The little village of Lahic is about 150km from Baku and is reported to be one of the charm villages of Azerbaijan. It's 20kms off the main road and you drive along a river valley through little villages and beautiful oak forests. The valley narrows and the road becomes rougher until you are driving on gravel with massive vertical mountains either side; very spectacular.
The village is at 1300m and has a very appealing micro climate; cool in winter and not too hot in summer. The day we were there it was in the mid 20s and very pleasant.
Before soviet times Lahic and surrounds were 10 times bigger with about 10,000 people. The soviets were disastrous for the area with many people gradually moving away and others sent to Siberia and Gulags with only about 5% returning. Pre-soviet the town had many small artisans for which it was renowned. Nevertheless, the soviets gradually rid Lahic of those artisans and the 'intelligentsia'. We saw in the dining area lovely metal handicrafts from the old days including some 18 century guns and knives which Rustam said were actually made in the village. Today, there is only a blacksmith; mainly for tourists.