Things to do

Things to do nearby our guest house in Kalavan

Thanks to the ideal location of our guest house in Kalavan, we are halfway between Dilijan city and Sevan lake. This gives you a convenient and easy access to a lot of interesting things to do, whether you are seeking business or pleasure whilst your stay. From biking to fishing, from shopping to enjoyable cafes and exceptional museums we have it all. And the best thing is, that they are all just a stone’s throw away from our accommodation in Kalavan.

Fishing

Kalavan aquatic resources bring value to your vacation. From the depths of our ponds to the edges of our rivers it afford our guests unrivaled opportunities to enjoy fishing. Hooga encourages catch and release fishing, which helps to maintain fish populations. We will not fish for you, we will show the beauty of fishing and relaxation.

Hiking

A walking tour throughout this northern wonderland of Armenia reveals natural and cultural treasures. Kalavan is a unique ecosystem itself where fresh water blends with smell of the nature and breeze, creating this vacation’s special environment.
The walk is also rich in wildlife discoveries; you might see local bears, wolves, foxes, rabbits and not only. Evenings find the warm embrace of Kalavan village hospitality at splendid village homes—a highlight of any culture.

Biking

A walking tour throughout this northern wonderland of Armenia reveals natural and cultural treasures. Kalavan is a unique ecosystem itself where fresh water blends with smell of the nature and breeze, creating this vacation’s special environment.
The walk is also rich in wildlife discoveries; you might see local bears, wolves, foxes, rabbits and not only. Evenings find the warm embrace of Kalavan village hospitality at splendid village homes—a highlight of any culture.

Stargazing

Hooga Guest House also provides you unique opportunity to see what’s up in the night sky, including stargazing events and the moon’s phases. The moon connects you to everybody on the planet, because, generally speaking, we all see the moon at the same phase.
Stargazing is for people who like seeing themselves as part of a bigger picture … people with a sense of wonder … people who just like being outside at night. Maybe that’s you. If so, Hooga House will help you be part of the space.

Off-road

Offroad trips continue to zoom upward in Kalavan and surrounding mountains. Our individual tour’s guides are sociable and helpful and have a safe driving style – these are our strong points. So fasten your seat belt and get ready to drive into this epic and addictive tour. As a bonus to choose offroad service, Hooga house offers sightseeing hop-off/hop-on opportunity in Goshavank, Goah Lake, Sevan Lake, Akhtamar Peninsula and Aghavnavank.

Food

As part of the our services, Hooga is giving its guests the opportunity to enjoy a meal inspired by traditional recipes from the Tavush and Gegharkunik regions.
Dishes that draw inspiration from these regions of this country play the lead in the menu. The menu is focused mostly on organically grown local vegetables, meat and fish, which is the hallmark of Hooga’s gastronomic tradition.

HISTORICAL, NATURAL AND HERITAGE ATTRACTIONS

Haghartsin monastery (10th-13th cc.)

1-hour drive

Restored in the 2010, the 10th century Haghartsin monastery, recalls the medieval Armenian kingdom at its height. Th e complex lies in lush forested mountains 12km to the east of Dilijan and is comprised of four churches, two chapels, a huge dining hall and multiple khachkars. The architecture of the dining hall is particularly noteworthy and is considered to be an outstanding exemplar of its type. The oldest sundial in Armenia, which shows when it is time to pray, can be found on one of the walls of the monastery. The monastery has a small photo exposition in the dining hall and a resident priest who sometimes conducts tours.

Goshavank Monastery (12th-13th cc.)

40-min drive

The monastery of Goshavank (Nor Getik) was founded on the right bank of the Getik River in 1188 by the renowned Armenian scholar, jurist and fabulist Mkhitar Gosh. The monastery of Goshavank includes the churches of St. Astvatsatsin (1196), St. Grigor (1231), St. Grigor Lusavorich (1241), a scriptorium (1291) and a school (13th c.). Many beautiful khachkars have been preserved in Goshavank. Historical sources mention the existence of a university and a seminary in this monastery where many manuscripts were created and preserved.

The Legend of Nor Getik

The vardapet (priest) Mkhitar the Beardless was an honest and well-educated man, the prime example of moral purity and perseverance for all Armenians. When he moved to the ancient monastery of Getik, science and craft s flourished at the monastery and it became a tremendous spiritual center. One night an angel came to him in a dream and said “Listen carefully Mkhitar, you will have a good harvest seven years in a row. You must fill your stocks with grain, because aft er that you will have seven years of drought.” So, for seven years the monastery stocked the grain, and then the rains stopped and plants died. Mkhitar crafted a round bowl called ‘goosh’ and began to ration the grain out to the residents, equally and fairly. The grain lasted seven years. It was due to the round bowl that he used, that they nicknamed him Goosh (Gosh). The monastery Nor-Getik was called Goshavank after him.

Lake Parz

1-hour drive

Lake Parz (“Crystal Lake”) is situated 9km east of Dilijan at a height of 1400m. It covers an area of 2 ha and is 18m deep. Lake Parz is considered one of the most beautiful places in Dilijan. It inspires not only the tourists, but also the locals who frequent its shore.

Lake Gosh

1-hour drive

Lake Gosh is located west of Gosh village. The lake spans 1 ha and is 6m deep. The lake used to be known as Lake Tzrka because of its many leeches. Tzrka comes from tzruk, which in Armenian means leech. When an invasive species of fish was introduced to the lake, the leeches disappeared. Nowadays, the lake is a popular picnic destination.

Kalavan – Aghavnavank Village

30-min drive

This is a short, easy and pleasant drive, ideal for a picnic with the family. You will end up at Anapat Astvatsatsin church (11th-13th cc.), known as Aghavnavank (Monastery of the Dove), a small medieval monastery that has been almost completely overtaken by nature.
Drive duration: 30 min one way (in total 1h) / 13.6 km one way

Kalavan – Shorzha village

1-hour drive

To explore the Gegharkunik region, take the road from Kalavan to Shorzha which runs through Chambarak town. Shorzha is a popular summer destination with nice beaches and several leisure areas. There is a 17th century chapel and cemetery on the south edge of the village. Further to the south is the wild Artanish Peninsula.

Sevanavank Monastery

The Sevanavank Monastery is the symbol of the Gegharkunik province and one of the most visited sites in Armenia. The Black Monastery or Sevan Holy Apostolic Monastery is situated on Sevan Peninsula. The proposal of building such a monastery was initiated by Catholicos Mesrop Eghivardeci and was developed by Princess Mariam, the daughter of king Ashot I in 874 on the ruins of a 4th century monastery destroyed by Arabs. St. Mesrop Mashtots had a vision of 12 figures walking across the lake, who pointed him the place where the church had to be erected. Sevanavank Monastery was originally a complex of three churches, two of which are still perfectly preserved to this day. When it was completed, the level of water in Lake Sevan was much higher than it is today and the whole monastic complex was located on an island. Later, during the twentieth century, the lake was artificially drained and the level fell about 20 meters creating the peninsula. Besides the churches the complex included printing house, guest houses, warehouses and a refectory. In the 19th century the monastery was a place to reform errant monks – there was a strict regime and no women were allowed.

Biking and Hiking trails

Tsovagyugh – Kalavan Biking Tour

Alternatively, this tour can be done by jeeps.
Overview: Biking tour across the Areguni Mountain Range
Distance: 18 km
Starting point: Tsovagyugh village
Road condition: easy to follow dirt road with some overgrown parts on the last section
Description: Above the village of Tsovagyugh take a dirt road that goes east and climbs to Areguni Mountain Range. For a while the road runs parallel to the ridge and offers beautiful vistas of the lake and Sevan Peninsula. After couple of kilometers the road crosses to the other side of the ridge, still keeping the elevation. Inland views open up showing mountain slopes covered with lush forests. These are bordering areas of Dilijan NP. After approx. 11 km take the road that goes down till Kalavan. This section can be overgrown and hard to pass on some points. Detailed information about this trail can be
obtained from the Hooga Guest House’s WikiLoc account.

Drakhtik – Kalavan Biking Tour

Overview: Biking tour across the Areguni Mountain Range
Distance: 16 km
Starting point: Drakhtik village
Description: The trail follows a river valley NW of Drakhtik, traverses a mountain
pass at 2187m and continues along the Barepat River valley before reaching Kalavan.

MUSEUMS

Geological Museum and Art Gallery of Dilijan

/ 28, Miasnikyan Str., Dilijan /

Working hours: Tue. – Sun. (10:00 am – 6:00 pm).
Entrance fee: 500 AMD. Guide: 1500 AMD (Armenian) – 2000 AMD (Russian, English and German).
The museum was founded in 1950 and provides a comprehensive view of the history of the Dilijan region, the historical development of its inhabitants, their way of life, material culture, monuments, historical and geographical conditions. The art gallery features some rare paintings by Armenian masters, as well as Dutch, Italian and French painters.

Dilijan Folk Art Museum

/ 1, Getapnya Str., Dilijan /

Working hours: Tue. – Sat. (11:00 am – 5:00 pm), Sun. (11:00 am – 4:00 pm).
Entrance fee: 300 AMD for adults; 100 AMD for children.
Guide: 1500 AMD (Armenian and Russian).
Dilijan Folk Art Museum after Hovhannes Sharambeyan is a branch of the Folk Art Center in Yerevan. The Museum of Folk Art in Dilijan was established in 1979 in one of the oldest buildings in the region, constructed in 1896. The house belonged to Princess Mariam Tumanian (1870) and served as a summer house. Several well-known Armenian writers and artists have lived in this summer house including Hovhaness Tumanian, Yeghishe Charents, Azniv Hrachya and philologist Sergey Vardanyan. The latest resident of the house was Hovhannes Sharambeyan, who reorganized it into a Museum of Folk Art. He travelled a lot around Armenia and collected the majority of the artefacts by himself. The Museum has 9 halls where Armenian folk artworks and ethnographic objects are displayed. The museum has 843 artifacts, out of which 543 are permanently exhibited.