Nohur Lake, Russian & Chestnut forests, authentic bucket bazaar Nidj Village, Chukhur Gabala village, Tufandag Winter-Summer Tourism Complex, Gabala Shooting Club (optional), Oguz region, Khal-Khal waterfall
Gabala (4 hour drive from Baku) is one of the most beautiful provinces of Azerbaijan with rich and ancient history. For 600 years the city named Kabala used to be the capital of Caucasian Albania, an ancient state that used to exist on the territory of modern Azerbaijan back in the days. The ruins of the ancient city and the main gate of Caucasian Albania had survived until today.
On the way to Gabala you will pass so called Russian forest, river valleys, the famous Chestnut forest and numerous picturesque villages. We will make a stop at authentic bucket bazaar to buy some fruits and vegetables which are measured and sold by bucket, not by scale. And make some memorable photos next to Nohur Lake which has a fabulous location with a spectacular view to the Caucasus Mountains.
After that we will reach Nidj Village unique for its Udi minority group. Udis are considered to be descendants from one of the main tribes living in Caucasian Albania and till today have preserved their own language and traditions. People here are very hospitable, they will gladly make a tour around the village and make you try their national dishes.
We will continue discovering history of the region at Gabala Archaeological Center situated in Chukhur Gabala village. This archaeological center consists of three archeological areas based on the historical periods they reflect: “Gala”, “Salbir” & “Chaggalli”.
Later we will spend some time in Tufandag Winter-Summer Tourism Complex. It provides skiing in winter, going up to the mountains by cable cars in summer, as well as many other types of entertainment like mountain climbing by ATV quad bikes, zip-line, mountain biking, horse riding, etc.
At Gabala Shooting Club in the village of Bum you can improve your aim and enjoy its beautiful natural surroundings (optional). It is a multi-purpose and world-class shooting facility that can serve both as a recreational and entertainment center.
You can have lunch in national restaurant in a calm and peaceful natural place enjoying enjoying delicious fresh farm eco-food coupled with outstanding view to the Caucasus Mountains .
Before going back to Baku we will visit Khal-Khal waterfall in nearby Oguz region.
Transportation according to the program
Professional guide (English, Russian, Arabic)
Entrance tickets (per person): Chukhur Gabala – 1,5$, cable car – 13$
Any entertainments in Tufandag Winter-Summer Tourism Complex (optional)
Lunch in the national restaurant with terrace and wonderful landscape – from 9$
Any tips at the sites
Pick-up time: 09:00
Pick-up / drop-off point: your hotel in Baku
The organizer reserves the right to change the order of the places to visit in case of necessity.