Konya the City of Rumi on a Mysterious Whirling Tour of the Dervishes

Konya is one of the oldest inhabited cities in Turkey and was once known as Iconium in Roman times. As this is the capital of the Seljuk Turks from the 12th and 13th centuries, it is ranked as one of the great cultural centres of Turkey and is famous for Konya tours. During this period of political, religious and cultural growth, the mysterious Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi was the founder of a Sufi order known in the West as the Whirling Dervishes. You will see the most famous structure in Konya which is the beautiful bright green-tiled crypt of the mystical Mevlana on a Konya city tour. Next, to the mausoleum, the former dervish seminary now serves as a museum housing manuscripts of Mevlana's works and artefacts connected to the mysticism of the sect. Every year in December, a ceremony is held in commemoration of Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi, with the controlled, trance-like turning or sema of the white-robed men creating a fascinating performance for the viewer.  Read More...

Konya the City of Rumi on a Mysterious Whirling Tour of the Dervishes

Up until 1923 Konya was the most significant city of central Anatolia and overshadowed Ankara. The southwest part of the city has been redesigned, and a broad avenue leads through the western suburbs to the railway station. Take a daily Konya tour and see how the old city to the east of the Acropolis still survives. Industries today include a sugar beet plant, carpet factories and flour mills. Bauxite deposits were tapped by an aluminum-manufacturing industry which was established in the early 70s. The city is connected by road with the principal urban centres of Turkey and by air with Ankara. With its monuments, orchards and gardens, modern Konya attracts a growing tourist trade taking Konya city tours. Its connection with the Dervishes makes it a place of pilgrimage for Muslims. You will also find Christian monuments including the old church of Amphilochius inside the city and several shrines nearby which you can see on a private Konya tour.

In the surrounding area, you will find plains at the base of the Taurus Mountains, and irrigation schemes have extended further the amount of cultivated land where cotton and wheat are the main crops grown on the plains. North of Konya you will find the bare Anatolian steppe which provides spring pasture and supports some dry farming.

Another exciting attraction on best tours in Konya is the Tropical Butterflies Park which was opened in July 2015. This butterfly park was the first of its kind in Turkey and provides shelter to around 6,000 butterflies of 15 different species, as well as 20,000 tropical plants. Another top attraction while visiting Konya is the Çatalhöyük ancient city which lies 50km south-east of Konya and is said to be the first settlement in the world with sacred buildings and houses dating back to 6800 BC. British archaeologists discovered the remains in 1958, and research shows 13 different strata with evidence of homes that had to be entered by holes in the roof as there were no streets.

Best Time To Visit Konya

When is the best time of year to go to on a private Konya tour in Turkey? During the months May through to September, you are most likely to experience good weather with pleasant average temperatures. On average, the warmest months are July and August and the coldest month is January. May is usually the wettest month and should be avoided if you don't like too much rain.

Typical Costs in Konya

Costs will vary and depend on when you decide to travel to Konya. Prices of food will also depend on where you dine. Local restaurants are reasonably priced but if you're on a budget, street food would be a good option and well worth trying. The shopping in Konya is very good especially at the local markets you will definitely find a few souvenirs to take home with you. Transport is very cheap and is very easy to get around.

Know Before Visiting Konya

Always check with the embassy before visiting Konya as you may need to obtain a Visa before entering Turkey. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear when on your private Konya tour so that you're comfortable. Also if you are visiting any religious places make sure you stay covered. If possible Keep a copy of your passport and any valuables in your hotel safe.

Weather in Konya

In Konya, the summers are very warm, dry, and bright and the winters very cold and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year in Konya, the temperature can typically vary from 24°F to 87°F and rarely below 12°F or above 95°F. If you want to take a daily Konya tour then May-June and September - October are the best times to go as it is warm but not too hot.

Dining And Nightlife in Konya

Restaurants of local cuisine are in high demand among guests on best tours in Konya. Literally, at every turn, there are budget restaurants and small stalls, which offer guests fresh kebabs, vegetable salads and meat cooked on the grill. You will also find a good variety of seafood, international menus and traditional Turkish cuisine. What is unique about Konya Nightlife. The answer is simple: everything, from people to landscape, from food to music, from culture to bars and discos. Once you get here, you should definitely have a big meal so that you have enough energy for the entire night.

Shopping in Konya

Shopping in Konya is very diverse with traditional bazaars offering all your holiday souvenirs, jewellery, rugs, traditional Turkish home decor. You also find a good selection of shops on the main streets of Konya but be prepared to haggle so you can get the best bargain. If you want something a bit more modern, there are a good selection of shopping complexes and malls where you can get all your branded goods. Make sure to leave plenty of room for all your souvenirs in your suitcase!

How to Reach Konya

Konya Airport (KYA) is about 18 km north of the city. Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, and Anadolu Jet offer flights from Istanbul and in the summer season you can also fly from various European countries.

Konya is the southern terminus of Turkey’s high-speed railway, with regular fast trains to Istanbul, Ankara and Eskişehir. There are three trains every day from Istanbul to Konya via Eskişehir, taking 4½ hours. From Ankara there are eight trains per day, taking 90 minutes.

Konya's bus station has good connections to a wide range of destinations, including Istanbul, İzmir, Ankara and Cappadocia.

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