The spectacular mountains of the Racha-Lechkhumi region are in nature and provide plently to see and do. The mountain area is covered with lush green forests and wonderful river, so trekking and rafting provides wonderful views and sights. Keen climbers will have plenty of challenges on Mount khvamli and Lechkhum while rafting on the River Rioni is a special treat. Or, try horse riding deep into the forests.
The Racha-Lechkumi region is the motherland of two of most luxurious and highly priced wines in Georgia. Grapes called Ussakhelauri, that are grown here are quiet scarce and only a limited amount of land is available, producing just three tons grapes each year, making them highly prized. Khvanchkara is a red wine made from the Aleaxndrouli and Mudzhuretuli grape varieties cultivared in the Khvanchkara vineyards. It is one of the most popular Georgian wines.
During the 13th century, the Church of Archangel and temple were built in the ancient village of Khotevi, a significant trade centre.
Nikortsminda Church (10th century)
Nikortsminda Church is impressive with its decorations, there is nothing else like it in Georgia. The temple, built in the name of St. Nicholas the Miracle-Worker, contains mane example of old Georgian script and the interior walls of the temple are painted with frescos dating back to the 16-17th centuries.
Bakroni Church of the Virgin is located in the village of Tsesi. Its façade includes good examples of 18th century engravings.
Fortress of Muri
In the vicinity of Tsageri, you’ll find the ruins of the medieval fortress of Muris-Tsikhe, which may have been the place of exile and death of the Christian theologian Maximus the Confessor (c. 580-662). A monastery dedicated to St. Maximus still exist in the vicinity in the vicinity. According to medieval records, the Khvamli caves, located nearby, preserves the treasury of the Kings of Georgia and is listed among the national monuments of Georgia.
Nakuraleshi, Church of St. George
The Church of St. George in Nakuraleshi, located in the mountain village of Lechkhumi, is a typical example of rural chapels in the Georgian highland. But what makes it unusual is that both the interior and Eexterior walls have been covered in 17th century murals.
Oni Local Museum
This beautiful museum houses several collections of artifacts found locally. They range from the Stone Age through the Middle Ages including architectural details and relief fragment from St. George and Holly Trinity churches. Coins from the 5th century as well as the remains of ancient settlements give a fascinating insight of the cultural life in ancient Georgia.
Located 1,050 metres above sea level, the village of Utsera is known for its mineral water, health resort and spa. The village boasts a fine collection of medieval churches, but its 800-year-old “alley of trees” is especially worth a visit.
Shovi is an important health resort. Visitors enjoy its mountain climate, nature and mineral waters. The resort is located at the base of the Mamisoni Mountain range and is surrounded by snowy mountains.
Ghebi village is 1,350 metres above sea level and can trace its history back thousands of years. Broze belts and the head of a silver bull have been discovered in burial mounds from the Bronze Age, 3rd-1st century BC Archaeological excavations have also revealed metal work from the 16-10th century BC. Ghebi was a unique tower settlement in Racha, but most of the towers have been damaged by earthquakes, and today only a few remain.
Chiora is one of the most beautiful villages in Racha. It is located 1,360 meters above sea level, on the south slope of the main Caucasus Mountain range. Today, a number of towers and two small churches still remain.
Bardnala is a small village in Lechkhumi, made famous by the poems written by LadoAsatiani, a well-known Georgian poet. The house-museum contains a permanent public display of artifacts from the poet’s life. Every summer Bardnala holds a special celebration, Ladooba, dedicated to the poet.