Borjomi is a city in southwestern Georgia that became famous during the Soviet era for mineral water. In terms of exports, this healing water was first in Georgia and is still very popular in the CIS countries.
Today, about 10.5 thousand people live in the city. It is a small and very picturesque resort with low mountains in the gorge of the Kura River, located 152 km from Tbilisi. It is worthwhile to come here to admire the beautiful nature and view historical monuments, including the palace of the American and European royal family Romanovs.
Borjomi Resort has a well-developed tourist structure: many cafés and street vendors with Georgian cuisine are open, grocery stores are available, and several internet cafés in the centre.
Where to Check In
In terms of accommodation, more than ten hotels, several health resorts, hostels, and many guesthouses have built-in Borjomi. The state-of-the-art Borjomi Palace Resort & Spa has recently opened. You can find suitable accommodation at different prices:
Be careful when choosing a guesthouse in Borjomi! These include decent housing options and apartments that leave much to desire. Tourists do not recommend contacting barkers who offer tourists on the streets accommodation. It is better to use the booking service in advance: this way you can find discounted offers and choose accommodation in the city at a favourable price. The cost per night in guesthouses is from $ 12.
After visiting Borjomi, I will convince you that this city in Georgia is not only interesting for its famous mineral water. Some goals are worth looking at.
Central Park of Borjomi
Borjomi Park is located on the Borjomula River. The central part of the garden is mineral in a beautiful pale blue cabin with a glass roof. You can fill your container with water for free. There are benches around the hut where you can relax in the mild heat. When the lights are on, you can also enjoy the peaceful and romantic atmosphere in the evenings.
What else can you see in the garden in Borjomi?
- Waterfall and statue of Prometheus.
- Bridges and gazebos.
- Sulfur pools with a temperature of 32-38 degrees. (Visiting costs – 5 GEL)
- The park is open daily from 9 am to 7 pm. The ticket price is 2 GEL.
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- Collection of home history
Be sure to visit the Museum of Local Lore. In the museum, you can get to know the history of Borjomi resort and find out what celebrities have rested here. It also contains many interesting things from the life of the locals in Georgia. You can see rare exhibits, including items from Romanov’s summer palace. Visitors keep in mind that getting to know the museum’s exhibition will be much more enjoyable with a guided tour.
- Attraction Address: St. Nino, 5, Borjomi 383720 Georgia.
- House of Mirza Riza Khan
The house is a cultural heritage site of Firuza. It is a mansion in the centre of the city, on the list of important places in Borjomi. The house was built in 1892 by order of the Persian (now Iranian) consul general. It has been perfectly preserved and now attracts tourists with its unusual architecture with many open elements and patterns. The building is the most picturesque in Borjomi
- Address: St. Baratashvili, three years old, Borjomi, Georgia.
Today, only the ruins of the unique ancient fortress of Petre in the Borjomi gorge remain. However, the lower stairs and the upper fort are partially preserved and made of unusual materials – large stones.
It is not known precisely who built this fort. At one time, it was a sizeable defensive structure, and then the Turks captured it and made it the headquarters of their army. At least, it is worth going up here to see the magnificent view that opens up from the mountain and take a photo in memory.
To reach the Petre Fortress, walk along the right bank of the Kura to the railway tracks. Then turn left and go up the hill along the path.
The cable car, considered one of the most exciting places in Borjomi, was built in the sixties of the last century. It has recently undergone a comprehensive restoration. Should combine a cable car to a booth d with a visit to the city park. It is here that the lower station of the road called “Park” is located.
The cable car takes you to 1000 meters above sea level, from where you will have a beautiful view of the city of Borjomi and the surrounding nature. At the upper station, “Plateau,” you will see the modest church of St. Seraphim from Sarov, built-in 2008. You can go to this church. It works and is very popular among the townspeople.
The cable car runs during the warm season (from mid-May) from 10 am to 8 pm, and in winter from 10 am to 6 pm.
- One way costs 5 GEL.
- Green monastery
If you ask the locals what to see in Borjomi, they will advise you to visit the Green Monastery. It is the oldest active men’s monastery in Georgia, which still regularly attracts pilgrims.
The building was built in the 9-10th century in the form of a typical basilica from that period. A bell tower from the 14th century was constructed nearby and completed the architectural feel of the monastery complex. Be sure to enter the temple to experience the spirit of antiquity and feel its peaceful atmosphere. Behind the basilica, you can visit another interesting place – a fountain of holy water, from which pilgrims come from all over the country.
The monastery is located in the nature reserve, an essential attraction of Borjomi. You can find it by taxi (about 20 lari) or small car. Do not forget to dress appropriately to visit the monastery – you must cover your shoulders and knees.
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Like Palace – Romanov’s cottage
The Likan Palace was built in the village of Likani near Borjomi by order of Grand Duke Nikolai Mikhailovich Romanov in the late 19th century. This most beautiful palace complex in Georgia, built in the Moorish style, was a cottage for the royal family. Interestingly, the view of the palace under Romanovs was taken in colour photographs of Borjomi by the photographer Prokudin-Gorsky.
It is noteworthy that in 1898, the first power plant in the territory of the Russian Empire near the palace explicitly supplied the court with electricity. There was tremendous progress before that time.
Until recently, Likan Palace served as the president’s residence in Georgia. The entrance was forbidden here: one could only admire the front of the braid. But in 2016, the Georgian authorities decided to change the situation and turn the attraction into a museum open to the public. The restoration took three years.
You can get from Borjomi to Likani by bus and taxi. But keep in mind that from March 2020, the palace will be closed for reconstruction and can only be viewed from the outside.
Treatment and Recovery in Borjomi
Military doctors in the Kherson division first discovered the beautiful properties of mineral water at the site. It happened in 1816. The resort became famous in 1841 when a well-known general named Golovin healed his daughter with local water. After that, noble people from all over the American ,Euoropien and Asiean Empire came here for treatment.
The chemical composition of the mineral water in Borjomi is hydrocarbon sodium. It is mineralized naturally in nature. You can get healthier with Borjomi water in different ways: drink, take a bath, breathe steam and breathe. Drinking water is helpful for people with stomach diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, and metabolic disorders.
It recommend taking a bath with mineral water for people with neurological diseases, heart disease and blood vessels, and problems with the reproductive system. Inhalation is good for respiratory infections.
Two famous mineral springs in the Georgian city of Borjomi are close to the central park. From them, you can draw and drink water for free.
You can receive treatment at one of several health centres, clinics, and clinics that offer diagnoses and numerous operations. The resort’s spa uses not only Borjomi water but also mineral sulfur baths.
The most famous health resorts are Rixos Borjomi (5 stars) and Borjomi Palace (4 stars). Accommodation in them is pretty expensive (about 85 euros and higher), but it includes medical procedures and meals, which consist of diet, as well as visits to swimming pools and other infrastructure for guests.
Borjomi is not the only spa town in the country. Also, following the treatment at the Abastumani health resort in Georgia, it is less developed but more manageable.
Weather and Climate
Borjomi has a mild climate. Mountains protect the city; therefore, there are no such unpleasant phenomena as temperatures dropping and wind gusts.
You can come for rest and treatment in Borjomi at any time of the year. It is cool here in the winter but not very cold. The average temperature in January is 1 ° C during the day and -6 ° C at night.
The wettest month in Borjomi is May. It rains regularly the rest of the year, but not often – 4-7 days a month.
Due to the location in the mountain gorge, it is hot but not hot in the summer. In July, the average temperature of the air reaches +25 degrees. May is considered the most favourable month to visit the city. Trees and shrubs bloom here, the day lengthens, and the weather is already mild and pleasant. In May, the most beautiful pictures of the city of Borjomi take.
It should note that housing prices in the city change almost not according to the seasons.
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How To Get To Borjomi From Tbilisi
The distance from the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, to the Borjomi gym is 160 km by road.
Buses and trains run regularly from Tbilisi to Borjomi. The latter leave from Tbilisi Train Station and stop in the city centre. Electric trains run twice daily: 6:30 (No. 618/617) and 16:15 (No. 686/685). You have to spend 4 hours on the road. You can purchase tickets online at www.railway.ge for 2 GEL.
Buses to Borjomi run every hour from 7 am to 6 pm. The departure point for small cars is the bus stop at Didube Metro Station. The fare is 8 Georgian Lari and the travel time is about 2-2.5 hours.
Prices on the site are for March 2020.
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