Tsaghkadzor is a city in the Kotayk region of Armenia, located 50 km northeast from Yerevan in a picturesque valley in the southeastern part of the Tsaghkunyats Mountains (about 1800 meters above sea level). Translated from Armenian, the word " tsaghkadzor " means "gorge of flowers". From west to east, the city of Tsaghkadzor is crossed by the river of the same name, which flows into the Marmarik River (a tributary of Hrazdan). The historical name of the city ˗ Kecharis which in Armenian means "birch grove".
Winter in the valley is mild with significant snowfalls. It provides with up to 1.40 m thick snow cover. The climate of Tsaghkadzor is health-improving for both sportsmen and vacationers. Local air is very useful for the organism, that’s why tourists purchase not only skiing but also ecological tours. Back in Soviet times, before international competitions, athletes trained in Tsakhkadzor. And today Tsaghkadzor attracts foreign and local athletes.
Tsaghkadzor is popular both for winter and summer tourism. In summer you can practice rock climbing, cycling, mountain tourism, off-road safaris. There are many hotels, cottages, restaurants and cafes in the city and its surroundings.
In the northwestern part of Tsaghkadzor, on the terrace of the slope of the Pambak ridge, there are three churches of the ancient Kecharis monastery, and a little further from them there is a small lonely Church of Resurrection. They are surrounded by many ancient gravestones.
In the 13th century Kecharis monastery was a large spiritual center of Armenia with its own school.