Even though Armenia may be a tiny country in the world map but there are enough medieval treasures to visit which will keep tourists busy for a while. This landlocked country is culturally rich and its past is complex and fragile. Religiously significant, one of the important features of Armenia is that it was the first nation in the planet to adopt Christianity as its official religion.
Kick-start the tour by visiting the Monastery of Geghard. This medieval attraction has been carved out of a solid rock and is perched at the head of the Azat Valley. This site is known for its breathtaking natural beauty and is fringed by looming rock cliffs in the backdrop. Another incredible pilgrimage site to be visited is the Khor Virap Monastery, residing 8 kms south of the Turkish border in the Ararat area of Armenia. This monastery became well-known for 13 year imprisonment of Grigor Lusavorich by King Tridates III of Armenia.
Formerly referred to as Lenin Square, the Republic Square is in the hub of the capital city, Yerevan was built during the Soviet era. Spanning an area of 14,000 sq meters, the site is home to 7 major buildings and is famed for its 'Dancing and Singing Fountains', a computer-generated auditory and visual exhibit with the water fountains changing directors and colors in rhythm to a variety of genres of music being played. Tourists will love heading over to the Cascade which is a fascinating mixture of modern-day public square and a giant staircase. Reach the summit by climbing the stairs or by taking the elevator. The powerful background of Mount Ararat behind this iconic structure and the panoramic vistas of Yerevan from above adds to the overall charm of the point.
Drive down 8 kilometers to the south-east of Yerevan and drop by at the village and the district of Garni. Dating as far back as the 3rd millennium BC, today some of the well-known attractions in the point are area are the Hellenistic Garni temple, designed in Greco-Roman style and is home to stunning mosaics within its bathhouse, the Church of St. Astvatsatsin, Mashtots Hayrapet Church - ruins of 4th century single-aisled church, the ruins of Takh Manuk Shrine of Oshakan, Saint Sargis Shrine and Queen Katranide Shrine.
Need a gateaway? Trek over to the impressive range of snow-capped peaks of the Lesser Caucasus Mountains. Some of the shoppers will be pleased to note a few quaint Armenian villages offer local honey and other traditional goods at affordable rates. This is a great place to enjoy fresh mountain air and hike on the guided trails available. Owing to its desirable climate, Dilijan is a resort town in the north-east of Yerevan. It is famously nick-named as the 'Armenian Switzerland' by the locals and the natives because of the luscious and dense forested valleys & mountains and fringed by alpine meadows.
Stop over at Jermuk - a spa town in Southern Armenia which is home to most of the country's mineral waters and soak in these healthy waters, known to be therapeutic for different ailments. If you're a ski enthusiast, then visit Tsaghkadzor, a city in Central Armenia, for it is a renowned ski resort and also has an ancient monastery to boot. Tourists flock to this part of the country who wish to participate in winter sports and enjoy the scenic beauty.
Drop by at the Karahundj Observatory for the ancient site in the Southern Syunik Province of Armenia is said to be one of the earliest man-made structures and is believed to date as far back as 3,500 years older than Stonehenge. Some of the museums worth visiting are Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts and the Armenian Genocide Museum.
When it comes to shopping, the Vernisaj flea market in Yerevan are popular with the tourists for local goods. Be sure to indulge in local specialities while visiting the country and don't forget to head over to a couple of pubs or bars to let your hair down and groove the night away.
The stay options in Armenia are plenty with the best luxury hotels, private apartments and cheap accommodations available for tourists to decide which stay to opt for depending on their budget and tastes.
Armenia experiences a markedly continental climate. The best time to visit the country would be during September and October as the weather is mild and clear.