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Georgia: The Country of Life

Gamarjoba!

It has been a quiet few weeks for me on the blogging front. I just got back from a short and sweet trip to Georgia, the country, not the state in the USA. Georgia is a small country tucked away in the beautiful Caucasus region of Europe and Asia and offered me a perfect introduction to Europe with a flavour of Asia.

From the cities to the towns, high mountains to the country side and across the rivers even to the sea, I got immersed into the historically intertwined Caucasian culture, cuisine, traditions, religion, language, people and personalities and also made some new friends from across the globe.

I backpacked to 6 major regions of the country, covering roughly 1800 km on foot, by road and rail and all solo. Over the next few weeks I will be blogging down my experiences and how I went about travelling around the country (well, not all of it) in 11 days. Georgian hospitality will forever live in my heart.

Here is a photo walk through Georgia, the balcony of Europe and maybe the next reason why you must visit Georgia, “The Country of Life“.

Roam around the beautiful streets of Tbilisi the Capital City of Georgia where history meets the present

Liberty Square, Tbilisi

Catch the Tbilisi Metro and travel across the length and breadth of the entire city

Metro in Tbilisi

Get to the Aerial Tramway and to the top of the Narikala Fortress to capture the magical view of Tbilisi in the night

View of Tbilisi in the night

Visit The Bridge of Peace

The Bridge of Peace in Tbilisi

And walk over to the other side to view the Dancing Fountains

Dancing Fountains in Tbilisi

Take a day trip to the Old City of Mtskheta and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral

Old Capital Mtskheta

Witness a Georgian Christian Orthodox wedding inside the cathedral

wedding in georgia

Take a short taxi ride to the historical Jvari Monastery up on a hill and across the river.

The Javari Monastery

Climb up the hill and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi Rivers overlooking the ancient town of Mtskheta

The Confluence of Mtkvari and Aragvi Rivers

and watch the orange Georgian sunset from the old town

Sunset in Mtskheta

Taste the traditional Georgian pizza, the Adjarian Khachapuri

Georgian delicacy - Khachapuri

Make a trip to the countryside

Khaki Region in Georgia

to the wine capital of the world, Telavi, in the Khaketi region

Fortress in Telavi, Georgia

Visit a wine cellar to taste some exquisite Georgian wine topped with Georgian cheese and bread

Georgian Wine

and learn how the Georgian candy ‘churchkhela’ or the Snickers of Georgia is made

Georgian Candy: Churchkela

Explore the surrounding areas of Khaketi and visit the churches and forts in the area. If history makes any sense to you, it is now

Gremi Fortress

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Get enthralled by the magnificent frescoes and paintings inside these ancient structures

Frescoes and wall paintings inside a church in Georgia

Find a vineyard and learn how grapes is cultivated in Georgia

Grapes at a vineyard in Georgia

Head north to the Caucasus mountains and stop at the Ananuri Castle on the banks of the beautiful Aragvi River

The Ananuri Castle

Go to Kazbegi, near the border of Russia and trek up to the Tsminda Sameba Church on a hill with Mt. Kazbek in the background

Statue of Kazbegi and Mt Kazbek in the background

soak in the spectacular view of the mountains and watch flocks of sheep graze the meadow below you

Mt. Kazbek hidden behind the clouds

Head back down the Georgian Military Highway to Gori, the home town of the most ruthless dictator of all time

Stalin souvenirs

and visit the museum dedicated to the man

Statue of Stalin

When that’s done, take a short ride to Uplistsikhe, an ancient cave town that is almost 4000 years old

Uplistsikhe Caves

Watch the clouds from the rocky landscape beside the Mtkvari River

Landscape near Uplistsikhe

Board the Georgian Railway for a trip to Zugdidi near the west coast of Georgia

Georgian Rail

and visit the Damiani Palace Museum and the Queen’s garden

Damiani Palace Museum

Head northwards from there to the historic Svaneti region of Georgia

En route to Svaneti region in Georgia

To the high mountain town of Mestia, deep in the Caucasus Mountains

Mestia town in Svaneti

Trek through the mountains and valleys and get baffled by the defensive stone towers of Mestia and Ushguli

Stone Towers of Mestia

When you are done with all that, catch a last glimpse of the Georgian sunset behind the mountains of Svaneti

Georgian sunset in Svaneti region

Are you ready yet?


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23 Comments

  1. Georgia looks like a beautiful country. And how lucky you were to witness a wedding. You have traveled a lot across the country and the photos show great places.

  2. Beautiful read. I love Georgia and the people. I didn’t have time to see much of the city as I was too impatient and had to hit the trails in the mountains rather quickly 🙂 I have a soft spot for Georgia. Love your shots of the city. Even that city is amazing to a mountain lover like me. Cheers.

  3. You did all of that in 11 days!!! Solo travelers are so intriguing to me. I did a few months of that in my mid 20’s in the SouthWest USA. Somehow I thought I was the only one crazy enough to go anywhere alone. Now, I see so many of you who have the courage to see the greater world and I realize that what I did was no big deal at all!! It is inspiring and I hope my kids will have the passion to do it when they are older, too!

  4. Great post, such beautiful photos! Georgia is a place that I’ve forgotten to look into, but this post definitely inspires me to visit someday. Looks like it has a little about of everything there.

  5. To be honest, I didn’t know Georgia’s surroundings is this nice!!! It’s either that or your photography skill is really good!

    P.S. That egg pizza looks so simplistic with just the egg on it! But I think I’d like it. Did you?

  6. Where was the photo of the ancient structure taken? I’m obsessed with it! Your photography skills are really good. I never thought about going to Georgia before, but I’m thinking about adding it to the list. Do you think it would be safe for a female solo backpacker?

    • Hi Colleen! Thanks for the compliments. Which photo are you referring to? Georgia is absolutely amazing. And trust me, it is very, very good for female solo backpackers and backpackers in general and very safe. Everyone is so helpful everywhere.

  7. Georgia seems so distant to me therefore loved this virtual tour a lot. Thanks for the informative descriptions besides each.
    The bridge of peace looks amazing.

  8. Wow Georgia looks absolutely stunning!!! I would have loved to witness a Orthodox wedding…and I’ve heard that the local pizza is delicious. It looks like a beautiful country and I would love to visit it one day. Was it expensive?

    • The local pizza has so many varieties. You’d have to try it all. Hope you get to visit it one day. You’d be surprised how much I spent for the whole trip. I’m a backpacker and I generally spend very less. This trip was for 12 days and I spent close to 700-800$. And there were times I could have spent even lesser. So it was totally worth it!

  9. Georgia is so underrated! I’ve seen other posts of Georgia, but none as detailed because your photos are awesome. I would definitely check out the Bridge of Peace, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, and Kazbegi. Kazbegi took my breath away because of the blue waters and the ruined church below.

    • Yes! You are right Gina. Georgia is so underrated. I could hardly find any bloggers who’ve been there.

      Kazbegi and Mestia is so beautiful! You shouldn’t miss this at all costs if you make a trip.

      Glad you enjoyed the post and the photos. There’s more coming soon.

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