Literally translating to ‘Land of Fire’, Azerbaijan is the land of lush mountains, mud volcanoes, mulberry leaves and vineyards. It is located at the crossroads between Europe and Asia, thus making it easily accessible. Daily flights from Delhi make the capital of Baku accessible in under 6 hours, while from Dubai, it is at a convenient distance of 4 hours. By Ritika Dixit
With the oncoming of the winter, the glorious Caucasian Mountains transform into a beautiful landscape covered in a white sheet. Experiencing winter in Azerbaijan can be an out-worldly for adventure-seekers and relaxation-seekers alike. Both can escape into the snowy mountains. The country offers an array of satisfying pistes for adventure-seeking ski enthusiasts, such as at the Shahdag Mountain Resort and the Tufandag Mountain Resort. Both resorts provide an endless list of thrilling sports and winter activities, along with luxurious hotels, spas and restaurants for the ones looking to unwind.
A winter vacation here cannot be deemed complete without experiencing the richness of its culture and traditions. To name a few, they have The Baku International Jazz Festival, Goychay Pomegranate Festival and the Cold Hands, Warm Hearts Christmas/New Year Fair scheduled sometime in December or January. Art lovers can soak up the contemporary art and culture of the country through the city’s soul-stirring galleries and museums like Heydar Aliyev Centre for traditional paintings and rock antiquities, Museum of Modern Art for unforgettable pieces from Azerbaijani masters, and the Azerbaijan Carpet Museum for rare exhibits of carpet-making. For a closer look at their culture, one can even attend events like Testene Art Festival for classical musical talents or the Nasimi Festival for rare exhibits of Sufi art.
Azerbaijan can even be a special treat for your kids’ winter vacation. Here, one can choose from the Baku Boulevard, the historic city of Icheri Sheher, indoor entertainment at the Megafun centre, Tulsi-Bohm’s state-of-the-art planetarium in the heart of Baku or even the Azerbaijani Disneyland at Gabala for some adrenaline rush.
Whatever your age or preferences, Azerbaijani can be your perfect winter hideout!