Racha Region Tour in Georgia
Racha is a special place, high in the mountains and almost completely unspoiled, but only 75 kilometers away from Kutaisi. With rushing rivers bursting with trout, the region is popular with anglers and rafters, as well as mountain bikers and paraglide. The headwaters of the mighty Rioni River are a haven for fishing, whitewater rafting and kayaking.
Highlights of Racha Tour in Georgia
Mountain village Utsera
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The road passes through beautiful Landscapes of Racha Province and first stop at Shaori Lake. Enjoy a walk around a lakeside area and head to Nikortsminda Cathedral. It is a Georgian Orthodox Church built in 1010-1014 during the reign of Bagrat III of Georgia. Frescoes inside the Cathedral date from the 17th century. The Cathedral is on the Tentative List for status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Interesting place to visit in Racha is Oni local museum. The museum houses several collections: archeological findings (from the Stone Age up to the late medieval times, mostly from Bronze Age), architectural details and relief fragments from the Saint George and Saint Trinity churches dating back to 10th c., samples of 10-14th cc coins, ethnographic objects, manuscripts and printed books, and painting by well-known Georgian artists from 20th c.
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It take about 30 minutes from Oni to reach mountain spa and health resort of Utsera. The village is overlooked by so called ‘Crystal mountain’ where crystal glass fragments are mined. In Utsera 28 various springs gush out of the ground natural mineral waters on the surface. While being in Racha try not to miss Khotevi and Barakoni church.
Khotevi Church. The church of the Archangel, commonly known as Khotevi Church, and temple were built in the village of Khotevi during the 13th century. At that time the village was significant trade center, and served as a link for Imereti and Kvemo Racha regions. The first mention of this village was in written documents of the 11th century.
Barakoni Church of the Mother of God is located near the town of Ambrolauri, in the Tsesi village, in mountainous Racha region. Barakoni is one of the last important monuments in the tradition of medieval Georgian architecture. Barakoni was built in 1753, by the order of local lord the Ruler of Racha Principality – Rostom. Located on a top of a steep cliff, it overlooks Rioni River which joins the Lukhuni River just below the mountain