Racha-Lechkhumi and Lower Svaneti is region in northwestern Georgia which includes the historical provinces of Racha , Lechkhumi and lower Svaneti. It is the mostly sparsely populated region in the country.
Abmrolauri is the administrative centre of the region. Racha-Lechkhumi and lower Svaneti is a mountainous area and the economy heavily relies on agriculture. The region boasts a diverses landscape of mountain forets and meadows. The low lands are covered with forests of beach trees at high altitudes, along with pine and spruce trees.
Cultural monuments and strong traditions have been passed down through the generations in rahca-Lechkhumi and Lower Svaneti. The population of Rahca-Lechkhumi and Lower Svaneti is known for viticulture, bee-keeping, production of dairy products, cattle-breeding and horticulture, as well as carpentry and singing.
Racha, Llike most Georgia, is known for its hospitality. The people from Racha are known for their “measured” slowness and were even featured in a famous Georgian movie called “The Fastest People in The World”
Utsera is known for its mineral water and health resort. While the village boats the usual Georgia medieval churches, the 800 years old “Alley of trees” is especially worth a visit. The village is located 1.500 meters above sea level.
Shovi is an important health resort. Visitors can enjoy the mountain climate its natural beauty and mineral springs. The resort is located at the base of the Mamisoni Mountain range and surrounded by snowy mountains.
Ghebi as well as ist surroundings gas been settled since ancient times a fact confirmed by finds from archeological expeditions. Burial mounds from the 3rd -1st centuries BC are especially interesting archeologists artifacts including bronze belts and the head of a silver bull. The village is located 1,3510 meter above the sea.
Chiora is one of the most beautiful village in Racha. It is located 1.360 metres above sea level on the south slope of the main Caucasus Mountain range. During medieval times it had a large population and a number of defensive structure.
Shaori reservoir is located in Racha – one of the mountainous regions of Georgia. It is situated in the heart of forested area encompassed by the Caucasus Mountains. The reservoir is set at 1134 miter above sea level and occupies about sq. miter.
Shaori is surrounded by the oldest villages of Nikortsminda, Cheliaghele and Tlugi. It is quite near to Ambrolauri – administrative centre of the region. Waterfalls, rivers, deep forests, grottos and curative springs are abounding near it. In winter steep mountain slopes covered with snow turn the area into attractive winter resort.
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