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Lake Goygol, Goygol

Must see · Water Body · Forest
This deep blue mountain lake surrounded by dense forest can be reached in just over an hour from Ganja. Often rated Azerbaijan's most beautiful lake, it sits 1,500 m (4,921 ft) above sea level and is home to a wide variety of fish and wildlife. After recently opening to the public, only a small section is accessible to tourists. Don't expect a day of hiking or exploring. But the drive through the mountains and traditional villages with a hint of German culture makes it a top attraction in Ganja.
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  • The place is beautiful, but with too much crowd and trash. You pay money at the entrance, but do not get any minimum comfort in return.  more »
  • We took a taxi from Ganga to the lakes, and this is the first lake you get to when you arrive in the natural reserve. There is a small entrance fee at the entrance of the reserve, and from the car...  more »
  • Up above town about two hours of drive passing remote villages The lake is closed Not sure if only melting winter snow Recently under major development Nice view restaurant The leader built a...  more »
  • Cold and amazing place 🥰♥️😍
  • Small Caucasus 1500m. Lake in the mountains! Its beauty. Impressive. In the spring it's cold. Good summer. Super Autumn!!!
  • Amazing place, amazing lake. Beautiful, lovely place...a must visit for tourist. It's pretty, we are happy we didn't stay there longer than a day. The water is awfully cold and there aren't many attractions around the lake.
  • One of best places in Azerbaijan. Unique clean water and amazing forest.
  • Goygel is a magnificent lake in the western part of Azerbaijan, located on the territory of Goygel region, on the northern slope of the Murovdag ridge, at the foot of the Kapaz mountain, in the gorge of the Akhsu river. It is one of the largest lakes in Azerbaijan. The lake area is 0.78 km²; the length from south to north is 2800 m, the maximum width is 800 m. The average depth is 30 m, and the maximum is 96 m. The lake was formed as a result of a devastating earthquake that occurred near Ganja on September 30, 1139, as a result of which the top of Mount Kapaz collapsed in the gorge of the Akhsu River. The resulting dam is Lake Goygel. However, according to the research of many authors, the lake has a glacial origin. On the territory of the lake there are 423 species of trees and shrubs, as well as medicinal plants. Of these, 76 species are trees and shrubs, the rest form grass cover. On the shores of the lake are found deer, roe deer, bear, wild boar, mountain goat, wolf, fox, jackal, badger, porcupine, wild cat, lynx. Trout is also found in the lake. The lake is located on the territory of the Goygel national park. The park was created in 2008 on the territory of Goygel district. The total area of ​​the park is 12.755 hectares (127.55 sq. Km). The park was created on the basis of the Goygel State Reserve, founded in 1925.

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