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Absheron peninsula 1 Day tour

6 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup available
Offered in: English
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Overview

The first place on most people's agenda is the town of Surakhani. The town itself is nothing spectacular but it's a 17th century temple which has acted like a beacon through the years. However the sight has been holy for much longer than that.

The unique Ateshgah Fire Temple (10am-6pm) is one of Azerbaijan's most remarkable sights. Don't expect too much from this place, but as long as you go with "realistic" expectations, you can't be disappointed. Situated in the middle of an urban sprawl, right next to some train tracks and fields and fields of oil derricks, you will find the Ateshgah fire temple.

It stands on the site of a natural gas vent that was sacred to Zoroastrians for centuries, though this temple was actually built by 18th-century Indian Shiva devotees. They lived in the surrounding pentagonal caravanserai and performed extreme ascetic practices such as lying on hot coals or carrying unbearably heavy chains.

Absheron peninsula 1 Day tour
Absheron peninsula 1 Day tour
Absheron peninsula 1 Day tour
Absheron peninsula 1 Day tour
Absheron peninsula 1 Day tour
Absheron peninsula 1 Day tour
Absheron peninsula 1 Day tour
Absheron peninsula 1 Day tour
  • What is included/excluded

    Private transportation
    Guide
    All Fees and Taxes
    Entry/Admission - Ateshgah - Fire Temple
  • Departure & Return

    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up travelers from any destination of Baku city

    12:00 AM
  • What to Expect

    Itinerary
    This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Ateshgah - Fire Temple, Сураханский район, Baku Azerbaijan

    The Temple of Eternal Fire - Ateshgah - is an authentic Azerbaijani exotic. It is well-known practically all over the world. It is located 30 km from the center of Baku in the suburb of Surakhany. This territory is known for such unique natural phenomenon as burning natural gas outlets (underground gas coming onto surface contacts oxygen and lights up). The temple in its present state was constructed in the 17th-18th centuries. It was built by the Baku-based Hindu community related to Sikhs.

    However, the history of the Temple is even longer. From times immemorial this was the holy place of Zoroastrians- fire worshippers (approximately beginning of our era). They attributed mystical significance to the inextinguishable fire and came there to worship the relic.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Yanar Dag, Azerbaijan

    Yanar Dag (Azerbaijani: Yanar Dağ, meaning "burning mountain") is a natural gas fire which blazes continuously on a hillside on the Absheron Peninsula on the Caspian Sea near Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan (a country which itself is known as "the Land of Fire"). Flames jet into the air 3 metres (9.8 ft) from a thin, porous sandstone layer.[1][2] Administratively, Yanar Dag belongs to Absheron District of Azerbaijan.

    Unlike mud volcanoes, the Yanar Dag flame burns fairly steadily, as it involves a steady seep of gas from the subsurface. It is claimed that the Yanar Dag flame was only noted when accidentally lit by a shepherd in the 1950s. There is no seepage of mud or liquid, which distinguishes it from the nearby mud volcanoes of Lökbatan or Gobustan.

    On the territory of Yanar Dag, State Historical-Cultural and Natural Reserve was established by the Presidential decree dated 2 May 2007 which operates under the control of State Tourism Agency of Azerbaijan. After major overhaul between 2017-2019, Yanardag Museum and Yanardag Cromlech Stone Exhibition were launched in the area of the Reserve.

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Hotel Pickup

    Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
  • Cancellation Policy

    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
  • Additional info

    Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    Not wheelchair accessible
    Infants must sit on laps
    Most travelers can participate
    The tour is acceptable for minimum 6 PAX groups
    This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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