Ethereal KAZBEGI – Must See Place in Georgia

Kazbegi , a small mountain town lies to north of Georgia and very closed to Russia’s border.  It is surrounded with snow capped Caucasus mountain range.  The ethereal, natural beauty of Kazbegi  makes you breathe fresh mountain air, begin a new journey, run along with grazing animals, drink water from flowing streams and just feel the purity of place.  

Ethereal Kazbegi - Must See Place in Georgia
Ethereal Kazbegi – Must See Place in Georgia

Kazbegi is a place, where you can unwind, relax, have fun with nature at your ease.  Here you will enjoy like to enjoy at your own pace and not just to put tick on your itinerary list.  Kazbegi touches very deeply our soul.  It is just fulfilling trip and any nature lover would fall in love with these surroundings.   

How to Reach Ethereal KAZBEGI – Must See Place in Georgia – 

Ethereal Kazbegi - Must See Place in Georgia
Driving to Kazbegi

The Georgian Military Highway connects Tbilisi (capital of Georgian) with Caucasus mountain range.  This is a traditional route used by traders from ancient times till today and is one of the most beautiful roads in Georgia.  The road trip from Tbilisi to kazbegi passes along Zinvali Dam and Reservoir, Ananuri fortress, Agravi river, Jvari Pass (highest point at 2379m) ,Gudauri (Biggest ski resort in Georgia) and finally reaching to Kazbegi, at the border of Russia. Kazbegi is also known as Stepantsminda.  

There are many stopovers on road while driving like horses running here and there, cows sitting on roads or herds of sheeps crossing the road.

What to Do in Ethereal KAZBEGI – Must See Place in Georgia………………

As Kazbegi is located along the Banks of Tergi river at an altitude of 1740 m above sea level, this place is a center for trekking and mountain climbing.  Must see places in Kazbegi town……………

GERGETI TRINITY CHURCH –  Visit to Holy Trinity Church/Gergeti Trinity Church located at 2170 m.  This historic church dating from 14th century is an establishment of Georgian Orthodox & Apostolic Method.  There are two ways to reach here, one is trekking – People trek to reach here and it takes about 3 to 4 hours.  4 WD Mountain Safari vehicle which costs 50 Lari is the another way to reach here. These 4W vehicles are available from Kazbegi town center.  The path to this church is rough mountain trail and it is located in isolated place over a steep mountain peak which is surrounded by vast nature. This is an iconic place to visit in Georgia.  

Ethereal Kazbegi - Must See Place in Georgia
Gergeti Trinity Church

Drive to this place is bumpy and so take care of nausea and motion sickness.  The views from top of Gergeti Trinity Church are stunning.  Also Mount Kazbeg (at height of 5033m) is also seen from here.  Photography inside church is not allowed.  Shorts are not allowed both for men and women. Ladies/Women should cover their head inside the church. 

GVETELI WATERFALLS – It is an easy 2km trail and a worth hike, surrounded by lush green grasslands and small streams.

STAY WITH A VIEWI stayed in Rooms Hotel Kazbegi(only 5 star accomodation in Kazbegi).  This hotel has fantastic views of Gergeti Trinity Church with whole Caucasus mountain view from room and hotel deck.  This hotel is expensive and there are many other family owned guest houses or stays in Kazbegi.  As Georgian people are friendly, home stays are also recommended.  

View from my room – 

Georgia in Summers - Come and Pamper your Soul
Kazbegi

ACTIVITES TO DO – 

1.)  While coming to Kazbegi from Tbilisi, stop at Agravi river and have a bathe.  Keep your towels and change clothes ready because the road passes along riverside and at any time, you can stop anywhere and take bath in river with horses running around.

Ethereal Kazbegi - Must See Place in Georgia
Agravi River

2.)  In Gudauri have a small stop over for few hours.  Here you can try mountain bike, horse rides, para gliding and other mountain sports.  In winters this place is transformed into ski-resort which is very affordable.

3).  Hiking, mountain climbing and camping in woods.   

Ethereal Kazbegi - Must See Place in Georgia
Camping sites

4.)  Bike around Kazbegi town and Juta Village Valley.

Kazbegi is at a distance of about 160 km from Tbilisi but due to many stopovers it takes more time to reach here. It is better to start early from Tbilisi to enjoy the journey.  

TIPS – 

  • Always bring some woolen clothes to Kazbegi as evenings always cooler.
  • As the ride is mountainous, dizziness can be felt sometimes. 
  • Hire private car/taxi with guide from Tbilisi to reach here, as in between there are many tourist attractions to stop by.  The car with drivers are very affordable and reliable.  
  • Minimum one night stay is required at this place.  Some people do DAY TOUR to Kazbegi from Tbilisi but I strongly RECOMMEND minimum one night stay in Kazbegi.  
  • Must try Georgian food and Georgian wines.

Presenting you our tour guide who made our trip very comfortable and memorable.

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30 Comments

  1. I had never thought to visit Georgia before. I didn’t realize how lush and green it was! And that there were so many animals and natural beauty! Now I hope I get to explore Georgia at some point!

  2. Georgia might have been in the news for the wrong reasons in India off lat, but it remains a very unique and beautiful part of the world. You’ve captured Kazbegi beautifully in your photographs and I love that there are so many activities, especially outdoorsy and adventurous that can be enjoyed while there.

    1. May be it must be in news for wrong reasons, may be there is some misunderstanding. but i can advocate it is very safe place. Even they respect Indians a lot and watch Ekta Kapoor Telly shows, dance on Mithun songs and sing mera joota hai japani.

  3. Wow, everytime I read another post of Georgia, I’m mesmerised by its natural beauty. I’d like to visit when it’s a bit warmer, as I know from your tips that it can get chilly. Kazbegi really is a stunning place, and I’d love to visit one day.

  4. Georgia looks like a country I’d like to visit. Kazbegi, in particular, looks so green and clean. Was the mountain air super fresh? I think the scenery here could rival anywhere else in Western Europe. Great photos! 🙂

  5. Georgia sound so very exotic to me! I have never thought of going there but I after your post I guess I am changing my mind! What a gorgeous landscape! Gergeti Trinity church on the hill top…just wow! I am happy to have discover you post but at the same time I am like ” Sign.Another destination to add on my long long list!”.

  6. Wow! You’re becoming a Georgia explorer.. All the unknown, unheard of places in Georgia are in your blog! The mountainous terrain is just splendid! The church actually looks like a castle!

  7. Georgia looks beautiful! I love how the mountains here are covered in greenery and there seem to be rivers and waterfalls everywhere! Hopefully Georgia is definitely on my list, and hopefully I’ll have the chance to visit soon.

  8. Georgia wasn’t even on my radar but now it definitely is! It almost reminds me of Ireland with the sheep! And I love that the horses were roaming along the streets! It looks like such a beautiful place to visit! The view from your hotel is dreamy! Would love to enjoy a glass of wine and that view!

  9. George equals green and lush. I love the landscape of Kazbegi and it’s worth a visit. Staying a place that gives thrse views like be the most reasonable thing for one to do, I mean, I can’t just have enough of Georgia for me to avoid waking and sleeping to its views.

  10. Georgia is high on the itinerary for next year, and Kazbegi looks wonderful. I’m a 5-star traveller, so I’ll also check out the only luxury hotel in Kazbegi. Lovely photos as always and an inspiring read.

  11. I actually have heard a lot of amazing things about Georgia and your pictures verify that. I love the views of the place, the greenery all around, the clear blue water and the snowy mountains..just wow!! I love those amazing tips you sneaked in the post!!

  12. I have been amazing things about Georgia lately and surprisingly it has taken a place in my bucket list as well and going by your pictures that justifies that 🙂 I love the greenery there, it’s like the mother nature is untouched in Kazbegi. Those horses, and herds of cattle’s make a perfect picturesque place. The architecture of the Trinity church is inviting me to itself 😀 Just one question, do you think it is ok for a solo traveler to visit?

    1. many solo travelers travel here safely but while going keep proper hotel bookings with you as it is visa free for Indians.

  13. That view from your hotel is just wow. This looks like a beautiful area of Georgia. With all those mountains and the waterfalls, and that church I can see why you recommend spending at least a night here. Trying to do this in a day trip seems crazy.

  14. Kazbegi looks so serene and beautiful – wow! I love all the green in your shots, and ohhh the nature is mesmerising. The view from your room at Hotel Kazbegi looks incredible – what a place to stay and good to know it is the only 5-star hotel in town.

  15. You had me at the horse and mountain pictures – I need to visit! I never gave much thought to visiting Georgia, but it looks like a great getaway from the city life. Your tips are great. I would definitely look into hiring a private car/taxi with guide!

  16. Georgia used to be an offbeat destination but as more and more travelers have discovered it, Georgia has gained popularity. I am a border junkie and Kazbegi excites me. Your blog shows me a different Georgia. I would love to indulge in hiking, mountain climbing and camping.

  17. This place so resembles Sonmarg and Ladakh. The wild horses, the plains and the mountains with those rivers – so like that place. I can definitely imagine myself having a great time here. The Church looks quite interesting to explore

  18. I had never heard about Kazbegi before reading this. No doubt, it is stunning. So here I get another good reason to plan for Georgia. Holy Trinity Church would definitely be on my list. I am in love with its location.

    Manjulika

  19. Wow! What an incredible place – your pictures came out amazing! Great job. I’ve never been but Its something I’ll definitely look into. My favorite part of the post was the Gergeti Trinity Church, what an incredible shot. So fascinating! -Ella

  20. I’ve always been curious about Georgia but have never been. Thank you so much for “taking” me there through your gorgeous photos and informative post!

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