[Georgia Ananuri Lake] The Aragvi River is clear and bright. In the Tergi Gorge, you can see a clear pond and paragliders flying high. 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 lake is clear and bright, with a wide view!
After all, the lake is still in season, and winter happens to be its dry season. Without the backing of the lake, the fortress looks much lonely. Fortunately, it is still very worth seeing. After being on the cover of the Transcaucasian edition of Lonely Planet magazine, there are many more tourists than before. On the way from Lis to Kazbek, all vehicles must stop here to worship this popular Internet celebrity place.
Mount Kazbek and the Holy Trinity Church, known as the Snow Mountain Church, are located in the famous town of Stepantsminda, which is our destination today. Because you want to visit the two scenic spots on the way, it is more appropriate to adopt the “carpooling” method according to the introduction of netizens. The first parking spot on the way is a large reservoir, because it is the low water season that the reservoir exposes a lot of parts below the water level, the scenery looks very ordinary. Then stop at the second parking viewpoint not far away. This is the Ananuzh Fortress at the other end of the reservoir. This fortress is said to have been built in the 13th century and contained a monastery, but the gate was not opened yet. We circled around the periphery of the monastery, and finally climbed up to the tallest blockhouse of the fortress, and overlooked the entire monastery facing the water through the lookout. Also due to the dry season, the periphery of the fortress showed a large exposed tidal flat, without the beauty of the LP magazine cover.
It is the Zhinvali Reservoir. It and Ananuri Castle were once on the cover of "Lonely Planet-Georgia". The mountains in the distance, the clear lakes at the foot, the beautiful combination of natural and humanistic scenery, this is definitely one of the most beautiful places in Georgia, and it is now a quasi-world heritage site.
Tbilisi is the only place to drive to Kazbek. It is one of the three major attractions (monuments, churches) along the way and the first one. There are several shooting locations along the road, one of which has two or three vendors for the best view.