Kharanaq Chak Chak and Meybod tour

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Kharanaq- Chak Chak- Meybod tour would be The most popular tours from Yazd. 

Although tour to Kharanaq, Chak Chak and Meybod is a one day tour from Yazd, due to the diversity of historical and structural of Kharanaq, Chak Chak and Meybod, it will play a great role to enrich your trip to Iran.

Kharanaq, which was known as a world and historical village, was introduced as the 23rd city of Yazd province on July 6, 2020.

·  Tour to Kharanagh/ Kharanaq city

Driving 70 k.m to the north of Yazd, we reach Kharanagh/ Kharanaq city. This 4500-year-old city is surrounded by mountains on one side and desert from the other side which has given it an attractive view. New generations always want to know how the predecessors lived, how they built their houses, and how they survived dangers. Due to these goals a tour to Kharanagh/ Kharanaq grabs the attention of every tourist.

Kharanagh, Kharanaq, yazd tour

Many buildings in Kharanaq/ Kharanagh city are completely collapsed and ramshackle, but among them, the remaining mosque from the Qajar period, a shaking minaret from 17th and the caravanserai of the city have been reconstructed and can be visited. Walking through the streets and the mud-brick houses during your tour to Kharanaq can really blow your mind.

There is also an amazing stone bridge in Kharanaq city. This bridge has never been a place for people or animals to cross. The only purpose of the bridge is to transfer water from one side of the river to the other.

Stone bridge, Kharanaq, Yazd

·  Tour to Chak Chak

It is time to continue our magnificent tour to Chak Chak, the significant holy shrine of Zoroastrians settled in the huge cliff. Chak Chak literally means drip drip and refers to the legend behind it; during the Arab invasion, the princess of the Last Persian Empire took refuge in the mountains to be survived. The mountain ripped open and hugged her to be saved. Her tears are dripping ever after that day as a spring in the heart of the mountain.

Thousands of Zoroastrian pilgrims come to Chak Chak to pay their respects. They visit the Chak Chak shrine especially during an annual festival held between 14 and 18 June.

In your Chak Chak tour, after climbing up the stairs you will face the entrance of the cave shaped shrine there is an old sycamore tree trunk. The candle flame is constantly lit in the shrine and there is a place to burn incense or sacred wood. There is also a picture of Zoroaster on the wall of the Chak Chak shrine.

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Paying respect to the shrine, it is time to drive around 60 K.m to complete the Kharanaq- Chak Chak and Meybod tour by visiting the ancient city of Meybod.

·  Tour to Meybod

Meybod is a historical city with many popular monuments:

1.   Narin Qale (Narin Castel) of Meybod

Narin Qale (Narin Castel) of Meybod is the oldest and largest mud-brick monument that is left from the ancient world. Narin castle was a government citadel during the Sassanid era, its eye-catching view mesmerizes any visitor during Meybod tour. There is a legend about Narin Qale (Narin Castel) that this castle was built by Suleiman the Prophet and was a place to hide treasures.

The area of this seven-floor castle is three-hectare and has several towers and fortifications and is located on a hill overlooking the city of Meybod.

Narin Qale, Meybod

In fact, Narin-Qale (Narin Castel) consists of two main parts for a living, they are known as the upper and lower parts.

In the lower part of Narin-Qale (Narin Castel), many sectors are destroyed, such as the mosque, the baths, and the passages, and other urban areas, and today there is no sign of them, which is called Sharestan's urban architecture.

Meanwhile, in the upper part of Narin-Qale (Narin Castel), known as the Sovereign's part, buildings and sites have been built on three floors, starting from the third gate and ending with a snail-shaped movement in the King Section known as the Sovereign of Muzaffari. The light provided for the covered spaces is also created in the form of holes that are placed in the upper parts of the walls.


2.   Meybod Caravanserai

The Meybod Caravanserai, also known as "Shah Abbasi Caravanserai", is one of the initial caravanserais of the Safavid era and has special importance in terms of spatial design, architectural style, and geographical location.

Meybod Caravanserai is one of the most comprehensive road-complexes and there are buildings such as Chapar khaneh (post office), Ab anbar (water reservoir), and Ice-house. In the middle of the caravanserai, there is a large rectangular courtyard with sloping corners, and around the courtyard, there are porches and rooms behind them.

The number of inner and outer chambers of the caravanserai is about 100, 24 of which are located in the courtyard of the caravanserai of Meybod.

In the middle of the courtyard of the caravanserai, there is a small octagons pool within which the water of the qanat flows and has filled the pool with water. This space in the middle of the courtyard is one of the unique features of Meybod Caravanserai that you can see in your Meybod tour.

Another feature of this caravanserai is a large reservoir built in its neighborhood and has a brick dome and four tall windbreaks.


water reservoir, Meybod

3.   The Pigeon House (Tower) of Meybod

The pigeon house of Meybod was built as a nest for birds, especially pigeons. The main usage of these buildings is to collect bird droppings for use in agriculture, tanning, and so on.

Pigeon houses are buildings that were built with a width and height between seven and 15 meters, and within the hundreds of places are built for the nests of pigeons with the same shape and dimensions. In your Meybod tour, you have a chance to visit one of them.

Most pigeon houses are in the form of cylindrical towers and holes have been made in their inner walls to house birds.

The impact of respecting the animals in predecessors' architecture is adorable.

Pigeon house, Meybod

4.   Zillow (Zilou) Museum of Meybod

Zillow (Zilou) is a kind of handmade ground cover that is woven with cotton yarn, which is suitable for desert areas due to the coolness of cotton and is very similar to kilim, with the difference that kilim is woven from wool. Zillow is an old and historical product that even Nasser Khosrow in his travelogue refers to 500 Zillow (Zilou) weaving workshops. Zillow is also the art of the people of the historic city of Meybod.

The Zillow Museum of Meybod is located in the eastern hall of Meybod Caravanserai. It is the first and only Zillow Museum in the country and therefore Meybod is introduced as a national city and now as a global city of Zillow.

Zilow museum

5.   Ice- House of Meybod

Meybod Historical Ice- House is a brick monument belonging to the Safavid era to make and store ice. Each Ice-House normally had a pool and a high wall and a domed tank. The fence was built in such a way that its shadow would fall on the pool all day and prevent the pool water from heating up. The ice that was made in the Ice-house's pool in the winter was broken and stored in the Ice tank to be used in the summer.

6.   Pottery workshops of Meybod

Pottery is one of the first and most important inventions of humans. It is one of the most important artistic manifestations for historians and archaeologists. Archaeologists learn about the social and economic conditions of a period or region through pottery.

Meybod is one of the best pottery cities in Iran, which has the most successful concentrated workshops.

The history of Pottery in Meybod dates back to thousand years ago and Meybod pottery has always been given to others as a souvenir of the Yazd trip. So highly recommend visiting them during your tour to Meybod.


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