Ancient monasteries, medieval monuments, quaint historic villages, and breath-taking landscapes of Armenia are increasingly gaining popularity among new-age travellers. A landlocked country with Turkey to the west, Georgia to the north, and Azerbaijan to the east, Armenia boasts of a rich history and culture. A travel to this exotic country is well worth the visit.
Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, is one of the world’s oldest inhabited cities. The capital’s historic Republic Square, dancing fountains with their light and sound shows, and friendly locals make this a safe and family-friendly destination. In Yerevan you will almost always bump into a kid with an ice cream cone. Or smiling faces splashing water at the dancing fountains in the park in summer. Old taverns here have been transformed into beautiful retsaurants that serve some great Caucasian cusine and lovely local wines straight from estates, such as Armas.
Yerevan’s guarding figure is the statue of Mother Armenia in Victory Park, from where you get a view of the city’s skyline. Other landmarks of the city include the beautiful architecture of the Cascade, a unique composition of a flight of stairs located on the surrounding hills, right in the middle of the downtown. The cascade complex also has an elaborate network of courtyards, outdoor gardens, and halls with intricate architecture displaying the rich cultural heritage and history of Armenia.
When in Yerevan, its also important to visit the Armenian Genocide Museum that captures the tragic history of the Armenian massacares in the hands of the Ottoman Turks, the Opera House, the National Gallery of Armenia and the beautiful parks and fountains. It is also a must to have a sip of the famous brandy Ararat Brandy company that dates back to the 19th century and was a supplier of His Imperial Majesty’s court. The distillery is open for tours, which includes a tasting.
In Armenia you find the spectacular Khor Virap monastery where you can get the closest view to Mt. Ararat. Tour the Geghard monastery, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monastery is home to several rock-cut tombs and churches, and is known to have been around since before the 4th century. Its main chapel is known to be built in 1215. Visit the pegan temple of Garni, where you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the gorge of Azat river.
Lake Sevan, often referred to as ‘the pearl of Armenian nature’ is one of the largest freshwater high-altitude (alpine) lakes in Eurasia offers amazing experiences. While at the lake, you can have a BBQ, cruise on a yacht or catamaran or simply relax and take in the amazing scenery. Sevan is also known for its fish “ishxan” (Armenian trout), so once in Sevan don’t miss the opportunity to order delicious fish dishes at one of the local cafés or restaurants. Explore Dilijan, a town in northern Armenia often called Switzerland of Armenia. Taste the local wine at Vayots Dzor. Yerevan offers many such amazing experiences.
Prices start from INR 65,000 per person with a minimum of 2 people travelling together.
Inclusions: Accommodation in 4 star hotels with breakfast, airport transfers, tours as per itinerary. Excludes: airfare, visa.