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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.

Get in[edit]

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.

Get around[edit]

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.

See[edit][add listing]

  • 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.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • 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.

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  • 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.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • If you come here, you'll be staying in a homestay which will provide all food and drink.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • 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 [email protected]
    USD25 (incl. 3 meals, less meals less pay).  edit


Get out[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.

Tak taku guest house

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