Exotic and hidden countries: Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh)

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Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (Artsakh)

Yahoo Travel: Nagorno-Karabakh was an ethnically Armenian autonomous region of Azerbaijan during the Soviet Union. The citizens of Karabakh voted for independence in 1991 while the Soviet Union was disintegrating. This ushered in a war between Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh, with support from Armenia. With the defeat of Azerbaijan, a 1994 cease fire led to the creation of this independent nation. Today, Karabakh is recognized by a trio of unrecognized countries: Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Transnistria.

Panakh Khan Fortress in Artsakh

Panakh Khan Fortress in Artsakh:

Why Go: Nagorno-Karabakh is known for its mountainous beauty and cultural richness. Ancient monasteries and churches are found throughout the country. Karabakhi hospitality is well documented in the region. Don’t be surprised to find yourself eating a family meal in a local village with numerous oghi (homemade mulberry vodka) toasts. Hike the Janapar Trail, an untouched walk that crosses the country and takes two weeks to traverse. In the ancient Armenian walled-city of Shushi, you can wander the streets and gaze at the majestic Ghazanchetsots Cathedral.

Getting to Karabakh: NK is only accessible via Armenia, a winding, five-hour drive from Yerevan to Stepanakert, the two capitals. The non-operating airport was recently renovated, but the callous Azerbaijan government has vowed to shoot down any civilian flights entering its “territory.”
Stepanakert city – capital of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic

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