“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” – Rumi
You can feel the essence of Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi or just “Rumi” as he is famously known as in every corner of this Turkish city, Konya. The city is also known as “The City of Rumi”. The city is often overshadowed by its famous counterparts, Istanbul, Antalya, & Cappadocia. Let’s wander through the City of Rumi and get entangled in the beautiful thoughts of the great poet.
Crammed with museums, monuments, and historical sites, Konya is one of the many must-visit cities in Turkey. Nestled in the heart of the country, Konya was once the capital city of the Anatolian Seljuk Sultanate of Rum. Formerly an essential stop for many traders on the Silk Road, today Konya is visited by many Western tourists. A stop in Konya is well worth when you plan a trip to Turkey. Have you ever wandered or struck by paintings of whirling dervishes? Then a visit to Konya will make you to understand where they come from.
Top things to do in Konya, the City of Rumi
Start your mystic journey in Konya with Mevlana Museum. It is a unique place where part of the building is museum while the remaining part is shrine. The museum is home to the tomb of great poet Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi. The museum exhibits an array of art pieces and antiques which are seven centuries old.
Mevlana Whirling Dervishes
Whirling Dervishes is also known as Mevlevi features the dancers that create an aura of soulful divinity with their graceful performances. For the travelers who’re looking for an authentic glimpse into cultural and spiritual past should not miss this spectacle. Sema is unique and mystic dance of the Whirling Dervishes. This was founded by Rumi who lived in the city in 13th century. Similar performance of Whirling Dervishes can be seen in Ankara, Istanbul, and Cappadocia on regular basis.
Men dressed in white robes perform the Sema dance at Mevlana Festival in the mid of December annually. Also, you can enjoy the Sema Ceremony for free at the Mevlana Cultural Center on every Saturdays.
The Alaeddin Hill is a man-made hill which was built during the Seljuk period. This hill now is converted to a public park. Alaeddin Hill is the city’s popular chill-out spot that hosts a number of traditional tea-houses. It is a scenic spot filled with flowers attracting locals and tourists alike to sample the traditional Turkish tea or coffee. Grab a pastry and Turkish tea and enjoy a lazy afternoon or enjoy a relaxed evening.
Located at the Habiller village in the district of Hadim, Yerköprü Waterfall is a popular attraction of Konya. The turquoise waters and surrounding greenery creates a different atmosphere. The waterfall is formed as a result of erosion created by Ermenek stream. The water falls from a height of 30 meters, forming a turquoise lake of 300-meter long.
Yerköprü Waterfall is becoming a huge attraction for photographers, trekkers, and nature lovers, especially during the summers. There are two observations decks to enjoy the panoramic views of the waterfalls which can be reached through staircases.
Sonsuz Şükran village
Sonsuz Şükran village literally translates to “Infinite Gratitude village” in English. The village has adobe houses which were built by artists from the Hüyük district of Konya. It is one of the best getaway for people who want to escape from the bustling city life, concrete buildings and enjoy the nature. The village is made up houses that are constructed from wood, soil, and hay.
How to reach?
Get your flight bookings to Konya Airport which is located 18 kilometers from the city. The popular airlines that operate flights to Konya are Turkish Airlines, Mahan Air, Pegasus Airlines, etc.
Where to stay?
From 5-star suites to budget hotels, Konya has a range of hotels to choose from. Below are some of the most popular hotels for your stay in the city of Rumi.
- Hotel Novotel Konya
- Hilton Garden Inn Konya
- Bayır Diamond Hotel & Convention Center
- Bera Konya
- Anemon Konya Hotel
Most of the Konya accommodations get booked earlier on the onset of holiday season. It is always advisable to get your stay booking before you arrive in the city.