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Bakuriani

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Bakuriani

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Bakuriani is a famous mountain-ski resort in Georgia. It is located on the northern slope of Trialeti Range, at an elevation of 1700 m above sea level, 180 km from Tbilisi and 30 km from Borjomi.


Understand[edit]

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Bakuriani became famous as a resort back in 19th century. Today it is a four season resort with modern infrastructure. Winters on the resort are cold and experience significant snowfall (snow depth from December to March 2.1 feet deep) while summers are long and warm. The resort is real paradise for skiers and snowboarders, as well as it is a perfect place to take first steps in winter activities.


Didveli - 1861 m. It is a modern destination for general sports and recreation in the heart of Bakuriani with the highest elevation - 2702 m above sea level. There are seven different ski trails, in total 14 km with 4 ski lifts and 1 funicular. Its a perfect for all levels of skiers, from beginners to professionals/veterans. Some ski runs of Didveli are equipped with artificial snow making system and night Led lighting (10% of ski trails), which enables the resort to ensure a standard quality of the snow.

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Kokhta - 2155 m. It is the beauty of the place and the oldest ski area in Bakuriani. It was totally renovated in 2015 and after the years of not working was officially opened for season 2015-2016. Kokhta is 3.1 km ski run with slopes suitable for advanced and professional skiers/snowboarders, 1 ski lift with middle station (1930 m).

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Get in[edit]

Each and every one aiming to visit Bakuriani resort has different opportunities of reaching it - via plane to the nearest airports and from there via car or route taxi, via train and bus.

By plane[edit]

Tbilisi International Airport is located 205 km from Bakuriani ski resort. Form the airport best way to reach the resort is via taxi or route taxi.

Kutaisi international airport is nearest one to the resort, it is only 180 km distance.

Form the airport best way to reach the resort is via taxi or route taxi.

By car[edit]

If you are driving to Bakuriani from Tbilisi it will take only 2.5 hours to reach the resort.

By route taxi[edit]

Route taxis take the passengers to the resort twice a day, from Tbilisi central bus station and from Kutaisi central bus station.

By train[edit]

Domestic trains run between Tbilisi and Borjomi two times a day. From Borjomi small train called "Kukushka" will take you to your final destination, resort Bakuriani (twice a day).


See[edit][add listing]

Note distances to some of sights listed bellow, some are well over 100 kilometres away and have nothing todo with Bakuriani.


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Jvari Monastery is a Georgian Orthodox Monastery of the 6th century near Mtskheta, eastern Georgia, where St. Nino erected the first wooden cross. Its pedestal can still be seen in the center of the church. The beauty of the church and amazing view from its territory is one of the most memorable things in Georgia. It stands on the rocky mountaintop at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers, overlooking the former town of Georgia – Mtskheta. In 1994 became UNESCO World Heritage Site and is under protection. Monastery lies 168 km from the resort.

Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is a Georgian Orthodox Church (Cross-Domed Church), which is located in the historical town Mtskheta, 162 km from Bakurini ski resort. According to the history, a local Jew Sidona was buried with the Chirst’s robe in her hands. The current cathedral was built in the 11th century. It is the second largest church building in the country and is listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site along with other historical monuments.

Uplistsikhe (literally “The Fortress of God”) is an ancient rock-hewn town (1st half of 1st millennium BC) in eastern Georgia, in Gori, Shida Kartli, situated on the crossroads of important trade routes. It contains various structures dating from the Early Iron Age to the Late Middle Ages, and it was the main center of paganism, and represents a complex of halls, caves, theaters, altars, pagan temples, secret tunnels, prisons, pharmacy, passages streets all carved out of stone over an area of 4 hectares. It is located 121 km from Bakuriani resort.

Borjomi is a resort town in Samtskhe-Javakheti region, south-central Georgia, with a population estimated at 14,445. The town is famous for its mineral water industry (which is the number one export of Georgia), the Romanov summer palace in Likani, and the World Wide Fund for Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park. Because of the supposed curative powers of the area's mineral springs, it is a frequent destination for people with health problems. Borjomi is also home to the most extensive ecologically-themed amusement park in the Caucasus. It is only 30 km from Bakuriani.

Likani Palace - Romanov Palace in 1892-1895 yy. Projected by Leon Benois and designed by Leopold Bilfeldt – this amazing palace was built on the bank of the Mtkvari River as a summer mansion of Grand Duke Nicholas Mikhailovich of Russia. In a newly independent Georgia, Likani palace functions as a summer residence of the President of Georgia. The Likani Park, popularly exploited as a recreational zone, is dominated by oaks and conifer groves and hosts mineral springs similar in composition to "Borjomi". Besides that, important landmarks include a three-nave basilica church (8th-9th centuries) as well. This amazing palace is located only 34 km from the resort.

Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park is located in central part of Georgia and creates eastern part of lesser Caucasus Mountains. The total area amounts to 85,083 ha, which is more than 1% of the territory of Georgia. It was established in 1935 and it includes 6 districts - Borjomi, Kharaguli, Akhaltsikhe, Adigeni, Xashuri and Baghdadi. Administrative and visitors centers of the national park are located in Borjomi and Kharagauli. The park administration manages 4 various types of protected areas – Borjomi Nature Reserve, Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, Nedzvi Managed Reserve and Goderdzi fossil forest Natural Monument. Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park tourist route network allows hiking for one or several days. Tourist route network is up to 400-2,642 meters. Paths are marked and well-arranged. Tourist shelters, picnic spots and camping sites are arranged along the routes. Sites for setting up a fire are also allocated. National park offers hiking, horse riding, biking, snow shoes, cultural and educational tours. The routes function throughout the year. The National Park visitors’ center will help you in organizing guide, horse or local transport.

Timotesubani is a medieval Georgian Orthodox Christian monastic complex located at the eponymous village in Borjomi Gorge. The complex consists of a series of structures built between the 11th and 18th centuries. The largest and artistically most exquisite edifice is the Church of the Dormition, which was constructed during the “Golden Age”. The church is a domed cross-in-square design built of pink stone, with three apses projecting on the east. Its dome rests upon the two freely standing pillars and ledges of the altar. Later, two – the western and southern – portals were added. The interior was extensively frescoed in no later than 1220s.

Green Monastery is also known as Chitakhevi ST.George’s Monastery. It was built in 9th century and it combines two complex – Basilica type church and Bell Tower. It is built with rightly treated stones and has no decors. The Bell Tower has two floors, the first one is Chapel and the second one is marvelously carved Gazebo. Monastery is only 18 km distance from the resort.

To Do[edit]

Winter activites: Skiing, Snowboarding, Night skiing, Ice skating, Snowmobile rental, Cinema "Didveli", Kids parks, Horse riding, Hiking.

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Summer activities: Mountain biking (bike trails and bike parks), Kids parks, Horse riding, Hiking, Cinema "Didveli"

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Eat[edit][add listing]

Bakurini is a modern 4 season resort, where you can find lots of cafes (including in the hotels), different places to taste real georgian cuisine.

Drink[edit][add listing]

On the resort one can find different small bars and cafes, where you can enjoy with the tastes of Georgian wine.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Bakuriani has different accommodation types: Hotels, Apart-hotels, Guesthouses, Hostels, Cottages and Apartment Buildings.


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