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Armenia Tourism

If you aren’t a homebody and willing to pass comfort for excitement and the thrill of the unexpected – welcome to Armenia in East Europe on the isthmus of the Black and the Caspian Sea ! This is not a country for the visitor in a hurry. There are many jewels to be discovered by the traveller. Armenia has had a hard time for most of its existence. It’s been run over time and again and almost vanished in the early part of the 20th century.

Then the erstwhile Soviet Union walked in and held it in a vice like grip for close to 70 years. All that they left on their departure is ugly architecture and a garrison mentality among the people. Now, though independent of Soviet Russia, Armenia hasn’t fared too well – an ongoing battle with neighbouring Azerbaijan and a relentless economic blockade has drawn too much blood out of the economy.

But there are treats in store for the traveller in a country like Armenia that is not exactly traveller-friendly. The countryside is a breathtaking bedspread of wildflowers, tall snowy mountains stand proud in the background, and you are assured of historical exploration of 4000 odd churches and monuments. Amazing that so many still stand after years of fighting and wars!

Armenia is one country where it is the tradition for the groom's family to pay for the wedding, and not the bride's as is the norm in the rest of the world.

It is recorded in the scriptures that after the flood waters receded, Noah's Ark perched itself on the Mount Ararat, the highest mountain in Armenia.


It is quite possible to take a holiday without spending a lot of money. Many people will refrain from going ...
 

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