Toudeshk-Cho is in the province of Esfahan.
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.
Toudeshk is tiny, so there's no need for public transport. You can get around by foot or you will be met at the bus terminal if you are staying at a homestay.
- The old part of the village is very quaint, with a water cistern dating back 400 years, lots of listed houses and an ancient allotment.
- You can take bikes to the nearby hills and then climb them for a great view of the village and surrounding desert.
- Overnight camping in the desert can be arranged by Mohammad from the Tak-Taku Homestay.
- Unusually for Iran, the village Hammam or traditional bath house is still operational. It's open on Thursdays and Fridays, each day there is a time for men and woman to bathe separately.
- 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.
- If you come here, you'll be staying in a homestay which will provide all food and drink.
- 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 USD25 (incl. 3 meals, less meals less pay). edit
- Beautiful mosque of Bersian, with very long minaret, is about 1 hour away from Toudeshk-Cho.
- Historical town of Varzaneh, having Gavkhuni wetland, desert and salt lake nearby, is the 70 km away Toudeshk-cho.
- Khara-Varzaneh salt lake, next to Gavkhooni wetland, is 120km (1.5 hour away by car), which is well worth visiting.
- Na'in is not too far away and makes a good destination for an excursion to see the Friday Mosque, museums and traditional houses and man-made caves and also the under ground Qanat-based mill.