Georgian Military Highway/Gudauri
Embark on an exploration of the hidden treasures along the Georgian Military Highway, completed by Czar Alexander I in 1817. The czar’s engineers simply enlarged a track that had been used since at least 150 BC – the only north-south route through the Greater Caucasus from Russia to Georgia. The spectacular highway runs from Tbilisi through rolling green hills and steep arid mountains dotted with ancient stone defensive towers, then over the Krestovy Pass at almost 8,000 feet. Along the way, herds of sheep may spill across the road and old fortress-like churches watch over the alpine villages.
The highest village on the Georgian Military Highway in the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains, Gudauri is home to a ski resort built by Austrians. In summer the great views and alpine air combine to make the spot a marvelous break from hot city streets.
PUBLISHED: July 19, 2013