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Ganja

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Ganja (Azeri: Gəncə) is a city in northwestern Azerbaijan.

Understand[edit]

Ganja is one of the oldest cities in the Caucasus, and has long been one of the most important in Azerbaijan.The name Ganja means wide derived from a word "gan" (wide). Ganja is an ancient city of Azerbaijan which is settled in the fifth century . The reference to Ganja could be found in the book "Kitabi Dada Korkut" ( the historical literature work of Oghuzs, the ancestors of Azerbaijani turks.) Having been subjected to a seemingly endless stream of invading armies, its name has changed repeatedly over the years. The historical name, Ganja, was restored once again upon Azerbaijan's independence in 1991. With a population of over 500,000 it's currently the country's second-largest city.

Ganja was the birthplace of the famous Central-Asian poet Nizami, and his tomb is a popular site for visitors.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

Baku-Ganja:

  • There are two options to travel by express train usually takes 6 hours or by overnight train. The overnight train costs 10 manat and takes about 9 hours. By train it costs 4.2 manat.

Astara-Ganja:

  • By train it costs 8 manat.

By bus/minibus[edit]

  • Baku-Ganca: By bus it costs 6 manat. Every half an hour. First bus 7:30 AM last bus 6:00 PM
  • Goranboy-Ganca: By bus it costs 90 qapik. Every hour from 8-6.

By plane[edit]

  • Ganja International Airport. Planes to/from Baku and Nakhchivan every Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Baku: 56 AZN. Nakhchivan: 39 AZN.

Flights to Moscow .

Flights to Istanbul: since 2012 there is a flight with Onur Air between Istanbul and Ganja which cost between 80 and 90 AZN

Get around[edit]

Minibuses (marshrutkas) cost 20 qəpik per ride.

See[edit][add listing]

Nizami's tomb
  • Tomb of Nizami. This tomb lies just outside the city, commemorating one of the most influential Persian poets. It was rebuilt in 1991.
  • Bottle House. The private house build from glass bottles.
  • Central Museum
  • Javad khan tomb Javad khan was a Ganja khan, who died defending ganja from russians.
  • Shah Abbas MosqueThe Mosque was buidl in 15th century to mark liberation of Ganja from Osman Empire.
  • Medieval Bath
  • Medieval guesthouse, "Karvansaray"

Local Shiite Sanctuary. ImamZade.

  • The Diyarshunasliq Museum

Djavad Xan created the flag of Ganja. He also defended Ganja against the Russians.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

There are plenty of small restaurants offering mostly different types of kebabs.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Recommended to drink bottled water. However there are a lot of tea houses offering tasty tea.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Ganja Hotel. The old dominant Soviet Intourist hub at the center of the city has been newly renovated. It is wise to book in advance. From 40AZN.  edit
  • Lyuks Hotel.  edit
  • My Way Hotel, Str. 59 Adil Isgandarov, (+994 22)59-10-19 (, fax: (+994 22)59-09-00), [1]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: noon. 70AZN.  edit

Contact[edit]

Ganja's area code is 16.

Get out[edit]

By minibus (marshrutka)[edit]

  • To Shaki: 4 times per day, 4 manat
  • To Daşkəsən: 40 qəpik
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