Bolu

House by Lake Abant near Bolu
House by Lake Abant near Bolu

At 40°44'N 31°36'E, Bolu lies between Istanbul and Ankara, besides the highway. Like, most other Turkish capital of provinces, Bolu, too, has its share of history. However, these days, it is more well known for its lush green forest cover, a variety of wild life and that exotic of the exotic-hot springs.

For those who are not aware, it would be impossible to surmise that this quiet place had been a part of the Hittite and Ottoman kingdoms; a principal city in the Bithynia empire. In fact, the name Bolu is a derivation of the Latin Bithynium. Blue sky and you; Bolu is ideal for the veteran tourist looking for an offbeat, lazing spot with generous doses of surprise thrown in.