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This small lovely town is located in the northeastern part of Kakheti Region. Just 1.5-hour drive from the capital Tbilisi and you will see the greatest views of Caucasus Mountains. Kvareli is famous for its wineries and centuries-old wine-making tradition. The red semi-sweet wine “Kindzmarauli” is their all favorite wine. Kvareli is the most beautiful city in Kakheti Region It was a hometown of one of the most famous Georgian writer, political figure, poet and publisher - Ilia Chavchavadze, who was also called “father of the nation”. He wrote a poem “Kvareli Mountains” to describe its beauty.


Nekresi is a historic town in Kakheti, Georgia, in modern-day Kvareli Municipality, near the village of Shilda. The town was established by king Pharnajom (around 2nd-1st centuries BC). In the 4th century AD, king Thrdat built a church in this place. This church became a refuge to one of the Assyrian fathers, Abibus, in the late 6th century. Around this time Diocese of Nekresi was established, which existed until the 19th century.

The church was recently restored, stone masonry repaired, roof rebuilt, windows put in place.

Ilia Lake

Ilia Lake, which was made artificially. This lake is very famous, especially during summer time. It is surrounded by the mountains.

Swimming, boating & biking are popular activities at this scenic reservoir with a nearby restaurant.

lia lake is called so in honor of famous Georgian writes of beginning of XX century – Ilia Chavchavadze, is handmade lake in the north part of Kakheti, Alazani valley, near town Kvareli, where are Saperavi grape yards, for wine Kindzmarauli. Around the lake are located cafes, park, and is being built hotel. Tourists often visit the lake during Kakheti tour, to have some rest, locals come here to spend whole day near water, and rest.

Khareba Winery

There are many wineries in Kvareli; however, the most favorite place for tourists is a winery “Khareba”, which offers a unique experience – tour in the mysterious tunnel(Gvirabi). This tunnel was opened in 1962 for the World Wine Congress and it is almost 8 km length.

Nowadays, tourists are able to see showrooms and hear stories, while walking in a small part of this tunnel. Being in this place means to have a very memorable experience as at the end of the tour, they offer degustation of different kind of wines and many more interesting activities. For example, you can take part in the process of making bread and churchkhela (national sweet). You can also taste Georgian Chacha (vodka) and have a tasty Georgian dinner in their restaurant with the beautiful views of the waterfall and magical garden.

Kvareli Fortress

Situated directly on the central square, it contrasts with the House of Justice, built in the ultra modern style of recent years. The fortress is known for the fact that in the middle of the XVIII century, the leader of the Avar tribe tried to conquer it, but left with nothing. Currently, the fortress protects inside its wall an old football stadium.

Gora Shua

Gora Shua is a mountain in Georgia . It is located in the eastern part of the country, 90 km east of the capital Tbilisi . The top of Gora Shua is 1,786 meters above sea level.

The terrain around Gora Shua is very mountainous. The highest point nearby is 2 323 meters above sea level, 2.6 km north of Gora Shua. Around Gora Shua, it is rather sparsely populated, with 42 inhabitants per square kilometer.The nearest larger community is Qvareli , 8.6 km south of Gora Shua. In the surroundings around Gora Shua, deciduous deciduous forest mainly grows. In the area around Gora Shua there are unusually many named mountains.

The climate in the area is moist and subtropical . The average annual temperature in the neighborhood is 9 ° C . The hottest month is July, when the average temperature is 22 ° C, and the coldest is January, with -2 ° C. The average annual rainfall is 643 millimeters. The wettest month is May, with an average of 98 mm of precipitation , and the driest is August, with 20 mm of precipitation.

Ilia Chavchavadze Kvareli State Museum

This complex includes family castle and house of outstanding Georgian poet and public figure Ilia Chavchavadze (1837-1907) and exposition hall as well. The museum houses memorial objects of the poet and his family, poet's manuscripts, sets of established by him periodicals, family coat of arms, seal, household objects, XVIII-XIX c.c. weapons, furniture, manuscripts of Georgian and foreign public figures, paintings inspired by the poet's works (by H. Hrinewski, L. Gudiashvili, K. Guruli, S. Meskhi, T. Mirzashvili), rich collection of photographs and archive documents, collection of poet's works editions on various languages.

Museum located in his modest home, which includes a beautiful garden and a square stone tower.

Kote Marjanishvili House Museum

The house museum of well-known Georgian producer of theatre Kote Marjanishvili (1872-1933) was established in 1959. In the museum funds and on the display are kept memorial objects (various accessories, clothes, etc.) of producer: Beginning of the XX century antiquarian furniture, carpets, crockery (Russian and French china), paintings (L. Gudiashvili, Petre Otskheli, Elene Akhvlediani etc.),graphics, sculpture, photographs, documents, books on the subject of the producer's performances, audio-video copies of his film ("Amoki") and performances. The museum houses also characteristic for the Kakheti region everyday life and ethnography objects and archaeological items accidentally discovered by local people.

Money Museum / The National Bank of Georgia

The Money Museum of the National Bank of Georgia is the only one in this country that is fully dedicated to money. The exhibits lead the onlookers through the centuries–old history of money circulation in Georgia during twenty-six centuries: Colchian tetri, Alexander the Great stater, coins of the Roman Republic and Empire, Parthian Coins, Sassanian Drachm, Georgian-Sassanian Drachms, Arab and Arab-Georgian Dirhems, Byzantine Nomismas, Coins minted by the Kings of the united Georgian Kingdom. (Bagrat III, Bagrat IV, King David the Builder, Demetre I, Giorgi III, Tamar, Lasha-Giorgi IV, Rusudan, David VI Narin and David VII Ulu, Demetre II the “Devoted”, David VIII, Vakhtang III and George V the “Brilliant”). The exhibition also shows the Dirhams from the period of Mongolian dominance, Trabzonian Aspers

In the exhibition provides a comprehensive picture of National Currency - Lari. One can see Lari Banknotes printed in different years and the Georgian circulating Tetri coins, original materials used for the production of money, as well as a special literature dedicated to the Georgian Currency at the exhibition.

Museum visitors have opportunity to get acquainted with the modern world money as well, which is widely represented in the museum. This part of the exhibition provides a good service to the public interested in the modern world currencies.

Chala Reservoir

Lake Chala, also known as Lake Challa, is a crater lake that straddles the border between Kenya and Tanzania. The lake formed approximately 250,000 years ago. The lake is east of Mount Kilimanjaro, 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) north of Taveta, Kenya, and 55 kilometres (34 mi) east of Moshi, Tanzania. The lake is surrounded by a steep crater rim with a maximum height of 170 metres (560 ft).

Lake Chala's average annual rainfall is about 565 millimetres (22.2 in). The lake surface has an average annual evaporation of near 1,735 millimetres (68.3 in). Approximately 80 percent of the lake's inflow comes from groundwater, which is derived mostly from rainfall in the montane forest zone of Mount Kilimanjaro at an elevation of 1,800 to 2,800 metres (5,900 to 9,200 ft). It takes about 3 months for groundwater to reach the lake. The groundwater flowed into the lake at an estimated annual volume of 8,390,000 cubic metres (296,000,000 cu ft) from 1964 through 1977.

The Lake Chala tilapia (Oreochromis hunteri) is endemic to Lake Chala. The Red List of threatened species, which is maintained by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, describes this fish as critically endangered.

An 18 year old British woman was killed in 2002 by a small crocodile while swimming at night in the lake. A few days later, the Kenya Police Service said that the lake was "infested" with crocodiles while the Kenya Wildlife Service said, "Crocodiles are found in Lake Chala and it is not regarded as safe to swim at all.

The climate here is mild, and generally warm and temperate. The rainfall in Kvareli is significant, with precipitation even during the driest month. The Köppen-Geiger climate classification is Cfa. The average annual temperature in Kvareli is 12.6 °C. The rainfall here averages 685 mm.

During the months of May, June, September and October you are most likely to experience good weather with pleasant average temperatures. On average, the warmest month(s) are July and August. Kvareli has dry periods in January and December. On average, the warmest month is August. On average, the coolest month is January. May is the wettest month. This month should be avoided if you don't like too much rain. January is the driest month.

Mini Buses

Telavi – Kvareli, 45 minutes riding, the ticket cost 1.5 lari, about 5 buses per day.

By Bus

Buses are the most available variant, and most of tourists, who are not ready to spend money on taxi, use it. Bus brings you to the stop, from which it is easy to get to your destination. Regular buses start off from the large transport hubs, heading to the most popular directions, and run through the central districts of the neighbouring towns and resorts. For exam

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