In Mtkvari bottomland, in the forested valley of Borjomula and Gujaretistskali is located the balneological resort Borjomi. The Climate is moderate dump there, winters beautiful, snowy and appropriate for those who have lung or breathing problems.
Borjomi is situated east of Tbilisi and before the sovietization of Georgia, the family of Russian emperors used to rest there. In 1921, Borjomi gained status of “town”.
The founding of Borjomi is connected with the discovery of mineral waters. The world-famous factories of bottling “Borjomi” are also there.
Borjomi is famous for its mineral water springs and there is a well-known park, where one can come across mineral water pavilions and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of beautiful nature, attractions, a cinema, a fountain and arbours.
The wonderful resort Bakuriani is connected to Borjomi by the narrow gauge railway. The Eiffel bridge on the railway is really very impressive: the author of Eiffel Tower, Alexandre Gustave Eiffel was commissioned by Mikheil Romanov to create it.
Some important resorts: Tsemi, Akhaldaba, Tsaghveri, Tabatskuri are close to Borjomi. You can also visit the Peter and Gogia castles founded the Middle Ages. It is also recommended to see the awesome Chitakhevi Green Monastery (XVI c) located in the picturesque place of Borjomi gorge.
Apart from natural springs, one of the landmarks of the region is Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park. Founded in 1995, the Park is the largest in Europe and the first in the Caucasus made according to international standards. The Park is home to rare flora and fauna, wonderful landscapes and good infrastructure, including 9 touristic routers – for walking and horse-riding.
People interested in antiquity and history may view a number of historical monuments in the surroundings of the National Park.
Borjomi’s landmarks include ropeway and the Study of Local Lore Museum – one of the oldest museums founded in 1926 and located in the former chancellery-building of the Romanovs.
There is also the palace and a garden in Likani which servedas the residency of the Romanovs, later Stalin also used to rest there.
In the palace one can view a table, presented by Napoleon to the Romanovs, an armchair – a present of the Persian Shah, a porcelain parrot at the central entrance that moves and greets while opening a door, and the so-called “butterfly” bedroom. The Romanovs had a collector of butterflies and someone – with artistic aspirations decided to paint the bedroom with analogical images of butterflies from the collection each one is different. There is also one interesting object in the room – a two-side armchair, specially for offended sweethearts.
Apiculture is one of the important fi elds in the region and while visiting, you should grab the chance to buy some natural honey.