Tomardash is a village in the Alexandropol uezd of the former Iravan governorate, later in the former Artik district, and currently in the Shirak province. The provincial centre lies 15 km to the southwest of the town of Gumru, on the right bank of the Gotur River, at a height of 1,600 m above sea level. It was noted as “Tumardash” in “The Iravan Province Review Book”.

Following the settlement of Armenians in the territory of the Iravan Khanate according to the Treaty of Adrianople (1829), the Azerbaijanis, the original inhabitants of the village, moved to Türkiye.

The toponym was coined on the basis of the word “tomar” used to mean in Turkic “a swamp full of greenery and groundwater, hills, rocky place “, “a swamp in the mountains “ and the word “dash” used to mean “a mountain, rock”.

By the decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Armenian SSR dated 31 May 1946, it was renamed “Vardakar” (“Gulludash”). According to the law “On the administrative-territorial division of the Republic of Armenia” dated 7 November 1995, it was integrated into the administrative area of the Shirak province.

Geographic coordinates: latitude 40°40’ N., longitude 43°55’ E.