After Cappadocia in central Turkey, widely known for attracting tourists with hot air balloons, Mardin in the southeast offers a similar experience. Eager to discover Mardin, which was home to different civilizations throughout the history, tourist can enjoy hot air balloon tours to have a bird's eye view on the historic province. The balloon rides are held in the ancient city of Dara, as part of a project initiated by the Mardin Governorate -- with the slogan 'We are rising, Mardin'. The ancient city of Dara in Mardin, located in central Artuklu district, is also a tourist hotspot. Established by the Eastern Roman Empire to protect its border against the Persian Sassanids, Dara is now flooded with tourists. Foreign and local tourists take the tours to get dazzled by the cultural and historical values of Mardin. It is very precious to look at this ancient city from the sky, Kemal Pala, an official from the company organizing the hot air balloon rides, told Anadolu Agency.