Yazd

Yazd City the noble city and “don’t miss” destination is the capital of Yazd province. Yazd is an important center of Persian architecture. In fact, it has a unique Persian architecture to remain largely immune to large battles and the destruction and ravages of war. Its remote desert location and the difficulty of access turned Yazd City into a safe place. It is a historical city and the second ancient city by ranking of UNESCO. It is a delightful place to stay with its winding lanes, forest of badgirs (wind catcher), mud-brick houses and Zoroastrian fire temples (atashkade) , Ab anbars (cisterns), Qantas (underground channels), Yakhchals (coolers), Bazaars, Goudal-baqchehs, hammams, mosques, synagogues, Persian handicrafts, hand-woven cloth (Persian termeh), silk weaving, Persian cotton candy, and its time-honored confectioneries. There are architectural phenomena. Yazd City also is known as a paradise in deserts.

Yazd City is known as the city of “wind catcher” Because it is a warm city with the intensity and frequency of extreme weather events such as tornadoes. It has extremely hot summers. Therefore, to deal with that, many old buildings in Yazd have magnificent wind towers, large underground areas and yakhchals to store ice. It has one of the largest networks of Qantas in the world and water is supplied to the city through a Qanat system.

The majority of the people of Yazd are Persians, and they speak Persian with Yazdi accent. Yazd has an interesting mix of people; the majority of them are Muslims and some follow the ancient religion of Zoroastrianism.

Climate of Yazd

Yazd City is the driest city in Iran. It has high and extremely summer temperature with no humidity. The temperature in summer is rather uncomfortable even at nights. In winter, the days remain mild and sunny with very low temperature in the morning and high winds.

The warmest and hottest months of year in Yazd City are generally early to mid-July, June, and then August.

The least humid month is July and the most humid month is January. The windiest month is June. January is the coldest month of the year.

The best times to visit Yazd for ideal weather are March 5th to May 13th and September 24th to November 11th.

Transportation of Yazd City

Yazd is well connected to the rest of the country and getting to Yazd is easy by planes, trains and buses.

Taxi: Taxis are available throughout the town. They also can be rented.

Bus: Yazd has Bus services inside the city (Local Buses) and to other cities such as Shiraz and Isfahan.

Trains: Yazd has a modern rail system three express trains.The train Station is located in the south of the city.

Fly: Shahid Sadooghi International Airport of Yazd is located to the west of Yazd city center.

You can get around the city by foot, by taxi and by local buses and by Motorcycle taxis (another fast and cheap way to move around the city). Most places in the old town Yazd are easy walking distance a little apart from each other.

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Festivals of Yazd

There are many Moharram festivals or its better to say that Moharram ceremonies in Iran but People in Yazd are very religious and traditionally take their religious festivals very seriously. Therefore, rituals of Moharram ceremony are unique there.

Nakhl-Gardani ritual in Ashura (Tenth day of Moharram ceremony) in Yazd: Muharram is the first and holiest month of the Islamic calendar. The tenth day of Muharram is Ashura. Ashura day in Yazd can be a fascinating time and most crowded day to travel to Iran. It is well known because of historical significance and mourning for the murder of Hussein Ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad.

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Attractions of Yazd

  1. Amir Chakhmagh Sq. :Amir Chakhmaq Square is the symbol of Yazd and also a center of social gatherings. It is an old square that includes many ancient structures;a mosque,a bazaar, a mausoleum and a water storage which are all registered as National Heritage Sites.
  2. Saheb-A-Zaman Zurkhaneh: It is the only Zurkhaneh which allows women to watch. It is located in a beautiful old ice house with four magnificent Badgirs , water reservoir, gracing the roof. Certainly one of the most interesting and powerful things you could see in Iran is Saheb A Zaman Club Zurkhaneh. Of course, one can not be sure what modern personal trainers would say about their techniques but it is certainly interesting. If you have a chance, do try to get there.
  3. Zoroastrian fire temple : It is also known as Yazd Atash Behram which means Victorious fire . The Zoroastrian fire temple of Yazd is the only one of the highest grade fire in ancient Iran.
  4. Towers of Silence : It is also called Dakhme which was built by Zoroastrian for Excarnation that is putting dead bodies to be eaten by carrion birds.
  5. Dowlat Abad Garden : Dowlatabad Garden is one of nine Iranian gardens, which is registered on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List and is internationally renowned. Dowlatabad Qanat, which plays a major role in the existence of the part of the Dowlatabad garden, is approximately 60 km long, one of the most important and longest Qanats in the city of Yazd.
  6. Jame Mosque of Yazd
  7. Old town
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Handicrafts and souvenirs of Yazd

Yazd City Handicrafts and souvenirs are both art and industry. Yazd is always known for the quality of its silk and carpets. Yazd’s handicrafts are rug, small carpets, Gelim (Kilim), Termeh (a gorgeous hand-made silk tapestry), pottery, earthenware (Kevareh) and ceramic are also famous. Today, Yazd is one of Iran’s industrial centers for textiles. There is also considerable ceramics and construction materials industry and unique confectionery and jewelry industries.

Carpet weaving: carpet waving is Yazd’s principal handicraft.

Daraie: It is a kind of soft silk fabric with gorgeous-colored diamond shapes on it. Dara’i is produced in yellow, red, green and purple colors.

Pottery(Earthenware and Ceramics): Pottery is the oldest handmade artwork. Meybod is a prominent pottery-producing center in Yazd province.

Iron works: Mehriz, Aqda,Nadoushan, Sakhvid, Ardakan and Khezrabad are centers of traditional iron works.

Termeh: Termeh is the oldest hand-woven cloth of Iran .In Yazd Province you can find Termeh with different colors and it is a bit expensive set of table clothes.

Zilu weaving: It is a kind of light hand-woven carpet and Meybod is the center of Zilu-weaving in Yazd province.

Giveh weaving: It is a very easy-to-wear kind of local shoes, woven by rural women.

Tile Making: The art of shaping and sizing of tiles and drawing on them then enameling before baking the tiles such as Seven-color tile.

Carpentry: it is manufacturing decorated wooden doors and windows.

The desert city of Yazd is a well-preserved mud brick old town with wind-catchers, dotted around the skyline, and numerous historical sites make it a necessary destination for any tourist visiting Iran.For more information about this beautiful city and how to get there please contact us.

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