In Upper Racha, on the Southern slope of the highest segment of Greater Kavkasioni – Racha Kavkasioni, is located health and spa resort Shovi
Resort is sprawling on the plain-type space surrounded by coniferous (spruce, fir, pine) and mixed (beech, oak, hornbeam, birch, dogwood and alder) forests and perpetually snowy glaciers. There are 16 mineral water springs, each of them is different with its contents and is used for treatment of different diseases.
Beauty of Shovi scenery and glut of mineral waters has been known from ancient times both to the residents of surrounding territories and travelers.
Shovi is an interesting place for mountain climbing, skiing, rafting. It is known that in this segment of Kavkasioni, on the elevation of 4000 m, there are several peaks that have seen no man on its slopes. Lovers of walking tours will be interested with a pathway leading to Mamisoni pass (2820 m) following the remarkable Chanchakhi gorge.
Resort in Shovi was instigated by a doctor named Shamshe Lezhava. Earlier, he was interested with resort development. In the beginning of the XIX century when he was a student at Vienna University, he was told to have covered by walking Aland, Davos, Wildungen, Baden, Karlsbad, aiming at foundation of the similar resort in his native Ambrolauri. No sooner had he returned to his motherland than he started looking for the place and he picked Shovi as the best option. He started arranging a resort in the 20-ies of the XX century. In 1928 Shovi received first vacationers. Beautiful buildings were built in Shovi (sanatorium, hotel, power plant, multiple dweller for the people who were engaged in service sector of the resort), part of which needs rehabilitation today. Natural conditions of Shovi enable to develop here mountain skiing resort.