Though I am not a person who loves to travel, the moments I treasure from the ‘Tbilisi-unforgettable experience’ compel me to write about it. Tbilisi is the capital of Georgia, also known as the native land of wine. This land is resplendent with lush green valleys, vineyards, churches, and watchtowers. It was the peak winter season when we decided to travel to ‘Tbilisi’. It took us about four hours to reach the destination. The moment we boarded off the flight, it felt like we were heading towards the snow. After some time, we reached our hotel Irmeni. The staff was very helpful and tried to make us feel comfortable. The rooms were perfectly suited for the heart-shattering cold. We were served a light dinner and had a pleasant sleep.
The next morning, we went on a city tour of Tbilisi. The city seems home to ancient buildings constructed with cobblestones. It has been observed that the heart of Tbilisi can be easily visited on foot or by bicycle. We visited Freedom Square, Kashveti Church, and the Rustaveli Museum. There are plenty of interesting places to see in this amazing city. But due to scarcity of time, we did not get a chance to explore more sites. During the visit, we got a chance to walk along the city and savor the delicious cuisine at the restaurants. As I am a veg-loving person, I got the best veg cuisine ‘Kachapuri’, basically a pizza-like dough filled with cheese and toppings. Overall, the first day was spent well !!!
On the second day, we traveled almost 120 km from Tbilisi to Gudauri. It is located on the south-facing plateau of the Greater Caucasus mountain range covered with snow. We experienced Ski touring by lifts, Heli skiing to handle the finest powder-snow, speed riding, and Paragliding but all under the supervision of experienced instructors.
On day three, we visited the Georgian Orthodox church, a famous worship place to get the vibes of ancient culture. Now, the time comes to have Georgian cuisine and we tried ‘Khinkali’ dumplings filled with potato, cheese, or mushrooms. In the early afternoon, we left for Mtatsminda Amusement park located at the top of the mountain. We enjoyed the picturesque view besides the entertainment, tasted local sweet ‘churchkhela’, and slowly left the place with mesmerizing memories.
On the last day, we explored the Flea market dry bridge and enjoyed shopping there. Many of the stallholders still create handicraft goods using traditional methods, while others are more drawn towards the tourist sector. The market is divided into sections based on their particular crafts. We bought souvenirs from Georgia as gifts for our friends and relatives. Before leaving for the airport, I ate ‘Mchadi’, a corn-made bread with cheese and baked beans. After this, we felt like burning calories by visiting more ancient places if time permitted. I would like to visit the country again to fulfill my leftover desires. This is how we departed the town with a handful of memories. Overall, ‘Tbilisi’ was an unforgettable experience.
Dr. Rashi Singh possesses more than seven years of experience in the education sector and three years in the finance industry in India and UAE. She has worked as an Internal Verifier, Faculty, Assessor and Mentor. She has also conducted workshops and webinars on 'Research Methodology and its application in academics'. Dr. Singh has several degrees to her credit, namely, PhD in Marketing Management, MPhil - Marketing Management, MMM (Masters in Marketing Management), and DCA.. She has presented research papers nationally and internationally. Dr. Singh is keen on research areas in the field of Digital Marketing, Marketing Mix in the present scenario, among other things.
Scottish Qualifications Authority, UK
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