Smell the Muş Tulip, a flower unique to Muş and breathe the fresh air around the city’s beautiful lakes!
The unique Muş Tulip (Muş Lalesi) is a member of the lily family, with long leaves and the petals are not pointed. Each stem bears a single bloom, usually red in colour. It takes three to six years to grow a flower from seed. Because of its rarity, the region’s tulip-growing areas are under protection. The annual Tulip Festival, first held in 2000, takes place at the end of April.
Kaz (Gas) Lake
Kaz Lake (Kaz Gölü) is a karst lake located in the Malazgirt district. The lake is shallow, with bitter, salty water. Its shores are edged in reeds and, for this reason, it is inhabited by migratory birds in the spring. Geese, ducks and marsh hens are the most common species found in and around the lake.
Haçlı (Bulanık) Lake
Haçlı Lake (Haçlı Gölü) is in the southeast of the city centre, south of the Bulanık district. The lake’s name comes from Haçlı Village, also located in the south. Haçlı is a crater lake created by Kız Kopan Volcano, in the north. The area of the lake is approximately 10 square kilometres; its depth remains at about seven meters throughout the year. Haçlı Lake is fed by the Sheikh Tokum Stream, flowing from the southwest, as well as several water sources. When the lake freezes in winter, you can walk on it. There are trout and mirror carp in the lake.
Hamurpet (Akdoğan) Lake
Large Hamurpet Lake (Büyük Hamurpet Gölü) is west of the Hamurpet Mountains in the northwest area of the Varto district. It lies at an altitude of 2,149 meters; the area where the lake is located has volcanic characteristics. The lake’s water is a green colour, and the depth is about 21 meters throughout the year. It is surrounded by steep rocks on all sides, and fed by snow and spring waters, with excess water drained into the nearby İskender Stream, and it freezes during the winter months. There are numerous mirror carp, ducks, geese, cranes, and beavers living in and around the lake. Small Hamurpet Lake is a smaller, circular lake south of Large Hamurpet Lake. It is 47 meters deep and its waters appear blue. It flows into the Large Hamurpet from a subterranean passage.