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All 4 seasons in one city
Borjomi is a resort town in south-central Georgia with a population estimated at 14,445. It is one of the districts of the Samtskhe-Javakheti region and is situated in the northwestern part of the region in the picturesque Borjomi on the eastern edge of the “Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park”. The town is famous for its mineral water industry (which is the number one export of Georgia), the Romanov summer palace in Likani  and Borjomi mineral water is particularly well known in those countries which were part of the former Soviet Union; the bottling of mineral water is a major source of income for the area. Because of the supposed curative powers of the area's mineral springs, it is a frequent destination for people with health problems. Borjomi is also home to the most extensive ecologically-themed amusement park in the Caucasus.
Legend has it that the name “Borjomi” comes from two words: “borj” (fortress) and “omi” (war). In the past, wars frequently happened in the area, during which Borjomi Canyon was a strategic military base; the mountains surrounding the city provided a natural fortress and were also perfect sites for watchtowers.
The first attempts to industrially produce Borjomi mineral water were made as early as 1850 .
By 1900 the production volume of Borjomi mineral water exceeded 1 million bottles per year.
In 1980 “Borjomi” water became the first widely recognised brand in the Soviet Union; its white and red label was familiar to almost every consumer. Up to 1 million half litre bottles were sold daily, whilst annual production volume reached 400 million bottles. With Borjomi becoming the most popular water in the Union, the brand earned its place in national history.
Drinking Borjomi mineral water is good for dental health. The fluoride and iodide in the water help to decrease the risk of tooth decay.
Set within the stunning valleys of the southern Caucasus, the Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park spans over 700 square km, making it Europe’s largest national park. Thanks to its picturesque scenery, easy accessibility, fresh climate and, of course, its mineral springs, the area has become one of the most popular resorts in the former Soviet Union.
As a ‘climate phenomenon’ it is of particular interest to scientists and ethnographers, for the area boasts a unique ecosystem contributed to by crystalline glacier water from the Bakuriani Mountains, relict pine forests and volcanic springs in the Borjomi Canyon.

Places to visit: City park, Borjomi Kharagauli national park , The Green Monastery, Romanov Palace.
Things to buy : Near the entry to the city park, locals sell home-made jam from pine tree cones. It is claimed that the jam is useful when curing upper respiratory tract infections and is good for improving immunity.
Places to stay: Rixos hotel borjomi, Hotel Borjomis Kheoba, Hotel Texel, Hotel Borjomi, Hillside Guest House.