Konya, 261 km (162 miles) south of Ankara, is Turkey's city of Whirling Dervishes, and has been for 800 years. Located right on the ancient Silk Road, Konya has lots to see and do, a number of good hotels, and transport is easy.
Located about three hours' drive south of Ankara, it's an extremely old city, its roots going back to the days of the Hittites, who called it Kuwanna. As a Roman city, it was Iconium. The reason to visit Konya is to see the Mevlana Museum which shelters the tomb of Jelaleddin Rumî (1207-1273), known to his followers as Mevlana (or Rumî), a Muslim poet and mystic and one of the great spiritual thinkers and teachers of all time.
Konya was the capital of the Seljuk Turkish Sultanate of Rum ("ROOM," that is, Rome)which flourished in Central Anatolia from 1071 to 1275. The Seljuks built numerous caravansarays along the Silk Road between Cappadocia and Konya, and beyond. Seljuk architecture is outstanding, and numerous great Seljuk buildings—mosques and theological seminaries mostly—are Konya's pride and joy.
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For the participants who would like to come to Konya directly, they can travel by plane, by train or by bus.
Several companies run buses to Konya from many other Turkish cities, including Aksaray, Ankara, Antalya, Isparta& Eğirdir, Istanbul and Nevşehir (Cappadocia).
Here are estimated travel times.
From Istanbul or Ankara, it's faster, more comfortable, and not much more expensive to take the high-speed train
It's best if you can reserve your bus seat a day or so in advance , but if not, just go to the bus station and you'll probably be on your way to Konya in an hour or two.
Five companies run buses on the 663-km (412-mi), 10-hour trip between Istanbul and Konya.
There are even more frequent buses between Ankara and Konya (260 km/162 miles, 3.5 hours), but the high-speed train is preferable for this journey.
-High-Speed Train service between Konya and Ankara offers 8 trains daily in each direction taking less than 2 hours to traverse the 260-km distance. (Buses take 3.5 to 4 hours.)
You can take two high-speed trains daily between Istanbul and Konya, changing trains at Eskişehir, for a total travel time of about 4.5 hours.
There are also coordinated buses between Bursa and Eskişehir to connect to high-speed trains.
Turkish Airlines has several flights each day between Istanbul and Konya. Pegasus Airlines flies between Istanbul and Konya as well.
28th of June 2019 (afternoon)
-Mevlana Museum, where is located in Konya City Center 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).
-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 do Panaromic Meram tour.
-Sille Aya Helena Church has been constructed with smoothly cut Sille stone. There are rooms carved into rocks in its courtyard. The external nartex is entered from the door of the church opening towards north. 327 years A.D, mother of Byzantine Emperor Helena has stopped at Konya while going to Jerusalem for pilgrimage and seen the carved temples belonging to the first periods of Christianity and decided to have a temple built in Sille for the Christians. She has been present in the base laying ceremony of this temple, on behalf of Mihail Arkhankolos. The church has been repaired for centuries and reached today. A Turkish repair inscription written on the internal structure of the church with Greek letters provides information relating to the history of the church.
-Konya Tropical Butterfly Garden and butterfly valley is the first butterfly sanctuary in Turkey and the largest in Europe.Mesmerizing with their "painted" wings, butterflies have landed in Konya. Visitors can see the life-cycle of butterflies at the Butterfly Manufacture Area, and wander among flying butterflies at the Open Flight Area.