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Cheap flights from Azerbaijan

Located between Eastern Europe and Western Asia, Azerbaijan is a country of contrasts due to its shared history with some of the countries in the region. It is also a centre of ancient empires getting a modern makeover due to the rich source of petroleum found in their part of the Caspian Sea. Skyscrapers rise on the capital surrounded by soaring Caucasus mountains, which add a rather stark comparison when going on day trips to rural villages.

Although Azerbaijan has supplied half the world's oil in the 19th century, the country has not comprehensively enjoyed the financial benefits. The economy still leaves much to be desired, even though investments have poured in from Western companies to develop the oil and gas reserves. A brewing territorial conflict with Armenia also continues, but Azerbaijan is comparatively safe to go around in.

Where to go

Although some sources do not list domestic flights in Azerbaijan's main port of entry, Heydar Aliyev International Airport, various other airports connect to Baku, the city it mainly serves. Qabala Airport can let one reach Lahic, a popular tourist destination, from a two-hour transport to the town. Lahic has a quaint quality and more accessible compared to other mountain villages. It is famous in the region for its Persian-based dialect and traditional coppersmiths. One can also go on the hiking trails to enjoy the scenery, with the help of a knowledgeable guide. Those who remain in the city can venture to Huseynov Kuc, the main street, which is unevenly paved with smooth river stones. Looking around will let one view houses with wooden boxy balconies, which are built with stone and timber layers. There is also the town's History Museum to check out, which features a small room of cultural artefacts housed in a former mosque.

Zaqatala, called the Hazelnut Capital, is situated at the confluence of two wide mountain rivers from the Great Caucasus Mountains. The old town square feature some ancient trees, and let visitors go nearby a shell of a drum-powered church. Tourists can also check out the Russian fortress in 1830, which originally guarded against attacks from the guerilla army of Shamil and other historic events.

With around three hours of air travel, tourists can reach Istanbul from Baku. This vibrant city between the crossroads of Mediterranean and Asia makes an exciting destination due to its historical roots and cosmopolitan attractions. The Topkapi Palace, the court of the Ottoman Empire, gives a glimpse of the times of the sultans and courtiers. One will find a tour of the opulent pavilions, Treasury, and the harem fascinating. There is also the Aya Sofya, which personifies the city's mixed heritage. Fragmented mosaics of the Virgin Mary and other Christian figures can still be found here, as well as some Byzantine fixtures interspersed with Ottoman additions such as the large 19th-century medallions, and a library behind the omphalion. The Istanbul Archaeology Museums can also be checked out here, which feature ancient artefacts, classical statues, and exhibits on the history of the city.

Yangon in Myanmar, which can be reached with connecting flights from Baku, can be reached within 11 hours or so. One will find here the Shwedagon Paya, a dazzling Buddhist temple and one of the most sacred sites. It shines with about 27 metric tons of gold leaf and thousands of gems, which serve to adorn the structure said to keep eight hairs of the Gautama Buddha, as well as relics of three former Buddhas. There is also the Kandawgyi Lake, an artificial body of water built by the British as a reservoir. The boardwalk surrounding the southern and western sides of the lake makes a nice spot to check out the sunset. One can additionally turn to the Mahabandoola Garden, which allows one to stroll along the centre of downtown and get a view of the heritage buildings such as the High Court.

How to get out

When going out of the country, tourists can turn to Heydar Aliyev International Airport. Airlines serving here include Aeroflot, Air Astana, airBaltic, Ariana Afghan Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Azerbaijan Airlines, Belavia, British Airways, China Southern Airlines, Dniproavia, flydubai, Iran Air, Lufthansa, NordStar, Qatar Airways, S7 Airlines, SCAT, Turkish Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, UTair Aviation, Ural Airlines, and Uzbekistan Airways.

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