Why You Should Not Miss Visiting Kazbegi in Georgia : Find The Reasons

Captivating is the word for Kazbegi in Georgia. Currently known as Stepantsminda, this mountain valley looks to be straight out of a fairy-tale storybook. This picture perfect postcard destination is just 150 km away from the capital city, Tbilisi of Georgia. Encircled by the Caucasus Mountains, the landscapes of Kazbegi are worth admiring for hours.

Why You Should Not Miss Visiting Kazbegi in Georgia

A large tent with the breathtaking background in Kazbegi, Georgia

Kazbegi is one of the most picturesque destinations in Georgia. Located on the military highway, the mountainous highway, is close to Russia’s border. Kazbegi is a perfect weekend getaway for mountain lovers. The best part of Kazbegi is that it can be covered on a day trip from Tbilisi as well. The excellent road condition and the scenic views around makes you pop your head out of your window in awe. The road from Tbilisi to Kazbegi is considered to be one of the most scenic roads in the country. It passes along Zhinvali Dam and Reservoir, Ananuri fortress, Agravi river and Gudauri, before you reach the final destination, Kazbegi.

Where is Kazbegi

Why You Should Not Miss Visiting Kazbegi in Georgia

Jhinvali Reservoir. Photo Courtesy: Zurab Tsertsvadze

Located on the northern slopes of the humongous Caucasus range, Kazbegi comes under Kazbegi National Park, covering a total of over 8,700 hectares. The Kazbegi Mountain is the third highest mountain of Georgia, located at 5,047 metres above sea level. Kazbegi is named after the largest mountain here – Mount Kazbegi.

Why You Should Not Miss Visiting Kazbegi in Georgia

The Breathtaking landscapes on the way to Kazbegi, Georgia

This charming little valley offers the most charming breathtaking mountainous landscapes, spectacular grazing lands and it has a luring rustic feel to it. Once a tinsel hilltop valley, it has now grown into a sprawling town with hotels and guest houses. The prettiest mountain valley has become a base for numerous treks, hiking trails, bird watching, sightseeing and many more. For mountain lovers, Kazbegi is the perfect destination for ice climbing and mountaineering as well.

When to visit Kazbegi

You can visit Kazbegi throughout the year. Each season has its own charm. Kazbegi gets maximum footfalls in the summer months. For winter lovers, Kazbegi turns into a white wonderland.

The Jazeera Airways makes it quite easy for Indian travelers to fly to Georgia via Kuwait.  You can take a direct flight to Kuwait from Mumbai. It takes four and half hours to reach Kuwait. Jazeera Airways fly directly into Tiblisi International Airport. The flight duration is only 2 hours from Kuwait International Airport to Tiblisi.

Why Visit Kazbegi

Why You Should Not Miss Visiting Kazbegi in Georgia

Paragliding activity in Kazbegi, Georgia

The snow laden Caucasus Mountains looked eye-arresting. Dazzling mountain peaks in that sun-kissed morning, the winding road and freezing cold, I was literally in a winter wonderland of Georgia. I had visited Kazbegi on a day trip from Tbilisi. I wished I could stay there for a few days as destination like Kazbegi demands slow travel to admire the real beauty of this spectacular mountain valley.

One shouldn’t skip Kazbegi in Georgia even if you are visiting the country for a few days. The amazing part of Georgia is that it offers diversity in landscapes and destinations with varied character within a few kilometers of the capital city, unlike India. Georgia is not just about the buzzing capital city flaunting pub culture, cool street arts and extravagant design hotels. This unique country, located at the crossroad between Asia and Europe, is much more than that. It is important to step out of Tbilisi and explore other parts of the country. Kazbegi certainly is worth a visit for numerous reasons.

Not far away from Tbilisi

Why You Should Not Miss Visiting Kazbegi in Georgia

Snow-laden mountains on the way to Kazbegi, Georgia

Kazbegi is just 150 km away from the capital city of Georgia. It takes two hours to reach from the city. It is quite amazing how within a few minutes on road, after leaving the city, the landscape suddenly changes. Twisted road leads to the mountainous stretch, making you appreciate the wonders of nature. If you are travelling during winter, the white snowflakes will welcome you on your way up. The best part of the journey is that it has excellent road conditions and the jaw-dropping views are an added bonus. You can also cover Kazbegi on a day trip from Tbilisi. All you need to do is to start early from the city so that you have ample time to soak in the beauty. You can also cover the top places to see in Kazbegi during your day trip.

Winter Wonderland

Why You Should Not Miss Visiting Kazbegi in Georgia

Breathtaking landscapes everywhere in Kazbegi, Georgia

The best part of travelling to Georgia in winter was that I had the opportunity to explore the winter wonderland of the country and that is Kazbegi. It reminded me of my time in Finnish Lapland. The exceptional scenic beauty of the land made my jaw drop, literary.

My eyes were set out constantly as we were driving up in the mountain. The scattered little colored-roof houses in the village, vaguely visible layers, falling snowflakes, icy road; it felt like a dream destination. The sun-drenched shining Caucasus Mountain peaks made me hooked onto it for hours. More than anything else, I really enjoyed the road towards Kazbegi. If you are someone who likes to spend a few days in a mountain valley, surrounded by towering mountains, grassland, waterfall, forest, etc., Kazbegi is the perfect destination for you. On top of it, if you love snow and winter, there is no better place than Kazbegi to spend a few days in the most gorgeous location of Georgia.

Paradise For Adventure Lovers

Why You Should Not Miss Visiting Kazbegi in Georgia

Paragliding is the must do activity in Gudauri in Kazbegi, Georgia

Kazbegi offers a range of adventure activities for adventure junkies. If you want to pump up your adrenaline rush, you must do the winter adventure activities in Kazbegi. From paragliding, snowmobiling, snow-shoeing, to skiing, you have numerous options to indulge in the adventurous spirit. These activities are mainly available in the winter months. For a skier, a visit to Gudauri, the biggest ski resort in Georgia is a must. If you are travelling in the summer, you can go for long walks, hiking and trekking in Kazbegi. The town offers a lot of trekking routes in the Caucasus Mountains.

Why You Should Not Miss Visiting Kazbegi in Georgia

You can do snowmobiling near Friendship Monument, Georgia

Kazbegi is paradise for the trekkers as you can wander off to off-beat paths to explore the mountain area. The small hiking routes are easily doable for non-trekkers. You can also do camping in the woods in Kazbegi. The best part of Kazbegi is that it flaunts breathtaking scenery in both winter and summer seasons. The view of the highland valley is absolutely different, yet spectacular in both seasons.

Enjoy Slow Travel in Kazbegi

Kazbegi Georgia

Me at Friendship Monument, Georgia

Kazbegi is an ideal place for those who love slow travel. No rush, no hassle. You can bask in the glory of the shining sun, enjoy Georgian wine, and relish traditional local dishes, interact with the hospitable Georgian people and just laze around. Kazbegi allows you to unwind, relax and slow down. The enchanting villages, towering mountains, and rustic feel of the place make you appreciate everything around you. Unlike the bustling Tbilisi, things move here slowly. If you are travelling solo, you can go for a long walk and even, bike around the village to explore. If nothing else, you can just admire the amazing valleys, sit back and relax, looking at the grazing horses or just read your favorite travel book in the most dazzling location of Georgia.

Top Places To See And Experience in Kazbegi, Georgia

While in Kazbegi, there are a few must visit places that can’t be missed. Even on a day trip, one can cover quite a few of the tourist attractions in Kazbegi. At least, one night is suggested in Kazbegi to enjoy the serenity of the place. You can see and do a lot of things in the mountain highland. Find out below, the top things to see and experience in Kazbegi.

Gergeti Trinity Church

Why You Should Not Miss Visiting Kazbegi in Georgia

Famous Gergeti Trinity Church, Kazbegi, Georgia

The Gergeti Trinity Church is Georgia’s most iconic church, located on the hilltop with the backdrop of the Kazbek Mountain. This is the most photographed and landmark Orthodox church of the country. Built in 14th century, the Gergeti Trinity Church is the top tourist attraction in Kazbegi.

Why You Should Not Miss Visiting Kazbegi in Georgia

Overlooking the town of Stephantsminda, Georgia

Overlooking the town of Stephantsminda, the view from the church is absolutely breathtaking. Surrounded by Caucasus Mountains, the Gergeti Trinity Church plays a very important role in Georgia’s history. It is said that the national treasure was hidden there during various invasions due to its inaccessibility by the invaders. During the Soviet era, religious services were prohibited there.The church has a separate bell tower on the same premises. Tourists are required to cover their lower part with a cloth, available outside the church. Once you enter the church, you have to maintain the decorum and silence inside. It is quite a fascinating sight inside the church.

Why You Should Not Miss Visiting Kazbegi in Georgia

Gergeti Trinity Church, Kazbegi, Georgia

Why You Should Not Miss Visiting Kazbegi in Georgia

Gergeti Trinity Church, Kazbegi, Georgia

You can opt to reach the Gergeti Trinity Church by a hired cab/taxi. It takes 20 minutes to drive up the narrow path to the church. The picturesque road is something to get mesmerized while driving up. Since I went during winter, the snow laden road looked absolutely outstanding. If you want to try an adventurous way to reach, you can actually trek up the church. It takes around 2 hours to reach.

Ananuri Fortress

Why You Should Not Miss Visiting Kazbegi in Georgia

Ananuri Fortress, Georgia

Don’t miss Ananuri Fortress on your way to Kazbegi. This is one of the must visit places in Georgia which holds tremendous historical importance. Located along the turquoise waters of the Aragvi River, Ananuri Fortress had seen numerous battles that Georgians both won and lost.The fortress had witnessed the massacre of the Aragvi clan, multiple peasant revolts, and fire. There are two churches in the fortress premises.

Why You Should Not Miss Visiting Kazbegi in Georgia

Inside the Church, Ananuri Fortress, Georgia

Why You Should Not Miss Visiting Kazbegi in Georgia

Inside the Church, Ananuri Fortress, Georgia

The larger of which, known as the Assumption Church, bears quite impressive traditional Georgian architectural design. You will notice the traditional Georgian Orthodox grapevine cross carved into its façade, some stone carvings and various ancient scripts.

Why You Should Not Miss Visiting Kazbegi in Georgia

The façade of the Church, Ananuri Fortress, Georgia

The frescoes from 17th and 18th century on the wall, mostly destroyed in fire, are something I found quite fascinating to look at. Roughly 66 km north of Tbilisi, Ananuri Fortress historically belonged to the Eristavis (Dukes) of Aragvi. Overlooking the Zhinvali Reservoir, this fortress is now one of the most popular tourist spots on the military highway.

Why You Should Not Miss Visiting Kazbegi in Georgia

Flea market next to the Ananuri Fortress, Georgia

There is a flea market next to the fortress from where you can buy souvenirs. Don’t forget to buy some strange looking big Georgian caps. It has quite an amazing look and feel to it.

Friendship Monument

Why You Should Not Miss Visiting Kazbegi in Georgia

Friendship Monument

It is a must stopover on your way to Kazbegi town. The Russia–Georgia Friendship Monument was built in 1983 to celebrate the bicentennial of the Treaty of Georgievsk between Russia and Georgia. Located on the Georgian Military Road, between the Jvari pass and the ski resort town of Gudauri, the monument is a striking structure which can’t be missed.

Why You Should Not Miss Visiting Kazbegi in Georgia

Tourists at Friendship Monument, Georgia

The large round stone and concrete shaped platform overlooks the giant Caucasus Mountains and the Devil’s Valley. The wall of the monument depicts scenes of Georgian and Russian history. This is a great viewing platform which pans around the valley and the mountains.

Why You Should Not Miss Visiting Kazbegi in Georgia

Paragliding near Friendship Monument, Georgia

I had gone during winter and the snow laden landscape and White Mountains looked absolutely stunning from the Friendship Monument.

Why You Should Not Miss Visiting Kazbegi in Georgia

Woman selling Colorful Woolens at Friendship Monument, Georgia

Why You Should Not Miss Visiting Kazbegi in Georgia

Street Vendor at Friendship Monument, Georgia

There are small shops selling local Georgian snacks to tourists. If you are travelling during the winter months, don’t forget to cover yourself with layers of woolens, boots, cap and gloves, since the temperature near the Jvari pass is freezing cold.

Gudauri Ski Resort

Why You Should Not Miss Visiting Kazbegi in Georgia

Rope ways at Gudauri Ski Resort, Kazbegi, Georgia

If you are a skier, spending a few days at Gudauri ski resort is mandatory. Located at Kazbegi region of Georgia, 120 km from Tbilisi, the resort has been a favorite among skiers. The exceptional landscapes of Caucasus Mountains, sun-kissed slopes, high-altitude Mountains, and the snow laden surroundings, give you enough reasons to holiday at the Gudauri Ski Resort. The resort is open from December to April.

Gveleti Waterfalls & Russian Border

Gveleti waterfalls are one of the top attractions in Kazbegi region. Just 7 km north of Stepanstsminda village, you will find these two waterfalls known as Gveleti. You can opt for trekking to reach the waterfalls as well. It normally takes 1 hour if you decide to walk up to the falls. There is no public transport to reach Gveleti village. So, you can hire a taxi to reach the village and then trek to see the waterfalls.

When you are in Gveleti village, don’t miss the chance to visit the Russian border. Kazbegi is less than 10 km away from the Russian Border.

Truso Valley

Why You Should Not Miss Visiting Kazbegi in Georgia 

Breathtaking Truso Valley in Kazbegi, Georgia. Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

If you are in Kazbegi for a few days, you must consider exploring gorgeous valley named Truso. Around 17 kilometers from south of Stepantsminda, the picturesque Truso Valley is located. The valley is not accessible in the winter, early spring  and late autumn. The village flaunts ancient towers, abandoned Ossetian villages, mineral water springs and mineral lake with bubbles. If you are a hiker, you will find it quite unique to hike to the high altitude villages in the valley. The place is extremely alluring with untouched beauty. The views of the Truso valley are a visual delight. Don’t forget to carry your passport while visiting Truso valley.

Juta village in Sno Valley

Why You Should Not Miss Visiting Kazbegi in Georgia

Juta village in Sno valley, Kazbegi, Georgia. Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Don’t miss visiting the breathtaking Juta village in Sno valley, located 21 kilometers from Kazbegi. Rent a bike or hitchhike to reach this picture postcard village. If you are traveling from Kazbegi town, it will take 40 minutes to get there. The Village flaunts lush green fields, colorful flowers, layers of hills and what not. It is a sight to behold.You need to park the car by the river and walk a 1.2 km to enjoy the view. Once you trek up, you will find Fifth Season Hotel/ hostel with a cafe with captivating views. If you wish to camp overnight, you can opt for that also. If you a serious hiker or trekker, you must trek further up to see the mountain range clearly. Don’t miss the breathtaking lake and the encircling views. The trekking time from the river to the lake is 2 hours. It takes almost a whole day to visit, explore and come back to Kazbegi. Juta is one of the highest settlements in Kazbegi region.


FAQ

How to Reach Kazbegi?

The easiest way to reach Kazbegi is to hire a cab from Tbilisi. The distance between Tbilisi and Kazbegi is 150 kilometres. It takes around 2 hours from the capital city of Georgia.

You can also opt for public transport to reach Kazbegi. There are mini-buses; they call it Marshrutkas that leave from Didube Station in Tbilisi every day. It costs 10 GEL (Georgian Lari) and takes more than 3 hours to reach Kazbegi.

Is there public Transport Available?

Yes.

Is Day trip possible?

Yes. You can cover Kazbegi on a day trip from Tbilisi. For a hassle free trip to Kazbegi in Georgia, you can also contact local Travel and Tour Company named Travelist Georgia.

How much you need to spend to visit Kazbegi?

It takes 200 Georgian Lari to hire a taxi from Tbilisi to reach Kazbegi. It can be a little expensive if you are travelling Solo. But if you are travelling with your partner or friends, the cost can be split.

How long you should stay in Kazbegi?

I would suggest that one should stay at least one night in Kazbegi. It has a lot to explore and Kazbegi is the most beautiful mountain region of Georgia. Given a choice, I personally prefer to stay for a week in Kazbegi.

Where to stay?

There are budget accommodations like guest houses and home-stays available in the town and nearby villages.

Why You Should Not Miss Visiting Kazbegi in Georgia

The Rooms Hotel, the best luxury hotel in Kazbegi, Georgia

I would highly recommend the only five star hotel “Rooms” in Kazbegi. The gorgeous property is the best luxury accommodation overlooking the Caucasus Mountains. I had my lavish lunch at The Rooms hotel.

Why You Should Not Miss Visiting Kazbegi in Georgia

Beautiful lunch setup at The Rooms Hotel, Kazbegi, Georgia

Why You Should Not Miss Visiting Kazbegi in Georgia

Super delicious lunch spread at The Rooms Hotel, Kazbegi, Georgia

The view from the hotel is to die for. I must admit that I had the best traditional Georgian food at The Rooms Hotel. Everything about the hotel is outlandish. With its excellent location, aesthetically designed interior, elegantly presented décor and top hospitality, the Room hotel is the one of the best designed hotels in the world and worth spending a few days of your luxury stay-cation in Kazbegi.

 

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Me at Gergeti Trinity Church, Kazbegi, Georgia


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20 Comments

  1. Messica

    thanks for this amazing place over vie wi really love this Georgia i will visit in next 3 year

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  2. Karishma

    Kazbegi is so beautiful, You have given a lot of information about it amazing blog post, I will definitely visit this place in my life that’s for sure!!!

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  3. umar

    amazing article. We need a lot of positivist during this pandemic. This world is full of amazing and beautiful places we know that Pakistan has been placed as number one tour destination by Forbs. So i being a Pakistani will highly recommend to visit this beautiful country. I have written an article that shown top 10 places to visit in Pakistan.

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  4. MyLine

    First off, the photos look astoundingly surreal and out of this world! It’s like the sceneries were only captured to be viewed on a movie screen! The beautiful art of nature plus great photography equals these masterpieces! Thank you for sharing this beautiful place with us even though it’s only through virtual but you made us inspired and motivated to work our asses off to even just pay a trip and visit this place.
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  5. Devesh

    I really like your post..

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  6. Dev

    I really like your content.

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  7. Devesh

    Waao what a beautiful post!

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  8. Jennifer

    You’re right! It really is picture-postcard perfect. I am not a huge fan of the cold, lol, but these views seem so worth it! The Rooms Hotel has some gorgeous views, too. Such a pretty place to go!

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  9. Subhashish Roy

    Kazbegi in Georgia is a place absolutely new for me and nothing that I knew about. Hence it was tryly an amazing experience living it through your eyes. The mountains in the backdrop of blue sky looks wonderful and so does the huge tent that you showed right at the beginning. The food looks amazing at the hotel. In all a perfect holiday destination that I wish to make it to sometime.

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  10. Hemant verma

    Thanks for sharing good words please keep doing

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  11. Ami Bhat

    This place sounds like an amazing day trip from Tblisi. Something different with both historical monuments and a new landscape. I would love to try out some snowmobiling here. And among all the monuments Ananuri Fortress sounds very interesting. Those stone carvings and its history will make me want to spend a lot of time here. Thanks for sharing all these with us.

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  12. Amrita

    Kazbegi is truly a winter wonderland. And adventure sports is also an added attraction for me. The place looks breathtakingly beautiful. I think I would require a couple of days to explore this place, taking in the beauty slowly. Truso valley and Sno Valley looks so green and perfect. It is good to know about Jazeera Airways for an easy trip to Georgia. I need to plan Georgia soon.

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  13. Cha

    It’s my first time to learn about Kazbegi in Georgia! This place is so interesting because it’s located at the crossroad between Asia and Europe. I always wanted to try paragliding and other winter activities, which can’t do in a tropical country like Philippines. There’s really a lot of interesting stuff to do and experience there!

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  14. neymasport

    Thank you for sharing this article with everyone, full content quality images, I would love to. Because it is very useful in the future

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  15. Stephanie

    Wow! When I first started reading this I thought, “that looks beautiful, but also way out of the way of anywhere major.” I’m so surprised that it is only two hours from Tbilisi. Considering it’s so close, I’d definitely go. Your right, it definitely looks like a fairy tale destination. Typically when I think of street food I think of…well…a busy street! It’s so cool that you can buy street food with such a gorgeous and unique background at Friendship Monument. I would definitely check this out!

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  16. Linda (LD Holland)

    I can see why you would say that Kazbegi Georgia looks like it comes from a storybook. Those views high in the Caucasus Mountains look stunning. Good to know it is a doable day trip from Tbilisi if we ever get to Georgia. I always love to watch the paraglider in the mountains. The winter does look like a great time to visit. Great that the roads were open. It looks like there is much to do on a visit to Kazbegi Georgia in addition to enjoying the mountains. So maybe we might want to stay for a few days. Or maybe a full week!

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  17. Iuliana Marchian

    Before this weird outbreak and lock-down and corona thing, I was very attracted to the idea of planning a trip to Georgia. I didn’t have time to do that, so your post on Kazbegi is very useful. I wouldn’t have thought that it is possible to find so many interesting things, for all tastes, in one place. However, between paragliding and visiting churches and other historic monuments, I’d go for the second one as I graduated from architecture.

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  18. Ravsan

    Thanks for the information

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    Thanks for this amazing blog post. It is really helpful to get the quality of backlinks.

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  20. Wyatt

    I already wanted to visit Georgia because I’ve seen pictures of their local cuisine on the internet. But after seeing this, I definitely have to take a flight over there! The sweater you were wearing seemed quite light to wear considering all the snow on the ground. I guess it’s not as cold as it looks?

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