The Istanbul Ataturk Airport is the biggest airport in Turkey and one of the busiest in the world.
Getting to the airport is easy and relatively inexpensive, with many options to take you there. Taxi services are plentiful, but visitors should be alert to any odd changes in price. There are also private buses to take visitors to the airport, and these can be prearranged with the company of your choice. Public transportation is comprehensive, with the Metro, the tram and public buses. The bus line 96T is especially popular, as it connects several major tourist destinations within the city to the airport.
Although there isn’t much to see and do around Istanbul Airport, travellers with a bit more time should make sure they’ve see the following attractions before leaving the city:
The Blue Mosque, officially called the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, is named for the numerous blue tiles that cover the interior of the structure. It is one of the most popular destinations for tourists in Istanbul. Not only is it architecturally beautiful, the Blue Mosque is also religiously significant and remains in use by citizens of the city. Visitors should therefore exercise discretion and be respectful when visiting the mosque.
Hagia Sophia Museum
Considered one of the architectural wonders of the world, the Hagia Sophia served as inspiration for several other Ottoman mosques, and is now home to numerous collections of archeologically significant objects. The building has come through a turbulent history, having been formerly used as a church and a mosque, before finally being converted to a museum.
One of the most famous symbols of modern Istanbul, Taksim Square is bustling area with numerous activities for travellers. From quaint cafes to theatres, the square is also popular amongst local youths.
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Home to some of the most recognizable structures in the world, the city of Paris is a haven for romantic and artistic types. No visit to Paris would be complete without the Eiffel Tower, which offers a beautiful panoramic view over Paris, but visitors should also make a point to stop by the Tuileries Garden, otherwise known as Jardin Des Tuileries, which is a splendorous garden crafted in a formal French style, and is immensely popular with the locals. Another famous attraction is also the Notre Dame Cathedral, which is a prime example of intricate French gothic architecture.
The constantly evolving city of Beijing is a dramatic mix of historical and modern elements. Despite boasting a gleaming cityscape, Beijing still harbours some incredible cultural and historical sites. The city’s pride in its history is clear in one of its greatest attractions, the Forbidden City. Once the royal home of Beijing’s emperors, the Forbidden City has now been transformed into one of the most elaborate museums in the world. The Beijing Antique Market (Panjiayuan Market) is also a remnant of another time, and visitors can find an incredibly diverse selection of wares there.
New Delhi, India
Equally colourful and boisterous is New Delhi, the capital of India. New Delhi has all the attractions of a modern city, as well as a quality nightlife scene. Yet, it still harbours many old and beautiful monuments, such as the Qutab Minar, a 73-meter high tower of great significance to the country. A fantastic way of exploring New Delhi is with the Hop On/ Hop Off City Tour, which is a flexible yet comprehensive way of discovering New Delhi at your own pace.
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