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Visit Saryazd, Mehriz and Zeinodin in one day from Yazd


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One of the daily tours from Yazd is a tour to visit the historical and natural attractions of Saryazd, Mehriz, and Zein-o-din. In this article, we introduce the attractions of these cities and let you know which attractions will be covered in half-day Saryazd, Mehriz and Zeinodin tour.

The itinerary of all our Iran tours is flexible by your demand and it is possible to add any other sites if you are interested.  

Saryazd historical village

The historical village of Saryazd is the fifth tourist village and an urban masterpiece of ancient Iran and has been one of the vital and important villages of Iran in the past centuries.

The life of the people of Saryazd village

Most of the economic activities of the people of Saryazd village is based on agriculture and horticulture and livestock is often done for domestic and personal purposes. The rest of the people work in the industrial and service sectors, and the women of the village also weave kilims and carpets. Adequate water, qualified soil and favorable weather have created orchards and extensive agricultural lands in the village of Saryazd. The most important crops and horticulture are wheat, barley, summer crops, pomegranate, figs, berries, and pistachios.

How to reach Saryazd village

To reach Saryazd village, you have to drive about 28 km from Yazd city on the Yazd-Kerman road to the south. Four kilometers after Mehriz city, you will see the sign of Saryazd villages on the left. One or two kilometers on the side road, pomegranate orchards are visible as a sign of your arrival.

Tourist attractions in Saryazd village

 - Cultural attractions such as Muharram mourning

 - Natural attractions such as mountains and springs, as well as numerous dried qanats

 - Architectural and historical attractions

The architecture of Saryazd village

 Due to the climate that prevails in this region, The architecture of Saryazd village

is made of clay and mud, and unique wind catchers that have distinguished Yazd cities from other Iranian cities. Narrow alleys and houses have thick, long walls.

Collection of historic houses

More than half of the village's residential units are historical, but about 25 historical houses have architectural and cultural values. In most of the old and abandoned houses of Saryazd village, there is a sign of life. Most of these houses have separate courtyards with beautiful and magnificent presentations and decorations, and wind catchers, pools, and various types of windows (colored latticed windows) can be seen in most of them.

Caravan complex

Saryazd village has been one of the important caravan stations on the route of Rey (a city near Tehran) to Kerman. Therefore, in this unique complex, there is a Chaparkhaneh (a Persian term for the postal service used during the Achaemenid era), water storage, mosque, Hosseiniyah (a place for Shia Muslim ceremonies), and two caravanserais. Back to a few years ago, there was a waterfall next to Shah Abbasi Caravanserai, which is now buried underground due to street construction.

The most famous historical attractions of Saryazd are:

Saryazd Castle

One of the largest and most beautiful defensive forts located in the central desert of Iran and in the village of Saryazd is Saryazd Castle. According to many experts, the original core of this castle belongs to the Sassanid era and was renovated on three floors during the Safavid period. Saryazd Castle was, in fact, the first bank in Iran to be built during the Sassanid era and was very important because it is located on the Silk Road. A deep ditch has been dug around the castle, although the reason for this ditch was to protect the castle, in which they either poured water or lit a fire to stay safe from the enemies.

The door of the castle goes up and down by a pulley. The only way to enter this castle is through this door because it has only one door. On the top of it, there are large holes that you may ask when you visit them, the usage of these holes was for the situations that a robber or thief was able to enter the castle and then the boiling water was poured on them from these holes.

Farafar Gate and the statue of Arash Kamangir (Archer)

 Near the main road, there is a gate called Farafar Gate in Saryazd, which was a way to enter and exit the city of Yazd, and many caravans, traders and travelers used to come and go. In front of this gate, there is a statue of Arash Kamangir (one of the legends of ancient Persia).

Saryazd caravanserais

The existence of many travelers and merchants has led to the construction of many buildings called caravanserais for accommodation and services.

These caravanserais have now become eco-lodges and provide guests with amenities and tourists. Old Robat, New Robat, and Sanbar Caravanserai are examples of them.

The Jame mosque of Paye Borj

The Jame Mosque at the tower, which is located on the main street of Saryazd, belongs to the Nasser al-Din Shah Qajar era and the date 1268 AD is mentioned as the date of its construction on the head inscription.

This mosque has two sections, winter and summer part, which cover offering prayers in the cold and hot seasons of the year.

The architectural features of this building include the geometric shapes of the roof of the altar and the arches of Shah Abbasi around the mosque.

Water tower of Paye Borj

This reservoir is a relic from the Afshar to the Qajar era that has special patterns and forms.

This reservoir has a dome and two cylindrical wind catchers. This type of reservoir with the unique features mentioned above was just common in Yazd province so maybe you visit them during your Yazd tours several times.

Water reservoir with four wind catchers

The Water reservoir with four wind catchers belongs to the Safavid era. To keep the water and reservoir cool, the roof is covered with a dome and a semi-dome, and wind catchers are installed in the direction of the wind, which has a suction mode to direct the cool air into the reservoir.

The Jame Mosque of Saryazd

This building was built before the Safavid era, so its construction date is approximately before the ninth century. The Jame Mosque of Saryazd is still used by the villagers for congregational prayers.

One of the features of this mosque is the existence of two entrances in its northern and southern parts, which are connected by a corridor. The turquoise roof of the mosque is decorated with beautiful and well-proportioned tiles and made it more eye-catching.

 Hosseiniyah of Paye Nakhl

This Hosseiniyah, with a beautiful wooden Nakhl next to it, is one of the historical and active husseiniyahs of Saryazd, which dates back to the Safavid era and was restored once in the Qajar era. Currently, important religious and cultural ceremonies are held in this Hosseiniyah.

Read more about Nakhl and Muharram ceremony in Iran

Pakaneh

 Pakaneh is actually a place with stairs that lead to a series of aqueducts dug underground. This building was probably built in the Safavid era and has an arched entrance.

Historical bath

Saryazd historical bath is located behind Hosseiniyah, the time of construction of this building, dates back to the Safavid era as well.

This mud-brick building has a domed roof and the space inside it includes a stove, rooms, a greenhouse, and parts for washing. This bath was used in two parts for men and women by the people of Saryazd, of which now only an abandoned one remains.

Deer Garden Complex

The Deer Garden Complex is the first Iranian deer breeding and maintenance center where more than 100 species of birds and dozens of wild herbivores are kept.

Animal species of deer garden:

In this beautiful garden, about 100 deer, 37 fawn, 50 rams and ewes, and 120 ornamental birds, including black swan, Casco, Egyptian peacock, dwarf parrot, Canadian goose, Ukrainian wild goose, flamingo, unicorn, and others. Animals are raised there. To maintain the safety of the animals, 33 meters long concrete walls have been used around the zoo to prevent other animals from entering the garden from outside.

If you travel to Iran with kids, visiting this deer garden would be a good choice. To cover it in your Saryazd- Mehriz, Zeinoddin tour just contacts us.

Zeinodin

It is time to continue our Saryazd tour to visit the unique Zeinodin and its caravanserai.

Getting far from Saryazd about 35 minutes and we will reach to Zeinodin  Caravanserai

Zeinodin  Caravanserai of Yazd is the only circular caravanserai in Iran that dates back to the Safavid era.

The building of Zeinodin

Caravanserai is remarkable in terms of strength and in terms of extraordinary design. It is a building made entirely of bricks with walls eight meters high and has five towers, the distance of the outer part of each tower from the wall is eighteen steps and the wall between the two towers is seventeen feet wide. The entrance of the ligament is from the south.

Upon entering Zeinodin Caravanserai, we first reach the porch and then the twelve-sided courtyards around rooms are visible.

Historical sources indicate that the Achaemenids were the founders of the construction of this building. In Marco Polo's travelogue, when he traveled on the Yazd-Kerman route, he talked about Zeinodin Caravanserai.

Zeinodin Caravanserai Hotel, Yazd

Zeinodin caravanserai uses as a traditional hotel where staying is a pleasant memory for tourists. You can book Zeinodin caravanserai in Yazd via Iran's travel website.

Mehriz

Mehriz is located between Saryazd and Yazd, we usually visit it at the end of our Saryazd tour when we come back to Yazd.

Mehriz Pahlavanpour Garden

The most important attraction that we will visit in Mehriz is the Pahlavanpour garden.

Pahlavanpour Garden of Mehriz is one of the Iranian gardens included in the list of Iranian historical monuments in UNESCO.

The general plan of Pahlavanpour garden is as follows:

 Entrance complex (tower, stables, and barns), the building of pavilion or pantry, winter house building, Janitor building, Bathroom, Kitchen.

We pass through the entrance of the complex which has a tower, stables, and barns. Although the decoration of the tower is a sign of the architecture of the Zandieh era, the main buildings of the garden were all built in the Qajar era.

We move to the most beautiful building of this complex, which is the pavilion or pantry in the center of the garden. This pavilion, which is built on two and a half floors and has an area of 1500 square meters, has a pool house, a hall, and a place where the water of Hassanabad qanat passes through the pavilion and enters the garden. One of the most exquisite parts of this part is the pergola mansion, which is decorated with a crowded design. Next to this pavilion, there is a kitchen, storage room, and bathroom that have recently been dug out of the ground.

Standing behind the pavilion, you will see two atmospheric paths right next to the garden, which are the passage points of Hassanabad qanat, and along with the atmosphere, lush, stout, and old sycamore trees, have given a beautiful atmosphere to the whole garden. After that, we go to the winter house building on the west side, which was added to the garden in the first Pahlavi era. This one-story building includes living rooms, a closet, and a kitchen. The famous building of the caretaker, which was the residence and workshop of the garden crew, is located on the northern front.

The water of qanat, the vital highway of Pahlavanpour Garden

The water of Hassanabad qanat in this large 5-hectare garden, which used to belong to "Ali Pahlavanpour", a famous Yazdi merchant, is constantly flowing, and this has been a factor for the beauty, greenery, and prosperity of Pahlavanpour Mehriz garden. In addition to this water, water from two other qanats also entered this garden and irrigated its trees.

The hotel of Pahlavanpour garden of Mehriz

The hotel of Pahlavanpour garden of Mehriz has 10 suites, 3 of which have Naranjestan (privacy). Garden suites with a traditional structure and up-to-date facilities are ready to accept tourists.

Old Mehriz cypress

Old Mehriz cypress is the second living creature in Yazd province. The old cypress tree is an ancient tree that is about 2000 years old and is located in the historical neighborhood of Mangabad and the old cypress park of Mehriz near Yazd.

The oldest living creature of Yazd is the Abarkuh cypress that you can visit on the route between Yazd and Shiraz in your Yazd to Shiraz tour.

This magnificent and stable cypress has its own beauty in all seasons. In recent years, a lush park has been built near cypress Mehriz, a good option for visitors to rest.

As you see there are lots of attractions in Saryazd Mehriz and Zeinodin path, not possible to cover all of them in a half-day tour from Yazd so we will visit the most important ones:

          Saryazd castle

          Zeinodin caravanserai

          Phlavanpur garden

          The 2000-year-old Cypress

But our Iran tours are always flexible and changeable by your demand, so if you are interested to add any attractions, spend a whole day in this path and so on just contact Iran's Travel.

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