Gobustan National Park (Azerbaijani: Qobustan Milli Parkı) officially Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape is a hill and mountain site occupying the southeast end of the Greater Caucasus mountain ridge in Azerbaijan, mainly in the basin of Jeyrankechmaz River, between the rivers Pirsagat and Sumgait. It is located west of the settlement of Gobustan, about 40 miles (64 km) southwest of the centre of Baku on the west bank of the Caspian Sea.
Gobustan is very rich in archaeological monuments. The reserve has more than 6, 000 rock engravings dating back between 5, 000 – 40, 000 years. The site also features the remains of inhabited caves, settlements and burials, all reflecting an intensive human use by the inhabitants of the area during the wet period that followed the last Ice Age, from the Upper Paleolithic to the Middle Ages. The site, which covers an area of 537 ha, is part of the larger protected Gobustan Reservation.
Another this Azerbaijan and its Caspian coastline are home to nearly 400 mud volcanoes, more than half the total throughout the world. In 2001, one mud volcano 15 kilometers from Baku made world headlines when it suddenly started ejecting flames 15 meters high.
Many geologists as well as locals and international mud tourists trek to such places as the Firuz Crater, Gobustan, Salyan and end up happily covered in mud which is thought to have medicinal qualities.
On the average, every twenty years or so, a mud volcano may explode with great force in Gobustan, shooting flames hundreds of metres into the sky, and depositing tonnes of mud on the surrounding area.
The appearance of the Zoroastrian religion in Azerbaijan almost 2, 000 years ago is closely connected with these geological phenomena, and Azerbaijan’s etymology – Land of the Eternal Fire derives from its Zoroastrian history.
We invite you and your friends to Gobustan Rock Art Lanscape. The next you will see Gobustanfulldaytour program.
Full day tour
Take a fulldaytour to explore Gobustan, one of the most ancient human settlements in the world. In the morning, visit the Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Lanscape. Gobustan one of the most ancient
human settlements in the world. Primitive people depicted the art on stones thousands years ago. Then go to the mud vulcanoes. 400 mud volcanoes of world’s 800 mud volcanoes are located in Azerbaijan and Caspian Sea area. Therefore, Azerbaijan sometimes is called as a land of mud volcanoes. Then go to the mud vulcanoes. Visit mud vulcanoes around Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Lanscape.
The rates include:
• Small group tour limited to 10 persons
• Professional tour guide-lecturer
• Transportation by comfortable, airconditioned vehicles
• Entrance fees according to the itinerary
• 1 lunches
• One small bottle of water (1/2 lt) per person at lunch
The rates do not include:
• Personal expenses and beverages,
• Gratuities for the guide and driver,
• Travel insurance