One-day Historical Tour
A one-day historical tour in the deepest parts of Iran's history will reveal to you the beauty of two important historical cities of Iran with the most beautiful and unique historical monuments.
On this one-day tour, we will visit two beautiful cities, Ardakan and Meibod, to sheds a little bit of light on this. Two beautiful historic cities are located in Yazd province.
Meybod is Known for its amazing architecture and ancient history and is a must-see place while you are visiting Iran. The beauty and antiquity of Meybod city enforce everyone to admire it.
Meybod city, which resembles Yazd city in many aspects is older than Yazd's history ( 7,000 years). Meybod's proximity to the Dasht-e Kavir has bestowed a desert climate on the city, and as a result, it experiences extremely hot summers and cold winters with mild springs and falls. Some believe the city was founded by one of the Sasanian commanders (226-651 CE), who named the city after himself and others say the city was founded by Keyumars, the first man of the accounts of Avestan and the first of the Pishdadi kings in Ferdowsi. Shahnameh (Book of Kings). Meybod is one of the ancient cities of Iran with a series of the best amazing historical sites which will not only amaze you but also make you fall in love with Iran.
What to see in Meybod city
In Meybod you can see the most beautiful tourist attractions that can mesmerize you each one alone.
Meybod Dovecote, Jame Mosque, Old Carevanseray, Chapar Khane (old Post), Ceramic workshops, and Zilo museum,
These farmers' structures are the most wonderful architectural monuments that introduce the intelligence of Iranians to use nature. They were built as a place to collect pigeons and other bird manure for use in agriculture. Meybod's Pigeon Tower is a Qajar-era monument (1796 to 1925 AD) that may seem both captivating and strange to the modern world.
-A simple, beautiful, and attractive architecture that will charm all tourists.
-One of the most beautiful Pigeon Towers in Yazd Province.
-Its special architecture and simple eye-catching decorations attract lots of attention.
-In comparison with other similar buildings in other parts of the country, this Dovecote is the best preserved.
If you are going to have an interesting view of Meybod town above a Sassanid-era castle and understand how the soldiers had protected the caravans on the Silk Road, this is the best one. Narin castle with a legendry history rises imposingly above the town that has grown up around it. Legend has it that the castle belonged to King Solomon and was built by jinns (spirits), but whatever the original provenance of the castle's foundations, most of what can be seen today dates from the Sassanian era. It had been one of the most important castles on the silk Road and was used by soldiers who provided an armed escort for passing caravans, charging a tax for their services. Narin Castle with an oval plan is made on seven floors (or five floors) at the top of the highest hill in Meybod to overlook the whole town.
A great example of human ingenuity in the Desert.
One of the architectural masterpieces of the desert people is the invention of Ice-houses (traditional refrigerators) to deal with harsh and hard heat. These simple and practical buildings, which today have become one of the tourist attractions of Mibod, are a masterpiece of overcoming the overwhelming heat in front of the hardworking people of the desert. Meybod Yakhchāl is one of the Meybod tourist attractions made of adobe and mud and belongs to the Safavid era. This intelligent structure is made from 3 different parts. shadow-caster walls, an Ice pond, a fridge tank, and a dome.
One of the largest adobe ice houses in Iran.
One of the few remained Yakhchals in Yazd province.
Once the biggest old ice maker place in Iran.
Nearby you can practice desert sports such as off-roading and motorcycling. The rare desert sky awaits you at night too.
Old Iranian chain hotels
One of the 999 Carevanseray(old hotels) was founded by the order of great Shah Abbass the Safavid king. They were a series of simple roadside inns constructed all over Iran where travelers could rest and recover from the day’s journey. The Meybod Shah Abbasi Caravanserai is one of the main tourist attractions with 100 rooms. This public Carevanseray is based on a rectangular plan with a central yard and different rooms around it.
Shah Abbasi Caravanserai includes a water reservoir, a Chaparkhaneh, and an Ice-House. Some parts of the caravanserai have been turned into traditional restaurants that provide Iranian traditional foods. The Meybod Ziloo museum is positioned in the eastern part of the Caravanserai.
The Old Post Office The Chaparkhaneh of Meybod, one of the Meybod tourist attractions, dates back to the Qajar era and was located along the ancient path of Rey-Kerman alongside Caravanserai of Meybod. Royal letters and parcels were sent to other cities from this post office and Since important orders and parcels were temporarily stored there, guarding towers and barracks were later built to protect the Chaparkhaneh. Now, this adobe building has turned into a museum.
The historical sights of Mibod are not limited to the mentioned ones and you can visit other historical buildings (if you have time).
- Mehr Jerd Castle
- Firooz abad Jame Mosque
- Barchin Castle
- Bashnighan Castle
- Meybod Traditional Bazaar
Where to Stay in Meybod?
If you are interested to stay in Metbod city and discover it more, Although there are no fancy hotels, you can enjoy traditional accommodations. These old houses are renovated into new eco-lodges. They have new and modern facilities for a safe and comfortable overnight. Some of these traditional hotels and hostels are the Golshan Traditional Hotel, Hajmalek Hotel, Attar Hostel, Vesta Guest house, etc. For more information about hotels and hotel reservations be in touch with us.
After a half-day city tour in Meibod, we will move to Ardakan city. Our next destination, Ardakan, is only 9 kilometers away from you. A short distance that will connect you to the most beautiful historical monuments of Iran.
The name Ardakan is a combination of two terms, "Ard" which means holy, and "Kan" which means mine or place. Ardakan has been one of the main Iranian Zoroastrian places of gathering and group life for hundreds of years ago. The Old City of Ardakan, A Miracle of Iranian Architecture and has all specific historical desert city elements. 12 districts and gates, and being surrounded by 4 tower walls, this old city is a beautiful sample of the most integrated, most intact, and liveliest historic structures in Iran. This old city has all the elements specific to a historical desert city's elements like the urban beautiful image, harmonious buildings, big mosques, exclusive Darbands, proportioned gates, several Ab Anbars, integral districts, narrow and narrow alleys, etc.
One of the old traditional houses of Ardakan belonging to the Qajar period has been turned into the museum of the aqueduct and water. In this old house, you will not only get to know the architecture of the traditional desert houses of Iran, but you will also get to know the evolution of one of the most important masterpieces of Iranian architecture, the aqueducts.
If you are going to find a cozy peaceful alley to walk among the old tall thatched wall Ziai alley is the best one. This old alley starts from the Charkhab old mosque and continues up to Darband's old traditional house.
Chak Chak mausoleum or Chaku Chaku is an important Zoroastrian shrine close to Ardakan(45 Km)-Yazd province. This shrine which is also called “Pir-e Sabz” is the most important place for gathering and performing the annual Zoroastrian religious ceremony on June 14 to June 18.
-It is one of the most important Zoroastrian shrines.
-The temple and its surrounding trees and spring are like a beautiful paradox in the dry desert.
-In this place, you will get to know a very important part of Zoroastrian culture and religious ceremonies.
-This Zoroastrian temple is intertwined with national and religious stories.
Your one-day historical tour is over. You can return to Yazd or if you are interested in discovering other historical monuments around Ardakan city, stay in one of Ardakan's traditional residences.
You can visit other historical monuments in the historical village of Aqda or Kharanq and immerse yourself in the history of Iran.
If you are interested to stay in Metbod city and discover it more, Although there are no fancy hotels, you can enjoy traditional accommodations. These old houses are renovated into new eco-lodges. They have new and modern facilities for a safe and comfortable overnight. Some of these traditional hotels and hostels are the Khaloo Mirza Hotel, Shabestan Hotel, Mah Bibi Traditional House, Anar Hotel, and Ardakan Hotel. For more information about hotels and hotel reservations be in touch with us.