This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Dilijan. To help you make friends with Dilijan before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Dilijan, Armenia, is a small city approximately a hundred kilometers northeast of the capital Yerevan. Dilijan is located in a scenic, mountainous region, which is locally nicknamed as Little Switzerland. The forested valleys and alpine meadows make the region a great place for peaceful hikes and a good base from which to visit one of Armenia’s infamous monasteries.
There are a few hostels in Dilijan, Armenia; there are many more budget accommodations that do not have dorms, but private rooms only. A private room for two or more people may be about the same as the price for two beds in a dorm. Within the city centre, all places of interest can easily be navigated by foot. If your accommodation is a bit out of the centre walking to the centre may be a bit far. Some Dilijan, Armenia hostels rent out bikes, and so does the tourist information. By bike it is easier to get to landmarks that are just outside the city.
Not all landmarks worth visiting during your stay in Dilijan, Armenia are within walking or cycling distance from your Dilijan, Armenia hostel. Dilijan is a good base from which to visit some of Armenia’s infamous monasteries in the region, including Haghartsin Monastery, Goshavank Monastery, and Aghavnavank Monastery. These can be hard to reach if you do not have your own transport. The most convenient way to visit those landmarks are by taxi. Your Dilijan, Armenia hostel may be able to book a taxi for you for a full day and help you to negotiate a fair fee for a taxi, which will wait for you when you are visiting a landmark before continuing to the next monastery. It is also possible to book a tour by taxi between the monasteries at the tourist information in the centre of Dilijan.
Written by local enthusiast for Dilijan hostelsMartin Straatman