30 July, 2021

The Best Places in Mtskheta-Mtianeti

The City-Museum Reserve of Mtskheta, Gergeti Trinity Church, Zedazani Monastery, Ananuri Fortress, Shio-Mghvime Monastery ... This is a small list of astonishing places that you will meet in the Mtskheta-Mtianeti region, one of the most historically important parts of Georgia. A unique place where different types of resorts are gathered together. Starting from the main ski resort of the country - Gudauri, ending with Kazbegi and Dusheti municipalities - alpine zones, that are rich in green nature. The region itself includes the territories of Shida Kartli, Ertso-Tianeti, Pshavi, Khevsureti, Mtiuleti, Gudamakari, Ksniskhevi, with two main cities: Mtskheta and Dusheti.

Mtskheta - once the main, capital city of the country, obviously does not give up its dominance in the region and for years has been at the top of the list of historically important places for both Georgians and tourists. Svetitskhoveli - the main landmark of the city and the temple, which has endured for centuries with minor damage and which has been repaired only twice during its existence. The name of the master, who built this strong building in the 11th century, has survived to this day, similarly to this World Heritage Site. Luckily, this place is 20 kilometers away from the capital and a minibus that runs every hour from both, the station square and the Didube bus station, in just 36 minutes will take you to the destination. Also, you can easily rent the desired minivan by going to the following link ... and if you decide to visit this place, you should not forget that a 15-minute drive away, there is a monastery that for 15 centuries has been overlooking the largest river of the Transcaucasia, Mtkvari joining the "stubborn" Aragvi river, as Nikoloz Baratashvili called it. The Jvari Monastery, built on the site of the cross erected by Mirian III in the 4th century, is one of the clearest examples for art historians to acknowledge the artistic value of Georgian architecture of that time.

If you pass the city for a little and drive towards Gudauri, you will appear in another world, because you will see how quiet nature will replace the noisy and heavily populated cities. Despite the distance, it is impossible to get tired of the road, where large ridges, glaciers, lush forests, and rivers replace each other. 3 hours will pass like a streak in looking at the landscapes. In return for a long journey, you can stop at a wonderful place on the road, Panasauri restaurant, taste traditional khinkali or raft on Aragvi, and then in the blink of an eye, you find yourselves in the snow-covered Gudauri. It is an ideal place for lovers of skiing, as well as for fans who love drinking warm tea and watching the glorious glaciers from the window. The resort is designed for all types of vacationers and includes both budget and luxury hotels. We will help you choose the right one. Gudauri Resort is the highest alpine settlement along the Georgian Military Road. In addition to skiing at the resort, you can ride a snowmobile, paraglide with an instructor, and also, there are many cafes and restaurants in the city. You can spend the evening in a spa or any bar or nightclub in Gudauri. The most interesting period starts in summer. The easy mobility allows us to offer tourists fantastic excursion sites, the best place for horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, and other activities.

I hope the curiosity will not end in Gudauri because beyond the snow-covered ridges, another world awaits you. Kazbegi, a perfect place for relaxation and quiet rest. After only one visit you will fall in love with this place with its friendly people and incredibly large mountain system. Gergeti Trinity, the main landmark of the municipality, is located on one of the glaciers. The temple is located 2200 meters above sea level. The exact date of its construction is unknown, it must have been built in the 30s of the XIV century, but we know that the building stones were brought from the village of Gechi two kilometers away. If you want to see this place, the ideal time to visit is late spring and summer.

To get to this amazing place, you can take a minibus that runs from the Didube bus station or again use the site shared above, rent a minivan, and have a few hours of comfortable travel. Mostly there are guesthouses, but there are also several hotels with private pools, gyms, and individual parks. In case of good weather, local tours are arranged almost every day, and you can also easily plan a one-day tour. You can use the given link to find out more details and to buy a tour package.

Tags: #Gudauri #Stepantsminda #Mtskheta

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