Ingushetia is the smallest of the Russian Caucasian republics. It is famous for its clan or combat towers concentrated in the south part of the republic along the border with Georgia.

To reach these sights follow A-161 road from Vladikavkaz to the Georgian border and turn in the direction of Jeyrakh (Джейрах). Continue driving by this winding road to visit all villages housing combat towers: Vovnushky (Вовнушки), Erzie (Эрзи), Egikal (Эгикал), Targim (Таргим).

Vovnushky towers

Erzie towers

Egikal towers

Targim towers

Ingushetia is also the home of the oldest Christian temple in Russia built in the 8th century. The Thaba-Erdy temple is also located in the Jeyrakh district. After visiting the village of Ergikal continue driving and turn towards the Georgian border in the direction of villages Khairakh (Хайрах) and Pui (Пуй).

Thaba-Erdy – the oldest Christian temple in Russia