DILIJAN NATIONAL PARK
Dilijan National Park was established in 2002 on the basis of the state nature reserve, which in its turn was established in 1958 on the basis of the former Dilijan and Kuybishev forest enterprises. The territory of the newly established national park has stayed unchanged.
The change of the status of Dilijan State Reserve to Dilijan National Park was conditioned by several objective reasons, such as inevitability of commercial activity in the area, presence of numerous settlements, including Dilijan town with its mineral water resorts, Yerevan-Ijevan railway line passing through its whole territory and others. Currently, the general plan of the national park is under development, including the clarification of the borders and mapping of economic, recreational and buffer zones of the national park.
Lake Gosh is one of the charms of the national park. Lake Gosh is located in Tavush region, near Gosh village. The length of the lake is 100 m, width – 80 m. Approximate depth is 8 m. In summer water temperature reaches up to 14 C.
There are lots of different hand-made monuments in the territory of the lake: various rock formations, mineral springs and so on.
A place where the Gods reside? Or is this the heaven we have been searching for? At least that is the sense one gets when in the presence of this extraordinary and strange beauty. One have rarely confronts with so much alluring beauty, calmness, tranquility, and a seductive manifestation of nature’s splendor.
Before seeing Lake Gosh you can visit Goshavank (Gosh's Monastery) as well. Monastic Complex Goshavank is located in Gosh village. The complex was founded by Ivane and Zakare Zakaryans with the direct assistance of Vakhtang and Grigor, their vassals-rulers of Khachen, by the initiative of Mkhitar Gosh, a great medieval Armenian thinker. (12,13 cc). The monastic complex was built in the place of the ruined Getik, that is why first the monastery was called «New Getik». Years later it was renamed after Mkhitar Gosh (Goshavank).
Dilijan National Park is one of the four national parks of Armenia. Occupying an area of 240 km², it is located in the north-eastern Tavush Province of Armenia. It is known for its forest landscapes, rich biodiversity, medicinal mineral water springs, natural and cultural monuments, and extensive network of hiking trails. In the park, Aghavnavank stands out for its cozy appearance.
Aghavnavank, a half-ruined Armenian monastery complex of the 12th-13th centuries in the village of the same name in the Tavush region of Armenia. It is also known that St. Astvatsatsin և Monastery of Aghnabat. It is located in the Aghnabat forest section, which is distinguished by the growing and highly valued juniper (redwood) tree growing here. About 50 meters from the church, on the bank of the river, there is a holiday table surrounded by trees.
The church is not functioning, but years ago the invited priest held a baptismal service for all the unbaptized residents of Aghavnavank village. Today, the church has many visitors who built the tabernacle on their own. Candles are always lit here. Visitors turned one of the trees a few meters away from the entrance into a "dream tree" by tying handkerchiefs to the branches and keeping a dream in mind. The flora of Dilijan National Park includes 902 species of vascular plants. The fauna of the national park is also rich. There are about 800 species of beetles as well as numerous species of reptiles. Dilijan National Park is important for the conservation of forest landscapes, recreation and health protection purposes, as well as economic activities due to the presence of favorable conditions. Every year, the National Park receives thousands of tourists, who mainly use the classic tours, visiting Haghartsin, Goshavank and Parz Lake. On this page we offer hiking tours for lovers of extreme hiking tourism. Let's go!
Price for 1 person /USD/
* The tour program includes:
- transportation, guidservice, tickets to all museums and historical and cultural sites to visit, dinner in Armenian restaurant,