Travel Guide To Turkey

Indian Embassy in Turkey

77, Cinnah Caddesi,
Cankaya 06680
Telephone: 00-90-312-4382195-98 (4 lines)

Visa Process for Indians

  • Original Passport (Passport must be valid for at least six months upon arrival in Turkey and should have at least 2 full blank pages available in it)
  • Visa Application Form
  • Two white background photographs having size 2.5inch x 2.5inch
  • Confirmed Return Ticket
  • Travel Insurance
  • Company covering letter with an entire travel plan
  • Income tax returns or Form 16 for last three years
  • Original and updated personal bank statements for last six months

About Turkey

A pleasant transcontinental country, Turkey shares its borders with eight countries including Greece, Georgia, Iraq and Syria to name a few. The country is known for its historical significance and abundance in natural beauty which also makes it one of the most captivating places in the world.

Top Places to Visit in Turkey

Turkey is blessed with everything that a traveller desires - be it serene beaches, historical monuments, adventurous escapades or bustling bazaars. If you are also planning a trip to Turkey, here are some of the best places to visit in Turkey that must be in your itinerary:

  • Kabak Bay: To witness nature at its best in Turkey, take a trek to Kabak Bay. Also known as a ‘fairytale gateway’, Kabak bay is a rare gem situated in a rustic destination.

  • Butterfly Valley: Located on the southwest coast of Turkey, Butterfly Valley is home to unique Jersey tiger butterfly. There are also serene beaches where tourists love to stroll and admire the beauty around.

  • Cappadocia: A historical region situated in Tukey, Cappadocia is every photographer's dream. The region is adorned with cliff ridges and hill crests which give it a distinctive look. The place is also famous for hot air balloon rides.

  • Hagia Sofia: One of the best places to visit in Turkey, Hagia Sofia is situated in Istanbul which is believed to be built in 537 AD. Once you visit the museum, you will not stop admiring its architectural beauty and grandeur.

  • Mount Nemrut: Studded with giant statues of kings and gods, this historical site is a must-visit place in Turkey. Tourists love to explore the mountain and get fascinated by colossal stones heads at the top.

  • Pamukkale: Meaning ‘Cotton Castle’ in English, Pamukkale is famous for its pure white travertine terraces which look mesmerising amid the green landscapes. The rambling ruins of Roman Hierapolis also make it one of the must-visit places in Turkey.

How to Reach

Turkey has plenty of international airports that connect it with the places around the world. Some of the major airports are in cities like Istanbul and Ankara. People travelling from India can either take a direct or connecting flight from cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai to reach Turkey without any hassle. Some of the major airlines operating between the two countries include Gulf Air, Air Arabia, Kuwait Airways and Saudi Arabian Airlines.

Best Time to Visit

Autumn and Spring are the best seasons to choose if you are planning a trip to Turkey. During these seasons, the temperature is pleasant, skies are clear, and the atmosphere is breezy making the trip perfect than ever. Apart from that, if you are interested in enjoying different festivals like Istanbul Film Festival, Sun Splash Festival and Ramadan, you can also visit the country according to their schedule.

Things to Pack

To ensure that you don’t miss on the travel essential while packing, check the below items that are must for your trip to Turkey:

  • Lightweight binoculars
  • Sunglasses and umbrella
  • First Aid Kit
  • Important documents like travel insurance policy
  • Stoles and scarves to cover your head
  • Camera and an extra set of batteries

Other than these, check the weather conditions in Turkey when you begin packing for clothes and footwear. Some areas like Mosques in Turkey do not allow sleeveless dresses; so do keep that in mind while deciding which clothes to pack.

Top Delicacies of Turkey

While travelling in Turkey, there is no way that you can ignore the sumptuous Turkish cuisine. To help you make the best choice out of the Turkish menu, here is the top list of delicacies you must try:

  • Menemen: Perfect for a light breakfast, this dish is a blend of scrambled eggs and vegetable stew. The dish is prepared by cooking tomatoes, onions and peppers to a savoury broth and adding eggs in it. Other ingredients like cheese and spicy sausage are also included to make it yummier.

  • Dolma: This dish is made by stuffing vegetables with a mixture of spices, dried fruits and pine nuts. Though a simple dish, Dolma is considered one of the most popular dishes in Turkey.

  • Çig Köfte: A wonderful finger food, these are said to be originated in Turkey at the times of Abraham. Traditional, Çig Köfte is made with either beef or lamb and is a favourite Turkish snack

  • Nohutlu Pilav: A staple of Turkish street food, Nohutlu Pilav is made with rice and chickpeas along with the roasted chicken. This dish is not just famous for its simplicity but also excellent flavour and nutrition.

Some other delicacies to try in Turkey include Lentil soup, Kazandibi, Keşkül, Shish Kebab, Baklava, Manti and many more.

Shopping List Essentials

Turkey is not just known for its alluring tourist attractions but also bustling bazaars and shopping complexes that can make anyone a shopping lover. Here are some of the best places in Turkey you must head for an ultimate shopping experience:

  • Grand Bazaar: Considered one of the largest and oldest markets in the world, Grand Bazaar is situated at the heart of Istanbul. There are more than 60 streets covered with over 4,000 shops where you can buy everything you wish for.

  • Ulus: Known as osyete pazarı or society market, Ulus is the best place to buy real fur and leather waistcoats. The market is situated in Ankara and is also famous for budget shopping.

  • Çukurcuma: If you love antique shopping, Çukurcuma is the place for you. Home to some of the most well-known shops like Leyla Seyhanli, Modern Tarih Showroom and A La Turca, this market has everything from antique paintings and tapestries to pottery and furniture.

  • Kemeraltı: Another famous market in Turkey, Kemeraltı is located in the district of İzmir and was built in the Ottoman period. This lively market is filled with various antique shops, coffee houses, tea gardens and inexpensive eateries that can take the shopping experience to an ultimate level.

  • Cevahir Mall: it is not just the grand markets of Turkey that attract tourists, but also the luxurious malls that turn them into a shopping lover. Cevahir Mall is one such famous shopping complex that offers a complete package of entertainment, food, music and of course shopping!

Top Indian Restaurants

  • Musafir Indian Restaurant
    Location: Receppasa Caddesi 7 - C Talimhane - Beyoglu | Taksim, Istanbul 34437, Turkey
    Contact: +90 212 235 27 41

  • Little India Restaurant
    Location: Gedik Pasa Cami Sokak, No:51A | Emin Sinan Mahallesi, Cemberlitas, Istanbul 34110, Turkey
    Contact: +90 543 542 02 05

  • Spice Curry House
    Location: Cayhane Sokak 30/A | Gazi Osman Pasa, Ankara 06700, Turkey
    Contact: +90 312 446 68 85

Healthcare Centres

When going on a trip, it is essential to have information about the healthcare centres located in the country. This will in getting the best possible help in case of an emergency. To help you out, we have listed some of the hospitals you can contact in need:

  • Anadolu Medical Center, Istanbul
  • Memorial Hospital Ankara
  • Memorial Hospitals

It is also advised that you should buy a travel insurance policy before going on the trip. A travel insurance policy will help you trace the best hospitals in the region to get the appropriate treatment on time.

Currency

The official currency of Turkey is Turkish Lira.

Basics of Local Communication

Though people speak English, it is not widespread. The national language is Turkish; hence, it will be a great option to know a few words and phrases to explore the country better. Here are some of the common words you should know in Turkish language:

English Turkish
Hello Merhaba
My Name is.. Benim adım
How are you? Nasılsın
How much? Ne Kadar
Thank You Teşekkür ederim
Sorry Afedersiniz
Help Me Bana yardım et
Yes Evet
No Yok hayır
Good Bye Güle güle

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Loss of passport and documents:

Reimbursement of actual expenses incurred in connection with obtaining a duplicate or fresh passport or reasonable cost of replacing/obtaining the stolen documents/ tickets if the passport belonging to the Insured / Insured Person be lost

Home Fire Insurance Contents & Home Burglary Insurance (contents):

Cover against any loss or damage of the Contents at Home of the Insured in India caused by Fire and Allied perils or through burglary and/or housebreaking while the Insured is on a trip abroad.

Hijack Distress Allowance

Payment of distress allowance in case of hijack of a common carrier for more than certain number of hours whilst on the trip. You can easily avail the allowance by filing a claim online through Travel Insurance cover online process.

Medical Expensesinclusive of Repartration  and Emergency Medical Evacuation

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Legal Expenses

Payment of legal costs and expenses incurred by the Insured towards claims from third Parties for compensation in respect of death or disablement arising due to an injury whilst on a trip abroad.

Personal Accident

Payment of compensation if the Insured sustains accidental bodily injury during a trip resulting in death or Permanent Total Disablement or Permanent Partial Disablement within 12 months of occurrence of such injury.

Trip Cancellation/Or Interruption


Payment towards the non-refundable prepaid payments incurred on the trip being cancelled and additional cost of transportation in case of Interruption: due to medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters or other listed reason in policy wordings.


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 Reimbursement of additional expenses if trip is delayed beyond a period, due to airline problems, medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters.

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 Payment of daily allowance for the days the Insured is hospitalised beyond a specified number of days, as mentioned in the Policy Schedule, for which a valid claim is admissible under the Policy whilst on a trip abroad.Emergency Accommodation

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