Cappadocia region in Turkey is one such place on this earth which is stunningly beautiful and mysterious both above and under the ground. The days are warm and the nights are cold! Such a mysteriously exotic place.
We had our base in the Cappadocia Cave Resort in Uchiser. Since Nevsehir is the main city and the main centre in the region, to travel using public transport, you will have to catch a bus to Nevsehir from your base town and then catch another bus to your destination town. With time being our major constraint and we had one just one day to see the underground cities at Kaymakli and Derinkuyu and also do the hike at Ihlara valley which is about a 100Kms away from Uchiser, we decided to hire a taxi to cover the areas.
The underground city at Kaymakli is the widest one in the region, while the one at Derinkuyu is the deepest.
A few sections of the cities are open to the public and they are by far the most beautiful I have ever seen under the ground. It is relatively cold inside as you go under the ground. Both the cities include a bit of crawling, vertical stairs but are not too physically challenging anyway! It just adds to the adrenalin rush!
The cities, built to hide from the armies invading for slaves and loot, typically have living rooms, kitchens, storage, cellars, churches, large stone door to seal from inside and it was totally mind blowing to learn that thousands of people used to live in these cities taking refuge or for religious reasons. A nature’s wonder combined with the human effort resulted in these cities!
We then headed off for a 4Km bush walking and hiking to Ihlara valley, one of the most beautiful riverside bush walking I must say.
Gorgeous Melendiz river, stunningly beautiful valley with the rough mountains surrounding, lovely wild birds chirping it is definitely a chance to indulge into the nature. The walk itself is easy to moderate, so very well suited for beginners as well. There is no hard tricks to be played, and only takes about 2 to 3 hrs even if you play at our leisure. The cafe right next to the river half-way through the walk, serving Cay (Turkish tea) and gozleme is a beauty. There are also numerous byzantine churches along the walk. So history mixed with nature’s beauty.
The drive from Uchiser to Ihlara, which is about 100Km would take about an hour for turkish drivers! Must say, no one follows the speed signs over there and I dint notice even 1 speed camera or a highway patrol! The drive when getting closer to the valley, becomes more exotic and beautiful with the snow capped mountains alluring at the distance.
I hear, from the locals, that winters are cold and beautifully full of snow and in the area! I am so much going there back in winter, for my love of snow!