A Journey Through Iran's Unique Stepped Villages
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Kamyaran city in Kurdistan province is one of the regions in Iran that boasts numerous natural attractions. Palangan is among Iran’s terraced villages located in this region, about 45 kilometers from Kamyaran. The town dates back to pre-Islamic times and is renowned for its abundant springs and scenic valleys, adding a distinctive charm to the area. The warm and temperate summers of Palangan, its beautiful historical castle, perennial mineral springs, and Stepped waterfalls are among its tourist attractions. No vehicles are allowed to enter the village. Approximately 1,000 people live in this village, and interacting with them will provide a delightful experience of hearing the sweet Urami dialect. The pleasant weather in the springtime attracts nomads, who migrate here and showcase captivating ceremonies during their migration, becoming one of the prime attractions for tourists.
There’s a paradise-like region in East Azerbaijan called Ashtebin, located along the shores of the Aras River, nestled amidst towering emerald-green mountains. The mesmerizing blue skies of this astonishing village and the sound of the river and the forests surrounding it are truly captivating. Sericulture has traditionally flourished in this village, drawing many tourists. The ancient graveyard and marble inscriptions from the 9th and 10th Hijri centuries speak of the village’s long history. Be sure to try the bread baked by the local women of this village.
Oraman Takht is another of Iran’s terraced villages in Kurdistan province. This village hosts numerous domestic and international tourists annually, quickly making it one of the country’s top tourist attractions. The superb mountainous region is situated on the Iran-Iraq border, attracting countless visitors yearly. To reach Oraman Takht, one must travel approximately 65 kilometers from Marivan. One of the main reasons for its popularity among tourists is two ceremonies held there, on the last Thursday leading up to February 4th and May 5th, named “Komsay,” each with unique traditions. Beyond its untouched nature, the local dress and foods cooked in this area also appeal significantly to tourists.