Two-Day Tour in Racha
During this two-day tour in Racha, you will discover Georgian architectural monuments from different time periods, visit exceptional locations, and spend time at climatic/balneological resorts like Shovi and Utsera. During your adventure in Racha, you will see Shaori Reservoir, Barakoni, Nikortsminda, and more.
1Nikortsminda Cathedral
Arches with luxurious carvings, frescoes with diverse stories, and a high dome reaching for the sky are among the reasons that Nikortsminda Church is recognized as a masterpiece of Georgian national architecture. Moreover, it is on the Tentative list for status of UNESCO's World Heritage. You should definitely visit this marvelous place, once you pass by in the village of Nikortsminda in the north-western Georgian region, Racha.
2Barakoni Church
The village of Tsesi in Racha Region is surrounded by mountains and covered in lush greenery. There, at the confluence of the Lukhuni and Rioni Rivers, stands Barakoni Church serving as a timeless monument of Georgian architecture.
3Shaori Lake
In Racha Region, in the heart of snow-covered peaks, dense forests, and meadows full of flowers, the man-made Shaori Lake creates a wonderful environment for fun and relaxation.
4Rafting on the Rioni: Utsera-Oni
This rafting route on the Rioni River flows through the beautiful Racha region in northern Georgia.
5Shovi - Lake Udziro - village Glola
30 kilometers away from Oni Town in Racha Region, at 1,600 meters above sea level, you can take one of the best trekking routes in this area. It starting from the Shovi resort.
At the confluence of the Rioni and Krikhula Rivers, a small city was built to act as a residence for the kings of Imereti in the 17th century. This city, Ambrolauri, is today the administrative centre of Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti Region, and is a place of cold winters, hot, dry summers, and beautiful wilderness.
The cozy town of Oni is 210 kilometers from Tbilisi, on the left bank of the Rioni River, in a deep valley. Oni is first mentioned in historical sources in the 15th-16th centuries, but people have lived where the town stands now since the Bronze Age. The town itself was founded in the 2nd century BCE by Parnajom, the king of Iberia, confirmed by the discovery of items during the Bronze Age from the 6th to 3rd centuries.
It is not uncommon for Georgians to escape to the mountains during the summer months, with the Racha region an especially popular escape from the often oppressive summer heat. If you find yourself in Georgia between June and October, why not beat the heat by taking a visit to the Pearl of the Mountains - Shovi?
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