In the Mtkvari lowlands, in the forested valley of Borjomula and Gujaretistskali, is the balneological resort Borjomi. The climate is moderately damp there, the summers are warm and long and the best time to visit is from June to October.
Borjomi is situated to the east of Tbilisi and before the sovietization of Georgia, the family of Russian emperors would rest there. In 1921 Borjomi was officially given the status of ‘town.’
The founding of Borjomi is connected with the discovery of the mineral waters and the world-famous bottling factories of “Borjomi” are there.
Borjomi is famous for mineral water springs and there you can find the well-known park, with its mineral water pavilion offering a glass or two of spring water as you relax in the pleasant atmosphere of beautiful nature, children’s rides, cinema, fountain and arbours.
The wonderful resort of Bakuriani is connected to Borjomi by a narrow gauge railway. The so-called Eiffel bridge on the railway is really very impressive and the author of the actual Eiffel Tower, Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, was committed by Mikheil Romanov to build it.
Nearby resorts not to miss: Tsemi, Akhaldaba, Saghveri and Tabatskuri are close to Borjomi. You can also visit the Peter and Gogia castles founded the Middle Ages and the awesome Chitakhevi Green Monastery (XVI c) located in the picturesque Borjomi gorge.
Local tour companies offer rafting and Quad bike tours to lovers of the extreme.
Apart from natural springs, one of the landmarks of the region is the 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 nine touristic routes 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 a ropeway and the Museum of the Study of Local Lore – one of the oldest museums in the country, founded in 1926 and located in the former chancellery-building of the Romanovs.
The palace and garden in Likani once served as the summer residence of the Romanovs and later Stalin.
In the palace one can see a table presented by Napoleon to the Romanovs, an armchair – a gift from a Persian Shah, a porcelain parrot at the central entrance that moves and greets when you open the door, and the so-called “butterfly” bedroom. The Romanovs had a collector of butterflies and someone with artistic aspiration decided to paint the bedroom with analogical images of butterflies from the collection- each one is different. There is also a particularly interesting object in the room – a two-side armchair, perhaps for offended sweethearts.
Apiculture is one of the important fields in the region and while visiting it you will get plenty of opportunity to buy natural honey.