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Tavush region is famous for its green landscapes, large forests and cool, humid climate, so it is a welcome change from the dry Yerevan heat and a hiking paradise in the fall when the trees put on colourful dresses. Haghartsin is right out of a fairy tale: as you descend the road, you look through the valley and see nothing but trees, until suddenly a small monastery hits your eyes, standing in complete harmony with the nature. The monastery includes six surviving buildings, oldest dating to the 10th century, one of them includes a dining hall. Tip: In front of the church you will see a huge tree with an exposed trunk. It is a wishing tree - get on your tummy and climb through the opening and don’t forget to make a wish on the way. It is tested - wishes come true! From here you can hike 10 km to Dilijan city, which has a charming old town. The hike starts at the gravel road by the the parking lot, down across the river and follows a dirt road south-west. It is a difficult hike through the mountains, so remember to bring a map.
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