Gaziantep

Bus to Gaziantep: from Goreme. This was the only not so nice bus journey I had. The bus halted at several places, and the lights were on for quite sometime,and after Osmaniye, there were just 2 others in the bus with me. Reached Gaziantep at an ungodly hour of 3.30. Sat reading a book till 6.30, this was the first place where I was mistaken for a local and people were quite surprised that I wasn’t a Turk(or a kurd). Kept my luggage at the “Emanet”,5 TL for a piece.This was also the place where I got my first cultural shock in Turkey,it was really difficult to communicate with people, but somehow I managed to get a bus to the city centre, you need to ask for a bus going to “Bedesten” or “Shahinbey”.

Arrived in the old city only to find the fortress, or “kale” has been closed for restoration. Decided to have breakfast. Went to one of the baklava places, and got one of those cheese-spinach pastries. Met a gentleman having breakfast who could speak english,infact it was only because of him I got all that I wanted to in the baklava shop. He owned a shop in the Zincirli Bedesten,he also gave me a map of the Antep old city,without him it would have been difficult to get around the town. Using the map, I visited several museums and hans, the most notable being the Mevlevi museum and the Tarihi han, the food market was great too,with chilli powder,cheese,dry fruits and grains on the display,good photo ops.

Later I had katmer at a local place,really filling and heavy pastry that it was, it was basically batter stuffed with cheese/cream,fried in butter,and then again in sugar syrup,served with hot milk. Reminded me of several indian sweets. I was so full after the katmer that I decided to walk it up to the Zeugma muzesi.On the way came across an old man who needed help with his luggage. And even after some sign language conversations,he did not seem to understand I was a foreigner,he kept on asking me an address,it wa actually fun interacting with him. I was equipped with a map, so did not have trouble finding the Zeugma museum, but the walk under a bridge,and along a big highway,and through some lonely localities, only adventurous single travelers should try this, and it was a slightly longer walk,about 20-25 mins. But not bad at all,if you dont want to spend on a taxi.

The museum was quite a place!! I never imagined the mosaics would be that big. And so well preserved. Spent a lot of time looking at every mosaic. And then there was a school tour,all the kids thought I was some kind of an exotic specie,none of them had probably seen an Indian ever. I was photographed by several kids,and they too did have a good time being photographed. Some of them did well at speaking in english. So Gaziantep was a great experience, the people experiences enriched it even more.
Next destination would be Kahta from Nemrut Dagi.

Gaziantep, the  baklava city.

Gaziantep, the baklava city.

Notice the "since 1557".

Notice the “since 1557”.

Food bazaars in the old town.

Food bazaars in the old town.

An indian shop, all the goods are indian, this gentleman showed me around the city.

An indian shop, all the goods are indian, this gentleman showed me around the city.

The Mevlevi museum in Gaziantep.

The Mevlevi museum in Gaziantep.

Middle eastern atmosphere in Gaziantep.

Middle eastern atmosphere in Gaziantep.

Mosaics at Zeugma museum.

Mosaics at Zeugma museum.

Mosaics at Zeugma museum.

Mosaics at Zeugma museum.

Mosaics at Zeugma museum.

Mosaics at Zeugma museum.

Mosaics at Zeugma museum.

Mosaics at Zeugma museum.

Mosaics at Zeugma museum.

Mosaics at Zeugma museum.

A brief summary of my Trip to Turkey.
Being Vegetarian in Turkey
4 Days in Istanbul.
Selcuk and Ephesus.
Priene-Miletus-Didyma
Afrodisias:The Best Graeco Roman Ruins
4 Days in Cappadocia.
Gaziantep
Nemrut
Sanliurfa

8 thoughts on “Gaziantep

  1. Hi,
    Thank you so much for your information. I would follow your itinerary which arrive at Ganziatep early in the morning, have a short tour around and then catch a bus to Kahta. I just don’t know if I will arrive in Kahta very late?

    Besides, I just contacted the Kommagene Hotel in Katah for the tour and accomodation, they asked me for TL160 which is far more expensive than 125TL that many people got. However, how did you think about their tour and service. I’ve read many not good comment about the owner who is not so honest and try to push the tour on customer in a not very nice way.

    Thanks

    • I think you can always bargain with them. If you finish Gaziantep by 1-2 PM or so, you’re fine, there are buses.
      I liked their tour a lot since they took us to a village where we had breakfast and spent some time. Plus the driver didn’t really care, so we stayed on the top of the mountain for a long time, while the other tours(the package tours, none from Kahta) went down immediately after sunrise(much to our good,hehe). So you could go with them, or just show up in Kahta with phone numbers of hotels, there’s another one which does tours too, I cant remember it’s name. But Kommagene is not bad at all, atleast in my opinion.
      The owner is pushy for sure, but it’s ok if youre firm. And ofcourse you are going to the tour if you’re there, aren’t you? Just dont buy anything from his overpriced souvenir shop.

      • Wow, thank you for such information. I only succeeded to bargain down to 135TL with Kommagene Hotel. However, I am not sure if I can trust them since they just sent me an email that “We confirm your reservation” without any details and final price. Therefore, I just asked them to send me the detail of reservation and still waiting for their response. I don’t know how they worked with you but somehow I felt unsecured with their service via email. But, let’s hope for the good :).

        By the way, can you please instruct me how to go to the city center in Gaziantep from the Otogar. Since you wrote you got difficulty to communicate with people over there and confused how to get to the city center, I am a bit scared to be honest. It would be great if you can show me how to catch a bus to the city center back and forth.

        Much thanks.

  2. 135 seems good, counting a little inflation from last year. I think that’s alright, I too was a little apprehensive, but it turned out pretty good, they aren’t that professional when it comes to communication(I think that applies to most places in this region).
    Do stick to your price, maybe you could confirm it when you reach, and speak only to the owner, not to his staff about that. They should remember that you had decided on 135. So dont worry about that.
    Another option is to go to Karadut, but I think that becomes a little expensive, because it’s far away from places like Arsaemia and the Roman bridge, which too were highlights of the trip, and gong to all these places by a car can cost a lot. So Kahta is def the most cost efficient option.

    About Gaziantep, I had to ask around a little, people were friendly and willing to help, so you should know the right keywords to use. So ask for “Bedesten” or “Shahinbey”.
    From the Zeugma museum, cross the road,and flag down a bus going to the “otogar”. You should be fine.
    All the best. Let me know if you need more help.

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