Zagatala (Zaqatala) is a city in Sheki Rayonu in northwest Azerbaijan.Zakatala is located in north-west Azerbaijan on the slopes of the Caucasus Mountains. It is at an altitude of 600 meters. It is located 450 km (280 mi) from the capital Baku. The population of Zakatala city is 25,000 people. Zakatala is a multinational region with 26 different ethnic groups including: Avar, Zakur, Lesgi, Kumuck, Yengloid, Ingloid, Russian, Georgians, etc. Zakatala city is divided into two parts by the Tala River, Zaka and Tala.Zakatala was established in the 17th century by its namesake Zakeria. Before that, there was only a government by the name of the Jar-Balakan Community, which was established by the Avar. This community fell to the influence of the Mongolians, Persians, and finally after the establishment of the city of Zakatala, the Russians. In the 18th century, the Russian Army, under the leadership of General Sisianov, attacked Zakatala. The locals from the Jar-Balakan Community resisted General Sisianov’s army heroically. Finally, General Sisianov fortified the city of Zakatala against the Jar-Balakan Community.At this time, Dagestan s ruler, Sheik Shamil sent a cohort of soldiers with the purpose of liberating the people of Zakatala, but despite their efforts the Jar-Balakan Community was defeated on the banks of the Alazan Rive. Thus, Zakatala fell to the influence of the Russian Empire. After the October Revolution and the declaration of the First Republic of Azerbaijan in 1918, Zakatala was made the regional center for the northwest region until 1920. During the Soviet period, Zakatala industrialized with tobacco, wool, brick, hazelnut, wine, and dairy factories. Communal farms were established in Zakatala as well and the railroad was laid to Zakatala. Upon independence in 1991, many mosques, 2 educational institute, and several schools were opened in Zakatala.Ortachala Central Bus Station, Tbilisi, Georgia, there is a mini-bus leaving twice a day (08:30 and 17:00, GEL12, information current as of Dec. 31, 2018). There is a very high probability there will be no buses to Zaqatala on January 1 and 2 and the ticket booth attendant has no way of confirming whether the buses will show.Taxis are 1 AZN for a trip anywhere in the city of Zaqatala. Just state the location and the driver will take you there. To go to a village, be prepared to pay 5-10 AZN.Minibuses cost .2 AZN and there are two routes in Zaqatala city. #1 Gagarin Street-Bus station, #2 Galaduzu-Bus station. Pay upon exiting the bus.While Zaqatala is a natural tourist destination with its verdant mountains, friendly people, and liberal atmosphere, English is not widely spoken, so it would be wise to either bring an Azeri phrasebook and/or brush up on your Azeri, Russian, or Turkish before arriving.Zaqatala is blessed with beautiful nature in this region. The town of Zaqatala is surrounded by mountains. There are 2 parks in the town. One of them is new. This new park is named after academic Zarifa Aliyeva. The other one is named after Haydar Aliyev. This park is not new, but it is very beautiful and large. There are many green trees in here. This is very important for us because they produce oxygen for the people of Zaqatala. It must be protected.Official Web Site: http://zakatala.com/Day TripsZagatala has a very nice cuisine and several restaurants. In addition to the listed restaurants, there is a restaurant in each hotel in Zaqatala.Visit some of the nearby scenic villages:Bus TimesThe number for the Zaqatala bus station is:944505025121

Airport: ZTU Zaqatala International Airport Cities in Azerbaijan

Country: Azerbaijan