The balneological health resort Borjomi is situated in the southeast of Georgia in the Agura river gorge, at the height of 800m above sea level. This is a picturesque place with large-leaved and coniferous forests surrounded with majestic Caucasian mountains.
The resort gained its special reputation owing to mineral sources. Borjomi mineral water was mentioned for the first time as early as in the XV century but it only gained wide notoriety when the daughter of Yevgeny Golovin, viceroy of the Russian Tsar in the Caucasus was cured there. One of the sources was named after this girl - the Yekaterinsky spring and the second one after the viceroy himself – the Yevgeniyevsky spring.
The Romanovs House got interested in these mineral sources. The first bottling plant, which was opened there on tsar’s order, was producing bottled Borjomi mineral water. The first bottles were made of transparent crystal glass and later they were replaced by dark bottles. Every bottle with mineral water was packed in a reed “case”. The bottles were sealed with the factory stamps. The samples of the first bottles and labels can be seen in the Museum of Local Lore.
Borjomi mineral water has long become a famous brand, a visiting card of Georgia. Its healthful and healing properties are irrefutable. It is good for metabolism, digestive and immune system, as well as it is beneficial in the treatment of diabetes and joint and connective tissue diseases due to its mineral properties. Today Borjomi mineral water is exported to more than 40 countries around the world.
The main Borjomi source is situated in Borjomi Central Park where everybody who wishes can have it. There are several dozens of healthful institutions, recreation complexes, sanatoriums, and rest houses in Borjomi. All of them are located in the vicinities of the Central Park. The restored Borjomi Central Park was opened in 2005. Its opening was attended by the Presidents of Georgia and Ukraine. There are children’s amusements, swimming pool, and movie theatre on the territory of the Park.
All the Borjomi hotels and sanatoriums offer medical services, clinic and diagnostic procedures, treatment with sulfur and mineral baths. The cost of stay in the hotels varies from $60 to $140 a day. As a rule, this cost includes three-time meals, access to the swimming pool, fitness center, billiards and other services. Stay in private family houses will cost much cheaper - $20-30 a day. In this case, the cost does not usually include the meals. Borjomi has about two dozens of such hotels. New hotels are also being built; the roads and water supply systems are being repaired.
There is a Tourist Information Center in Borjomi where you can buy a map of the region and learn about popular touristic routes and tours. The employees of the Center can also recommend a hotel according to your preferences.
Modern Borjomi is one of the popular resorts of Georgia, suitable for ecotourism and family vacation.
The Borjomi Gorge is rich in architectural and indigenous places of interest. Centuries-old monuments of Christian culture are located there. The tourists and vacationers can visit Saint George Monastery, Saint Spyridon of Trimythus Monastery (X century). The church of St. George, built in 1333 in a small village of Daba, covered halfway by the cave is decorated with Georgian ornaments and is a popular place visited by many tourists from all over the world.
There is also the Church of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin (XII century) in Timotesubani in the Borjomi Gorge. Every year, on August 28, it is visited by dozens of Christian pilgrims.
Every autumn the residents of Borjomi celebrate Borjomoba, Day of the City. On this day, they cook traditional dishes of Georgian cuisine, play Georgian folk music and watch dances performed by folklore groups etc.