Packing your bags to go to one of the most beautiful, mystifying and the oldest cities of the world? Istanbul will not only transport you into a different era with its marvelous ancient architecture and perfect blend of the two continents in which this beautiful and amazing city resides in.
Earlier this city was well known by the name of Constantinople, capital of the Ottoman Empire. Due to its strategic location, it has been the favorite of kings and now a major tourist attraction. This city is the only one in which you can step from Asia to Europe in one single step.
The best time to visit
The months of September and October are the best months to visit Istanbul.The thing you have to keep in mind is not to visit the city in the month of Ramadan, the month in which all the Islamic people keep a strict fast from morning till sundown.
Where to stay in this large city?
One of the oldest hotels of the city is Four Seasons Istanbul. This hotel is at a prime location, so while staying here you can walk around and see a number of tourist spots.
Where to dine?
If you are visiting Istanbul, you cannot miss eating the ultimate kebabs at Develi. If you wish to taste the Turkish appetizers then the ideal place to go isPandeli .The Kumpkapi Area restaurants serve good appetizers and fish, for you to enjoy.
Which sights to see?
Some of the major sites to see in Istanbul are Topkapi Palace Museum,Haghia Sophia,Blue Mosque, Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Mosque, Enjoy the spices at the Spice Bazaar, Grand bazaar, take the Bosphorus Cruise, feel the belly dance show at Sultans Turkish Dinner and Show, enjoy the night life at Istiklal Street and Ortakoy and Bebek area, Visit the highest point on Camlica Hill, Galata tower Turkish Night, Maiden’s tower and discover the Golden Horn by the Sultans Boat cruise.
Etiquettes to keep in Mind
- Always shake hands strongly and with confidence
- Never decline a tea which is offered to you while shopping
- Never take photographs of military personnel as it may offend them
- If you are visiting the Mosque, dress accordingly with no bare arms or legs, you whole body should be covered. Even the head has to be covered for both males and females.