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Yazd (Iran)

Practical information on Yazd

  • Desert
  • Place or Religious Monument
  • Archaeological Site
  • Handicraft
  • Place or Historical Monument
4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
380 ml by bus or train from Teheran
When to go
April-May or September-October
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Yazd

Fabien Dany Seasoned Traveller
9 written opinions

Yazd is the desert gem that is surrounded all sides by dry rocky expanses. This oasis city brings to mind the caravan stops of the silk route, as well as the pre-islamic history of Iran with its Zoroastrian sites.

My suggestion:
Close to Amir Chaqmaq, watch a session of Varzesh-e Pahlavani, an Iranian sports activity that combines martial arts, aerobics and wrestling, all in rhythm to the sound of percussion. Better to get there around 5 p.m. to see the warm-up as well.
My review

Yazd, an oasis of green in the middle of the Iranian central desert , is a city that dates back to the Sassanid era. Combining islamic and pre-islamic history with its still active Zoroastrian temple and its towers of silence where the dead were left to the vultures, this city at the gateway to the desert areas offers a quiet atmosphere.

Climbing to the top of the Amir Chaqmaq monument at sunset allowed me to see the city's roofs and its "badgir", the forerunner of the air conditioner. While going about the narrow streets of the old city, it has happened that I chance upon a small square bordered by a mosque or discover an old restored house acting as a hotel, like Oasis, where I recommend you go and relax while out on a walk and have tea and pastries in its inner court.

On the outskirts of the city, visit the Dawlat Abad gardens for the coolness under the trees, and do not miss the Zoroastrian towers of silence. 

I strongly recommend that you use Yazd as a base for excursions into the surrounding desert , and go and discover old renovated caravanserails or the Zoroastrian pilgrimage site of Chak Chak, with its breathtaking panorama of the desert.

Zoroastrian fire temple (Ateshkadeh)
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