Lut's Legacy: From Raver to Birjand's Cultural Traverse
Embark on a remarkable journey from Raver to Birjand, on the cusp of the Lut Desert. This expedition offers a blend of unique geological wonders, cultural encounters, and historical treasures. Witness the enchanting folds of the earth, experience the saffron harvest festivities in Zarand, and explore the desert city of Raver. Traverse mesmerizing landscapes, terraced villages, and lush palm groves. The route leads to Nayband, the largest wildlife sanctuary in Iran. On the second day, venture to Khosf’s historical gems and continue to the pristine city of Birjand. Discover heritage sites, citadels, and waterfalls that reflect the rich tapestry of this captivating region.
In the northernmost part of the Lut desert, where the border of Lut and Dasht Kavir is considered, and at the border of Kerman, Yazd and South Khorasan provinces, a road has been stretched on the edge of the desert, when you look at the map, at first glance, it seems scary and remote.
The road that leads Raver to Tabas is one of the most beautiful roads in Iran and is full of geological attractions, so the earth’s folds in this part of Iran are unique.
To reach Rawar, whether from Kerman or elsewhere in Iran, you must get Zarand and continue from Zarand to Dashthak. Every year in the autumn season, the saffron harvest festival is held in the desert of Zarand.
Raver has the feeling of a full-fledged desert city. In the entrance square of the town, there is a giant statue of a bicycle, after that, a pomegranate statue, and on a hill, a figure of three cheetahs because this area is one of the main habitats of the Asiatic cheetah. With the awareness given to the people by NGOs in this area, The people of the region now support the cheetah as a lasting heritage.
Raver Yakhdan (Ice-House) is located at the city entrance and next to the gas station, the Museum of Anthropology. Do your shopping in Raver because it is almost the last place where almost everything can be found, and after that, there is no other big city for about three hundred kilometers.
Leaving Raver and passing through the pistachio orchards around the city, a wonderful geological attraction can be seen as a colorful, blue-layered mountain. The length of this wall is several kilometers, so it isn’t easy to fit all of it in a photo frame. The next city you pass is Darband. After the dam, another erosion in the form of a mountain has created a layered, colorful fold.
About 40 km after Raver towards Nayband, you will enter the border of the Lut desert, and the road will become flat. The first board of the Environmental Organization, which represents the Naybandan Wildlife Sanctuary, shows that you have entered the largest wildlife sanctuary in Iran.
Along the route and at specific intervals are water reservoirs. Most new or old water reservoirs have been renovated and are intended for desert travelers with a rest stop next to them.
The road has direct visibility for tens of kilometers. Here, the mirage is well-touched, and it seems as if the cars are moving in the reflection of the water! Amid this mirage, you will reach Dig Rostam spa, which has two parts for women and men in a natural space under the palm grove. The men’s pool is more extensive, and the water is hot, a suitable place for body water and relaxation of joint pains.
Dig Rostam is very famous in this area, and people come to take a bath on holidays and in the afternoon and believe that this spring has many healing properties.
After the Digrostam spa, you will reach the beautiful terraced village of Nayband in the heart of the desert. The alleys are paved and have a good feel. Despite efforts to beautify and preserve the village’s old buildings, the presence of electric wires chaotically and irregularly next to the old buildings is annoying.
Some old houses have been repaired, and the cultural heritage is being evacuated from the old structure; people are being transferred to a newly built settlement at the bottom of the village.
A tower at the top of the village overlooks the surrounding lands. On the other side, citrus groves and Nayband groves can be seen, and a spring from which the drinking water of the village people is supplied. A little further is a pool full of water the villagers use for washing.
Spend the night in one of Nayband’s eco-tourist lodges or Zardgah village near Nayband and enjoy the peace of the desert.
After visiting the beautiful Nayband, you should be ready to move. Birjand, at about 260 km and Tabas, at 210 km, are the nearest big cities to Nayband, but our next destination is Birjand. After passing through Zenughan and on the Arababad highway, change direction to the east. Khosff’s next destination is near Birjand. Rostam Castle and the tomb of Ibn Hossam Khosfi are the most famous historical monuments in Khosf, but what makes Khosf the most attractive are the summer villages around it, such as Givshad, Ark, Majhan and Gol.
You are less than 40 kilometers away from Birjand. Birjand is one of the most original and cleanest cities in Iran. Birjand Castle, Kolah Ferengi building, old houses, Band Dareh and Charadeh waterfall are some of the attractions in Birjand and its surroundings that you should plan appropriately during your stay to visit them.
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