Dilijan is a spa town and urban municipal community in the distance of 90 km from Yerevan, between Lake Sevan and Lastiver. The forested and reclusive town is known as hiking, mountain biking, and picnicking recreational activities. Now the cit is developing due to several high school branches, UWC Dilijan college, the Central Bank of Armenia. 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, maples, willows, etc. The national park is also rich in its fauna, including brown bear, wolf, marten, otter, lynx, eagles, wild turkeys and others.

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 two hectares and an average depth of 8 metres. There is also a zip-line there, swimming and boating are possible. To the east of the Lake Parz, at a distance of 3 kilometres from Gosh village, Lake Gosh is located at a height of 1,500 metres. There are lots of different monuments in the territory of the lake: various rock formations, mineral springs and so on. At least that is the sense one gets when in the presence of this extraordinary and strange beauty. One have rarely confronts with so much alluring beauty, calmness, tranquility, and a seductive manifestation of nature's splendor.

Haghartsin 13th-century monastery is near the town of Dilijan. It was built between the 10th and 13th centuries. The monastic complex has 5 churches and a refectory. Traditionally, an eagle was soaring over the dome of the main building at its dedication and thus it became commonly known as the monastery of the playing (or soaring) eagle ("Khagh artsvi", later Haghartsin). Currently Haghartsin monastery is undergoing major renovation by Armenia Fund with the donation from HH Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah. There is a walnut tree backside of the main church, planted in the 13th century by monks. The people took photos beside the tree and passed through the opening in the trunk keeping a dream in their mind and hoping that it would become true.

Another Armenian monastery of 12th-13th centuries is Goshavank. Today the monastery is not a functioning religious complex, although it remains a popular tourist destination and has recently undergone some light restoration. It was erected in the place of an older monastery, which had been destroyed by an earthquake. Mkhitar Gosh, a statesman, scientist and author of fables and parables as well as the first criminal code, took part in the rebuilding of the monastery. He founded a school here. The complex was later renamed Goshavank and the village named Gosh in his honor. The complex consists from 3 churches, 2 chapels, a vestry, a bell tower, a school and a gallery. The churches are decorated in accordance with the traditions of the time.
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