Surroundings of Gelati Monastery – Tsutskhvati Cave
Only few know about Tsutskhvati Caves near Kutaisi or Marghara Caves as locals call it.
The hiking trail is recently marked and opened from July. The 15km hike trail from Gelati Monasteryto Tsutskhvati Village, through dense forest is remarkable.
The 13 level cave, is preserved without signs of human appearance. In the lowest levels of cave river flows and some chambers keep ancient ecosystems and remains of extinct mamals and hunter’s weapons from stone age. Visiting all the chambers is impossible, however walking/climbing through tunnels with stalactite and stalagmites is worth it. It’s not recommended to explore the place without local guide due to undeveloped touristic infrastructure.
On the way to Tsutskhavti village ruines of 12 – 18th c. shrine could be explored with interesting emblem on the stone from reign of King Solomon I – 18th c.
The route can be more diversified by visiting local family workshops of Georgian jet in Satsire village and wooden glass rings when returning back to Gelati Village.
Credits to Mariam Zhorzhikashvili
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