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Written by Punith Jain on July 15, 2020 Share on

5 Must-Visit Attractions in Ganja, Azerbaijan

Ganja, Azerbaijan’s second-largest city is an unexplored gem for tourists of all kinds. Located in the northwestern part of the country, it offers a scintillating historical and natural experience. Ganja is located at a distance of 375 km away from Baku amidst the foothills of the Lesser Caucasus mountain ranges. Anybody who wants a taste of the “real Azerbaijan experience” do check out these must-visit attractions in Ganja.

Top 5 Places to Visit in Ganja

Ganja offers a large variety of tourist attractions which includes stunning nature, historic monuments, theatres, museums and adventurous treks. Here are your Top 5 attractions in Ganja from ancient mosques to the enthralling Caucasus trail.

  1. Ganja City Hall
  2. The Juma Mosque (Shah Abbas Mosque)
  3. Heydar Aliyev Park
  4. Lake Goygol – One of the Must-Visit Attractions in Ganja
  5. Khan Baghi Park (Khan’s Garden)

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1. Ganja City Hall

Ganja city hall
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This classic building on Heydar Aliyev Square is a masterpiece of the Stalinist Empire architecture. Georgia’s Parliament hall in Tbilisi is an identical twin to Ganja city hall. Imposing Soviet-style, tourists must visit the Heydar Aliyev museum inside the City hall which is open to all. Take a stroll along the square in the evenings to witness this iconic building in Ganja lit up. Your trip to Azerbaijan is incomplete without this must-visit attraction in Ganja.

2. The Juma Mosque (Shah Abbas Mosque)

Juma Mosque in Ganja
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Dating from the early 15th century, The Juma Mosque located in central Ganja is a famous tourist attraction in Ganja. The historic mosque boasts a red brick exterior with majestic white dooms. Sheykh Baheddin Mohammad Amil of the Persian Safavid Empire built this beauty and hence the name. The two minarets were added later in 1776 and it has undergone various reconstruction projects post that.

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3. Heydar Aliyev Park

Heydar Aliyev Park in Ganja
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Stretching across 450 hectares, Heydar Aliyev Park is the largest park in Azerbaijan. This glowing Arch of Triumph marks the main entrance and tourists can enter from a total of 9 gates. An amusement park, soothing pond and lush greenery make this an ideal place for your family vacation to Azerbaijan.

4. Lake Goygol – One of the Must-Visit Attractions in Ganja

Lake Goygol attraction in Ganja
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At about 1,500 metres (4,921 feet) above sea level, Lake Goygol is undoubtedly Azerbaijan’s most beautiful lake. Encircled by a dense forest, this deep blue mountain lake is just a one hour drive from Ganja city centre. Recently opened, only a small portion of the lake is accessible to the tourists. Lake Goygol is also home to a wide variety of fishes and aquatic life. Exploration tour around the mountains and within the dense forests makes Lake Gaygol a must-visit attractions in Ganja.

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5. Khan Baghi Park (Khan’s Garden)

Famous Khan garden in Ganja
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The central historical Khan Baghi Park is popularly known as the Khan’s Garden. This is surely one of the first places to visit in Ganja located in Gala Street. Javad Khan became the last Khan of the Ganja Khanate to live here before the Russian empire took control. Today, tourists and locals come here to set back, relax and spend some quality time with their loved ones. Do not miss out on the famous cafe’s in Ganja and try out the local cuisine here.

Azerbaijan, the land of fire is surely a unique tourist destination in your travel bucket list. With much medieval essence and historical architecture, Ganja is one of the best city to visit in Azerbaijan. For more travel hacks, tips and perfectly hand-curated itineraries, reach out to the European expert at Pickyourtrail. You can choose your Azerbaijan tour packages here! You can also reach out to our destination expert on Whatsapp for a quicker response!

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