Dogubeyazit is a town in Eastern Anatolia, Turkey.

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Ishak Pasa Sarayi

This ancient fortress/castle/mosque is stunningly beautiful, and is a must see when in Dougbeyazit. Try to go on a dry, sunny day. **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 to the Palace; but hitch-hiking was quicker both going up and coming down so no idea about the price (1.5 - 2 TL). **Alternatively, it´s a very stiff walk all the way up (or down), in summer possibly dangerous even.

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Hotel Tahran

Hotel Tahran is inexpensive and very basic hotel 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. Manager speaks very good English and is very helpful about all things local. Laundry service is 3 TL per kilo and very quick (can give laundry in the late evening and get it back semi-dry in the morning). Good breakfast with some view. Occasional problems with Internet.

Minibuses to Iğdır

From Kars, there is no direct bus. First you have to take a minibus to Iğdır (6 TL) and transfer there to another minibus (15 TL) (from the same place you have been dropped). Road between Igdir and Dogubeyazit passes by Mt. Ararat, offering fine views.

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Hotel Yayla Palas

Hotel Yayla Palas — anything but a palace. 20TL single - 70s decor, cleanish rooms with sink, relatively clean (though smelly) shared bathrooms, perfect for budget travellers. On the main pedestrian shopping street.

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Eski Beyazit

Old town probably built during Urartu times at 800 BC. It has the tomb of Ahmedi Xani, the famous Kurdish poet and philosopher, and also the ruins of the Urartian castle and a mosque.

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Hotel Isfahan

This hotel has spacious although quite basic rooms and a somewhat worn lobby area. Friendly stuff, good breakfast, adequate price-value ratio. Some rooms come with balcony. WiFi

Hotel Ortadoğu

Carpet floor rooms with en-suite bathrooms, TV. Next door to convenience store, very close to bus stops. Staff were helpful, spoke some English.

Bus station

Main bus station used for distant destinations, like a 24hr coach from Istanbul. Minibuses to Ishak Pasa Palace also depart from here.

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Hotel Nuh

It has an impressive lobby area but a bit shabby rooms. The rooftop restaurant has views of Ararat. Free WiFi

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Hotel Ararat

This Hotel not so expensive and it was remodeled with new owners it was cute and lovely also very clean.

Durupınar site

This area is famous for the rock formation assumed to be the remains of Noah's ark.

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Mount Ararat

One of the best views of the mountain are from Dogubeyazit city itself.

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Hotel Grand Derya

This three star hotel is run down, but has air-conditionıng.

Hotel Erzurum

This hotel has clean rooms with shared bathrooms.

SLEEP   —  İ. Beşikçi Caddesi

Minibuses to Van

there are several minibusses a day going to Van.

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Minibuses to Iranian border

Iranian border (Gurbulak) is in 35 km of town.

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Hotel Urartu

Urartu is reasonable with friendly staff.

Butic Ertur Hotel

Smallish but clean rooms. Good reviews

Balık Gölü

a lake in a lava bed

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The Ice Cave

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Beyazit mosque

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Meteor crater

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About 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.

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