By Nigar Orujova
Azerbaijanis and anyone visiting the Land of Fire can now enjoy the magnificent view of one of the most beautiful places in the country – Goygol Lake.
Goygol National Park is now open to citizens, said Hikmet Alizade, director of the Department for Protection of Biological Diversity and Specially Protected Areas at the Ecology and Natural Resources Ministry.
He said the Ministry started the conservation of nature at Goygol National Park since it was established in April 2008.
“At certain times, Goygol was subjected to anthropogenic influence. Some citizens visiting the area polluted the lake and damaged trees. Therefore to restore nature, tourists visiting to the zone have been limited,” he explained.
Alizade stressed that entrance to the Goygol National Park is open, but with restrictions. “Visitors can only move along certain routes, specific directions, and use certain places for recreation.”
Anyone caught polluting the National Park should expect heavy fine under the Code of Administrative Offences.
The area was brought under complete control by the Ministry to monitor and prevent pollution by the citizens. Trash bins have been installed at various locations. Moreover, tourists visiting the park will be provided with free garbage bags.
Alizade urged future visitors to Goygol National Park not to pollute this pearl of the Azerbaijani nature.
The Park is open 24 hours a day starting August 10. To delight in the natural wonder, adults need to pay 2 manat ($1.9), while children can enjoy the nature for free.
Located some 4 hours way from the capital of Baku, Goygol is the adornment of Ganja region.
A large mountain lake surrounded by the mountains of the Lesser Caucasus was formed as a result of a devastating earthquake that destroyed the Kapaz Mountain in the 12th century.
The color and clarity of the waters of Goygol Lake, located 1,600 above sea level is striking. The banks of the lake are covered with forests and rich of flora and fauna.
This area is ideal for swimming, walking, travelling, and family picnics. Recreation on the shore of the fresh lake is the best decision on hot days.
Nigar Orujova is AzerNews’s staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @o_nigar
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