Sunday, January 03, 2010

Agrotourism in the Pankisi Gorge

Now there’s a really exciting opportunity to discover a multicultural part of Georgia. The Pankisi Gorge is located on the border between Georgia, Chechnya, Ingushetia, Dagestan and Azerbaijan, in the very heart of the wild and beautiful High Caucasus. It’s populated by Muslims and Christians, of which many cherish the traditions of both religions. The Pankisi Gorge was earlier mainly known as Georgia’s “black hole”, where after the breakout of the Chechen War refugees and fighters fled. At the end of 2003 the situation in Pankisi got back to normal, however. Most refugees either returned home or obtained asylum in other countries.

Local initiative & Polish Aid
The Association of Pankisi Women, Marshua Kawkaz (“Peace in the Caucasus”), has prepared an extensive tourist and accommodation offer. There are a number of mountain tracks leading from the gorge to the High Caucasus. Agrotourism in Pankisi is organised by non-governmental charity organisation of Kist women living in Georgia - "Marszua Kawkaz" (Peace at Caucasus) which works in cooperation with Polish Foundation for Intercultural Education
on the project "Rural tourism and development of local community in Pankisi" as a part of “Polish Aid”, a foreign assistance program of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland since 2006.

The website presents the offer of agrotourism in the Pankisi Gorge.

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