(English) Trip TO Azerbaijan – Magnific Land of Fire!(English) Trip TO Azerbaijan – Magnific Land of Fire!

By signing up, I agree to Triptoazerbaijan's Terms of Service, Privacy Policy, Guest Refund Policy, and Host Guarantee Terms

Already a member?

(English) Trip TO Azerbaijan – Magnific Land of Fire!(English) Trip TO Azerbaijan – Magnific Land of Fire!
Forgot password?

Don't have an account?

Activities in Masalli

(English) Digah village

عفوا، هذه المدخلة موجودة فقط في الإنجليزية الأمريكية. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language.

The previous name of the village was Jiyacilar. “Jiya” means a thread or rope. It is a traditional knitted product used around the house. The village has been noted for knitting since ancient times. It is said that the small village knits eno­ugh thread to supply the whole country. Most of the ropes and threads used in Azerbaijan on board ships and in in­dustry are made in Digah.

MORE

Shikhlar village

عفوا، هذه المدخلة موجودة فقط في الإنجليزية الأمريكية. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language.

This is a mountain village with a won­derful panoramic view. It commands a great view of the Vilashchay water re­servoir and Masalli. Many local families are engaged in bee-keeping. It is also noted for its quinces which ripen in au­tumn. Masalli receives all of its drinking water from Shikhlar. In general, the local people are quite lucky in terms of water. It is said here that if you dig a 3-meter well anywhere, you will come across wa­ter. Earlier the village was called Nazar­kand after Sheikh Nazar who lived here. There is a Pirzada shrine here as well.

MORE

(English) Demiragaj (Ironwood)

عفوا، هذه المدخلة موجودة فقط في الإنجليزية الأمريكية. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language.

There is a tree growing in Istisu forests which is unique for Azerbaijan. It is the only tree to sink in water like iron. Used in agriculture, the tree is almost as strong as iron. Its thin bark cannot be broken with hand. Talysh forests are lar­gely made up of ironwood.The tourism sector in Istisu is rapidly developing. In order not to destroy the forests, more than 40 rest centers, inc­luding restaurants, cottages and their gates, are made of wood.

MORE

(English) Boradigah village

عفوا، هذه المدخلة موجودة فقط في الإنجليزية الأمريكية. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language.

This is one of Masalli’s biggest villages. It has the status of a settlement. Bora­digah is considered old Masalli because it used to be the center of the district. Subsequently the center was shifted. There is an interesting legend about Bo­radigah.It is said that when lame Teymur seized Azerbaijan, it was the turn of Astara’s Di­gah village. Teymur’s envoys came to the village and took over contributions vil­lagers. Unwilling to come to terms with this, brave villagers followed the envoys, recaptured the precious items and left the robbers empty-handed. The brave men then started looking for a safe pla­ce to hide. While wandering along the Caspian coast, they eventually found an area full of thorny bushes. They called the place “bira”, which means a thorn in Talysh. News of their bravery reached the village and villagers decided to re­ward them by allowing them to have the contributions. Years later the village es­tablished by the daring men was called Boradigah, i.e. a thorny stop.Residents of Boradigah are well-versed in commerce. Free trade developed qu­ite well here in Soviet times. Even when shop counters were empty, it was pos­sible to find anything in the village mar­ket. For this reason, Boradigah is often compared to Baku’s Kubinka.Between Boradigah and Masalli, there is a rest center called “Baba ojagi”. So­uthern ethnic motifs are present in the design of the facility. Customers are ser­ved delicious national dishes here. The artificial lake at “Baba ojaghi” attracts many visitors who can feed local swans

MORE

(English) Yanardag (burning mountain)

عفوا، هذه المدخلة موجودة فقط في الإنجليزية الأمريكية. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language.

The miracles of Istisu are not over yet. The Yanardag rest center on the road to Yardimli is another must-see. This name was not given to it by chance – springs and mountains here have been burning for centuries.The burning spring is near the Vilash­chay river. At first sight it looks like boi­ling water but when you apply a match, it catches fire. Judging by the smell, the water is sulfurous. There are several si­milar springs along the river. Local pe­ople dip their feet in it and sit for hours. In addition to being a form of rest, this procedure also helps get rid of different health problems. The tradition is not over at that, as people then climb the burning mountain. The upper section of it emits gas. The gas burns, which pro­duces the impression of the mountain burning. Therefore, superstitious peop­le consider the mountain holy and have turned it into a pilgrimage site.

MORE

(English) Bandalan village

عفوا، هذه المدخلة موجودة فقط في الإنجليزية الأمريكية. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language.

It is located on the Masalli-Boradigah road 10 km south of Masalli. Bandalan is one of Masalli’s biggest mountain villages. It was established at an altitude of 1500-1600 meters and commands a magnificent view. Bandalan means “to brew”. Since the top of the mountain on which the village is located is usually foggy, it always looks like a brewing pot. Another theory suggests that the placename relates to a tribe which used to live here. The best sumakh of the Talysh mountains grows in Bandalan. Sumakh is picked in May and August. It is a shrub-like plant. To be picked are its fru­its. It is powdered using special tools, si­eved and dried. Then it becomes usable. Local residents say their sumakh is good for 10 years.

MORE

(English) Hiskadara village

عفوا، هذه المدخلة موجودة فقط في الإنجليزية الأمريكية. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language.

The Masalli ethnographic museum with its collection of over 8,000 exponents is based here. Materials and items dis­covered in Masalli, as well as the local fortresses and burial mounds, are att­ributed to the stone, bronze and iron ages. French archaeologist Jacques de Morgan examined up to 250 tombsto­nes in the Talysh zone in 1850. Some of them are now stored at the St. Germaine museum in Paris.

MORE

(English) Istisu

عفوا، هذه المدخلة موجودة فقط في الإنجليزية الأمريكية. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language.

Istisu is a hydrogen-sulfide treatment center. The local people call the water a “miracle”. Hot water of 69o C comes from under the ground here, hence the place-name Istisu (hot water). This water is used to treat problems with joints and muscles, skin, gynecological and other diseases. The local sanatorium has mi­neral water baths as well. The water coming from rocks at Istisu is ice cold. Rich in hydrogen-sulfide, it smells like rotten eggs. It is poured into a glass and drunk in one gulp. There are “kidney water” and “stomach water” signs above the springs. Spring water can heal ulcer and kidney stones. The curative properties of the Istisu wa­ter were studied in the 1950s. A Masallli-native geologist Mir Kazim Aslanli even defended a thesis on the subject in 1955. The local treatment center recei­ved the status of a sanatorium in 2007. Due to its subtropical climate, the rate of precipitation in Masalli is higher than elsewhere in the region. Frequent rains make the Talysh forests even more ro­mantic. Istisu forests are 12 km from the center. Istisu is beautiful at any time of the year. In autumn, one can see all colors of na­ture here. There are not many hotels working in this season. To witness the entire beauty of Istisu, it is worth visiting in spring, autumn and winter. There are fewer people and the relatively cool weather makes the local baths very ple­asant. Whereas it is difficult to spend more than three to five minutes in the bathtub in the summer, one can swim for hours when the heat is not oppres­sive. The feeling after an Istisu bath is one of relaxation. If you have wounds or gashes on your body, you can see what wonders the water can work.In the summer the forest looks different as scores of people come here for treat­ment in July and August.Istisu is also famous for its waterfalls. They make the place even more gor­geous. Hiding deep inside forests, wa­terfalls make their surroundings a little cooler, which attracts people to picnics.

MORE