Racha is one of Georgia's remotest areas. Again high in the mountains, the road-in is a marvel, taking you past large lakes and beautifully decorated churches (like Nikortsminda). Once there, the hiking is quite fabulous and nature very much undisturbed.
Rachans have a particular reputation for fierceness and extreme pride, but are also known for the closeness of their friendships. Many of the best chefs in Georgia come from Racha, and their food is superlative even by Georgian standards.
The five-apse domed church of Nikortsminda in Racha was built between 1010 and 1014, in the reign of King Bagrat III. It’s richly adorned church facades with its ornaments, multi-figured relief carvings, figures of saints and images of real and mythical animals’ leaves a lasting impression on the viewer. The church was renovated in 1634, but still preserves frescoes dating from the 17th century.
Karstic caves largely occur in Western Georgia - mainly in the regions of Imereti and Racha. They are very deep and highly interesting to explore. Some of them have underground rivers, allowing you to boat in a cave.Sataplia is a karst cave located about 6 km north-west of Kutaisi, in a nature reserve of the same name. The grotto features spectacular stalactites and stalagmites and is 890 meters long, 10 m high and 12 m wide. It is open to the public. Nearby there was a speleological museum established. The grotto was discovered in 1925.