5 beautiful deserts of Iran were introduced to you in the previous section, along with their facilities, attractions and access routes. The other awesome deserts of Iran are addressed in the present section. Being familiar with tourist attractions, you can have a more enjoyable trip in Iran.
6. Kerman Shahdad Desert
Previousely, different deserts in the provinces of Isfahan, Yazd and Semnan were introduced in details. Here, a beautiful desert in Kerman is presented, namely Kalut Shahdad Desert.
Shahdad Desert is located 1150 kilometers away from Tehran, in Kerman Province. To get to this beautiful desert, you can start from the city of Tehran toward the cities of Qom and Kashan. Arriving in Kashan, you will continue to Nain, Rafsanjan and finally Kerman. No doubt, it takes a long time to arrive in Kerman, so it will be a good idea for you to stay in Kerman overnight and get to Shahdad region next day in the morning.
The other route you can take to get to this region is the route from Qom, Kashan and Isfahan. Taking this route, you can plan a one-day or two-day stay in Isfahan and enjoy the historical and artistic beauties of this historic city. Then you can continue traveling toward Mehriz, Rafsanjan and finally Kerman. Make sure to pay a visit to the historic city of Kerman, too, and then you can continue your trip to Shahdad region.
The first fact about this region is that, in 2005, the temperature recorded by NASA for this region was more than 70 degrees Celsius, i.e. higher than the temperature of Arizona Desert!
This makes Shahdad desert one of tourist attractions in Iran as the hottest spot on Earth.
The other attraction that draws tourists to this region is the largest natural kalut in the world. Kerman Shahdad desert, also known as Shahdad kalut, is the world’s largest natural kalut, in the world with its giant dunes which attracts many tourists from around the world. Here it is necessary to introduce Kalut.
Kalut is the huge sand structures in deserts. Scientists and researchers have not yet determined exactly why this phenomenon occurs, but what has been stated as the main reason for this phenomenon is the water and wind erosion.
Kaluts are raised rock bumps formed in U-shaped grooves. The top of the bumps seems smooth, the windward side has a steep slope and the other side has a gentle steep.
Shahdad Kaluts in Kerman date back to 20 million years ago, and are located in an area of 11 thousand square kilometers.
In addition to the above mentioned, what has added to the attraction of this area is the history of this place. Archaeologists have discovered remains of more than six thousand years of history and civilization in this area. Among the remains found in this area are potteries, jewelries, and a flag that is known as the world’s oldest flag.
7. Lut Desert (Dasht-e Lut)
Dasht-e Lut, a desert in southeastern Iran with an area of over 40 thousand square kilometers, is located in the provinces of Sistan and Baluchestan, Kerman, and South Khorasan.
Lut Desert is the twenty-seventh largest desert in the world.
Dasht-e Lut is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list as Lut Desert.
8. Tabas Desert, Tabas County
Tabas is a city in the west of South Khorasan Province that is known as one of the tourist attractions in east of Iran, due to its special nature.
In this part of the article, we are going to explain the details of the Tabas desert city, a city with the most attractions among the desert regions of Iran.
Halvan Village and Desert
One of the most famous attractions in Tabas desert region is Halvan Village and Halvan Desert. If you plan to travel to the desert on your own car, Halvan desert is one of the best options for you.
Due to the numerous mines in this desert, it has paved roads through which tourists can experience traveling with peace of mind.
The recreational activities that desert enthusiasts and nature lovers can experience in this region include walking on sand dunes, camel riding, motorcycling (four-wheels) and camping. There are also plenty of local houses in this area to accommodate tourists who do not like camping in nature. Since these local houses are in the context of Halvan Village, they are considered as kind of historical accommodation where tourists can enjoy the experience of staying in historic houses at the same time.
If you plan to travel to this desert on your private car, you should start from Tehran and go toward the cities of Garmsar and Semnan. After Semnan, continue the route to the cities of Jandaq and Khur and finally head to Halvan desert.
The route is about 800 km and tourists can travel the route by car within 10 hours.
Kal Jeni Valley
Kal Jeni is a valley in the north of Tabas in South Khorasan Province. This beautiful valley is another tourist attraction is Tabas region that is located after Halvan Desert. To access this scenic, dreadful valley you need to continue taking the Khur-Halvan route.
‘Valley’ refers to a place that is created due to water erosion, over long periods of time. Valleys used to be places through which rivers and streams were flowing, and as a result, V-shaped or U-shaped valleys have been formed over a long time due to water erosion.
An attraction of this valley is the very high walls that leave visitors with a distinct sense of awe. The valley walls are so high and close to each other at some points that make it difficult to see the sky.
The other wonder of this valley is its different climate from that of the surrounding area. This valley is located in one of the driest desert areas of Iran but it was formed because of water erosion!
The deep water ponds and wild palms in this valley have also added to its beauty and wonder.
There are also some holes within the Kals (channels) and paths in this valley that are called Gabr. In fact, these Gabrs used to be people’s places of residence or temples in the past.
In regard to the motifs and patterns, these holes are attributed to the Sassanid period by Cultural Heritage Organization.
Some of these holes are connected by channels, created for people to interrelate with each other.
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Shah Abbasi Taq
Shah Abbasi Taq is the world’s largest and oldest arch dam with a height of about 60 meters. The dam is a relic of the Safavid era and it was constructed in that period.
Shah Abbasi Taq is an amazing structure in many ways, including the following:
- Shah Abbasi Dam is known as the world’s largest and oldest dam.
- This structure is also known as the thinnest dam in the world.
- Shah Abbasi Taq was known as the world’s highest dam for 550 years.
This dam is located 27 kilometers from the city of Tabas, and to visit it you need to go from Tehran to the cities of Garmsar and Semnan. After Semnan you need to take the route to the cities of Jandaq and Khur to reach this beautiful dam. The dam is 600 km away from Tehran and it takes about 8 hours to travel this route.
Due to the numerous tourist attractions in Tabas, this area is very highly regarded and appreciated by tourists who travel to Iran. For this reason, the area has accommodations and facilities available for tourists, including hotels and local houses.
Among the other attractions in Tabas are:
- Khur Salt Lake
- Esfahak Village
- Nay Band Village
- Ezmeyghan Village
- Morteza Ali hot and cold spring
- Golshan Garden
9. Kavir National Park
The largest and oldest protected area in Iran is Kavir National Park. This region, with an area of 670 thousand hectares, is located in the provinces of Tehran, Qom, Semnan and Isfahan. 420 hectares out of 670 hectares of this area is the National Park and 250 hectares is the protected area.
Because of the animal species diversity, Kavir National Park is one of the 9 protected ecological zones on the earth. In the past, the number of species in the region was much more, but now the number of species has been reduced. This region is also called as the ‘Africa of Iran’ because of the variety of animal species.
In total, 34 species of mammals, 155 species of birds and 34 species of reptiles have been identified in this area. Among the fauna found in this area include cheetah, leopard, wolf, striped hyena, sand cat, red fox, sand fox, Chinkara (Indian gazelle), wild goat, urial, jackal, lynx and zebra.
To access this area, you can use one of the following routes:
- This region is best accessible through the paved road of Varamin-Pishva to one kilometer to the Abardej railway station, and then through the sandy dirt road of Qalehboland, Asgarabad, Hesārgoli and Mobarakiyeh you will reach Kavir National Park.
- It starts from Garmsar County and goes southwards and after passing through the cobblestone road, it reaches Siah-Kuh region.
- It starts from Maranjab Caravanserai in north of Band-e Rig Desert and south of Aran-Bidgol Salt Lake and after taking a distance of 50 km, it reaches Sefidab region.
- Varamin Road, Javadabad, Charmshahr and finally Band Alikhan.
Before planning to travel to Iran, it is a good idea to get information and permission from the Department of the Environment in Semnan Province.
Kavir National Park is like an island that is surrounded by the Salt Lake, Rig desert, central desert and Garmsar desert, and is a good example of deserts and steppes in Iran.
Some of the tourist attractions in this region are: Sefidab springs, Siah-Kuh and Salt waterfall, Qasr-e Bahram Caravanserai (from Sassanid era), Rashid khan Caravanserai (from Ilkhanate period), Haramsara Palace (from Safavid period), cobblestone Silk Road, and Salt Lake.
Salt Lake, which is the only lake in the vicinity of the National Park, is one of the largest salt marshes in Iran. The head of this triangular-shaped lake is to the north, and the area of the lake basin is about 2,500 square kilometers, which is in the western edge of Kavir National Park.
10. Kashan Abouzeidabad Desert
In this section, you will be familiar with Abouzeidabad Desert in Kashan. Abouzeidabad Desert is located 30 km southeast of Kashan. It is 280 km away from Tehran. To get to this region, you need to go from Tehran to the cities of Qom and Kashan, and after Kashan you should continue toward the village. It takes you about four hours to travel from Abouzeidabad Desert to Tehran.
Tourist attractions in Abouzeidabad Desert contain both natural attractions and historical attractions, including the underground city, the Safavid caravanserai and Ab Anbar (cistern).
The underground city of Ouyi (Noushabad) is highly regarded by many tourists from all over the world, for its extraordinary ventilation system, being hand- dug, and its largeness. According to some research, this underground city that is located underneath the historic city of Noushabad, is the world’s oldest underground city.
As mentioned in previous articles, Kashan is one of the oldest cities in Iran, and so this region is the capital of the ancient Persian dialects.
If you are going to stay in this region, do not worry. There are plenty of tourist facilities and a range of cheap and budget accommodation in this area that tourists can stay overnight and enjoy watching the breathtaking sky of desert. These places-to-stay include a Safavid caravanserai, eco-tourism resorts and local houses that have been provided to accommodate visitors. Also, since this region is very close to the city of Kashan, tourists can use the hotels and facilities in Kashan, too.
11. Matinabad Desert
Matinabad Desert or Matinabad tourism region is a beautiful desert region in Iran that has been highly appreciated in recent decades. Matinabad Desert, listed among the world’s top 18 sites in regard to ecotourism activities by the UN in 2014, is the first echo camp on the very edge of central desert of Iran.
The greatest tourist attraction of Matinabad Echo Camp that draws many tourists is its unique resorts that add to the enjoyment of staying overnight in the wild desert.
Matinabad Desert is located 330 kilometers away from the city of Tehran. To get to this beautiful desert city, you need to start from Tehran to the cities of Qom and Kashan. Arriving in Kashan, you should continue the Kashan to Natanz road to get to Khaled Abad city, where you can change your direction towards Matinabad.
Most of the tourists who travel to Matinabad desert are tourists from other countries. This is because of availability of good tourist facilities and services in the camp. Because of its close proximity to the central desert of Iran and the amenities available for tourists, Matinabad camp is one of the best places for staying, excursions in the desert, and recreational activities like camel riding, etc.
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