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Stepanakert, Nagorno Karabakh  Tyke's Travel Stories 

 Arriving at the bus station a guy offered me a cheap room in his “hotel” which had only two rooms and a sitting area but was good value at $8 just for the three bar heater which I had on all night to keep warm. The other room was occupied by a young Japanese guy who arrived on the marshrutka a few hours after me...

 

 

 

 

"What country do I love the most?"

...It’s hard to compare the hedonism of Bangkok to the asceticism of India, the deserts of America, to the forests of Moldova, or the snow fields of the Ukraine with the endless beaches of the Philippines. If you change the question and ask me which place do I want to go back to most, then I have an answer for you. Karabakh!...

By Eric, from Your World, Your Home  

 

 

What is Patriotism?

At the border crossing between Armenia and Karabakh the guard looked over my papers and noticed that I didn’t fill out the address column.

“Where will you stay?”

“Wherever I can find a place” I gave the straightforward answer.

“You must have a place. Let me give you the name of my place...”

                                                            By Eric, from Your World, Your Home

 

 

A Few Days In No Man’s Land – The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic  

In Stepanakert I went to the local market. The main attraction was Zhingalov khats, or “Herbal bread.” Several herbs are baked inside this bread and it’s said to be very healthy. The number of herbs vary depending on who you talk to. I was told everything from 7 herbs to 40. I guess it depends on the season and what herbs are available. I bought two to have for lunch. I was really hungry. 

By Adam Pervez, from Happiness Plunge

 

 

 

 

 

 

CRAZY MINI-BUS/ MARSHRUTKY FROM STEPANAKERT TO VANK, NAGORNO KARABAKH

I’m shoved into a space at the back of the bus. It’s bumpy, it’s tight and the locals are just laughing their heads off at us. Talking all the time to me in Armenian, I try to speak back in English. 5 teenage girls chuckle endlessly and they take over 3 seats between them. It’s all a big crush. I’ve got a full free bottle of pickled vodka in my bag at my feet, my laptop is in the same bag so I’m praying it doesn’t crack open!

By Jonny Blair, from Don't Stop Living

 

 

 

 

How to get a Nagorno Karabakh visa - by Blair Jonny Scott

Head to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the main street in downtown Stepanakert. It’s a quiet capital city and finding your way around shouldn’t be too tricky. Head to Azatamartikneri Street which leads from Victory Square down to Shahumian Hraparak, a National Roundabout near the President’s Building.

 

 

 

 

Visiting Nagorno Karabakh – easier than you might think 


Visiting Artsakh (as the locals call it) is an incredibly interesting and exhilarating experience that very few people have the opportunity to enjoy. 

Getting to the country is a long and complicated process that requires careful planning. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Impolitic Platan Tree

There is such a place in Nagorno Karabakh which doesn’t care  if you are Armenian or Azeri. The giant 2000-years old Platan Tree, you could hold a party inside the core.

 It’s not far away from village Karmin Shuka, maybe one-hour drive south from Stepanakert. Big, proud tree, with a table: 2000 years old (only God knows when was it put!).

 


Visiting Nagorno Karabakh – easier than you might think (part one)

Looking through the report that shows me how people have come to land on this website, I noticed that a fair number of people have done so after looking for information on how to visiting Nagorno Karabakh.  Their queries range from wanting information about how to actually get into the territory to concerns about whether the region is safe for tourists to visit.