From Ovan Lake to the castle on the slopes of Mount Alamut
On this trip, we will visit one of the most beautiful and oldest areas of Qazvin province. But is it possible that he came to Qazvin, did not see this magnificent Safavid capital, and left?! Centuries ago and before the Safavids chose Isfahan as their capital, Caspian or Qazvin was the center of the Iranian government. For this reason, when we review the historical attractions of Qazvin, we see many similarities with Isfahan.
You need at least two days to see Qazvin city well. Therefore, bring a list of the sights of Qazvin so that you can see the city’s most essential and spectacular attractions on this one day when you are in Qazvin.
Saad-O -Saltaneh bazaar and caravanserai, Qajar bath, which has been converted into an anthropological museum, Chehlsetun mansion, also known as Qazvin’s Kolahferangi mansion, Sardar reservoir, Hosseinieh Aminiha, Darb Kushk gate, Ali Qapu mansion and Jame Atiq mosque on Sepeh street. New name: Shahada Street), the oldest street in Iran, is just one of the must-sees in Qazvin.
After all that sightseeing, spend the night in one of the city’s hotels or old houses turned into lodgings, and you’ll have a different morning.
Alamut Mountain in the northeast of Qazvin is the natural border of this province with Mazandaran province. It is about 110 kilometers from Qazvin to Alamut Castle, but don’t forget you must drive this distance in the heart of the Alborz mountains. When you are on the road to Alamut, you will undoubtedly admit that these numbers only mislead you. Allow at least 3 hours for this route and enjoy this mountain road.
This road reaches Rajaeedasht through Kouraneh, Miyanbor, Razjerd and Khanjar Bolagh. The Alamut region has many historical and natural attractions, but the most famous are Alamut Castle, Lambsar Castle and Ovan Lake. If you want to see Lambsar Castle, leave Rajaeedasht and go to Razmian. Razmian has a beautiful nature, and some reasonable rural accommodations are ready to welcome you to this area. It should be noted that Lambsar Fortress is not as large as Alamut Castle, and what can be visited is not so vast.
But if you choose Ovan Lake and Alamut Castle from Rajaeedasht, you should continue to the right and Dikin Village and Moallem Kelayeh. To visit the mountain lake of Ovan before reaching Maalemkalaye, the signposts will guide you in the north direction to get to the foot of the lake. The access road to the lake is entirely asphalt and goes to the foot of the lake.
After visiting Ovan’s beautiful lake and Alamut Castle, return to the road towards Maalem Kalaye. After that, you will see Shahrak, Mahmoud Abad and Shotorkhan, and finally, Gazorkhan is your final destination to visit the Ismailian stronghold. Here you have to park the car and take a two-hour hike to reach the top of the castle.
Since you have a long way to go back, you can use the local accommodations in Gazorkhan and, on the way to the castle, have a memorable night with the villagers of Alamut.
If you are traveling to Alamut in the summer, leave some space in the car’s trunk for the famous Alamut cherries you won’t regret.
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