Travel to a city where the history is as old as Sassanid era. Once considered as the gateway of Khorasan, Tabas has a lot of tales to tell.
Located in the north-east of Yazd province and west of Khorasan, Tabas was one of the significant cities and the bridge connected north-east and west of Iran in the past. This arid-climate area has a variety of natural and historical sites that attract a large number of tourists every year.
The climate of this area is arid, desert and subtropical. This is why the city is called Tabas, which in Farsi is related to the hot weather and high temperature. Some say that this name dates back to Seleucid empire. But these are all stories. What we can say for sure id the haunting beauty of the area which makes it a must-see destination. The magic of nature is not limited to mountains and rivers and forests. The mysterious, amazing desert in this area is a unique attraction. But in Tabas there is still more: visiting a green, delightful garden, walking in a warm pleasant spring, hearing about Abbasid history, and passing through a mystic valley. Travel to the land of palm trees and sand dunes to turn all these dreams into the reality.
Not very far from Tabas, this village id one of the main attractions on this trip. The two old cedar trees welcome you at the gateway of the village. The village is indeed a county amongst mountains where you can have a pure and fresh experience in walking in alleys among fog, grape and walnut tree and saffron fields.
Pass through these trees and head to the Ismaili fortress. Located on the top of a hill, the fortress is near the kharv village and you can see the village and landscapes from this scenery spot.
On the way to the Kharv village there is a spring. What is magical about this spring is that it is warm on one side and cold on the other side! Enjoy walking on sand dunes where the spring flows. Watch the dance of fishes and listen to the sound of water. The largest spring is called Morteza Ali.
At the end of this path, where the high cliffs meet, there lies a spectacular dam known as the oldest and thickest one. A part of this arched shape dam is made of bricks.
You will never forget the adventurous experience of passing through this grand canyon! Imagine a large valley the only sound you can hear is your steps and the wind blowing. The erosion sculpted haunting shapes and painted beautiful decorations on the walls. In some parts, you may even not see the sky. Beside natural footprints, there are some decorations which are said to be dated back to the Sassanid era. Remember to ask the meaning of the valley when you travelled here!
Imaging walking in an arid desert, when you suddenly see a verdurous village. The paddy fields next to palm trees. Traditional houses and a small river make a relaxing atmosphere. This place has an ideal temperature for for date and rise cultivation. Do you know the meaning of Azmighan?
The earth has worn a white dress here: a dress made from salt crystals. It is interesting to know that in the past the edible salt for people of the near villages was produced from this lake.
In many arid areas, building a garden was significant in the past. The gardens built by many emperors in the old times now are popular among local people and tourists. The Golshan Garden is a Safavid and Qajar heritage. The paradox of a green garden with spectacular buildings, a fresh pool and soaring trees is best defined in the design of the garden itself: palm trees next to roses. The plot of the garden may remind one of the Taj Mahal.
The best time to travel to arid areas is always in the second half of the year. Autumn is the time when the weather is enjoyable here.
Wear trekking shoes but light clothes. As the temperature may drop at night in the cold season, having some warm clothes is a good idea. Do not forget to bring your sunglasses and remember to take your camera if you would like to record your trip to this spectacular destination.
As Always, take care of natural and historical treasures. Just leave our footprints and take beautiful memories.
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