It is the deepest canyon in Europe It is so deep that we can’t even see it at all Now, we are going to look at the Tobot waterfall In fact, there is not a single waterfall, there are three waterfalls inside a quite large canyon. So, you can see that it is the main waterfall, number one, two and the third one can be seen in the shade It looks very beautiful and I am sure that it is even more beautiful in summer despite the weather is cold right now and there’s no foliage, this is a really cool view. So, now we are going to visit two villages. They are located in about a one-hour drive from here. In fact, the distances are very short they are maybe just 15, 17, 18 kilometers but we’re in a mountain region, this is Dagestan All the roads here are really winding That’s why it can easily take 1.5 hours to cover even 15 km. We are now in the Kahib village and here is the tower of the Kahib mountain complex and now we need to go right there through this small village and come up to the tower complex itself Murad, how old these towers are, what do you think? 100 years old? 200? 300? Wooooow! Look, what a beautiful view! How do we get there? We have a very simple plan. We are now going to get to the end of this village. There, we will try to find a bridge, Which definitely should lead to these towers, and walk along there. Actually, I think there are not just the towers, some villages used to be there, too. But this is only one complex are there are two of them here. this is Kahib, and then we’ll go to Goor towers So, apparently, these towers were built to protect the village in case someone would’ve wanted to attack it They could be used for defense There is either a cemetery or some people were just buried here. It’s very beautiful and interesting, however, there are no tourists here at all.
Which means we’re all by ourselves here It looks very authentic. There is no trash or mud, or any signs here. It is what makes it so cool. Here’s the first tower. And the second one. Two towers. Let’s get into the tower The last floor Yeah, these towers are not as interesting as the previous ones But the view is amazing. Just imagine what the view is like at the top of the tower So, we visited three places today. No, it is four places actually! Because the way from the waterfall to the bay was very cool. and we visited two tower complexes And if we could get to that place by a passenger car, this one can only be reached by a 4×4 car. The distance to the village is about 1300 meters. And we are at a height of about 1600 meters. As you could see, the way is very hard with a lot of rocks. I think if the road was wet we couldn’t make it to here even by our Lada Niva We’re almost there The last inhabitants lived here in 2007. Ten people used to live here A half of them died. The other half left. The settlement became completely deserted in 2010. Look! This one is much bigger. Damn, even the door are kind of hand made So, welcome home! I just want to find the last house where anybody was living.
Which was abandoned literally in 2010. In fact, the last resident of this village died in 2015. A stone with some Arabic writing. It’s very beautiful We are on the roof of the last dwelling house. And it seems like somebody still live here. They installed a door and closed it. And they wrote not to build a campfire I can make a little resume – this is the highlight of our travel. If we talk about Dagestan, no, even about all Russia, there is no another place like that I don’t know even know about a place like this in the whole world. I saw a couple of similar places in Tajikistan But this one is larger. It’s a whole town! Everything looks like from the time of Alexander the Great. So cool! Well, the last glance at Gamstul. We had an argument on how many people used to live here I think it was about 500 people in the best years Alex says that it could be about 1000 Such place is unique. And at the top of a mountain. It’s amazing. And now we are going to drive our Lada Niva to the Chirkey Dam. And we are also going to see the deepest canyon in Europe along the way. The third deepest canyon in the world. That’s why we are now going back to the car in order to start exploring Dagestan further! We have arrived at one of the final destinations of our journey. This is the Sulak canyon. This is the Sulak Canyon. First, this is the deepest canyon in Europe. Second, it is the third deepest canyon in the world. And third, it is 120 meters deeper than the famous Grand Canyon in Arizona. We just got to the last location of our journey This is the Chirkey Dam. This is the second-highest dam in Russia It may seem depressing and sad. Such weather, snow. But for me it’s the icing on the cake. It’s a great bonus for us. We managed to catch three seasons in terms of weather in Dagestan. We saw the canyon which is really great. Do you know what I want to suggest? Let the next region we visit be a warm one. We’ll take our swimsuits and maybe even go for a swim. We went from snowy Dagestan to the sunny and spring-like Crimea. We traveled around Dagestan in a Lada Niva but now we’re renting a Nissan Almera. I think it’s suitable for these roads. (actually not) There’s a little doubt about some large rock there that we won’ be able to drive around. However, we just saw a the Zhiguly going through just like that It’s sad that we don’t have the Niva right now. We have to go on foot. But the weather is great so it’s alright. The place is unique in this matter that it’s not that simple to get here. We actually only go to places like that. There is a path! I guess that people go here too. But not any people! Only adventurers and travelers like us. Lighthouses are not up to date anymore. They are preserved just for the beauty but they aren’t functional. Cape Meganom is the most beautiful place in Crimea. Okay, well. This is our final destination for this first day. The very edge of Cape Meganom. There’s a shitload of wind turbines. To be honest, I don’t understand why they are still here because they have not been generating power for a long time. Most of them are dismantled and others are rusty and waiting to be taken apart. This is the end of our first day in the Crimea. We’ll spend another two days here. We had time to see Cape Meganom. It’s huge. And there is the lighthouse that we visited. It’s very cold but the first day is over.
It’s been a really good first day. I liked it. The Crimea is so beautiful in November! We are alone on Ai-Petri! This is a very touristic place location.
I think it’s the most touristic one in the Crimea What I like in Ai-Petry is that you can reach it by car and there’s only a short distance left to walk. This is not like the yesterday’s lighthouse which is only reachable by a 4×4 car. There used to be blue rope ladders here, which you could use to get from there to this cliff and then go there and come back. Check out this lift. I think it definitely works. Alright, we are at the highest point of the Crimea. But I am not sure that it is true. We are on Ai-Petri. Okay, guys!
I think we’ve found the most highland cat in the Crimea. Look how chubby it is!It seems that walking up in the mountains are not so healthy after all. Nobody’s here at all in November.
We only met the cat within two hours. You can reach here in two ways. The first one is a public cable way. It takes about 15 minutes. The second one is a road which leads to the same place as the cable way – right to the top to the root of these mountains. As for me, I prefer a car road because it’s very captivating. You can go through a beautiful forest. And see two waterfalls and some abandoned summer camps. After this, we are going to Sevastopol. I heard they cook delicious dumplings there. Hey, guys! Please tell us how can we get through? We’ve reached the second most beautiful place in the Crimea after Cape Meganom from yesterday. It’s Cape Fiolent. It’s a pretty popular place. It was visited by Pushkin and Aivazovsky. Even i came here too. So, all the popular people of Russia here. Now we are going to the Rock of the Holy Epiphany. The Rock of the Holy Epiphany is our last destination for today It’s “Holy” because about 1000 years ago, a Greek ship almost crashed here and they landed on this rock. They found an icon at the top and founded a chapel here. We found a boat with a really nice man named Timur.
He’s now taking us to some caves. So, we are approaching something. We can take a look. So, you say, it’s called Mouth of the Dragon? We are told that Catherine II swam there. She was brought there by Potemkin to become younger. The length of the cave is about 17 meters, and there is fresh water inside. actually, the weather is wonderful, we are very lucky. Well, we’ve seen in all. Let’s head back. As they say, hard a-starboard!
And let’s go back to Balaklava. The weather is amazing.
We just came back and it’s cold here.
And there are sun, caves, and high waves about a one-hour drive from here. The Greeks who crushed and founded the Rock of the Holy Epiphany surely had been sailing here for the famous Balaklava’s chebureks (lamb pies). Vazgen and Zorik have a nice place here. It is many thousand years old. The Greeks said – “Wow, Crimea! We should go and get some chebureks!
And went right here from Ancient Greece. Finally, some real urban exploration started.
That’s what we wanted for a long time and we’ve just found it. Incredibly beautiful
abandoned Ordzhonikidze sanatorium. Since the sanatorium has been abandoned for many years, everything is in very good condition here. Look at these signboards. Hospital No. 2132 was here during the Great Patriotic War from 1941 to 1945. We saw that there are many different inscriptions, cadastral numbers so this means that the whole area is for sale.
It means that the sanatorium can be bought. Look, I’m looking at all this and I think that this is the most beautiful sanatorium that I’ve seen in my life. As far as I know, the sanatorium was built in 1937 and was closed for reconstruction in 2010. Last welcomed guests here in 2016. It was the last time. Since reconstruction of this place requires about 22 billion rubles which no one has so nobody is doing this. That’s why it is abandoned and we have a chance to walk here. Also, there is a cable-railway here. As you can understand, it is abandoned too. I don’t think there is anything more beautiful in Sochi than this sanatorium. Even all the freshly built sites (sports or non-sports ones) are not even close to this architectural masterpiece. Alright, we just got to the most extreme landmark of Sochi. This is a suspension bridge at an altitude of 207 meters and it is 467 meters long. his is the longest walking suspension bridge in Russia. The highest rope jump in Europe is 207 meters. And now I’m going to kind of jump off it. Ha-ha, look, it gets a little weird with every approach. One thing is when you are climbing up a skyscraper, you know all this stuff and you hold on to everything with your hands, etc. And it’s a different matter when you have a rope that you didn’t tie. I climbed a lot of skyscrapers, sure. Some of them were much higher than 207 meters, But this is scary, really scary. But cool. No, really cool. I really liked it. It’s really cool thing. For me, the highlight is Dagestan The first place where we went. The towers stuck in my memory most of all Those abandoned villages which are 2.5 thousand years old That feeling that you’re not in even Russia, but in some medieval world, such beautiful and in some sense fairytale and alluring On the first day, we visited the towers. We visited the villages of Goor and Kahib. Those are very beautiful places. Those are two abandoned villages, which are little far from Makhachkala, about a 4-hour drive. Probably, the worst infrastructure was in Dagestan. But it’s not surprising since it is a very mountainous region, there are mainly mountains everywhere. It’s difficult to build a road there. Gamsutl – This was the highlight of our whole journey. I can even rank it among the top five places in Russia where I’ve been to. I was very impressed that despite those people living villages, with a distance of 10 km between them, they may not even understand each other because they speak different dialects, almost different languages In the Crimea I was not impressed by as many places as in Dagestan I was definitely impressed by Cape Meganom and that lighthouse. And the Rock of Holy Epiphany, of course. The Greeks were good at choosing a place where holy thing would happen. I really liked the fact that we were on AI-Petri and we met no one for three hours. We were the only people there. When I tell people this story, they don’t believe me. I liked the Ordzhonikidze sanatorium in Sochi. I have never been there, I just read about this place on the Internet. It is very easy to get there. I think this is the most beautiful architectural construction in Sochi and in the Krasnodar region overall. Such an incredibly beautiful example of Stalinist Neoclassicism. As for the Skypark? I jumped from the highest bungee rope in Europe. I enjoyed it. The weather in November is very capricious And I liked the most that there are no tourists. It’s very cool. Do you know what else I have to add? It’s good to travel with an old friend, especially someone who’s afraid to ride a MegaTroll. Alexey – In such moments you start to think if you really want this. I’m not comfortable right now, actually. Is it okay if I stay silent for a while? And then let’s come up and I’ll tell you something funny. Well, I just can’t relax. You are pretty relaxed, you dropped your hand, feeling comfortable… Well I liked your reaction! It’s just a must have.