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Mesr

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Mesr

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Understand[edit]

Mesr is in the far east of Isfahan (province) in Central Iran. It is basically 420 km far from Isfahan city, and 371 km far from Yazd. Mesr is desert and also an oasis located in the central desert of Iran, (known as Dashte-Kavir in Persian). The central mountain ranges of Iran which are predominantly isolated oasis type mountains which run through the desert territory of Iran, are close by. The town’s only water source and therefore lifeline comes from a spring that flows out of the foothills of the aforementioned mountains quite close to the heart of the village. This is the only source of life for the gardens and date palm orchards that make this oasis such a special place. Watching sunsets and stars are very encouraged in this region.

Get in[edit]

Reaching Mesr is easy, although you need to change direction several times from major cities of Iran, around 250 kilometers drive onto the Naein-Tabas road from Esfahan west to east. After passing Farokhi and Nasrabad villages, there is a sign showing off-road direction: ” Toward Mesr.” All in all, it is 420 km from Isfahan.

Upon 43 kilometers drive from the sign across the sand hills, 3 green spots will appear from far, similar to three emeralds next to each other. Few moments later, while the absolute silence of desert is your only company, you will find yourself in the first emerald land, Amirabad. The road is totally flat which is considered as one of the wonders of Iran’s central desert and surprises every Eco-tourist. The sand hills around the village are known as thrones since the strong wind has shaped the surface, forming strange and attractive figures.

By BUS, it is possible to reach Khur, which is around 50 km from Mesr. There are buses to Khur from Isfahan (every day at 1 pm from Kaveh terminal, taavune 4, 205000 IRR) and from Yazd once a day. Some buses between Mashhad and Tehran also stop in Khur at night. Ask locally about the times and prices. From Khur to Mesr taxi is the only option. You can call your accommodation in advance to have a taxi driver wait for you or you can just charter one when you arrive. The price is 400000 IRR for the whole car (2016).

From Jandaq there is a dirt road of about 45 km that goes directly to Mesr.

Get around[edit]

Mesr is tiny. You can walk around the sand dunes and gardens or hire a camel.

See[edit][add listing]

The sunset, the moonrise, the stars, the dunes, the camels, the traditional houses and hear the silence of the desert.

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Your accommodation will probably be able to arrange tours for you to see the surrounding areas. You can also explore by yourself by walking, cycling, driving.

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Your accommodation will provide delicious meals too. Cafe Gandom is highly recommended.

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Sleeping[edit]

Cafe Gandom and the attached Rohab's Guesthouse in Mesr (the first house on the right side as you enter the village) provides accommodation in a traditional house and delicious meals. Dorm beds are 10-15 USD, more for private rooms. Meals are 5 usd. It is run by energetic young Iranians. Call 09123408870.

There are other options in Mesr itself and in Farahzad further down the road.

In Khur there's one hotel. In Jandaq there is a hotel for 600000 IRR a night inside the old fortress.

Get out[edit]

Take a taxi back to Khur. From Khur you can go to, Isfahan, Na'in (the same bus as for Isfahan at 1 or 1.30 pm) or Yazd (every day at 7 am). There are buses that go directly to Mashhad or Tehran.

Otherwise take the dirt road to Jandaq. 15 km North of Jandaq on the way to Hoseinan there is a beautiful oasis with a seasonal restaurant (bring food for picnic) , a warerfall and an underground swimming pool.

parking cars beside the sand dunes
sand dunes
camels are wandering around
sunset over the sand dunes
sand dunes and mountain
lonely lot beside the sand dunes
a desert accommodation
camels are wandering around
sand dunes
sand dunes