Maranjab Desert

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The Maranjab Desert is located in the north of Aran and Bidgol city in Isfahan Province.

This desert is 53 K.m far from Aran and Bidgol, 62 K.m far from Kashan and 720 K.m far from Isfahan.

It leads from the north to Aran and Bidgol salt lake, from the east to Band Rig desert and desert national park, from the west to Masileh desert and the salt lakes of Houz Soltan and Houzeh Marah and finally to Aran and Bidgol city from the south.

Why this land called Maranjab?

Maranjab means people of suffering land, it literally refers to the the difficulty of digging land to pull out water from and the hard life people had that time.

When is the best time to visit the Maranjab desert?

November to March is the best time to visit Maranjab desert but please keep in mind that desert's nights are colder than we expect, so it is essential to have warm clothes if you are thinking about staying at night.

How to get to Maranjab desert?

The best way to get to this desert is through Aran and Bidgol.

Enter Army Boulevard and go to Marnjab road. After 45 km, reach to Marnjab Caravanserai. After 5 km away from the caravanserai, we can see the salt lake on our left.

Besides sand dunes and desert activities, in that area you can visit the following attractions as will:

Desert National Park

Desert National Park is an area of 5 square kilometers. Due to its biodiversity, it is so-called "small Africa". This park has 34 different species of mammals, 155 different species of birds, and 34 different specious of reptiles.

If you are lucky enough, you can visit them. Besides, it has picturesque view such as "Ghasre Bahram Public House" and Rainbow Mountain which includes colorful layers.

Wandering Island

Wandering Island is located in "Salt Lake". The reason for this name is that if you look at it from the far distance, you will have visual illusion; for this reason, it seems that the surface of the island is a little higher than its real as if it is suspense. In the drier seasons, seeing salt crystals that cause reticular texture on the surface will be a blessing.

Kunak Hills

If you want to experience one of the most beautiful deserts landscapes you have to climb the hills of Kunak in the Maranjab Desert. Climbing these hills is not an easy task, especially when your feet sink to their knees. But rest assured that it is worth the test. If you plan your trip to reach the top of the hills by sunset, you won't be able to see the spectacular view for hours.

Maranjab Caravanserai

The 9,000-meter-long 9-foot-tall inn has a 4-year history and its architecture dates back to the Safavid period. Maranjab inn despite being near the largest salt lake in Iran has a freshwater aqueduct. This inn is nowadays suitable for use by desert travelers. In the past, the inn was on the Silk Road and many businessmen came to the area to relax.

The Caravanserai also served as a defensive fortress during the reign of Shah Abbas. Do not miss the experience of crossing the desert and reaching this camel caravan.

Although Maranjab caravanserai getting famous these days, it still hasn't appropriate facilities for those who want to stay at night. Desert night star hotel and Abozeyd Caravanserai are chosen for one-day trips, to rest a few hours there. Camping in the desert is another option but has its own difficulties and warns.


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