Javakheti National Park located in the Ninotsminda Municipality near the tri-national frontier of Georgia, Armenia, and Turkey is a part of Javakheti Protected Areas. The park boasts the rich biodiversity of the Javakheti Plateau. From the grassland-covered mountains to the protected Kartsakhi and Sulda marshes, visitors will be in awe of the unforgettable landscapes. The plateau in the surrounding area is speckled with peaceful lakes, including five of the eight largest lakes in Georgia.
Bird watchers are treated to the possibility of observing rare and endangered species that are included in the Georgian and International (IUCN) Red Books. Among them are the Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus), otters (Lutra lutra), and Marbled Polecat (Vormela peregusna). Only in Javakheti, mostly on Madatava and Kartsakhi lakes, can you observe White Stork (Ciconia ciconia), Common Crane (Grus grus), and Curly and Pink pelicans (Pelecanus rufescens). It is said that these areas are one of the biggest corridors for the migratory birds.
While during summer and autumn a traveler can enjoy birdwatching or fishing, winter brings the unforgettable emotions of walking, skating or just enjoying the frozen lakes of Javakheti Plateau. Most of them freeze during winter and you can easily walk on them. Some of the local families can even offer fishing in the frozen lake that will be an interesting experience.
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