DogubeyazitEastern Anatolia, Turkey.
When going towards east to Iran, this is the last Turkish town you'll come across.
Bus stationMain bus station used for distant destinations, like a 24-hr coach from Istanbul. Minibuses to Ishak Pasa Palace also depart from here.
Minibuses to IğdırFrom Kars, there is no direct bus. First you have to take a minibus to Iğdır (6 TL) and transfer there to another minibus (15 TL) (from the same place you have been dropped). Road between Igdir and Dogubeyazit passes by Mt. Ararat, offering fine views.
Minibuses to Iranian borderIranian border (Gurbulak) is 35 km from town.
It can be difficult to leave after about 14:00 as most buses depart in the morning.
- The ancient Armenian cemetery.
Ishak Pasa SarayiThis ancient fortress, castle and mosque is stunningly beautiful, and is a must see when in Dougbeyazit. Try to go on a dry, sunny day.
- For a taxi from the town center, expect to pay approximately 10-15 TL one way. Worth considering asking the taxi driver to wait at the
- There is a dolmus service to the Palace; but hitch-hiking was quicker both going up and coming down so no idea about the price.
- Alternatively, it's a very stiff walk all the way up (or down); in summer it may be dangerous.
Eski BeyazitOld town probably built during Urartu times at 800 BC. It has the tomb of Ahmedi Xani, the famous Kurdish poet and philosopher, and also the ruins of the Urartian castle and a mosque.
Mount AraratOne of the best views of the mountain are from Dogubeyazit city itself.
Durupınar siteThis area is famous for the rock formation assumed to be the remains of Noah's Ark.
Balık GölüA lake in a lava bed
The Ice Cave
- Climb Mount Ararat (5,137 metres/16,854 ft), on the border of Turkey and Iran, supposedly where Noah's Ark landed. Guides and vehicles are available in Dogubeyazit. The climb is long, but there is a fairly easy route from the south in late summer for climbers who are familiar with the use of axe and crampons. Snow covers the last 400 m (¼ mile) year-round. There are two possible campsites on the mountain, and the glacier begins around 4,800 m (15,750 ft). International climbers need a climbing permit that can be obtained through the Turkish embassies or, the easier option is to let your guide's company do it. Expect the authorities to process your permit application in two months. You also need a licensed guide to accompany you on the trek. People most often attempt to climb upp to the summit and return to Dogubayazit in 4 days. However, you may need more time to acclimatise, so it can be wise to add an extra day.
You may also want to climb other mountains in the region, such as Mt Suphan, as part of your acclimatisation.
Some local experienced guides that you can contact ahead of time are erkan sedef firstname.lastname@example.org
mobile:+90 542 732 2454
Try to get a rare Abdigor Kofte. It is a fist size meatball on the pilaf but it difficult to find because not many people know how to cook it. This dish cannot be found anywhere else. It is a local delicacy that can be found only in Dogubayazit.
- The Yöresel Yemek Evi (formerly Doguş Restaurant) is not bad, but is overpriced and often crammed with tour groups.
- Cafe shop on Kermelsi Rd. in the center of Dogubeyazit
- Pure fruit juice shop, makes nice pure juice! Istanplak Avenue in eastern Dogubeyazit
phone: +90 472 312-49-88address: Belediye Cad. No:24This hotel not so expensive and it was remodeled with new owners. It is very clean.
Hotel Erzurumaddress: İ. Beşikçi CaddesiThis hotel has clean rooms with shared bathrooms.
Hotel Grand Deryaphone: +90 472 312-75-31address: Abdullah Baydar Caddesi 203This three-star hotel is run down, but has air-conditionıng.
Hotel Isfahanphone: +90 472 312 4363address: Emniyet Cad. No:26This hotel has spacious although quite basic rooms and a somewhat worn lobby area. Friendly stuff, good breakfast, adequate price-value ratio. Some rooms come with balcony. WiFi.
phone: +90 472 312-72-32address: Çiftepınar Mah. Büyük Ağrı Cad. No:55It has an impressive lobby area but a bit shabby rooms. The rooftop restaurant has views of Ararat. Free WiFi
phone: +90 472 312-42-25address: Ağrı Caddesi 105Carpet floor rooms with en-suite bathrooms, TV. Next door to convenience store, very close to bus stops. Staff were helpful, spoke some English.
phone: +90 472 312-01-95address: Büyük Ağrı Caddesi 124Hotel Tahran is inexpensive and very basic hotel with surprisingly clean but small bathrooms. They also provide depository service for unnecessary stuff when doing a trip across the border to Iran or up to Ararat. Manager speaks very good English and is very helpful about all things local. Laundry service is 3 TL per kilo and very quick (can give laundry in the late evening and get it back semi-dry in the morning). Good breakfast with some view. Occasional problems with Internet.
Hotel Urartuphone: +90 472 312-72-95address: Abdullah Baydar CaddesiUrartu is reasonable with friendly staff.
Hotel Yayla Palasphone: +90 472 312-78-61Hotel Yayla Palas — anything but a palace. 20TL single - 70s decor, cleanish rooms with sink, relatively clean (though smelly) shared bathrooms, perfect for budget travellers. On the main pedestrian shopping street.
Butic Ertur Hoteladdress: Gurbulak Cevreyolu uzeri, Dogubayazit Otogar KarsisiSmallish but clean rooms. Good reviews