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Pankisi - I place in the photographic competition entitled "Caucasus I know"

The photograph of Magda Będzińska, a tourist guide, the participant of the study visit organised to Pankisi, took the first place in the photographic competition entitled "Caucasus I know". The photograph presents Kist mountain guides ‑ Zela and Byeslan, during the hike in the Caucasus mountains. More...

Study visit of Polish tourist industry in Pankisi

In June 2009, under the “Agro-tourism and development of the local community in Pankisi” project co-financed from the funds of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland – Polish Foreign Aid 2009 representatives of the Polish tourist industry were on a study visit in Pankisi.
The main purpose of the visit was to initiate contacts between the tourism organisers from Poland and their Kist hosts, and to determine the principles of cooperation. More...


The place we would like to invite you to is the Georgian Pankisi Gorge, located on the border between Georgia, Chechnya, Ingushetia, Dagestan and Azerbaijan, in the very heart of the wild and beautiful High Caucasus.

It’s a land populated by Muslims and Christians, of which many cherish the traditions of both religions. It’s a land of Sufi brethren, both male and female, which is a true rarity in the world of Islam. But not in Pankisi!
Pankisi is a place with a dramatic history. Until recently it was mainly known as Georgia’s “black hole”, where after the breakout of the Chechen War refugees and fighters fled.
At the end of 2003 the situation in Pankisi got back to normal, however. Most refugees either returned home or obtained asylum in other countries. Nonetheless, the gorge is still perceived as unstable.
In order to learn how unjust this opinion about this gorgeous and hospitable region is one simply ought to visit the Pankisi Gorge.
Since 2004 a great deal of journalists, students and tourists have visited the place. If one goes there at least once, they cannot be indifferent towards its beauty! They must go back at least once, regardless of where they’re from and what important matters they need to adjourn.

The Association of Pankisi Women, Marshua Kawkaz (“Peace in the Caucasus”), has prepared an extensive tourist and accommodation offer. There are a number of mountain tracks leading from the gorge to the High Caucasus.

Georgian Chechens (the Kists) living in the gorge offer many forms of folk entertainment. One can be invited to a wedding, take part in family and Muslim festivities or collective Sufi prayers, combined with Kist art performances. In addition, one can familiarise themselves with Georgian-Kist cuisine, as well as purchase sheepskin and wool products.

We wish to invite you to one of the most gorgeous and fascinating places in Georgia, which may make you realize the uniqueness of our planet even more!

The project is coordinated by Fundacja Edukacji Międzykulturowej along with Marshua-Kavkaz. The Project is co-financed by the Polish aid programme 2009 of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland