Lagodekhi Protected Areas


This remote, 244-sq-km nature reserve climbs to heights of over 3000m in the Caucasus above the small town of Lagodekhi in eastern Kakheti near the Azerbaijan border. The reserve features deep river valleys, alpine lakes and some of Georgia’s best-preserved forests, and is home to several hundred East Caucasian tur, red and roe deer and chamois and a few brown bears.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Kakheti attractions

1. Balakən Mosque

9.72 MILES

This 200-year-old mosque is easily spotted thanks to its tapering octagonal minaret, freestanding with red-brick patterned facets. The mosque itself is a…

2. Car Village

20.38 MILES

Car is a chocolate-box village half-hidden in blossoms and greenery. Picturesque houses are tucked away behind mossy dry-stone walls in abundant orchards…

3. Mosque

20.69 MILES

Zaqatala's biggest new mosque has a distinctively Turkish design.

4. Fortress

20.75 MILES

Zaqatala’s Russian fortress is a sprawling affair whose grey stone walls are sturdy but not really imposing. Built between 1830 and 1860, it originally…

5. Ruined Church

20.81 MILES

The overgrown ruins of this once grand, barrel-towered church sit between Old Town Square and the fortress.

6. Old Town Square

20.84 MILES

Zaqatala's Old Town is centred on a pretty garden-square, above which rise two 30m tall çınar (plane trees) planted in the 1780s. To the south, there are…

7. Historical Museum

20.87 MILES

This small museum is worth a five-minute glimpse to peruse faded photos of the area's attractions amid old pots, jewellery, jeweled horse equipment,…

8. Dance Mural

20.95 MILES

This colourful mosaic showing a couple dancing the mazurka adds an attractive aspect to the north end of Nәrimanov küç.