Bitlis city 984 km (611 mile) to Cappadocia and 1661 km (1032 mile) away from Istanbul. Bitlis is located in eastern part of Turkey near the Van Lake. Bitlis stands in a narrow stream valley, just in the middle of a green oasis. Due to its location, it is an important center for tobacco and honey production in eastern Turkey. A Byzantine castle with polygonal towers dominates the town. There are several mosques in the town, such as the Ulu Mosque of the 12th century and the Serefiye Mosque.

The city is surrounded by walnut trees, and if you are traveling through Bitlis in autumn, you will have the chance to buy some of these delicious nuts from the children who sell them by the highway. Local folk dances of Bitlis are also very famous. 25 kms northeast of the city, is the harbour town of Tatvan, from which there are passenger and train ferry connections across the lake to Van.

Mount Nemrut, is a perfect opportunity here for mountaineers and nature lovers (not to be mistaken with the magnificent mountain of the same name, which has giant statues on top). This is an inactive volcano with a deep, clear and cold crater lake, also having hot volcanic springs.

Ahlat is a very important ancient center of Turkish art and culture, located to the west of Lake Van (44 kms north of Tatvan). The town looks like an open air art museum, with remains from various centuries and civilizations. The mausoleums from the Seljuk period, the Ulu Kumbet, Cifte Kumbet, Baymdir Kumbet and Hasan Pasa Kumbet are several to be visited. Here are also artisticly carved monumental tombstones from the 12th century which deserve the fame they have received. There are fine beaches and restaurants in the town. 25 kms north of Ahlat, there is the ancient Urartian city of Adilcevaz where precious and important remains have been found. The Ulu Mosque, on the shores of Lake Van, and the Kef Castle from the Seljuk period, are to the west of Adilcevaz. The great Mount Suphan is, of course, the most attractive spot in Bitlis. You may climb Suphan in summer when it is perfect for trekking. Some travel agencies have tours to Suphan.

The most famous local meal of the Bitlis province is Buryan kebab. This kebab is cooked with the meat of the goat and is only available in months of June, July and August. If you can spare time from sleep, you can eat the local meal “avsor” at 5.00 o’clock in the morning in these months. Dideban Restaurant, Altlnsis Restaurant, Hanimeli, Mermut Buryan salonu, Tatli Izgara are good local restaurants for eat.

There is few good accommodations in Bitlis. They are; Dideban Oteli, Sark Mermer Otel, Gokser Otel, Tatvan Kardelen Hotel etc.

Districts of Bitlis Province

Ahlat

Tatvan

Adilcevaz

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