Why is Azerbaijan one of the most favoured destinations of Indian travellers?

Azerbaijan is relatively safer for women; so, women don’t hesitate to plan solo trips to this Eurasian country. Photo: iStock/graphixel

Many tourist spots owe their popularity to social media influence these days. One such place is Azerbaijan, a transcontinental country in the boundary of Eastern Europe and West Asia. Azerbaijan has now become one of the most preferred foreign destinations for travellers from India. A former Soviet state, Azerbaijan is now an independent nation. It is situated on the west side of the Caspian Sea. Meanwhile, Azerbaijan shares its borders with countries like Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Iran and Turkey.

With the Caspian Sea in the west and Russia in the north, this country is located in the Southern Caucasus region. Interestingly, the population in Azerbaijan is just under 1.1 billion. Azerbaijan has instantly caught the attention of Indian travellers, making it a popular tourism spot in Eurasia. The capital Baku, which is also the biggest city in the country, is the most attractive place in Azerbaijan. The city exudes the scintillating grace of Europe, charming the tourists who arrive from all over the globe.

Easy on the pocket
Earlier, the airfares to Azerbaijan cost up to Rs 50,000. However, now, you could fly to Azerbaijan from New Delhi for just Rs 30,000 – 40,000. Compared to 2022, there has been a dip of around 22% in the ticket charges to Azerbaijan since 2023. Moreover, direct flights are operated to Baku and other major cities in Azerbaijan from New Delhi. Interestingly, you could reach Azerbaijan in just under five hours. Besides, the new e-visa system has made it incredibly easier for Indian travellers to secure a visa. An Azerbaijani visa costs just Rs 1600. First, the visa application should be submitted to the online portal handled by the Azerbaijan government. Fill out the necessary details and pay the fees. Visa would be sent via email within just three days.

European vibes
Indians love enjoying a fascinating vacation in the beautiful locales of Europe. The reels that they post on social media vouches for the incredible popularity of European cities among Indian travellers. However, acquiring a European visa is not an easy task. The visa processing itself is so harrowing and time-consuming. Moreover, planning a European vacation could burn a hole in your pocket. Meanwhile, Azerbaijan offers scintillating European vibes and cultural uniqueness that attract Indian travellers. A trip to Azerbaijan has now become an affordable alternative to an expensive European vacation.

Social media influencers have played a major role in promoting the tourism scope of Azerbaijan. Mesmerizing scenic views and exquisite architecture exude the sophisticated charm of many European destinations. It is said that the influences of East European architecture could be seen in Baku. However, this is factually wrong. Azerbaijan had been a part of the Soviet Union; so, Russian architectural influences are mostly seen here. This is often mistaken as a European architectural style.

Azerbaijan is relatively safer for women. Photo: iStock/JohnyGreig

Safe for women
The exchange rate of one Azerbaijani manat is around Rs 48.82. Compared to Europe Azerbaijan is cheaper. However, the food prices in Azerbaijan are almost as similar as in India. Many travellers began choosing Azerbaijan as their holiday destination since the reels and videos from the country became viral on social media. Social media influencers share interesting stories from their trip to Azerbaijan, creating curiosity among their viewers. Azerbaijan is relatively safer for women; so, women don’t hesitate to plan solo trips to this Eurasian country. Known for its rich cultural heritage and historical traditions, Azerbaijan will impress people from different part of the world. Moreover, the people here are friendly and hospitable.

What to see in Azerbaijan
The capital city of Baku has many marvellous sights and interesting places that may impress you. Baku is touted as a city where modern architecture blends with historical landmarks. So, it is better to begin the Azerbaijan trip from Baku. The iconic old city and the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre designed by noted British – Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid shouldn’t be missed.

Gobustan State Historical and Cultural Reserve is another major attraction in Azerbaijan. The ancient stone sculptures, volcanoes and beautiful landscapes here are truly enchanting. Interestingly, the Gobustan State Historical and Cultural Reserve which has been included in the list of UNESCO’s world heritage sites is often visited by nature lovers to experience its unique biodiversity. Moreover, Azerbaijan has the most mud volcanoes in the world, spread across various spots in the country.

The quaint city of Sheki lies in the serene valley of the Caucasus Mountains. Meanwhile, the resort town of Qabala in the mountains is another scenic destination. The fabulous beaches of the Caspian Sea and the boat rides here are amazing. The Azerbaijani cuisine is rich and would surely excite your taste buds with its unique flavours and variety of dishes. The months from April to June is the best season to visit Azerbaijan. 

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