This wild, mountainous region between Armenia and northern Karabakh is ringed by 3000m peaks, with rivers cutting through high gorges and a scattering of villages that have been resettled by Armenians. Most of the population before the war were Muslim Kurdish farmers and herders, and as this is occupied Azerbaijan (and was never a part of Nagorno-Karabakh) its inclusion in the region is an anomaly due to where the ceasefire line fell.
The main artery through here is a rough road (currently being upgraded) that leads across the Sodk Pass, the second and far less used border crossing into Armenia proper. This is a superb drive, and well recommended as a way of returning to Armenia without retracing your route through Goris. There's little in terms of sights to see, and no major towns, but the scenery is the best in the region by a long way.