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Yazd

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A Badgir, a wind cooled water reservior
A view of historical area in Yazd, the grand mosque is in the background

Yazd is a city in central Iran and the capital of the Yazd province. It is an ancient city dating back to the Sassanian Period (224-651 AD).

Get in[edit]

Yazd is located midway between Isfahan and Kerman, 689 km (427 miles) south east of Tehran. Yazd is well connected to the rest of the country by planes, trains and buses.

By bus[edit]

From the bus station {GPS 31°52'37.5"N, 054°17'04.0"E}, take a local bus (the bus stop is by a little white hut on the highway in front of the main bus station) to the local bus station, then another to the bazaar. This is in the centre of town; from here you can find your hotel.

By plane[edit]

There are International flights to Dubai and Damascus and daily flights to Tehran.

Get around[edit]

By foot[edit]

Most places in the old town are within easy walking distance from each other.

By bus[edit]

Local buses are also available.

By taxi[edit]

Taxis are inexpensive. Motorcycle taxis are another fast and cheap way to move around the city but try to settle on a price beforehand.

See[edit][add listing]

Amir Chakhmakh Complex
Zia iah school
A view of historical area in Yazd
  • Masjid-e Jame (Friday Mosque), dating back to the fourteenth century, is well worth a visit. It is an example of finest Persian mosaics and excellent architecture. Its minarets are the highest in the country. Admire it at night when it is lit up. {GPS 31°54'03.7"N, 054°22'08.5"E}
  • Atashkadeh is the Zoroastrian fire temple. The fire on the inside has supposedly been burning since 470 AD. Entrance is 10.000 rials, visiting hours 8.00-11.30 and 16.30-19.00. [Sep 2012] {GPS 31°52'52.3"N, 054°22'22.3"E}
  • Yazd Tower of silence (Zoroastrian's Dakhmeh) - the name tower is misleading as they consist of huge circular walls on top of two hills, within those the dead were left to be picked clean by the vultures. This is done in accordance with Zoroastrian belief. However, the towers are not in use anymore and open to the public. A quiet, serene place. The modern Zoroastrian cemetery is just there as well. Entrance free. To get there using public transport, you can take the bus going south on Imam Khomeini from the bus stop across the street of Amir Chakhmaq Complex. Get down on the last stop end of the line and then from there ask people for another bus going to "Dakhme", might need to wait a bit and be sure that the people will tell the bus driver to drop you on the correct bus stop, bus tickets should be 1.000 rial each. Once you are off the bus, its a corner of a 4-way intersection and you go right, you will see the towers, its a 10-minute walk. [Sep 2012] {GPS 31°49'30.8"N, 054°21'32.6"E}
  • Yazd Water Museum lots of interesting information about the Canat water distribution system. Entrance fee 10.000 rial. Visiting time 8.00-19.30. [Sep 2012] {GPS 31°53'42.2"N, 054°22'06.2"E}
  • Yazd Market Square's Clock
  • The cistern of Fatemeh-ye-Golshan
  • Amir Chakhmakh complex, a breathtaking construction and a must-see. Visitors can climb to the top. {GPS 31°53'37.3"N, 054°22'10.2"E}
  • Amir Chakmakh mosque, not to be confused with the complex of the same name, but nearby and easily visited when visiting the more famous complex.
  • Hazireh mosque
  • water reservoir with its four badgirs (wind towers)
  • Khan-e-Lari, a historical house
  • Alexanders prison, which was neither built by Alexander the great nor a prison, but a 15th-century domed school which is quite an interesting sight with a cafe in the 'prison room'. Often

guides Would tell you the deep well in the middle of its courtyard was in fact built by Alexander the Great and was used as a dungeon but this seems doubtful. Entrance fee 5.000 rial. [Sep 2012]

  • Tomb of the 12 imams which dates back to the early 11th century, has inscriptions inside bear the names of the twelve Shiite Imams, though none are actually buried here. It is now badly deteriorated.
  • Madrasse-e-Kamalieh
  • Bogeh-ye Seyed Rokamdin mosque
  • Dowlat Abad Gardens with a building with a beautiful large badgir.
  • tourist information office, Amir Chaqmaq Sq,Hajighanbar Bazar,tourist information office of yazd (Amir Chaqmaq Complex,Bazar), +983516223005, [1]. 9:00 to 12:00. Tourist information office is plenty of maps and helpful staff ,Manager Mohsen Hajisaeid is recommended guide in Lonely Planet and several other travel guide,can arrange hotel discount and astronomy tours as well as other services. Email:yazdguide@yahoo.com +989131533516 moghanizadeh  edit
  • Markar square. This square is geographically located at the center of Iran, you can see it on the way {31.88N 54.36E}  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Walk around in the historic neighborhoods and relax in the parks.
  • Hike up in the beautiful mountains of Yazd and enjoy a spectacular view of the city.
  • Chill in the city's cafes and chat with local Iranians. Most likely, they will be very interested in talking with you.
  • Take a free Persian language class at the Vaziri Museum, next to the Jame Mosque entry. The teacher is very friendly and speaks good English. He can teach you some very helpful basic Farsi words and phrases. He can also guide you through the museum and has great insights on Iranian culture. (Entry to the museum is very cheap at 15'000 Rials.)
  • Varzesh-e Pahlavani, (near Amir Chaqmaq Square). 18:30. Watch the fascinating performance of Persian ancient "heroic sport" which is a combination of martial arts, strength training and aerobic to the rhythm of traditional Persian singing and drumming. The sports centre (which alone is a fascinating building) is located in one of the side streets near Amir Chaqmaq Square. Ask around and everybody will show you the direction. It's a popular show among tourists and the rooms fills up with them so come earlier to secure a place. If you're into this kind of performances / sport, come even earlier (at 5pm) to watch the warm-up without any other tourists present 40000.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

Iran's most famous snacks, nougat and cashews are available. Yazd is very famous in Iran for its various handicrafts, such as carpet, silk fabrics, cashemers and also for its pastries. If you are looking for Persian carpets at reasonable prices, there are many Persian carpets to choose from at the bazaar.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Tourists say old-fashioned Persian Restaurants are the best way to go if you want a friendlier and more cultural atmosphere. Many restaurants serve the standard Iranian kebab. There are a few international restaurants in Yazd which serve Italian, Indian, Arabian and Mexican food.

The traditional restaurants and tea house of Kohan Hotel serve various Iranian traditional dishes such as fessenjun, gheimeh as well as some European and Indian dishes. It has a nice atmosphere and is located near the Alexander Prison.

  • (Amir Chaqmaq square). For best shish kebabs in town go to Amir Chaqmaq square. In the passage below the mosque there is a number of filled-with-locals kebab eateries where you can have a piece from 10k rials (kidneys, livers, hearts) up to 35k rials (lamb) served with a complimentary bread and onion. Superb taste and interesting local experience.

Drink[edit][add listing]

For typical drinks available in Iran, see Iran#Drink

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There are many descent hotels to choose from. A number of traditional houses have been recently converted into atmospheric hotels. Some are good and others not so much. Many of them offer clean comfortable rooms encircling peaceful central courtyards where you can eat, drink tea or puff away on a ghalyan while gazing at the sky. If you've been slumming it through questionable mosafekhanehs until Yazd, you're in for a pleasant surprise.

Budget[edit]

  • Kohan Hotel, (100 metres from Alexander's Prison), 6212485 (fax: 621 0393), [2]. Is a little pricer and difficult to find, but also worth the effort. They also have a beautiful courtyard restaurant, a underground qanat room (water management system) to explore, and good views of the old city can be had from the roof. The hotel is family run, and also there is a tourist information office, a young man,who speaks wonderfully perfect German, English and a little Spanish, he gives you complete information about Yazd and other cities of Iran, time table of buses,air planes and trains. Various tour programs of Yazd is also offered; camel riding, overnight in desert, bike riding in desert as well as adventurous tours in all Iran. From $28.  edit
  • Orient Hotel, Masjed-e-Jaameeh str.,6th Alley (Just look up the alleyways off the street at the end close to the mosque, you'll see the sign.), [3]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 11:00. From the owners of Silk Road Hotel, which is on the other side of the street. The price of the rooms are all same as the Silk Road Hotel. It is especially tailored to the needs of families and group travelers. Has a glass deck on the second floor with nice panoramas of the city, and the beautiful Jame' Mosque, and a background of desert and mountains. To book your room at the Orient hotel, it is best to call or email the Silk Road Hotel. Good hotel, nice central courtyard. Showers have good pressure and water is hot. You can eat lunch and dinner here. Dorm bed: $5; Single: $15; Double: $20; Triple: $25.  edit
  • Oasis, Jameh Mosque Street (last alley on your right before the mosque, blue signe), 09133522985. checkout: any time. Nice hotel in a traditional house in the heart of the old town. Different kind of room around a beautiful courtyard. S/D/T room 35000/45000/55000 toman and dorm for 12000 toman. Good buffet style breakfast included, Wi-Fi with good connexion. Friendly and helpful manager.  edit
  • Silk Road Hotel (silkroad_hotel@yahoo.com), No 5 Taleh Khakestary Alley, Jame Mosque Street, Yazd (100 meters away from the Jameh Mosque), +98 351 6252730, [4]. A friendly backpackers hostel style hotel with a choice of dorm (cheapest) or private rooms. Free buffet style breakfast. Free wifi (though not great quality). A lot of Iranian and international people stay here. Wide range of foods and drinks, including plenty of well-marked vegetarian options. Friendly manager who speaks English. Laudry service available - price per garment. Book exchange. Cooking and Farsi classes advertised on website, but unconfirmed. Dorm bed: $7; Single: $20; Double: $30; Triple: $40. (31'45'02.5,054'22'12.4) edit

Midrange[edit]

  • Hotel Dad, #214, 10th Farvardin Ave, +98-351-6229400 (, fax: +98 351 6229449), [5]. Hotel Dad is an 80-year old hotel in the old center of town, with a traditional style, and 54 rooms. Swimming pool with poolside service and a sauna and jacuzzi. It has both a traditional Iranian and international restaurants, along with a coffee shop. Single: $70; Double: $110; Triple: $165.  edit

Outside of Yadz[edit]

  • Farvardinn Desert Inn, 30km south east of Yazd en-rout to Bafq, Fahraj-Yazd (There are local buses to Fahraj every hour on the hour from the local bus station. A taxi costs US$5. The hotel is about 100m to the left of the main street.)Across the old Fortress of Fahraj village), +98(0)9133524723, [6]. checkin: flexible; checkout: flexible. This is a new guesthouse/hostel close to Yazd, that is right on the Dasht-e-Lud desert. The owner, Masoud, speaks excellent English and a little French, is very nice and very knowledgeable about the area. This hotel offers comfortable beds, a full buffet breakfast, new bathrooms, WiFi, kitchen facilities, dinner with a local family, and camel-riding courses. This hotel is great for both backpackers and traditional travellers looking for a trekking base or an authentic place to relax. There is a bus and train booking service for minimal commission. Tours: From 1-12 days - day tours to surrounding villages from an experienced guide, camel-riding courses, nomad tours from Yazd to Shiraz, one day hikes to Mt. Shirkuh (up to 4100m), or a tour of your choosing can be arranged. Camping: $4; Dorm bed: $7; Double: $25.  edit

Get out[edit]

  • Meymand — population 60 in summer, 130 in winter, continuously occupied for more than 3,000 years
  • Na’in is located on north of Yazd. It's a small and quiet town at the edge of desert. however it's a desert city but it's not looks like Yazd. there are monuments and landscapes quite different from other desert cities. to get there try Buses depart for Esfahan and ask driver to get you off in Na’in
  • Toudeshk-Cho is 3 hours by bus, on the way to Esfahan. It is a very, quaint traditional desert village and it is easy to get to from the bus terminal. It is well known among backpackers as the location of the Tak-Taku Homestay (details on the Toudeshk-Cho page or call Mohammad on +98 913 365 4420).
  • If you feel like visiting a place more cultural and beautiful, the ancient city of Isfahan is near Yazd.
  • Kavir National Park. The magnificent Iranian deserts embrace all those who are interested in adventurous journey or trekking across the intact beautiful nature. The desert vividly signifies the diverse and colourful features of the Iranian terrain. The white vast salt flats, the golden dunes as well as the striking mounds in bright green, yellow and red create a marvellous spectrum of spectacular colours for day travellers in the desert. Undoubtedly, the desert's night does surpass all expectations and further displays an spectacle of appealing stars--appearing so temptingly real and near.
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