ANCIENT DANCERS of GOBUSTAN, ETERNAL FIRE TEMPLE & MAGIC BURNING HILL
Duration: 9 hours
Pick-up time: 10:00 am
Pick-up / drop-off point: from your hotel in Baku
Places to visit: Gobustan National Historical-Artistic Preserve (UNESCO heritage), Gobustan interactive Museum, visiting Rock Petroglyph Site, Mud Volcanos, Ateshgah Zoroastrian temple of flame, Yanardag
- Have you ever seen where the first civilization started? Seek no more, because Gobustan Historical-Artistic Preserve is exactly what you need! Included in the UNESCO heritage list, being one of the first centers of human civilization, Gobustan located barely 1 hour drive from Baku. Ancient images on the walls and caves, rocks and boulders: their story covers the Upper Paleolithic period until the Middle Ages. There are remains of the great prehistoric cromlech (a circular composition of vertical stones, Azerbaijani analogue of Stonehenge. There are approximately 6000 drawings in Gobustan – petroglyphs describing people and animals. Visiting Gobustan State Historical-Artistic Museum equipped with innovative technology, touch screens provided with special multimedia programs, educational and entertaining games, interactive displays, 3D video and others.
- Visiting Mud Volcanos. Azerbaijan is the first in the world by the number of mud volcanoes. 350 out of 800 mud volcanoes in the world are located here! The mud volcanoes of Azerbaijan occupied the 5th place in the international contest of “Seven natural Wonders”, and on September 15, 2004 the largest mud volcano of the world located in Azerbaijan was registered in the Guinness Book of Records. (this place can not be visited during bad weather)
- Ateshgah is an ancient Zoroastrian temple of flame built by Indian fire-worshipers' community back in the 17-18th centuries. In the middle of courtyard sits an altar, the centerpiece of the temple where fire rituals were observed. The altar is situated right above the natural gas vent, igniting a large flame in the middle. Visiting Yanardag (“Burning Mountain”) is a hill located on the top of natural gas pocket with continuous flame eruption. Most probably the fire has been burning for over 20,000 years at Yanardag.
For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.
Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.