From the rural museum of Gilan to the terraced houses of Masoleh
Step into a world of natural beauty and cultural wonder with a captivating 2-day tour that showcases the best of northern Iran. This journey leads from the immersive Gilan Rural Museum experience to the charming terraced houses of Masuleh, promising an unforgettable adventure.
No matter how much you have been bothered by the heat and humidity of the northern cities of Iran in the summer, it is enough! Autumn is the best season to make up for it, and you can experience the best weather in the northern provinces of Iran.
This trip starts from Saravan in Gilan province. The Gilan Rural Heritage Museum in the dense forests of Saravan is the first recommended visit of this itinerary. This museum was built on the road of Rudbar to Rasht and at the end of the Qazvin highway in Rasht.
The simulation of the traditional life of the people of Gilan in the two parts of Beih Pas and Beih Pish, amid a beautiful and refreshing nature that is accompanied by spectacular colors in the autumn season, will take you back to decades ago and the serenity of the village. Now you are in the most beautiful and complete museum of rural heritage in the country, and if you start your trip on holidays and weekends, baking bread, local food, and traditional music will form the side parts of your visit.
You will need a whole day to see the Gilan Rural Heritage Museum. If you could visit this museum before sunset and the weather was still clear, our next suggested destination is a small lake nearby called Saqalaksar.
To get to this artificial lake, formed behind a dam, you must go on the Saravan-Foman road, passing the Gilan University of Medical Sciences to the Jiredeh road. The best sign for this road is Agha Syed Sharif’s sign that you should take the roundabout to the south side of the road.
After passing through the village of Agha Seyed Sharif, take the first two roads to the left and the next to the right, and finally, the lake sign will take you to the left.
The dense vegetation around the lake and nested trees have created a spectacular sight. In the meantime, some trees rising from the water draw your attention.
If you are into camping and setting up a tent in nature and have enough facilities, you can spend the night around the lake. Otherwise, the best place for your overnight stay is the beautiful city of Fuman.
If you choose the first option, when setting up the tent, make sure that you set up a camp where the tent has already been set up so that you do the most minor damage to the nature of the area and its vegetation. There is a restroom and a supermarket by the lake that you can count on for shopping.
Fomen is known as the city of statues, and of course, Fomen cookies are also very famous. Take a town tour, and after having breakfast with Gilani tea and Fomeni cookies, go to Hazar Pele Castle or the famous Rudkhan Castle. From Foman to Rudkhan Castle, you have less than an hour’s drive, passing through a beautiful mountainous path.
Fortunately, you can safely plan to visit many tourist facilities in Rudkhan Castle and its surroundings. Only the many stairs to reach the castle may be difficult for children, the elderly and the infirm.
Also, on rainy days, which are likely to happen in autumn, the stairs become slippery, and you must pass them carefully and without any haste.
After having lunch at a local restaurant with Gilki cuisine at the bottom of Rudkhan Castle, return to Foman and, this time, follow the Masuleh signs. Allow about two hours for this route.
Masoleh was once a tiny village built at the foot of the mountain. Still, now it has become a busy city and a tourist attraction to the point where it is mentioned in the famous book Lonely Planet, which is a guide for tourists from different countries, as one of the attractions in Iran must be seen, it has been mentioned.
In Masuleh, you can stay one night in one of the terraced houses and walk through its spectacular alleys. Watch people pass through your yard, The same yard as the roof of the lower floor house!
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