All You Need to Know About Planning a Trip to Baku, Azerbaijan

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Azerbaijan has recently emerged as a popular destination in the Middle East for the Indian travelers. Baku, the capital of the country has lured all kinds of travelers with its European style with prices as good as an Asian destination. If you have been wondering how to plan a trip to Azerbaijan, here's how you can go about it:

1. E-Visa

Indian nationals holding a passport valid for the next six months can apply for e-visa on the official portal.

You do not need to book tickets in advance or generate bank statements for applying for the e-visa. You just need to fill in some simple details including your expected period of visit. The E-Visa is valid for three months for a single entry. If all the details are filled correctly, you would receive your E-Visa in 3-4 working days.

2. Flights

Indigo flies directly from Delhi to Baku. The journey takes 4.5 hrs. As of now this flight lands in Baku at 12.30 pm. Immigration is pretty easy and takes less than 5 minutes.

3. Entering Baku

Right at the exit, you can get the currency exchange or you may use any of the ATMs to withdraw cash. You may get a sim at the airport but the data packs are pretty expensive at the airport. So it is advisable to buy a sim in the city later.

Taxis to the city are pretty cheap when compared to India but the operators may quote you high prices thinking of you to be a noob. Use the airport wi-fi or roaming services on your existing network to download the Bolt app. You can find very economical cab rides to the city on this app. The Bolt Cars are parked right outside the airport. Baku airport isn't very large and you wouldn't find it difficult to navigate your way to the taxi stand.

4. Where to Stay?

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The area between Icerishehr (Old City) and Sahil Metro is good to find a stay. All popular tourist spots are in this area and there is a youthful vibe to it.

Hostel dorm beds are available for prices starting Rs. 600. The average price is Rs. 900. Some popular hostels in the area are:

Some popular hotels in the area, starting from RS 4000:

What to see?

Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, is a city rich in history, culture, and natural beauty. Here are some of the must-see places in Baku:

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Old City (Icherisheher): Explore the UNESCO-listed Old City, a maze of narrow streets, historic buildings, and ancient city walls. Visit the Maiden Tower and the Palace of the Shirvanshahs to immerse yourself in the city's rich history.

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Flame Towers: These iconic skyscrapers dominate Baku's skyline, with LED displays that create mesmerizing, ever-changing patterns resembling flames at night.

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Heydar Aliyev Center: Designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid, this futuristic building is a masterpiece of contemporary architecture. Its fluid, flowing lines and unique design make it a must-visit for art and architecture enthusiasts.

Boulevard and Caspian Sea Promenade: Stroll along the Caspian Sea promenade, lined with parks, fountains, and sculptures. It's a perfect spot for a leisurely walk or to enjoy the stunning sunset views.

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Nizami Street: Nizami Street, Baku's central boulevard, is a bustling hub known for shopping, dining, and vibrant street life in Azerbaijan's capital.

Highland Park: Highland Park, located on a hill, offers panoramic views of Baku's skyline and the Caspian Sea, making it a scenic spot to relax and enjoy the cityscape.

Museum of Modern Art: Discover Azerbaijani and international contemporary art at this impressive museum, which houses works by renowned artists.

Fountain Square: This lively square is the heart of Baku's social scene, surrounded by cafes, restaurants, and shops. It's an excellent place for people-watching and enjoying the city's energy.

Ganjlik Mall: If you're in the mood for shopping, Ganjlik Mall is one of the largest shopping centers in the city, offering a wide range of retail and entertainment options.

While exploring Baku itself is a captivating experience, there are several must-visit places in the vicinity that offer a diverse range of attractions.

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1. Gobustan National Park: Just a short drive from Baku, Gobustan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its ancient rock carvings, mud volcanoes, and unique geological formations. It provides a fascinating glimpse into Azerbaijan's prehistoric past.

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2. Yanar Dag: Known as the "Burning Mountain," Yanar Dag is a natural wonder where flames continuously burn from gas seeping through the rocks. It's a mesmerizing sight, especially at night.

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3. Ateshgah Fire Temple: Located in the suburbs of Baku, this temple is a testament to Azerbaijan's Zoroastrian heritage. The temple's eternal flame once attracted fire worshippers from afar.

4. Qala Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum: Located in the ancient village of Qala, this museum offers insights into Azerbaijan's rural life and history. Visitors can explore traditional Azerbaijani architecture and artifacts.

5. Mardakan Castle: Situated along the Caspian Sea coast, Mardakan Castle is a well-preserved medieval fortress that provides panoramic views of the surrounding area.

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6. Bibi-Heybat Mosque: This stunning mosque, located on the shores of the Caspian Sea, is a significant religious and architectural landmark in Baku.

These nearby attractions complement Baku's urban charm, offering a diverse range of experiences for travelers keen on exploring both the city and its natural wonders.


If you are a non-vegetarian, there are no dearth of options. But if you are a vegetarian, you may have your meals at these restaurants:

Fruits and vegetables are available at very low prices in Baku. So, if you are staying in an apartment or a hostel, you may choose to prepare your own meals at a very low cost. Restaurant meals cost as much as they do in any restaurant of teh equivalent category in India.

Tips & Tricks:

1. Tap Card Payment is available everywhere in Baku. So avoid converting a lot of cash.

2. For food and groceries, prefer Bravo 24 x 7 Supermarket. It has the best prices. Alcohol is available here.

3. Get a Baku Card that works for metro as well as buses. Even if you do not use the metro for travel, do experience the Soviet era underground metro once. Baku Card is available at metro stations for 2 Manat.

4. The metro runs from 6 am till 12 pm.

5. Even though Bolt is pretty cheap, you can get a cheaper transportation by bus. Buses to the airport and back are available from 6am to 11pm from 28th May Bus Stand. You need to punch in your Baku Card. The trip costs about 20 Rs. from anywhere to anywhere.

6. The city is pedestrian friendly. All parts of the city are paved and have sidewalks. There are very safe subways to cross the roads near the boulevard. They even have electric ramps to walk.

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