For geology enthusiasts, the curious rock formations of the Badab-e Surt are a must see natural wonder. Located in Mazandaran province in northern Iran, about 100 kilometres south of the city of Sari, the area consists of golden, orange, and red stepped terraces of sedimentary rock, formed by deposits of minerals carried from nearby hot springs. The two springs of the travertine landscape are said to have medicinal properties, and the glistening flats are amongst the most photogenic sites in Iran.
A two-hour drive from the city of Kashan in Esfahan province, the Maranjab desert boasts some of the sandiest dunes in the country. Whilst most of Iran’s deserts are salt, rocky, or scrubland, Maranjab caters to more stereotypical desert fantasies. You can combine a tour with a visit to the Namak Lake, not far from here, with the option to rest your head in the remains of a 16th century caravanserai.
Mesr is in the far east of Isfahan (province) in Central Iran. It is basically 420 km far from Isfahan city, and 371 km far from Yazd. Mesr is desert and also an oasis located in the central desert of Iran, (known as Dashte-Kavir in Persian). The central mountain ranges of Iran which are predominantly isolated oasis type mountains which run through the desert territory of Iran, are close by. The town’s only water source and therefore lifeline comes from a spring that flows out of the foothills of the aforementioned mountains quite close to the heart of the village. This is the only source of life for the gardens and date palm orchards that make this oasis such a special place. Watching sunsets and stars are very encouraged in this region.
Varzaneh is one of historical cities of Isfahan known as “East Negin of Isfahan” because of its rich historical treasures. Varzaneh old bridge, Jame Mosque, Robat Shah Abbasi, several old caravanserais and vents, various Ab Anbars, towers, Kabootar Khaneh, castles, water mills and Emamzadeh Shah Zeinalabedin are among historical monuments existed in this city. One of the folkloric attractions of this city is that it is the only place in Iran where women traditionally wear white Chador. For this reason, it is also known as the “City of White Pigeons”.
Shahdad is located 70km north east of Kerman province and 40km away from the legendry city of Kalouts and has the most deserts in province of Kerman. The legendry city of Kalouts is extended in an area of 11000 square kilometers and is only 40km away from Shahdad. It was formed 20 thousand years ago due to wind and water erosions. There are 100 acres of salt marsh in Shahdad Desert which couldn’t be found anywhere in the world. It can be easily proved that no living thing could survive in Dasht-e-Lut which is extended 30 thousand kilometers. A cow, which had been wasted in the desert in winter of 1986, was found after 15 years. It was scorched but remained intact.
Mesr Desert, Biazeh Desert and Namak Lake
Mesr is a small village located in Dasht-e-Kavir, 45km east of Jandaq and 30km north of Khoor in Isfahan. Mesr Desert is surrounded by mountains from west, south west and south east and is a part of mountain ranges situated in Central Iranian Plateau. Its previous name was “Mazrae Yousef”. Because it is located in south of a large desert, it has hot and dry weather.
The villagers of remote but beautiful Mesr never have thought that one day they would be famous. In fact, filming a movie named “So Near, So Far” near this village, made others aware of this place for the first time. The little village of Mesr which was named almost 100 years ago by a Sheppard called Yousef, has variety of attractions that can be visited in a right season during a multi-day trip.