Azerbaijan: Kalbajar & Dashtak Gorge

Kalbajar is the major town in the western Kalbajar district, a settlement with mostly tragic past. In 1993, it was occupied my Armenia and the entire Azeri population of 7000+ was expelled east over the mountain pass. About 500 Armenian settlers lived here after that, albeit most of the infrastructure and houses remained in ruins and unrestored. Azerbaijan retook control in 2020 under the agreement following the victory in the Second Karabakh War. This time all Armenian settlers were expelled to the west. There is a still very little here besides the ruins, including some centuries old historic Islamic and Armenian religious structures. Beyond the ruined town, lies a pictures Dashtak Gorge and the Tartar River.