Cycle route 26 kilometers
DEDOPLISTSKARO – EAGLE GORGE – PHEASANTRY – KARAGHAJI FORTRESS – KHORNABUJI FORTRESS – DEDOPLISTSKARO
LENGTH: 26 KM. DURATION: 1 DAY
The journey begins in the center of Dedoplistskaro and heading in the direction of Eagle Gorge (on the way you can visit wine cellar and taste a variety of local wines), which is astonishingly beautiful canyon, cut through the limestone and holds status of Natural Monument. The gorge is very reach with wide and varied range of plants and birds species and creates excellent conditions for Birdwatching. From here, it’s often possible to see several species of scavengers and predator birds with naked eye and if you will be armed with binoculars, you might even observe eaglets sitting in a nest. Here you can find seashells to, which reminds us that these places once were covered by sea. From the Eagle Gorge, road continues to Koghoto ravine, where is located pheasantry. Here, beside Colchis pheasants, visitors can observe peacocks and other beautiful birds to. On the opposite side of the pheasantry, there is arranged picnic place, which is overlooking at the rarest sort of Kakhetian wine variety – Khikhi vineyard and the Eagle Gorge. From here, the route runs along the gorge, to Alazani Valley, pass through village Karaghaji and towards the Karaghaji Fortress, where remains the fragments of Georgian kings’ winter palace. From here, the route goes back to the village and towards the Khornabuji Fortress. The fortress is built by remarkably skillful masters, on the difficult cliff. In the IV century, here was situated a very important and powerful castle, which was strategic, cultural and military center. There is the picnic area under the fortress, where travelers can have lunch and rest. Afterward, take returning route to Dedoplistskaro.