Tours in Ganja, Azerbaijan
Ganja is the second largest city in Azerbaijan. It is a good place for everyone who wants to know more about Azerbaijan. Taking a tour of Ganja is the best way to learn more about the culture and history of the country. Ganja is an important economical and political centre even nowadays. The greatest thing about Ganja is that it has not lost its historic significance, which makes it a perfect place for everyone who wants to know more about its past.
Ganja is located at the feet of the Caucasus on the bank of the Ganja Chai River. Although it lacks in sandy beaches, it is a good place for people who love hiking, trekking and most of all sightseeing.
To begin with, a tour to Ganja is a great way to discover the history of the 'mother or Azerbaijan cities' as it is called. The oldest place that you can visit is the ruins of the 11th century Old Fortress. The only remaining piece of this place is the half iron-cast gate which is kept in the monasteries of Georgia. The sight of the fortress will tell you a story about Ganja's past. The stories which your guide will probably tell you about will make your excursion to the Old Fortress even more memorable.
You will also visit the Central Museum of the city which has a lot of artifacts discovered during the excavations. One of the most important landmarks in Ganja is the Imam-Zade Mausoleum which is the place where Sheik Ibrahim is buried, who is considered to be a descendant of Prophet Ali. Since this is a very important landmark for Muslims they very often visit it. Another important landmark is the Mausoleum of Nizami Ganjavi, the greatest poet of Azerbaijan. Even though it was rebuilt it is still amazing and very attractive. Around the museum you can see the statue of Nizami and heroes of his epic poems.
Tours might also include visiting places such as the Sheik Bahauddin Complex, which consists of the Djuma Mosque - the oldest in the city, the Shah Abas Caravanserai and the Chekyak-Kjamamy medieval baths. Another great landmark is the Javadkhan Mausoleum where the last ruler of Ganja is buried.
As you can see, Ganja has a lot of landmarks which will enable you to see and feel the history of Azerbaijan.