Guba sees rise in for­eign tourist ar­rivals

Azer News - - Country Guide - By Amina Nazarli By La­man Is­may­ilova

Guba, an im­pres­sive cor­ner of Azer­bai­jan known for its rich flora and fauna, be­came one of the most vis­ited places in the coun­try dur­ing the hol­i­days.

The north­ern re­gion, lo­cated in 168 km from Baku, has be­come a fa­vorite des­ti­na­tion for many trav­el­ers in early Septem­ber, dur­ing the Eid al-Adha hol­i­days.

The num­ber of tourists vis­it­ing the re­sort cen­ters in Guba has dou­bled, the Guba Tourism In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter told Az­er­tac.

Along­side lo­cal tourists, the re­gion was also vis­ited by for­eign­ers. The re­gion recorded more than 50 per­cent in­crease in the num­ber of for­eign trav­el­ers in the first week of au­tumn.

Only in Au­gust, the num­ber of trav­el­ers com­ing to Guba was 17,300 peo­ple and 3,150 of them were ci­ti­zens of for­eign coun­tries. Over­all, the num­ber of tourists vis­it­ing the re­gion from the be­gin­ning of the year is about 100,000.

Guba is the clos­est moun­tain­ous re­gion to Baku, lo­cated about three hours from the Baku In­ter­na­tional Bus Ter­mi­nal.

Here you can eas­ily find your­self on an af­ford­able va­ca­tion sur­rounded by a sea of green, bro­ken up only by ma­jes­tic moun­tains. It’s cold win­ters and cool sum­mer nights make the re­gion even more at­trac­tive for tourists.

One of Guba’s most vis­ited nat­u­ral fea­tures is its unique wa­ter­fall in Pir­banovsha, where the flow­ing wa­ter cre­ates grace­ful nat­u­ral sculp­tures.

His­tory en­thu­si­asts will also find en­tic­ing places to visit, like set­tle­ments dat­ing to the 12-13th cen­turies, a tem­ple dat­ing from the 9th cen­tury and sev­eral 19th-cen­tury build­ings.

Guba is also known for its hy­dro­gen sul­fide sources, lo­cated near the Khashichay. Here, in the nar­row gorge, hot wa­ter with heal­ing prop­er­ties flows from the rocks.

No­body remembers ex­actly who con­structed the sana­to­rium con­sist­ing of three bath­rooms carved deep in the rock, but vis­i­tors gladly spend their time in these baths.

The re­gion, fa­mous for its ap­ples, is a per­fect place for lovers of fresh fruits. Con­sid­ered as the moth­er­land of Azer­bai­jani ap­ples, Guba has more than 40 dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties of ap­ples. The smell of juicy and aro­matic ap­ple trees has spread into ev­ery stone and ev­ery house in this beau­ti­ful north­ern re­gion.

The cre­ation of mod­ern tourist fa­cil­i­ties and in­fra­struc­ture at­tracts seek­ers of tran­quil beauty to this beau­ti­ful land. The re­gion has over 40 re­sort cen­ters, all of which are try­ing to keep abreast with in­ter­na­tional stan­dards on qual­ity.

Dur­ing their stay, tourists have the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy four ex­cit­ing routes in­clud­ing the Guba-Khi­nalig, Guba-Afurja, Guba-Laza and Guba-Khana­gah routes.

Statis­tics show that the most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for tourists is the Guba-Khi­nalig tourism route.

Lo­cated at the peak of the Cau­ca­sus Moun­tains, 2,350 meters above the sea in Guba re­gion, Khi­nalig is an area that has pre­served its an­cient life­style to this day.

The Guba Tourism In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter op­er­ates on hol­i­days tak­ing into ac­count the nu­mer­ous guests com­ing to the re­gion. "Hot line" was cre­ated to en­sure com­fort­able and safe rest of tourists in the re­gion. For­eign and lo­cal tourists can get de­tailed in­for­ma­tion about recre­ation cen­ters and tourism routes by call­ing (070) 530-76-70 . The Cen­ter also pro­vides tourists with a ve­hi­cle and guide.

Azer­bai­jan’s Shamakhi and the Is­raeli Ti­rat-Carmel be­came twin cities. An Is­raeli del­e­ga­tion headed by Mayor of Ti­rat-Carmel Arieh Tal vis­ited Azer­bai­jan to sign an ap­pro­pri­ate agree­ment with the Shamakhi City Ex­ec­u­tive Power, Trend re­ported.

The del­e­ga­tion also in­cluded deputy min­is­ters of Ti­rat-Carmel, the head of the city mu­nic­i­pal­ity, the gen­eral di­rec­tor of the in­ter­na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion Is­rael-Azer­bai­jan, Lev Spi­vak, and oth­ers.

The agree­ment on co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two cities was signed by Head of the Shamakhi Ex­ec­u­tive Power Asif Agayev and Mayor of Ti­rat-Carmel Arieh Tal.

Amir Rom, the deputy am­bas­sador of Is­rael to Baku, also took part in the sign­ing cer­e­mony.

No­tably, Is­may­illi and Is­raeli Kiryat Bia­lik also may sign an agree­ment on be­com­ing twin cities.

To this end, the Is­raeli del­e­ga­tion vis­ited Is­may­illi dur­ing their Azer­bai­jan visit and met with Mir­damet Sadikhov, the head of Is­may­illi Re­gion Ex­ec­u­tive Power.

Sadikhov stressed the high level of re­la­tions be­tween Azer­bai­jan and Is­rael.

Arie Tal, in turn, said he was in Is­may­illi two years ago, adding that the re­gion has de­vel­oped over the past pe­riod.

The of­fi­cial stressed that Ti­rat Carmel, a city with a pop­u­la­tion of 23,000 peo­ple is sim­i­lar to Is­may­illi. Arie Tal also noted that Azer­bai­jan and Is­rael have friendly and fra­ter­nal re­la­tions.

Lev Spi­vak, said the next visit would be marked by sign­ing of a friendly and fra­ter­nal treaty be­tween Is­mailli and the Is­raeli city.

For cen­turies, Shamakhi was one of Azer­bai­jan's most prom­i­nent cities, an im­por­tant cul­tural and trading cen­tre and the royal seat of the Shir­van­shahs (9th to 18th cen­turies). Fur­ther­more, it is known as the root of Azer­bai­jani lit­er­a­ture.

To­day, the city is well known for wine-mak­ing and carpet weav­ing. To meet crafts­men, weav­ing fa­mous car­pets such as "Shir­van", "Go­bus­tan", "Shamakhi", "Is­rafil" and "Ardzhi­man" tourists can visit vil­lage of Jangi.

Through­out the ages, Is­raeli city Ti­rat Carmel was con­trolled by many peo­ple, in­clud­ing the Ro­mans,

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