Kazbegi, formerly known as Stepantsminda, is a town named after a famous Georgian orthodox monk who constructed a monastery at this location. It is well-known for its beautifully carved roads and vintage churches. The present name of the town comes from the famous Georgian poet and writer, Alexander Kazbegi (1848-1893). Although, many say and assume its present name was derived from the great grandfather of Alexander Kazbegi, the late Kazibek Chopikashili. Alexander Kazbegi is known for his novel, The Patricide (1883). He studied in Saint Petersburg and Moscow.
Kazbegi is a small town in the north of Georgia, located 10km away from the Russian border. It is encircled by beautiful and enticing valleys with the Kazbek Mountain as the highest peak (height of 5,047 meters) in the country. The town is quite small but with enough services for a pleasant vacation. There are cafés, stores, holiday homes, restaurants and a bank with an ATM, if needed. It is ideal for a three or four day trip to experience trekking on the different tracks they have and also to taste their nice, sumptuous food, with a clear Russian influence. It is mandatory to taste the red wine, which is very famous in the region and it is assured that it will be a very good one!
Tbilisi is the capital city of Georgia, from where you can take off for private Kazbegi Tour. Explore this beautiful city with rich heritage. Visit the 16th century ancient complex of Ananuri with the knowledgeable tourist’s guides. Admire, appreciate and comment on the fine views at the Jinvali reservoir. You can enjoy the off-road adventure by 4x4, deluxe vehicle to the summit of Gergeti Mountain and visit 14th-century ancient Gergeti Trinity Church. Enjoy lunch (regional flavors) in a local restaurant, and then hike through Dariali Gorge to the mighty Gveleti Waterfalls. Yet again, ride back through the Georgian Military Road from Tbilisi. Relax and enjoy the view as someone else handles the driving on the curvy yet safe and windy mountain roads.
Kazbegi, as mentioned is the birth place of the highly acknowledged poet and writer Alexander Kazbegi. His statue (unveiled in 1960) holds the place of honour in the central square alongside the river. His house (Kazbegi House Museum) is at a short distance, farther along Stalin Street. Formerly the Ethnographic Museum, it is now devoted solely to the life and work of the writer, featuring a spectacle of the honours and accolades presented to the writer. The grave of the writer is right to the family church, Mtavarangelosi (the Archangel), now known as a town church, which was reconstructed in 1989. Behind Kazbegi’s house is the Ethnographic Museum, featuring different works of the writer. Kazbegi is an impeccable alpine village, providing comfort of established society and civilization free from prejudice. Amirani or Amiran was a hero from Georgian epic tale who resembled the Classical Prometheus. In Greek mythology, Prometheus was an extremely important person, a cultural hero, and trickster figure, exhibiting knowledge and intellect and is credited with the creation of man from clay, and who defies the gods by stealing fire and giving it to humanity, an act that enables progress.
Kazbegi tour involves cycling, which is a fun filled activity. Visiting tourist attractions by riding cycle can be recreational for the travelers. Cycle racing is also a part of an annual tourism in Georgia conducted in various spots including the cycle touring from Batumi to Tbilisi and the Didgori monument uphill range. There is a Russian church of St. Nicolas, ethnographic museum and the Gergeti Trinity Church. However, most tourists are attracted by natural beauty of the place. You can also opt for paragliding, horsing and trekking.
Stay and Temperature
Kazbegi has a range of budgeted hotels, which are reasonably priced and comfortable at the same time for the tourists. The place has a number of well supplied homestays, all of which provide basic but tasty Georgian food. Many are closed outside the main season. Kazbegi, Georgia has a different universities providing admission in various courses for the students. The best time to visit Kazbegi is from last week of May to end of September when the average temperature varies drastically. Wind in Kazbegi is usually extremely calm. The breeziest month is April, followed by May and March. April’s winds average speed ranges from 1.2 MPH or 2 KPH, which is considered as “light air.” Maximum sustained winds are at the highest in early March where the average top sustained speeds reaches between 8.4 MPH to 11-13.5 KPH, which is considered to be a gentle breeze.
Considering the humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area has somewhat temperate climate i.e neither to cold nor to hot.
How to get there?
Fly to Georgia and from there on a private tour to Kazbegi via Tbilisi-Senaki-Leselidze. The ride lets you witness the beauty of the town.