'Memory is the fourth dimension to any landscape.'- Janet FinchThis statement sums up the days one spends in CAPPADOCIA perfectly. Once you have been to this amazing place, you can never get it out of your head and the memory lasts with you for a long long time to come.I visited Cappadocia this year in the month of July and got to experience something which is just not easy to describe in words. I never thought i would get such an overwhelming feeling by looking at a place which has such rugged landscapes. Like the title states, it really looks like you have stepped out of the lunar lander. It has absolutely no resemblance to any other place on this planet and once there you feel like you just dont want to go back. Before visiting Cappadocia we had a brief idea of what to expect, but the magnitude of its beauty only becomes clear once you see it with your own eyes. No amount of words or pictures can do justice to the overwhelming feeling of being there in person.Cappadocia was the second city i visited on my trip to Turkey. The best way to reach there from Istanbul is to fly to either Kayseri or Nevsehir and the tickets are also pretty affordable. We had hired a self drive car with pickup from the airport so travelling and exploring the places becomes a cakewalk. The roads from Kayseri to Cappadocia are in amazing shape as are in all of Turkey and the views on the way are well spectacular to say the least. The landscape changes very quickly from plains to hills and then to the so called Lunar landscape.
Next day, we got up at 3 am as our hot air balloon ride was booked with capadoccia voyager balloons company. A guy from the company picked us up exactly at 3.45 am, picked other tourists on the way and dropped us at the facility where we paid for our ride and were comforted with early morning breakfast. Once all the formalities were done, we were sent to balloon ride facility where we waited for around 20-30 mins for inflation of the balloons. This early morning site with hundreds balloons being filled up and people waiting beside to step up on experiencing one of a lifetime adventures makes getting up at 3 am worth. Once the hot air is filled and the balloon is lifted, the passengers take a step-in inside the basket and the lifting starts. The ride lasts for an hour, tours around the city and finally ends at the other end of the city. Usually all the balloon companies ends the trip with a raising a toast of champagne to all the riders and providing a certificate of "Been There Done That". It is one of the must-do activities while being in capadoccia.
Day 4 and Day 5: Tour around Cappadocia. Visit: Monks Valley, Devrent Valley and Goreme Open Air Musuem. Hot air balloon ride.
Take the early morning flight to Kayseri from Istanbul. Its less than 1.5 hour journey by air. There are plenty of bus & cab services to Cappadocia, opt any one to reach the booked hotel - Elagance Cave suites, Goreme. Specialty of Cappadocia is that most of hotels are built like caves which gives altogether a different feel of stay. Even though hotels have check-in time at 3pm, they are kind enough to keep your luggage with them so that you can start exploring the place without any waste of time.
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