Unique festivals of Lori

Lori is host to several unique festivals which you cannot find in other parts of Armenia. Among the most interesting ones is Broccoli Festival in Gargar community and Barbeque Festival in Akhtala.  These annual festivals help the local entrepreneurs to find market for their products and also draw the attention to their community. During the…

The Molokan Villages

Villages Fioletovo and Lermontovo in Lori Province are known for their Molokan communities. Molokans are a part of the Spiritual Christian Russian peasants who refused to obey the rules of the Russian Orthodox Church and also to assist in any form of military service and were exiled from Russia. During the 19th century a small…

Religious Monuments of Lori

Those who are interested in religious sites of Armenia, should definitely visit Lori region to admire the unique architectural style and intricate carvings and frescos in Surp Grigori Bardzrakash, Kobayr, Horomayri, Ardvi, Sanahin, Haghpat and Akhtala monasteries and find peace and spiritual power in distant border monasteries of Khorakert and Khuchapi. Odzun Church in Lori…

Lori- the paradise for nature lovers

Lori has 3 nature protected areas, including the Gyulagarak Sanctuary, the Margahovit Sanctuary, and the Rhododendron caucasicum Sanctuary near Aghstev river, which allure nature lovers to this greenest part of Armenia. The Stepanavan Dendropark together with Vanadzor Botanical Garden are major destinations for ecotourism lovers. In 2015 Dsegh Nature Visitor Centre was established to promote…

Husky sleigh ride coming soon in Lori

In Shahumyan community of Lori region Several complexes are being built for winter tourism. On the slopes of Mount Maimekh small lodging houses  are constructed and routes for sledges are created. Here the visitors will be provided with skis, husky sleighs, snowmobiles, and various excursions will be organized. Within the framework of the project, 50…

Hiking, Trekking and Caving in Lori

Among all the recreational activities hiking and trekking are probably the cheapest and most convenient way to promote physical activity. Hiking in Lori Province get more and more popular among nature lovers and adventure seekers, since it gives the opportunity to have a closer look at the natural wonders of this region. Village Dsegh is…

Botanists all eyes here!

The mildest climate and the greenest areas of Armenia are in Lori Province. Botanists and bird watchers will find a lot in this province to be busy with. Due to the abundance of native forests and various ecosystems, there is a wide variety of habitats for 3,000 species of plants. Armenian Water Lily is a…

Bird Watching in Lori

Lori Province offers wildlife observation, particularly birdwatching as a recreational activity combined with nature photography. Due to its  stunning variety of bird species in mountain peaks and the extensive areas of woodlands this province is a heaven for both ornithologists and amateur birders. Dsegh, Stepanavan and Tashir are habitats for the Greater Spotted Eagle, Steppe…

Adventure Sports available in Lori

Lori is associated with rugged forests and wilderness areas which are perfect for camping and hiking. For more sophisticated tourists there are also the string of monasteries along the Debed River. But few are aware that this region is  getting popular among adventurous travellers for it provides some thrilling experiences like mountain climbing, rappelling, paragliding…