Van, Turkey

Castle of Van, on a hill by the Van Lake
Castle of Van, on a hill by the Van Lake

Van, in Eastern Anatolian region of Turkey, is situated in a lush green sanctuary by Lake Van and is surrounded by rocky mountains. Lake Van is the largest lake in Turkey and it was formed when the Volcano Nemrut exploded. South to Van lies a fertile oasis enclosed by the Tigris and the Euphrates and it is said that this place is the Biblical Mesopotamia and the real Garden of Eden.

Apart from the obvious religious charm, Van has ample prospects of expedition, trekking, hunting or just lazing around in the beach. The best times of the year to enjoy Van is spring and autumn.