Cultural particularities, historical image, beautiful landscape, mild climate, clean, healthy and healing air and organic food. You’ll find all these only in Tavush region.
Tavush region is located in the north – east of the Republic of Armenia on the outer row of the Caucasus mountain range spread around watersheds of Debed, Aghstev and Hakhum streams of the big river Kura. It is a big resort region with rich culture and history.
The territory of the region was in the composition of the Urartu state, Ararat Kingdom and later, the northern province of Mets Hayk. The current territory of Dilijan with its surroundings served as a recreation and also hunting area for the Armenian royal families due to favourable climatic conditions.
Tavush marz occupies an area of 2704 square kilometres, half of which is covered with mixed forests. It borders with the Gegharkunik and Kotayk marzes in the south and south-east, Lori marz in the west, Kvemo-Kartli region of Georgia in the north and Azerbaijan in the east and north-east; the bordering area with the latter is 350 km. The lowest point of the marz is near Debedavan village and highest top is mountain Murghuz (2993metres). From here one can see Sevan Lake, as well as Valley of Kura River.
The average temperature in winter is 0-80C, and in summer 12-220C.
The marz has 134.400 population inhabited in 57 rural and 5 urban municipalities. Ijevan is the administrative center of Tavush marz.
This marz of Armenia impresses with its abundance of natural monuments, complexity of the landscape, seasonal climate, diversity of land zoning and exceptional variety of vegetation. . A very unique park – National park of Dilijan (29000 ha) – is in Tavush as well. It has very rich flora and fauna with more than 900 rare and different types of plants.
If dry resistant feather-grass and wormwood grow in steppe areas, a multitude of varieties of grass and flowers arrest one's attention in high mountainous meadows. Forests dominate in the vegetation at altitudes of 600-2000 metres. The Easter beech, oak, hornbeam, linden and maple are the main trees forming the forests.
The river network is dense. The biggest rivers of the marz are Aghstev, Debed, Hakhum and Tavush. Sometimes they flood in April-June.
The only big natural reservoir in the lap of forest-covered mountains is Parz lake, located at an altitude of 1334 metres above sea level, to the east of the resort town Dilijan. Further to the east there is another smaller lake called Tsrkatsov (Gosh Lake).
All these destinations make Tavush so much attractive for ecotourism.
Tavush is beautiful in all seasons, just find time for yourself.
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