27 May 2021
The tectonic and volcanic lakes of Bitlis and Muş, which have been declared as “sensitive areas to be protected” by the decision of the President, will contribute to the development of nature tourism in the region.
The lakes, which host many local and foreign visitors every year in Ahlat and Adilcevaz of Bitlis and Varto districts of Muş, are preparing to host their visitors again with the removal of the restrictions applied within the scope of corona virus (Covid-19) measures.
With its historical buildings, Seljuk Square Cemetery and its cupolas, Lake Nazik in Ahlat, which is an open-air museum, Aygır, Arin and Cil lakes in Adilcevaz, which stands out with its beaches on the shores of Van Lake, and Hamurpet Lake in Varto, its unique nature, clean attracts people with its air and natural beauty.
The tectonic and volcanic lakes of different sizes and depths, which were declared as “sensitive areas to be protected” by the President’s decision, take on a distinct beauty with the view of the colorful flowers blooming around in the spring, integrated with the deep blue waters.
The lakes, where mirrored carp and trout species grow in their fresh and soda waters, attract the attention of nature lovers and camping enthusiasts with their immaculate coasts, biodiversity and dozens of bird species they host.
Due to the restrictions imposed under the Covid-19 measures, it is expected that the mobility will increase again with the normalization process around the lakes, where the calmest period is experienced. District municipalities continue their efforts to create recreation and camping areas in these areas and to protect the natural beauties in the region.
Ahlat Mayor Abdulalim Mümtaz Çoban said that Ahlat, surrounded by Van, Nemrut Crater and Nazik lakes, is a natural wonder. Stating that Madavans Valley Bird Paradise was declared as a “sensitive area to be protected” by the President’s decision, Çoban said: “Our cultural heritage and natural wealth have begun to fill the eye. As the terror in the region recedes, our riches emerge. Ibn-i Haldun. Our geography is our destiny, beautiful and wonderful. we will find a response very soon, we will benefit “
Pointing out that the region will host more tourists if sufficient publicity is made, Çoban said, “Antalya and İzmir are ours. All of our tourism-based regions from Marmara to Aegean, from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean are all ours. “Turkey also needs these mysterious areas and new discoveries. When we remove the curtain, we will see that it is a magnificent destination that concerns tourism and we will live.”
Adilcevaz Mayor Necati Gürsoy, on the other hand, stated that Allah has bestowed beautiful places on the region, and that Arin Lake, which has soda water, is frequented by dozens of migratory birds.
Emphasizing that the region is a tourism paradise with Lake Van, other lakes and natural habitats, Gürsoy said: “Aygır Lake, at an altitude of approximately 2 thousand altitudes, is a natural wonder. Trout grows in the lake. Arin and Aygır lakes were declared protected areas under the auspices of our President. Tourists want beauty, naturalness, comfort and nature. Visitors to our region can spend time alone with nature, get rid of the problems in their minds and enjoy a beautiful holiday experience. Holiday areas are very crowded during the summer season. They are very comfortable and calm. People can come here and relax as they wish. In the past, there were some problems in the environment. With the support of our President and our government, those troubles were not left. I think it is “
Cihan Kaya, the headman of Ünaldı Village in Varto district of Muş, also stated that Hamurpet Lake offers a different visual feast to its visitors every season.
Expressing that the lake is a volcanic lake, Kaya said, “The surrounding of our lake fascinates people with colorful flowers. Visitors come from the surrounding provinces in summer. Newly married couples immortalize their happiest days here. Nature lovers who come here find peace,” he said.