By Tika Bujiashvili
Bakhmaro resort, which is one of the most beautiful place in the Western Georgia, is Located above 2050 m from the sea level, it is 110-120 km drive from Batumi and 340 km from Tbilisi and can be reached by any ordinary car from late spring till the second half of October (4-5 hours drive). You can also take a mini-bus from Batumi or Kutaisi to Bakmaro.
Until the end of XIX century Bakhmaro was visited only by shepherds. They took to Bakhmaro mountain only their family members on whom its climate made positive impact. The first vacationer soon followed shepherds and was quickly cured from widespread disease – tuberculosis. After that in a short spell of time rumors about miraculous climate of the resort extended far and wide. In 1893 Doctor Davitiantsi sent some disease people to cure there. After that the number of vacationers went up every year. Later on multifaceted clinical research proved, that unique climate of Bakhmaro is the best means of strengthening immunity and gives wonderful results in treatment of tuberculosis and other respiratory diseases. The square, where the doctor built his house, was called Davitiantsi square. Today there are small summer settlements on the road where very hospitable locals live and it’s worth meeting them. You can also enjoy views of alpine flowers, bushes of rhododendron, etc.
Near the square the road goes down through pine forest where there is a spring, which is called Beauty Spring. As locals joke, if you wash your face with the water, you will always stay beautiful without wrinkles.
The holiday season in Bakhmaro is short: just 40 days, from the beginning of July until the end of August. Due to tough climate conditions the mountains of Guria by the beginning of September are covered with snow which in winter time has the height of up to 4-6 meters. The idea of mastering tourist potential of Bakhmaro in winter emerged back in 1977. In the conclusion of research expedition it was pointed out that Bakhmaro’s natural conditions satisfy all demands of winter resort and there was an opportunity of constructing 8-10 ski trails of different purpose that could operate during 4-5 months in full swing.
Rehabilitation of the resort Bakhmaro still continues. Various infrastructural facilities, hotels, an outdoor cinema, an Amphitheatre, sports field, pharmacies and supermarkets are being built in Bakhmaro. A new Savior transfiguration church was built about 10 years ago by Grigol Tsintsadze, an architector i sZurab Berdzenishvili.
Every year, on August 19, dozens of riders compete in a horse race in Bakhmaro as part of the celebration of the Transfiguration of Jesus.
And don’t forget that before you reach Bakmaro, or back to home, you can take Nabeghlavi mineral water from the tap, which has curable effects.
After getting frozen at 2050 m at sea level, you can drive to the Black sea and swim there and take the best feelings back home to Tbilisi.