Interesting facts about Georgia
Despite its small size, Georgia has significant tourist potential. The authorities of the country are interested in the development of tourism, they are doing a lot to increase the flow of guests every year. Nevertheless, a number of interesting places, not so often visited by travelers, deserve no less attention than the most popular attractions. In order to truly experience the local atmosphere, get closer to the diversity of nature, you should turn off the beaten path and visit the little-known and original locations.
1. Pankisi Gorge
Nowadays, Pankisi is a quiet and secluded place for those who want to temporarily get rid of the bustle of the city and spend time among the mountains. In addition to the natural beauty of these places are interesting for its indigenous people. The indigenous ethnos here is the Kistins, Muslims who are ethnically close to the Chechens.
2. Bald Falls
In addition to this monument of nature, in the same places is located the monastery of the same name and Martvilsky canyon. Getting to them is not so easy, but for each tourist will be a reward unity with the beautiful nature, which can be felt only during a walk.
3. Monastery of Pitereti
An ancient monastic cloister in a gorge, surrounded by forests, lies in the length of the Khrami River. Frescoes and bas-reliefs that adorn the walls of the monastery are of particular cultural and historical value. The years have taken their toll, and most of them are in a deplorable state, besides, the 1988 earthquake caused significant damage to stone buildings. Now this place is almost abandoned, but it is of interest to curious tourists.
4. Samsar Range
The vast expanses of the plateau, completely devoid of vegetation, and covered with huge craters that resemble the lunar landscape. There is a mountain range with summits Samsari (3284 m) and Didi Abuli (3301 m) and the largest Georgian lakes Tabatskuri and Paravani, which will be filled with water from underground sources.
5. Lagodekhi National Park
Lagodekhi National Park is curious about plants of the subtropical belt, a number of large lakes and waterfalls. Historic landmark can be called Machi fortress. Unfortunately, it is almost destroyed. The choice of the tourist 5 different routes of varying difficulty.
Vashlovani National Park is rightfully considered one of the best in Georgia, it is compared with European natural parks, and the choice is not always in favor of the latter. Fossilized dinosaur remains are found on the national park, in addition there are several mud volcanoes.
7. Zion Reservoir
The mountain pool filled with the waters of the Iori River is rich in fish. Most of the species familiar to eastern Georgia live here. Fans of fishing can count on catching big silver carp or carp.
8. Sairme resort
A practically unique example of Georgia is a mountain resort, where guests can use all types of services they are used to in other countries. The most popular in Imereti, and one of the recognizable local brands is Sairme mineral water, which is bottled and sold in all parts of the country. Another attraction is the mineral baths that can compete with the Tbilisi sulfur baths.
9. Aten gorge
Nearby are the walls of the Orthodox monastery – Ateni Sioni. Now active work is underway on the restoration of the monastery, during which several miraculously preserved frescoes were discovered. Access to the monastery is open, so history lovers should definitely visit this place.
In Chiatura, there are mines where manganese is mined, a natural resource with which Georgia is very rich. The ropeways connecting various parts of the city and its surroundings are considered to be the card of the city. Cultural and historical value are several temples in the village Katshi, as well as the Mgvimebi monastery not far from the city.