Being known as the world’s first adobe city and the second historical city after beautiful Venice, Yazd is a glorious desert treasure in central Iran. The ancient mud-brick architecture, the mysterious winding lanes with amazing wind towers at every hand, and the enlivening Persian gardens will definitely make your Yazd travel an amazing, unforgettable one, which will be missed as soon as you leave this land of milk and honey.
You will be amazed by kindness of people who are bearing up under the rigid life associated with living in a dry and obdurate desert. The province lies between the northern Dasht-e Kavir and the southern Dasht-e Lut. Being located on a flat plain ringed by Iran’s central mountains (the Shir Kouh Range), Yazd is hosting hot and dry weather and cold winter nights. While February and March would be the most proper time for Yazd travel, you can manage your travel to Yazd Iran from October to early May as well. You may find a variety of Yazd travel packages in our Yazd tours 2020.
Being marked as the world’s second historical city, and listed in UNESCO World Heritage, Yazd tourism mainly insists on its amazing ancient, historical sights. Yazd must see places will definitely give you the true impression of wandering in the ancient Persian history. Just make sure you do not miss the following Yazd Travel Guide to find the most proper Yazd tour based on your preferences.
Along with a road trip giving you the opportunity of visiting en-route towns such as Meybod, you can also go to Yazd from Tehran either by plane (70 minute flight) or by train (six hour travel). Yazd hotels will indeed give you an unfrequented experience of accommodation. Staying in luxurious traditional hotels, used to be the aristocrats’ mansions, will be only possible in the travel to Yazd. The best traditional Yazd hotels are located in the old quarter (Fahadan district), near the major Yazd tourist attractions. Daad Hotel, Safaieh , Moshir-al Mamalek, Fahadan Grand Hotel and Laleh hotel (Fatmeh Golshan Mansion) are among the most enchanting hotels with historical originality and traditional architecture, tempered with modern facilities. Encircling a peaceful central courtyard, the ravishing rooms ornamented with checkered, colorful windows will host you during your unforgettable travel to Yazd, Iran.
As one of the UNESCO’s ancient settlements, Yazd is hosting many historical, traditional sights specifically in its old quarter. The old town you will visit in your travel to Yazd is an amazing place to get a feel for the city’s rich history. You will definitely enjoy wandering around the labyrinthine, narrow lanes, and watching the original mud-brick architecture, historical texture, antique door latches, and tall badgirs (wind towers used as a special air conditioning system, considering the epitome of Iranian architecture).
Being located in front of the old quarter, the site always attracts many tourists. Having a symmetrical shape, the complex consists of a mosque, a caravanserai, a bathhouse, a cold water well, a tekyeh (a place for religious ceremonies), and the most popular pastry of the city, Haj Khalifeh Ali Rahbar. Dating back to 450 years ago, the wooden Nakhls are attracting everyone’s attentions at the corners of the complex. As the symbol of liberalism, Nakhl reminding of cypress tree, glorifies the third Shia Imam, Hossein-ibn Ali in Ashoora ritual. You may visit the ceremony in an Iran private tour for sure.
Dating back to the 14th century, this mosque is one of Yazd must see attractions. This glorious, mysterious construction offers the world’s tallest adobe minarets. Its marble altar, inscriptions, arabesque motifs, and amazing tile -workings have all made the structure an exquisite figure. Do not miss Yazd traditional bazaar (Bazaar-e Khan), meeting the construction at the end.
It is said the well in the middle of the construction (inspired by Mongolian architecture) was built as a dungeon by Alexander the Great.
As a great model of Persian Gardens, Dowlat Abad Garden (dating back to the Afsharid and the Zand dynasties) hosts an enchanting octagonal building, with a 33 meter tall badgir.
Being built in 1934, this Zoroastrian temple keeps an eternal fire, which is believed to have been burning since A.D. 470.
Being located on top of hills, this quiet, serene Dakhmeh used to be a place where the dead were left to be picked clean by vultures. Golestan and Mankeji are two hills capable of being walked up.
What to do in Yazd:
Apart from visiting the historical attractions, you can also enjoy your Yazd travel participating in the special ceremonies as well, such as Zoroastrian celebrations (Jashn-e Sadeh and Jashn-e Azargan) held in December and January. You can check our Yazd travel packages in Yazd fall and winter 2020 below.
Make sure you do not miss Yazd foods, such as Shouli (Ash with pomegranate paste), Wheat Ash, Khoresh-e Beh-o Aaloo, Abgoosht (with tomatoes and eggplants), Gheymeh Nokhod, Kashk-o Khiar (dried whey, cucumber and walnut) and Taas kebab.
Handicrafts and Souvenirs:
Yazd is well-known as the city of confectionaries, which is another hallmark of Yazd tourism as well. Being truly old and reputed, the confectionary corporations are producing more than twenty types of traditional sweets such as Baqlava, and other delicious lozenges, Qottab (UNESCO heritage), Sohan, Haji Badam, Pashmak, Cake-e Yazdi, and other qualified, delicate confectionaries, which will leave an amazing touch in your gustatory memory. Nabaat (crystal sugar) and Halva Ardeh (sesame halva) are among the mouthwatering souvenirs of Yazd as well.
The most popular Yazd handicraft is Termeh (with different colors and patterns), along with Daraie, a handmade fabric, made of silk and natural colors. Shamad and Chadorshab are among other hand woven clothes, often used as summer sheets.
No doubt Yazd travel will be an amazing survey into the history of the ancient civilization, which definitely will leave you with memorable experiences. So, take the action of getting your Iran visa, not to lose the chance to travel to Yazd.