Yazd, one of the largest cities in Iran is also the capital city of the Iranian Province with which it shares its name. Dubbed as one of the historic and ancient cities of Iran, the archaeological sites help in promoting Yazd Tours. Also known as ‘the bride of the Kavir’, Yazd is dotted with historical sites which are form an integral part of the Yazd Tours.
Housing few of the foremost examples of Persian style of architecture, the Iranian city of Yazd also houses specimens of Zoroastrianism like Tower of Silence and the Fire Temple. Tourists interested in visiting these rare religious structures can avail tour packages in Yazd. Most of the local tour operators and agents in the city offer such travel packages making sightseeing easy and convenient.
The most popular Yazd tours are sightseeing tours in and around the city. Apart from sightseeing, shopping tours are also important making Yazd tours interesting. Tourists can tour the various markets and bazaars of Yazd and buy souvenirs and gifts for their loved ones. While touring in Yazd, one can also sample the Iranian cuisine in the highly recommended eateries of Yazd. The best place to dine in the Iranian style is the Persian Restaurants which serve an authentic array of Kebab cuisines with a mix of Arabic delicacies.
Geography and History
With an area of 72156 Square Kilometers, the province of YAZD is located in the center of Iran.According to the administrative division rules, it is divided into 7 districts, each include at least one town and a number of villages, all located in a particular area. These districts are: Abarkooh, Ardaakan, Bafq, Maybud, Mehreez, Taft and Yazd.
The population of the province of Yazd in 1996 was 750769 from which 75.15% were registered to be urban dweler and the remaining 24.85% were villegers. The city of Yazd is the administrative center (provincial capital), the largest town, regarding area and the most inhabited town in the province.
Geographically, the province total area is a part of the central mountainous area of the country which is significant for its including different mountains, hills, plains and significantly the central desert of Iran. There are two mountain chains in the province, the first crosses the province from north-west towards south-east, which crosses the center of Iran, and it is knows as the central mountain chain. The second chain is that crosses the center as well as the northern and the north – eastern parts of the province. The Sheerkooh chain which forms a high wall and which separates the central area from the western part of the province, is usually cold with peaks full of sonw. The snow of this chain supplies water-need of Yazd city and the towns Taft and Mihreezd.
The province of Yazd is significantly dray for two main reasons, the first is its location on the arid belt of the world, and second, it is very far from the Oman Sea, the Persian Gulf, the Iranian lakes and wet winds. Although the province is significantly dry with hot deserts, it is suitable for living mainly because it is surrounded by high mountains, so areas within the province with more than 2500 meter altitude enjoy moderate weather. However, the temperature average in the province is 18.9 C degree, while the absolute high is recorded in July at 43C degree and the absolute low in January at -7.2 C, Except Sheerkooh mountainous area, other areas of the province are generally hot and dry, and the temperature becomes drier and hotter towards the east and the north east and the north east of the province.
The province of yazd was a valuable part of the Iranian great civilization and it hosts remarkable elements of the world cultural and historical heritage. Human settlements of the province have history goes beyond the 30th century BC. During the Peeshdadian period, tribes who travel from Balkh to Pars, named the teretoryof Yazd “Sarzameen Yazdan” which means (the God Territory), and since then it has been the main pray place for the Zoroaster and it has been called by the name of “Yazd”. The main important and initial settlements of the province were ” Mihrpadeen” which is known now as Mihreez, “Fahrashan” or “Pahreh”, which is called Fahraj, “Khormeeh”, “Ader” now Ardakan, ” Shevaz”, “Qelaa Mobadan” now Maibod, “Taranj”, “Aqda” and “Ashkezar”.
the city of Yazd was known for the Zoroastrians a holly place and the most important in the territory.
Contrasted with other provinces of Iran. the province of Yazd lacks green places because of its location in the arid zone, but it should not be seen as a place without any natural tourism attraction. Beautiful green valleys, wonderful country sides, marvelous springs, pleasant peaks and hill sides, caves, protected wild life fields and more importantly the wonderful desert views of the province are very attractive and tourists as well as the native people enjoy these places. Cultural attractions of the province are remarkable. The rich legacy of the people’s culture shows nice and old traditions of the Zoroastrians as well as the now Muslims which consist together a marvelous tourism attraction. The native Zoroastrians of the province hold their traditional ceremonies in different occasions every year, and observing them doing so, is attractive for tourists from different cultures. The native Zoroastrians of the province still speaks their old language and practice all their traditional ceremonies in that language. Many of their traditional ceremonies in that language. Many of their ceremonies are held every month, but the traditional Persian New Year, the “Sadeh” and the Birthday of Zoroaster ceremonies are held annually. The most tourism characteristics of cities, towns and villages of the province are as following:
Tourist Attractions In Yazd
You’ll be amazed to learn about so many places of visit in Yazd. Your Yazd Tour is sure to be insightful and memorable. The mosques, fire temples, old city of Yazd, wind catchers are some of the wonderful sights in Yazd. Tourist Attractions in Yazd are will only make your travel to Yazd fun-filled.
The Alexander’s Prison in Yazd is a 15th Century dungeon, which was built by the Greek emperor Alexander the Great when he arrested some Iranian elites who opposed him. It was constructed during the Timord era. At present it is present as a deep well in the courtyard of the Zee Yaa Eiyeh School.
Amir Chakhmagh Complex
The Amir Chakhmagh Complex is a 14th Century mosque, which was at first called Masjed-e Nou or New mosque.
Badgirs are unique work of architecture in the city of Yazd. These wind towers were constructed to capture the slightest breeze that very seldom blows.
The Doulatabad Garden, which is very often called Bagh-e Dolatabad is a beautiful complex which was constructed in 1712 and specially designed for the governor of the time, Mohammad Tagi Khan-e Yazdi to reside with his family. He would also entertain his guests here.
The Jameh Mosque is one of Iran’s most magnificent buildings which was constructed by Ala’oddoleh Garshasb during the era of the Al-e Bouyeh dynasty in the 12th Century.
Mausoleum of Seyed Roknaddin
The Mausoleum of Seyed Roknaddin, built in 1323, is th tomb of Seyed Roknaddin Mohammad Ghazi, a renowned Muslim.
The Old City is a desert and the Zoroastrians mostly inhabit this place. What will capture your attention are the mudbrick, meandering lanes, and Badgirs (wind towers).
Zoroastrian Fire Temple
The Zoroastrian Fire Temple is where the Zoroastrians pray before taking their dead to the Towers of Silence. The temple is frequented by Zoroastrians from around the world, as well as those from other religions.
A Zoroastrian fire temple called Chak Chak is situated 72 kilometers from Yazd and amongst the mountains of Anjireh and Ardakan. It is from these mountains that are cut from stone that water drips.
Towers of Silence
The Towers of Silence is a wide open landscape that will take your breadth away. There are two mountains, which have rounded walls on their peaks. This was the home of the last worshipers of Ahura Mazda. These are just some of the Tourist Attractions in Yazd. Yazd Tourism also gives to its tourists a tour of the Education Department Natural History Museum and Aineh va Rowshanai Museum. Sightseeing in Yazd is sure keep you busy on your Yazd Tour.