Kerman, one of the biggest province in Iran, has many amazing attractions to offer. This city, which is a wonderful place to visit is located 1,062 km to the south of Tehran, at an altitude of 1, 860 m above the sea level. Kerman is situated close to the wastes of Dasht-e Lut, from which it is separated by a range of mountains. Its name is probably derived from the tribe of Germanioi listed by Herodotus. Believed to have been founded in the early 3rd century AD by Ardashir I, founder of the Sassanian dynasty, it was from the 7th century ruled in turn by the Arabs, by Buyids, the Seljuks, the Turkmans and the Mongols
Kerman is not only an important city from a historical points of view, but also significant from the industrial attitude. As it is the largest producer of Iranian handmade carpets and the biggest exporter of Pistachio.
Pistachio, grown principally in the Rafsanjan-Kerman area, is the most popular nut in Iran, though walnuts, almonds, and hazel nuts are also eaten; so too is melon seed, which has first to be adroitly split with the teeth to extract the edible kernel. A variety of nuts, seeds and dried fruits, known collectively as Ajil, can be taken before and after meals and particularly in Iranian parties.
When you want to plan a trip to Iran, you may only think of a classical tour to Iran and you may not be familiar with other highlights in Iran. If you get familiar with Kerman, this amazing Desert city, you will be totally amazed and definitely you will re-plan to add Kerman city to your trip.
Kerman is connected to all such centers by daily flights, railways and first-class asphalt roads. The train station and the airport are located at the southwest and the Bus Terminal is located at the south of Kerman city.
Kerman attractions are variously cultural, historical, traditional and even natural. We will take a short glance at Kerman attractions and we offer you top 10 places to visit in Kerman:
- Shahdad Desert and kalouts: Kalouts are the sand-made hills naturally formed by the wind and rain during the years and the result is the fantabulous elevated kalouts in Shahdad Desert. Shahdad is also a city at the south-west of Lut Desert and if you want to visit Kalouts at sunrise, the nearest place to stay from the night before is Shahdad local houses.
- Rayen Citadel: Rayen citadel is 105 km far from Kerman and dates back to Sassanid era. This citadel is made of adobe and is a small sample of Bam citadel, so if you have shortage of time, you can discard visiting Bam citadel and get the same pleasure by visiting Rayen citadel.
- Shazdeh Garden: This garden is among the list of most beautiful Persian gardens in Iran, registered as the UNESCO World heritage. With all of its extensiveness, Shazdeh garden beauty is like a shining diamond at the heart of a Desert city. This garden is in Mahan city and is about 40 km far from Kerman.
- Shah Nematollah Vali Mausoleum: Shah Nematollah was a Persian mystic and poet of 14th century and was an adherent of Imam Ali. Therefore, on his birth anniversary, most of his followers gather in the Shrine and play traditional musical instruments. This mausoleum is among the most touristic places in Kerman.
Shah Nematollah Vali is located in Mahan city, which is 40 KM far from Kerman, this small city would be the highlight point of your trip, as it embedded many dazzling attractions in Itself.
- Ganjali Khan Complex: This complex is built beside Kerman bazar during Safavid era. It consist of a caravansary, a school, a bathhouse, tea and minting house, a water reservoir and a mosque. Walking through this complex will give you a feeling of walking in the past eras and you will feel the warmth hospitality of Kerman people. This complex also has a traditional bazar where you can visit many shops and buy Kerman souvenirs.
- Fath Abad garden: Fath Abad garden is another sample of Persian garden and built by the same pattern of Shazdeh garden located 25 km of Kerman and dates back to Qajar era. Walking through this garden, especially at dusk, soaking you in an exquisite peace.
- Meymand village: This spectacular village is one of the districts of Shahre-Babak. In this village you will find many small rocky chambers where you can experience a new type of accommodation. These small rocky chambers have a height of 2 meters and are approximately 15sqm. Inside the chambers you will see a stove for purposing of warming and cooking. This village also have a stony mosque to visit.
- Gonbad-e Jabaliye: It an amazing octagonal dome constructed of brick and gypsum dating back to Sassanid era. The main building is stone-made though the dome is brick-made. It was believed to be a fire temple or tomb of Zoroastrian.
- Zoroastrian fire Temple: A place of worshiping Ahura Mazda by burning the fire. It is believed that the Fire has been kept vivid since hundreds years ago. Next to this fire temple, located the only Zoroastrian museum of anthropology in the world.
- Moayedi Ice House: Ice house is a circular dome structure made of bricks and clay. Ice houses were used to restore the water from winter rains and snows as a source of use in summer.
- Friday Mosque: Friday Mosque also known as Jaame Mosque is the greatest structure of Kerman city from the archeological point of view, as it is designed based on the Classical Iranian Four-Ivan in 14th
The Friday Mosque building consist of a rectangular court, dazzling tile-work portals and four magnificent Ivans. The eastern portal is the main prominent structure of this building because of its Astonishing mosaic-tile. The Mihrab and the central dome are also designed by the glittering geometric compositions. The Friday mosque is located at the west of Shohada Square and near to the “Ganjalikhan Bazzar” which is a traditional bazzar in Kerman city.
- Moshtaghiyeh Dome:
Moshtaghiye Dome dates back to Qajar Period and it was also known as Three-Domes, as it consists of two tile-work Dome for the recent century and a brick-made Dome for Qajar Period.
This building is the shrine of Moshtaghiye Alishah one the Sufis leaders, Mir Hossein khan the ruler of Kerman and Kosar Alishah.
Passing through a long narrow hallway, you will reach a small garden and in the northern part you can visit the Three Domes standing out from the past.
- Bam Citedal:
Bam Citedal (Arg-E Bam), in Bam City, is the largest adobe structure in the world but it was almost totally ruined as a result of the sever earthquake in 2003.
The Bam Citadel was made of baked Clay and it had two sections of Military and governmental part. This citadel consists of fortress, barracks, mansions and horse stables. This citadel was at the crossroads of the Silk-Road (the most important roads connected the west and east)
If you want to visit this amazing citadel but you are in short of time, we will recommend you to visit Rayen citadel, as it is a small sample of Arg-E Bam.
- Kerman Local accomodations:
Although this last section is not a cultural place to visit, but actually we can consider the Kerman Local accommodations, especially in villages near kalouts, as an attraction, as you will experience a new type of stay in the local houses on the mattress with the shared bathroom and you will taste delicious local foods cooked by the local people.
Gandom-Beryan Local house is the most well-known place among tourist and in addition to getting a room to stay, the SUV car for desert excursion will be offered by its owner.
Kashkiloo Traditional house is another local house locating near kalouts and there you can deeply feel the local traditions of local people and watch the star-full desert sky at nights.
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- Vakil Bazaar
- Ganj Ali Khan Bath & Ethnological Museum
- Shahdad Kalouts
- Shahzadeh Garden
Thinking of having the best piece of memory from your journey, you will surely need to know about the Kerman Souvenirs.
The variety of Kerman Souvenirs will convince everyone to not return without buying.
There are two types of Kerman Souvenirs which you can choose based on the budget you want to spend.
The first type are handmade carpets woven by local people, and the other type are the traditional sweets of Kerman.
carpets, Kilims, Jajims and patte duzi are among the handmade masterpieces which are the integration of colures in a woven frame.
Kolompeh, Bam Date, Rafsanjan Pistachio, Kerman Qawoot and Kerman Cumin are among the local nuts and sweets of Kerman which are highly recommended to be used by the travelers, as you never forget their taste.
Beside Kerman amazing souvenirs, its foods are unbelievably delicious. The most famous food in Kerman is “Boz Ghormeh” which is a soft and smooth mixture of goat meat, chickpea, curd and spices.
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