National Park pf Dilijan

Modern Day Dilijan: all about resorts, education and…

March 31, 2015 - Travel to Armenia

Dilijan – situated sixty-six kilometers away to the northeast from the capital city of Yerevan, surrounded with Pambak and Bazum mountain ranges, is another famous resort town to spend winter or summer holidays in Armenia.

When asked what makes this resort town so attractive in comparison to Tsaghkadzor or Jermuk spa- towns, most visitors mention the fresh air, mild climate (average temperature reaches +18 to 20C in July, and 0 to +2C in January) and various types of accommodation. There are a number of basic hotels, fine B&Bs and hostels in Dilijan surrounded by nature and picturesque gardens offering the best local experiences. Apart from that, one can find a few luxury hotels with friendly staff and international service standards.

View of Dilijan
Photo by Ani Melikyan

Dilijan is also famous for being a mountain balneotherapeutic resort. The visitors are exposed to plentiful amount of fresh air rich with oxygen, warm sun and curative cold waters coming from natural mountain springs.

The Soviet–era Dilijan resort town was once the best escape for cinematographers, composers, artists and writers of Armenia to discover creativity in the mountain forests.

Tip: When in the center of the town, visit the Geological Museum and Art Gallery of Dilijan, which is the repository for archaeological artefacts and ethnographic items belonging to Late Bronze and Early Iron Age excavated in different parts of the town of Dilijan. In the museum you can also see some of the works of such famous Armenian and Russian artists as Saryan, Ayvazovski, and Shishkin.

Old Town Dilijan
Photo by Shaun Dunphy

Modern day Dilijan is first of all heaven for hiking. When asked why, most of the hikers mention the mild weather, green forests and medieval historical and architectural monuments. Not far from the town of Dilijan are such must-hike and must-see destinations as Dilijan National Park, Haghartsin Monastic Complex, Lake Park, Goshavanq Monastic Complex, Jukhtak Monastery and Matosavank Church.

Established in 1958, Dilijan National Park is rich with oak, ash, elm as well as pine trees, and is inhabited with various birds, bears, wolfs, weasels, rabbits, foxes, and other animals.

National Park pf Dilijan
Photo by Gregor Samsa

Haghartsin Monastic Complex, located near the town of Dilijan, sits in its serene surroundings and dates back to the 13th century. The peaceful and statue still Lake Parz (Lake Clear), located east of the town of Dilijan, is hidden in Dilijan National Park. Once a major religious, cultural and educational center, Goshavank Monastic Complex located in the village of Gosh was built in the 12th century. Jukhtak Monastery (11th or 12th century) is situated in the deep forest northwest from the town of Dilijan and consists of fairy tail twin chapels. Matosavank is a small moss covered church situated not far from Jukhtak Monastery.

Parz lake Armenia
Photo by Hovhannes Martirosyan

Apart being one of the best hiking and resort destinations in Armenia, Dilijan has been recently marked on the world educational map. The first international, co-educational boarding school in Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States was opened in the town of Dilijan in 2014. Another unique educational center is TUMO Dilijan opened since 2013. All interested kids aged 12-16 have the possibility to register in this center of creative technologies to learn animation, digital media, video game development and web development free of charge.

Photo by Sonia Bagdasarian

The town of Dilijan has become the house for the Training and Research Center of the Central Bank of Armenia and for a number of banks with the perspective to become a regional financial capital in the nearest future.

These are our highlights about modern–day Dilijan. Is there anything we missed out or you want to add? Whatsoever feel free to leave a comment…

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