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Georgias Gem Tbilisi

Georgias Gem Tbilisi

By Shilpa Pal

Located on the coast of the Black sea, Georgia is next to the countries of Russia, Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan. It lies at the edge of Asia and Europe. Georgia is a curious place crowned at the top by the Higher Caucasus Mountains to the north of the country. But beyond the mountains, which are stunning, the people of Georgia are wonderfully welcoming and hospitable.The capital city Tbilisi greets visitors with a Wi-Fi network named “TBILISILOVESYOU,” and is a charming place to explore.


FOOD AND NIGHTLIFE

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.”

8 Lado Gudiashvili St, Tbilisi, Tbilisi 0105, Georgia
+995 544 44 45 44
A place to socialise with arts, cocktails, and delicious small plates in a great ambience. Jazz nights, live bands and Saturday movie nights will make your evenings entertaining.

Tumaniani St., 15, Tbilisi 0105, Georgia
+995 598 90 07 86
Meat lover? Head to this place for finger licking Indian food like chicken biryani,mutton biryani,chicken pakora,veg pakora,mix vegetables. Halal served.


For the best burger in town head to Publica

28 Rustaveli Ave, Tbilisi 0108, Georgia
+995 322 00 16 16
Want to have the best seafood in Tbilisi? Then this is where you need to be. With everyday live shows and fresh ingredients, amazing flavours, it’s a must visit. 

SHOPPING


D. Aghmashenebeli Alley, 16th km, Tbilisi, Georgia
+995 322 50 55 56
Timing: 10AM- 10PM
Tbilisi Mall makes for an exciting new family experience for Georgia’s residents and tourists and offers a broad range of high street and internationally famous brands.

Vintage bazaars, local fashion designer shops, handmade crafts, along with luxury or budget-friendly brands, Tbilisi has it all

Rustaveli Ave., 2/4, Tbilisi 0105, Georgia
+995 322 50 00 40
Timing: 10AM–10PM
Acting as the true heart of the city, Galleria Tbilisi has got everything! 
This place brings brands like H&M, Calvin Klein, and Armani Exchange to the Georgian market for the very first      time. It also has food outlets like Burger King, KFC and McDonalds.


2 Aleksandre Tvalchrelidze Street, Tbilisi 0179, Georgia
+995 322 93 00 07
Timing: 10AM–10PM
The center is just about 15 minutes drive from the city center of Tbilisi and offers a whole lot of brands under one roof. You can wander in shops all day and never get tired, it is like a long street flanked by shops and eateries on either side. 

Almost every family in Tbilisi permits smoking inside. And this isn’t considered a bad habit – quite the contrary, it’s held to be the indicator of every “true” resident of the city.


STAY
Rose Revolution Square 1, Tbilisi 0108, Georgia
Price Range: INR 13,985
Located in the heart of Georgia’s capital city, Tbilisi, this hotel is nestled between the beautiful Mtkvari River and nearby mountain ranges. Step outside to find dining, shopping and nightlife on Rustaveli Avenue. This place is within walking distance to public transport, a metro station is 300m away as well as landmark sights such as Freedom Square and the Old Town.
One can indulge with a taste of Italy in Filini, as well as start the day with a filling buffet breakfast. Lovers of Asian food shouldn’t miss the sushi at Umami. Try your luck in their basement casino, with exciting games and VIP service available 24 hours a day.
Their 249 rooms and suites provide free high-speed, wireless Internet and scenic views of Mtatsminda, the city’s historic hill, or of the river landscape.

Rustaveli Ave., 29, Tbilisi 0108, Georgia
Price Range: INR 11,572 - INR 24,348 
The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi is ideally situated within the historic and cultural district of the capital city - Rustaveli Avenue, close to city’s main sightseeing and best attractions.  The property is suitable for both business and leisure travellers. With seven distinct lifestyle and dining venues, a sensational spa and a one-of-its-kind entertainment arena, this property promises to be the only address for glamorous lifestyles. Their 214 luxury rooms and suites each provide free high-speed, wireless Internet, upscale bathroom amenities. Beautiful views will guarantee unforgettable experience and stay. 

32 Chovelidze | Belinski St. 32, Tbilisi 0108, Georgia
Price Range: INR 5,753 - INR 8,562 
British House is a finely decorated four star hotel, located in the most elegant neighborhood Central Tbilisi. It combines tasteful, cozy atmosphere and service of high European standards with original Georgian hospitality.
This place offers 10 rooms including suites, non- smoking rooms and family rooms and airport transportation and laundry service. 

ESSENTIAL FACTS

Currency

Georgian LARI is the official currency. You can exchange your money in banks, but it is suggested that you look for exchange points located in the main streets of the city.                                                                          
The singular of Lari is Tetri. They have both: coins and Banknotes.
Current coins are: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 Tetri and 1 and 2 Lari.
Current Banknotes are: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 Lari.

Transportation

Public transport in Tbilisi is really affordable. 
TAXI – It is one of the cheapest services in Georgia.
Here are contacts of several taxi companies:
+(995 32) 200 200
+(995 32) 60 60 60
+(995 32) 2 747474;

METRO
It is the fastest source of public transport in Tbilisi, but unfortunately there are only 22 metro stations in the city, so you might have to walk a bit to arrive to the final destination. Transportation costs 0.25 USD per person. It is a fast and comfortable way of transportation.

BEST TIME TO VISIT GEORGIA
The best time to visit Georgia is either side of the summer heat and winter freeze - in May, June and September. The lowlands around Tbilisi are particularly hot and humid in midsummer - while the mountains are cooler and drier. And don't forget your hiking boots; trekking with a local guide is one of the best ways to explore.
Bon Voyage!