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CHERKESSK, November 11. /TASS/. One of the most popular tourist routes in the Teberdinsky Nature Biosphere Reserve in the Karachay-Cherkess Republic will be revamped until the end of the year, the Reserve’s Deputy Director Jamal Tekeyev told TASS.
“We plan to install new information boards and renew foot-walks along the way to the Jamagatskiye mineral springs which is one of the three most popular routes in our reserve. Besides, some pavilions will be set up where tourists could take a rest, there will also be special areas for making fire,” he said.
Tekeyev noted that to reduce environmental burden and ensure tourists’ comfort, the routes were monitored annually, all the necessary work on revamping was done. “Taulan Jukkayev, director of our reserve, pays special attention to this matter. Most routes have been developed, the facilities are improved if necessary,” Tekeyev added.
There are 17 ecological routes in the reserve. Together with the Jamagatskiye mineral springs, the Turye lake and the Badukskiye lakes, considered to be among the most beautiful and easily available mountain lakes in the North Caucasus, constitute the three most popular routes.
A total of 494,000 tourists have visited the nature reserve in the first nine months of 2016, which is 214,000 more than during the same period last year, another 50,000 are expected to visit the reserve until the year ends.
The Teberdinsky State Nature Biosphere Reserve, located along the northern slopes of the Main Caucasian Ridge, marked its 80th anniversary this year. In 1997, the reserve was included into an international network of biosphere reserves under the UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Program. According to the latest assessments of the Russian ecology tourism market, the Teberdinsky Biosphere Reserve is one of the three most popular nature reserves.