Along with Varzaneh, Mesr, Abouzeidabad and Chah Aroos Desert, Maranjab desert is at the top of the list of Iran desert tours. Maranjab is an indelible part of any Kashan desert tour. Maranjab is a desert north of Aran va Bidgol County in Isfahan Province, Iran. People on Kashan tours usually extend their visits to relish the glory of Maranjab desert and its numerous attractions including Maranjab Caravanserai and Maranjab Salt Lake. Most of the top-rated Iranian tour operators organize fantastic packages around Maranjab and they take care of everything including your transportation, meals and accommodation. Although it is possible to stay in Maranjab Caravanserai, most of tour operators prefer to opt for the wonderful Abouzeidabad Caravanserai Hotel. This historic monument also dates back to the Safavid era but its amenities and quality of service are far superior to that of Maranjab Caravanserai. Lodging in Abouzeidabad Caravanserai Hotel has many other great perks. There are a lot of things to see including historic sites and a magical salt lake. You can also reach the marvelous Matinabad Desert in less than thirty minutes by car.
Desert tours are the best option you have for a convenient trip to Maranjab. But if you intend to travel on your own, there are a couple of things you’d better consider before heading towards the desert. First of all be sure to download the latest version of Maranjab desert map, available for free on the internet. Maranjab is a desert and it is common knowledge that weather in deserts is always at extremes. You rarely have a mild weather in the desert. Either it is cold (after the sunset) or very hot (during day time especially at noon). So, it is wise to carry both light and warm clothes and a sufficient supply of drinking water. To avoid sandstorms which is a frequent phenomenon in deserts you might also want to check the online weather forecast.
Iran’s deserts account for the one-fourth of its total area. That will probably give you a general idea of the enormity of Iranian deserts which are scattered in the body of the Great Salt Desert (also known as Dasht-e Kavir) and Iran’s legendry Dasht e Lut Desert, known for its extremely high temperature and extraordinary sights. By checking out Dasht-e Lut and Dasht-e Kavir on a map, you will come to realize that more than 15 provinces are affected by deserts. The latter revelation means that Iran desert tours are the dream packages for the people who love dunes and salt lakes and the starry nights of deserts. A desert tour in Iran can take different shapes. It can be in the form of an Iran desert trekking tour or a safari tour with lots of activities included. An Iran desert tour can also be categorized by its geographical location. The top-rated packages in Iran tours according to this classification are Maranjab desert tours, Varzaneh desert tours, Abouzeidabad desert tours, Yazd Bafgh desert tours, Shahdad Kalouts desert tours and Tehran desert tours. These fabulous packages that cover most of the areas on Iranian desert map will be introduced in the next few paragraphs.
Isfahan Province boasts extraordinary desert sights and landmarks and the towering dunes of Varzaneh are definitely one of them. Varzaneh is a perfect example of an oasis town with unique desert architecture and breathtaking natural sights. These include the mesmerizing Gavkhooni Wetland, Varzaneh Salt Lake, Ghoortan Citadel, a camel-powered mill, a traditional shelter for birds known as pigeon tower and a number of other historic monuments. But once you are on a Varzaneh desert tour, these wonderful sights will be just peripheral to the sublimity of the dunes. Varzaneh desert tours will take you to some of the highest dunes in the Middle-East. Watching the sunset over one of these mountains of sand will be the highlight of your Varzaneh tour. Varzaneh is a very small town and doesn’t have a hotel. But you will have the time of your life staying in Varzaneh’s traditional guesthouses. These humble abodes with their traditional design, miniature yards and excellent local meals are the very definition of authenticity and comfort.
We have thus far written about the deserts which are in Isfahan Province. But as mentioned above, deserts are present in more than fifteen provinces in Iran and each have their own peculiar features. Yazd Bafgh Desert tours take you to a land that is better known for its splendid urban architecture and qanats. Yazd is one of the most historic cities in Iran around which many tours are organized including desert tours. Bafgh is the most famous desert near Yazd. Beside the wonderful sights that you will come across in most of the deserts in Iran, you will especially like a lovely desert camp known as Shenoshaden in Yazd. And if you decide to spend more than a day in Yazd’s amazing Bafgh desert, you will get a special treat at night when a myriad of stars illuminate the endless fields of dune. Another great thing about Bafgh desert tours is that tour operators are pretty open about suggestions especially if you intend to make a group reservation. Booking a Bafgh desert tour a couple of months in advance will cut considerably on the price of the tour as well as taking your mind off the last-minute arrangements.
Iran’s Dasht-e Lut is extraordinary in so many levels. It boasts the highest temperature ever recorded on the earth’s surface with 70 degrees Celsius. It is also one of the rare places in the world where you can find Kalout; bizarre and gigantic natural formation caused by millennia of soil erosion. Kalouts are half an hour’s drive from the city of Shahdad located near Kerman province. Kerman and Sistan and Baluchestan are two provinces where you can find the most mesmerizing sights of Lut Desert. Mainly due to the remoteness and extreme temperature of the region where Kalouts and other scenic desert sights lie, these rare beauties are relatively unknown for international tourists. Shahdad Kalouts desert tours will show you the wonders of this primeval land. If you intend to spend a few days in the fantastic Lut desert and be next to the magnificent Kalouts, you can arrange for a longer tour and spend a few nights at Shahdad's desert camp. The camp lies 20 km away from the Kalouts, these colossal desert sights in Iran’s hottest region. With the capacity for over 40 people, the camp’s amenities are very basic. It provides canopies and a place to sleep but you have to take extra blankets or sleeping bags in case it gets cold (which is usually the case with desert nights).
You might wonder why Tehran’s name is resonated in the itinerary of most of the desert tours when there aren’t any real deserts in it! Well, there are two reasons for that. First, Tehran is the starting point of many of international tours especially if you have flown to the country. The other reason is that the Tehran is only 120 km away from one of the largest national parks in Iran. In an area of over 4000 km2, Kavir National Park (AKA Khar Turan National Park) reaches the borders of the Great Salt Desert. Kavir National Park is a favorite destination of desert tours for the marvelous desert sights such as the spectacular Siahkuh (black mountain) and one of the oldest desert havens in Iran, Qasr-e Bahram Caravanserai. But the real fame of Kavir National Park tours lies in the unrivalled diversity of wildlife in the park. Some of the most endangered species in the Middle-East from big mammals such as Persian leopards, Asiatic cheetahs and Persian zebras to rare species of birds all roam freely over the expansive lands and sky of the Kavir National Park. It is no wonder then that the park has earned the title of “Little Africa”.