Akhty is a beautiful mountain village of about 15,000 people with a historic quarter and museum in Dagestan.
Akhty's historic quarter
WARNING: Travel to Dagestan is strongly discouraged, due to high criminal activity, frequent bombings, and general lawlessness and crime. As Chechnya's neighbour, Chechen terrorists often target Russians in Dagestan in bombings and other terrorist acts. At the same time, Salafist extremists (largely foreign) have engaged in violent conflict against native, moderate Sufi groups, in pursuit of the establishment of Sharia law. Consult your embassy before planning a trip to this region.