Kharanaq, ChakChak, Meybod and Nain to Isfahan
Type: half day tour Day trip multiday-tour
Morning 8:30 Yazd
Afternoon 18:30 Yazd
Hotel pick up
Hotel drop off
Mineral water, tea and cookies
Lunch and Breakfast
As one of the best Iran tours, It is recommended in so many Iran travel books, the excursion starts in the morning from Yazd to Kharanaq village 75 km towards North West. The village is made of air-dried bricks in two and three floors. It’s located top of a hill surrounded by orchards and fields that still today is planted. The same material and style as the materials used in the old town of Yazd. The scale of the village is much smaller than Yazd in the form of a protective citadel against the attackers of the area in the past but now it is completely abandoned. The beginning of constructions in Kharanaq village is estimated to date back to pre-Islamic era based on some evidences that are still existing. The landscape around the village is also fantastic. You can find different types of mountains and a green valley with extensive fields of wheat, barley, and saffron and also gardens of pomegranates and pistachio trees.
Departing from Kharanaq village and heading to Chak-Chak, passing through Martian landscapes and private-like road is an interesting part of the tour. Many tourists ask for stop in the way to capture the photos and you’ll find the answer to this question “is it safe to travel to Iran” due to detour and safety of Iran road’s. It takes less than an hour to reach Chak Chak which is a quiet and hidden temple belonging to Zoroastrian community. Chak-Chak is so famous for its drops of water continuously dripping from the cave-like temple and forming the sound Chak Chak. It is an amazing place where you can find water in the middle of almost nowhere. The Zoroastrians believe that a Persian princess has escaped from some Arabs in the beginning of Islam and she has been disappeared in this place. So the drops of water are her tears as a miracle!
After going up to Chak-Chak temple and coming down is the best time to have tea or cool drinks depending on the season you are travelling. When you finished this part of the tour and passed desert roads, you will enter Meybod, an amazing city in the ancient Silk Road. You will feel Silk Road as you see its historic caravanserai, the ice house and water storage (cistern) which are all designed for the convenience of travelers in the past. There is also a huge mud-made structure known as Narin Castle which is estimated to be built about 6000 years. Going to the highest part of the citadel will provide a great view point of a desert city of Meybod. Also you can see Meybod pigeon tower which is a safavid structure to supply organic fertilizers for the farmers. Inside Safavid carvanserai , you can visit some pottery and ziloo (a type of Persian carpet) workshops to see how such handicrafts are produced.
After having lunch in caravanserai we shall depart toward Naein, very historic city with so many monuments, we have the chance to visit the most important ones that is Jameh mosque which date back to 8th Century CE, beside it there couple ritual structures such as water reservoir and Tekyeh, then by walking we get to another Narin castle, a pre-Islamic ruined building (less preserved than Meybod one), and after photography we head to Esfahan while we cross the high mountains with nice sceneries.
Kharanaq village: an abandoned mud brick citadel used to be the living spaces.
Chak Chak temple: a temple belonging to Zoroastrian community famous for its drops of water continuously dripping
Meybod Narin castle: 6000 year—old citadel in the center of historic city of Meybod
Meybod Pigeon tower: 400-year-old building designed for around 5000 pigeons to live safely.
Meybod Abbasi caravanserai: 400-year-old caravanserai complex also including the ice house and water storage.
Jameh mosque of Nain: One of the oldest mosques in Iran, its magnificent plasterwork over the niche, the marvellous brickwork around the yard, and its silent basement—which may have been used as a fire temple before the mosque was built here—are only a few of the remarkable features of this mosque.
This mosque has no Iwan and dome as do the other famous mosques in Esfahan and Yazd. A 28 m tall octagonal minaret was added to the mosque almost 700 years ago.
Zoroastrianism: the ancient pre-Islamic religion of Iran that survives there in isolated areas and one of the world oldest continuously practiced religions
Mud-bricks: mud-brick is an air-dried brick, made of a mixture of mud, sand and water.
Ice house: isolated buildings used to store ice throughout the year, commonly used prior to the invention of the refrigerator.
Ziloo: one of the oldest type of handmade carprt in Iran particularly produced in Yazd. It has a special design with two colors and both side of the carpet is usable.