Iran Desert Tours
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About a quarter of Iran Plateau is covered with deserts including two main deserts named “Dasht e Kavir” and “Dasht e Lut”. Dasht e Kavir also known as Kavir e Namak (the Salt Desert) is about 77,600 km in square and is lying in the middle of Iran and the magnificent Lut Desert covers 51,000 km in square in eastern Iran. The vast deserts of Iran with their stunning natural phenomena and landscapes, and the development of tourism industry in this country has led to various desert tours and exciting activities in these wonderful lands. The beauty of golden sand dunes and vivid colors, the pleasant silence, the pure glass sky especially in the night and totally the spiritual atmosphere are the main reasons why travelers and nature lovers are now getting more and more attracted to the deserts of Iran.
Iran Desert Tours
The residents of deserts are known to be among the most modest and hospitable locals of Iran. They have a very exclusive lifestyle which is directly connected to the nature and the climate around. Finding the best way for agriculture and animal husbandry with small water resources and inventing the smart architecture style in construction of houses which help them make hot summer days much more bearable, and also their local legends and myths which are in harmony with their environment, show that their life is connected to the unique mood of deserts.
Maranjab which is located 60 kilometers from the city of Kashan is one of the most popular deserts. It is said that the word Maranjab points to the difficulties taken while digging water wells thorough the sandy lands to reach fresh water. What makes Maranjab exclusive among other central deserts is the glorious caravanserai of Shah Abbas the great Safavid king. This caravanserai was constructed on the Silk road route for the use of travelers making journeys on this road. The dried Salt Lake is another attraction of Maranjab Desert. The lake has vanished many years ago but the salty white ground and the hexagonal lines have created a surreal landscape.
The ancient village of Garmeh, located in Dasht e kavir in Esfahan province has attracted travelers for visit since previous centuries. Garmeh Desert and village is known for its hot water springs, vast gardens of palm trees and wonderful architecture of the rural houses which remind old times. The locals of Garmeh are still speaking in Pahlavi which is the remains of ancient Persia languages.
Located in the heart of Lut Desert, Shahdad is a treasure among other deserts, which has been home to ancient Iranian civilization. With only one and a half hour driving from the charming city if Kerman you will reach the splendid Shahdad desert which is known by its Kalouts (Yardangs), which are short and tall rock formations created by wind and dust during millenniums. On the other hand, there is an area in Shahdad Desert named “Gandom Beryan” which is known as one of the hottest spots on earth by the NASA! During summer 2005 and some other years the temperature at this spot was reached to 72 C! The mind blowing beauty of Kalouts, the ancient background and the exclusive geographical phenomena have caused this desert to be registered as a UNESCO world natural heritage.
There are a lot of activities that desert lovers with different tastes can enjoy. Some people prefer enjoying a simple camping night in deserts of Iran and take advantage of its silence and natural beauty, but some others come for more specific activities like stargazing and photography. Due to low humidity, the sky in deserts of Iran is so clear and starry that makes Iran a great destination for stargazing. The clear sky, good light and most importantly the untouched landscapes have also made these deserts fantastic places for photography trips. Camel back riding, sandboarding and 4 wheel safari driving are other exciting activities that desert lovers enjoy in Iran.
This is now a couple of years that residents of Iran deserts have started opening eco-lodges as their family businesses. These eco-lodges provide comfortable rooms, warm home cooked meals and also the opportunity of getting acquainted with the lifestyle and culture of locals. Ateshooni is among the most famous desert eco-lodges which is a cozy hub for artists in Garmeh village. Shafi Abad eco-lodge is another famous one located in Shahdad village beside the desert and the Kalouts and is ran by a big local family with many children and grandchildren. Today, in almost every village whether in central desert or Lut, you can find a good eco-lodge and have a safe place and healthy food with a very reasonable price.
Deserts are adventurous places with likely risks, but just like other deserts in the world you can have a safe and fun Iran desert tour by taking normal cautions and consulting with locals before activities. There are now many nature lover groups who explore deserts of Iran and enjoy adventurous activities like desert run, camping in desert and etc. For any further information about the deserts of Iran and visiting them, you can contact us on …