Military Road - through wonderful ravines of Caucasus
Road, through which Georgia used to connect to North Caucasus passes through yet oldest and most beautiful high mountainous region. Here snowy mountains of Caucasus Range stand side by side to higher glaciers and passes. This wonderful province of Georgia is described by famous Georgian poets and writers as well as many foreign travelers. One of ski resort Gudauri is located in this region which hosts lots of guests during season. From the passes of Caucasus Range Jvari Pass constructed from volcanic rocks is distinguished for its beauty. Here Truso Ravine with lots of mineral waters, Khada Ravine with oldest villages spread over on vast height, Dariali Gorge named as the Gate of Caucasus cut in 1000 meter depth. Main beauty and symbol of Dariali Ravine is Gergeti Trinity, where once St. Nino’s Cross was kept. The oldest Monastery built on the top of the mountain is the most beautiful sight on the background of the glacier of high apex. Glacier Mkinvarstveri, the same apex Kazbegi is 5047 meter height and for climbers is one of the attractive targets on Caucasus. Road comes out from Mtskheta (first capital of Georgia) and leads to this region is one of the most astonishing sightseeing with diverse natural and historic monuments.
Gergeti Sameba (XIV century) – temple built on 2200 meters from sea level is the most beautiful place to see on the background of Mkinvarstveri (Mkinvartsveri – apex on Caucasus). Trinity Temple used to always carry special meaning in spiritual life of Georgian nation. During long period here one of the holiest relics of Georgian Christians – Cross of St. Nino lies in here.
Dariali Fortress (V century) – Fortress on the North border of Georgia in the ravine of river Tergi. It was built by King Vakhtang Gorgasali. Dariali (Dari-Alan) in Persian means “Palace of Alanians.” Georgians call it “Palace of Ossetians (Alanians). With its strength this narrow ravine of Dariali was considered as the gate of Transcaucasia on Caucasus Mountain Range. Historically this place was of enormous strategic meaning for protecting themselves from Northern tribes.
Gudauri – snowboarding resort of modern standards. It is located at Main Range of Caucasus near Jvari Mountain Pass 2196 meter from sea level. It is ideal place in for those who are fond of winter extreme sport. The average height of the snow in winter reaches 1.5 meters on the mountain slope. The skiing season lasts from November to April. For professional skiers Gudauri slope has all fourth sport ski line: slalom, slalom-giant, super giant and high-speed gallop. The category of all ski line is approved by FIS.
Gudauri hosts guests even during summer season. In summer Gudauri is attractive for those who are fond of backpacking and water rafting. Backpacking with horses and taking walk in Truso and Khada Ravines take place, the water rafting takes place on the river of Aragvi. During both seasons guests are expected to make great choice of modern infrastructure hotels and hostels in Gudauri.
Ananuri (XVI-XVIII centuries) – fortress near village of Ananuri. Ananuri Complex is one of the most important monuments of late feudal era of Georgia. It unites idol, military and secular monuments. This is one of best-kept and protected oldest monument among lots of historic monuments in Georgia.