After a few days in Tbilisi, where we met Emilia (Taypeyka) we went by night train to Zugdidi, In low seson it was no problem to buy a sleeper for 11 lari (less than 20 USD). When we were in David Gareja, we met a monk to told us that in Mestia he had a cousin, Zula, who could take us to Ushguli. From Zugdid we took a marshrutka to Mestia (3 hours).We had to wait mre than two hours when marshroutka filled up, but finally we were around 12 in Mestia and Zula wa already waiting for us with his jeep (the driver of marshroutka called him). The road to Kazbegi was exciting but not compared to the one to Ushguli. Muddy, curvy, with fallen stones.. And still winter with a lot of stone. But the views were breath taking and well worth all the effort.
Ushguli (Georgian: უშგული) is a community of villages located at the head of the Enguri gorge in Upper Svaneti, Georgia. Ushguli comprises four villages.
The Ushguli villages contain buildings that are part of the UNESCO Heritage site of Upper Svaneti.
Altitude is 2,410 metres (7,910 ft).
It is located at the foot of Shkhara, one of the highest Caucasian summits (more than 5000 m). About 70 families (about 200 people) live in the area, enough to support a small school. The area is snow-covered for 6 months of the year, and often the road to Mestia is impassable.
Typical Svanetian protective towers are found throughout the village. The Ushguli Chapel located on a hilltop near the village dates back to the 12th century.
The Mikhail Kalatozov documentary Salt for Svanetia was filmed in Ushguli.
Ushguli is Europe's highest village at c. 2200m above sea level! Well, it lies in Asia :).
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jjcordier (76850) 2014-04-12 22:53
Ce village haut perché est assez étonnant, en particulier avec ses tours assez surprenantes.
mkamionka (30694) 2014-04-13 1:56
ogromnie ciekawa podroz do tak bliskiego a jednak tak egzotycznego miejsca! Ja natomiast kolejny weekend spedzam w domu: pogoda nas nie rozpieszcza :(
Bardzo ciekawe jest polozenie tej wioski. Osniezone gory dodaja klimatu. Interesujaca wyprawa w ktorej pogodzilas zwiedzanie miast ale tez dzikiej przyrody.
dta (67134) 2014-04-13 2:56
Hello Malgorzata ,
Interesting to see this remarkable village with its stunning towers in this winter scenery . Beautifully composed with the wooden fence in the FG .
timecapturer (49278) 2014-04-13 4:26
a stunning looking place in a stunning setting. You have captured it so perfectly, it looks amazing, if a tad cold.
Enjoy your Sunday - B.
Sergiom (61036) 2014-04-13 5:34
On s'imagine mal aller en Georgie pour un voyage d'agréments, mais quelle jolie photos tu en as rapporté.Impressionnantes ces tours qui se tiennent bien droites dans ce paysage très rugueux.
holmertz (41695) 2014-04-13 8:04
Your journeys sound more like hard work than vacations. Nvertheless they bring fine pictures of interesting places, and this is certainly a village worth seeing. The towers are fascinating and the snow adds a certain chrm to the view.
saxo042 (37578) 2014-04-13 8:07
An interesting picture and a very interesting note. This must be an adventure to travel here with all these experiences.
marabu61 (8583) 2014-04-13 8:38
Quite an adventure to reach this far off place indeed. Interesting architecture with those high towers. Very well framed picture with a good foreground that leads nicely towards the village in the back.
It must be a bleak life full of hardship, living at this altitude.
There is in fact a small village in Switzerland with barely 30 inhabitants at an altitude of 2150m that claims for it to be the highest village in Europe. But then the Usghuli with 2410m is indeed higher. But as you say, the border between Asia and Europe is not so clearly defined in that region after all.
have a great sunday
Noel_Byrne (24846) 2014-04-13 9:44
What an amazing place! I know I reference Lord of the Rings a lot, but I cannot help it here, this truly is like something from a fantasy movie! The many towers rising from the snow capped peaks, its like a mini Manhattan in the sky. Excellent textural detail too.
macjake (57074) 2014-04-13 23:25
sounds like you're having a wonderful time indeed!
add this to your long list of travel adventures :)
Easy to see why you'd want to go here and take a few photos, the buildings look abandoned - right up my alley!
love the overall exposure, its perfect, and the blues/whites/browns all blend so well together.
photographer_sg (4400) 2014-04-14 11:00
this is a superb winter scenery with great framing and excellent sharpness. The colours are lovely and natural with the beautiful snow creating great contrasts. The clear blue sky acts as a perfect backdrop.
thanks for sharing and have a great new week.
carlo62 (33747) 2014-04-14 14:52
questo villaggio è molto simile a San Gimignano, con le torri in bella evidenza.
Credo proprio che si meriti tutte le attenzioni dell'Unesco, visto da qui sembra molto interessante, immagino che vederlo dal vivo sia fantastico.
ChrisJ (99140) 2014-04-15 5:56
Amazing repetition of the vertical towers and the dark shadowed village contrasts well against the snow covered fg and hills to give a nice graphic element. Good sharpness and the blue sky contrasts well against the red roofs. Tfs!
Didi (57250) 2014-04-20 8:56
Very nice old historic village
The winter is not finished yet because of the high atitude
It's a very good decor for historic films
PaulVDV (22657) 2014-04-27 9:37
Such a winter view is really quite different from what I saw in summertime. This picture brings more the feeling of the high mountains.
And the snow covers nicely all the mud (it will be frozen of course) and the cow dung that was everywhere when I was in Ushguli.
What was the temperature then (at day and at night) ?
Did you see other visitors there ?
An excellent clear view under a bright blue sky. Very well framed with the fence on the foreground.
Best regards, Paul
rigoletto (34269) 2014-04-29 5:16
carlo is right, this is so similar to san gimignano! i am so envious of your trip to georgia. you have seen almost everything! how long were you there to see these all? i can maybe plan it.
mcmtanyel (14117) 2014-04-30 20:22
Interesting village. How did those protective towers protect?
Rugged terrain, interesting architecture, a lower POV and a great DOF make this a very pleasant photo.