გამარჯობა (gamarjoba) – Hello in Georgia
Discover hidden wealth of nature, virgin mountains, hospitable people in rural areas. Get soak into the warmth of nature and true love. Snow clad paths leading you to meditation and peace. Blue skies and crystal blue water fill our hearts with love. Georgia a hidden treasure not know to many people is in Europe.
Major Airports of Georgia – Tbilisi and Batumi
Georgia, a country at the intersection of Europe and Asia, is a former Soviet republic that’s home to Caucasus Mountain villages and Black Sea beaches. It’s famous for Vardzia, a sprawling cave monastery dating to the 12th century, and the ancient wine-growing region Kakheti. The capital, Tbilisi, is known for the diverse architecture and mazelike, cobblestone streets of its old town.
Currency – Georgian Lari
Language – Georgian mostly but many people dealing with tourists understands English.
Places which I have covered in Georgia during winters are
1.) East Georgia(Gombori Pass)
2.) Ananuri Fortress
4.) Green Monastery
5.) Rabati Castle
I travelled from Tbilisi to all the rural areas of Georgia in winter month of February 2017 to see the snow clad areas with blue skies and a perfect sun.
We hired a local person to make us go through the real culture of Georgia. Because of him we are able to taste the authentic food of Georgia with natural and untouched surroundings. In my next blog I will show you Georgia in summer. Georgia is very different in summers and winters. Both are very beautiful.
Places not to be missed that is must see in Georgia:-
Try local red wine which is very sweet in taste and local fruits like grapes, plums, pomegranates and berries.
For local food khachapuri, lobiyani and lobiyo
Restaurants must try in Tbilisi – Machkala
Home stays are very family oriented kind as people welcome their guests like their own relatives or friends.
Recommended 3 days Itinerary for Georgia
Day 1. Stay at Tbilisi and in early morning Go to East Georgia in which you cover Bodbe Monastery, Signaghi(City of Love), Wine tasting at winery in Kakheti, Lopota Lake, Gombori Pass and return back to Tbilisi.
Day 2. Go to Jvari Monastery, Mtshekta, Ananuri Fortress, Gadauri /Kazbegi and return back to Tbilisi or stay at night in Kazbegi
Day 3 Come back to Tbilisi and have a Tbilisi city tour by walking around the Narikala fortress and going upto the hill by cable car. Witness the old street ethnic houses of Tbilisi. Also you can go to Trinity Church, Bridge of Peace, Mtsaminda Park and Botanical gardens.
5 Days Itinerary
Day 1 :- Day 1. Stay at Tbilisi and in early morning Go to East Georgia in which you cover Bodbe Monastery, Signaghi(City of Love), Wine tasting at winery in Kakheti, Lopota Lake, Gombori Pass and return back to Tbilisi.
Day 2:- Very early morning you go to Borjomi Forest, Gori and Rabati Castle. Distance is long so prefer to leave early morning and if you want to stay near Borjomi then next day you can see famous Vardzia caves.
Day 3 – Go to Jvari Monastery, Mtshekta, Ananuri Fortress, Agravi river bathing Gadauri /Kazbegi and stay at night in Kazbegi
Day 4 – Kazbegi sight seeing and return to Tbilisi and enjoy Tbilisi evenings
Day 5 Tbilisi city tour by walking around the Narikala fortress and going upto the hill by cable car. Witness the old street ethnic houses of Tbilisi. Also you can go to Trinity Church, Bridge of Peace, Mtsaminda Park and Botanical gardens. Also natural sulphurs baths of Tbilisi are famous and one must try it but be cautious water is too hot.
SNOW RESORTS OF GEORGIA
My video on snowy Georgia
Shopping – Sweets made from Grape juice and nuts, Red wine, Handicrafts like meenakari jewellery and woollen stuff made from original sheep wool and fur.
If You are planning for Georgia in summers then refer to article Georgia in summers.