New Guide to Armenia and Karabakh Highlights Ecology and Conservation

The new guidebook

LOS ANGELES—A all-new edition of Armenia’s best-selling travel guide, The Stone Garden Travel Guide: Armenia and Karabakh, will be published in February.

The new 320-page book contains updated and expanded information for the 2013-14 tourist seasons and features 27 color maps and more than 140 color photographs.

A never-before published map of historic Armenia, which was created shortly after the Genocide, is also featured in the book.

The Stone Garden Travel Guide is the first comprehensive guidebook to Armenia and Karabakh, and is also the only guidebook for the region that emphasizes conservation and ecology. The highly acclaimed book is Award Finalist for Best Travel Guide by the Independent Publishers Association.

CNN Traveller magazine calls the book “an excellent guide, written with real passion for the subject.” The book features maps from The American University of Armenia’s “Birds of Armenia Project,” and highlights conservation issues that confront Armenia, in addition to covering all the information about cultural sites and getting around that every traveler expects in a guidebook.

Author-photographer Matthew Karanian and photographer have each spent more than a decade living and working in Armenia while researching and writing this and previous editions of the book. Each of them first traveled to Armenia in 1995 to work as professors at the American University of Armenia. Karanian is an attorney. Kurkjian is an environmental scientist.

Their writing and photography about Armenia has also been featured in magazines and newspapers of wide distribution in the US, Europe, and Canada, including in CNN Traveller magazine, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, Geographical, Global Adventure, Photo Life, and Photo District News.

The new book will be available from and from select bookstores in mid-February. To pre-order directly from the publisher before February 28, send check or money order for $25 post paid to: Stone Garden Productions; PO Box 7758; Northridge, CA 91327. Orders shipped by Priority Mail. For larger orders call 1-888-266-7331. Orders postmarked after February 28 are $30 postpaid.


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  1. Grigor said:

    Karabakh(Artsakh) is a part of Armenia!!! You should not say Armenia and Karabakh!