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"Ankara- Anchor of Turkey"

Ankara Tourism

Ankara is a populated city located in the country of Turkey. This city is known to be the second largest city in the country following Istanbul. With a population of around 4.5 million this city is known to be the administrative centre of the nation. If you look at this city from a distance you would say that it is nothing more than a simple jungle. However, this city is filled with beautiful things which you can see if you are willing to enter deep enough.

Ankara is the second largest city located in the country of Turkey. This place with a population of around 4.5 million gives you an initial impression of being no more than a jungle however once you enter deep into this place it is one of the most fascinating places to visit. This is one of the most modernised places and is also known as one of the green cities across world. This place is known to have a very old history which dates back to 2nd millenium BC. The name of this town emerged from a celtic word 'Ancyra' which means the anchor. Being a tourist you would definitely want to visit this place which has such a deep history.

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Currency in Ankara

The primary currency utilised all through Turkey is Turkish Lira. This is accepted all through the country and you would have no issue using it.

Exchanging Money in Ankara

This city of Turkey has become very much modernised and you would be able to find banks as well as money changing outlets all through the city. You can carry cash or an withdraw money later as there are plenty of ATM's available.

Daily Budget for Ankara

You would encounter different costs based on what sorts of amenities you demand. However average cost of being in turkey is TRY 150. This includes sleeping eating and a bit of moving around and having a couple of beers.

Religion of Ankara

98 percent of people living in this country are known to be Muslims out of which 85 percent are Sunnis while the remaining 15 percent are Shitte sects.

Ankara Customs

This country over the years has adopted the growing trend of urbanisations therefore there are similar customs and traditions followed here as in any other modern nation. However, being a muslim county this place does follow the principles of Quran and is also known to perform numerous traditions as well as festivals related to the Muslim religion.

Language of Ankara

Most of the people around here are known to speak Turkish. Some of the people happen to know Arabic and Kurdish as well. The educated segment of this city tries and speaks English and however it is not much prevalent.

History of Ankara

Ankara was named based upon the Celtic name Ancyra which meant anchor. This place initially had a few thousand people living here during the 20th century. However the fate of this city changed when the resistance movement was initiated here in 1920. It was during this time that a parliament representing the people of Turkey was established and later when the Turkey war of Independence was won, it overthrew the government ruling in Istanbul. It was year later this event when the city which you see was built and then 5 million people were residining in it.

Nightlife in Ankara

Ankara is known to have a very happening night life and you would easily find numerous clubs as well as bars open late till night. If you are really in a party mood then Papsi Bar, Blue Nite are some places where you can visit.

Shopping in Ankara

There are numerous handicraft stores available in and across Ankara. However Ankara castle is one of the world famous outlets for getting top notch carpets as well as intricately crafted products. You would also get tons of shopping mall in this city and hence can get almost everthing you want.

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What is the best time to visit Ankara?

June-September is the best time to visit Ankara. This is the peak tourist season because the days are pleasant and warm, and the sun shines bright. Winter months of November-February gets very cold and the temperature often goes below -14 degrees Celsius during December and January. There’s also snowfall during this time in Ankara. Summers are hot, humid and not comfortable for travelling around the places. The temperature rises up to 35 degrees Celsius or more than that at times. However, summer nights are relatively cooler. Autumn and spring are also the rainy seasons in Ankara and hence, if you are planning your vacation during these two months, make sure that you are well-equipped.
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What is the local food in Ankara?

Turkish people normally consume fried vegetable such as eggplant, potatoes alongwith yogurt and sauce. Some of the famous dishes of this place are Menemen and cilbir. Tomatoes, Sheep Cheese etc, are also consumed here on regular basis.
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What are the things to do in Ankara?

The top things to do in Ankara are Antikabir, Museum of Anatolian, Anakra Castle, Ankara Ethnography Museum, War of Independence Museum, Atakule Tower. You can see all the places to visit in Ankara here

What are the places near Ankara?

The top places near to Ankara are Istanbul which is 349 km from Ankara, Antalya which is located 386 km from Ankara, Cappadocia which is located 222 km from Ankara, Pamukalle which is located 393 km from Ankara, Kas which is located 501 km from Ankara

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