The majority of the NKR population lives in villages, in rural areas. Artsakhian village is a unique phenomenon: more than half of the villages of the land have 500-600-years-old history, some of them were founded 800, 900 years ago, i.e. earlier than many European capitals. And if you count the traditions kept and the old way of life along with the ancient history, so you can imagine the opportunities the lovers of agrotourism have to take a rest far from the urban life and problems.
Since 2009 in some villages (Badara, Ghshlagh-Tsaghkashat in Askeran region, Chartar, Ashan in Martouni region) guest houses with all the modern conveniences and high level service have been opened in old Artsakhian living quarters. The Landlords are always glad to accept you with the native Artsakhian hospitality and cordiality, to organize equestrian and pedestrian walks around the village and its surroundings and to tell the history of the village and legends connected with it.
Depending on the season tourists can take part in grape or mulberry harvests, and watch the process of making the famous Artsakhian mulberry vodka, famous from times of Alexander the Macedonian. Or, they can watch the cooking of the unique product called doshab, a syrup of mulberry that has unique healing properties. Visitors to a village may see how sheep are sheared, the wool of which is used to make carpets that are known and sold all over the world. They may also have an opportunity to visit farms, apiaries, and to visit the high alpine pastures together with the sheperds and sheep.
In case you get lost and can't find your hotel or accomodations, refer to the locals for help. They differ in their especial cordiliaty towards tourists and will give you the necessary help, or they will extend cordial hospitality and give you a night's lodging and meal free of wages as a last resort.
In the village of Ghshlagh-Tsaghkashat the house-museum of the famous freedom fighter of the end of 19th and the beginning of 20th cc. – Nikol Duman (Nikoghayos Ter-Hoovhannisyan) can be found. The ethno-quarter of the village has been restored and renders exactly the atmosphere of an Artsakhian village of the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century.
In almost every village there have remained the ancient churches, fortresses, houses and paved streets, that give the flavour of old mountainous villages of Artsakh. The lovers of agricultural tourism will get many positive emotions and impressions during their stay in village, will get acquainted with the traditional rural life and habits, watch all the aspects of peasants' life and will dip into this life, so far from the urban troubles of contemporary man.