on a one-day tour of Kashan, you visited historical monuments and beautiful houses. On the two-day tour, you will visit the beautiful Feen Garden and the historic Silk Hill with 8,000 years of history, and also have an exciting trip to a beautiful desert near Kashan. Maranjab desert with its historical and natural attractions will fascinate you so much that you will hardly leave it. Also on your way to the Maranjab desert, you can visit one of the most beautiful underground cities in Noshabad.
The historical Sights of this tour program are located in different parts of Kashan. Therefore, we suggest that you hire a taxi or can rent a car via tour operators.
Your first destination is the beautiful Feen Garden. This garden is one of the Iranian gardens registered by UNESCO. A 16th-century garden specially designed for Shah Abbas I, the great king of the Safavid dynasty. A picturesque and delightful garden of symmetrical proportions, old cedars, spring-fed pools, and fountains is renowned for being the very embodiment of the Persian garden and its evocation of paradise. This creditable garden was very prestigious among the Safavid kings. Shah Abbas Kabir made his coronation here. Unlike the barren location, the water flows among the garden, crystal-clear water channeled from a natural spring through a series of turquoise-tiled pools and fountains and continues along the main road in jubs (canals, pronounced "Jobs").
If you are going to get to know with Iranian-Islamic holy shrines and know their culture better this is the best option. Emamzadeh Ebrahim in the Fin region is a relic from the Qajar era.
A green and calm place with a beautiful atmosphere to refresh yourself with a vast space, a pond, a dome worked in turquoise tiles, beautiful minarets, and a porch with mirrors and paintings. It is well known for its turquoise dome, tiled minarets, pleasant courtyard, and beautiful iwan. Paintings, tiles, and decorations with carved mirrors were added later in the early 20th century.
Your next destination is the Sialk Hills, with 8,000 up to 12,000 years old. Sialk Hills is a must-see place. It is located 3 kilometers southwest of Kashan. On the way to Feen garden is laid the first urban civilization example in the central part of Iran, where including the oldest handmade clay, Painted pottery, and Sialk Ziggurat. Sialk Hills is actually a Ziggurat (a Religious place of worship that was created by the Elamite civilization) with 3 floors that are made of clay and pottery. The Ziggurat was constructed pyramid-shaped for the major cities of Mesopotamia.
After a tour of Persian gardens and the ancient history of Kashan, we continue our pathway to the most beautiful and exciting part of the trip to Kashan. If you are a nature lover and a lover of desert trips, this excursion is designed for you. If you are going to lie on the warm and golden sands of the desert, hear the sound of the wind blowing through the sands, walk on the sands, and see the night sky of the desert with millions of stars, this will be your best choice. Be assured that this part of your trip will have the most exciting and beautiful moments. This desert tour will provide you a collection of historical, cultural, architectural, and natural monuments of Iran in the best way.
The Underground City of Nushabad (or Nooshabad or Noushabad) is located about 13 kilometers north of Kashan. It is well-known for its underground man-made city. It is called Ouee (or Ouyi), which had been used as a shelter by the desert inhabitants against invasions and attacks. It is dug up 4 floors underground about 1500 years ago during the Sassanid and pre-Islamic periods. It was still in use during the Seljuk and Safavid periods until the Qajar era. It is made of different labyrinths, corridors, chambers, and wells. The vertical channels connect the different floors to each other. The height of entrances (except the main one) is 170-180 centimeters (nearly the same as normal human height). It’s the largest underground city in the world with an area of 4 square kilometers in the depth of 4 to 18 meters. It is registered on the Iran National Heritage list.
-Sizan Castle a mud-brick fortification, with 9 towers, dates back to the Seljuk period and is registered on the Iran National Heritage list.
-The 20 qanats, parallel to each other, are located about 15 kilometers north of Nushabad.
-Atiq Jame Mosque is said to be a fire temple before Islam, registered on the Iran National Heritage list.
The city of Aran and Bidgol has located 5 km from the city of Noshabad. This city is considered the gate of the desert and is your last city before entering the beautiful desert of Maranjab. The unique and fantastic attractions of this region such as the Maranjab Desert, Maranjab Caravanserai, Salt Lake, sand dunes, and desert plants attract many tourists to this region.
The Maranjab Desert with different vegetation like halophyte plants such as Tamarix trees, Haloxylon trees, and Zygophyllum shrubs and animal covers like the wolf, jackal, hyena, sand fox, sand cat, lizard, chameleon, a variety of lizards, snakes, scorpions, yellow partridge dull, eagle, the hawk is one of the best Iran's desert that is recommended to all off-road lovers.
Things to do and see
Maranjab Caravanserai is one of the main Safavid caravanserais on the way Silk Road. It is made by the order of Shah Abbas the Great. Maranjab Caravanserai has a Qanat having fresh water which, is a phenomenon in a desert full of salt lakes. Today Maranjab caravanserai is used as a guest house with 29 rooms and accommodates tourists visiting this wonderful dessert. The Maranjab Caravanserai is safe and is a great place for camping.
The sand dunes of the Maranjab Desert are so interesting and wonderful that no one will miss them. If you are looking for a bit of adventure, with a 15-minute walk you can reach the top of the hills at 70 meters height, the view of the desert from the top is breathtaking. You can walk barefoot on the sand dunes and smell the desert sands. As the temperature rises in the desert at midday, it is best to walk on the moving sand dunes in the early morning or late afternoon.
The salt lake of Maranjab with 1800 km² is another natural attraction of the Maranjab desert which is located about 100 km east of the city of Qom and 60 km from Kashan. The lake looks like a triangle and is 5 to 50 meters deep. The lands around the salt lake are swampy, so it is best to visit the salt lake with a local guide who knows the area. Generally, there are two ways to get to the Maranjab Desert:
-On the way from Aran to Maranjab, after driving about 35 km, you will see the path through the salt lake.
-Passing the Maranjab caravanserai, after 10 km you can see the road to the salt lake.
If you are lucky you may also see flamingos. September, October, and November (all fall) is the migration period for flamingos.
If you are going to stay in the desert there are some Hostels and Hotels near the Maranjab desert.
It gives you a chance to have a unique experience in Homestay and Hostels close to Maranjab sand dunes and enjoy camel riding, motorcycling, and off-roading tours.
Here are the best hostels and hotels near the Maranjab desert. Please contact us for booking.
This Safavid caravanserai is located in the heart of the Maranjab desert in the southern part of Salt Lake. It had been one of the 999 Carevanseray made by the order of Shah Abbass the great. Now is renovated and changed into an old hotel with new facilities and amenities. It has 25 rooms with facilities such as electricity, water, bed, restaurant. The bathroom and toilet are shared. The rooms are from 16 meters to 35 meters. It has 2-bed to 4-bed rooms. There are also rooms for 4 to 5 people.
This eco-camp is located 10 km north of Aran va Bidgol on the Maranjab road. This eco-camp and desert resort offers different services like desert tours, safaris, camel rides, motorcycling and stargazing, and campfires. Ahmed Ecocamp bathrooms are shared and only a 12-bed room has a private bathroom. Other facilities of this accommodation are a local tourist guide, fluent English staff, uncovered parking, barbecue, dining room, tea house, cafe, and supermarket. You can have dinner and a dreamy night or a Camel steak under the sky with millions of stars.
If you are going to stay in a local house near the Maranjab Desert in Aran va Bidgol city, Safa House would be the best choice. It is an old house belonging to the Safavid era and about 350 years ago. A small and traditional house with 7 rooms and traditional decoration. The beds are Iranian style (mattress and blanket on the floor)& shared bathroom. This house also has a one-day tour of the Marnjab Desert and Salt Lake.
A Qajar house in Aran va Bidgol city close to Maranjab desert is calling you. An old traditional house with a low distance from the Maranjab Desert. Shaker house has 6 traditional rooms with local decoration, a private bathroom and toilet for all rooms, Internet, a local tour guide, private parking, heating, and cooling systems, fluent English staff, desert tours, camel riding, and safari, and finally the possibility of ordering local food.