Daily Konya Trip from ISTANBUL by Plane

Konya Islamic Religious Tour and Visiting Mewlana Rumi and Sems-i Tebrizi

Konya Islamic Religious Tour and Visiting Mewlana Rumi and Sems-i Tebrizi.

Our Tours are starting from istanbul. We make our tours by plane bcs it is easier to reach the train station located outside of istanbul. If you request train to Konya, we can also arrange that as well.

Tour Schedule ;

05 : 30 Am Pick up from your hotel and drive to Ataturk Airport Domestic Flight to Konya

(Time can be changed according to available  flights departure time)

07 : 10 Am You will fly from Istanbul to Konya

08 : 10 Am You will arrive to Konya and then our staff will be pick you up in front of the exit door of Konya Airport with your name sign .

You will be picked up and drive to Konya. The tour starts by visiting, Mevlana Museum, located in Konya City Center.

Today, it is the mausoleum of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, a Sufi mystic also known as Mevlâna or Rumi. It was also the dervish lodge (tekke) of the Mevlevi order, better known as the Whirling Dervishes.You will visit all available section in Mevlana Museum such as Matbah (Kitchen), tombs, Tilavet Chamber (Quran Reading And Chanting), Semâ-Hâne (Ritual Hall). After visiting continue the tour by visiting Selimiye Mosque is located next door to Mevlana Museum.

The mosque was commissioned by, and named for, Sultan Selim II (1566-74) in the Ottoman style. Construction began in 1558 when Selim was still a prince and was completed shortly after he became sultan, in 1567. Afterwards, you will have lunch in an authentic restaurant. After having lunch you will doPanaromic Meram tour.

Then continue the tour by visiting Tavusbaba Tomb of belongs to Seyh Tavus Mehmet El Hindi, a Seljuk Period holy man (Sufi saint) near the Meram area. After visiting these places go to Karatay Madrasah was usually founded and maintained by the sultan, princes and other nobles as well as the Wakf, who could afford to meet the expenses needed for free education to students.

The Madrassa continued to be one of the main venues of education in the Muslim World under the Ottoman Caliphate until 1924 when Ataturks’ law of 16 March 1924 abolished it in favour of modern schools and universities. Then visit the Ince Minaret Medrasah which dates from the 13th century. Originally a medrasa, an islamic school, it is now a museum of wood and stone carving.

It is named for its elegant tiled minaret. The minaret was originally much taller than the section that survives today, and had an unusually slender appearance in comparison to the minarets of other contemporary Seljuk mosques, hence the name of the structure. Alaaddin Mosque which was built up at the hill is still surviving intact with its impressive beauty.

The construction of the oldest and the biggest mosque of the period of Anatolia Seljuk in Konya was begun in the time of Seljuk Sultan Rukneddin Mesut I (1116-1156), was continued at the time of Kılıçarslan II, and was complated in 1221, during the time of Alaaddin Keykubat.At the end of the tour, drive back to Konya Airport

22:50  Pm You will take flight from Konya to Istanbul
(Please note that flight departure time can be changed according to avalibilty)

00:20  Am Arrive in Istanbul. When you arrive in Istanbul airport, you will meet with our staff at the airport then be transferred to your hotel.


  • Airport transfer in Istanbul and Konya.
  • Roundtrip flight tickets
  • 1 Full Day Konya City Tour and Mevlana Museum Tour
  • Transportation by air-conditioned non-smoking tour coaches
  • Professional Guide licensed by the Ministry of Tourism
  • All entrance fees to the archaeological sites and museums, parking and road tolls
  • 1 Lunch in the tour at local restaurant
  • Local taxes


  • Drinks at lunches
  • Personal expences
  • Tips to guide and driver

For more information; you can send us an E-mail.

Daily Konya Trip from ISTANBUL by Plane

2 Persons
231 Euro per Person

4 – 7 person

199 Euro per Person

1 person

349 Euro per Person
  • Airport Transfers Service in Istanbul and Konya. ( 4 Transfer Services )
  • Round Trip Flight Tickets by Turkish Airlines or Pegasus Airlines
  • 1 Full Day Konya City Tour and Mevlana Museum Tour
  • Transportation by Air-Conditioned Non-Smoking Tour Coaches
  • Professional Guide Licensed by the Ministry of Tourism
  • All Entrance Fees to the Archaeological Sites and Museums, Parking and Road Tolls
  • 1 Lunch in the Tour at Local Restaurant in KONYA
  • Local Taxes
  • For Reservation, please send us an E-mail

  • The price can be change as of the flight tickets so early reservation is required !!

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About Konya

Konya is a city in Central Anatolia in Turkey which has protected its name for centuries. Legend says that Perseus killed a dragon that had been ravaging the town. The people set up a special monument to honor him, a stone obelisk with an icon of Perseus carved in it. This event gave the city it’s name, Ikonyon, Ikonyum, Iconium.

However, among Muslims, another legend is told. Two dervishes, friends of Allah, were making an excursion through the skies from the far away countries of Horasan toward the west. When they flew over the lands of central Anatolia, one asked the other, “Shall I land?” (“Konayim mi?”). The other answered, “Sure, land.” (“Kon ya!”) So, they landed and founded the city of Konya.

Archaeology shows that the Konya region is one of the most ancient settlements of Anatolia. The results of excavations in Catalhöyük, Karahöyük, Cukurkent and Kucukoy show the region was inhabited as far back as the Neolithic Period (Late Stone Age) of BC 7000. Other settlers of the city before Islam were; the Calcolitic Period (Copper Age) civilizations, Bronze Age civilizations, Hittites, Frigians, Lidians, Persians, Romans and finally Byzantines.

The first exposure of the city to Islam happened during the time of the Caliph Muaviya. Later, attacks made by Arabic Muslims, whether Emevi’s or Abbasi’s, yielded no results. Konya’s real meeting with and adopting of Islam began some time after the victory of Seljuks at Malazgirt in 1071, in the time of Kutalmisoglu Suleyman. The attacks of the Crusaders from 1076 to the end of the 12th century could not wrench the city from Islam.

Konya was the capital of Seljuks between 1071 and 1308. In 1220 Alaaddin Keykubad I repaired the city wall and decorated them with towers. But the city has been the site of a power – struggle between the Seljuks, Karamanoglu’s, Mongols, and Ilhan’s and it changed hands a few times. In the time of Fatih Sultan Mehmet, in 1466, Konya joined the lands of the Ottoman Empire. The first general census was made by the sultan and repeated in the time of Bayazit II, Kanuni Sultan Suleyman, and Murad III.

In the time of Kanuni Suleyman, the city, which had been named as Karaman ili, reached the status of statehood. The borders of the Karaman state, which included the regions of Larende (Karaman), Seydisehri, Beysehri, Nigde, Kayseri (Cesarea), Aksaray, Maras, Elbistan, and Bozok, were reduced when Maras became its own state and Bozok was added to another state.

Konya was affected by the Celali Rebellion. This rebellion was an outcome of the instability in the Ottoman government and land orders in the Ottoman army was defeated by the command of Ibrahim Pasa, Grand Vizir of Sultan Suleyman, in the Battle of Konya.

The borders of the province of Konya, which was set up in 1867, included Nigde, Isparta, Icel and Teke Sanjaks. In the same year, the city was affected by a big fire and in 1873 suffered a serious famine.

In the 19th century the city appeared shabby and neglected and the city walls were in ruins and even the mosques were in terrible conditions. Many of the more recent houses were made of bricks and their lifespan was not more than 100-150 years. Commercial activity was slow. But at the end of the century, in 1896, after the railway toEskisehir was opened, commercial activity was revived. After 1902, farming with machines developed. The period of sultan Abdul Hamid II was a productive one for Konya. Transport, education and restoration works flourished the city as they did in the whole of the country.

The First World War caused the decrease of manpower in Konya and throughout the country. During the occupation of Anatolia by the Allies, Konya’s railway station was run by the British (January 1919). The Italian powers which occupied the city in April 1919, left the city in March 1920 during the Independence War led by Atatürk.

The most important place to visit in Konya is Mevlana’s Mausoleum, the mystic poet on the way of sufism and the founder of the Whirling Dervish order. Apart from that there is Karatay Medrese, which was a theological school used as tiles museum today, Alaaddin Keykubat Mosque from 12th century and Ince Minare (Thin Minaret)Mosque.

Another interesting attraction in Konya is the Tropical Butterflies Park which was opened in July 2015. Being the first of its kind in Turkey, the Park provides shelter to 6,000 butterflies of 15 different species, as well as 20,000 tropical plants.

About Museum

The Mevlâna Museum, located in Konya, Turkey, is the mausoleum of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, a Persian Sufi mystic also known as Mevlâna or Rumi. It was also the dervish lodge (tekke) of the Mevlevi order, better known as the whirling dervishes.

Sultan ‘Ala’ al-Din Kayqubad, the Seljuk sultan who had invited Mevlâna to Konya, offered his rose garden as a fitting place to bury Rumi’s father, Baha’ ud-Din Walad), when he died on 12 January 1231. When Mevlâna died on 17 December 1273 he was buried next to his father.

Mevlâna’s successor Hüsamettin Çelebi decided to build a mausoleum (Kubbe-i-Hadra) over his grave of his master. The Seljuk construction, under architect Behrettin Tebrizli, was finished in 1274. Gürcü Hatun, the wife of the Seljuk Emir Suleyman Pervane, and Emir Alameddin Kayser funded the construction. The cylindrical drum of the dome originally rested on four pillars. The conical dome is covered with turquoise faience.

However several sections were added until 1854. Selimoğlu Abdülvahit decorated the interior and performed the woodcarving of the catafalques.

The decree of 6 April 1926 confirmed that the mausoleum and the dervish lodge (Dergah) were to be turned into a museum. The museum opened on 2 March 1927. In 1954 it was renamed as “Mevlâna Museum”.

One enters the museum through the main gate (Devisan Kapısı) to the marble-paved courtyard. The kitchen of the dervishes (Matbah) and the Hurrem Pasha tomb, built during the reign of Süleyman the Magnificent, are located on the right side. On the left side are 17 dervish cells lined up, covered with small domes, and built during the reign of Murad III. The kitchen was also used for educating the dervishes, teaching them the Sema. The sadirvan (washing fountain) in the middle of the courtyard was built by Yavuz Sultan Selim.

One enters the mausoleum and the small mosque through the Tomb gate (Türbe Kapisi). Its two doors are decorated with Seljuk motifs and a Persian text from mollah Abdurrahman Cami dating from 1492. It leads into the small Tilavet Room (Tilavet Odası) decorated with rare and precious Ottoman calligraphy in the sülüs, nesih, and talik styles. In this room the Koran was continuously recited and chanted before the mausoleum was turned into a museum.

One enters the mausoleum from the Tilavet Room through a silver door made, according to an inscription on the door, by the son of Mehmed III in 1599. On the left side stand six coffins in rows of three of the dervishes (Horasan erler) who accompanied Mevlâna and his family from Belkh. Opposite to them on a raised platform, covered by two domes, stand the cenotaphs belonging to the descendants of the Mevlâna family (wife and children) and some high-ranking members of the Mevlevi order.

The sarcophagus of Mevlâna is located under the green dome (Kibab’ulaktab). It is covered with brocade, embroidered in gold with verses from the Koran. This, and all other covers, were a gift of sultan Abdul Hamid II in 1894. The actual burial chamber is located below it. Next to Mevlâna’s sarcophagus are several others, including the sarcophagi of his father Bahaeddin Veled and his son Sultan Veled. The wooden sarcophagus of Mevlâna dates from the 12th century now stands over the grave of his father. It is a masterpiece of Seljuk woodcarving. The silver lattice, separating the sarcophagi from the main section, was built by Ilyas in 1579.

The Ritual Hall (Semahane) was built under the reign of Süleyman the Magnificent at the same time as the adjoining small mosque. In this hall the dervishes used to perform the Sema, the ritual dance, on the rhythm of musical instruments such as, the kemence (a small violin with three strings), the keman (a larger violin), the halile (a small cymbal), the daire (a kind of tambourine), the kudüm (a drum), the rebab (a guitar) and the flute, played once by Mevlâna himself. All these instruments are on display in this room, together with an ancient Kirşehir praying rug (18th century), dervish clothes (Mevlâna’s included) and four crystal[citation needed] mosque lamps (16th century, Egyptian Mameluk period). In this room one can also see a rare Divan-i-Kebir (a collection of lyric poetry) from 1366 and two fine specimens of Masnavis (books of poems written by Mevlâna) from 1278 and 1371.

The adjoining small mosque (Masjid) is now used for the exhibition of a collection of old, illustrated Korans and extremely valuable prayer rugs. There is also a box, decorated with nacre, containing the Holy Beard of Hz. Muhammad (SAV).


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KONYA Konya, the largest city of Turkey in size, the first settlement of mankind in Çatalhöyük, the gateway of Silk Road in medieval ages, the home of sophists and pioneers for divine love, the meeting point of great philasophers and scholars such as Mawlana Rumi, Muhittin Arabi, Sems-i Tabrizi, Kadı Burhaneddin and Sadreddin Konevi, the birthplace of whirling derwishes and Mawlavi religious order, the inviting voice calling all human being to peace for centuries, the capital of Seljuk empire in the past, is one of the well-known Turkish cities both in home and abroad. Konya is a big open air museum city representing the treasures of old civilizations with the finest examples as well as having the organizations of religous celebrations. Konya is one of the most populated cities of Turkey as well. It is not only famous for its rich industry and fertile agriculture but also has a fame with its culture, tradition, economy and amazing unique masterpieces taking a place in the list of UNESCO World Heritage leaves the visitors breathless while paying a visit to Konya. Additionally, the glorious and the breath-taking city Konya has ancient, valuable and historical monuments and natural beauties like Ivriz Hittite Rock Monument, Old Sille town with churches and traditional rocky houses like Cappodocia valley, the first mankind settlement as known Çatalhöyük, a great number of mosques as the marks of Islamic faith, the madrasahs as the colleges of the past, the stone bridges over the streams for safe transport in medieval times, Turkish baths for cleansity and hyygene facts and caravanserails for avoiding the camels and goods from pirates as well as hosting the travellers with joy and peace. All of those structures look like the pearls shining today as to remind us the golden past time. Get the most up-to-date Konya tour information on We offer extensive Konya travel packages for you to choose from. From airport transfers and food to traveling within Konya, we provide efficient and economical services to make your dream visit to Konya a reality. Browse through our website and select a suitable package for your family. LOCATION Konya is the largest city of Turkey which covers an area of 41,000 square kms located in the middle Abatolia with the altitude of 1016m high from sea level. Konya is surrounded by the provinces of Ankara in the northwest, Isparta, Afyon and Eskisehir in the west, Mersin, Karaman and Antalya in the south and Aksaray & Nigde in the east. It is 262 kms from the capital city of Ankara, is 714kms from Istanbul and is 564kms from İzmir. Konya is a bridge that connects the Mediterranean and central Anatolian regions to each other with a great hihway as a backbone of the main transport sytem named E-5 from Taurus mountains to Cappodocia. According to the latest census, the population is 2,100, 225 so it is the seventh most poplutated city of Turkey in density. The growing speed is so fast that it is having a big migration each throughout the country. TRANSPORT It can be easily reached to Konya by good air, railway and road connections. The railway connection was built in 1898 and there are daily express trains passing through Konya from İstanbul and Ankara. There is also a high-speed train from Istanbul to Konya twice a day in return lasts about 1.5 half hours. The travellers either from Ankara or Istanbul can reach to Konya by using many domestic arlines ever day in an hour by plane. It takes about eight hours from Istanbul, or five hours from Ankara by car through E-5 higway. Turkish authorities are trying to provide easier and better connection to Konya by making some new projects nowadays as investments so it will be more comfortable and faster in the near future than at present day. Direct flights from some European capitals to Konya is available all year round as well. GEOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE Konya is such a big city that has a lot streams and lakes as the biggest province in size.. The biggest towns are Eregli, Aksehir and Beysehirin popukation. One of the biggest lake of Turkey called Beysehir located in province of Konya which hosts for so many endengared birds and plants spending the winter to breed. Continental climate prevails in Konya, the summers are dry and hot, and winters are cold and rainy. The temperature difference between day and night is 16-22 C degrees in summer but it reduces to 9-12 C degrees in winter due to the moisture. It snows in winter and the average snow remains on the ground for 3 months. It rains frequently in Spring and the wettest months are April and May. The main feature of Konya’s climate is late beginning and ending of summer season. Summer drought that is characteristic of a steppe climate causes of growing the best qaulity of wheat and barley so Konya is considered as the grain depot of Turkey with fertile plantations. NAME The name of Konya comes from the word “icon” that is accepted as holy depiction. It has various rumors about in Mythology. As described in one of the mythological stories, a memorial was made as the city’s gratitude the person whom he killed the dragon and was also drawn on a picture that described this event. The memorial was called icon so this name turned into Iconium. In Roman times, the city was named Augusta Iconium and it is mentioned as Tokonion in Byzantine written inscriptions. Later centuries the city was called in different names such as Stancona, Konien and Conia. The Arab troops changed the Conia name into Kuniya in 9th century AD so this word was derived to Konya from Arabic invasion to now still known as Konya. KONYA CUISINE One of the reputed cities in Turkey with its cuisine is Konya and it has a great fame with delicious dishes all over the country. Konya owns a unique cuisine and has an incredible wealth of dishes on. It is obvious that the meals cooked in copper pots in the Seljuk palaces and served in a golden trays are still the kitchen products of Konya. The most interesting feature of Konya cuisine is traditional wedding receptions. It is a great customs to go to the reception to taste famous dishes as it is known “wedding rice” in Konya that has been carrying on since Seljuk empire period. The guests know what they are going to eat in wedding reception.It starts with yoghurt soup, then the guests have rice with meat, Semolina halva, Gombo and finally it ends with apricot compote. The menu is special and all dishes are cooked only in wedding season. The visitors going to Konya can taste these meals seperately in the restaurants as well as the other main courses of Konya today. The mian dishes which are known of Konya cuisine are as follows ; bread with lamb mince cooked in traditional owen, Fırın kebab made of boned lamb which is cooked at least twelve hours in copper boilers, cheese pan cake, Mawlana flaky pastry with lamb mince, Arab vaccine paste soup, flour halva and cream dessert with milk. HISTORY Konya is one of the oldest settlements of Turkey and the history goes back to pre-historic era. The excavations in the centre of Konya named Alaeddin hill has already proved this theory. Another excavations in Harmancık hill about 15 kms far away and Çatalhöyük 52 kms far away in the southeast of Konya have ancient settlement with well preserved examples of pre-historic times. Çatalhöyük is noted for as the one of the first settlements of mankind in the world by the archeologists and scientists. The great Hittite Empire in Anatolia and Syria has dominated the land of Konya in 13th century AD. After ending the sovereignty of the Hittites, Phrygians, Lydians, Persians and Alexander the Great's invasion have undergone. By the time when Roman empire has been the main authority in Asia Minor, Konya maintained its presence as established city called Iconium. In the beginning of Christianity, the city gained a center of religious identity so St. Paul stopped in Konya and visited Kilistra during his missionary journeys between 47 C and 57 C AD. With the advent of Islam, Arab empire began growing against the Eastern Roman empire and Konya has been raided over several times during the sieges of Constantinople to be captured by Arab troops in between 8th and 9th centuries. The first Islamic formations have emerged around Konya in this era. After the Menkizert battlefield in 1071, the Seljuks have raided the Anatolian cities and have conquered Konyawith its environment. Suleyman Shah made Konya as the capital of the Anatolian Seljuks in 1076. During the first crusade Konya was the capital , Sultan Kılıçaslan I defended the city against them and the city remained as the capital of Anatolian Seljuks untill 1277. During the reign of Alaeddin Keykubat I, the city was surrounded by high walls and it became the largest city of the empire with 50.000 in pupulation. Most of the monuments, madrasahs, mosques, caravanserails and famous buildings are the visible remains of Seljuk empire heritage centers in Konya today. After the Seljuk empire, Karamanoglulları, one of the Turkic states, controlled Konya and its neighbors for a long time. Konya city has been changed hands between Ottomans and Karamanogulları exactly in sixteen times. Mehmet II, the conqueror of Constantinople, captured Konya in 1467 and he set up permanent Ottoman rule in the city. During the Ottoman time Konya was the capital of Karaman province. After the Russian and Balcan Wars, Albanian, Circassian, Bosnian refugees in the Balkans and Caucasus countries were settled down in and around Konya in order to make farming due to fertile plantations. During the war of Independence in between 1919-1923, Konya became one the resistances of Turkish volunteers and the great protest meetings were held in this city to support the leadership of Ataturk's Liberation. Konya was the center of the wounded patients from the front and being treated. Fighting military needs gathered in Konya and sent to the military troops from here. THE MAIN SIGHTS IN KONYA ALAEDDIN MOSQUE One of the master pieces of Seljuk Empire and the oldest mosque in Konya city which was built in 1156 on panoramic Alaeddin hill overlooking the city on behalf of Sultan Alaeddin Keykubat I, the most succesfull sultan whom he made so many edificies in the empire,by architect Mehmet bin Havlan. The mosque is close to old Seljuk imperial palace so six previous Seljuk Sultans were buried in the courtyard with great artworks of their sarcophagis. Alaeddin mosque has been restored and renovated several times from the beginning of its construction up to now. ÇATAL HOYUK Çatalhöyuk , considered as one the first settlements of mankind , is about 52 kms far away from Konya and has been accepted to UNESCO World Heritage List in 2012. Neolithic Çatalhöyük city was founded about 9000 years before located on the southern Anatolian plateau and covers an area of approximately 14 square acres. There are exactly eighteen Neolithic layers in Çatalhöyük consisting of two big mounds. This ancient settlement proves that human being began city life in Çatalhoyük from rural areas. INCE MINARE MUSEUM It is existed in the west of the Alaeddin hill in the county of Selçuklu in Konya. It was built in 1264 AD in order to teach hadith lessons to Koran students by vizier Ali Ata Fahreddin during the reign of Seljuk Sultan İzzeddin Keykavus II. The architect of the building is Keluk bin Abdullah. The crown door of the museum is one of the masterpieces and the most beautiful examples of Seljuk period stone workmanship with breath-taking calligraphy in Arabic. It is recommended to see beautiful stone inscriptions, reliefs, wooden door wings, tombstones and stone Seljuk sarcophagis. KILISTRA ANCIENT STONE CITY Kilistra ancient city, the unbelievable, nostalgic and original stone settlement, is located on Gökyurt village about 49 kms far away in the southwest of Konya city. This ancient city that catches the eye for its dreamy ambiance also impress the visitors with its magical landscape, amazing natural beauty and historical tissue. Kilistra ancient city was founded on the natural rock formation in the early Byzantine period on the line of five different areas. The improtant decision was privacy in the time of the city's foundation and construction because nobody knew what was happening in Kilistra rock groove-shaped layout beacuse the city appears a big rock mass when you look at distance away so Kilistra is a hidden Byzantine settlement. MAWLANA MUSEUM Mawlana Museum is the second most visited museum after Topkapı palace museum due to the burial place of great Turkish philasopher known as Rumi all over the world. The museum is not only the burial place where Rumi, his family members and his friends were buried, but also is accepted as the birthplace of the religious order named Mawlavi and the famous shrine for Mawlana lovers known as Sufi today. The brilliant and huge museum covers approximately 18.000 square metres area. Each year a big celebration is held on 17th December as the anniversary of death day of Rumi that is called wedding day by his lovers. For those who go to Konya is a must to pay a visit to this famous museum. SILLE Sille is a former residential area approximately 8 kilometers away from down town of Seljuk district of Konya. According to the recent excavations, the first settlement dates back 6000 B.C. Sille used to be a Greek village untill the exchange of agreement between Turkey and Greece made in 1925 which is a small settlement today so most of the houses are the Greek style. Sille, an old Greek village, is one of the important visiting stops that needs to be explored with its rich history while spending some time in Konya city. SILLE AYA ELANA CHURCH Aya Elana Greek Orthodox Church in Sille village is a heritage of former Greek inhabitants whom they emigrated to Greece in 1925 agreement. This glorious, precious house of worship is one of the oldest churches in Anatolia which shows that has a very deep and rich historical tissue. With this aspect, the holy building as symbol of Orthodox faith is visited by both domestic and foreign tourists every year. SULTAN HANI CARAVANSERAIL Sultan Hanı Caravanserail, an inn for spending the night by the caravan merchants and their camels in safe during the transportation in medieval ages throughout Asia Minor, is the biggest place located on Konya & Aksaray road still standing as a pompous castle with a big portal gate.This glorious structure was built in 1228 by Muhammed bin Havlan. In each 20 miles there used to be a caravanserail like Sultan Inn as the accommodation stop for Silk Road trade.
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