Georgian honeymoon – A Trip to Kazbegi
Is it possible to find the perfect place for your honeymoon here in Georgia? Well, maybe it is!
Kazbegi, nowadays known as Stepantsminda, is a town high in the mountains of Georgia. It’s located in the Greater Caucasus Mountains on the Georgian military highway and is surrounded by incredible scenery including the mammoth Mount Kazbegi that towers over the town.
My husband and I had just returned from the most perfect honeymoon in Thailand believing that nowhere could compare to the incredible beaches and relaxing atmosphere there. However, after a pretty busy and stressful week when we returned, we decided to make use of our wedding gift from my sister – a trip to Kazbegi and a stay in Rooms Hotel.
We decided to borrow our friends’ car and drive there ourselves and in hindsight this was the best decision since it was really comfortable and convenient. So, we filled up with petrol (around 50 Gel) and headed north to Kazbegi!
The journey there was somewhat difficult due to the snow and rain around Gudauri, I was a little bit scared and we didn’t stop the car to look at the fascinating views. However, once we passed Gudauri and the driving conditions got a little better we stopped to take in the breathtaking views across the valley below. The sun was shining so brightly and the landscape was so mesmerizing that I think it was one of the most incredible views I’ve ever seen.
Eventually, we arrived in Kazbegi and stopped in the center of town. Looking around we saw an interesting looking café called “Café 5047M” so we ventured inside and ordered Chikhirtma, a traditional Georgian soup to warm ourselves up in the cold weather.
The interior was really interesting, it was filled with old furniture and beautiful vintage antiques. A lot of other tourists were enjoying the view and the delicious food. Thankfully, the prices were fairly average and we only paid about 25 Gel for lunch.
After lunch we went straight to the hotel. It took us some time to drive the short distance up the hill because the weather was quite bad and we had to drive slowly. We parked in the hotels car park and our weekend at Rooms Hotel Kazbegi had begun.
After checking in we finally got to see our room. It had an absolutely stunning view! We were blown away by the location and couldn’t believe how beautiful it was and after the long journey we decided to have a rest in this mind-blowing location.
When we woke from our short nap we decided to visit the hotel’s restaurant. The menu was really interesting and the prices were fairly average. We ordered a few traditional Georgian dishes; “Tashmijabi” (a Svaneti dish); “Elarji” (a Megrelian dish) and “Imeruli Khachapuri”. In total, the bill came to around 50 Gel.
Sitting in the restaurant or lounge of the hotel is really relaxing. You can read books, chat with your friends or take some photos of the breathtaking views outside.
The next day we went down for breakfast. Breakfast is served from 7am to 11am and you can enjoy all kinds of dishes, it was fantastic! After breakfast we went outside onto the terrace and, although it was bitterly cold, it’s a great place to have a rest and clear you mind because everywhere you look the scenery is just astonishing!
For a full list of features and services offered by Rooms Hotel Kazbegi visit their website.
At 12am we checked out and went directly to Dariali Hydropower Plant, which is a must-see place near Kazbegi. Unfortunately we couldn’t visit Gergeti Church because the road was closed and it was impossible to walk there. But, if you visit Kazbegi make sure you try to visit it, it’s located on a hill above the village and is an incredibly beautiful place.
On our way to Dariali we stopped on the Jvari pass near Gudauri and visited the Georgievsk Monument, which was built in 1983. The view from the monument, like most in and around Kazbegi, was simply stunning.
On the way back we decided to eat some Khinkali for lunch, a traditional Georgian dish. So, we stopped at the HB restaurant near Pasanauri which really is the best place for lunch and dinner in the area. Also, we only paid 25 Gel.
A bit later we stopped at Ananuri and enjoyed Ananuri Lake and the monastery. Here, you can dress up in traditional Georgian clothes and get some great photos to take home with you! It really is worth stopping to see the beautiful lake and old monastery.
To sum up, our trip to Kazbegi was much more interesting and informative than we were expecting. Kazbegi is a place you will never forget and one place you will always want to return to. The deepness of the valleys, the height of the mountains and the calmness of the air all help you to relax and enjoy your time here.
You should take some warm clothes and be ready for rain or snow.
You can go to kazbegi from Didube station by Minibuses, the price is 10 Gel.
Use your time and see as much as you can. You’ll discover new places unexpectedly; so head to Kazbegi early in the morning and don’t waste your time.
Many places only accept cash, so be ready for that.
Try to taste some traditional Georgian dishes while you are in town.
Don’t forget to take your camera and take wonderful pictures of the stunning views.