Place to relax near Tbilisi – Forests of Tianeti and Sioni Lake

The most beautiful surrounding area of Tbilisi, to my mind, is Tbilisi National Park and Sabaduri forests from between Tianeti and Tskhvarichamia. You can enjoy deep beautiful forests on the road. In summer it is a nice place to escape summer heat, fry shashlik and rest. You can feel yourself in a fairy tale after a fresh snow, in autumn colors or in a mystic haze. You can also try some bike routes outside the main road. One of the routes can be to Mamkoda Monastery which has some nice views and is closer to Tbilisi.  You will also find an unpaved road in the forest from lelubani village to Martkopi Ghvtaeba Monastery.  One more option can be to camp in the yard of Bnela Sakdari church above Kevliani village which is a perfect camping place in Autumn. From the magnificent forests of Tskhvarichamia you can also drive 30 minutes or take a bike trip to Sioni Lake and enjoy walking through the flower meadows in spring or bathing and relaxing on the lake shore.

You can also do a round trip and continue from Sioni lake to Kakheti side and return through Gombori highway. On the road you will find grand fortress of Bochorma. Bochorma fortress (X century) needs 30 minutes ascent till you come across great walls of the fortress. Inside there is a castle with has views to Iori gorge and st. George church. Inside church you will find traditional cradles which childless couples often leave there to ask st.George for help.

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