Karvachar region, situated in the north-western part of Nagorno Karabakh, is a perfect place both for the lovers of ancient Armenian monuments and for the lovers of extreme.
Karvachar is a region controlled by Nagorno Karabakh Republic and occupies the territory of the historic Vaykunik district of the Kingdom of Armenia.
By the way, during the medieval period this district was known as “Tsar”, that’s why it is sometimes called in this way. Karvachar, with its beautiful and astonishing sights and rich natural resources will be a perfect relaxation center for your holidays.
Nonetheless, there are way more things to know about Karvachar. So, keep up with us in order to learn some more interesting things about the region.
Karvachar: The Hidden Jewel of Nagorno Karabakh
Karvachar, also known as Nor Shahumyan, is a city located in the northwest region of Nagorno Karabakh, in the upper stream of Tartar river. By the way, this river is the biggest waterway that flows along the territory of Artsakh.
During the National Liberation War, the region reunited with the Republic of Artsakh and now is under the control of its forces. Karvachar is the center of Shahumyan region that is the least populated out of eight Nagorno Karabakh regions with a total population of about 2,800.
Yet, the town of Karvachar is home to several hundred people. The area of the city is about 1830 sq.km. This regional center is 128 km away from the capital of Nagorno Karabakh, Stepanakert. As all the territory of Artsakh, the relief of this city is quite mountainous as well.
If you want to find out what kind of role this place played in the history of Armenia, you should see the numerous historical-architectural monuments that witness about its importance and antiquity.
Along with dense forests, mountainous rivers, picturesque waterfalls, ancient ruins and Christian monasteries, the region is also well-known for such natural resources, as hot springs and thermal mineral springs.
Thus, Karvachar is a good idea to spend your holidays. It will be perfect variant either for the lovers of antiquity, pedestrian and equestrian walks and for the lovers of extreme tourism, mountaineering and rock climbing.
Getting to Karvachar: Tourist Information
Despite the fact that Nagorno Karabakh has border with three countries, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Iran, the main accessible route to the country is through the Republic of Armenia.
Thus, it gives a great opportunity to visit Armenia first of all and enjoy its beautiful and astonishing cultural landmarks and historical sites.
The duration of your journey with the main automobile route can last from 4 to 6 hours. By this token, you will definitely enjoy your journey from Armenia to Nagorno Karabakh, as the road is quite picturesque.
As soon as you get there you will have a good variety of hotels, coaching inns, bowers and tourist houses that will make your stay in Nagorno Karabakh even more memorable and enjoyable.
Among the best hotels of Artsakh are “Park Hotel Artsakh” and “Armenia” hotel that are certified by the department of tourism and historical environment protection of country’s government.
“Park hotel Artsakh” occupies a renovated building of the mid-19th century that makes this place even more special and unique.
This hotel-boutique is a beautiful combination of traditional style, historic interiors and modern comfort.
- The average prices of the rooms range from 24000 to 36000 AMD ($50-$75).
- As for “Armenia”, it is a four-star hotel that provides 55 guest rooms. The rates start from 29.000, 35.000 AMD ($60-$73) up till 50.000 ($100) and more.
Taq Jur (Thermal Springs) of Karvachar with Healing and Relaxing Effects
The region is truly considered as a perfect place for active recreation and eco-tourism. Besides, there are numerous natural geysers (taq jur) and thermal springs on the territory of Karvachar that will just blow your mind.
Among the most famous ones is near the village of Jermajur that is 12 km away from Karvachar. The next one is in the neighborhood of the village Zuar that is located 2 km away from prominent Dadivank monastery.
Taq jur of Jermajur is not just a hot water but is also popular for its healing properties, for which people started to visit this place still from the ancient times. It is not surprising, as Jermajur is known as health resort village.
By the way, from Armenian translation Jermajur means hot water that is the equivalent of “taq jur”. This thermal spring is quite often compared to the mineral waters of Jermuk spa town and Karlovy Vary of Czech Republic. Therefore, this taq jur is used for therapeutic and curatives baths as well.
Similarly, the taq jur of the village of Zuar is sort of a natural “Jacuzzi” made from the limestone sedimentations. It has a diameter of 2,5 m and over one meter of depth. From the center of this taq jur erupts hot mineral water, the temperature of which can reach up to 60 º regardless of the season.
Hence, the water of this geyser is so hot that you can dive into it even in cold and frozen days without worrying about your health.
The Reborn Karvachar
In 2017 Karvachar marks 24th anniversary of its liberation. It was on March 27, 1993 when Armenian armed forces initiated to liberate Karvachar. By that time, the region was called Kelbajar and even the liberators were not sure that after some years it will be renamed to Karvachar.
Liberation of Karvachar was really important, as it was key strategic point. Furthermore, the control that was taken over Karvachar, provides strong ties between Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh. That was only due to competent and sufficient efforts of Armenian armed forces that Karvachar was freed from the enemy.
In fact, the operation of Karvachar was a turning point in Nagorno Karabakh war against Azerbaijan. Now we can assert that today, 24 years after the liberation, the city is brought back to life and reborn.
To illustrate, let’s note that here Armenians are building new houses, schools and kindergartens out of nothing, or more specifically, from the ruins. Moreover, new families continue to be created. What can be more important than this?
Local Resident about his first expression of Karvachar
Actually, visiting Karvachar, you will feel that you are very close to the nature, to the sun, sky and starts. So, don’t miss your opportunity to embrace and enjoy all the fascinating adventures that Karvachar can offer to you.
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