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Georgia is an incredible tourist destination, especially for those who love nature. Many will agree that real Georgia is out of the capital city - Tbilisi. If you want to explore a very beautiful and breathtaking place, be ready to discover Kazbegi, where soaring mountains, fresh air, and alpine plants will amaze you.
Kazbegi, now Stepantsminda sometimes will not be in the list of "must visit" places, but those who chose this destination fall in love with it forever. If you want fully discover Kazbegi and surroundings, rent a 4x4 or SUV car via Enterprise Rent-A-Car and drive off. There are plenty of things on your way to discover.
Kazbegi destination is not a challenging one, so a day trip to Kazbegi could be enough. But, if you have free time, plan at least a 2-day trip to Kazbegi.
Traveling on the Georgian Military Highway is very attractive. The scenic route used as a link between Europe and Asia. Now it connects Tbilisi to the Russian city of Vladikavkaz.
On your way to Kazbegi, there are plenty of picturesque viewpoints that you shouldn't miss. Stop near the Zhinvali reservoir, then at Ananuri castle. Wonderful places to take several, no, a hundred photos. If you want to taste the best khinkali in entire Georgia, make a stop in Pasanauri village. It is a small village that is famous not only for its delicious Khinkali but also near the village you will see how black and white Aragvi rivers reunite. You will meet all these incredible sites on your way to Kazbegi. That's why we advise you to take at least a 2-day trip to Stepantsminda. On your way to Kazbegi stop near Soviet-Georgian Friendship Memorial. View from there is breathtaking. Sit on the top of the nearest hill, look around, refresh your thoughts. It is one of the idyllic places on your way.
Gergeti Trinity Church is a must-see in Kazbegi. You can drive there or hike for 2 hours. The church is against Mount Kazbegi when the weather is good enough and there are no clouds you can see Mount Kazbegi. In this case, you are lucky. Sometimes tourists are not able to see it because of the clouds. Spend an hour in the Gergeti church, take panoramic photos of the Caucasian mountain range and continue your trip.
Spend several hours in Stepantsminda. There are many cozy restaurants, cafes with excellent views and delicious dishes. Stop somewhere and have dinner and some rest.
If you continue to drive from Kazbegi to Russian border checkpoint you will see the beauty of Dariali gorge, which is carved by the river Terek. The ravine is a natural crack in the mountain massif. If you want to explore the surrounding visit Tsdo village, which is surrounded by impressive mountains Though it has only 5 families they still keep old Georgian rituals.
These waterfalls are 7-8 km north to Stepantsminda. Then you need to stop your car and hike 2km. Places near the waterfalls are really pleasant. You can have a picnic there, even swim, if you have no problem with cold, very cold water.
Georgia is an incredible tourist destination, especially for those who love nature. Feel the freshest air in Kazbegi, see "Caucasian Gates", admire Gveleti waterfalls and Kazbegi sightseeings. Finally, enjoy Georgia with Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
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Breathtaking Trip to Kazbegi