Haghartsin and Goshavanq monasteries are well known in Armenia and they are in all tour travels bundled together with the town of Dilijan sometime referred to as the Swiss-town of Armenia because of resemblance of its scenery to that of Switzerland.
Haghatsin is located very close to Dilijan but Goshavanq and the Gosh village is some 22 kilometers away from Dilijan. A tour guide will most-likely leave you only one hour to explore Goshavanq then puts you fast into the tour vehicle for going back to Yerevan by Dilijan and by the route close to lake Sevan.
Fortunately for those wishing to further explore the Gosh region there is currently the Mkhitar Gosh Guesthouse in the village of Gosh; this 3-stored Guesthouse has been functioning from 2010. It offers Standard Double, Deluxe and Family rooms. Each room has TV set with local and satellite channels, coffee table, wardrobe, and other necessary facilities. In the restaurant one can taste the variety of dishes of both traditional Armenian and other cuisine.
People come here for hiking in the beautiful serene forests and walking to the lake Gosh that is 2.5 km far from the village.
(it's said that the location of Goshvanq monastery used to be during the pagan times of Armenia a famous pagan temple that was replaced by a Christian church, its location is super among the forests and highland.) This region is uplifting and inspiring spiritually and for meditating about God.
Vasken Brudian, wrote in "hedq.am" on Oct. 24, 2013
(photos in link)
A place where the Gods reside? Or is this the heaven we have been searching for?
At least that is the sense one gets when in the presence of this extraordinary and strange beauty. I say strange because in my own life at least, I have rarely been confronted with so much alluring beauty, calmness, tranquility, and a seductive manifestation of nature’s splendor.
Lake Gosh is located in the Tavoush region of Armenia, near the villages of Ganja and Gosh.
Our hike started from Goshavank, and from there, a muddy, steep climb to an altitude of approximately 1550 meters (5000 feet). It is roughly one and a half hours to two hours to reach this point. But once you get here, you realize that a “heaven-like" place like this should not be an easy stroll.
Edited by man, 25 October 2013 - 03:56 PM.