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Wonderful Desert

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Isfahan, Isfahan Province, Iran

  • Activities

    Adventure, Desert Tour

  • Price
    $400 USD per trip
  • Duration

    10 hours

  • Avg Distance

    100 km

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    As you wish, 7:00 is great

  • Starting Location

    Your hotel in Esfahan

  • Price Includes

    Professional tour guide, Safari, lunch, mineral water, tea. (The tour will be organized for two people but it is flexible).

  • Notes

    I used to live in Isfahan, I just moved to Tehran, so unfortunately I can not accompany you, but I will introduce you to a good professional tour guide.

Highlights

  • Walk on sandy hills
  • Safari and Photagraphy
  • Salty lake, volcano mountain (black mountain) & Gavkhooni Wetland
  • Unique Culture - Village of women with white veils, as opposed to the regular black

Trip Info

Your desert adventure tour starts early in the morning from your hotel. Drive around 100 km to the Varzane Desert. First visit Salty Lake and volcano mountain with an off road car, then have lunch. Go to see some sightseeing in Varzane city. At the end go to sandy hills for safari and laying down on amazing hills and enjoying the wonderful scenery of the desert. Then go back to your hotel.

Varzaneh is located 105km southeast of Isfahan and 240km away from Yazd. It has a population of 14,000 sprawling over 23,000km² at an altitude of 1477m above sea level. Like most parts of central Iran, it has a quite dry desert climate where, in July, temperatures can reach 40°C. The temperature sometimes drops below zero in January and February after midnight.

Varzaneh was the last civilization on the Zayanderud river since 5,000 years ago. The Zayanderud river ends at Gavkhouni which is 30km east of Varzaneh. Within the lands between the wetland and Varzaneh, signs of very ancient civilization are unearthed. Further investigations on some pots that have been discovered, confirms the fact that the district of Varzaneh has been inhabited for 5,000 years.

Varzaneh is famous regionally and all over the world for its spectacular desert, which ranked as one of the most accessible deserts of Iran, in particular for tourists coming to Isfahan. Many travellers like their desert close to civilization – that way they have food and water easy to reach by car, and access to medical centres in the case of any problem. Although, Varzaneh desert is ranked as one of the safest deserts of Iran, it’s only 15km away from its desert.

Unique to Varzaneh, are the local women’s costumes. They wear completely white chadors, while women in the rest of Iran, mostly wear black chadors.

Many local people speak an ancient Pahlavi Sasani dialect, a quite similar dialect to that spoken by the Zoroastrians in Yazd today. According to some of linguists, the word Varzaneh, has a connection to the verb Varzidan (ورزیدن), which means farming in old Persian.

The best times for the desert are spring, fall, and winter. Summer is too hot.

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