Step into the Past: Semnan's Caravanserais and Oasis
Embarking on a two-day journey along the ancient caravan route through Semnan province is like stepping back in time. The well-preserved caravanserais along the way offer glimpses into the rich history of trade and travel. From Miandasht to Deh Molla and through the challenging Ahovan Pass, these stops reveal the resilience of travelers in the past. Lasgerd Caravanserai, with its captivating ambiance, provides a unique overnight experience. On day two, Deh Namak Caravanserai continues the historical immersion. The final gem, Deyre Gachin Caravansary, takes us back to the Sassanid era, offering a genuinely unforgettable desert oasis stay.
Mayamey Shahrood Damghan Semnan Garmsar
In this two-day trip, we want to travel along a part of the old caravan route and, like the travelers of the distant days, rest in the caravansary on the way and continue.
A part of the most essential Abbasid caravansaries of the Silk Road is located in Semnan province, and we enter from the northeast of this province to visit them. The starting point of this journey is the city of Sabzevar in Razavi Khorasan province, and the endpoint will be the city of Qom. From Sabzevar, you will be on the same road as Imam Reza Road, which is the name of the connecting road between Tehran and Mashhad.
You will reach the first caravanserai after driving 150 km from Sabzevar towards Shahrood. Miandasht Caravanserai is in the middle of a vast plain near Miami and next to the main road.
Fortunately, Miandasht Caravanserai has been well restored and is ready to welcome tourists. After visiting this large complex, continue west for 130 km, right in the middle of the Shahrood to Damghan road. You will reach Dehmolla Caravanserai in a village of the same name. Dehmolla Caravanserai is a small and compact caravanserai, which, unfortunately, is not maintained correctly.
After visiting Dehmolla, passing through Mohandost, you will reach the historical city of Damghan, where the historical mosque is the most important historical monument. The historical memorial and nature of Cheshme Ali Damghan are other options for your visit. But don’t forget that our goal in this trip is to visit the caravanserais, so don’t waste time and go on the road from Damghan to Semnan.
In the last third of this desert route, you will reach a point where the road twists and turns, and you must go up the mountain slope. This is the Ahovan Pass.
Anoushirvani Ahovan Caravanserai, also known as Rabat Anoushirvani, was built at a distance of 120 km from Dehmolla Caravanserai. Pay attention to the distance between these caravanserais! Everything is calculated.
Rabat Anushirvani in Ahovan Pass, which has had harsh winters since ancient times, was built to protect travelers on this long road. The amount of stone used in this caravanserai attracts your attention, and of course, it is not unrelated to the difficult geographical conditions of Ahovan Pass. A part of Rabat Anoshirvani has been restored, but no accommodation facilities remain.
We’ve had a busy day, and now you must find a place to spend the night. Continue 77 km towards Tehran, passing through Semnan; you will reach Lasjerd Caravanserai, the best place to host you.
Tonight, you need to use your imagination to hear the sound of caravans and camels arriving at Lasjard at sunset and hang out with travelers from different cities and countries.
Semnan is the seventh largest province of the country, and you are crossing the width of this province along with the Silk Road.
After leaving Lasjard Caravanserai and at 40 km from it, you will reach Deh Namak Caravanserai, south of Semnan to Garmsar road. This caravanserai has also been well renovated and can stay overnight.
Although our trip has reached its endpoint in Semnan province, it is a pity to end this program in this way. A good suggestion is to go to Deyre Gachin Caravansary from Garmsar and complete your tour with the caravans of centuries ago.
Deyre Gachin is in the middle of the new road from Garmsar to Qom and almost on the border of Qom and Semnan provinces. Still, in terms of country divisions, it is considered one of the historical monuments of Qom province.
This caravanserai, also known as Dirkaj, is the most complete and the mother of Iranian caravanserai. The original building dates back to the Sassanid era, and fortunately, after restoration, it is now possible to stay there since there are almost no villages or towns near Deyre Gachin; spending the night in this desert oasis will be an unforgettable experience.
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