Explore Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park
31 July, 2017
Explore Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park
Searching for cool place to hide from summer’s heat and relax in beautiful wild nature? Then the Borjomi-Kharagauli National park is what you need.

There are a lot of amazing places in Georgia, and Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park is one of them. The park became well-known for its extremely beautiful and varied nature. It was created in 1995 with the support of WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and German government in order to preserve the region’s extraordinary nature, especially its unique forests. The Park possesses several natural zones in its ascent from 800 to 2700 meters. These zones display the differences in their trees from broad-leafed groves located in the lower zones to evergreen, beach and mixed coniferous groves and sub-alpine trees in the higher ones.

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Photo courtesy Shota Golubiani

One can travel to Borjomi by public transport. Minibuses from Didube bus station to Borjomi leave every day, every hour (8 Gel, 2 hr). Trains from Tbilisi Central Railway Station to Borjomi leave every day (2 Gel, 4 hr and 30 min).

Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park is located in central part of Georgia creating eastern part of lesser Caucasus Mountains. The total area is 85,083 ha, which is more than 1% of the territory of Georgia. Borjomi-Kharagauli Protected Areas include 6 districts - Borjomi, Kharagauli, Akhaltsikhe, Adigeni, Khashuri and Baghdati. Administrative and visitor centers of the national park are located in Borjomi and Kharagauli.

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Photo courtesy Zviad Khutsishvili

Before visiting Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park it is recommended to check-in at visitor centre. Registration is required not only to define visitor statistics but also to ensure the safety of visitors, because in this case the administration is aware of presence of a group of visitors. In addition visitor can observe the exhibition hall for free, get visitor service and hire necessary tourist equipment. The National Park visitors’ center will help you in organizing guide, horse or local transport.

Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park has two Visitor Centers - one in Borjomi, and another one in Kharagauli. Borjomi Visitor Center is located in Borjomi, Meskheti st. N23; Kharagauli Visitor Center is located in Kharagauli borough, Solomon King st. N17.

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Photo courtesy Krzysztof Kris Czajka

Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park tourist route network allows hiking for one or several days. Paths are marked and well-arranged. Tourist shelters, picnic spots and camping sites are arranged along the routes. Sites for setting up a fire are
also allocated. National park offers hiking, horse riding, biking, snow shoes, cultural and educational tours. The routes function throughout the year. You can hire Tent (10 Gel), sleeping bag (5 Gel), Camping mat (3 Gel), bicycle (35 Gel; for pupils and students: 25 Gel). In National Park, extreme lovers can hire horse too. You wll have to pay 50 Gel for this pleasure.

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Photo courtesy Maiko Lukhumaidze

For those who want to stay in park at night, tourist shelters are available. These beautiful little buildings look very exotic and create cozy atmosphere. Tourist shelter price per person is 15 Gel; whereas pupils, professional colleges and university students have to pay only 10 Gel.

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Photo courtesy Maiko Mumladze

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