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Qax

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Qax, Qakh, also Kakhi (Georgian კახი) or sometimes Gakh is a town in Azerbaijan's Sheki Region.

Understand[edit]

Qax is a admistrative center of Qax Rayon of Azerbaijan. It located at the foot of the southern slope of the Greater Caucasus, on the river Kurhumchai.

Get in[edit]

By bus[edit]

  • 1 Qax Rayon Avtovağzalı (Qax Rayon Central Bus Terminal), Heydar Aliyev Ave. Central bus terminal of Qax services buses from/to populated places of Qax Rayon, towns of Region of country, Baku, Barda, Ganja, and also to bordering Georgia: Tbilisi and Telavi. Minibuses to Tbilisi leave at 08:30, 10:30 and 13:30, and are 8 manat – the opposite direction should be similar.

By car[edit]

  • Highway: R16

Get around[edit]

Qax is a tiny town and can easily be explored on foot.

See[edit]

Old walls in Qax
  • 1 İçəri bazar (Icheri Bazar, or Inner Market). Old quarter, founded at the beginning of the 18th century. At the beginning of the 19th century Russian troops restored the surrounding walls. Quarter consists of a dozen of tiled houses and fortress walls.
  • 2 Complex of Historical Museum and Caucasian Orthodox Church, Uzeyir Hajibeyov str., 1. The exposition of Gakh History Museum introduces its visitors to the diverse nature of the region and its historical past, from ancient times to the 20th century. The museum has interesting archaeological, ethnographic, culturological and other collections. Here you can see bronze and ceramic items, tools, weapons, samples of national costumes, etc. Grave yard of the church still exist.
  • 3 Müqəddəs Georgi Kilsəsi (Church of St. George). Georgian Orthodox Church

Do[edit]

  • 1 Mt. Ulubash (Ulubaş Dağı). At a height of 1,900 m enjoy spectacular views from this close-by mountain over Qax and its rayon.
  • 2 Saribash (Sarıbaş). A village in the middle of the mountains surrounded by snowy summits, cold rivers and 4 waterfalls. The cold springs' water freezes the teeth. This village is super for a picnic, and the local population is very hospitable to guests. The way to Saribash is very interesting. To reach Saribash the trail leads though the Bulanıqsu stream, which is very difficult. Be sure how to cross it (4WD), especially during high water. You cannot just walk through it where the "road" crosses it.
  • 3 İlisu (waterfall). Another village in the mountains nearby, but easier reached than Saribash. At the end of the village the waterfall can be found, a 30 min climb up from the carpark. The waterfall can be quite spectacular in April, when there is still a dome of ice standing and getting hollowed by the falling water. They recently started building modern apartment and hotel building right below the waterfall, which might already be available for booking when reading this.

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

  • 1 Local restaurant (100 m west of the central roundabout, on the northern side of the road). A nice local restaurant with some local delicacies. meal 2-5 manat, beer 1 manat.
  • Sozvezdie Miqidana Kafe (on the road to Ilisu). Georgian cuisine. 3-9 manat.

Drink[edit]

  • Sangar Qala Restaurant, Ilisu village. Best traditional cuisine served in a restaurant built French château style.

Sleep[edit]

Go next[edit]

  • Qum – Another tiny and scenic village just nearby.
  • Zaqatala – Larger and more busy than Qax, and the gateway to Georgia.
  • Sheki – A beautiful city in the forested Caucasian Mountains with lots to see and do.
  • At least three minibuses a day leave from Qax to Tbilisi, Georgia.


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