Rabati Castle is also known as Medieval Castle in Georgia(country in Eurasia). It was built in 12th century previously known as Lomisa Castle.
This castle is an example of Georgian history and culture all together at single site. This castle has deep influences of different cultures and religions like Russian, Soviet and Ottoman empires, which is well reflected in its architecture.
Day Tour to Rabati Castle from Tbilisi-
Rabati lies in Akhaltsikhe region in South of Georgia which is at a distance of 208.5 kms from Tbilisi – Capital city of Georgia. It took around 3 to 4 hours by car to reach this place. While going to Rabati, we passed along Bojormi, a botanical resort known for its natural sulphur water, coniferous forests and lush valleys of Mtkvari river.
This mineral water(sulphur bath) has therapeutic elements and so Borjomi is known as Healing city. Taking dip in sulphur baths at Borjomi national park is free. But carry towels and clothes for changing. Borjomi is at half distance from Tbilisi to Rabati.
We reached Rabati in noon, we had delicious Georgian vegetarian lunch before starting to climb the fortress.
Within seven-hectares of castle there are many beautiful restored medieval structures on hilltop like Jakelis Palace, Citadel and golden dome to a Georgian Orthodox Church, a mosque along with 18th century Madarsa( Islamic school).
While walking around the fortress, we were greeted by stunning breath-taking views. Climbing up to top of tower for magnificent view of snowy town, leisure walks around hallways, while indulging into gardens, frozen pond, fountains and wineries on terrace.
This castle was destroyed several times according to history but fully restored and accessible to visitors in 2012. Rabati Castle is one of the the Georgia’s national monument.
Entrance fee to complex is GEL 7 (USD 4).
At the entrance of castle there is Hotel Rabath & Gino Wellness for staying overnight, having spa treatments and eating out in their restaurants. We did not stay here as it was a Day tour but had a delicious Georgian Lunch here. Our Day Tour to Rabati Castle from Tbilisi was very snowy, full of winter-sun, historical, therapeutic and a beautiful road journey.
After having stroll and climbing up fortress we started to return back to Tbilisi while stopping at Green(Mtsvane ) Monastery. This drive is narrow and very snowy, so we climbed few steps to monastery but did not make top the top. It was late and we planned to return back Tbilisi during daylight, as road journey is along hilly slopes. But this road journey is very picturesque.
Reached Tbilisi late evening. Next day on new explorations from Tbilisi………………
So till then, Keep Traveling………………………………..Keep Exploring…………………………………………
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