Zhinvali Water Reservoir and Ananuri Fortress – At the foot of Great Caucasus mountains

Folks,

Day 3

Post visiting Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and Jvari Monastery ,

We started heading towards North east of Georgia by taking the Georgian military highway which is connected to the Russian border. This road is completely surrounded by mountains filled with lush green trees. On the way , we were informed that we had reached the foot of Caucasus mountains. Yes , If you remember I had mentioned about Caucasus mountains in my blog on Khaketi . Now it is time to unveil everything about those mountains. 🙂 .

Get ready 😀 . I am sure you will love these magnificent mountains 😉

The Caucasus Mountains are a mountain system in West Asia between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea in the Caucasus region. They include the Greater Caucasus in the north and Lesser Caucasus in the south. Georgia is very fortunate to have located in this region. These mountains have played a significant role in Georgia’s history. They also produce more quantity of grapes which is used in wine preparation.

Another interesting fact : Caucasus mountains is believed to resist the cold waves that arrive from Russia to Georgia 🙂

1.Zhinvali Water Reservoir

Along the Georgian military highway , our first stop was to Zhinvali water reservoir in the Dushethi region which was formed in 1986 after the construction of Zhinvali Dam.It has been the source of potable water for Tbilisi.

Just look at the color of water in the below image. It looks clear blue and still. This place completely stunned us with view of Caucasus mountains in the backdrop. We felt like we were in an amazing place. Gosh, I could not take my eyes off it. 🙂

Zhinvali Water Reservoir

Zhinvali Water Reservoir

I stood there wondering how can the color of water appear perfect blue ? 😀 . Water seemed undisturbed 🙂 . It really looked like some painting for me . 🙂 Oh, God Bless Georgia for letting us see something spectacular 🙂 . Nothing can beat nature you see 🙂

Zhinvali Water Reservoir

Zhinvali Water Reservoir

Zhinvali Water Reservoir

Zhinvali Water Reservoir

We spent around 30 minutes at this place. It impressed us big time 🙂

2 . Ananuri Fortress

Our Next stop was to Scenic Ananuri Fortress along the Georgian military highway which is situated on the banks of the the Aragvi River, not far from Zhinvali water reservoir and about 70 km from Tbilisi, Georgia. It was built by the Dukes of Aragvi and it dates back to 13th century. This fortress is on the UNESCO Tentative list.

View of Churches in Ananuri Fortress

View of Churches in Ananuri Fortress

Within the fortress are two 17th-century churches, the larger of which, the Assumption Church, is covered with wonderful stone carving, including a large cross on every wall. The fortress belonged to the dukes of Aragvi, who ruled as far as the Tergi valley from the 13th to 18th centuries.

View of Churches in Ananuri Fortress

View of Churches in Ananuri Fortress

Near to the fortress, there are lot of shops if you want to buy some souvenirs and grab some snacks. We bought a model of the bull horn which was used by georgian’s to drink wine in the olden times as a token of memory 🙂

Shops on the way to inside of fortress

Shops on the way to inside of fortress

This fortress offers picturesque view of the river Aragvi and Caucasus mountains.

Doesn’t it remind you of certain movies ? 🙂  A Castle on the bank of the river covered with mountains 😉

View of River Aragvi from Ananuri Fortress

View of River Aragvi from Ananuri Fortress

View of River Aragvi from Ananuri Fortress

View of River Aragvi from Ananuri Fortress

As Georgia witnessed many battles in the past from the neighborhood, there was a large influence of Persian architecture on many of the fortresses across the country. The below is one example for it.

Influence of Persian Architecture

Influence of Persian Architecture

Another view of the wall of the church in the fortress 🙂

View of Wall of the the Church in Fortress

View of Wall of the the Church in Fortress

The fortress also contains the remains of a number of frescoes – a technique of mural painting executed upon freshly-laid or wet lime plaster most of which were destroyed by the fire in the 18th century.

Remains of Frescoes inside fortress

Remains of Frescoes inside fortress

Remains of Frescoes inside fortress

Remains of Frescoes inside fortress

You can also climb up the fortress to explore it more and also to get a scenic view of nature.

On top of the Fortress

On top of the Fortress

We spent around 1 hour at this place. It was indeed a nice experience :). Hope you will plan to visit this fortress when you visit georgia.

Our next stop for the day was to one of the mind blowing places we ever saw in our lives. Please stay tuned for the next post 🙂 🙂 . Can’t wait to share it !

I hope these pics will make you visit Georgia whenever you plan your next travel. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment here

Photo Credits : Pallavi Ravindra

 

Tips & Information

  1. Please check if you have an on-arrival visa to Georgia from this link  https://www.evisa.gov.ge/GeoVisa/en/VisaApp

  2. Please Note that there is no visa fees If you are exempted from getting visa to Georgia.

  3. For the food, Georgia offers varieties of foods and restaurants from different countries. You can always check online. For Breakfast, We were offered usual stuffs Salads, Cheese Bread etc. 

  4. To reach Tbilisi , You can take any of these flights from GCC countries Air Arabia, Fly Dubai and Gulf Air. I happened to see only these options.

  5. If you are a Resident of Saudi Arabia or any GCC Country, Please know your’s and your family’s Residence Permit Expiry Date in prior so that you can inform the Immigration Authorities in Georgian Airport for the on-Arrival Visa as they do not speak any other language apart from Georgian, Russian and English.

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