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Sheki

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Sheki(kialsoSekiorShaki)isAzerbaijan's truetravelgem,asmallcityoffontheforested slopesoftheGreaterCaucasusMountains.Rich inIslamicarchitecture,SilkRoadhistory,good food,andfriendlypeople,thisistraveland leisureintheCaucasusatitsfinest.

Contents
[+]Understand History Climate [+]Getin Bytaxi Bytrain Bybusorminibus [+]Getaround Bytaxi Bybusorminibus Talk [+]See Sights Parksandmonuments Museumsandgalleries [+]Do Hiking Guidedtours [+]Buy ATMs [+]Eat Restaurants

TheKhansaraicourtyard

Regionalspecialties [+]Drink Teahouses(ayXanalar) Cafs [+]Sleep Bed&breakfast/homestays Budget Midrange Splurge Cope Contact [+]Staysafe Emergencycontactnumbers Safetytips [+]Getout Daytrips Onward

Understand
FewforeignersvisitAzerbaijanbeyondthecapitalcity,Baku.Insodoing,theyoverlookatruegeminthe formofSheki.ThesmallcityofShekihasawholelottoofferbywayofhistoricattractionsinparticular,the PalaceoftheShekiKhans(Khansarai)isamagnificentworkofIslamicarchitecture.Itssettingisstunningit liesintherolling,thicklyforestedfoothills,whichspreadouttothesouth,whiletotheimmediatenorthare thedramatic,snowcappedpeaksoftheGreaterCaucasus.Thepossibilitiesfortreksintotheunspoilt mountainlandscapesareendless,andarealoneagreatreasontovisitthecity.Butmorethananything,the relaxedpaceoflifeevidentinSheki'scentralmarketandteahousesmakesthecityawelcomerespitefrom whatevercaresyoumayhave. Arelativelysmallcity,Shekihasapopulationofabout63,000.ItissituatedinnorthernAzerbaijanonthe southernpartoftheGreaterCaucasusmountainrange,325km(201mi)fromBakuandnotfarfromthe Georgianborder.Shekiislocatedatanaltitudeof500m(1,640ft).

History
Throughoutitshistory,Shekiwasswungbetweenindependenceandforeigndomination.Initsearlier centuries,ShekiwastheseatofanAlbaniankingdom,whichwasinvadedrepeatedlybythePersian, Roman,Parthian,Arab,Mongolian,andotherempires.Inthepastmillennium,Shekifellundertheinfluence andoftenthedirectruleofPersiaortheShirvanshahsofBaku.Shortlyafterthe18thcenturycollapseofthe SafavidEmpire,ShekibecamethecapitaloftheindependentShekiKhanate,duringwhichtheKhansarai wasbuilt.ButSheki'sindependencedidnotlastlongitwasabsorbedintheearly19thcenturybyan expansionistRussianEmpire.DuetoSheki'srathertumultuouspoliticalhistory(inatumultuousregion),the majorityofSheki'spreservedhistoricandarchitecturalmonumentsdatefromonlythe16th19thcenturies.

Climate
Wintercold,butthesnowisonlyheavy duringJanuaryandFebruary Springbeautifulwiththeoncebrown mountainsturninggreenfromtherain Summermild Autumnquitewarmduringtheday,butat nightitgetsabitchilly,sopackajacketanda thickblanket

Getin
Bytaxi
Untiltheairportbeginsoperatingagain,thefastest formoftransportbetweenBakuandShekiisbytaxi ittakesabout6hoursand60AZN.Ifyoushare theridewithotherpeople,itwillcostaround 10AZNperperson. Ataxiisalsoafine,ifmoreexpensive,waytogetto Georgia,andyoushouldhavenotroublefindinga taxi,bus,ormarshrutkaonwardfromtheborderat LagodekhitoTbilisi.

Bytrain
Thetrainstationhasasomewhatinconvenient locationofabout17km(11mi)fromthecitycenter. Inordertoreachthestationyouwilleitherhaveto takeataxifor3AZNorhoponaBakuboundbusorminibusandaskthedrivertodropyouoffbythe railroadstation,andthenwalkabout200mtothestation.TherearenighttrainsthatrunfromBakuBalakan andmakeastopinSheki.ThereisalsoaBalakanBakutrainthatpassesthroughSheki.Passengersmust producetheirpassportsinordertobuytickets.Itwouldbewisetopurchaseaticketfortheluxurycarriagein advance.YoucancontactMr.Xemletat+994506725538orMr.Arxanat+994556725758tomake advancedreservations.Thebasiccarriage(plaskard)costs2.60AZN,themiddleclass(coupe)costs 3.60AZN,andtheluxurycarriage(SV/SuperVagon)costs5AZN.Makesurethatyoureceiveallofyour changefromtheticketcounter,astheyoftentrytoshortchangeforeigners. DailydeparturetimestotheShekiterminal: Baku:May28Station,10:20PM Balakan:8PM Zaqatala:9PM Qax:9:45PM

DailydeparturetimesfromtheShekiterminal: Baku:10PM Balakan:~6:30AM

Bybusorminibus
ByBus ThisisoneofthemoretediouswaystogettoSheki,taking nearly7hours,becausethemountainpassusedbycarsand marshrutkaswouldbeoutofthequestionforsuchalarge bus.Althoughslower,busesaremorecomfortablethan marshrutkas,althoughtheoneswithairconditioning overdothecoldairinabigway.Thefareto/fromBakuis 6AZN. ByMinibus(Marshrutka) Minibuses(Marshrutka)runbetweenmanyofthemajorcitiestotheShekibusstation(avtovazal),andtake 6hoursto/fromBaku.Useyourdiscretionwhenridingtheminibusesastheconditionofbothvehiclesand driversvarythismatters,giventheexceptionallysteeproad,fullofsharpcurves,thatawaits.6AZN. TheShekibusterminalticketcounteropenfrom6:30AM5PMand8PMmidnight(holidays10:30AM 11:30PM).Callthecashierat+99417744617.TheticketvendorsattheterminalspeakRussian,Turkish, andAzeri. Bus/minibusdeparturetimestotheShekiterminal: Baku:9:40AM,12:20PM,5:30PM,10:15PM(6AZN) Ganja:1:45PM,4:30PM(4AZN).Sometimestheminibussesmayfillupbeforethedeparturetime,so trytobetherealittleearlier. Bus/minibusdeparturetimesfromtheShekiterminal: Balakan:10:10AM,2PM Baku:Hourlyfrom6:30AM8PM(6AZN) Barda:9AM,11:30AM,4:30PM Bulaq:6:30AM,10AM Ganja:8AM,8:30AM,1:30PM(4AZN) Kaldak:1PM,5PM ShekiAKungut:7AM,1PM,5PM ShekiBKungut:9AM,3PM Mingechivir:6:50AM,9:40AM,1PM,4PM(2AZN) Naftalan:3:10PM Oguz:7:20AM,10:30AM,11:40AM,1:20PM,3PM,4PM(1.5AZN) Qayaba:2PM

AviewoverSheki

QabalaviaOguz:6:50AM,2PM(2AZN) Qax:7:30AM,10:30AM(1.4AZN) Shorsu:7AM,1PM,4PM Yevlax:10:30AM Zaqatala:7AM,9AM,11AM,11:40AM,3PM,4:30PM

Getaround
ThoughalargecitybythestandardsofAzerbaijan,it's easyenoughtogetaroundthecitycenterandallthemain sightsonfoot.Theslopingterrainofthecity,however, maytaxoldervisitors,butit'salsoeasytogetaroundusing taxisand,fortheadventurous,marshrutkas.

Bytaxi
Taxischarge12AZNandarequiteconvenientifyou knowwhereyouwanttogowithinthecity.Addressesare quiteuselessinAzerbaijanasmanyroadshaverecently beenrenamed(sinceindependence),soit'sbettertodirect thedrivertoalandmarkyouknowofsuchasaschool, hotel,orhistoricplace.

AresidentialstreetbytheCaravansarai

Bybusorminibus
Busesandminibusesoperatefrom7AM8PM,charge20 qapick,andgotomanydifferentlocationsthroughoutthecity. Thereare24routesthroughoutthecity,andmostofthese buseseitherstopinthebusterminal,thecitycenter,orthenew bazaar. Routes:

1aSilkfactoryziyaritradiotowerpostoffice hospitalbusterminalgushlekdrugstorepavilion Olympiccomplex 3aNewbazaarradiotowersilkfactoryteacher's schoolThePalaceoftheShekiKhansgencelimehel Caravansarypostoffice 4NewbazaarK/TAxundovhospitalbusterminal gasofficepavilion 5Newbazaarbusterminaloldbazaarsilkfactory qrenshzavodbagbanlarSt 6Okhudvillage 7Olympiccomplexbusterminalhospitaltheateroldbazaarsilkfactoryuniversitydodu

RidingonBusesandMinibusesin Azerbaijan Minibusesarequitecrowdedonthe intracityroutesinAzerbaijan.Itis commonfor15peopletocrowdintoa 10personminibus,anddonotfeelshy indoingthis.Itisnormal,ifyouare standing,forsomeonetotakeyourbag andholdontoituntileitheryouorthey disembark.Menusuallyrideintherear ofbusesandminibuses,whilewomen sitinthefront,anditiscustomaryfor mentogivetheirseattoaladyentering thebus.Lastly,Azerbaijanisnota queueformingsociety,andthis especiallyappliestobusandminibuses.

8Newbazaarbusterminalhospitalnearschoolnumber10silkfactorydodu 9Silkfactorybusterminalolympiccomplex 11NewBazaarbusterminaloldbazaarCaravansaryThePalaceoftheShekiKhanschildren's hospitalOlympiccomplex 14Newbazaargushlekdrugstorepavilionnumber11school 15Kishdodunewbazaar 17Firstregionchildren'shospitalThePalaceoftheShekiKhansCaravansaryoldbazaarbus terminalnewbazaar 18Busterminalguyumlersarabskikucheasphaltmillnewbazaarolympiccomplex 20Busterminalnewbazaar 22OlympiccomplexbusterminalhospitaltheateroldbazaarCaravansaryThePalaceofthe ShekiKhanschildren'shospital 23BazaarDoduKish's1stBusStopKish's2ndBusStopnearnumber3school 24Pavilionnumber20schoolexecutivecommitteeradiotowerrecreationzonenewbazaar

Talk
WhileShekiisanaturaltouristdestination,Englishisnotwidelyspoken,soitwouldbewisetoeitherbring anAzeriphrasebookand/orbrushuponyourAzeri,Russian,orTurkishbeforearriving. Azerbaijaniphrasebook Russianphrasebook Turkishphrasebook TheaccentofShekiisabitquickerthanthatofstandardAzeriandinsteadoftheksounditisoftenreplaced withakh.andShekispecificvocabularyisoftenusedinsteadofcommonAzerivocabularywords.

See
Inadditiontoenjoyingtheviews,andwanderingtheleafy streets,therearetwosightsinShekithatyoureallycannot miss:theKhansaraiandtheCaravansarai.They'rebothonthe sameroad,sothey'reeasyenoughtovisitinoneafternoon.If youwanttodrawoutthatafternoon,startwithalunchinthe Caravansaraicourtyard,thenheadupthehilltotheKhansarai, wanderaroundthepalace,thenstopintheteahousenextdoor torelaxoveracuportwo. TheWolfMan ThereisamanthatresidesinSheki whowalksaroundtheroadbythe Khansaraiwithastuffedwolfcovered inasheet,hopingtoenticeforeign visitorsintoaphotoop.Itcanbequite interestingjusttotalktohim(ifyou knowAzeri),butotherwiseyoucan takeapicturewithhimandthewolffor thestandardfeeof0.4AZN.

Sights

Caravansarai,M.F.AkhundovAve185.Daily9AM 1PM.ThisbuildingwasconstructedbytheShekiKhans tohousecaravansastheypassedthroughontheSilkRoadtoandfromChina.Thiswasoneof5such stopsinAzerbaijanduringthe18thand19thcenturies,andwasthebiggestcaravansaraiontheSilk RoadintheentireTranscaucasusregion.Tothisday,itstillservesasaplacefortravelerstostayand

eat,andalsoasaplacewhereonecansimplyadmire itsbeautifularchitecture.Inadditiontobeingamain sight,it'salsooneofthecity'sbesthoteloptions.edit JumaMosque(JumaMscid),(Rightnexttothe ChelebiKhanrestaurant).Daily6AM9PM.This picturesquemosquehasa40mspire,fromwhich youwillheartheresoundingcalltoprayer5timesa day.Itwasbuiltfrom17451750andisdecorated withexquisitegeometricdesigns.Donation.edit Khansarai(PalaceoftheShekiKhans),(onthe uppermainhistoricalmonumentreserve),+994 1774366.Daily10AM6PM.Thispalace,along withtheCaravansarai,isoneofSheki'struemust sees.Duringthecity'speriodofindependenceasthe ShekiKhanate,KhanHusseinconstructedthe palace,itsgardens,andfortificationstoserveasthe summerpalaceoftheShekiKhans.Thepalaceis exquisite,insideandout,andthecourtyardboasts panoramicviewsofthecityandthesurrounding mountainforests.Youcouldmakeagoodhalfday ofthisonesite,astherearealsovariousmuseums, parks,andaniceteahouserightonthepalace grounds.80qapick.edit

TheCaravansaraigates

SilkFactory(pkKombinat).Daily9AM5PM. Sheki,inadditiontobeingontheSilkRoad,has itselfbeenamajorsilkproduceroverthepastfourcenturies,andisfamousforitsvarioussilk products.Sheki'ssilkfactoryisabouta15minutewalkfromthecenteroftown.Itisquitedifficultto gainentranceintothefactory.Thereisastoreadjoiningthefactorywherevendorssellsomefinesilk itemsatlowerpricesthanwhatyouwouldfindatthebazaar.edit

SummerpalaceoftheShekiKhans

Parksandmonuments
CulturalandRestingParkofBUM.F.Achundov,(oneblockupthestreetfromthenewbazaaron westsideoftheroad).Thisisaniceparktogotoandsitafterahardmorningofshopping.Ifyouare hungry,youcanhaveapicnicontheparkgroundsorstopinthenearbyKerpishRestaurantedit M.FuzuliAdinaPk,(rightinthecitycenter).Thiscentralparkisquiteniceduringthesummer,and ithasacoupleteahouseswhereyoucankickbackandrelax.edit WorldWarIIMemorial,(gohalfwayuptheroadthatleadstothePalaceoftheShekiKhans,take aR,thenupthehill).WWIImemorialsareadimeadozenthroughoutAzerbaijan,butthisparticular memorialdistinguishesitselfwithitsimpressivepanoramicvistaofthecity.edit

Museumsandgalleries
HaydarAliyevMuseum.Daily10AM5PM.Amuseumdedicatedtothefirstpresidentof independentAzerbaijan(andtotheperpetuationofhispersonalitycult),locatedacrossthestreetfrom theShekiOlympicComplex.Themuseumisfullofpictures,books,andstatuesdedicatedtotheman. Free.edit TheRashidbeyEfendihadHouseMuseum,ontheroadtotheKhansarai.Daily10AM5PM.This museumisdedicatedtooneofSheki'smostfamouseducatorsandauthors,RashidbeyEfendihade. Free.edit ShekiGovernmentPaintingGallery.9AM~4PM.ThisartgalleryislocatednearthePalaceofthe ShekiKhansandfeaturespaintingsbyvariousShekiartistsandstudents.0.4AZN.edit

Do
AbduxaliqHamam(publicbaths),ontheroaduptotheSilkFactory.10AM5PMopentowomen MTu,Th,SamenW,F,Su.PublicBaths(Hamamlar).0.8AZN/hr.edit ChingisClub,(ontheroadtotheKhansarai).Anew movietheater/museumshowingtwomoviesonmost weeks.UsuallyoneisadubbedAmerican/European film,whiletheotherisfromeitherTurkeyor Azerbaijan.Theentiretheatercanberentedfor40AZN. edit

DramaTheater,(oneblockupthestreetfromthe hospital,onthelefthandsideoftheroad).Playsare performedinAzeri,butitstillcanbeinterestingtosee anAzerbaijaniinterpretation.Thetheateralsohosts otherevents.Thereisaayxanajustoutsidewhereyou cangrabacupofteabeforeorafteraperformance.36AZN.edit

ShekiHumor Shekihumorandanecdotesarefamous throughoutAzerbaijan.DuringSoviet timestherewereJokeFestivalsand throughoutthattimeShekiandGabrovo inBulgariawerehumorsistercities.Itis quitehardtounderstandthejokes, especiallytheHaciDayistories,asthey areoftenquiteconfusing.

ExplorethenewBazaar,locatedonthewesternsectionofthecity.Thenewbazaarisaninteresting spot,whereyoucanfindallsortsofhandicrafts,food,andspices.

Hiking
ThereisendlessspectacularhikingtobedonethroughoutthenorthernregionofAzerbaijan,andSheki provesnoexception. ShekiBashKyungyutBideizSheki55.5km(34.5mi)(48.5km/30.1mibycar,7km/4.4mi hiking)11hours.AftertravelingtoBashKyungyutbyeithercarortheBashKyungyutbusdeparting fromtheShekibusterminalat9AMand3PM,visittheruinsoftheAlbanianChurchontheedgeof

thevillage.ThengotoBideizbyeithertaxiorlocalbustovisitthetown'stwoAlbanianruinsthe hikingpartcomesinhere,sincethetworuinsare5kmapart.UponreachingBideizvillage,youcan returnviacartoSheki. ShekiKish"GelersenGorersen"fortressSheki22km(14mi)(10km/6mibycarorbus,12 km/8.5mihiking)6hours.StartinginShekicitycenter,takeeitherbus15or23,whichruneveryhalf hour,andtakeittotheendoftheline.Afterthat,askalocalwhereGenersenGoresenFortressis locatedandcontinueaskingasyouwalkthroughthevillageofKish.ThispathtakesyoufromKishto the"GelersenGorersenfortress"throughtheKishriverandthroughpinegroveswithaplethoraof varietiesofmushroomsgrowingintheunderbrush.Walkingtothefortresstakesabouttwohours. Thereisateahouse15minutesoutsideofthefortressthatcanserveasarestingpointbeforegoingup oroncedescendingfromthefortress.Onceatthefortress,differentviewsoftheKishRivercanbe seenfromthepeaksofthemountains.Thewaybackfromthemountainisagreattimetohaveapicnic beneaththetreesonthehillsoverlookingthevalley. ShekiOrabanBashkeldekKeshnazarGyurgala Sheki82km(51mi)(78km/49mibycar,4 km/2.5mihiking)12hours.Thisroadpasses throughtheKeshnazarValley,whereitopenstoa verybeautifulpanorama.Restatthe"Hunter's House"cabinthenhiketotheancientfortressatthe topofasteeppeak.Afterwalkingaround,youcan returntoSheki. ShekiOrtazeyzitBashzeyzitQuzuyolu KhanyaylagiMarkhalSheki46km(29mi)(32 km/20mibycar,14km/9mihiking)13hours.Take AlbanianRuinsinOrtazeyzit ataxitoOrtazeyzitandthenaskwherethetwo churchesare.ThepaththatleadstoKhanYaylaghi meandersbytwoancientAlbanianchurches,continuesupalongpathtotheKhanYaylaghipeak. AfterreachingKhanYaylaghi,theMarkhalrecreationareaisnearandthereareseveralrestaurants thatservedeliciouskebobsandtea.Fromthisarea,Shekicanbereachedbycarorbywalkingtothe Kishroadandboardingthenumber15or23bus.

Guidedtours
TheAssociationofFamilyRecreationandTourisminSheki,+99417742349.This organizationhasavarietyofpackagetours.edit SpectrTravel,20YanvarSt5,+944506237606(beledchi@mail.ru),[1](http://www.spektr.az) .edit

Buy
BazaarsThenewBazaarislocatedonthewesternsectionofthecityandisopenduringdaylight.Itis

averyinterestingsightwhereyoucanpurchasemanydifferenthandicrafts,food,andspices.Itisa goodplaceforapersonwithproficiencyinAzeri,Turkish,orRussiantogoandhagglewiththeshop owners,getacupoftea,orenjoysomechickenkebabsfromoneofthevendors. HandicraftsmadebytheDisabledPeopleCareAssociationin18A.CabrayilovStphone:+944 17743253andmobile:+944503842035. Shebeke(stainedglass),carpets,musicalinstruments,andcopperandironproductsaresoldinthe bazaar,allalongtheroaduptotheCaravansarai,touristareas,andalsoattheHandicraftAssociation headquartersat85VidadiSt,neartheFicaBankinthecenterofSheki.Thedirectorofthe organizationisFarhadAzizovandhecanbereachedviaphone:+94417744265ormobile:+944 0505126564. SilkShekiisontheSilkRoad,andhashadamajor silkindustryforalongtime.Thereisstillasilk factoryipkkombinatinthecity,fromwhichagreat varietyofsilkitemsarecrafted,oneofthemost famousbeingthesilkscarveskalagayi.Thescarves rangeinpricefrom5100AZN.Shekiscarvescanbe purchasedatthesilkfactory,theCaravansarai,orat thebazaar. WaterShekihasjuststartedbottlingmineralwater fromMarkhal,anarearightoutsideofthecityof Sheki.Abottleisaninexpensive,butrefreshingand healthypurchase.Markhalwatercanbepurchasedat themarket5metersupthehillfromthecentralpost officeandthroughoutSheki.

ShekiSilkScarves

ATMs
Bankomats(ATMs)areavailableallaroundthemainsquare.Ifyouhaveacellphonewitheithera BakcellorAzercellsimcard,youcanrechargeyouraccountbalanceusingvariousATMs.

Eat
Restaurants
Inadditiontotheseveralgreatoptionsbelow,ofespecialinteresttovisitorsistheexcellentrestaurantinthe veryattractivecourtyardandgardensoftheCaravansarai(Daily11AM10PM,46AZN). Chelebi,Towncenter,+99417742920(+9940503229534).Daily10:30AMmidnight.Thisis oneofthebestdealsforAzerbaijanifoodinSheki.Additionally,thesamovarteaservicealongside walnutpreserves,"gozmurebbesi,"andShekiHalvaisrecommended.35AZN.edit

Cold,OntheroadtoKish,+99417761113(+944504627133).DailyNoonmidnightdaily. Thisisarestaurantthathastastyfoodwithawonderfulnaturalenvironmentwithastreamrunning throughthegroundsandsmallplatformsforindividualgroupstoeatinasecludedmanner.Becauseof thesecludednatureofthisrestaurant,womencandrinkatthisestablishmentwithoutdrawingundue attention.Itisrumoredthatthisisthecoolestplace(intermsoftemperature)inShekibecauseofan unspecifiednaturalphenomenon.Thisrestaurantcanbereachedbytakingthenumber15or23bus fromthecenterofShekiandgettingoffatSoyukBulaghbusstop,paying0.2AZNperpersonfor transport.58AZN.edit Istanbul,(Nexttothenewbazaar).Daily11AM11PM.HasTurkishfoodandservesthecakes, Danishes,anddessertsfromtheTurkishbakerynextdoorthisrestaurantofferstakeoutonrequest,so onanicedayyoucantakeyourfoodtothepark.25AZN.edit Kerpish,BuM.F.AchundovPk.DailyNoon10PM.Ithas5smallroomsformoreprivateoccasions. ThisisatypicalAzerbaijanirestaurantservingkebob,salad,anddrinks.Expectasmokyatmosphere anditisrecommendedforstrictlymaletourists,asAzerbaijaniwomendonotfrequentsuch establishments.35AZN.edit Laziz,M.F.AchundovPk,+94417748783(+944503516424).Daily11AM11PM.This restauranthasseveralpersonalrooms.Inthesummer,followupamealherewithsomesoftserveice creamwhilewalkinginM.F.AchundovPark.36AZN.edit Sheki,+94417748181.Daily7AM11PM.ThisisagreatrestaurantlocatedinsideoftheSheki SarayHotel.TheyhavealltypesofWesternfood,butitwouldbebettertoeatAzerbaijanifoodatthe ChelebiKhan.Forthosewillingtosplurge,thebestchocolatebrownieoutsideofBakuisservedat thishotel.Abreakfastbuffetisservedinthemorningandlunchanddinnerafterthat.420AZN.edit ThereisaniceandcheaprestaurantjustupthehillfromtheKhansarai100maccrosstheriver.You cansitundertreesandenjoyagreatviewonSheki.

Regionalspecialties
ShekiHalvaaspecialtypeofbaklavacalled halva,besteatenataayxana(teahouse)alongside apipinghotcupoftea.ThebesthalvainSheki accordingtoallofthelocalsisEliehmed Confectioneries(Shirinyyet).Itishalfwayupthe hillthatgoespasttheFridayMosqueleadingupto theKaravanPalaceandthePalaceoftheSheki Khans.Itislocatedacrossthebridgeontheright handsideinasmallwhitebuilding.Thereisasign ontheroadthatsaysEliehmedShirinyyet,soitcan notbemissed.Daily10AM5PM. ShekiPitiastewcreatedwithmeatandpotatoes andpreparedinaterracottapotwellworthatry. ShekiHalva Thestyledecuisineisasfollows:firstcrumbleup piecesofbread,pourtheaujousintothebowlfrom thepot,eatthebreadandaujous,andfinallypourtherestofthestewintoyourbowlandeatit.

Drink
Teahouses(ayXanalar)
Thereisaniceoutdoorteahouse(ayxana)bytheKhansarai,Daily11AM11PM,thatservesteaandhalva topeopleintheirownindividualnooks.ThereisalsoateahouseinsidethewallsofthePalaceoftheSheki KhanswhichoffersplatesoftheShekispecialtyhalvaalongsideapotofteafor2AZN. Mostayxanalaralsoservelocalbeer(piva)draftat50qapick/glassorbottlesat70qapick/bottleor vodka(araq)at2AZN/bottle.Foranythingexotic(e.g.tequila,gin,orrum),youwillhavetogototheSheki SaraybarandpayWesternpricesthere.

Cafs
Theonlygoodcoffeetobefound(besidesNescafor McCafe)isinthelobbyoftheShekiSarayHotel.Thisis whereyoucangetyourfavoriteespressoconcoctionmadeby Westerntrainedstaff.TheCafMochaandCafeLatehereare someofthebesthotdrinksintheregionsofAzerbaijan.They alsoofferavarietyofteas. ACulturalNote AlthoughtheayxanabytheKhansarai allowsWesternwomentoenter,itis usuallyforbiddenforfemalestoenter suchestablishments.Drinkingin generalisalsotabooforwomen anywhereinthecountryoutsideof Baku.

ThereisagoodTurkishbakerynexttotheNewBazaar, whereyoucaneatlocalpastries.Thesameitemscanalsobe orderednextdoorattheIstanbulRestaurant,whichhasaniceratmosphere.TheirtastiestcakeistheSnickers Cake,althoughitisabitpricey(0.5AZN).

Sleep
YoucansleepforpenniesinShekiifyoustayinoneofthebudgetoptions,butkeepinmindyougetwhat youpayfor.Thelowestgradeoptionscanhaveroomswithbrokentoilets,rudestaff,etc,inadditiontojust beingugly.ThemostobviousovernightlocationistheCaravansaraihotel,whichisreasonablypricedand beautiful.Lessobvious,butperhapsevenmorerewarding(forvisitorswhospeakRussianorAzeri)arethe homestays.

Bed&breakfast/homestays
ShekiB&BAssociation,+9940506126564.ThisistheleastexpensiveoptionforstayinginSheki whileitisalsoagreatopportunityforinteractingwithlocals.FarhadAzizovistheheadofthe associationhowever,hespeaksnoEnglishsohaveyourRussianorAzeriready.

Budget
AzerPetrolHotel,Dordyol(DordYol,bythetrainstation5kmSofSheki),+994017738225. ThisisastopfortruckdriversgoingandcomingfromTurkey,Tbilisi,andBaku.Asmallbreakfastis includedinthepriceofthehotel.Travelersshouldavoidthisone,sincethereisnotransportationtothe

citycenter.10AZNforabed,20AZNforaroom. edit ShailPansinot(BeachSideResort),ontheWside ofthenewbazaar,+994553708560.Thisisa hotelofsecondtolastresort(afterthedismalSheki Hotel).Asyouwouldexpect,thereisno"beach side"tothecityofSheki,asthereisnobeach.Its locationnearthebazaaristhebestthingaboutthe hotel,buttheroomsareabitdraftyandarenotso big.Anotheradvantageisthatitisquitecheapfor thebasicrooms.Finally,thereisasmallrestaurant onthefirstfloorofthehotel.Theratepernightrange from16AZNforthebasicroomand40AZNfora nicerroom.edit

TheCaravansaraicourtyard

ShekiHotel,M.A.RasulzadeSt(inthetowncentre,abovetheCapitalBank,acrossfromtheChelebi KhanrestaurantandneartheJumaMosque),+994503183125(yafetmamedov@mail.ru,fax: +99417742488).ThetallestbuildinginShekiisactuallyaquiterottenplacetostay.Roomsarein extremedisrepairandtheserviceisasSovietasitgets.Atleastthehoteldoesofferaguideservicein fivelanguages(English,Azeri,Russian,German,andFrench)andguestscantakeadvantageofthe30 seathotelbus.Theratepernightrangefrom2545AZN.edit

Midrange
Caravansarai%2526quot%253B(CaravanPalace),(downtheroadleadingtotheKhansarai), +99417743172,+99417744814.Builthundredsofyearsagoandrecentlyrefurbished,hasa50 personcapacityconferenceroom,restaurant,giftshops,andaayxana(teahouse).Hiddeninsidethe corridorsalongsidetherestaurantareroomsforpartiesof1020.Duringtouristseasoneverythingon themenuisavailable,butinthespringandfalltheselectionislimitedtothecourseoftheday.Service isexcellentandaccommodationsdonotgetmoreatmosphericthanthis.But:donthavebreakfirst there.Theywillchargeyou7AZNextraandofferlittleserviceonlyteaandbread.Fotcoffeehead outonthestreet50mtotherightisateahouse.Youcansitonthestreetandhavecoffeefor20kopek. Single20AZN,double30AZN,triple36AZN.Luxesuitefor85AZN.edit PanoramaInn,+994506229027.Runbyamiddleagedcouple,hasaniceviewofthewhole communityofShekiandnice,albeitpricy(forAzerbaijan)meals.5bedroomsfortwopeopleapiece, eachdecoratedwithAzerbaijanihandicraftsandtools.Theratepernightrangefrom2635AZN.edit

Splurge
NaranQalaIstrahatZonasi(NarinQalaCottageComplex,ontheroadtoKish,northofGelersen GoresenFortress),+99417745300.Thisisacottagecomplexwithover20different14room

cottages.Ineachcottagetherearebathrooms,kitchens,andsatelliteTV.Thefacilitiesoutsidethe cottagesincludeaplaygroundforchildren,eveningshows,andarestaurantwherechildrenupto8 yearsofagecaneatforfree.ThisrestingzoneiswithinwalkingdistanceofKish'sAlbaniantemple, Markhal,andtheoldfortressruinsofGelersenGoresen.100150AZNpercottage.edit ShekiIdmanKompleksi(ShekiOlympicComplex),+99417751263(fax:+994017751155). Thewellgroomedsportscentercomplexes,completewithbeautifulgardens,thatarebeingbuilt throughoutthecountryareoneofthecurrentpresident'spetprojects.TheShekiOlympicComplexisa littlewaysoutofthetownandgettingthereinvolvesamarshrutkaortaxiride.Thesportsareasare availabletovisitorsforapriceofcourseincludingvolleyball,basketball,tennis,andfootball.The facilityhasaconferenceroomfor50people,adiningroom,andsmallcottages.100AZN.edit ShekiSarayHotel(ShekiPalaceHotel),+99417748181,cell:+994508343082 (elshanm@shekisaray.az,fax:+99417747099),[2](http://www.shekisaray.az).TTheShekiSaray HotelenjoysuninterruptedviewsoftheCaucasusMountainsandhasbeensensitivelydesignedina modernstyle.TheculturalreferencesofitsarchitectureevoketherichhistoryofShekiandcombine elementsfromMediterranean,MiddleeastandEurope.Ablendoflocalstone,fabricandwood, warm,mutedcolorsanddecorativefeaturessuchasarches,lampsandcolumnsreflecttheaimsofthe designerstocreateasenseofplaceandtraditionwhereguestscanenjoyarelaxingandstimulating holidayinapeacefulandsecludedenvironment.Ithasmanyamenitiespreviouslyunseenoutsideof BakusuchasinroomInternetaccessviaWiFi,taxiservice,roomservice,etc.Thereisaconference roomonthefirstfloor,abarwithcoffee/alcohol,andarestaurant.Roomsrangefromthebasicsingle tothePresidentialSuite.Theratepernightrangesfrom80300AZNandtheyacceptAmerican Express,Visa,andMasterCard.Seasonalratesapplyfromwinterrates,summerweekdayrates,and summerweekendrates,withthelastbeingthemostexpensive.edit

Cope
HaircutsWomen'sSalon(QadinSalonu)/Men'sSalon(KiiSalonu)Thisisagreatwaytogetto knowthelocalculturewhilealsolookingbetter.Makesuretoeitherbringaphotoofwhatyouwant yourhairtolooklikeorhaveyourAzeriready.13AZN.

Contact
InternetcafesinAzerbaijanarecalled"internetklubs"andtheyarefoundthroughoutthecityof Sheki.Thebestinternetklubiseitherinthecentralpostofficeoracrossthestreetfromthepostoffice. Pay0.4AZNperhour. AzerbaijanPostlocationsaredispersedthroughoutthecityofSheki,butthemostobviousoneis rightonthemainsquare.Atypicalinternationalletter/stampcombinationcosts0.8AZN.

Staysafe
Emergencycontactnumbers

Ambulance:+994177103 Cityhospital:+99417742466 Fire:+994177101 Police:+994177102 ThecityhospitalisnearthecenterofSheki,rightacrossthestreetfromtheDramaTheater. YoumustspeakAzeri,Russian,orTurkishtocommunicateyourneeds.Itwouldbeagoodideato memorizekeyphrasesbeforecomingtoAzerbaijanseetheTalksectionforphrasebooks.

Safetytips
Packaflashlight(especiallyinfallspring)asthestreetsarenotalwayswelllitandpowercutsare common. Restrictyourtraveloutsideofthecitytothedaytime,unlesstakinganighttrain.Theroadscanbe treacherousatnightduetounseenpotholesanddimlylitcars.

Getout
Daytrips
FazilVillageLabyrinth,+99417791144.Thereisalabyrinththatiscurrentlybeingexcavated fromthe4thand3rdcenturyBCE.Itwasthesiteofritualsacrificingandgraves.Thelabyrinthisopen tothepublic.ItislocatedinFazilVillage,25km(16mi)southwestofthecity.edit GelersenGorsesenFortress.ThisisanancientfortressthataidedtheShekikhanateinresistingNadir Shah'sincursionsintheadjacentvillageofKish.edit

HorseRacing.Thereisahorseracing,breeding,andridingcenternearShekiinDashuzvillage15 kmoutsideofSheki.edit SquareTower.ThereisasquaretowerinAidanbulagvillagesabout20km(12mi)awayfrom Sheki.ThesitewasusedasanobservationtowerfortheeasternfrontieroftheShekiKhanate.The towerissquarewithcircularprojectionsprotrudingfromeachcorner.edit

Onward
HeadnorththroughQaxanditsIlisurecreationarea,Zaqatala,andBalakanandthencrosstheborder toGeorgiaatLagodekhi. TaketheGanjabusandtourAzerbaijan'ssecondbiggestcity. HeadbackthroughOguzandseethewaterfallsonyourwaytoBaku. Thisisastararticle.Itisahighqualityarticlecomplete

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