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Tusheti – Indurta

09 Dec

indurTa 004Author and reporter

Oliko Tsiskarishvili

translated by Tinatin Bujiashvili

The road to Indurta is dangerous. Drivable pass is terrifying and hazardous through craggy green mountains and ravines. It takes several hours to reach Tsovata by car and 5 days on a horseback.

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Historically, Tusheti comprised four mountain communities: the Tsova (living in the Tsova Gorge), the Gometsari (living along the banks of the TushetisAlazaniRiver), the Pirikiti (living along the banks of the PirikitisAlazaniRiver) and the Chaghma, living close to the confluence of the two rivers). People living in Tsova and Pirikit are sheep herders. So they build the villages in the mountains and also in the lowlands.  In the mountains the villages were: Indurta, Mozarta, Etelta, Nazarta, Tsaro, Shavtskhala, Sagirta and Nadirta. In the lowlands, In Pankisi ravine: Omalo, Khalatsani, Batsara, Birkiani and etc. In Alvani lands-Bakhtrioni, Tsitsilkhure, Mukhrovani, Gulgalchala, Otkhtvala, Aloni, Lapankhure and Baichlakhure. In 1861 when Tsovata village Sagirta was destroyed, the people began moving even lower, to the Kakheti region of Georgia, forming two large villages, Zemo Alvani and Kvemo Alvani. Tsova-Tushs are Christian orthodox.

One Slavian tourist told us that he was inspired with the breathtaking nature of Tusheti and wished to keep such unspoiled beauty and not to change it like Svaneti.

Tusheti should keep its unspoiled and unbelievable beauty, though reconstruction of ruined fortress towers and abandoned villages will develop tourism in that region.

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2012 in Ecotourism

 

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