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Garni Gorge, Garni

#1 of 7 in Parks in Kotayk Province
Must see · Mountain · Canyon
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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  • Right below "Garni Temple's" breathtaking cliff, at 23kms East of Yerevan, you will find "Garni Gorge" and the "Basaltic Organ"! Beautiful basalt columns and structures that - at some points - look...  more »
  • 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 »
  • 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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Historic Site
Garni Temple
Duration: 4 hours
Basaltic Organ
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Duration: 30 minutes
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