Situated at a height of about 2,000 meters, the Twin (Gosha) waterfalls are yet another beautiful spot in this area. Local waterfalls have one typical feature; they freeze in winter, and professional mountain climbers hold contests to conquer these waterfalls. Other waterfalls include; the Shahnabat, Laza, and Afurja waterfalls.
ETHNOGRAPHIC TOURISM IN GUSAR AND GUBA
The northern regions of Azerbaijan are famous for their works of art, handicrafts, metal, embroidery art, and, of course, carpets.
CARPETS AND RUGS
Carpet weaving is one of the most ancient types of folklore. There are different types of this art in Azerbaijan and the first samples of carpet weaving in Azerbaijan date back to the ninth century. The Chichi, Aggul, and Pirabadil carpets woven in this region are Azerbaijan’s best carpets and the Qollu Chichi carpet, woven in 1712, is exhibited in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art! Those who intend to see the authentic carpet-making process or wish to buy a carpet should visit carpet centers working in the district.
Copperwork is another old tradition preserved in the region. There are many workshops located close to one another where local craftsmen sell their handmade products.
Khinalig is a must-see for any traveler coming through Azerbaijan. Isolated from the outside world for thousands of years, this village of roughly 1,200 inhabitants has preserved its own unique language and way of life for generations. The village, which has been included on the UNESCO list of world historical monuments, resembles a museum in the open air.
The village called, “an island in the mountains,” is only 65 kilometers from the district center yet local residents have maintained their customs, traditions, and national costume and stand out for their external appearance. Houses built from river stones climb the mountain resembling and have primitive living conditions compared to other residences in this area. The Khinalig people have a completely independent language not belonging to any language family - only the locals speak and understand this language. Local residents often take tourists around in their own vehicles.
RED TOWN (KRASNAYA SLOBODA)
Red Town is the oldest Jewish settlement dating back to the 13th century. There are 13 synagogues in the area. The Jewish population retains their traditions and welcomes all tourists who come to visit the area. Call themselves Chugurs locals are very welcoming and are usually happy to speak to tourists and tell them about their culture, traditions, and history. They speak in Hebrew as well as in Azeri and Russian.
In the central part of Gusar, there is bazaar where people sell goods from different regions as well as fresh fruits, dried fruits and vegetables from their own fields. The prices are very affordable and one can purchase homemade jams, pickles, and many other local delicacies.