Located at an altitude of 2,000 meters The Twin (Gosha) waterfalls are yet another eye-catching attraction of the Gusar region. These waterfalls freeze in winter, drawing adventure seekers and mountain climbers to hold competitions to conquer them. Other waterfalls include Shahnabat, Laza, and Afurja.
ETHNOGRAPHIC TOURISM IN GUSAR AND GUBA
Art works such as, handicrafts, metal, embroidery art, and of course, carpets are iconic features of this region.
Carpets and Rugs are one of the most ancient types of Azerbaijani folklore. There are diverse types of carpet weaving styles in Azerbaijan dating back to the ninth century. Azerbaijan’s best carpets- Chichi, Aggul, and Pirabadil are woven in Gusar. One of them is the Qollu Chichi carpet exhibited in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Tourists can watch the authentic carpet-making process or buy carpets at carpet centers located around Gusar.
Travelling through Gusar you will come across many local craftsmen shops that sell their handmade products.
Copperwork is one of the well-preserved traditions of the local population.
One of the must-see destinations for tourists is Khinalig village, almost an open-air museum. Khinalig is on the UNESCO list of world historical monuments. Cut-off from the outside world for thousands of years, this small village of roughly 1,000 inhabitants has maintained its own unique language and lifestyle right up until today. Village residents have preserved their culture and stand out for their external appearance. The Khinalig residents have an entirely independent language not fitting into any language family - only Khinalig residents speak and understand this language. Locals retain very simple living conditions and live in houses built from river stones.
Krasnaya Sloboda is an old Jewish settlement dating back to the 13th century. Locals, also called Chugurs, are very hospitable and happy to interact with tourists to tell them about their customs and history. The Jewish residents maintain their customs and welcome tourists to the village which has 13 synagogues.