Gakh is another picturesque region in the north-west of Azerbaijan. Here, the climate is dry subtropical and temperate in mountains. There are plenty of mountain rivers and waterfalls in the region.
PLACES TO VISIT
Every region in Azerbaijan has its own “pearl” and in Gakh it is certainly Ilisu – small mountain village located at 1400-1600 m above sea level, 12km from the Gakh town.
Regardless of seasons, Ilisu is the best place to get rid of the stress of the big cities. Embraced by mountainous forests on all sides, the place is famous for its heavy rains and bright rainbows in spring and summer.
Actually, Ilisu is a state nature reserve that covers an area of 54,000 hectares and is home to hundreds of plants, animals, and birds, some of which are included in the Red Book.
Just one kilometer away from the village, you can find the picturesque Ulu waterfalls, a must-see place for anyone visiting Ilisu. Professional climbers can risk and mount Jinligala’s top on the edge of an abyss, which has access only from one side.
The emblem of the village, Sumug fortress, is a four-story defense tower commanding a great view of the surrounding areas.
The 17th century Great Bridge over the Kurmuk River was built when Ilisu was a capital of a sultanate. Egg-yolk was used as solidifier of the bridge and for this reason, the bridge is believed to be still in usable condition.