About Mtskheta – Mtianeti
Mtskheta-Mtianeti is located in the eastern Georgia and includes following historical-geographic provinces: Khevi, Ertso-Tianeti, Pshavi, Khevsureti, Mtiuleti, Gudamakari and partly Ksniskhevi.
It is bordered by the republics of the Russian Federation to the north: North Ossetia, Ingushetia and Chechnya, to the east – the Kakheti region, to the south – Kvemo Kartli, Shida Kartli to the west. The administrative center of the region is Mtskheta. The following administrative units are included in the region: Akhalgori Municipality, Dusheti Municipality, Tianeti Municipality, Mtskheta Municipality, Kazbegi Municipality.
Mtskheta-Mtianeti is a very diverse region with its ancient history, rich with cultural monuments and incredible nature. The territory of Mtskheta was inhabited in the Early Bronze Age. The remains of ancient culture, Khevsurian banyan houses, towers, temples, rugs, beautiful ornamental clothes, peaks, rocks and lakes leave an unforgettable impression on visitors.
Saguramo, Pshav-Khevsureti and Kazbegi national nature reserves are located in the region. The Caucasus Ridge with peaks and passes of 3500 m and 5000 m is the main beauty of the region. In the lowlands of Mtskheta-Mtianeti, the climate is moderately humid. There are mildly cold winters and hot, long summers. The average annual temperature is 11, and in January it is below 0. There is a quite humid climate in the mountains, not so characterized for real summers, and above 3300-3400m – the fresh air with its snow and glaciers.
There are many religious days and different popular festivals are held during the year in the region, such as Lomisoba, Kopaloba, Lasharoba, Gergetoba and others. Mtskheta-Mtianeti cuisine is distinguished and diverse. The most popular traditional dishes are: Pshavuri Khinkali, Choban Kaurma, Dabalkhacho etc. The region is special with its rich folklore. Dancing, singing, folk poetry, legends, ancient cultural sites, interesting customs and impressive nature make this area unique.
What to see
Mtskheta-Mtianeti is rich with cultural monuments of different periods and excellent nature. You can find pre-Christian towns, Khevsurian banyan houses, castles and temple here. The valleys, lakes, waterfalls, mineral springs, vast fields and peaks are tremendous pleasure and adventure for travelers, adventurers and extremists.