Gonjali is a village in the Aghbaba area (nahiya) of the Kars uezd of the former Kars province, later in the former Amasiya (Aghbaba) district, in the Shirak province. The provincial centre lies 40 km to the north of the town of Gumru, 7-8 km to the southeast of Lake Arpa, at a height of 2,050 m above sea level. In the works of Armenian authors it is referred to as “Khanjalli”. It is marked on the five-verst map of the Caucasus.

The main inhabitants of the village were the Turkic Garapapag tribes contributing to the ethnogenesis of Azerbaijanis. In censuses, the Garapapags are listed as a people. The village was inhabited by 178 Azerbaijanis in 1886, 253 in 1897, 303 in 1908, and 392 Azerbaijanis in 1914. The village was subordinated to the Southwest Caucasian Republic established in Kars in 1918–1919. In February 1920, as a result of the attack of Armenian armed groups, the village was destroyed and the population became refugees. By the Treaty of Kars in 1921, the village was integrated into Soviet Armenia within the Aghbaba area. Only after that, some inhabitants returned to the village. At present, the village is mainly inhabited by the Armenians from the Akhilkalak and Bogdanovka (Ninosminda) districts of Georgia. In late November 1988, the Azerbaijanis were again expelled from the village by the Armenian government. Currently, the village is inhabited only by Armenians.

The toponym was coined on the basis of the Turkic ethnonym “Ganjali” (Gonjali). By the decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Armenian SSR dated 3 April 1991, the village was renamed “Zarishat”. According to the law “On the administrative-territorial division of the Republic of Armenia” dated 7 November 1995, it was integrated into the administrative territory of the Shirak province.

Geographical coordinates: latitude: 41°00’ N., longitude: 43°39’ E.