Wednesday, September 28, 2011

About Borjomi!

Borjomi  is a resort town in south-central Georgia with a population estimated at 14,445. It is one of the districts of the Samtskhe-Javakhetiregion and is situated in the northwestern part of the region in the picturesque Borjomi Gorge on the eastern edge of the Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park. The town is famous for its mineral water industry (which is presently the number one export of Georgia), the Romanov summer palace in Likani, and the WWF-site Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park. Borjomi mineral water is particularly well-known in those countries which were a part of the former the Soviet Union; the bottling of mineral water is a major source of income for the area. Because of the supposed curative powers of the area’s mineral springs, it is a frequent destination for people with health problems. Borjomi is also home to the most extensive ecologically-themed amusement park in the Caucasus.

Marshrutkas to Borjomi (7 GEL, 2½ hours) leave Tbilisi’s Didube bus station about hourly from 8am to 7pm, with a similar return schedule from Borjomi’s bus station (22534; Meskheti 8). Other marshrutkas from Borjomi bus station go to Akhaltsikhe (3 GEL, 1½ hours, about hourly), Gori (4 GEL, 1½ hours, at 7.30am, 10am and 1pm), Kutaisi (7 GEL, three hours, 11.30am and 2.15pm) and Batumi (14 GEL, six hours, 9am). Frequent buses and marshrutkas run between Borjomi and Khashuri (1.50 GEL, 30 minutes), on the main Tbilisi–Kutaisi road, 32km northwest of Borjomi, until early evening.

Borjomi is well known for its mineral waters that have been revered for centuries for having positive healing affects on people with digestion disorders. Archaeological excavations have revealed the existence of stone bathes in the area, proving that these mineral waters have been utilized by people for thousands of years.

The original name of the gorge was Tori. It has variety of historical sights, including: the castles of three brothers (Petre, Gogia and Sali) and various churches and monasteries built between the 6th and 12th centuries. The Romanov Palace, constructed at the end of the 18th century by Tsar Nicholas, accentuates the role Borjomi has played for royalty and commoners alike throughout its history.

The state has recently established the Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park to help preserve the beautiful and unique nature of Borjomi.

The Hotel BORJOMIS KHEOBA meaning "Borjomi Gorge" is situated in the middle of the town and offers its guests a stunning view of both the city and the Mtkvari River.

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