This morning I came to Peja in western Kosovo. This city is called Peć in Serbian.
The bus took 2 hours from Prizren to Peja and cost €4. As I understood bus fares in Kosovo are calculated hourly. €2 per hour.
In Kosovo there is no need to buy a bus ticket, you just get on a bus and later someone will collect the fares. Peja is definitely more beautiful than Pristina but cannot compete with Prizren.
Main reason I decided to come to Peja is visiting two very especial monasteries which both are on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The 700 year-old Patriarchate Monastery is only 2 kilometers from Peja city center. Seeing monastery’s garden and nuns while gardening was interesting.
Next was Visoki Decani Monastery. I got on a bus to Decani city 20 kilometers south of Peja. From there I walked for 2 kilometers till I arrived at Visoki Decani Monastery.
This monastery is also 700 years old and is for monks.
You need to have your passport with you to be able to visit both monasteries and must enter before 5:30pm.
Taking pictures from monasteries is forbidden and is enforced seriously. I was able to take a few pictures without them noticing. Visoki Decani Monastery has a guide who will answer your questions very patiently.
Nuns and monks live in monastery all their lives and pray. They are not allowed to get married.
Inside Visoki Decani church there is a coffin belonging to the monastery’s maker whom the guide said his body is still intact after 700 years!
If you ever decide to become a monk first you need to have 4-5 years of training then other monks will decide if you have what it takes to become a monk or not. 🙂
You won’t need more than 2 hours to visit Peja and its old city center. Its old market is mostly jewelry and clothing shops.
My stay in Peja was one night. There was no bus from Peja to Serbia, early in the morning I drove a bus from Peja to Pristina and bought the 11am ticket to Belgrade for €16. There was only one other bus to Belgrade that day at 10pm. I really hope after going through all this trouble to enter Kosovo from Serbia, I won’t have any problems entering Serbia again.
My whole stay in Kosovo was 3 days in Pristina, Prizren and Peja.
All my costs staying in Kosovo became €75 plus €26 for going from Macedonia to Serbia then Kosovo and €16 bus ticket from Pristina to Belgrade capital of Serbia.
Travel date: Spring 2017
Ahmad Khani Iranian backpacker and travel lover