Excursion to Stepantsminda, Gudauri, Zhinvali Reservoir, Ananuri Fortress

The way towards Kazbegi passes through Georgia’s spectacular natural sites. Tourists travel along the Aragvi River and the Zhinvali reservoir built in the 20th century. Then, the way passes traditional mountain villages and arrives at Ananuri - a defensive fortification of 17th century and the residence of local rulers. From the Ananuri fortress you can enjoy an impressive view of the reservoir and the panorama of the mountains. Further the road leads to the village of Stepantsminda.
The road to Kazbegi takes travelers to Gudauri – a famous ski resort, equally popular among local population and foreign guests. The place is located in just 120 km from Tbilisi at an altitude of 2196 m. The place is attractive for not only tourists but also for investors as well. In 2014 the National Geographic named Gudauri among top ski resorts in the world.
The settlement of Stepantsminda is located on the left bank of the River Tergi. Famous Alexander Pushkin described the place in his poem “Monastery in Kazbek”. The artist was inspired by greatness of the mountains, the unique synergy of local architecture and nature and of course, the Gergeti Church. Tourists may also visit this unique Holy Trinity temple at 2,170 meters above the sea built in 1330.
In the beginning of 20th century Georgian climbers discovered a cave of monks at an altitude of 4,100 meters. This place opens a magnificent view of Kazbegi mountain which is 5033m high. According to the ancient legend, famous Prometheus 
was chained to this mountain. 

Kazbegi echo of the Mountains

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