Try to Do All the below mentioned and more
1. Sulphur Baths
2. Eating Churkhelas and Khajapuri
3. Eating Local fresh grown Vegetables and Fruits
4. Take bus tour of Tbilisi
5. Drop into the Tourist Information Center and get a map
6. Go for a walking tour by yourself
7. Travel through the Metro
8. Use general mashootka(Minivan public Taxi) and ejnoy the ride
9. Buy souvenirs for self and friends
10. Take the cable ride to Narikhala Fort
11. Eat cotton candy in the park
12. Drink the fountain water avaiblable in the park and on the street
and many more fun things to do...Related to:
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Masjid Prayer and Halal Food
There is a Masjid in Abounotubani Street also known by Europe Square near the Sulphur Baths.
Like wise if you are looking for Halal food just walk up towards the market in the main street and you will come across 2 restaurants and one shawarma joint where they serve halal food.
visit prometheus cave
“Prometheus” cave is one of the richest caves of Europe. It is characterized by the variety of underground rivers and beautiful landscapes. Golden Fleece cave meets all needs of international tourism level. Walking route for tourists is 1060 m. Also tourist will sail by boats in underground lake (280m) In nearby territories where there are other caves speleological tours can be organized. The total length of these caves is 15 555 m.Related to:
visit the cave of Sataplia
beside some dinosaurier on the way to the cave its very interestin gto see the cave and also teh amazing viewpoint-platform
Mt. Sataplia is intended to protect the five karst caves of the area and the dinosaur footprints, but also the nature and the subtropical forest. At the moment there are 200 footprints known, found in two different layers of the Cretaceous limestones. The 30cm long footprints of the lower layer belong to an unknown predator, the 48cm long footprints of the upper layer to an ornitopod herbivoreRelated to:
visit ancient rock-hewn town Uplistsikhe
an abandoned rock-hewn town which once played an important role in Georgian history. The place was founded in the late Bronze Age, around 1000 BC, and continued to be inhabited until the 13th century AD. Between the 6th century BC and the 11th century AD, Uplistsikhe was one of the most important political and religious centers of pre-Christian Kartli – one of the predecessors of the Georgian state.
visit Stalin museum in Gori
The Joseph Stalin Museum is a museum in Gori, Georgia dedicated to the life of Joseph Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union, who was born in Gori. The Museum retained until recent years its Soviet-era characteristics.Related to:
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Gergeti Trinity Church
Gergeti Trinity Church (also known as Tsminda Sameba) is well known for its spectacular location at the height of 2170 metres, under the Mount Kazbek. You may not be lucky enough to see this highest (5043 m) peak of Eastern Georgia and the seventh in the Caucasus Mountains, as it is often veiled in clouds. But still the view of the little church against the mighty mountains is awesome.
The church was built in the 14th century, and it's said that in the past some valuable relics from Mtskheta, including Saint Nino's cross, were brought here for protection. During the soviet period the religious services were suspended, but now again it's an active Georgian orthodox church. There is also a separate bell tower that comes from the same time.
The church interior didn't turn out to be as outstanding as I would have loved it to be. Or perhaps it didn't make impression on me because nothing could compare with the sheer beauty of what was outside - a symbol of man's piety and determination surrounded by nature's / God's best creation.Related to:
- Mountain Climbing
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How to get to Gergeti Trinity church
The iconic Gergeti Trinity church was the sparkle which made me and my sister-in-law decide to visit Georgia. One day during a family meeteing here in Poland our nephew showed us a film he had made while climbing Mount Kazbek. The views were stunning but being out of our reach, they were just beautiful pictures. But then Lukas said " ...and here is a place easily accessible by everybody" and showed a little church set against a mighty mountain. It was so fantastic that a moment later we made a decision, that had been put off for several years: "We are going to Georgia and we must see this church".
When you are in Stepantsminda, there are several ways of getting to Gergeti church. The first one is by jeep-taxi, which will take you there within 20-30 minutes, the second one is follow the car road which makes the climb not very steep but long and boring, and the third one is a steep ascend of about one hour. We opted for the third possibility, and although the trail was at some places quite tough, those hard sections were rather short so we enjoyed the walk. Coming from Stepantsminda, we passed the village of Gergeti, then followed the direction pointed by the sign, next we got to a cemetary on a meadow and continued our walk up through the forest. We crossed several times the road for cars, but preferred our path. Almost after an hour we could see a silhouette of Gergetti church, which was to accompany the last minutes of our effort to reach the goal. Finally we made it!Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- Mountain Climbing
Stepantsminda, also known by its former name Kazbegi, is a village in the north of Georgia. It owes its popularity to the breathtaking vievs of mount Kazbek and the iconic church of Tsminda Sameba ( Holy Trinity) towerig the village.
There shouldn't be any problems with finding accommodation in Stepantsminda without prior booking, as there are a number of hotels and quite a lot of homestays. We chose the second option and were really happy about it. If you decide to have meals at home, you can be certain that they will be delicious, varied and plentiful. A hostlady will also share with you the secrets of preparing traditional Georgian food and will answer your questions about ingredients and recipes. If, on the other hand, you decide to eat out, there is also such a possibility, as there are a few restaurants in Stepantsminda. On our first evening we went to Shorena, an liked it enough to stay loyal and in result visited it several times.
Some people say that Stepantsminda is ugly, I would rather say that it is authentic. It still doesn't have a 'touristy' feel, which is good. Traditional stone houses, quite a few with new windows, (and what surprised me- the protective tape is not removed from the frames) stand along the roads lined with a jungle of electric wires and a framework of above-the-ground gas pipes. And cows present everywhere, walking along the roads, into the yards of the houses and inside the houses being constructed. It all doesn't sound like a description of a picturesque mountain village, but has some appeal, at least for me.
Stepantsminda is also a birthplace of a popular 19th century writer Alexander Kazbegi. You can viisit his museum in the village.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
Jvari is a mountain pass at a height of 2379 metres above sea level and is located on Georgian Military Highway. Practically everybody coming from Tbilisi to Stepantsminda (Kazbegi) drives across this place. "Jvari" means "cross" and in fact the pass was named after the cross which used to stand here and had been erected by king David the Builder during Georgia's Golden Age. It was called Queen Tamar Cross to honor the most famous of all Georgian monarchs, spoken of with reverence up till now. We can see a replica of the original cross to the east of the road.
Today most of the tourists stop for a photo break at a viewing platform, known as Russo-Georgian friendship monument. It's a big semi-circular structure covered inside by a mural in vivid colours depicting the scenes from the Bolshevik Revolution which took place both in Russia and Georgia. Personally, I think this construction is totally out of place there, spoiling the natural beauty of the landscape around.
Ananuri fortress and church
Ananuri is a must stop on the Georgian Military highway. The fortress is made up of two towers joined by a wall and the upper square one is well preserved. It was built in the valley between two rivers, so it was hard for the enemy to pass without being noticed. In the past the fortress played a significant role in local wars between feudal princes.
There are two churches within the complex: The church of the Assumption and the church of the Virgin.
The Assumption church was built in 1689. There are some interesting well-preserved relief carvings on its facade and Georgian script on the wall.
The fortress offers spectacular views of the Zhinvali reservoir and surrounding mountains.Related to:
Georgian Military Highway
Georgian Military Highway runs from Tbilisi to Vladikavkaz (in Russia) through the Greater Caucasus. Its length is about 200 km. The route, used for ages by traders and invaders, was already known in ancient times, as it was mentioned by Strabo and Pliny. Initially a horse trail, it was converted into a carriage road by Russians in 1780s. After the kingdom of Georgia was annexed by the Russian Empire in 1801, the surface of the road was gradually improved to facilitate transport and army movement. A lot of writers and artists travelled along Georgian Military Highway, finding on the way the inspiration for their work. The list includes: Pushkin, Lermontov, Tolstoy, Czekhov, Tshaikovsky and Gorky.
Today we are following their steps, as it is possible to go from Tbilisi to Stepantsminda ( and back) even if you have just one day at your disposal. Yet, I would recommend to stay in Stepantsminda at least for one night to appreciate the majestic Caucasus, an experience which may be one in a lifetime.
The journey along the Georgian Military Highway is really exciting in itself. First the road is wide and straight but soon the terrain is becoming hilly and the highway is going up and down. We pass the Zhinvali Dam and stop at a picturesque Ananuri fortress. Then we continue our way up the north, absorbing more and more dramatic landscape. Another stop, a photo break, at a weird mural called Russo-Georgian Friendship Monument. From here we have a great view of the Gudaur Abyss and off we go to Stepantsminda ( Kazbegi). From here it's just a few km to Russian border, but foreigners, even if they have a Russian visa, can't cross it here.
All in all, it's an unforgettable journey and I wouldn't doubt to call it one of the greatest drives I've ever exprienced.Related to:
- Mountain Climbing
- Hiking and Walking
Batumi Botanical Garden
Batumi Botanical Garden was started by a Russian botanist Andrey Krasnov in the late 19th century and opened to the public in 1912, just two years before his death. He found the mild climate of Batumi ideal for subtropical plants and decided to create a garden with rare plants from places with similar climatic conditions and soil. He set off on a journey to far-away lands including india, China and Japan and collected plants on the way. Other species were sent in by botanical institutions from around the world and gradually planted on a piece of land called Green Cape. Krasnov's dream was to change this part of the Black Sea coast into a prosperous holiday region comparable to French Riviera. Although he failed in this respect, the garden itself is impressive. It sprawls over 111 hectares and consisits of nine sectors, including East Asia, New Zealand, South America, the Himalayas, Mexico, Austaralia, the Mediterranean and of course Caucasus. The collection of plants includes over 5 thousand species.
If you decide to come here, you should have at least three hours at your disposal. You can enter the garden at one end and leave it at the other, without the necessity to turn back. We chose the entrance near the road from Kobuleti to Batumi ( we got off marshrutka at the signpost saying Botanical Garden and after 15minute walk came to the entrance). The ticket cost 8 lari (little map included). The stroll through the park is long but relaxing. You can follow the main road but it's much more interesting to try different bypaths leading over picturesque bridges or up and down the steps. I'm not a botanist, so the plants themselves were not of so much interest to me, but I loved the tranquility of the place and some trees and bushes. We found the grave of Andrey Krasnov, who is buried in his beloved garden, not far from the Mexican section. And the view of the sea was wonderful We left the garden through the main exit (entrance) and went to the centre of Batumi by marshrutka 31.
Ther is an excellent website where you can take a virtual trip through the Garden,
- Hiking and Walking
- National/State Park
Batumi Piazza and St. Nicholas church
Batumi Piazza was built in 2009 to replace an old Batumi Square and is today one of the spots that attracts visitors coming to the city. It may look like a piece of Italy transferred to Georgia, but deprived of its history, it seemed to me rather snobbish and fake. It is surrounded by hotels, restaurants and cafes and despite my a bit critical opinion, it is a nice place to sit and drink a cup of coffee or have something to eat. It's also a centre of entertainment as many concerts, also by world famous musicians, are held here.
The building that immediately attracted my attention was St Nicholas church, located in the direct neighbourhood of the Piazza. The church was built by the Greek community in 1865. It used to be a cathedral before the construction of the Blessed Virgin Mary church. In Soviet era it was closed but luckily reopened thanks to the efforts of Georgian intelligentsia. Beautifully restored in the 1990's, it's now one of the most important historical buildings of Batumi.Related to:
- Food and Dining
Batumi Europe Square
We came to Europe Square on a hot August afternoon so the view of the fountains and children playing with water was nice and refreshing. I envied the kids a bit, but decided that feeling a mist of water on my face would have to do, and after taking a few photos of the children's carefree activity I turned my attention to other objects in the square. The place is surrounded by nice-looking buildings restored in retro-style, some of them being hotels or apartments, others banks and various institutions. One of the facades is adorned with an impressive astronomical clock.
In the centre of the square we can see a very high statue of Medea holding golden fleece in her hand. As everyone probably remembers from Greek mythology, Medea was a daughter of the king of Kolkheti (today's western Georgia). Jason and the Argonauts came to the kingdom in search of gold. They found out that the local people developed a unique method of obtaining gold. A sheep's fleece stretched on a wooden frame was left in a fast flowing mountain stream and the particles of gold were caught in it. Medea is said to have helped Jason to steal the legendary Golden Fleece.Related to:
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