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Zahedan

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Zahedan is the capital of Baluchistan province in Iran. If you're not going through Afghanistan you'll have to pass through Zahedan on the overland route from Istanbul to New Delhi.

Zahedan is a quiet city. Although it's the capital of the province, it's less populated. People of Zahedan are very, very warm and welcoming to strangers and tourists. Main streets are clear, the air is always clean and you can actually BREATH in the city. There's not much night life in this city, but if you're a fan of night walks, it's the perfect place. There are so many negative things that people around Iran say about Zahedan, but if you visit it, you'll see it's safe and sound and you can actually like it although it's not like Tehran or Mashhad.

Get in[edit]

By air[edit]

The airport is on the outskirts of the city, and has connections to Tehran, Isfahan, Kerman, Mashhad in Iran and also an International flight to Dubai

By train[edit]

Trains run twice a month from Quetta in Pakistan, leaving Quetta on the 1st and 15th every month. The journey takes around 11 hours and costs around 1000 Pakistani rupees.

There is also a flight operated by PIA from Zahedan to Quetta. Check www.piac.com.pk for more information.

The railroad from Bam/Kerman to Zahedan was finally inaugurated in June 2009, with traffic started in January 2012. There is a direct Tehran-Zahedan train, which takes about 24 hours and is made up of couchette sleepers. More information can be found on the Iranian railways website.

Get around[edit]

See[edit]

  • Makki Mosque and its madrasa
  • Zahedan has also a Friday mosque for shiye
  • Jame mosque
  • The city has a Sikh gurdwara
  • A colorful bazaar, Rasouli Bazaar, can also be found in the city, where Baluchi and Pashtun traders intermingle.
  • About 100 km south of Zahedan is an intermittently active volcano, Taftan, which rises abruptly 4,042 meters from the surrounding plain.

Do[edit]

If you’re very lucky you might be in town for a camel race (mosabagheh-ye shotor-e davani), a traditional Baluchi activity usually held in summer.

Buy[edit]

Rasouli Bazaar is in the east of Zahedan. A colorful shopping place with stores that you can find almost everything you want in them.

There's a Date Store in Azadi Street ( Near Jame Mosque ) called Mirath Date Store that brings fresh and healthy date fruits from around the Sistan And Balouchestan. If you're looking for some good date fruits you've got to check it out.

Eat[edit]

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

There are a few hotels in the city. A fine place to spend the nights is the Esteghlal Hotel, [1].  edit

Get out[edit]

  • Pakistan - this is a likely candidate for why you're here in the first place, but make sure you've got a visa before coming, as the consulate here no longer issues them. Mashad also has a Pakistani consulate where you can get visas, and which is the nearest place to pick one up. Also Tehran has a Pakistani Embassy.
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