Today our guide will take our quests to Absheron Penisula Tour which included Gobustan, Ateshgah and Yanardagh museums.
Excursion to Gobustan. Gobustan — fairyland, which is located on the territory of one of the world’s cradles, in Azerbaijan, in 60 km to the South from Baku). Gobustan covers three areas in semi-arid areas, on a rocky plateau in the Central part of Azerbaijan. Pass the century and the Millennium, but for the spirits, and keeps the history of the land of hills and ravines, which means the name of the place, the time is passing by sand blown in the wind, perfecting mountainous terrain of the National Park of Azerbaijan (National Park)included in the world heritage list of UNESCO. The stones of Gobustan has entertained many things: the origin of civilizations, sites of ancient people, Roman Legionnaires, the sanctuary, the aliens. And all that is somehow appeared before the eyes of the ancient man, reflected in artistic images, captured on the rock paintings — petroglyphs: hunting scenes, images of flora and fauna, ships and boats, battles and everyday moments of life. Collection of Rock Art Cultural Landscape has more than 6000 rock carvings, showing at least about 40,000-year history of Gobustan: remains of dwelling caves with stands of ancient people and burial are calculated from the era of the early Paleolithic to the middle ages. Gobustan is a unique values of the area, since nowhere in the world there is no such obvious density evidence of ancient life.
We will start our tour with excursion to Temple of Fire - Ateshgah. Ateshgah — is a very especial place full of mystery. It bears the evidences of worship to Zoroaster. Here in these walls ancient monotheistic religion started to develop. This great temple is located on unique territory. Hindu community who inhabited Baku created a great monument devoted to their God. Time changed many things but nowadays tourists still could see real phenomenon embodied in natural gas burning. Because of this wonder, sometimes this temple is called “burning mountain — Yanardagh. After Islam became an official religion, this temple was broken. But merchants from India wished to renew this monument. These well-known chapels and caravanserai appeared again. Today temple looks like long ago. Burning gas is still in this place like in past times. It emphasizes unusual atmosphere. Near Ateshgah each can observe a big hole. Tourists could see a body of Hindus in it. You should ride a little distance from the Baku city to get here. Many tourists come here on excursions. Here you could feel especial atmosphere. You’ll save your memories about this visit for long time. Ateshgah impresses with its long history.
This place is located near Baku so having your excursion there use an opportunity to visit Yanar Dag. Long ago this peninsula was a center of Zoroastrianism religion. The flames of this rock could rise above on 10 feet. People call this peninsula “land of fire”. This fire rock impresses more when sun goes down. Its fire blazes light the darkness and we you could feel a real magic atmosphere as gods descend to earth from heavens. Even when it rains or snows the fire continues to burn. Tourists who came here call this phenomenon like “torches from nowhere”. This place attracted many famous travelers. Marco Polo and even Dyuma came here to have a look at this burning rock. . Overnight in hotel in Baku