In only a couple of years, the ‘City of World’s Desire’ has established itself as traveller’s paradise, its fulcrum being the Turkish culture and architecture. The charm of beautiful mosques and swish castles is elevated by urbane cafes and bars which you will find in abundance in Istanbul.
The good part is you can relish Istanbul even when you have only limited Turkish Liras in your pocket.
- Istanbul’s eclectic Blue Mosque keeps it gates opened to all. Built to rival architectural marvel Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque or the Sultan Ahmed Mosque is known for its beauteous blue interiors. The mosque permits entry between 9 am and 5 pm and stays closed to non-Muslims and women folks on Fridays.
- Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar is a delight. It brims with a wide range of artefacts – carpets, textiles, art pieces, wooden merchandise, etc. Beware of pickpockets. The bazaar’s topsy-turvy atmosphere makes the work of thieves easy.
- Wade through the lanes of the busy and bustling Taksim Square and stop to admire the Republic monument. Taksim Square is also the foodies’ nest and famous for street food.
- To live Istanbul’s rich nightlife, take a bus to Ortakoy. Ortakoy is Istanbul’s underdog. Though Taksim has built the reputation of being nightlife lovers’ nirvana, Ortakoy offers a true Turkish experience to nocturnal revelers.
In only a couple of years, the ‘City of World’s Desire’ has established itself as traveller’s paradise, its fulcrum being the Turkish culture and architecture. The charm of ...