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Armenia – A Country Where Adventure and Discovery Never Ends

The country Armenia promises a whole lot of discovery, adventure and cultural voyage throughout your stay. It has a legacy of archeological sites due to its colorful past and is dotted with tourist attractions all across the country.

History of Armenia:
Armenian civilization is one of the oldest civilizations of the world. From 17th century till the First World War, Armenia was under the rule of Ottoman Turks. Armenians had to go through burdensome taxation policies, discrimination and religious persecution under the rule of Ottoman Turks. The Armenian Massacre in 1915 is reckoned to be the first genocide of the 20th century.

Popular Places and Attractions:
Replete with a lot of treasures, Armenia is a land of stark contrasts. Yerevan is the capital of the country and some of its major cities are Alaverdi, Kapan, Gyumeri, Azores, Ejimiatsin, Vanadzor, etc. Amongst the monuments, the most popular in Armenia is The Armenian Genocide Memorial (dedicated to the victims of Genocide) that stands high in the Yerevan’s beautiful park called Martlet’s Fortress. The Erebuni Fortress that dates back to the 8th century B.C. is another interesting place in Armenia.

Armenia’s national parks such as Khosrov Forest State Preserve, Sevan National Park, Shikahogh State Preserve and Dilijan National Park shelter striking species of flora and fauna. The Dilijan National Park is set amidst a picturesque location and boasts of being home to more than 1000 species of plants and more than 100 species of birds.

Other tourist attractions in Armenia include Geghard Monastery, Haghpat Monastery, Zvartnots Cathedral, Tatev Monastery, Cathedral and Churches of Echmiatsin, etc.

Getting Around in Armenia:
Getting around Armenia is viable for both rich and budget travelers. Railway is one way to get around in Armenia. Buses and mini vans are also available in the country to travel around. No matter which mode of transport you choose a good guide is to keep some small notes and coins handy to pay for your journey.

Places of Entertainment:
Armenian cuisine is delicious and appetizing. Barbecue is quite famous in Armenia and is often eaten as fast food. Some popular non alcoholic drinks in Armenia are Kefir, Than, Gazoz, etc. You can savor Armenian delicacies at many of its local restaurants and bars. Some places worth checking out are Cheers on Sakharov Street, Relax, Bunker, Red Bar, etc.

Shopping is a charming experience in Armenia. For a bazaar style experience, Vernissage is the right place. One can shop Armenian dolls, wood and stone carvings, Khachkars from Tuff, embroidery, metal work, etc in Armenia. Nightlife simply rocks in Armenia. Some popular discos and nightclubs at Yerevan include Allen and Ellen, 2*2, Tornado, etc.

Accommodation Options:
Soviet era hotels have been upgraded in Yerevan and heritage hotels have been established all across the country for providing comfortable accommodation to tourists, you can also find guesthouse, motels, youth hostels, bed & Breakfast, budget hotels and inns.

Currency:
Armenian Dram (AMD) is the currency of Armenia and is available in both – paper notes and coins, to get the most for your money check the news and internet for the latest exchange rates.

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