Azerbaijan Travel Guide

Continent: Europe and Asia
Region: Eastern Europe, Western Asia

Azerbaijan Travel Essentials

Ideal Duration:
5-7 days for exploring Baku, Gobustan, and Sheki; longer for exploring the countryside and historic sites

Accommodation Cost (per night in USD):
Dorm bed: $10-20
Budget: $30-60
Mid-range: $80-120
Luxury: $150 and above

Budget for Food & Drinks (per day in USD):
Budget: $10-20
Mid-range: $30-50

Visa Policy for Indians:
eVisa available

Visa Policy for Other Nationals:
eVisa or Visa on Arrival for many countries

Getting In Azerbaijan:
Heydar Aliyev International Airport (GYD) in Baku Read More

Getting Around Azerbaijan:
Metro, buses, taxis, rental cars Read More

"The Land of Fire"

Azerbaijan Tourism

Azerbaijan, often referred to as "The Land of Fire," is a captivating country at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Its nickname stems from its ancient Zoroastrian roots. Witness the awe-inspiring Heydar Aliyev Center, an architectural masterpiece designed by the renowned Zaha Hadid. Its fluid, futuristic design embodies the spirit of modern Azerbaijan and serves as a cultural hub showcasing art, design, and innovation.

Starting with the Flame Towers of Baku, these iconic skyscrapers illuminate the city and pay homage to Azerbaijan's enduring spirit. It is also symbolized by the numerous natural gas vents that have been burning for centuries across the country. Step back in time at UNESCO World Heritage-listed Gobustan National Park, where petroglyphs over 12,000 years old offer a unique glimpse into prehistoric life.

From the beloved national dish, plov, a fragrant rice creation, to the artful dolma, stuffed vegetables, and perfectly grilled kebabs, Azerbaijani cuisine offers a diverse array of flavors. Don't miss lavangi's unique flavor fusion, sizzling saj dishes, and delightful sweets like baklava and shekerbura. Not to forget, the locals' favorite, gutab, savory pastries filled with herbs, meat, or pumpkin.

Azerbaijan's strategic location along the historic Silk Road has bestowed upon it a wealth of cultural riches. In the picturesque town of Sheki, you'll find the breathtaking Khan's Palace, a reflection of the country's architectural and artistic prowess. For those seeking seaside luxury, the Absheron Peninsula is home to pristine beaches and luxurious resorts that cater to every whim. 

Must Know Before You Travel to Azerbaijan

  • Azerbaijan experiences a range of climates, from hot summers to cold winters, so pack accordingly.
  • Before traveling to Azerbaijan, check your visa requirements based on your nationality. You might need a visa on arrival, an eVisa, or no visa at all. Remember that visa rules can change, so be sure to confirm the current requirements with the Azerbaijani embassy or consulate in your country before your trip.
  • The standard voltage is 220V, and the standard plug type is the European-style two-pin plug (Type C and Type F).
  • You need an export certificate to take antiques or art like carpets, samovars, copperware or paintings out of Azerbaijan. You should catalogue and declare to Customs any carpets or anything antique-looking – even if clearly from a different part of the world - that you bring to Azerbaijan with you.
  • While homosexuality is not illegal, LGBT+ people in Azerbaijan tend to keep a low profile as it is not acceptable to a large part of society.

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Holidify's opinion on Travel to Azerbaijan

What's Great about Travelling to Azerbaijan?

Blend of modernity and tradition, historic architecture, and the Caspian Sea.

What's Not So Great about Travelling to Azerbaijan?

Limited Freedom, Language Barrier, Limited Tourism Infrastructure

Who should Travel to Azerbaijan?

Cultural Enthusiasts. Architecture Lovers. History Buffs. Off-the-beaten-path Explorers.

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