Tusheti

Tusheti is the extreme north-eastern region. The way to Tusheti passes through Kakheti, passesAlvani field and enters into the direct narrow valley of Stori. Tushetians stay in Tusheti from the late spring to early fall. They take their cattle and sheep in Tusheti Mountains. During the rest of the year they live in Alvani, one of the biggest villages inKakheti. As the saying goes, the king of Kakheti gave Kakheti fertile lands to ancestors of Tusheti for their courage in wars. After that Tushetians moved to plane and nowadays only some peasant household stay there in winter.

The way to Tusheti is forested and then turns into subalpine and alpine meadow. By Abanostavi crossings you appear in Tusheti. More than half of Tusheti is a preserved territory. The forest is mostly coniferous. The whole Tusheti is a kind of fortress. The villages are made up of stone houses and towers; in addition, in three valleys of Tusheti the towers are arranged so that the second watchtower could see it, from second third and so on. Such fortification helped Tushetians to find out about enemy invasion. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Besides the towers, you can meet beer houses too in Tusheti. Beer is indispensable for Tushetians, be it joy or sorrow or religious holidays. There are many religious holidays in Tusheti and religious faith is connected to Christianity. There are some church ruins in Tusheti. There is a beautiful church in Shenako, but during the religious holiday Tushetians prefer to pray near the niches built with stones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tushuri khinkali is very delicious. Tushuri sheep cheese and Guda cheese are famous. Tushuri short horse is distinguished with its endurance and is good for mountain conditions.