Caucasus... considered the gateway to the world where different nationalities come together, their history goes back thousands of years. People printed their mark in ancient monuments, fortresses, writings and, of course, in traditions and customs that have been carefully passed down through multiple generations.
BaikalNature invites you to an exclusive trip to Dagestan with a unique opportunity to bring you to the life of local people. Throughout the tour, you will have so many points of contact with locals in different places. Come down with standard hotels and dull dinners in restaurants, we try to be close to local people all the time to immerse ourselves in their culture and learn what real Dagestan is.
Visit the oldest settlement with 5000 years of history - Derbent and its main sight the Naryn-Kala fortress - (Unesco World Heritage Site), get lost in one of the magals of the old Derbent and meet a local family for a traditional dinner. Then, you find yourself in the most famous Dagestan village - Kubachi, an original local ethno-cultural world with its own special way of life, language, identity and ethical code. Local people are talented masters that boast the finest handmade jewelry.
When it comes to Kubachi traditons, the best way to learn more is to join one of local weddings.The main higlight of our tour is a chance to become a guest of the local wedding and see what is the real hospitality of the Kubachin people and Dagestanian people at all. Wedding in Kubachi includes 3 days of celebrating: Groom's Day, Bride's Day and the third day (a day of general festivities). Every day is held according to a certain scenario, which is revered by all local people, from a white shawl with a fringe of the bride - "lumkitabkaz", which is passed along the female line, to the tradition of stealing things from the bride's house for the newlyweds. A bright and rich ceremony, traditional beautiful clothes and an abundance of national dishes, old wedding traditions and the famous Dagestan dance - Lezginka are worth to see it with your own eyes. Feel the special atmosphere of a colorful holiday and enjoy the Dagestan hospitality!
In addition to wedding festivities, we join to the annual festival dedicated to the ancient abandoned village of Amuzgi and visit the workshop and museum of local goldsmiths. Also, we explore the ancient fortress Kala-Koreish, which keeps the secrets of the medieval capital of a large feudal possession and the Caucasian Machu Picchu; the high-mountain abandoned village Gamsutl at an altitude of 1418 m and the village of Ghunib with the picturesque Ghunib fortress of the 19th century, a witness of the Caucasian War.
Amazing history and distinctive culture are perfectly combined with the delightful nature of mountainous Dagestan. This is a paradise for any photographer and adventure seeker. Go on an ethnographic journey through the most ancient places of Dagestan to discover everything that is usually hidden from the eyes of an ordinary tourist and feel the special flavour of Caucasian culture. Leave all prejudice about Dagestan behind, it is incredibly calm and safe country, and local people are very hospitable, who greet each stranger as the most dear guest.
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The price is indicated per person in the group of 4 participants. Price for the group of 3 people is 74 800 RUB per person.
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