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Paired fortress gates (Gosha Gala), (Old City of Baku)
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Are you tired of the noisy city and the busy schedule? Looking for a quiet, cozy place to relax? We suggest you choose a recreation area located in Guba. Comfortable and comfortable cottages located in the forest, children’s entertainment parks, providing real relaxation and entertainment for your children, billiards, bar-discotheques, karaoke.
In the heading “Tourism” Vzglyad.Az every time acquaints you with interesting places of our planet. According to our articles you can find out in which corner you can relax, in which you just have a walk, and where you can make a successful shopping.
This time we decided to introduce you to the tourist corners of Azerbaijan. In recent years, the area of tourism in our country is accelerating and many of our compatriots who can not afford to go abroad are sent to the regions of Azerbaijan. One of these places is the Guba-Khachmaz region.
The region, commonly called Guba-Khachmaz, is located in the north-east of Azerbaijan, north of Baku. This is the nearest mountainous district in Baku in comparison with other mountainous regions of Azerbaijan, just two hours drive along the modern highway.
Traveling to this region will give you the opportunity to visit the famous fortress of Chirag-gala and the settlement of Khinalig, home to indigenous tribes. In the Guba area you will see a cascade of waterfalls on the river Gudialcai in the gorge of Tangaalti, with a depth of 400 to 600 meters. This kingdom of free flowing water and scorching sun will make an unforgettable impression on you!
You can also swim in the crystal clear streams of the Kinhirt waterfall, located in the upper course of the Velvelichai River, dropping by a cascade 25 meters high. The famous Afurdzhyn waterfall on the Velvelichai river is listed in the “Nature Monuments of Azerbaijan” and is protected by the state.
The largest tourist area Nabran offers a more traditional holiday – there are numerous beaches, shady forests, picturesque bays, as well as a rich and varied nightlife! The Baku people, especially if they come to Guba to rest on their car, often go from Guba and to the seashore of Yalama – to a recreation area located relatively close to Guba. Conversely, holidaymakers in Yalama (Nabran) sometimes make a “jerk” to Guba to combine the pleasures of rest on the shore of the Caspian Sea with pleasure from the forest foothills of Guba, numerous springs and picturesque nature.
Once upon a time these places were visited by the French writer Alexander Dumas in his trip to Azerbaijan. Stopping at a halt near the road, he was invited to the camp by the Guba people, who also decided to rest and refresh themselves. Dumas was shocked by the art with which the Guba people divided the lamb and the taste of the kebab (shish kebab) to which they treated him … And the greatest traveler of our time, the Norwegian scientist Thor Heyerdahl also visited Guba during his visit to Azerbaijan, because he believed that the “aces “, mentioned in the epic” Edda “, and there are the ancient ancestors of Azerbaijanis who came to the north of Europe during the great migration of peoples. And here, in the Guba district, 65 km. from the Guba, there is a highland (2500 m. above sea level) Khinalig village, whose population is a unique, separate ethnographic group. Khinaligtsy have their own archaic language, unlike any of the modern languages of the world. This language is well preserved, although the Khinaligs also speak Azerbaijani. The Khinalig phenomenon is not only one of the great ethnographic mysteries of the history of Azerbaijan, but also history in general.
The city of Guba is located on the bank of the Kudial-tea river and the north-eastern slopes of Shahdag mountain of the Greater Caucasus. This is the administrative center of the Guba district. The population is 140,000 people, distance from Baku is 168 km, height above sea level is 600 m.
The city has preserved such historical monuments as Sakine Khanum Mosque, Juma Mosque, Mausoleum of the 16th century, ancient oriental baths. In the first half of the 18th century, the territories of the present Guba district, as well as modern Devechi, Gusar, Khachmaz, Khizi and Siyazan districts were united in the Guba khanate. At first Khudat was the center of this Khanate, but soon Gubin Khan Huseyn Ali made the capital of his khanate Guba and moved his residence there.
In Guba you can stay at the Shahdag Hotel, as well as in cottages and a hotel in the newly built Olympic complex, which is equipped with a covered swimming pool (50 m long), an open-air stadium, a covered stadium for team sports, a gym, for playing tennis and minifootball.
Convenient distance: from the city of Guba to the village of Juhara Hanagyaha 27 km asvalt road, from here to the waterfall “Sarsang” and warm thermal – mineral water natural pool in the forest only 400 meters pedestrian – tourist safe speech road. Here and in winter, too, foreign tourists swim under the snow in a warm pool.
From the “Sarsanga” to the Girdahskaya high-mountainous waterfalls 4,5 km is a very interesting pedestrian-tourist road.
From the city of Guba to Tengealty, asphalt road 30 km, then to the village Afurdzha 10 km dirt road and from here to the waterfall 1 km pedestrian mountain – a tourist road.
For foreign tourists who choose a trip to Sunny Azerbaijan, this 3 high-mountainous waterfalls are real MAGNETS.
Shahdag winter-summer tourist complex (Azerbaijan Şahdağ qış-yay turizm kompleksi) is a ski resort located on the territory of the Shahdag National Park in the Gusar region of Azerbaijan, 32 kilometers from the regional center of the Gusar. Shahdag is the first ski resort in the history of Azerbaijan. Preparatory work for the construction of the complex began. In September 2009, with the participation of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, the foundation of the complex was laid.
The tourist site is at an altitude of 1300-2300 meters above sea level, and the main part of the complex is located at an altitude of 1440-1640 meters above sea level. The complex with an area of 2058 hectares is open all year round.
The implementation of the Shahdag Complex project began in 2006, in connection with which the Directorate of the Shakhdag Winter-Summer Tourism Complex was established . Preparatory work for the construction of the complex began. In September 2009, with the participation of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, the foundation of the complex was laid .
Postage stamp of Azerbaijan, dedicated to the complex
In January 2011, the ski slope number 2 and the cable car included in the complex were put into operation, for the delivery of tourists to the ski slope. In February 2011, President Ilham Aliyev attended the opening of the cable car number 2 and the ski slope. Also, a system of artificial snow-making was created in the complex, in connection with which snow generators are installed on all descents.
In December 2012, the opening of the first stage of the summer-winter tourist complex Shahdag was held. On December 20, 2012, the opening of the three-story hotel “Gaya” and the two-story “Zirvia”, which are part of the Shahdag winter-summer tourist complex, took place. President Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva attended the opening ceremony of the hotels. On the same day, the opening of a small hydroelectric power station “Gusar-1”, providing electricity Shahdag winter-summer tourist complex . The hotel Zirvia also has a ski school. In addition to skiing in the complex, it is possible to engage in snowboarding, quad biking, horseback riding, motor-skiing, etc.
In 2014, there are 14 ski runs available. The length of the largest of them is two kilometers. Also in the complex are 12 cable lifts of various types .
The complex is designed to receive daily up to 10 thousand tourists after the completion of construction of all facilities.
It was also planned to build new cable cars, a golf course, various clubs, small hotels, a boarding house, the Shahdag Youth Center, a horse farm and other hotels.