Borjomi – a homeland of famous mineral water, a town located in the south-eastern part of Georgia, in the gorge of Kura river, 152 kilometers west of Tbilisi. For experienced eco-tourists it is not only a famous health resort, but also a place with unique natural conditions. This picturesque region is located in the valley surrounded by majestic massifs of the Caucasian mountains covered with deciduous and coniferous forests.
The convenient location in the depths of the gorge protects Borjomi from the strong influences of atmospheric and temperature changes, so residents and visitors of this amazing place are generously endowed with sunlight and heat, clean mountain air, pleasant mild temperatures all year round. Summer in Borjomi is very warm and sunny, the average July temperature is +19°C, winter is moderately mild – the average January temperature is -3 ° C. So it is nice to relax and be treated here regardless of the season, but the best time for relaxation is in May-June.
Treatment. Mineral water with a strange smell, taste and no less strange name has long been a well-known brand, the hallmark of Georgia. It proved useful and medicinal properties that are beneficial for the digestive system, respiratory system, urinary apparatus, metabolism, immunity. History of Borjomi water has ancient roots. Archaeological excavations conducted in Borjomi, found stone bath, which indicates that the healing properties of mineral water have been known and used in ancient times. Apparently, in those days the water was used for bathing, not for drinking. Today we drink water from mineral springs and also breathe its vaporization.
The main source of Borjomi water is located in Borjomi Central Park, where the mineral water, which is now sold in more than 30 countries around the world, can get everyone absolutely free of charge. In Borjomi operate many recreational facilities, health centers offering medical services, clinical and diagnostic procedures, treatment by sulfur and mineral baths. All of them are located in the vicinity of Central Park.
The price of accommodation in local hotels varies from 50 to 100 dollars a day. This price usually includes three meals a day, swimming pool and fitness room, billiard and other services. Accommodation in private apartments or in family-type hotels cost much less – $ 15-20 per day. Usually, in this case meals are not included in the price.
Entertainment, tours and attractions. Modern Borjomi attracts not only with nature, but also with architectural landmarks. There are monuments of Christian culture with age of a few centuries. Tourists and vacationers can visit the Monasteries of Saint George and Saint Spyridon Trimifunt (10 C.).
In the small village of Daba is located beloved by many tourists Church of St. George. Getting to this carved in the rock and decorated with intricate Georgian ornaments already in 1333, old monastery, you feel an inner awe of holiness, antiquity and beauty of this amazing place. And therefore in Borjomi you will heal not only the body, but also the soul.
To learn more about the history, culture, sights of Borjomi, don’t forget to visit Borjomi Local History Museum, which can boast of collected in a few centuries of its existence 40 thousand exhibits, and also friendly guides. Vacationers with children can visit Central Park of the town, which in addition to medical sources offers attractions for children, swimming pool and cinema.
In administrative center of Borjomi works Tourist Information Centre, where you can learn about the popular tourist routes, tours, inquire about the sights.
National Park Borjomi-Kharagauli is one of the biggest national parks in Europe, stretching from Borjomi to the town of Kharagauli. Its area is 7.6% of the entire territory of Georgia. It is unique in the diversity of geographical and ecological zones, landscapes, historical monuments and rich flora and fauna. Here you can walk along this alpine meadows, meet marten, deer, hare, fox. Entrance to the park is free, there are laid paths, places for camping and fires, and for 50 lari (about 30 USD) you can rent a horse.
All those wishing to eat khinkali, chakhokhbili, learn a few pas of lezginka, compete in the art of toasting and just have fun can come to this great holiday destination. Here, everyone understands – treats not only mineral water, but also the air, the atmosphere, the mood of Borjomi town.
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