Cappadocia – Hot Air Balloon, Fairy Chimneys, Goreme Open Air Museum, Whirling Dervishes

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Hi Everyone, πŸ™‚

After a long and tiring 11 hour bus drive from Antalya to Cappadocia, we were left with only one day to explore Cappadocia. The day started very early in morning, at around 4 am, for the most EPIC balloon ride ever. They wanted us to see the sunrise and it was an hour long ride in the balloon. Cappadocia in real terms is a valley of balloons. The whole valley gets dotted with beautiful colorful balloons and it is hard to put in words how dreamy the whole place looks. πŸ™‚

After the balloon ride, we started our day with a trip to Kaymakli Underground City. Right after going 3 levels down, I got claustrophobic, started sweating and choking up. It got very dramatic and I literally had to struggle my way out as soon as possible. loll!! I don’t know what happened to me- lack of oxygen or close spaces…not sure. Anyway, when we came out I gulped down glasses of juice, did a bit of shopping and I was fine. πŸ˜€ The shopkeeper saw Sanjeev’s camera and loved it so much that he hung a little evil eye charm on his camera. Super sweet! πŸ™‚

Then we headed to the Imagination ValleyΒ (Devrent valley), did a pottery class, had a lunch, spent some time with ducks at the red sea, saw gondola rides crossing the river and headed to the Fairy Chimneys. You can see a little video on my Instagram HERE.

We, along with two other friends got down at the Goreme Open Air Museum. On our way back, we were looking for a lift. A horse-buggy guy stopped and asked all 4 of us to hop in. It was an amazing tick-tock horse-cart ride back to the hotel. Amazing guy – offered us beer, spoke English and said ‘ have a great life ahead’. Travel brings the most amazing experiences. πŸ™‚

We had an amazing night planned for the Dervish Whirling Dance. The location was inside a huge cave. There were hundreds of people from various nationalities. Food and drinks were being served and there were different cultural dances going on one after the other. The cave was roaring with laughter, claps and talks. It was a hugeeee happy family of strangers and the most EPIC one ever. πŸ™‚ And boy! we saw the craziest and the most professional belly dance of our lives.

A day to remember! πŸ™‚

I wore this gorgeous flowy dress from Rahul Mishra Couture. Although couture dresses are mostly to be worn on special occasions and red carpets but I feel my most special occasions are my travels only. So why not? πŸ™‚

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the sunrise in Cappadocia
Hot air balloons dotting the sky
Hot air balloons dotting the sky
turkey-balloons
ride of a lifetime
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up, up and up we go!
valley of balloons
valley of balloons
toasts after the balloon ride!
toasts after the balloon ride!
happiness
happiness
kaimakli yeralti - underground city
kaimakli yeralti – underground city
bend and move!
bend and move!
secret conversations!
secret conversations!
kaimakli underground-city
all well!
you think you can click? : )
you think you can click? : )
So, are we friends ?
So, are we friends ?
in olden times, a boy had to make a perfect cover for the sugar bowl to impress the girl's dad! : D
in olden times, a boy had to make a perfect cover for the sugar bowl to impress the girl’s dad! : D
honey, I like that new bag in mall! Can we go an see it? : D
honey, I like that new bag in mall! Can we go an see it? : D
hello, duckies!
hello, duckies!
Click away!
Click away!
looovvvEEEEE ! : )
looovvvEEEEE ! : )
Spot the camel in valley of imagination
Spot the camel in valley of imagination
the fairy chimneys
the fairy chimneys
memoires!
memoires!
Dreamy!
Dreamy!
Volcanic eruptions created this surreal moonscape: the lava flows formed tuff rock, which wind and rain sculpted into sinuous valleys with curvy cliff faces and pointy fairy chimneys. Cappadocians chiselled homes in the soft rock, paving the way for cave-dwelling hippies and today’s boutique fairy-chimney hotels. - Loney Planet!
Volcanic eruptions created this surreal moonscape: the lava flows formed tuff rock, which wind and rain sculpted into sinuous valleys with curvy cliff faces and pointy fairy chimneys. Cappadocians chiselled homes in the soft rock, paving the way for cave-dwelling hippies and today’s boutique fairy-chimney hotels.
– Loney Planet!
Trying not to slip! : D
Trying not to slip! : D
Beauty!
Beauty!
camel rides at fairy chimneys!
camel rides at fairy chimneys!
May no evil eye touches you!
May no evil eye touches you!
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uchisar castle – The castle on the hill dates from the Byzantine period, when the region was on the frontline in the wars against the Islamic Caliphate.
Goreme open air museum
Goreme open air museum
The Goreme Open-Air Museum resembles a vast monastic complex composed of scores of refectory monasteries placed side-by-side, each with its own fantastic church.
The Goreme Open-Air Museum resembles a vast monastic complex composed of scores of refectory monasteries placed side-by-side, each with its own fantastic church.
inside!
inside!
The museum presents unique examples of rock hewn architecture and fresco technique
The museum presents unique examples of rock hewn architecture and fresco technique
tired travellers!
tired travellers!
sunsets like this...
sunsets like this…
a slice of Turkish culture
a slice of Turkish culture
Devrish whirling dance- not to be missed!
Dervish whirling dance- not to be missed!

Outfit :
Dress : Rahul Mishra Couture ( more about the outfit HERE)
Bag : Chanel 2.55
Shoes : Zara
Ring : Kashmir
Watch : Gifted
Sunglasses : Jimmy Choo

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16 Responses to Cappadocia – Hot Air Balloon, Fairy Chimneys, Goreme Open Air Museum, Whirling Dervishes

  1. Parminder says:

    super awesome pics…..beautiful dress..last pic is the most adorable.u r luking so pretty.

  2. Manasi says:

    loved your pictures doll! and your skirt is sooo pretty!

  3. Shifa says:

    That dress is soo soos awesome…
    superb narration of each places, make people want to travel
    Stay blessed you both.. πŸ™‚

  4. Abhilasha says:

    WAHT A STUNNER!! you and that dress on you….gorgeous pics..great memories..I am sure someday ur grandkids will look at these pics and feel inspired to live a life full of joy confidence adventure and beauty..
    love
    Abhilasha

  5. jomol says:

    Oh the pics are a treat! These travel posts are soaking in every bit of the place – truly, each pic is epic (loved yours and Sanjeevji’s pics the mosht :P). The evil eye tree….I want a blue tree πŸ˜›

  6. Rashmi says:

    Omgee! I love the baloon valley! ITs just like in the movies. Such superb site! Your pictures make us feel we r there with you. Amazing pics rati!

  7. Saee Negi says:

    Loved the photo titled dreamy

  8. princessmascarenhas says:

    How beautiful this place is πŸ™‚ Wow, I am mesmorized by the balloons in air looking like tiny dots πŸ™‚ It is such a dream πŸ™‚ Turkey is definitely on my bucket list of places to go πŸ˜€ Love the pictures! have fun :*

  9. shweta a says:

    oh wow your dress, the pictures, the dreamy world….the smiles….oh my i am blown…so happy i am going to this place in august
    cant wait for your more pictures and posts

  10. Tara says:

    Amazing pictures Rati & Sanjeev!

  11. Priyanka says:

    Thank you for sharing these incredible images! Both a hot-air balloon ride and visiting Cappadocia have been on my bucket-list for ages and after having read your post, I am really looking forward to the day when I can experience them both:):) Also, love your dress!

  12. Bhumika says:

    Amazing clicks and loved ur dress..loved Sanjeev’s Happiness caption wala pic!

  13. Savita says:

    Hi Rati,

    You choose the nice color combination of white and blue which is really looking amazing on you. Once again you enjoyed so much out there. πŸ˜‰

  14. that pic with your twirling dress is the best!

  15. Mahalakshmi says:

    First your dress.. thenn pics and then the place.. this is soo much on my list..

  16. sone says:

    The dress is …oh my!! πŸ™‚
    n cappadocia!!oh my my!!

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