[Day15 Georgia Military Avenue] The Aragvi River is clear and bright. In the Tergi Gorge, you can see a clear pond and high-flying paragliders. As the vehicle moves forward, the majestic appearance of the South Caucasus Mountains is gradually revealed. At the end of the river, Ananuri Castle stood quietly at the foot of the mountains, uncontested. No wonder the English version of LP used it as the cover. (The 200 lari chartered car departs from Tbilisi at noon, 200 kilometers north along the Military Avenue, and arrives in Stephantsminda town in 5 hours.
The Dariali Gorge is close to the Georgian-Russian border and is the only way to travel by land to Russia. The canyon is about 11 kilometers long in Georgia. The road we are walking on is Georgia's combat readiness road to Russia. It is said that it has the reputation of "Georgian Marching Avenue", which was built in the past to resist the envisaged threat from Northern Europe. So today we can still see this so-called Friendship Monument. In fact, after the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the three Transcaucasian countries were independent and separated from the CIS countries, and because of territorial and ethnic issues, local wars occurred with each other. Leaving the Friendship Monument, the car started going down the mountain before continuing, and then passed a low mountain pass. The driver told us that the town that appeared in front of us was our destination.
Near the Military Avenue, not a tourist attraction, it is the only way from Tbilisi to Kazbek. There will be snow-capped mountains on both sides, much like the Sichuan-Tibet line, but very clean. There will be paragliders and other outdoor visits, in short, the scenery is super beautiful, if it is a carpool, the driver will not stop, if the chartered car can stop and take pictures. It was still slightly cold in April.
The Dariali Gorge is located in the Kazbek National Park, close to the Georgian-Russian border, and is also the only way to travel from Russia by land. The Dalier Gorge Observation Deck is also known as the "George-Russian Friendship Observation Deck". This observatory on the top of the mountain beside the highway is also a highlight in itself. There are various beautiful graffiti on the wall of the observatory. It is also called the "Graffiti Observatory". You can also play paragliding near it, but unfortunately we are closing it for maintenance. The angle of view from a simple viewing platform on the side of the road is bright. Not only can you see the graffiti viewing platform, you can also take pictures of the Emerald Pool at the foot of the mountain at the same time. Both are correct.
Stepantzminda is a small town located in northeastern Georgia. The town is named after the Orthodox monk St. Stephen once built a monastery here. During the Soviet period, the town was renamed Kazbic, the name of a Russian officer who occupied the area. In 2006, the town was changed back to its original name.