Moon­rise king­dom

Harper's Bazaar (India) - - BAZAAR ESCAPE -

Turkey, of the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar, of ha­mams and painterly ceram­ics, of mezze plat­ters and baklava, is a land full of sur­prises. This year, it’s also the set­ting for the King­fisher Cal­en­dar 2015—the glam­orous swimwear shoot was lensed in Bo­drum, Cap­pado­cia, and Pa­mukkale. Pho­tog­ra­pher Atul Kas­bekar, who shoots the cal­en­dar ev­ery year, says, “Be­ing a lo­ca­tion-driven shoot, we al­ways look for places that evoke the feel­ing of liv­ing in good times. Turkey was Dr (Vi­jay) Mallya’s sug­ges­tion and it’s re­ally per­fect. Beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tions, great weather, and amaz­ing ho­tels and food— there’s a lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing here.”

While the cap­i­tal Istanbul, its streets choc-a-block with tourists, is Turkey’s most popular des­ti­na­tion, Bo­drum is the crown jewel of the Turk­ish Riviera. This bay­side dis­trict’s cerulean, yacht-lined wa­ters, and a sky­line filled with lux­ury ho­tels like the Man­darin Ori­en­tal and Kuum Ho­tel & Spa, of­fer a get­away for ev­ery­one from Bey­oncé to Ni­cole Kid­man. Must visit: Don’t leave Turkey with­out vis­it­ing Pa­mukkale (Turk­ish for ‘cot­ton cas­tle’), a UNESCO World Her­itage Site best known for its cal­cium- and min­er­als-en­riched ther­mal springs. En­joy a warm soak in the bub­bling wa­ters or a mud bath, fol­low­ing which you can head to the his­tor­i­cal ru­ins of Hier­apo­lis lo­cated not far from the springs— the two sites to­gether were part of the an­cient spa town founded around the sec­ond cen­tury BC.

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