Garni Gorge
Garni Gorge
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Charles_and_Susan
Nottingham, UK5,869 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
The gorge has an amazing arrangement of basalt columns along its side walls. It stretches a long way down the gorge. If you're too energetic walking a long way down there's a little shuttle train that will bring you back up.
Written October 13, 2022
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Voyager1903
Singapore, Singapore28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Our tour group arrived at Garni Gorge in 4WD vehicles due to the rocky terrain to reach the place. There is no entrance fee. The basalt rock formation is so perfect that it's amazing, haven't seen anything like this before. The beautiful name, Symphony of the Stones, describes it very well.Don't miss it.
Written November 11, 2019
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Brun066
Florence, Italy12,502 contributions
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Apr 2015 • Friends
If from the Garni temple you turn into a path that descends steeply into the gorge below, starting from the parking lot of the temple (there is also a sign in English, with a summary map of the routes), you will have an excellent idea of ​​the amazing Garni gorges, that are very interesting because the geological phenomena they show, and overall because the environment in which you walk.
Once on the bottom, you must turn right to reach both the geological formations, and a picturesque medieval bridge over the river Azad.
The lower part of the cliffs is characterized by the impressive series of "basalts", volcanic rocks that take the form of hexagonal prisms, because a sudden cooling of an ancient lava eruption. These basalts are not rare, but the places are rare where you see so numerous and regular rocks: in Western Europe there are the famous Giant's Causeway in Ulster, the so-called Fingal's Cave into the Staffa Island (Hebrides, Scotland), the Alcantara Gorges near Taormina, Sicily.
In Garni, many of these basalts are even hanging, that is off the ground, and allow you to walk underneath.
If you go on foot (it's possible also to drive), you need to be proactive and allow - without hurry - a three hours time (the gradient is about 300 meters). Obviously especially the return on the top is hard.
Written May 7, 2015
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shiraziwine
Shiraz, Iran1,410 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Solo
This amazing Basalt columns are fantastic magic of nature and really worth to visit especially for those who are interested in Geology subjects, 15 min driving from Garni temple
Written August 14, 2021
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ctsounis
New York City, NY1,022 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
From Garni temple, a person looks down on a majestic gorge. A person feels close to nature and can understand why this temple was built in the middle of a natural setting. A must see
Written June 20, 2019
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Satyabrata Dam
New Delhi1,782 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018
A deep long gorge, the trail goes down from Garni steeply. It isn't a easy hike so please wear comfortable footwear and be careful of snakes and falling rocks from above
Written October 6, 2018
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Vukojebinje
London, UK445 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
When standing on the promontory upon which the Garni Temple sits, you look down into the gorge and feel quite intimidated; it looks a long way down and the sheer rock faces don't present an inviting walk. Nevertheless, there is a well trodden path down into the valley and - given the steepness - it quickly falls away and it doesn't take too long to walk down the Gorge or to walk back up. I'm not especially fit but I managed without any trouble and it was a really worthwhile decision, despite the forty degree heat. The walk itself is dramatic and beautiful, at the bottom there's a river in which you can cool your feet or more (it's mountain water, and so clear as a bell and deliciously cold) and the fascinating stone structure (the "Symphony of Stones") is really quite beautiful. I wasn't too enthused about the prospect of the walk when looking down from Garni Temple but having done it I know that I would have really missed out had I decided to take the lazy option instead.
Written July 9, 2018
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Delman
Sulaymaniyah, Iraq1,453 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Solo
Don’t miss it if you are visiting Garni
Gorgeous volcanic mountains in Garni town in Armenia.
You can reach it by walking or riding an SUV 4*4 vehicle.
Very interesting to see symphony stones in Garni how beautifully these rocks are designed by nature.
Written June 23, 2018
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arangemas
Kuching, Malaysia1,111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Friends
After our visit to the Garni Temple, we took a jeep ride down to the Gorge. (you could walk, but would take over half an hour on bad road) It was breathtaking to see the rock formations. I visited the black beach of Iceland and the Giant's Causeway, the rock formations of Garni Gorge are many times bigger and nicer.
Very neat rocks both hanging and on the ground. Some are hundred meters tall. No entrance fee was charged. Road was bad, unpaved and bumpy. It would be dangerous if the weather is bad. Definitly worth a visit if you like nature.
Written April 27, 2018
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SurreyGirl27
Addlestone, UK1,147 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Friends
A great walk talking around 60 inutes through basalat formations with a local guide - river makes a great backdrop too and watching the locals gong about their business on the banks of the river. End destination of the temple makes it a great short trek though it is quite steep and lose gravel underfoot so you will need good footwear.
Written October 31, 2016
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