Istanbul Destination Guide

Essential information if you are travelling to Istanbul from Pakistan. Get quick facts, top places to visits and best time of year to visit Istanbul, Turkey.

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Quick Facts about Istanbul

Languages Turkish (Official), Kurdish, English is widely spoken
Currency Turkish Lira (TRY)
Religion Muslim (Suni majority & Alevi minority), Christianity, Jews & Others
Electricity 220 Volts / 50 Hz (European Plug)
Time Zone UTC +3 Hours
Drive Right side of the road



The best time to visit Istanbul is between March to May when weather is moderate and you can enjoy city walk. Second option is to travel between September and November. It is recommended to avoid travelling in extreme cold months. Following is a chart of average monthly temperature in Istanbul.


  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max °C 9 9 12 17 22 27 29 29 25 20 15 11
Min °C 3 3 5 8 13 18 20 20 17 13 8 5


Top Things to Do in Istanbul

If you are visiting Istanbul, do not forget to go following highly recommended places.

Hagia Sophia
Topkapi Palace
Bosphorus Cruise
Galata Tower
Grand Bazar
Blue Mosque
Taksim Square
Princes Island

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