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... could be identified as being Kurdish and date from about 400 AD.The Ottomans added to the battlements but made them with mud and wood instead of stone as the previous builders had used. It was an impressive fort and held a commanding position over the surrounding territory and the Silk Road.
Also in the region of Van there is an interesting palace. The Argisti Henelle palace/castle was built by an Urartu king ...
... made out through the dust and haze.
As we drop down into Dogubayazit we get our first sight of Mount Ararat in the distance. The summit is shrouded in cloud though we can just see the snow line.
The border with Iran is 20 or 30 kilometres away. You know you are getting near when the roadside signs are in Arabic as well as Turkish. It's a dead end run for us as we have no visas and ...
... me close to the (militarized) Armenian border. I got a nice view of an Armenian military camp before I was asked to continue along a different path. I then got up early the next morning for my "bus," and find to my surprise I was told the wrong time. However, during my lovely wait at the fantastic Kars bus station, I ran in to a few other travelers going to other destinations, who were also told earlier times for there buses. So at least I made ...
... beautiful and gigantic Lake Van. If this lake was elsewhere there would be sky rises, boulevards and water sporting resorts on every edge. It's beautiful cause it lacks this infrastructure. We arrived in Dogubayazit around 1:30pm and after a briefing with Karen regarding dress code for Iran and Pakistan, we headed out to shop! We initially tried to see if we could ...
... that there was an increasing military presence which was not surprising given the proximity to the Syrian and Iranian borders. And on route I saw my first road sign to Iran, and I am gutted not to be going there because every book I have read says that they are the most hospitable people in the world, and the people I have met and spoken to on this trip, who have been there have only confirmed that view with bells on. . And the last thing was the huge number of ...