Location : Baku, Azerbaijan
Destination Type: Cultural destination
Novruz or Novruz Bayrami is the official celebration of new year and coming of spring season in Azarbaijan. Its a celebration rooted in Mithraic and Zoroastrian religious believes.Baku is the central of the Novruz celebrations. During Novruz season people do house cleaning, plant trees, make new dresses, paint eggs, and make national pastries . Baku Iis famed for its medieval walled old city, which contains the Palace of the Shirvanshahs, a vast royal complex, and the iconic stone Maiden Tower. Contemporary landmarks include the Zaha Hadid–designed Heydar Aliyev Center, and the Flame Towers.
History of Novruz celebrations at Baku
- The foundation of Nowruz to the mythical Iranian King Jamshid
- During the period Azarbaijan was part of Soviet Union, the celebration of Novruz was unofficial and prohibited
- Now Novruz is treated as an official public holiday in accordance with Article 105 of the Labor Code of Azerbaijan passed in 2006,
- When Baku became capital city, it became center of Novruz celebration
Activities for tourists at Baku during Novruz celebrations
- Take part in Khoncha (festive table)setting
- Take part in various traditional games and shows such as “Kos-kosa”
- Attend folk song / dance concerts
- Visit Museum of carpets
- Visit old city
How to reach there
Heydar Aliyev International Air port is 25 km away from the main city centre ofis the nearest airport to Baku. Major airlines like Azerbaijan airlines, Austrian Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and British Airlines are linked with this airport and reaching Baku by air is very easy now.
Russia, Ukraine and Moscow have regular connection with Baku through rails. Travelers can easily opt for this way to reach Baku.
In Baku the average maximum temperature in March lies around 9.0°C (48.2°F) The best time to visit Baku is early September. The temps will cool down some, but it won’t be raining yet. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Baku, the hottest months are August, July, and then June.
Nearby destinations for tour operators / travel agents
- Lankaran ( 247 kms away)
- Shirvan ( 130 kms away)
- Shahdag (209 kms away)
- Gala (34 kms away)
- Lahich (182 kms away)
Some hotels in Baku for tourists and tour operators with room tariff less than Rs.5000/- per night
Sahil Hostel & Hotel https://www.sahilhostel.com/
Ramada by Wyndham Bakuhttps://www.wyndhamhotels.com/ramada/baku-azerbaijan/ramada-baku/
Bosfor Hotel Baku https://www.bosfor.az
Red Roof Hotel http://www.redroofhotelbaku.site/
Photo courtesy: By Gulustan – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9803475