I shared a taxi from Tbilisi to Davit Gareja with a couple of other travellers. It cost us a very reasonable 50 US dollars (85 lari or so at the latest rate) so less than 30 lari each. We were picked up from where we all stayed in Tbilisi, taken to DG in a reasonably sturdy 4WD Subaru, and guided round for a couple of hours or maybe a bit more,...more
i used the services of Nana Kokiashvili (see my Sighnaghi page). Her husband took us from Sighnaghi to Davit Gareji, waited for over 2 hours, and then left us in T’bilisi, for the cost of 120 lari. I think it was reasonable, since:- the whole thing started at 9 in the morning and we jumped off in T’bilisi around 3 pm- we also had a 30 minutes stop...more
First of all let's make it clear: Udabno monastery complex is in the desert. There is no public transport runing there. I see two main opportunities to get there if you are foreigner traveler: a) you can hire taxi from Tbilisi to David Gareja and taxi will take you for 90 or 100 Lari (it will wait for you and take you back. and b) you can take...more
Avoid making too much noise and do not enter the “private” quarters of the monks.
Monks can refresh your water supply, and would be happy to exchange a few words with you.
Although entry is free, it is common to leave a small contribution to the monastery before you leave.
For centuries David-Gareji has been a significant religious and cultural centre. Pilgrims of various nationalities used to visit it and Georgian kings and noblemen showed Gareji monasteries special attention because the legend said that one third of Jerusalem’s spiritual treasure was kept there. According to this legend, Davit travelled to...more
The soviet army established a military polygon in the territory around Davit Gareji in 1948. Rock-cut churches were used as targets for projectiles. As a result, many caves were ruined and murals destroyed. Some of the first demonstrations of the perestroika period in T’bilisi were protests against this vandalism.more
Some unique mural paintings are preserved in the Gareji monasteries, the oldest of which go back to the 8th century in the Dodos-Rka monastery. Mural paintings in Udabno monasteries date back from the 10th century. One of the main features of the frescos school in Udabno is the representation of episodes from the life of St. David Garejeli, in...more