How I wish I had enough words to describe this wonderland of Cappadocia. Such unique and mysterious is its topography that it is impossible to believe that the entire city’s formations are a result of volcanic eruptions. Whats more interesting is that while different cone like pinnacles(they are called fairy chimneys) were formed, people carved them to make houses, shops, churches inside!!! Trust me, the place is simply magical and fairy tale-ish.. While u are in the city, you actually get a strong feeling of being in the land of famous cartoon Flintstones (rather Flintstones would have a feeling of being in Cappadocia;)) ..We visited Cappadocia for 3 days however a week(or a month) would also be less for absorbing its distinct beauty and superb views.
Day – 1
Places visited – underground city, pigeon valley, castle, love valley, mushroom Valley, Turkish night.
Our day 1 began with a visit to a marvellous underground city.
Cappadocia is famous for several underground cities. While only some of them have been discovered till now, Kaymakli underground city is acknowledged as the widest one. Only 4 floors have been opened yet but these are enough to gauge the huge number of people that could be accommodated here. The place has got a stable, kitchen, huge wineries, earthen ware, store rooms, living areas. The structure of the place indicates that meticulous planning was done to make this a safe dwelling place during wars. The people on the first floor could hint of the upcoming danger to the people in the underground through connected tunnels. Moist and cold, this place actually makes u experience the underground life. Surely worth a visit..
Time taken: 2 Hours
Cost: 7 USD
Valley visits: next came the most awaited trail to the fantabulous (both fantastic and fabulous :)) sight seeing of this fairyland. Fairy chimneys as they call it, are formations from eruptions of volcanoes and are spread across length and breadth of Cappadocia. This is probably the only place which makes me feel short of words. The more i see these valleys, the more I get lost in its beauty.. Vast.. unique.. stunning!!! We started the valley seeing trail from pigeon valley (valley with thousands of pigeon holes), went on a point for getting the best background view of uchisar castle (this castle acted as the main defense point, now offers the best views from top), saw the love valley (formations of the shape of private parts), mushroom valley and rose valley (valley covering varied hues and offering an ultimate panoramic view).
Alternate plan – you could also visit the uchisar castle from inside (but since it would be an on ground version of the underground city, we gave it a miss..
Turkish night: You could also watch a traditional Turkish show in the night which starts at 8-8.30 p.m. and ends at 11.30 p.m. This show starts with a ten minute performance of the divine Whirling Dervishes (saints in white cloaks whirling to sufi/rumi music with arms open, praying to the Almighty), cultural Turkish dances, traditional wedding dance, drummers, freestyle dance, finally comes the highlight-the belly dance. Charges for this show are very expensive but unlimited food and drinks are complimentary so is the pick up and drop from your hotel.