Georgia-A Day In Tbilisi

Tripoto
10th Mar 2017
Day 1

We boarded our flight from Dubai International airport, Terminal 2 at 12:10 am. As it was a direct flight, we reached Tbilisi at 4:40 am. Tbilisi international airport is a small airport and we quickly cleared our immigration and the security check and were out of the airport by 5:00 AM and geez! it was very cold outside (6 degrees C).

Flight Route DXB-IXE

Photo of Tbilisi, Georgia by Panchami Bekal

The driver was already waiting for us and we quickly left from the airport. We had a hard time finding our hotel and finally checked in at around 6:30 AM. After a quick nap till 9:30 AM we woke up for a sumptuous English breakfast.

At 11 AM we started our Tbilisi city tour with our local guide, Sandro. Our first stop was Mtatsminda Amusement Park on the top of Mount Mtatsminda. The entry to the park is free, but for rides, we have to recharge a card available at Kiosk. Hubby and I went for the giant wheel ride (1 Lari per person-Minimum 8 Lari is to be recharged) The view was just breathtaking. We took several snaps at the amusement park and headed towards the main city.

Mtatsminda amusement park

Photo of Georgia-A Day In Tbilisi by Panchami Bekal

City view from the mount Mtatsminda

Photo of Georgia-A Day In Tbilisi by Panchami Bekal

Our next stop was Holy Trinity cathedral. This place is also called as Sameba. It is the main Georgian Orthodox Cathedral and is the third-tallest Eastern Orthodox Cathedral in the world. Sameba was constructed between 1995 and 2004.We lighted candles that are sold within the church complex.Here we encountered an elderly gypsie woman asking us for Lari, unfortunately, we did not have change, and the woman started yelling at us in Georgian :P Sandro had to interfere and send her away.

Holy Trinity Cathedral

Photo of Georgia-A Day In Tbilisi by Panchami Bekal

This was followed by lunch in one of the local restaurants. We tried Khachapuri, veggie pizza, Georgian lemonades, khinkali.The local cuisines include meat and chicken. Since we don’t eat beef, we ordered the chicken counterparts of Khachapuri and Khinkali. We tried the local beer but did not like it much.

Veggie Pizza, Khinkali,Georgian lemonade,Khachapuri

Photo of Georgia-A Day In Tbilisi by Panchami Bekal

After the yummy lunch, we went on to visit the sulfur baths and a hidden waterfall in Abanotubani. The water was really cold .There was also a bridge full of love locks :) We too added a love lock on the bridge. Then we proceeded to Metekhi Cathedral which is on top of a hill overlooking the Mtkvari River.

Hidden waterfall ,Abanotubani. This waterfall freezes in winter

Photo of Georgia-A Day In Tbilisi by Panchami Bekal

Metekhi Cathedral

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Bridge with the lovelocks

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Later we took an aerial cable car which connects the Rike Park on the left bank of the Mtkvari river with Narikala Fortress. This ride just cost us 1 Lari. We could have the 360-degree view of Tbilisi. The ride is for 2-3 minutes and then we reached the Narikala fortress. The fortress was said to be established in 4th century BC. We walked around 1.5 KM to see the Mother of Georgia Statue. It was an incredibly beautiful statue. She had a sword in one hand and a chalice of wine in other. The sword was to defend the country from the enemies and the wine is a peace offering to all the friends of the nation. Also, there is a church within the fortress complex. One needs to wear a headscarf and a skirt( available outside the church) to visit inside.

Narikala Fortress

Photo of Georgia-A Day In Tbilisi by Panchami Bekal

View from the fortress

Photo of Georgia-A Day In Tbilisi by Panchami Bekal
Photo of Georgia-A Day In Tbilisi by Panchami Bekal

We came back to the Rike park by the aerial cable and then went to see the Bridge of Peace, situated over the Kura River in downtown Tbilisi. It is a pedestrian bridge of around 150m and very near to the aerial cable station. The modern architecture of the bridge was quite a contrast to locations we visited, which were truly ancient.

Bridge of Peace

Photo of Georgia-A Day In Tbilisi by Panchami Bekal
Photo of Georgia-A Day In Tbilisi by Panchami Bekal

We were already exhausted beyond words. It was almost 6 PM and we decided to end our city tour. We stopped by at the freedom square for a couple of photos and then reached our hotel.

Freedom Square

Photo of Georgia-A Day In Tbilisi by Panchami Bekal

We were too tired to even walk or talk.Hubby ordered some local wine and some Biriyani for dinner. It was a great day in Tbilisi and I loved it.

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Did you book flight from Bangalore as connection flight ? How did you planned it, by your own or through any travel agency or package etc. it will b helpful how much average cost you for the trip
Wed 11 15 17, 09:07 · Reply (1) · Report
Hi Shephy, We are currently residing in Dubai, so we booked the trip from Dubai itself. We had taken a booked package from Dubai (that included the hotel, air tickets and transfers). The average cost was around 5000 USD for 3 days.
Fri 11 17 17, 00:19 · Report