Toudeshk-Cho (population 400) 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 coolled by windtowers (badgirs in Farsi) and hospitable locals.
Public Transport takes you to the modern village of Toudeshk, from where you can walk, take taxi etc. to Toudeshk-Cho.
From Esfahan: 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 US $1
From Yazd: Take a bus to Esfahan and ask driver to drop you in Toudeshk. Journey is approximatley three hours and the ticket costs US $3.
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 kababs! You have your own room (and therefore privacy) and towels are provided. The toilet is 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. More details in the Lonely Planet. Call Mohammad directly or you can reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org US $20 (full board). edit