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Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park

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 Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park

The Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park is a protected area in central Georgia. The total area of the park is 5,300 square kilometres, i.e. 7.6 % of the total territory of Georgia. With its exceptional location and climate, the park is famous for its diverse forests, flora and fauna.

The territory of the park dates back to medieval times, when it was used by local nobility for hunting. It was converted into the national preserve in the Nineteenth Century after Georgia became part of the Russian Empire. The Borjomi region was a favorite of the Governor General of Transcaucasia, Mikhail Romanov, a brother of Russian Emperor Alexander II. Knowing that his brother enjoyed the beauty of the nature in Borjomi, the Emperor granted him the entire Borjomi Gorge. Mikhail Romanov subsequently enclosed a significant portion of the territory, restricting any lumbering or hunting without permission. The first preserved area was thus created in the Caucasus.  In 1995, four years after breakup of the Soviet Union, the Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park was endorsed and created with support of the World Wildlife Fund and the German government. The park was officially inaugurated in 2001. In 2007 Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park has become a member of "PAN PARK" and was guaranteed with development, protection and safety.

With its impressive nature, dark forests and large green fields, Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park is an ideal place for adventures and discoveries. Numerous rare and precious species of flora and fauna are native to the park and a large part of the park’s forest has been left untouched. Upon completing your hike to the northernmost parts of the park, you will find yourself surrounded by some of the finest wonders nature has to offer.In addition to the astounding beauty of the park, visitors can also find more than 250 historical-cultural monuments - some of them dating all the way back to the I century A.D. Hidden within the rocky landscape of the Qvabiskhevi gorge, you will come across the Green Monastery and St. Mary’s Church. An abundance of dome-shaped churches and castles with frescos dating back to the Middle Ages also await you within the park’s boundaries.

There are several entrances to the park: the main from the outskirts of Borjomi - Likani, and the other ones from Atskuri, Zanavi, Marelisi and Abasumani settlements. You can enter the park for free, but be sure to register in the administration, indicating dates of your stay. If it expires, and you will not return, rescue service immediately will set off looking for you. There are about 10 trails in the park, each route is intended for a few hours to 4 days.

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