Places to see in DAY TRIP BAKU:
• Gobustan - The most popular day trip from Baku takes visitors to the petroglyph reserve above Qo¬bustan, 60km south of the capital, and on to the isolated mud volcanoes above Alat. En route you’ll pass Bibi-Heybat Mosque. The Unesco-listed Qobustan Petroglyph Reserve protects thousands of stick-figure stone engravings dating back up to 12,000 years. Themes include livestock, wild ani¬mals and shaman. They were carved into what were probably caves.
• Mud Volcanoes - a whole family of ‘geologically flatulent’ little conical mounds that gurgle, ooze, spit and sometimes erupt with thick, cold, grey mud. It’s more enter¬taining than it sounds – even when activity is at a low ebb, you get the eerie feeling that the volcanoes are alive. Azerbaijan is in the first place in the world for the amount of mud volcanoes. Mud volcanoes broadly spread in Azerbaijan. There are about 350 of 800 volcanoes of the world in Azerbaijani Republic.
• Ateshgah (Suraxani Fire Temple) - "Fire Temple of Baku" is a castle-like religious temple based on Persian and Indian inscriptions, the Zoroastrian place of worship. Although the site was originally a place of worship for Zoroastrians, the forti¬fied complex you see today was built by 18th-century Indian Shiva devotees.
• Gala Village - the open-air Historical and Ethnographic Museum There is a fortress monument opposite which is an impressive Ethnographic Museum Complex. This open-air park features sev¬eral furnished traditional-style Absheron buildings (house, smithy, potters work¬shop) set amid a wide range of archaeolog¬ical finds and petroglyphs, both original and reconstructions.
• Yanar Dagh: Burning Mountain is considered as “eternal fire” and fulfills the trip with unique and interesting experience. In the 13th century Marco Polo mentioned numerous natural-gas flames spurting spontaneously from the Absheron Peninsula. The only one burning today is Yanar Dagh.