Racha is a mountainous region. There are two ways to Racha – the first passes through Imereti and after Nakerala Pass it goes to artificial reservoir. The lake is artificial, but fish is delicious and floodplains are beautiful. From the lake comes out the river Shareula and goes up to the river Rioni. Rioni river though Lechkhumi waters flows towards Kutaisi. This is the second way to enter Racha. Shokadela, Buba, Chanchari, Pasi mountains are very beautiful. There are many sour waters coming down from the slope of Caucasian Mountain. There are many vacationers in Shovi and Utsera because of its sour waters and a pure mountain air.
There are many medieval castles in this part of Georgia: Chidrotas, Barakoni, Minda castles together with small castles created a powerful network of fortifications. There are manydomed churches in Racha, which is not characteristic to Mtianeti. From many churches you can distinguish Nikortsminda. To say nothing about the wall painting, it has exceptional abundance of ornaments on theouter walls. There are two city centers in Racha: Ambrolauri and Oni. Until recently there was a Jewish community in Oni and the Synagogue with a long history is still functioning.
Rachveli is known for havingstaid and restraintcharacter throughout Georgia. They are good experts in restaurant affairs. They have delicious Lobiani and Rachuli ham as well as high quality red Khvanchkara and Tetra wines.