Unfortunately, the result is in some cases debatable, Mestia being the prime example.
It is said that in their country gold is carried down by the mountain-torrents, and that the barbarians obtain it by means of perforated troughs and fleecy skins, and that this is the origin of the myth of the Golden fleece Svaneti is probably the most beautiful region of Georgia and the essence of what country can offer to the foreign tourists.All those stunning photos of historical stone villages, lush green valleys and snow-covered mountains.... Svaneti is inhabited by Svans, the ethnic subgroup of the Georgians.Also, there are no towers and the villages overall don´t look so exotic or “medieval”.Because of this, Lower Svaneti managed to retain lots of its original atmosphere.Train departs from Tbilisi at and reaches Zugdidi at am.
Price of the ticket is 30 GEL, tickets for sleeper berths can be bought in advance at website (the official web is railway.ge, but that never worked for me).
Trail from Mestia to Ushguli is the most popular Georgian trek, but still only a little frequented by Western standards.
One more thing - what I wrote above is not related to the whole Svaneti region.
Two brand new ski resorts, Hatsvali and Tetnuldi sprung up in the vicinity of Mestia.
And there are talks of the tunnel connecting Mestia with Lentekhi to the south.
As a downside, tourist infrastructure leaves much to be desired.