By Laman Ismayilova
Gusar, the country's picturesque region in the north, will be presented as part of the "From the regions to the capital" project organized by the Baku Culture and Tourism Department and the Gusar Culture and Tourism Department.
The event scheduled for April 11 aims to familiarize Baku residents and guests with social and economic development, the ancient and rich culture and traditions of the region and promote the country’s tourism potential.
Earlier a project titled "From the region to the capital" held events dedicated to Khachmaz, Masalli, Gabala, Guba, Sheki, Gadabay, Ismayilli and Shamkir regions and each one was a huge success, achieving its target.
Gusar, one of the most attractive regions of Azerbaijan, has been announced “The capital of Azerbaijan’s folklore 2016”. The north region will hold the title in accordance with the "Folk Art Capitals" program by the Azerbaijani Culture and Tourism Ministry.
Called “Northern Gates” due to its geographical location and located 180 km away from Baku, Gusar is the last large region in the north of Azerbaijan.
Favorable natural conditions create a great opportunity for organization of the resorts, recreational and tourist complexes in this area. The recently opened Shahdag winter and summer tourist complex has gained a high popularity both among Azerbaijanis and foreigners. This is a popular ski resort in winter and a camp site in the lap of the Caucasus Mountains in summer.
Not far from the complex is located an ancient village Laza surrounded by mountains and well known for its majestic waterfalls. Competitions on climbing are held at the frozen waterfalls in winter here.
Many historical monuments are preserved in Gusar. Around the region, one can also find carpet weaving, handicraft embroidery, wood engraving, and souvenir shopping.
Gusar has all the conditions necessary for ecological tourism, and here tourists might observe historical monuments and samples of folk art in the village of Anig, as well as become familiar with samples of folk art and the traditions of the local population.
Laman Ismayilova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova
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