Travel Guide to Ephesus

Indian Embassy in Ephesus

Indian Embassy near Ephesus is located at

Harbiye Mahallesi, Cumhuriyet Cd. Dortler Apt. No:42 D:11-12, 34367 Şişli/İstanbul, Turkey

Phone: +90 212 296 21 31

Visa Process for Indian Visitors to Ephesus

  • Original passports with a 6 months validity from date of arrival in Turkey along with the old passports
  • Cover letter consisting of all the details of the traveller, type of travel, and details of the visit.
  • Confirmed hotel reservation for the complete stay
  • Confirmed air tickets
  • Day-to-day itinerary
  • Overseas travel insurance
  • Income tax returns or Form 16 for last 3 years
  • Original and updated personal bank statements for last 6 months with a balance of at least Rs. 1 lac

Time required: 5-8 working days

About Ephesus

Turkey is a delight for the explorer. With attractions like Ephesus, it becomes hard to resist the charm of the turkey. Ephesus, the ancient city, is a treasure for those who love exploring the history. Let relics do the talking and take you back in a time, where the remains of the past are still visible. The irresistible charm of this UNESCO listed city has some of the finest attractions like Temple of Artemis, House of Virgin Mary, and the 6th-century Basilica of St. John. Even the ruins of the city have its own beauty, and people from all over the world are visiting Turkey, especially to explore the rich heritage of Ephesus.

It is believed that this city was founded by the Ionian prince Androclus in the 10th century BC. This ancient Greek city was the centre of trade and pilgrimage. The glamour of the city was hard to resist, but as the sun has to set each day, the glory of this city starts fading after the arrivals of Goths in AD 263. If you are in this beautiful city, don’t forget to visit the mammoth library (3rd largest in the ancient world), the well-preserved theatre, and the Temple of Hadria. The city has secured a place in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Ephesus Point of Interest:

Check out the list and learn about famous tourist places in Ephesus and plan vacation accordingly. There are not many things to do in Ephesus, so collect required information about tourist places in Ephesus and do not miss even a single place to visit in Ephesus during the visit.

The temple of Artemis:

Who could miss the charm of visiting the temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world? Once the pride of the city, it has now been reduced to ruins. This Hellenistic Age construction was made of marbles and sculpted columns. The remaining of the temple is now in the London British Museum.

 

House of Virgin Mary:

Located on the top of Bulbul Mountain, the House of Virgin Mary shrine is a terrific example of Roman architecture. It is believed that Mary spent her last days at this place with Saint John.

 

Hadrian Temple:

Built before 138 A.D, the beautiful Hadrian Temple was dedicated to Emperor Hadrian. Its magnificent structure contains a relief of Tyche, goddess of victory. The temple had figures of emperor Theodosius I with his wife and eldest son. The temple was designed on the reverse side of the Turkish 20million lira banknote.

 

Basilica of St. John:

Evangelist St. John spent his last years in the region around Ephesus, and he was buried in the southern slope of Ayosolug Hill. The small chapel was turned into a gorgeous basilica under Emperor Justinian (527 -565 AD).

 

Ephesus museum:

The modern structures of the Ephesus museum give you a chance to acquaint yourself with the glorious past of this beautiful city. Here one can see remnants of Temple of Artemis and artefacts that were found in different excavation program it has 8 exhibition halls and a large courtyard. Tourists can watch a short video about the Ephesus. The video is in three different languages; Turkish, English and German. Visiting this museum will connect you with the land.

 

Isa Bey Mosque:

One of the finest examples of Seljukian architecture, the Isa Bey Mosque is located below the basilica of Saint John. It was built by the master Syrian architect Ali, between the years of 1374 and 1375. Unlike the other traditional design of the mosque, this mosque was the style in asymmetrically. It is the best combination of Seljukian architectural and Ottoman style.

 

Sirince Village:

Situated 12 km away from Ephesus, it is famous for wine and peach tree. The native people of this village purposefully called this place cirkince (ugly) just to keep the foreigners away from the land. But later the village was named Sirince ("pretty") due to its natural splendour. Spend a few days at this serene land and enjoy the hospitality of Turk and Greek culture.

 

The Hellenistic city wall

The 9kilometer long Hellenistic city wall was built by King Lysimachus in 3rd century BC. It was 2.5-3 meters thick and fortified by watchtowers. Though most of it is ruined more than 3 kilometres is well preserved on the Bulbuldag, and one can see it on the way to the House of Mother Mary.

How to Reach:

If you are in Istanbul, then Ephesus might be on your travel list. Just 450km away from Istanbul, one can easily reach the city in 9 hours by road. Another option is to take the flight from Istanbul to Izmir and drive from Izmir airport to Ephesus. It takes around 45 minutes to reach Ephesus.

Travelling in Ephesus:

While exploring the city one can rely on a minibus or can take rental cars. Many travel organisers offer bus services as well. Dolmus or yellow taxis are also available all across the Ephesus for smooth commuting.

Best Time to Visit:

If you don’t want to experience extreme summer or winter, then the best time to visit the city is, April, May, October, and November. July and August are the warmest whereas January and February are the coldest months, plan your vacation accordingly.

What to Pack?

While exploring the city, you might realise the need of sunscreen. Pack sunglasses, sunscreen, and hat. It may require lots of walking so don’t forget to bring comfortable walking shoes and don’t forget to take the water bottle.

Top Delicacies

The Mediterranean cuisines are the latest fad. The vibrant colour and aroma of spices make these Mediterranean dishes delectable. While exploring the city don’t forget to relish seafood, fresh marinated meats, fish, and vegetables, skewered and grilled along with the finest wine. From meat, vegetables to freshly baked bread everything is worth giving a try.

Indian Restaurants in Ephesus

  • Ali Baba & Mehmet Kebab House at Atatürk Mh., 1047. Sk. No: 4, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey. Serves Turkish and Indian cuisine. Call the restaurant at +90 232 892 38 72
  • Efes Koftecisi at İsa Bey Mahallesi, Namık Kemal Cd. No:24, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey. Serves Turkish and Indian cuisine. Call the restaurant at +90 505 497 06 14
  • Planet Yucca Restaurant at Camikebir Mahallesi, Sağlık Caddesi No 65, 09400 Kuşadası/Aydın, Turkey. Serves Turkish and Indian cuisine. Call the restaurant at +90 256 612 07 69

Shopping List Essentials

Exploring cities like Ephesus is a delight. Double the joy with shopping. If you are good at bargaining, then Ephesus market is the right place for you. Explore the market and pick some beautiful handpicked items. The market is famous for carpets and kilims, jewellery, ceramic items, handmade leather and suede clothing, ornaments fashioned from alabaster, onyx, copper, and meerschaum. You can also buy a genuine fake watch for your friends and family.

Healthcare Centers

While exploring the city, one may need to consult a doctor. There are health care centres offering healthcare solutions for all age groups. Medicine shops are also available.

Emergency Contact Numbers

  • Medical emergency / Ambulance: 112
  • Fire: 110
  • Police: 155
  • Coastguard: 158

    Currency

    Turkish lira is the official currency of the Ephesus. It is used for all financial transaction. To one can convert the money at ATMs. Apart from ATM’s, hotels, banks and exchange offices can also convert the currency. One can easily manage the transaction with the Credit cards as well

    Local Do’s & Don’ts

    Do’s

    • Learn some common Turkish phrases before you travel here
    • You can bargain in the Turkish markets

    Don’ts

    • Do not buy stones or fossils
    • Do not indulge in public displays of affection

    Basics of Local Communication:

    Earlier Greek was the common language, but now Turkish is widely used in Ephesus. People, especially young generation is comfortable in using English as well. (Here are some common phrases in a local language that would help you in communicating with the local people:

    English Turkish
    Hello Meharba
    Good morning Günaydın
    Good day Iyi günler
    Good bye Güle güle
    Please Lütfen
    Thank you Tesekkürler
    Yes Evet
    No Hayir

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