22 Jul 2015 - 17:00
One of the most environmentally protected villages in the Caucasus will soon open its doors and welcome tourists to its restored historical infrastructure and private hotels.
Dartlo village – located in a picturesque spot in the Tusheti hills of eastern Georgia – is the focus of new restoration work aimed to improve social conditions and make the site more attractive to visitors.
Restoration of houses in the village was initiated within a $600,000 (£380,000) cooperation project between the World Bank and the Georgian Government, which first started in 2012 but was later modified after a monitoring report by the World Bank.
Dartlo is known for its environmental preservation level. Photo by dzeglebi.ge.
The houses earmarked for current restoration works were selected according to their status as monuments of historical heritage, while outer infrastructure and pathways will also be set up in the village.
Dartlo is located 2000 metres above sea level within the Akhmeta Municipality in eastern Georgia. A 2002 Census revealed the village had a population of nine however the area was known for its environmental preservation level, thus popular with local and international tourists.
The restoration of 28 houses within the current stage is set to be completed later this year.