"Road to Caucasus" Top 5 Page for this destination Kazbegi Transportation Tip by kokoryko
Kazbegi Transportation: 12 reviews and 13 photos
The famous “Military Road”, has been built by the Tsar’s troops in the 19th century after Russia annexed Georgia and colonised the Caucasus on a trail known since pre-Christian times. This is one of the only three roads crossing the Higher Caucasus and nowadays the border between Georgia and the Russian Federation is closed.
This is an impressive and beautiful road leading you to Stepansminda and Mt Kazbeg (the third high Caucasus summit), and even squeezed in a mini bus, from the small windows, you cannot do else than admire and enjoy the views of the majestic mountains.
As this road is featured in literary masterpieces like Lermontov’s “A hero of our time” (which I red when I was student but honestly do not really remember), in works of Pushkin, or the “Voyage au Caucase” (Ce gigantesque rempart, cette majestueuse forteresse, cette muraille granitique aux créneaux éternellement neigeux. . . ) by A. Dumas, and many other you can be sure that you will see something really beautiful when you will travel on this road.
The mini buses usually stop in Annanuri where you have time for a look at the church, souvenir stalls and the lake (picture 1).
From there the road begins to climb seriously and at some point (which by chance is also a place where are souvenir shops!) the minibus has to stop for cooling and water refill (picture 2).
Then the road climbs up to the Gudauri winter sports resort before a last climb up to the Holy Cross Pass, and passes by a strange building (picture 3) . You then plunge in the Terek Valley; from the mini bus you just see the steep slopes (picture 4) and have to wait patiently it reaches Stepansminda (picture 5), the end of the journey.
I am sure that with an individual car, taking time, the trip must really be beautiful from Tbilissi to the Russian Border.
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