Day 22: Lake Tuz, Ankara

Cappadocia to Ankara

We were travelling north to Safrabolu which was a long 5.5 hour drive from Cappadocia. To go on a relaxing pace we stopped for a night in Ankara before moving on to Safrabolu the next day. On the way we detoured to visit Lake Tuz.

On our way to Ankara

On our way to Ankara

Lake Tuz

Lake Tuz was a “pink” lake which looked lovely on the internet. It was also along our way to Ankara. About 2 hours after leaving Cappadocia we reached the pink lake. At the lake we looked out to spot for any pink patch, but could not find any.

Lake Tuz

Lake Tuz

Lake Tuz was the second largest lake in Turkey and was one of the largest hypersaline lakes in the world. On the average, the depth of Lake Tuz was below 0.5 m surrounded by Kızılırmak (East), Obruk (South), Cihanbeyli (West), Haymana (North) plateaus. The surface area of the lake could reach to 164 200 Ha in spring.

Lake Tuz with a average depth of less than 0.5m

Lake Tuz with a average depth of less than 0.5m

We walked far out into the lake but found it pretty painful to walk. There was no sand below our feet but huge rocky salt grains. Looking far out to the middle of the lake we thought we saw a slight light pink hue, definitely not the nice pink that we hoped to see. It looked like it was still too early to see the pink lake which appeared in summer.

Apparently the pink color was caused by the bacteria in the water which produced a red pigment that helped them to absorb sunlight, thus giving the lake its pink appearance.

Ankara

Lake Tuz to Ankara was an 1.5 hour of driving. As we approached Ankara we saw that it was a huge modern city.

Ankara City

Ankara City

When we reached Ankara we did not do much we just checked into our hotel then rest and relax. We thought of visiting a nearby shopping mall but decided not to as it would be like a modern complex back home.

We thought of visiting Anitkabir, Memorial Tomb of  Ataturk (Ataturk  was the president of the newly formed Turkish Republic in 1922, he passed away in 1938) later in the evening after dinner. Unfortunately after dinner we were too lazy and all we wanted was to laze in our hotel room.

Our crazily inexpensive dinner in Ankara

Our crazily inexpensive dinner in Ankara

At dinner time, we walked down the street where our hotel was sited and went into the first restaurant that caught our fancy, Yazar Aspava. We just ordered two items but when they arrived there were more than 10 plates of various food on our table. Apparently the restaurant served various free stuffs including drink with meal. The entire meal costed only 310tl

Our Stay in Ankara

We booked a twin room with balcony at Hotel Ickale. When we looked at the booking listing of the hotel we saw a magnificient view of Anitkabir. It was a stunning night view of the lighted mausoleum. So we thought by booking a room with a balcony we would get the see the magnificient view too.

It was a huge disappointment when we entered our twin room. It was huge and spacious and it had a balcony but there was not view of Anitkabir. We only saw another building beside the hotel!

We found out from the receptionist that there was only one room that had the view as shown on the hotel booking website and that was the PRESIDENTIAL SUITE!  We felt so betrayed! If only one out of the hundreds of room had such view, then they should not have used the picture of the balcony view of Anitkabir as the most prominent picture on their hotel website.

Our twin room at Hotel Ickale

Our twin room at Hotel Ickale

The hotel provided free breakfast in the morning. The cost of our twin room with balcony that had no good view costed Eur63 a night.

Breakfast at Hotel Ickale

Breakfast at Hotel Ickale

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