Dogubeyazit is in Eastern Anatolia, Turkey.
Countryside around Dogubeyazit
When going towards east to Iran, this is the last Turkish town you'll come across.
As of Nov 2010, electricity supply is operating normally, but there were reports that it was intermittent in the past, which may or may not be the case in the future.
From Kars, there is no direct bus. First you have to take a bus (company: Serhat Iğdır) to Iğdır (20 TL) and transfer to Doğubeyazıt by minibus (8 TL), a short distance away from where the bus stops in Iğdır. Road between Iğdır and Doğubeyazıt passes by Mt. Ararat offering fine views. (This info is valid as of May 27, 2014.)
From Van there are several minibusses.
There are minibuses from Agri for 15TL/person. It's also possible to get a 24hr coach from Istanbul.
You can walk to most places in this fairly small city of about 70,000 inhabitants.
- Ishak Pasa Sarayi is a palace 5 km outside the city (entrace fee: 5 TL). This ancient fortress/castle/mosque is stunningly beautiful, and is a must see when in Dougbeyazit. Try to go on a dry, sunny day. The old town is nearby. Trek a little bit further up, and you can visit the tomb of Ahmedi Xani, the famous Kurdish poet and philosopher, and the ruins of the Urartian castle. The area is also famous for the rock formation assumed to be the remains of Noah's ark. You may also visit the meteor crater in the vicinity of the Iranian border.
- For a taxi from the town center, expect to pay approximately 10-15 TL one way. Worth considering asking the taxi driver to wait at the Palace.
- There is a dolmus service (2TL) to the Palace; but hitch-hiking may be quicker.
- Alternatively, it´s a very stiff walk all the way up (or down), in summer possibly dangerous even (there are some very aggressive dogs along the way). Be very careful about the dogs, summer or winter! Have strong stick in hand if decide go walk the mountain. Villagers keep these dogs to protect sheeps from wolves in mountains, and they are big, rough and when attacking, merciless.
- Climb Mount Ararat (5,137 metres/16,854 ft), on the borders of Turkey, Armenia and Iran, supposedly where Noah's Ark landed. Guides and vehicles are available in Dogubeyazit. The climb is long, but there is a fairly easy route from the south in late summer for climbers who are familiar with the use of axe and crampons. Snow covers the last 400 m (¼ mile) year-round. There are two possible campsites on the mountain, and the glacier begins around 4,800 m (15,750 ft). International climbers need a climbing permit that can be obtained through the Turkish Embassies or, the easier option is to let your guide's company do it. Expect the authorities to process your permit application in two months. You also need a licensed guide to accompany you on the trek. People most often attempt to climb up to the summit and return to Dogubayazit in 4 days. However, you may need more time to acclimatise, so it can be wise to add an extra day.
You may also want to climb other mountains in the region, such as Mt Suphan, as part of your acclimatisation.
The only things you might want to buy (because it is hard to get it anywhere else) are special postcards for soldiers that are in nearby military base. Also, if you are here in winter, you can find a lot of warm military clothes in the shops along the main street.
Try to get a rare Abdigor Kofte. It is a fist size meatball on the pilaf but it difficult to find because not many people know how to cook it. This dish cannot be found anywhere else. It is a local delicacy that can be found only in Dogubayazit.
- Cafe shop on Kermelsi Rd. in the center of Dogubeyazit
- Pure fruit juice shop, makes nice pure juice! Istanplak Avenue in eastern Dogubeyazit
Hotels are numerous and near by the main bus station. If you arrive from Van by dolmuş, turn right out of the station (more like a car park), then veer left into Dr Ibrahim Beşikli Cd to find the main strip. Not all places provide air conditioning.
- Hotel Ararat, Belediye Cad., ☎ +90 472 312-49-88 (email@example.com, fax: +90 472 312-25-23), . This Hotel not so expencieve and it was remodeled with new owners it was cute and lovely also very cline..
- Hotel Erzurum, İ. Beşikçi Caddesi. This hotel has cheap clean rooms with shared bathrooms.
- Hotel Grand Derya, Abdullah Baydar Caddesi 203, ☎ +90 472 312-75-31 (fax: +90 472 312-78-33). This three star hotel is a bit run down, but it has air-conditionıng, en-suite bathrooms, free WiFi in room and a good breakfast. One desk clerk speaks English.
- Hotel Isfahan, Isagecit Caddesi 26, . This hotel has spacious rooms and a somewhat worn lobby area. There is someone who speaks English at reception. Quoted 35TL for a single.
- Hotel Nuh, ☎ +90 472 312-72-32. It has an impressive lobby area but shabby rooms. The rooftop restaurant has views of Ararat. Quoted 50TL for a single.
- Hotel Ortadoğu, Ağrı Caddesi 105, ☎ +90 472 312-42-25 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Carpet floor rooms with en-suite bathrooms, TV. Next door to convenience store, very close to bus stops. Staff were helpful, spoke some English. From 30TL/night. The older man who owns the hotel doesn't speak English, but, by writing, it is possible to negotiate a rate of 20TL/night with him.
- Hotel Tahran, Büyük Ağrı Caddesi 124, ☎ +90 472 312-01-95 (email@example.com), . Hotel Tahran is inexpensive with surprisingly clean but small bathrooms. They also provide depository service for unnecessary stuff when doing a trip across the border to Iran or up to Ararat. 30/50TL single/double.
- Hotel Urartu, Abdullah Baydar Caddesi (across the street from post office), ☎ +90 472 312-72-95. Urartu is reasonable with friendly staff.
- Hotel Yayla Palas, ☎ +90 472 312-78-61. Hotel Yayla Palas — anything but a palace. 20/30TL single with/without bathroom - 70s decor, cleanish rooms with sink, relatively clean (though smelly) shared bathrooms, wifi in the rooms, friendly staff, perfect for budget travellers. On the main pedestrian shopping street.
Note that it can be difficult to leave after about 14:00 as most buses depart in the morning. There are two bus stops at opposite ends of town: one otogar for distant destinations and one for dolmuses to Van.
|Routes through Dogubeyazit