The very name of Tsaghkadzor speaks about beauty of the city. It translates from Armenian as “gorge of flowers”. Nowadays, the city is a modern resort, which delights its guests with a wonderful climate all year round. High-class hotels, ski resort, clean air and beautiful natural views please touristst in Tsaghkadzor city. The place is also popular among history lovers. One of the most interesting monuments of Christian architecture is Kecharis monastery complex. You can find almost all kinds of entertainment in the city which will make your trip rich and unforgettable.
The well-established transport infrastructure of Armenia allows to get to Tsaghkadzor city by a private car or with the help of various travel companies which offer regular excursions and tours to different sights of the country. Due to the geographical location of Tsaghkadzor city the trip will not seem long.
The high season in Armenia lasts for a long time due to the pleasant climate conditions. Warm days in Armenia start in March and last until late autumn; winter is usually snowless and not long. The high precipitation season is variable. The tourist season for Tsaghkadzor city depends on the weather conditions.
Tsaghkadzor was first mentioned as Tsaghkunyats Dzor during the 3rd century when it was formed as a small settlement and quickly became the most favourite hunting ground for the Arsacid kings of Armenia. During the 4th and 5th centuries, Tsaghkunyats Dzor along the surrounding lands and forests was placed under the governance of the Varazhnuni noble family by the Arsacid kings. Later between the 5th and 7th centuries, the region was granted to the Kamsarakan and Amatuni families, under the Persian rule. Between the 7th and 9th centuries, Armenia suffered from the Arab Islamic occupation.
It is believed that at the request of one of the princesses of the Pahlavuni dynasty, a large castle was built in this beautiful valley, and a luxurious flower garden was built next to the castle. The girl demanded the most beautiful flowers of the Armenian world in her flower garden. Her wish was fulfilled. Nevertheless, one day during the spring a violent wind destroyed the splendid garden and scattered the flowers all over the gorge. The valley of the gorge was covered with flowers, and since then the gorge itself was called Tsakhkadzor (literally from Armenian: Tsaghik - flower, dzor - gorge). The princess demanded from her father to build a monastery near her castle so that the monks could pray day and night and return the scattered flowers. So the monastery Kecharis was built. However, God did not listen the prayers of monks, and fragrant flowers spread throughout the province.
Tsaghkadzor ropeway is located in Kotayk Province. It is on the eastern slop of Teghenis mountain, 1966-2819 meters above sea level. The ropeway has been working in Tsaghkadzor since 1967. In 2004-2007 Swiss-Italian company LEITNER changed the ropeway to a new, modern one: equipped with the best technology and equipment, providing an active and safe holiday for tourists and ski-lovers. 5 stations have been built on nearly 30km ski trails.