20 Things to know before Planning a Trip to Georgia.

  1. Georgia is known as Cradle of Wine. Many people believe as Greeks has introduced wine but during the latest findings of remains of oldest wine making vessels from 6000B.C. are found in Kakheti region of Georgia. Also not about the history but Georgia produces 500species of grapes and produces the world’s best tasting wines. So whenever you are in Georgia taste Georgian wine and also when you return back then have some Saperavi(red), Mtsvane and Rkatsiteli(both white) grapes.

 

2.  Georgia is known as Land of Hospitality. Therefore Homestays are very much recommended in Georgia. Prefer living with locals and be like locals to enjoy Georgia to the fullest. I am sure when you return back you have some good and loyal friends in Georgia.

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Our guide n driver

3.  Driving on highways of Georgia is rough sometimes therefore it is preferred to hire someone local to drive the car or go for public transport. But as there may not be public transport according to your time then hire a car with driver. Hiring a car with driver will not break your bank.

4. Georgia is not too expensive so you can afford many luxurious activities in pocket friendly budget.

5. In winters people come to Georgia to learn skiing and other winter sports with a trainer because it is inexpensive. Skiing is expensive game but here if you want to try out then you just have to pay 20 to 50 lari(Georgian currency) per hour which is super cheap.

6.Paragliding and Mountain bikes also comes in affordable rates and can be done without breaking the banks.

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7. If you are animal lovers then Georgia is the place for you, as you see animals like horses, sheeps and cows roaming with you on roads and sometimes they are chasing you or you are chasing them.

 

 8.   There are many UNESCO heritage sites for history lovers. Many sites are 6th century           B.C. and 12th century B.C.

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9.  Georgia follows Orthodox Christian religion and so religion lovers may find it interesting due to very old monasteries and churches on the peak of beautiful hills.

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10.  Health conscious people will also love Georgia because there are natural Sulphur Baths in Borjomi and Tbilisi known for their healing properties.

11.Georgian cuisine is very special and unique. Try Khachapuri, Lobiyo, Lobiyani and Khinkali. If you have not tasted Georgian food then you will miss something.

 

12. Georgian sweet named Churchkhela made from thickened grape juice with walnuts as core are very famous and unique. They look like sausages. Must try and can be bought for gifting back at home.

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sweet made from grape juice and dry fruits

 

13. Georgia is safe country. Not to worry much, only general precautions must be taken.

14.A one most important point don’t go to any adult night club in Georgia as there they will rip you off.

15.If you are a women then you will get special limelight from Georgian people especially from men. Georgian men are good flatterers of women and they make you feel so beautiful that you will feel like a princess or queen.

16. Georgia is known as Balcony of Europe as it is geographically present in Eurasia. So Georgian culture is influenced by both Europe and Asia. You can see and feel both the cultures here.  

17.Georgia is surrounded by Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey and so it has multicultural impact on society and when you go there you will feel all those things. Georgia offers VISA ON ARRIVAL(no charges on visa- just fly down there)  for many countries. 

18.As Georgia is very small country mostly its economy depends on tourism and agriculture, but here in some places you will find space age architecture in Georgia, as if some buildings will hold those Star war age.

 

19.Women are obliged to wear skirts(no pants) and cover their head in churches and men in full pants. If you don’t carry skirts and scarves are available outside the church free of cost.

20.  Smoking is allowed almost everywhere.  

21. You can drink tap water or the waters from Borjomi springs are very medicinal and healing type.  

22.  Plugs and adapters are similar to EU system.

23.  Currency of Georgia is Georgian Lari and there are lot of money exchanges everywhere, for exchange. Just keep in mind before exchange you ask the rate and commission as they sometimes change their words are try to exchange some less.  Many tour guides accept US dollars.

 24.  Georgian people are very family oriented people maintaining their relations upto 4th      generation.

 25.  Don’t  miss the opportunity to watch Georgian dance with Georgian music in some Georgian restaurant with their traditional décor and local food with Georgian wine.

There are many itineraries how to travel and what to see in my other post Discover Georgia. Click here to read this.

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52 Comments

  1. This is the first post I’ve read about Georgia and I love it! Those sweets that look like sausages seem interesting and I agree would be an awesome souvenir to bring back home for friends and family.Your pictures are amazing and I love how much history lives there!

  2. I’m currently in Georgia and have been living and traveling here for the past 10 months. I didn’t know a thing before I entered this country and completely fell in love with it! It’ll be hard to leave next month 🙂 I’m a hitchhiker and I can definitely agree that the drivers are pretty crazy on the road, especially when there are extra obstacles such as cows and pigs 😀 It’s a super historical country, often made me feel like I’m in one of the movie sets of Lord of the Rings. I agree, it’s totally safe here and even though the men love to stare, I’ve never felt in any danger whenever I walked alone along the streets. One thing you also should mention: the famous chacha!! Did you have a taste of this (very) strong alcoholic drink? Every Georgian has it in his home or car or pocket 😀 I’m glad to read that you also experienced the hospitality of the Georgians. They are such sweet people, despite of their rough past!

      1. I’ve seen a big part of Georgia but not every corner yet. What I mostly enjoy is living among the locals here and understanding their culture and traditions. This is what I will remember most of my time here!

  3. I looked at moving to Georgia once, it seems like such a fascinating place! I loved finding out more about it here, I think I’m going to have to finally make that trip I was thinking about several years ago! I’ll bookmark this for tips when I do 🙂

  4. I don’t read very much on Georgia. It’s great to find out some interesting things about it. I feel so much more informed. So is it just in churches women have to wear skirts? Or everywhere?

  5. That is such a detailed account of Georgia. I now know so much more than what i did before reading your blog. The picture of the church on a hill is so amazing and some of the landscapes makes it comparable to other beautiful european countries

  6. I love ancient monuments. So, old monasteries and churches appeal to me. Georgia seems to be different from other nations in Europe. The Georgian cuisine is tempting. Hope they have something for vegans as well.

  7. I just got back from Russia and Georgia and Armenia are on the list. Glad to hear that its a safe country…I would love to visit it as a solo backpacker. I liked the picture of the horses…hope to be able to ride one while I am there!

    1. You can apply for e-visa but please complete all formalities as some migrants are making way in Georgia they are strict. Georgian wines are slightly sweet which i liked. I never had wine in my life but from Georgia onwards I am loving it specially the red wines.

  8. This is very useful as I am actually planning a trip to Georgia this year. It’s good to hear it’s not so expensive and that there are lots of UNESCO sites there. The Georgian food you’ve photographed looks delicious!

  9. These are some excellent tips, I would never thought of visiting Georgia before! It looks really nice, plus the people seem very friendly. I didn’t know about their historic wine culture before the Greeks! Very interesting, thanks for sharing.

  10. Georgia looks stunning. And I was planning to go there soon but the recent reports about problems Indians are facing at Georgio Airport has made me change my mind. But looking at your post I really wanna go.

  11. You’ve sold me on your first point. I’m a huge wineo and any country that has awesome wine I’m in. The other points are great too. I’m glad they’re on a similar adapter system. It’s always great not to bring an extra adapter lol.

  12. It seems that Georgia has lots to offer. The only thing that I do not like is the fact that smoking is allowed everywhere. I am a nonsmoker and that is the only thing that bugs me.

  13. Georgia looks absolutely beautiful. This is what I love about the internet – it is relatively easy to find information about things that you would normally not have discovered. The ancient cities are awe inspiring , the food looks delicious!

    Not sure about rule 19. though
    Women are obliged to wear skirts (no pants).

    It could get a little draughty for them… XD

  14. Georgia seemed so progressive until I read you can smoke anywhere… Ick.
    However, this looks like an amazing place to visit and you got some really good insider tips. Thanks.

  15. I certainly don’t love that you can smoke anywhere here but it seems like it’s a country rich in history and culture. I always love reading about places I know little or nothing about!

  16. Thanks for all the info, it looks like there’s a lot of ancient culture and architecture! Those sweets look pretty interesting as well!

  17. Georgia has long been on my radar and this post has made me want to travel there even more. The Churchkhela looks uniquely Georgian. I will remember that when I finally had an opportunity to visit this country. I can’t wait to see Georgia’s beautiful landscapes and meet the friendly locals.

  18. After reading your other post about Georgia, I learnt even more by reading this one. Georgia seems like a really fascinating, historical and friendly place, as well as being naturally beautiful. I hope to get to see it sometime soon.

  19. #14 made me laugh so much, haha 🙂
    The buildings look so interesting, I guess going to Georgia is far from an eyesore haha 🙂
    I love that you can drink tap water, because I know in a lot of places in the US you can’t

  20. It looks like a fabulous place to visit. I had no idea it was such a big wine area and add sulphur baths and I’m in . I’d love to go there.

  21. A lot of interesting facts about Georgia! Most of them I didn’t even know except #4. I know this because when I look for flight tickets, they are fairly priced. I always wondered what’s there to do in Georgia, but this article gave me an idea!

  22. I was actually searching for the best place to have a sip of wine. And my search stops here..Georgia!! Where were you before. Thanks for sharing such a post. Moreover, the post is full of interesting facts, Thanks again.

  23. For a minute I thought the post was about the state of Georgia in the US and I was wondering how it could require 20 points of planning haha. But this post is awesome! I’ve been wanting to visit Georgia for a while

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