Duration
11 hours
Tour Type
One day trip
Group Size
18 People
Minimal age
0+

Agate Mountains of Khizi and Beshbarmak Shrine

Main information

You will learn what the Khizi Region is famous for and how it differs from other regions of Azerbaijan. This area is located on the flat coast of the Caspian Sea around Shurabad. In this area there are a large number of pastures and poultry lowlands. To the west of Gilazi, the Khizi road climbs gently through the striped semi-desert landscape known as the Candy Mountains. Approximately 10 km west of the city of Khizi, green dense wooded hills around Alty Agach, which has been declared a national park Altiagach. On this tour, we will find out what kind of Candy Mountains are, so popular in Khizi.

Departure point Double gates, Old town
Departure Time 09:00
Arrival Time 20:00
Pickup Available
Languages English, Russian, Arabic
Included
  • Professional Driver
  • Professional guide
  • Comfortable transport with air conditioning
  • Tea+Sweets
  • Entrance tickets
Excluded
  • Lunch

One of the most beautiful roads in Azerbaijan, 40 kilometers long, runs from the Guba-Baku highway to the west to the mountain village of Altiagach. You will see in the middle of the way you will pass a beautiful valley of rocky slate mountains, painted in striking colors - red, orange, pink and jet black. Some tourists also call these mountains(lollipop). It is believed that these incredible colors are caused by groundwater, which affects the degree of oxidation of iron rocks in the rocks.. You will see all this beauty with your own eyes.

You will visit ancient fortresses, settlements and be able to take away with you the main local souvenir — a handful of onyx, which literally lie under your feet here. You and I will have to climb the Beshbarmak mountain itself, which is located at an altitude of 520 meters. The word "beshbarmag" is translated from Azerbaijani as "five fingers", since the outlines of the mountain resemble five fingers of a hand reaching to the sky. According to legend, the prophet Khidyr came here in search of the "elixir of life" and, after drinking water from a spring, became immortal. Mount Beshbarmag is visible for tens of kilometers around and crowns the end of the spur closest to the Caspian Sea. Due to its height and shape, it has been an excellent landmark for navigators since time immemorial. She also attracted by her safety. On its top, defensive structures of the VI century were found, and behind the mountain itself, the ancient city of Khursangal, founded already in the III century BC. Also, this mountain, due to its height and shape, has been an excellent landmark for navigators since time immemorial. Behind the mountain are the ruins of the ancient city of Khursangala.

Then we will walk with you to the foot of the Beshbarmag mountain where the holy place of Pir Khidyr Zunja is located, where travelers stop to pray and worship. And then the question arises why is this place holy? According to legend, the prophet Khidyr Zinde, in search of the elixir of life, visited the vicinity of the mountain, where he found a source of living water, in the underworld. After drinking from it, he gained immortality, so this place began to be called by his name — Khizir Zinday. According to one version, Zul-Karnain turned to Khizir in search of living water. The Prophet took him to two springs, where milk flowed from one and muddy water from the other, he allowed Iskander to drink only from one source. He chose milk. Khyzyr also drank muddy, thanks to which he gained immortality.

Then we will climb to the top of the mountain where there is a source. According to legend, these are the tears of the prophet, which transferred the source of healing power. A narrow slippery path leads to the top of the mountain. According to legend, a person with pure thoughts will go through this path without much difficulty, while a bad one can break loose. For one who has reached the source, the wish must be fulfilled. The most important legend Khizir served in the army of Alexander the Great and helped the great commander find a source of living water in the vicinity of Mount Beshbarmag in the territory of modern Azerbaijan.