Desert and Salt in Iran

Why Iran?

This has been the first reaction we got from almost everyone when we exposed our travel plans to Iran. Well, it has always been high on our list. We love visiting off the beaten destinations with my boyfriend and we knew that Iran has a lot to offer in terms history, ancient civilizations and hospitable people. But most of all, it has a lot to offer in terms of the things we don’t know yet. Things that are not told to us. Iran is one of these places that you need to experience with all your senses. And also one of these places that you need to visit fully prepared. I am more of a “go with the flow” traveler while my boyfriend is a traveler with all the details; where to stay and places to visit, eat..We knew that we wouldn’t have VPN or proper internet connection and it turned out to be true. Plus you need to bring pockets full of dirty cash (preferably US dollars or euros), since shops and banks do not accept foreign debit or credit cards. No matter how many out-of-the-ordinary countries I have visited, I still fail every travel budgeting test…We knew all of these but still had some problems time to time, so it’s good to be aware especially if you are going long distance in Iran. Bonus: Girls, bring pins for your headscarf for windy days 🙂

We arrived at Tehran around 4 am with Pegasus Airlines from Istanbul. With a Turkish nationality, I don’t need a visa for Iran. As a Dutch citizen, my boyfriend got his visa at the airport. It was a relatively easy process, the queue was not long and there were not many tourists. We exchanged some money at the airport and head directly to our hotel by taxi. Taxi’s are not that expensive, and with a good bargain you can make it to city center easily.

The second day we rent a car from the airport and drive from Tehran via Qom. Adventure is what we wanted, so adventure is what we got. Vagabonds is what we are destined to be, so vagabonds was what we were going to be. Soon we figured out our first day on the road would be the kind of adventure that adventurers do not necessarily mean when they look for adventures. The salt lake is not easy to find, so if you ever  decide to go there make sure you have a good map. We’ve been driving for 50 kilometres and finally we were ON the lake. We were driving right into to lake, actually on the lake. There is nothing else then the desert and the salt lake. Literally there was nothing. We’ve seen camels on the lake-desert. My boyfriend decided to make friends with the camel until it started chasing me till the car. I said friends, not allies man!

fullsizerender-2  img_6548


We visited Qum on our way to Kashan. It was almost night when we arrived. The lights of the mosques welcomed us. It was quite a mystical and serene moment.


As we are two crazy travellers, we needed to do as much as we can. So did we. We visited three more cities: Kashan, Isfahan and Yazd. It was an intense itinerary for 8 days but it is definitely worth it.

Our next stop is Kashan.

Kashan is a city 2-3 hours from Tehran by driving.  The authentic structure of the city is so good that you can easily have an image of the Persian Empire. Kashan is located next to the Kevir Desert. The historical structure of the city has been protected very well. The old bazaar is one of the best in Iran and if you can have the chance climb the roof and get a 360 view of Kashan. It feels like time travelling.


There are lots of accommodation options in old kervansaray’s which are very well renovated and the prices are affordable. If you go there in April, you can see many rose gardens and get some fresh rose water which the city is famous for.


Take me to the desert tales…I’m a merchant travelling with my Kervan and my next stop is Isfahan. I arrive dark at night, I sit my camel and find a shelter for myself at a Kervansaray in the Naks-i Cihan square. And with the first morning lights, I am amazed by the size of the square with all the colourful shops and beautiful architecture. These are almost what I felt when I arrived at the square after a long tour in the old Isfahan Bazaar. Naks-i Cihan is the second biggest square on earth and it is fascinating.


You can have a coffee and cake in this cute little coffee shop at the end of the bazaar if you miss black coffee and European desserts.


With the admiration in our pockets, we walked through the Zayandeh River. It is the river crossing the city of Isfahan. There are several new and old bridges over the Zayandeh River. The oldest, Shahrestan was built in the 5th century AD and still being used as a pedestrian crossing in Sharestan village. While crossing the bridge, I once again felt like a spice trader walking with my kervansaray.



Old, ancient, wise, beautiful. This is what you get if you travel towards Yazd. Surrounded by narrow alleys, minarets and wind catchers. One of the oldest cities in the world. I was here with almost no expectation and found myself completely amazed as if living a desert tale again. Yazd is the most touristic area in Iran, yet the most interesting and charming in my opinion.

In Yazd, we took a day trip to Kharanaq, one of the last remaining mud cities of Iran and Chak Chak which is a pilgrimage centre for Zoroastrians. Kharanaq is a must see place. Time travel strikes back, this time taking you to the 5th century! We entered the small village and almost got lost. It is like a labyrinth. Time travelling in a labyrinth.



We visited Chak Chak, a Zoroastrian temple around Yazd. Zoroastrianism is one of the world’s oldest monotheistic religions. It was founded by the Prophet Zoroaster (or Zarathustra) in ancient Iran approximately 3500 years ago. For 1000 years Zoroastrianism was one of the most powerful religions in the world. It was the official religion of Persia (Iran) from 600 BCE to 650 CE.


Zoroastrians believe that the elements are pure and that fire represents God’s light or wisdom. Ahura Mazda revealed the truth through the Prophet, Zoroaster. This fire in the temple has been burning for 450 years!

Next time if I go to Iran I’ll allow myself a few days in Yazd just to enjoy the atmosphere and take it easy in the serene atmosphere of the old city.


78 thoughts on “Desert and Salt in Iran

  1. Thank you for the sensible critique. Me & my neighbor were just preparing to do a little research about this. We got a grab a book from our area library but I think I learned more from this post. I’m very glad to see such excellent info being shared freely out there.

  2. It really is near unattainable to come across well-qualified readers on this content, still you come across as like you understand whatever you’re writing about! Appreciation

  3. I simply intend to advise you that I am new to putting up a blog and pretty much adored your write-up. Likely I am most likely to bookmark your blog post . You truly have wonderful article material. Be Grateful For it for sharing with us your favorite web article

  4. Hello very nice blog!! Man .. Beautiful .. Wonderful .. I’ll bookmark your web site and take the feeds additionally¡KI am satisfied to search out so many helpful info here in the post, we want work out extra strategies on this regard, thank you for sharing. . . . . .

  5. Nice read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing some research on that. And he actually bought me lunch because I found it for him smile Thus let me rephrase that: Thank you for lunch!

  6. Hullo there, just turned out to be conscious of your blog page through yahoo, and discovered that it is seriously beneficial. I will appreciate if you decide to carry on such.

  7. I was more than happy to find this page. I want to to thank you for ones time for this particularly wonderful read!! I definitely savored every bit of it and i also have you book-marked to look at new things on your site.

  8. I’ve recently started a blog, the info you offer on this website has helped me greatly. Thanks for all of your time & work. “Everyone is responsible and no one is to blame.” by Will Schutz.

  9. whoah this weblog is fantastic i like studying your articles. Stay up the good work! You already know, a lot of persons are searching around for this information, you could help them greatly.

  10. Hiya, I am really glad I’ve found this info. Today bloggers publish just about gossips and web and this is really frustrating. A good site with exciting content, this is what I need. Thank you for keeping this web-site, I will be visiting it. Do you do newsletters? Can’t find it.

  11. I needed to compose you one bit of word to be able to give many thanks once again about the exceptional knowledge you’ve featured here. It is certainly tremendously open-handed with people like you to provide openly precisely what a lot of folks could have distributed for an ebook in making some dough on their own, specifically considering that you might well have done it in case you decided. These strategies in addition served to become a easy way to know that some people have the same keenness really like my own to understand great deal more with reference to this issue. I am certain there are thousands of more pleasurable periods ahead for individuals that see your site.

  12. Excellent beat ! I would like to apprentice while you amend your site, how can i subscribe for a blog web site? The account helped me a acceptable deal. I had been tiny bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered bright clear concept

  13. I haven’t checked in here for a while since I thought it was getting boring, but the last few posts are good quality so I guess I will add you back to my everyday bloglist. You deserve it my friend 🙂

  14. There are some interesting deadlines on this article however I don’t know if I see all of them heart to heart. There is some validity however I will take hold opinion until I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we would like extra! Added to FeedBurner as nicely

  15. You can definitely see your skills in the work you write. The world hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who aren’t afraid to mention how they believe. All the time go after your heart. “If you feel yourself falling, let go and glide.” by Steffen Francisco.

  16. Hi my family member! I want to say that this article is amazing, great written and come with almost all important infos. I’d like to peer extra posts like this.

  17. I have been exploring for a little for any high quality articles or blog posts in this kind of area . Exploring in Yahoo I eventually stumbled upon this website. Studying this information So i am satisfied to convey that I have a very just right uncanny feeling I came upon exactly what I needed. I most indubitably will make certain to do not disregard this web site and give it a glance on a relentless basis.

  18. I’ve recently started a blog, the information you offer on this website has helped me greatly. Thank you for all of your time & work. “There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail.” by Erich Fromm.

  19. I truly wanted to jot down a note to appreciate you for these lovely pointers you are writing at this website. My long internet lookup has now been honored with sensible know-how to talk about with my friends and family. I ‘d express that many of us readers are really endowed to live in a perfect network with very many outstanding people with good tricks. I feel rather privileged to have used your web page and look forward to many more fabulous moments reading here. Thanks once again for a lot of things.

  20. I wish to show some thanks to you for rescuing me from this setting. As a result of browsing throughout the world wide web and meeting recommendations which were not helpful, I was thinking my entire life was gone. Being alive devoid of the strategies to the issues you have fixed through the website is a serious case, and the kind that might have negatively affected my entire career if I hadn’t come across your web page. That training and kindness in controlling all areas was vital. I don’t know what I would’ve done if I hadn’t encountered such a thing like this. It’s possible to at this moment look ahead to my future. Thanks for your time so much for this specialized and sensible guide. I won’t hesitate to recommend your web blog to anybody who needs to have guide on this subject matter.

  21. A lot of thanks for your entire efforts on this blog. Betty really likes carrying out internet research and it’s easy to see why. Almost all notice all about the lively means you give efficient suggestions via your web blog and even attract response from some others on this content and my child is now being taught so much. Take advantage of the rest of the year. You’re performing a dazzling job.

  22. This is very interesting, You are a very skilled blogger. I have joined your rss feed and look forward to seeking more of your excellent post. Also, I have shared your website in my social networks!

  23. I simply wanted to appreciate you once more. I’m not certain the things I could possibly have followed without these ways discussed by you relating to my area of interest. It previously was a real distressing problem in my circumstances, however , taking a look at the very expert approach you resolved it forced me to leap with happiness. I will be happy for the information and even have high hopes you find out what an amazing job you’re getting into educating the mediocre ones through the use of your web site. I am certain you’ve never met any of us.

  24. I have recently started a site, the info you provide on this website has helped me tremendously. Thank you for all of your time & work. “‘Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.” by George Washington.

  25. I have been surfing on-line more than 3 hours lately, but I never discovered any fascinating article like yours. It’s beautiful value sufficient for me. In my opinion, if all site owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet can be a lot more useful than ever before. “I finally realized that being grateful to my body was key to giving more love to myself.” by Oprah Winfrey.

  26. I wish to express some appreciation to this writer just for bailing me out of such a matter. Because of surfing around throughout the world wide web and obtaining tips which are not helpful, I figured my life was over. Existing devoid of the answers to the issues you have solved through the posting is a crucial case, as well as the ones which could have badly affected my entire career if I hadn’t encountered the website. Your actual knowledge and kindness in taking care of the whole lot was important. I am not sure what I would’ve done if I had not encountered such a stuff like this. I can at this time look ahead to my future. Thanks a lot very much for your specialized and sensible help. I won’t be reluctant to refer the website to anyone who should get tips about this subject.

  27. Hello! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a team of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us beneficial information to work on. You have done a outstanding job!

  28. fantastic issues altogether, you simply won a logo new reader. What could you recommend in regards to your submit that you simply made a few days ago? Any certain?

  29. magnificent post, very informative. I wonder why the other experts of this sector do not realize this. You must proceed your writing. I am sure, you have a great readers’ base already!

  30. Fantastic goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and you’re just extremely magnificent. I really like what you’ve acquired here, certainly like what you are stating and the way in which you say it. You make it enjoyable and you still care for to keep it sensible. I cant wait to read much more from you. This is really a tremendous site.

  31. A lot of thanks for your own hard work on this site. Kim really loves getting into research and it’s easy to see why. All of us know all regarding the compelling means you present very useful information by means of your website and in addition inspire response from people on this situation while our favorite daughter is truly studying so much. Take pleasure in the remaining portion of the year. You’re carrying out a glorious job.

  32. I just like the helpful info you supply on your articles. I’ll bookmark your weblog and take a look at again here regularly. I am slightly certain I will learn lots of new stuff proper right here! Good luck for the next!

  33. I am also commenting to make you know what a perfect encounter my wife’s daughter experienced going through yuor web blog. She figured out a lot of issues, which included what it is like to have a very effective coaching mindset to have certain people completely know precisely some specialized issues. You actually did more than her expectations. Thank you for providing those interesting, safe, explanatory and fun tips on this topic to Gloria.

  34. MetroClick specializes in building completely interactive products like Photo Booth for rental or sale, Touch Screen Kiosks, Large Touch Screen Displays , Monitors, Digital Signages and experiences. With our own hardware production facility and in-house software development teams, we are able to achieve the highest level of customization and versatility for Photo Booths, Touch Screen Kiosks, Touch Screen Monitors and Digital Signage. Visit MetroClick at http://www.metroclick.com/ or , 121 Varick St, New York, NY 10013, +1 646-843-0888

  35. I have been exploring for a bit for any high quality articles or blog posts on this kind of area . Exploring in Yahoo I at last stumbled upon this website. Reading this information So i’m happy to convey that I’ve a very good uncanny feeling I discovered exactly what I needed. I most certainly will make certain to do not forget this web site and give it a look on a constant basis.

  36. Good day very nice site!! Man .. Beautiful .. Superb .. I’ll bookmark your blog and take the feeds additionally¡KI am glad to find a lot of useful information here within the post, we’d like develop more techniques on this regard, thanks for sharing. . . . . .

  37. MetroClick specializes in building completely interactive products like Photo Booth for rental or sale, Touch Screen Kiosks, Large Touch Screen Displays , Monitors, Digital Signages and experiences. With our own hardware production facility and in-house software development teams, we are able to achieve the highest level of customization and versatility for Photo Booths, Touch Screen Kiosks, Touch Screen Monitors and Digital Signage. Visit MetroClick at http://www.metroclick.com/ or , 121 Varick St, New York, NY 10013, +1 646-843-0888

  38. I simply want to say I am just newbie to blogging and site-building and seriously savored you’re web page. Almost certainly I’m going to bookmark your blog . You certainly have fabulous posts. Thank you for sharing with us your webpage.

  39. Priligy Erectile Dysfunction For Sale Hydrochlorothiazide Mejor Tiempo Para Tomar Propecia Cabergoline Sales viagra Keflex Allergic Hives Buy Seroquel Without Prescription Cialis 10 Mg Erezione Propecia O Urolosin

  40. A noter sur « Sky Ma&&sresnbsp;traquo; l’encrage exceptionnel de Wallace Wood un des dessinateur / encreur les plus raffinés de l’histoire US. Le dessin de Kirby est magnifié.Superbe dossier comme d’habitude sur se site.Vivement la suite !

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.