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A hotel in Dilijan is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Dilijan hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Dilijan are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Dilijan hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Dilijan hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Dilijan have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Dilijan
An upscale full service hotel facility in Dilijan that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Dilijan hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels in Dilijan
Full service Dilijan hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Dilijan
Boutique hotels of Dilijan are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Dilijan boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Dilijan may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Dilijan
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Dilijan travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Dilijan focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in Dilijan
Small to medium-sized Dilijan hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Dilijan traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Dilijan hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Dilijan
A bed and breakfast in Dilijan is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Dilijan bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Dilijan B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Dilijan
Dilijan hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Dilijan hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Dilijan
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Dilijan hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Dilijan lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Dilijan
Dilijan timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Dilijan often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Dilijan on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Dilijan
A Dilijan motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Dilijan for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Dilijan motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Dilijan
Դիլիջան
From top left: Haghartsin Monastery • Lake ParzUWC Dilijan • Sharambeyan street of old DilijanDowntown Dilijan • Dilijan skylinePanoramic view of Dilijan
From top left:

Haghartsin Monastery • Lake Parz
UWC Dilijan • Sharambeyan street of old Dilijan
Downtown Dilijan • Dilijan skyline
Panoramic view of Dilijan
Official seal of Dilijan  Դիլիջան
Seal
Dilijan  Դիլիջան is located in Armenia
Dilijan  Դիլիջան
Dilijan
Դիլիջան
Coordinates:  / 40.74083; 44.86306
Country Armenia
Province (Marz) Tavush
Founded 1951
Government
• Mayor Armen Santrosyan
Area
• Total 13 km (5 sq mi)
Elevation 1,500 m (4,900 ft)
Population (2011 census)
• Total 17,712
• Density 1,400/km (3,500/sq mi)
Time zone GMT (UTC+4)
Website Official website
Sources: Population

Dilijan (Armenian: Դիլիջան), is a spa town in the Tavush Province of Armenia. Usually called Armenian Switzerland or Little Switzerland by the locals, it is one of the most important resorts of Armenia, situated within the Dilijan National Park. The forested and reclusive town is home to numerous Armenian artists, composers, and filmmakers and features some traditional Armenian architecture. The Sharambeyan street in the centre, has been preserved and maintained as an "old town", complete with craftsman's workshops, a gallery and a museum. Hiking, mountain biking, and picnicking are popular recreational activities.

As of the 2011 census, Dilijan has a population of 17,712, down from 23,700 reported in the 1989 census.

The Armenian government is planning to turn Dilijan into a regional financial capital, beginning with the move of much of the Central Bank's operations to Dilijan in 2013.

Dilijan is currently the fastest-growing urban settlement in Armenia.

Dilijan: Etymology

In an ancient popular legend, the name of the town is named after a shepherd called Dili. The shepherd Dili was in love with his master's daughter, however her father was against it and ordered to kill the shepherd. For many long and dark days, the sorrowful mother was mourning and looking for her only son all over the area and desperately crying, "Dili jan, Dili jan .. " ("Jan is an Armenian endearment term added to the name of a friend or family member). According to the legend the area was later known for his name.

Dilijan: History

Dilijan: Early history and Middle Ages

The historic Sharambeyan street renovated through the efforts of the Tufenkian Foundation of Cultural Heritage

During the excavations conducted in the 1870s, many valuable items were found, dateing back to the Late Bronze and the Early Iron Ages (the end of 2000 BC-the beginning of 1000). Some of the excavated collections were transferred to the museums of Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Tbilisi, Baku and Yerevan, while the reminder was kept in the Dilijan Geological Museum.

During the medieval period, the territory of Dilijan was known as Hovk. Hovk was a favourite forest and a summer resort for the Arsacid kings to show their abilities in hunting. The settlement of Bujur Dili was founded during the 13th century near the area of modern-day Dilijan. The monasteries of Haghartsin and Goshavank were built between the 10th and 13th centuries. The monastery complexes have quickly developed and have served as cultural and educational centers. Haghartsin is one of the iconic examples of the developing Armenian architecture during the Middle Ages. Many other important religious and educational centers of the Middle Ages have survived in Dilijan, such as the Jukhtak Vank Monastery and Matosavank Monastery.

Dilijan: Modern History

In 1666, the name Dilijan was mentioned for the first time in the notes of the French traveler Jean Chardin. Since the town became under the Russian rule in 1801, the population had gradually grown. In 1868 the first public education school was opened in Dilijan.

Traditional houses in Dilijan

Auspicious conditions for cultural development have appeared at the end of the 19th and in the beginning of the 20th centuries. Many theatre groups were organized during the 1890s and the first library of the town was opened in 1908.

Dilijan town hall at the central square

In the second half of the 19th century, Dilijan became a well-known mountain resort the town began to grow gradually. By the end of the 19th century, many entertaining centres were opened in the town, and the famous open-air theatre -known as Rotonda- was built in 1900. The theatre became a favorite place for locals and the visiting Russian intellectuals.

At that period, many modern houses were constructed in a unique traditional architectural style. Many wealthy Armenians from Tiflis and other areas of Transcaucasia began to build their own villas in Dilijan. The architecture in Dilijan has been characterized with gable tiled roof, wide patterned oriel and whitewashed walls. The style has quickly been spread all over the villages at the Aghstev river valley.

At the beginning of the 20th century, many traditional crafts have been developed in Dilijan including metalsmith, carpet weaving, fine arts, wood engraving and other types of folk crafts.

Dilijan: Geography

Dilijan forests

Dilijan lies on the banks of Aghstev River with a length of more than 20 kilometres (12 miles) and at a height of 1,500 metres (4,921 feet) above sea level. The valley is surrounded with the Lesser Caucasus mountains from the north, and the Semyonovka mountain pass from the south. The mountainous areas are all covered with thick forests occupying a territory of more than 34,000 hectares (84,016 acres). Reaching up the highest peaks of the mountains, the forests turn into Alpine meadows. In addition to Aghstev River, many other tributaries flow through the town.

Dilijan: Climate

The climate in Dilijan is cool during summer and cold with snowfalls in winter. With its Alpine climate, Dilijan is a town-resort with favorable oxygen regimen, unique landscape features and curative mineral water.

Climate data for Dilijan
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 4.2
(39.6)
5.0
(41)
8.2
(46.8)
14.5
(58.1)
18.9
(66)
21.6
(70.9)
24.4
(75.9)
24.3
(75.7)
20.8
(69.4)
16.4
(61.5)
10.7
(51.3)
6.3
(43.3)
14.6
(58.3)
Average low °C (°F) −6.2
(20.8)
−5.5
(22.1)
−2.9
(26.8)
2.3
(36.1)
6.5
(43.7)
9.3
(48.7)
12.7
(54.9)
12.3
(54.1)
9.0
(48.2)
3.9
(39)
0.0
(32)
−3.9
(25)
3.1
(37.6)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 22
(0.87)
30
(1.18)
45
(1.77)
65
(2.56)
106
(4.17)
103
(4.06)
66
(2.6)
51
(2.01)
46
(1.81)
47
(1.85)
36
(1.42)
22
(0.87)
639
(25.16)
Average rainy days 7 8 12 14 16 14 9 7 9 10 9 6 121
Source: World Meteorological Organization

Dilijan: Dilijan National Park

Dilijan National Park

The forests of Dilijan cover an area of more than 34,000 hectares. For the enrichment of the natural life around Dilijan, the state forest reserve was founded in 1958 to become known as Dilijan National Park later in 2002. Woods cover 94% of the park territory and with around 40 types of trees and 18 types of bushes, being mostly oaks, beeches, hornbeams, maples, elms, willows, etc.

The national park is also rich in its fauna, including brown bear, wolf, marten, otter, lynx, sylvan cat, Persian squirrel, sylvan dormouse, hedgehog, chamois, European red deer, wild hog, pheasant, quail, partridge, Caspian turkey, culver, bald eagle, lammergeyer, pygmy eagles, golden eagle, hawk and others.

Lake Parz

Lake Parz is one of Dilijan's most attractive natural sites. It is situated in the northern part of the town at a height of 1,400 metres (4,593 feet) above sea level. It has an area of 2 hectares (5 acres) and an average depth of 8 metres (26 feet).

To the east of the Lake Parz, at a distance of 3 kilometres (2 miles) from Gosh village, Lake Tzlka is located at a height of 1,500 metres (4,921 feet). Aghstev River with its tributaries passes through the town and the surrounding forest. Its origins are from the northwestern part of the Pambak mountain range, at a height of 2,980 metres (9,777 feet). Aghstev River has a length of 133 kilometres (83 miles). Many tributaries flow into Aghstev such as Bldsan, Ghshtoghan, Haghartsin and Getik rivers.

Dilijan: Demographics

Dwntown Dilijan in autumn 2015

The majority of the population in Dilijan are ethnic Armenians who belong to the Armenian Apostolic Church. They belong to the Diocese of Tavush of the Armenian Apostolic Church based in Ijevan.

Here is the population timeline of Dilijan since 1976:

Year 1976 1989 2001 2011 2016
Population 24,056 30,433 16,202 17,712 17,600

Dilijan: Culture

Dilijan has a rich historical and cultural heritage. During the nearby excavations in the prehistoric cemeteries of Golovino and Papanino, bronze items of almost three thousand years old were found, including armours, daggers, pitchers, ear-rings and others were found. All those items could be found either in the Dilijan museum or in the Hermitage Museum.

In 1932 the State Theatre was founded in Dilijan under the supervision of the honored USSR artist Hovhannes Sharambeyan, while the school of music was founded in 1946.

On 26 January 2013, the American University of Armenia and the Central Bank of Armenia inaugurated a new state-of-the-art library at the Knowledge for Development Center in Dilijan. On the same day, the Dilijan branch of Tumo Center for Creative Technologies was also opened in the development center.

Dilijan: Monuments

Dilijan museum of traditional art
  • Dilijan museum of traditional art: originally a residential house dating back to the second half of the 19th century, turned into traditional art museum in 1979.
  • The open-air theatre, also known as the Rotonda: built in 1900, it is located at the centre of the town. Many prominent artist performed in the theatre including H. Abelian, Vahram Papazian, A. Hrachian and others.
  • Dilijan museum of geology: opened in 1952, it is located at the centre of the town.
  • Memorial to Soviet Armenia: built in 1970 by the artists A. Tarkhanyan, S. Avetisyan, K. Vatinyan, symbolizing the 50th anniversary of the Sovietization of Armenia. Five edges of the monument symbolize each decade of the 50 years.
  • Memorial to the World War II: built near central park in 1975 by K. Vatinyan and S. Mehrabyan to commemorate the local martyrs during the World War II.

Dilijan: Nearby attractions

The remains of Jukhtak Vank Monastery
Lesser Caucasus mountains
  • Haghartsin Monastery: one of Armenia's most popular monasteries, Haghartsin is nestled in lush forested mountains about a half-hour drive from Dilijan. The monastery is in good condition and has a resident priest who sometimes gives tours. There are a few different churches, a large gavit, a huge dining hall, khachkars and a massive hollow tree. A slightly sweet bread is often being baked in an old oven.
  • Goshavank Monastery: located to the north of the town, surrounded with a traditional village, and has a groundskeeper who opens the main church building up for visitors, and can give a tour. This is the one church in all of Armenia where entrance to one of the chambers is not free. The chamber is nice, but you can certainly enjoy the rest of the complex without it, especially since it may not be offered in English. There are excellent carved details and khachkars here, but the "lacework" khachkar at Goshavank is one of the most impressive in the world.
  • Jukhtak Vank Monastery: small 12th century monastery located just at the edge of Dilijan, only at a 10-minute hike from the Dilijan Mineral Water plant. Huge iron bands hold one of the two churches together, preventing its It has two separate churches, Surp Astvatsatsin and Surp Grigor with their surrounding cemeteries.
  • Matosavank Monastery: located in the forest opposite to Jukhtak Monastery. It is easy to miss, and not terribly interesting from the outside, but the inside is a cool, moist, green, mossy world unto itself. The low light illuminating bright green algae covered khachkars is very soothing, and the environment transports you far from your daily life.
  • Dilijan National Park: or the Dilijan Reserve, occupying 24,000 hectares, is well known for its forest landscapes, rich biodiversity, medicinal mineral water springs, natural and cultural monuments.
  • Other historic monasteries: Saint Gregory of the 10th century, Saint Stepanos and Saint Astvatsatsin of to the 13th century with a number of khachkars in the complex.

Dilijan: Transportation

On the road to Dilijan

Dilijan is connected with Yerevan and central Armenia through the M-4 Motorway. The town is an important connecting point between the capital Yerevan and northeastern Armenia reaching up the border with Azerbaijan.

The 2.25 km-long Dilijan tunnel is part of the M-4 Motorway.

The town has a railway station since the 19th century.

Dilijan: Economy

Dilijan: Industry

Dilijan is famous for its mineral water, being processed and bottled by the "Dilijan Mineral Water Plant" founded in 1947. The town is also home to the "Aramara" company for fine woodworking founded in 1993, and the "Dili" factory for dairy products founded in 2005.

Dilijan is also famous for its hand-made rugs and carpets. The town has its own style of carpet design, with many samples shown at the Dilijan museum of traditional art.

Dilijan: Tourism

Traditional cottages

In 2009, it was announced by the Armenian government that Dilijan will turn into a developed financial centre for Armenia and the region. According to government officials, many of the operations and responsibilities of the Central Bank of Armenia will move the northern town-resort of Dilijan, starting from 2013.

Cloudy view of Dilijan

Currently, many significant financial and cultural institutions are operating in the town such as the Dilijan regional financial and banking centre, the United World College Dilijan, the Old Dilijan-Tufenkian Centre, the modern building of Dilijan theatre and the Dilijan Museum.

Dilijan is among the favorite destinations for local and foreign tourists. The town has a number of high-class hotels and sanatoriums, allowing the visitors the chance to enjoy the beauty of the National Park as well as the historical sites.

The town is also famous for its mineral curing water fountains.

The central amphitheatre of Dilijan is the venue of many summer festivals and cultural events.

Dilijan: Education

United World College Dilijan campus opened its doors in fall 2014

As of 2009, Dilijan had 5 public education schools and 6 kindergartens with 2250 students and 350 children respectively. A music academy and another one for arts are also operating in the town.

Dilijan has an operating branch of the Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts. Three intermediate colleges for medicine, arts and crafts are also operating in the town.

With a cost of US$80 million, the Central Bank of Armenia's Educational Center was opened in Dilijan in 2013. Around 150 employees of the Central Bank moved from Yerevan to Dilijan along with their families on the step towards the transformation of the town into a regional financial center.

Dilijan Central School

In 2014, the United World College Dilijan, a part of the global educational movement United World Colleges, was opened in the town.

The construction of the Dilijan Central School was launched in 2013 by the Ayb Educational Foundation with the cooperation of the Central Bank of Armenia. In fall 2015, the newly built state-of-the-art school was officially opened.

Dilijan: Sport

Dilijan City Stadium

Dilijan has an all-seater municipal stadium with a capacity of 2,200 spectators. The Dilijan City Stadium was the home venue of the former Armenian Premier League club Impulse FC.

Impulse FC Dilijan founded in 1985, represented the town in the domestic football competitions. However, like many other Armenian football team, the club was dissolved in 2013 due to financial difficulties.

Dilijan: International relations

View old houses in Dilijan

Dilijan: Twin towns – Sister cities

Dilijan is twinned with:

  • Coat of arms petange luxbrg.png Pétange, Luxembourg, since May 2006
  • Noale, Italy, since July 2011
  • Udine.png Udine, Italy, since July 2011
  • ROU NT Roman CoA1.jpg Roman, Romania, since May 2012
  • Arms Aix-en-Provence.svg Aix-en-Provence, France, since May 2012
  • Delijan, Iran, since May 2017

Dilijan: Famous natives

  • Rudolf Vatinyan, Armenian actor.

Dilijan: References

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  2. "Armenia To Move Central Back Out Of Capital". HULIQ.
  3. Dilijan central school is open
  4. "World Weather Information Service – Dilijan". World Meteorological Organization. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  5. AUA and Central Bank Inaugurate State-of-the-Art Library at Dilijan’s Knowledge Development Center
  6. Tumo Expands to Dilijan
  7. http://www.aramara.am/?laid=1&com=module&module=menu&id=3 Aramara fine woodworking]
  8. Construction of financial center in Dilijan to be completed in 2013
  9. "UWCD - Home". dilijanschool.org.
  10. Dilijan Central School
  11. Dilijan Central School officially opens
  12. Իրանի Դելիջան և Հայաստանի Դիլիջան քաղաքները քույր քաղաքներ են դառնալու
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