Published on : Wednesday, January 10, 2018
I found myself for the first time in Tusheti in 2001, when few friends of mine and I prepared ourselves to spend the nights in tents and sleeping bags and traversed the most challenging road in this beautiful corner of Georgia.
During that time, it was likely to get to Tusheti only with the help of Soviet truck “KAMAZ”, and it took over a day to travel 85-kilometers on road from Alvani to Omalo.
After reaching in Omalo, we became sure that this stunning corner of Georgia was completely remote from the rest of the world, civilization and modernity. To note, there was no power, no water, no proper hotel, nor even any shops to buy breads in the villages of Tusheti.
This summer, I journeyed to Tusheti for the second time. I can truthfully say that I had no expectations in terms of special changes; however, my memorable visit 16 years back was totally different from what I discovered now in this modernized region. Now, majority of the locals in Tusheti have a guesthouse. The hotels have electricity with running hot/cold water; in the villages, one will find good food with no problem whatsoever. In brief, now all conditions exist to make sure that visitors have an unforgettable impression. That’s the reason, the number of tourists is growing every year, and in parallel, it is understandable that the employment of Tushetians in this field is also increasing.