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Dilijan

Dilijan

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Tavush Marz, tucked into the northeast corner of Armenia, includes the popular town of Dilijan, popularly known as "Armenia's Little Switzerland", and the popular Haghartsin and Goshavank Monasteries.  Beyond that though is a great deal more to see, including the distant region of Shamshadin, which only a handful of western visitors reach each year.

The town of Dilijan is the first that you come to in Tavush as you enter from the direction of Sevan or Vanadzor.  A very popular town for Armenians to spend time simply relaxing, it was once popular throughout the Soviet Union for this reason, and the retro Cinematographers House is where the most famous Soviet directors used to come to commune with nature, and each other.

A relatively short distance from Dilijan is Haghartsin Monastery, and a bit further is Goshavank.  Both are stunning for their own reasons, and most people that make it to Dilijan visit both.

Beyond Goshavank is Ijevan, the regional capital and a nice little town in its own right.  A river runs through it, the climate is mild, and the people relaxed.  Not far is the village of Yenokavan, guarding a deep canyon with lush forests, wild rivers, caves with ancient carvings, and waterfalls.

Makaravank is another nice monastery further north, and Noyemberian is a small city with nearby Mshkavank Monastery and Berdavan Castle Fortress.

In the forests of this area, starting at the village of Kirants is another river valley going up into the mountains, with only a dirt road going through the forest.  Arakelots, Deghtsnuti and Kirants are three monasteries lost in these hills, but not so hard to find with a GPS and the right coordinates!

Finally, the isolated area of Shamshadin surrounds the city of Berd, with a small fortress.  In the surrounding hills and forests are the worthy monasteries of Nor Varagavank, Shkhmuradi and Khoranashat.

The town of Berd has a hotel that recently underwent renovation.

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November 11, 2008 new by raffikojian

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