TEHRAN. The head of Isfahan’s tourism department visited the Maranjab desert and surrounding areas, saying that tourism infrastructure development projects are currently underway.
“For the past couple of years, the Maranjab desert has been an attractive tourist destination, however, due to the lack of amenities, we expect a qualitative increase in tourism in this beautiful desert,” said Alireza Izadi.
Expansion of tourist facilities, including the repair of the road to the Maranjab desert, is estimated to occur by the end of [current Iranian calendar] year (March 20), — added Izadi.
Maranjab, popular with off-road enthusiasts, is one of the most popular deserts in Iran, located about 60 km from Kashan in a northeasterly direction.
The desert is surrounded by a salt lake to the north, the Band-e-Rig Desert and National Park to the east, the Masileh Desert, Khoz-e-Sultan and Moreh Lakes to the west, and ultimately Aran-Bidgol to the south.
The Shah Abbasi caravanserai in Maranjab is one of the attractions of this stunning desert. This structure was built in 1012 AH on the orders of Shah Abbas, the Safavid monarch, along the Silk Road so that passengers, most of whom traveled through the deserts, could spend the night at this roadside inn.
The well is located five kilometers east of the caravanserai and stores fresh and drinking water. The reason for the purity of the water is the layers of sand that absorb the salt and purify the water.
Despite the harsh conditions, on the outskirts of the tranquil desert, visitors can find many salt-friendly plants. In addition, some desert birds and reptiles such as eagles, snakes and lizards live here.
The province of Isfahan is full of various natural and historical delights. Variety of mountains, hills, lakes and deserts. Many tourists come to see these amazing phenomena and take amazing pictures to show the feast of nature. The province offers a unique experience of visiting oasis villages with all their natural and cultural beauties. Traveling from Isfahan to Yazd, you can spend the night in the central desert of Iran.
Having a very diverse nature, Iran offers nature lovers a variety of excursions. Tourists can live with a nomadic or rural family or enjoy an independent holiday. The country is home to many historic mansions, caravanserais, bathhouses, madrasas and other massive monuments that could support its promising tourism and hospitality sectors if properly managed and properly renovated.