Toudeshk-Cho, with a population of just 400, is the smaller, older part of Toudeshk desert village. It was known for its camels when it was a Silk Road stopover but now provides an authentic desert village experience for travellers between Esfahan and Yazd. Think mud-brick buildings cooled by windtowers (badgirs in Farsi) and hospitable locals.
Public transport takes you to the modern village of Toudeshk, from where you can walk or take a taxi to Toudeshk-Cho.
From Isfahan: minibuses and buses from the Jey terminal every hour. Some are direct to Toudeshk, otherwise take a bus to Yazd and alight at Toudeshk. Journey time is 1 hour and a quarter. Price is approx USD1
From Yazd: Take a bus to Isfahan and ask the driver to drop you in Toudeshk. Journey is approximately three hours and the ticket costs USD3.
Carpet-making is a traditional industry of the women in Toudeshk, so this makes an excellent place to pick up a Persian Rug. Prices are much cheaper than in the city bazaars because you are buying from the local artisans themselves.
Tak-Taku Homestay, Jalali Street, Toudeshk-Cho, ☎ +98 913 365 4420. The renowned Tak-Taku Homestay has been in operation for 9 years and is run by the English-speaking Mohammad Jalali. It is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in traditional family life in the Iranian desert. Mohammad's sister in-law is a great cook so you will have a break from kebabs! You have your own room (and therefore privacy) and towels are provided. The toilet is a squat but the shower is warm. Mohammad gives an excellent tour of the old part of the village and his sister in-law makes carpets in the home. Call Mohammad directly or you can reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org USD20 (full board). edit