Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale, Turkey

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We took a bus from Antalya to Denizil, When we arrived at the station, and transfer to a mini bus, it was cramped with tourists costing 3 Lira to Pamukkale. Pamukkale is about 18 km from north of Denizil.  Pamukkale is Turkey mineral-bath spa and due to its natural beauty,  hot calcium laden water spring from the earth and cascade over a cliff. Once they cool  they form dramatic travertines of hard, brilliantly white calcium which form pools.

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Pamukkale is also known as Cotton Castle in Turkish, it has been a spa since Roman built the spa city of Hierapolis around  a sacred warm-water spring.The ancient pool is still there,  covered with marble columns from the Roman Temple of Apollo. We can swim  in there for a fee.

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We reached the hotel and the owner of the hotel told us  to go during dusk or sunrise as there will be lesser tourists and we can enjoy ourselves in the water. The place is open from 8.00 till 8.00 p.m. and entrance fee is 20 Lira, from the man made travertines  or pools near the main entrance are for tourists to soak or swim in the water. We are not allow to wear shoes except slipper. There are lot of people around at 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. as most of them were preparing to go back  home or to their hotels.

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We walk up to the mountain, there is the ruin at the top of mountain.  It is excellent piece of Roman ancient bath and work been taken to preserve this Roman bath. Further away from the ruin, there are foot path wooden steps, this place is free of tourists as it is a bit further from the pools.  We are not allow to go into the travertines or pools as  the resort trying to preserve these site.  We enjoyed ourselves taking lot of sunset photos as there were only 3 or 4 couples up there walking.

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Glorious sunset and beautiful pools surrounded by mountains and rolling fields. There are not alot of water due to the management are carrying out works on the resort. We left this place around 9.00 p.m as it is only 5 minutes walk to our hotel and we have reserve food for our dinner from the hotel.

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