Agritourism (rural recreation) in Azerbaijan

Agritourism (rural recreation) in Azerbaijan

Rural recreation is one of the most popular areas of European tourism in the 21st century - a kind of vacation in the village with your grandmother, but in a different cultural environment.

Natural beauties, national cuisine made from organic products, observing the life and traditions of the local population, hiking mushroom-berries, fishing, possibly hunting and participating in harvesting, this and much more makes agritourism a popular holiday among urban population.

This area is well developed in Azerbaijan, i. began to develop even before the tourist boom, due to the demand for agritourism by the capital's residents. Now it has acquired a second wind, expanding and acquiring a European gloss.

Where to relax in the countryside in Azerbaijan?

A specific feature of Azerbaijan is the presence in a small territory of a huge number of enclaves with unique traditions. They are not necessarily ethnic, almost every district, and sometimes even a settlement, has a peculiar cuisine, customs and way of life. And all this while maintaining common, global, traditions.

Therefore, in fact, local agritourism is developed - a native of one region will always find something new in another. This is especially true for cuisine and nature, but more on that in other articles.

Ivanovka, Ismayilli district

In general, there are a lot of Russian villages in Azerbaijan, there are two Ivanovka, but Ivanovka in the Ismayilli region is something special. Molokans have been living here since the 19th century, resettled by an imperial decree from central Russia, ancient foundations and even a collective farm, which bears the name of Nikitin, the Hero of Socialist Labor, known in Azerbaijan, have been preserved.

Ivanovka may be especially interesting for Russian tourists. you can literally plunge into the real atmosphere of the past.

There is a guest house in the village, and around the village there are gorgeous views of the wooded Caucasus mountains. Here you can go fishing or hunting in season. Observe the way of life of the Molokans or, if you're lucky, take part in traditional mass rituals. Taste local dishes cooked in a real Russian oven.

Metropolitan areas are expanding all over the world, sucking in millions of people from the provinces with a vacuum cleaner. What awaits the Russian hinterland?

Away from exhaust fumes, factory smoke and coronavirus, Closer to the ground. In 2020, cities increasingly began to look in the direction of villages and saw them dead (36 thousand disappeared in 18 years), barely breathing (like Kirillo-Karmasan, where one grandfather drowns the stove) and quite vigorous (like the transformation of the Lipetsk region). What takes the lives of our villages? Lack of competent development programs or human indifference?

Bashkir-style self-isolation

XXI century. Only 70 km from the capital of the largest republic - Ufa. And in a house breathing on incense, a pensioner lives, who has only “Ilyich's lamp” of the benefits of civilization.

No Hollywood can think of such a fantasy setting - neither outside nor inside the house gives the impression of a residential one. Only mice are good here. But 13 years ago, Rafkat Abzalov was happy with such "amenities". For a long time he had nothing at all: no housing, no registration, no Russian citizenship.

We were hated

A long time ago, Abzalov's father left Bashkiria because of hunger and went to work. I met the war in Tajikistan. He went to the front. In 1943 he was wounded and discharged. Then he summoned his wife. And after 3 years in Pyanj they had a son, Rafkat.

- After the industrial-pedagogical technical school, I worked as a builder, got married, we had a daughter, Alfia, - says Rafkat-aby.

Unfortunately, family life did not work out, and Rafkat decided to leave for the homeland of his ancestors. Moreover, the situation in Tajikistan has become turbulent.

- In 1988-1989. the locals fiercely hated the Russians and Tatars, expelled them from the republic. It became unsafe to be there. Mom died in Tajikistan. And my father and I returned to Bashkiria, here I buried him. I heard that later my wife and daughter moved here. But I never managed to find them. Only the old photographs remained. Alfie this year already 45.

There's no life without a stove

Moving turned out to be easy. Problems began already in Bashkiria. Abzalov was not expected in the republic. Nobody wanted to hire an immigrant without registration and citizenship. Do not count how many districts Rafkat had to bypass, how many rapids to obstruct. Lucky only in the Samara branch of the state farm "Blagovarsky" - a cattleman was required there. And they also promised a little room on the farm. Without thinking twice, Abzalov agreed. There was nothing to choose from. It was time to start a new life.

The bathroom, albeit tiny, was also equipped by Abzalov. “I warmed 4 buckets of water and poured it into the bath. He soaked for half an hour, then rubbed himself with a washcloth. " In winter, in cold weather, it was also an additional way to keep warm. And where to go if there is no gas, no heating, no water in the house (there is a well - and that one is near another house, try to train it to wash, wash, and cook food). You will not be full of electricity - one thousand rubles for it every month. you need to pay. Two or three cars of firewood for the winter - another 7.5 thousand. So on everything you have to save, put off. And deadwood from the forest will not save.

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