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David Gareja Monastery, Udabno

(4.6/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web)
The Orthodox David Gareja Monastery complex conceals hundreds of cells, churches, and monks' quarters, hollowed out in a rocky mountain verge. In this semi-desert setting you can see shepherds herding their flock and birds of prey hunting, while the monks pick wild herbs emerging from rocky pathways. Visit the monastery and its quarters, and climb a hill from which you can see both Georgia and Azerbaijan. Look for the tomb of St. David Garejeli, the Assyrian monk who founded the complex in the 6th century. The climate at this site can be harsh, so bring warm clothes and have enough food and water for lengthy walks. Our Udabno vacation planner makes visiting David Gareja Monastery and other Udabno attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Our Tbilisi guesthouse SkadaVeli organised our trip to Davit Gareja - 180 GEL for a car between four, with our driver Giorgi acting as tour guide too. It's a reasonably long trip which took us just un...  more »
  • We joined a tour organised by the Tbilisi tourist office (only transportation to and from); a good and cheap formula (ideal to meet other people in the minivan). We arrived at 1 pm, the hottest moment...  more »
  • Place, in its own way. We regret that managed to work around the monastery as it is given in the Guide. The end of February, muddy paths, snow prevented us to penetrate the area. Do not regret the trip to this place. The weather, the people, the food makes it worth it to spring back to the side of a big city.
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  • Beautifully restored monastery and other features. Great wandering around admiring the views and the great coloured rocks across the valley. Enjoyed climbing around the rocks and admiring the cave houses.
  • It is not easy to get to the monastery, but the effort is worth it then. Spectacular views of the desert, stroll along the sidewalks on the border of two states. I do not recommend too much for families with smaller children. Take along plenty of drinking certainly on hot days will come in handy.
  • Worth visiting if you'd like to walk around the caves anyway
  • It is quite a journey to get to the monastery but worth the effort. After exploring the lower monastery there is a nice circular walk up the hill to visit the caves of the upper monastery. You may find the first part of the walk a little challenging.
  • This is place a must visit location when you visit Georgia ... Close to Azerbaijan border and you can reach this monastery after crossing Udabno dessert stunning scenes . Give wonderful feeling !