Visitors will have an unforgettable experience of unsurpassed beauty of the State Reserve "Hunot Canyon".
Visitors will have an unforgettable experience of unsurpassed beauty of the State Reserve "Hunot Canyon". From the highest point of Jdrdyuz you can see the walls of the canyon, towering 250 meters above the river Karkar in the south-west of the city-fortress Shoushi. Travellers walk along the gorge, can observe beautiful waterfalls, lush forests, caves, inhabited in the Stone Age, the ruins of the village Hunot and ancient bridges, massive mountains and river, persistently breaking through the rocks.
Historical, natural and architectural wonders are collected on the territory of about 400 hectares of a wonderful nature reserve. The paths to the many attractions are marked with signposts.
Routes. Three roads marked with signposts, lead to the Reserve " Hunot Canyon."
1st route. The main road to the canyon, marked by blue signs-pointers, leads to amazing waterfalls "Mamrot Kar" ("Mossy Stone") that is known also as "Hovanots" or "umbrella". Undoubtedly, this is one of the beauties of the canyon which is impossible to miss. Along the way, visitors can see the ruins of the old mill and taste the cool water of natural sources.
2nd route. The road marked by red signs lead visitors to the caves Amarat and Zuyg Achk.
3rd route. Another branch of the main road, marked with green signs, leads to the ruins of the village Hunout Hunot and arched stone bridge and to the springs.
Waterfall "Mamrot Kar" ("Mossy stone", known as "Hovanots" or "umbrella"). The source originates from the canyon and flowing down the mossy rocks, forms a waterfall in the form of an umbrella. This spectacular natural monument with a grotto in the form of an umbrella amazes visitors of all ages, and is considered a wonder of the canyon. Waterfall "Mossy Stone" is located on the bank of the river Karkar, in a cozy place, where there is also a natural swimming pool. Nearby this small miracle, tower century-old giant rocks of Hunout Hunot canyon, adding an unreal beauty.
The ruins of the village Hunot. On the left bank of the river Karkar village Hunot is located, founded in the 18th century and abandoned in the 20th century. The ruins of this small village now occupy an area of almost half a hectare. Here visitors will see the ruins of old buildings and cemeteries. In 1895, the village has had 130 inhabitants, has played and has played an important role for the city of Shoushi.
Hunot Bridge. Bridges played an important role in connecting the city of Shoushi with rest of the world. The famous arched stone bridge was built in 1720 and still serves as a convenient way of crossing the river. This bridge, located in the ruins of the village, once played an important role in connection Shoushi with the Varanda and other regions. The length of Hunot Bridge is 25 meters, width is4 is 4 meters, height is 8 meters. It is located at an altitude of 889-meters above sea level.
Mills of Hunot canyon. The ruins of the mill of Hunot canyon and of 12 mills of the surrounding area say once thriving manufacturing here. In the late 19th century and early 20th century, the mills played a crucial role in the supply of the city of Shoushi with flour.
Attractive buildings were built in the canyon along the entire length of the picturesque river, for which the water was the driving force. Today you can still see the ruins of many of these mills on the banks of the river.
Cave "Avana Karan". City-fortress Shoushi is also famous for caves of the canyon, where it is built. The largest and most famous of them is the cave "Avana Karan". "Avana Karan" is located to the southwest of Shoushi, in difficult terrain, called Avani Kertz (Rock Avan). The depth of the cave is about 75 meters, width up to 15 meters, and height - up to 7-10 meters.
Cave "Alexana Gouze." The cave, discovered in the south-west of the village Karin Tak, is well known as "Alexana Gouze." The cave has a depth of about 50 m and 7 separate halls. As a settlement in the Hellenistic period, from the 1st millennium BC to 1st millennium BC, it became a place of pagan worship.
Katarot. On the outskirts of the city of Shoushi, right on top of the cliffs is the valley of Katarot or Jdrdyuz. Spectacular views of the canyon and the river Karkar flowing down this place has become one of the most photographed places in Artsakh. One of the favorite places is the high plateau at the top of the canyon Shoushi-Karkar. Walk along the edge of the canyon gives visitors the amazing scenery and unforgettable experiences. The valley has an area of about 5 hectares, part of which is spruce. Visitors mostly come here during the day, but starry nights give also a fabulous experience. Trail in the gorge descends gradually, almost stepping down the steep cliffs, so different from the other hiking trails.
Walls of the Fortress. In Shoushi, between Hunot canyon and towering cliffs, are the defending constructions of the city of Shoushi. There are many towers and about 40 meters of fencing here. Stone fortifications helped to defend Shoushi against invaders advancing from the south, and from the villages Mkhitarashen and Karin Tak.
Monument “Stone of Pyly Pughi”. For the people of Artsakh humor has become an integral part of nature, regardless of the difficulties of the last. The symbol of their love for humor and joy symbolizes the "Stone of Pyly Pughi" - clown of Melik Shahnazar of Varanda. Pypy Pughi entertained Melik and his guests during the relax time.