Administrative Center: Hrazdan
Distance from Yerevan to Hrazdan: 42 km
Area: 2089 sq km
Kotayk region is situated north of Yerevan. The Hrazdan River flows through the capital town Hrazdan in deep gorges and canyons.
Garni and Geghard: There is a little village Garni 29 km. east of Yerevan, where the Garni Temple is located. It is a whole architectural ensemble. The most famous building in it is the Temple dedicated to Mitra, God of the Sun, which is the only monument of the Hellenistic period in Armenia. From the 3rd century B.C. to the 4th century A.D. Garni was used as the residency of the Armenian kings and the seat of the army. The temple was destroyed as a result of an earthquake in 1679, and only reconstructed in 1970. Since 1949, archeological dig is being conducted in this place.
12 km away from Garni, you can see the famous in-rock monastery Geghard, located on the slope of an almost closed amphitheater of steep cliffs. The original monastery, the exact foundation date of which has not been defined yet, is famous for its in-rock architecture which can successfully compete with ground-based buildings. In 923 the Monastery was robbed and burnt by Arabs. Today’s architectural ensemble belongs to the 12th – 13th century. Geghard Monastery is included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
The tracks of the mountain ski resort Tsahkadzor, which is famous since the Soviet times, are situated on Mount Teghenis (2,821 m). The ski season lasts here from November to April. The snow height reaches 1, 4 m. The average temperature in winter is -6°C. The new 3 level ski lift is capable of serving from 600 to 1,200 people per hour. The whole length of the ski tracks is 7,200 meters (a total of 50 extremely interesting tracks). The total area of the ski lift is about 800 hectares Tsahkadzor mountain resorts are well known of high-level service, unique nature and climate.
Administrative Center: Gyumri
Distance from Yerevan to Gyumri: 115 km.
Area: 2681sq km
Shirak regions occupies the north west corner of Armenia and offers some of the best but least known picturesque and natural features.
Gyumri – the administrative Center of the region is the second largest city of Armenia. It is a historic city, with a rich urban heritage and culture. Many museums and theatres, churches and a unique open air food market are among the attractions of Gyumri.
Haritch Monastery (7- 13 century) was built with huge semi colored stones. Haritch was the summer residence of Armenian Catholicoses for centuries.
Tsak kar (hole stone) is another famous monument which is situated in Toparli. It is a monument of a huge stone with a hole. The legend says that the people who pass through the hole will acquire eternal happiness.
Administrative Center: Ijevan
Distance form Yerevan to Ijevan: 124km
Area: 2724 sq km
Tavush is famous for its trees, mountain and fresh air and is often called “Small Switzerland”. It is a real heaven for bird-watchers as more than 240 kinds of birds can be observed here.
The small town of Dilijan located in lush forests is a popular resort and tourist destination in Armenia. The old section of the city has been preserved and maintained as an "old town," complete with craftsman's workshops, a gallery and a museum, hiking, mountain biking, and picnicking are popular recreational activities in the town.
The 13th century Haghartsin Monastery is hidden in the lush forests of Dilijan National Park.
Goshavank Monastery is located close to Haghartsin and is famous for its intricate khachkars (cross stones) and elaborate carvings. The Monastery once housed a large medieval university.