Welcome to Aşəbi Keyf
Contrasting with the thrusting masculinity of Beşbarmaq Dağ, the womblike rocky folds of Aşəbi Keyf are decidedly feminine. But both reveal an interestingly animist side to Azeri Islam. A series of restaurant terraces leads up to a cleft cliff that gives something of the feeling of entering Petra (Jordan), albeit on a much smaller scale and without the carvings. Steps lead past a tiny blackened cave that was once the improbable abode of seven legendary holy men. Quite how they all managed to fit in it is as miraculous as their mythical 309-year sleep. More stairs lead up to somewhat bigger caves, passing a prayer area and two miniature shrines, one of which displays a tooth-shaped holy rock on a wooden stand. Some devotees puff their way to the top of a metal-ladder stairway to make miniature prayer cairns at the top.
Allow at least half an hour up and back from the car park, which is 14km north of the Ordubad road from a turning 8km southeast of Naxçivan City. Taxis want AZN10 return.