwegers
Our first spot was Hayravank Monastery which is located on a rocky hill of Hayravank village. A fantastic view opens up to Sevan Lake (the largest lake in the Caucasus) and its surroundings from the hill.

We enjoyed the view and had some cool snapshots. It was fun.

Noravank Monastery

Plan a Trip to Noravank Monastery in Armenia

Noravank is a 13th-century Armenian monastery standing out not only with its appearance but also the surrounding marvelous scenery. It is gorgeous and magnificent in terms of both, the location as well as the architecture. It's a holy, serene destination spot in Armenia that should be experienced by all.

The monastery of Noravank is famous for its two-storied St. Astvatsatsin church. We all climbed the narrow stone stairs outside the Church to get a closer look at its dome and it was an amazing experience.

Areni Wine Factory

Visit the Areni Winery Factory on your Trip to Armenia

Our next spot was Areni Winery which is famous for wine tasting in Armenia. They offer all sorts of grape and fruit wines. This small factory aims to produce quality wine and preserve ancestral traditions and techniques.

They offer their local wine to taste with their bread. And the combination is really amazing. After tasting a variety of wines, we took a small tour of their factory where they produce wines. We went to the cellar where they keep the wooden barrels, clay vessels, and the bottled wines. It was a great experience learning about their process of wine production.

We also spent some time in their cafe upstairs where we had Armenian organic tea. The cafe's interior was quite creative with lots of messages and drawings on the wall related to friendship, love, family and more.

We realized that most people were in a hurry due to the time limit provided by their tour guide. If you really want to explore the city without being in a hurry, Grigor Badalyan is the best guide.

Our next destination was the Food Court as we were all hungry at this time of the day. We had some delicious food like veg. Pizza (we asked them to customize for us because there was no veg. Pizza. lol), chicken shawarma wrap, Armenian yogurt drink (it is very similar to our lassi in India), etc.

Artlaboratory 'epicenter'

Visit Army of Stones in your Trip to Armenia

Near the city of Sisjan in Armenia, there is a mysterious group of megalithic stones with unexplained destiny and even age.
In the Armenian local language, this place is called Zorac Karer, also known as
Army of Stones. It is believed to be an astronomical observatory.

We didn't know much about this place but it was a nice place for taking pictures and enjoying the view. We just spent a few minutes there as there was nothing more to do.

Devil’s bridge

Devil's Bridge is one of Armenia’s Natural Wonders
Devil's Bridge is one of Armenia’s natural wonders, located below Tatev Monastery. The part of the canyon, where the bridge is located, is so narrow, that even sun rays can't reach this part. Since its formation seemed unbelievable, it got the name "Devil's bridge". People used to say, that this was the Devil’s work for sure.

Honestly, we didn't find this place that much of interesting compared to other attractions in Armenia. But it was fun to visit such a place and had some photos. 😜

Tatev Monastery

Plan your Trip to Tatev Monastery in Armenia

Tatev Monastery is a 9th-century historical monument and one of the oldest and most famous monastery complexes in Armenia. It is easily accessible by the world’s longest reversible cable car. But make sure that you don't plan to go on a Monday because it is closed on Mondays.

Unfortunately, we planned it on Monday and it was closed. But the tour guide had another long route to reach there that was rich with various wonderful sights, worth seeing. He took us to a viewpoint from where Tatev Monastery looked beautiful. It was worth the long road trip to Tatev.

There's an interesting history that we learned about this place. It is said that the architect who built this monastery, at the end of his work, came to the very edge of the cliff and asked to bring him two wood chips. Taking them he crossed himself, prayed to God and said: "Ogni surb ta tev", translated as: "May the Holy Spirit give me the wings" and jumped into the abyss. Suddenly, the wings grew on his back and he flew away. The monastery was named in honor of this miracle - Tatev, that means "give wings".

There are many versions of this story. Not sure which one is the exact truth.

On our 5th Day (also our LAST DAY), we traveled back to Yerevan with the same tour guide. We had a short stop at a place in Yerevan providing an amazing city view. After a few photo shoots, the guide took us to the Victory Park in Yerevan.

Victory Park

The Statue of Mother Armenia in Victory Park, Yerevan

The Victory Park is dedicated to the victory of USSR in the World War II. Besides wonderful nature, amazing atmosphere and cafe, this park offers a plenty of amusements attractions, museum and the statue of Mother Armenia.

(There is the monument called “Mother Armenia”)

We enjoyed the park view, clicked some great pictures and then exit from the entrance of the park towards the Yerevan Cascade, as suggested by the guide.

People usually visit the cascade first, then climb the stairs up to visit the victory park. But we suggest walking down and not up. (You will definitely thank us for this)

Yerevan Cascade

Yerevan City View from Cascade Complex

Located on top of the Cascade complex, there's a kind of monument which is worth checking out. It gives you a nice view of Yerevan. Since we are moving down from top to bottom of the Cascade complex, we really enjoyed the mesmerizing view of the Yerevan city.

The Cascade is a giant stairway made of limestone in Yerevan, Armenia. Having five levels, the number of the stairs is 572, ascending along 302 meters upwards. The exterior of the Cascade features five levels adorned with fountains and modernist sculptures. At the base of the Cascade is a garden courtyard with statues by contemporary sculptures. There are a number of cafes and restaurants on both sides of the Cascade.

(We recommend comfortable shoes because it's going to be a long walk)

Cafesjian Museum of Art is also situated within the cascade complex of Yerevan. We missed it because we didn't have much time as it was our last day.

After enjoying the scenic view of the city, the guide picked us to the next destination, Erebuni Fortress & Museum.

Erebuni Museum and Fortress

Erebuni Museum in Yerevan, Armenia

Erebuni Fortress, also known as Arin Berd (Armenian meaning: "Fortress of Blood") is an Urartian fortified settlement, located in Yerevan, Armenia. We first visited the Erebuni Fortress which is why we didn't really understand what this fortress is all about. After spending a few minutes roaming around the Fortress, we went to the Erebuni Museum.

The Museum stands at the foot of the Arin Berd hill, on top of which the Urartian Fortress Erebouni has stood. We hired a guide who explained to us all about the collections in the museum including the findings from Arin Berd. The guide also narrated the story behind the Erebuni Fortress as well.

(Our suggestion is to visit the Erebuni Museum before the Fortress)

The ticket price to the museum - AMD 1000 for adults & AMD 300 for schoolchildren, students, and seniors.
The ticket price to the guide - AMD 2500.

Our trip to Armenia was a wonderful experience for all of us. Armenia is truly unique in its culture and history.

Have you been to Armenia? How was your trip? Feel free to share your travel experience in the comments below.

10 Famous Travel Quotes to Inspire You Hit the Road

There's nothing better than exploring the world...whether solo or with your loved ones. Every once in a while we all need some motivation to travel and explore the world.

"If we were meant to stay in one place, we'd have roots instead of feet."

Travel quotes always inspire us to start planning our next adventure. Here is a collection of 10 famous travel quotes we chose to inspire and motivate you to pack your bags and hit the road:

A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

You don't have to be rich to travel well.
- Eugene Fodor

Investment in travel is an investment in yourself.
- Matthew Karsten

Take only memories, leave only footprints.
- Chief Seattle

Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.
- Gustave Flaubert

Travel doesn't become adventure until you leave yourself behind.
- Marty Rubin

Once in a while, it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.
- Alan Keightley

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Travel is never a matter of money but of courage.
- Paolo Coelho

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.
- Martin Buber