Svaneti among National Geographic's destinations on the rise for 2021

National Geographic named Svaneti as one of the destinations on the rise for 2021. Photo: Melissa Findley., 17 Nov 2020 - 18:45, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian highland region of Svaneti is among 25 amazing places to inspire future journeys listed by the National Geographic, that shared 'these 25 timely tales of timeless places that will define our future itineraries'. 

National Geographic gives a short geographical description of Svaneti, paying particular attention to  the village of Ushguli, which is protected as the Upper Svaneti World Heritage site and one of Europe's highest inhabited communities. 

Due to its remoteness, Svan culture evolved over the centuries in isolation from the rest of Georgian lands, developing a unique oral-only language and traditions such as ritual beard cutting and blood feuds. Once infamous for lawlessness, the region is recognized today for its welcoming spirit. While still far off any beaten path, Svaneti now is accessible to intrepid adventurers via the Upper Svaneti section of the Transcaucasian Trail", writes the National Geographic.

Other destinations covered by the National Geographic in the article includes Katmai National Park (Alaska), Dominica, Los Glaciares National Park (Argentina), Tulsa (Oklahoma), Pueblo Nations (New Mexico), Guam, Gyeongju (Korea), Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country (Spain), Tonglu (China), Isle Royale (Michigan), Cerrado (Brazil), Lord Howe Island (Australia), Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (Canada), Indigenous British Columbia (Canada), Space Coast (Florida), England Coast Path (UK), Hortobagy (Hungary), Transylvania (Romania), Denver (Colorado), Alonissos (Greece), Gabon, New Caledonia, Copenhagen (Denmark) and Freiburg (Germany).