Hello again, and welcome to Part II – The Caucasus Mountains.
Georgia has a special place in my heart. I didn’t realize it until I was there. The country is just so cultural and different in a good way. In my previous post, I talked about where I stayed in Tbilisi. I also shared what-to-do, what-to-see, and where-to-go. I have covered the experience around the city, let’s go to the real adventure.
In the next few 15 minutes or so, I am going to take you exploring Georgia through my words and eyes. I can’t wait!
In this series:
- Introduction: The Adventure to the South Caucasus
- Part I: The City – Tbilisi, Georgia
- Part II: The Caucasus Mountains
- Part III: Georgian Food and Wine
I booked the tour package through Viator a few days before. The tour cost $49 and included a tour guide, air-conditioned transportation, and pick-up and drop-off service. I think it’s a pretty good price for the all-day tour.
In the morning, I was picked up in an SUV. The driver took me to a centralized place where the group met. Then we started our journey in a minivan.
The first stop was Jvari Monastery, an orthodox Christian church situated near the town Mtskheta. I’m a bit upset because I just realized I didn’t take any pictures at this place.
Then we continued our journey. About 40 km outside Tbilisi, we stopped at Jinvali Water Reservoir. As you can see from the picture below, the perfect turquoise surface of the lake is stunning.
Only a few minutes down the road, we stopped at Ananuri Fortified Castle, located in the Ananuri Village. In the past, this trade route was also known as the Great Silk Road. I climbed up to the top of the castle to take some Instagram worthy photos.
We made another stop along the way to witness the confluence of White Aragvi and the Black Aragvi rivers. It’s incredible.
We continued heading north through windy country roads and staggering mountains where thousands of sheep scattered around the hill. What a fascinating view!
After 1 hour and 45-minute drive, we arrived in Gudauri, a little town on the south-facing plateau of The Greater Caucasus Mountain range.
The Gudauri Friendship monument is located 120 km from Tbilisi, connecting Georgia and Russia. The moment was built to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Treaty of Georgievsk.
I walked towards the slope to take some photos. It is one of the most breath-taking views I’ve ever seen.
And finally, we headed to Tsmida Sameba or known as Gergeti Trinity Church, located in the north-eastern part of the country near the Gergeti village. The village borders with Russia next to Mount Kazbek.
A picture is worth a thousand words. You can see Gergeti Trinity Church with a backdrop of the Caucasus Mountains. Words simply can’t describe how stunning the view is. This site was one of the few unforgettable places I’ve ever been to in my life.
After enjoying a gorgeous day appreciating the beauty of nature, we started our journey back to the city. We stopped by a place in Gudauri called Restaurant Gagieti, a local Georgian cuisine. I ordered Natakhtari Georgian Beer and grilled lamb – It was yummy!
On the side note, Gudauri is a ski resort in the Kazbegi Municipality, Georgia.
I was full and ready for a nap. That’s what I did on our 2-hour journey back to Tbilisi.
Before the trip, I did extensive research about the Caucasus Region. I made the right decision to visit Georgia finally. The country offers impressive landscapes and wonders.
I am looking forward to sharing my culinary adventure in Georgia soon!