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Why visit Baku?
To get a feel for Baku, one of your first points of call should be the Teze bazaar. This is a bustling street market and not on the usual tourist trail. It is an authentic bazaar and you will not see the overpriced tourist souvenirs you may find in other similar places. Here the wares for sale include honey, jams, beluga caviar, tea and fresh local fruit and vegetables. Be prepared to be offered samples to taste and try and keep your purse safely tucked away as the temptations are great!
The next thing to do in Baku is to head to the carpet museum. The Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum displays Azerbaijani carpets and rugs of various different techniques and from various periods. If this does not sound like an interesting afternoon excursion, then at least go and take a look at the museum building. It has been designed to look like a rolled up carpet and is certainly eye catching.
About an hour drive out of Baku and you will come to the rocks of Gobustan. Gobustan State Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and for very good reason. Here you will find rock art dating back between 5-20,000 years. The vast array of images on the boulders and caves here depict primitive men, animals, ritual dances, warriors with lances in their hands, camel caravans and pictures of the sun and stars. Taking your time and wandering the site, it is easy to imagine the people who painted these images and that you are looking out on the same landscape as they did all those years ago.