The Republic of Artsakh

Republic of Artsakh or the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic is included in the list of unrecognized republics; however, this is not an obstacle for those wishing to visit this fascinating region.

Humankind lives in a world where there are almost no "white spots" and unexplored places. Due to the openness of borders and the possibility of flexible movement, many people choose tourist trips as a vacation, and tourism organizations offer a vast number of diverse routes. We offer you a trip to Artsakh, which for a number of historical and political reasons, was literally isolated from well-trodden tourist trails.

Republic of Artsakh or the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic is included in the list of unrecognized republics; however, this is not an obstacle for those wishing to visit this fascinating region. Artsakh will provide you with any kind of vacation, except the sea. Enthusiasts of history and archeology will find here a vast number of antiquities from prehistoric periods. The ones who are interested in active and extreme tourism will find rafting on mountain rivers, hiking, and horseback riding. For those who are interested in agritourism and environmental issues, Artsakh offers perhaps the most valuable - beautiful, virgin nature.

The inhabitants of this captivating corner of the planet will help you to see all this and relax. The people of Artsakh are distinguished by their exceptional hospitality and benevolence.

The Republic of Artsakh is situated in the north of the geographical region of Western Asia and the northeast of the Armenian Highlands. In the west, it borders with Armenia, in the north and east with Azerbaijan and Iran in the south. The area is about 11,500 square kilometers. Territorially, Artsakh is subdivided into eight districts with the capital Stepanakert: Kashatag, Martakert, Shahumyan, Martuni, Hadrut, Askeran, Shushi. The Shahumyan region, part of the Martakert and Martuni districts, is currently under the control of Azerbaijan. The capital and largest city of the Artsakh Republic is Stepanakert. According to preliminary data from the 2015 census, the population of Artsakh is 150,932 people, of which 137,380 people (99.74%) - Armenians. As it comes to religious composition, the overwhelming majority of believers are Christian.

The historical region of Artsakh was the 9th province of Greater Armenia, and then from the 387, when Armenia was divided between Iran and the Roman Empire, it was annexed to Caucasian Albania, a vassal state of Iran. It covered the territory of modern Nagorno-Karabakh and the neighboring area.

Nowadays, the Artsakh Republic is a fast developing tourist destination that attracts many travelers and can offer fascinating and extraordinary experience. There is everything that may be of interest, including an experienced traveler: ancient archaeological finds, medieval churches, monasteries and fortresses with authentic Armenian architecture, local craftsmen's applied art, hiking and horseback riding, rafting tours, national cuisine with tasty and healthy food and just relaxing break surrounded by pristine nature and beautiful landscapes.

Artsakh was listed as one of the best destinations for adventurous trips by the Guardian. The author of the article mentions that Artsakh is "a mountain enclave surrounded by Azerbaijan and under the control of Armenia, although in 1991 he declared independence (mostly unrecognized). Border clashes and ongoing disputes about political control mean that this direction is not for the faint of heart, however, upon arriving in Artsakh you will see a radically different side of a calm and peaceful country, the region has a lot to offer the traveler: mountain monasteries, archaeological sites, ancient cave hamlets and areas of outstanding natural beauty. "

In addition to all of the above mentioned, exciting festivals and holidays are held annually in Artsakh, which are a great opportunity to get to know the culture and traditions of the country.

Photo Vardan Petrosyan