Distance from Baku 345 km
Population 54,1 thsd person
How to get to Auto transportation: by buses Tbilisi – Gakh, Baku – Gakh – 9 hours
By train: Baku – Barda – Balaken – 10 hours
Gakh is a district in the north-west of Azerbaijan, on the border with Georgia. The climate in the south of the district is dry subtropical and temperate in mountains. There are plenty of mountain rivers and waterfalls in this district. This region is rich in its nature. In the national park Ilisu located here you can meet bears, mountain-goats, wolves, wild cats, boars, jackals and others. The district is especially attractive for hunters and fishers. Main hunts are flatlands in Ganig-Eyrichay valley and piedmont forests. Ponds located at the territory of the Lelely village, Eyrichay, Galichay and Ganig rivers fit for fishing.
Every district in Azerbaijan has its own salt and in Gakh it is certainly Ilisu – small mountain village located at 1400-1600 m above sea level, 12km from the Gakh town. Thermal mineral sulfur springs located around this village have curative properties. Thousands of people from around the world come here for therapy and enjoy breathtaking nature – fairy-tale forests, waterfalls, ег rivers.
Waterfall Ram-Rama, which is considered to be the highest in Azerbaijan is located in the same place. There are many historic monuments at the territory of Gakh district: castle ruins, towers etc.
In this part of Azerbaijan one can see a number of ancient Albanian temples – these are first churches in the Caucasus and some of the first churches in the world. There is a round in shape church in Gum village, a unique chapel – Gum basilica, ruins of buildings of V-VII centuries, fortress Sirtgala (XVIII century). Also in Lekit village there is a complex of majestic temple buildings (V-VI centuries).
So if you are an antiquity fan and connoisseur of natural beauty – welcome to Gakh! There are all conditions for accommodation in this area: 5-star hotel “EL Resort”, hotel “Eden Park”, tourist complexes “Ulu Dag Resort” and “Green Park Resort”, spa resorts “Ilisu” and “Shafa”. For a small pay (10-15 manat per person) you can stay in local residents’ houses.