Discovering Iran's East: A Four-Day Expedition from Tehran to Gonbad
Tehran is the capital of Iran and is located on the southern slopes of the Alborz mountain range at an altitude of 900…Shahrood
The city of Shahroud is on the northern edge of the desert plain, on the southern slopes of the Alborz mountain range and at the height of…Kavus Dome
Kavus Dome is the center of the Turkmen Sahara and between the two main branches of the Gorgan River on both sides of the north…
One of the wonders of Iran’s nature is sudden climate change, which is one of the best examples in Semnan province. It is interesting to know that the forest is only a few tens of kilometers away when you wander among the desert villages!
Tehran Garmsar Semnan Gonbad
Tehran’s journey to Gonbad starts from Varamin Road, formed southeast of Tehran. Varamin is a historical city where you should visit the Jame Mosque, Ala-Doleh Tower and Imamzadeh Yahya. So far, you are in Tehran province, and by leaving Varamin, you will also leave Tehran province. The next city in front of you is Garmsar.
The city of Garmsar used to be one of the states of Ray. Therefore, it should be expected that there are many works in this city. Qasr Bahram Caravanserai and Ain Al-Rashid Caravanserai inform travelers about the importance of this city. The cobbled road, which was part of the route from Isfahan to Sari during the Safavid period, also confirms the validity of this hypothesis. A portion of the desert national park is also located south of Garmsar.
After sightseeing in Garmsar, take the road to Sargeh, and after a short distance, you will reach Semnan. Stay the night in Semnan and see this semi-desert city’s beauty tomorrow.
The Jame Mosque and Semnan Citadel gate will welcome you first of all. You will also see the famous Seljuk minaret in Semnan Grand Mosque. If you are into museums, this city has many museums. From the Garmabeh Pahne Museum to the Museum of Contemporary Arts of the East, everyone has gathered in Semnan.
It is better to leave Semnan for Damghan in the afternoon to have enough time to see “Ali Spring” and “Tepe-Hisar.” Also, the historical mosque, known as one of the first mosques of Iran in the Islamic period, is located in Damghan. We suggest that you stay in Shahrood for the night to avoid falling behind the travel schedule.
On the morning of the third day, the journey begins in Shahrood. This is where the desert’s fire meets the forest’s coolness. Chenarsukhte, Gulshan Tekeya, Shahroud Jame Mosque and Zanjeeri Tekeya in Shahroud Bazaar are among the sights of this city. After passing Shahroud, go to Bastam. Beyazid’s homeland! In addition to Bayazid Bastami’s tomb, you can also see Kashana Tower and Jame Bastam Mosque in this city.
You must know that the cloud forest is also located nearby. If you like climbing the woods above the clouds, add another day to your travel time. Otherwise, move from Bastam to “Kalate Khaij.” In the olden days, this place was considered a center for fabric weaving, and today, mahout fabric weaving is still prevalent there. Spend the night in Kalate Khaij, and on the last day of the trip, travel to Azadshahr and Qaboos Dome.
This is the final destination. A city that houses one of Iran’s world heritages. Near the National Garden of Gonbad City, you can see the Qaboos Dome. Also, Alma Gol Wetland, Golestan Dam and Inche Brun border terminal can be your choices to continue the route. As the sunset approaches, our journey will come to an end. Now that you are standing in the middle of the forest remember how you suddenly entered the forest from the desert.
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