Do you want to visit an off-the-beaten track country surrounded by beautiful mountains offering ample hiking options, tranquil landscapes, uncountable churches and cathedrals, good and cheap food and most importantly, lot of culture and the most hospitable people? Then look no further and put Georgia on your travel list! Georgians believe they have the most beautiful country and culture in the world and I can vouch for it now. Georgia nests in the Caucasus mountains and lies in the crossroads of Europe and Asia.
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The capital of the country is Tbilisi and Christianity (orthodox) is the predominant religion here which dates back to as early as the 1st century. Georgia is the third country in the world to adopt Christianity. It got its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Being a solo female backpacker, I never felt unsafe there. The country is very safe and cheap making it a backpacking paradise for nature and mountain lovers. Here are some pictures to inspire you.
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Gergeti Trinity Church
The Gergeti Trinity Church has the most gorgeous location ever. Its surrounded by beautiful mountains and just opposite to it is Mount Kazbeg which is the second highest mountain of Georgia. Going here was a dream come true. Its very inspirational and spiritual
Georgian Military Road
No visit to Georgia is complete without driving in the Georgian Military road. The views are spectacular and it has a colorful monument like this.
The Georgian Military Highway
Road blocks like this are very common in this highway!;)
This beautiful fortress is nested in between lush green mountains and a water reservoir which has crystal blue waters!
Stepantsminda (also known as the Kazbegi town) as seen from the Gergeti Trinity Church. What do you think? Its just too pretty!
This is the view from the Georgian Military Highway.
Sunrise from mount Kazbegi
Snow cladded peaks of Mount Kazbegi!
Svaneti is definitely one of the prettiest regions in Georgia. This is in Mestia which is the capital of the region
Ushguli – the highest village in Europe (2400m)
Yes, Ushguli is the highest village in Europe and it claims to have more cows and horses than humans. Seeing is believing!
Ushguli with its Svan towers
This is a view of the village of Ushguli from the top of a small hill nearby
Shkhara Glacier hike
Shkhara Glacier hike is stunning and can be done from Ushguli. Its 9 kms trail and is one of the most scenic easy hikes that the country has in offer
Shkhara Glacier hiking trail views
Spectacular views with melting snows around
Beautiful views around Mestia
Georgia is a hiker’s paradise and this is apicture taken in one of the hiking trails I did around Mestia
The Svan towers of Ushguli were built over 1000 years back
Tbilisi in the night
The old town of Tbilisi is not to be missed when you are in Georgia. Sulfur baths are a must try here
The monastery dates back to the 3rd century and is a protected UNESCO heritage site. It nests on a hilltop from where you can get stunning views!
This is the merger of the Kura and Aragva rivers and the city of Mtskheta as seen from the hilltop of Jvari Monastery. Mesmerizing!
This cathedral is huge and is an UNESCO site in Mtskheta – inspirational and very spiritual with a great history!
Rainbow in Mtskheta
Mtskheta is definitely very very pretty and this is a picture of a rainbow with the Jvari monastery in the background
Old Tbilisi city
This picture is taken from the Bridge of Peace complex.
Sky colors in Tbilisi city
cathedrals like this exist in almost every corner of the country
I did, and you will too.
Yes, I loved my visit to Georgia and to Tbilisi. The city has a lot in offer and if you go there, you will enjoy too. I promise!
Old clock in Tbilisi
The old town of Tbilisi is a must visit in the night!
Bridge of Peace in Tbilisi
Bridge of Peace gets lit up really pretty in the night and you can enjoy a walk in this bridge in the night