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Garni Gorge, Garni

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Marvel at impressive basalt column formations carved by the Goght River at Garni Gorge, a picturesque ravine with an eponymous pre-Christian temple of Mithras perched atop its steep cliff. Thousands of hexagonal volcanic rock bars protrude from the clifftop like a giant curtain, forming what locals call the "Symphony of the Stones." You'll see some goatherd huts, an 11th-century bridge, and a few kiosks selling dry fruits. Located some 23 km (14.3 mi) east of Yerevan, the site is best visited by 4x4 on a dirt road, and offers scenic hiking opportunities. Arrange to visit Garni Gorge and other attractions in Garni using our Garni day trip planner.
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  • It is a beautiful view! Interesting to see from the top! I did not went down, but it incredible! This time there was snow in sone points!  more »
  • Our tour group arrived at Garni Gorge in 4WD vehicles due to the rocky terrain to reach the place. There is no entrance fee. The basalt rock formation is so perfect that it's amazing, haven't seen...  more »
  • The temple at Garni was good, but the gorge was the highlight for me. Massive rock formations resembling organ pipes. There is a very steep way down from the temple, but walk into Garni village (leave the temple and turn right for about 200 metres) and follow a track down into the gorge. A helpful 4 WD driver may offer a lift for $20US but it really is not necessary as it is a fairly easy walk. Turn left at the bottom and wander into this amazing gorge.
  • Stunning view of marvelous rocks. Feels like someone crafted them thoroughly.
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