Located close to the border of Georgia with Azerbaijan, Davit (or David) Gareja is the most remarkable of all ancient sites of the country. The complex consists of about 15 old monasteries spread over a large, remote area, in semi-desert landscape of Kakheti. Two of the key and most visited monasteries are Lavra (the only inhabited one today) and on the hill above it, Udabno, which has beautiful as well as precious frescoes. The
Udabno monastery is near the top of the mountain that Lavra sits near the base of. Udabno has amazing 10th-to-13th- century frescos.
The complex was founded in the 6th century by David (St. David Garejeli), one of the thirteen Assyrian monks who arrived in the country at the same time. Although this isolated group of monasteries is somewhat tricky to reach, their location, architectural uniqueness, history and important frescos will definitely reward your efforts.
You definitely have to climb up the mountain from Lavra to get to Udabno. While reaching the top you realize that you are seeing farm fields of Azerbaijan. Getting uphill – you will be rewarded a mind-blowing, far-reaching view.
You can take a trip to David Gareja by a 4×4. This will get you an adventurous and unforgettable jeep tour in semi-desert areas of Eastern Georgia to the spectacular, remote wonder of the world.