October 2012 marked the end of the project to lay a tourist trail from Tatev Monastery to the village of Harjis located along the Vorotan River Gorge in Syunik Province. The route was laid and marked in line with international tourist standards. The project was carried out by the Polish Embassy in Erevan in the framework of Polish development cooperation in Armenia.
The tourist route – approximately 12 km long – starts by the Tatev Monastery and leads to the village of Harjis through the village of Tatev, the Vorotan River Gorge, the ruins of ancient Harjis. The walking time is 5-6 hours.
The inhabitants of Harjis took an active part in the laying of the route, the setting up of information posts, and the painting of signs. For them the project offers the possibility that their town may become a place to accommodate tourists who flock to nearby Tatev.
Detailed information on the route and its tourist attractions, as well as practical information (getting there, accommodation, etc.) will be included in an information booklet – currently in preparation – which will be distributed to tourists visiting Armenia.
Armenia is becoming an increasingly popular destination for Polish tourists visiting the Caucasus. Some 3,000 Poles visit the country every year.