Sistan-Baluchestan Tourist Attractions
Top 25 Places to Visit in Sistan-Baluchestan Iran
Sistan-Baluchestan province is located at the southeast of Iran. It has some important cities like Zabol, Zahedan and Chabahar. This province has special significance in the region because of being located at a strategic and transit location; especially Chabahar which is the only ocean in Iran and best and easiest access route of the middle Asian countries to free waters. Zahedan is connected to Mirjaveh of Pakistan through rail road. This province has unparalleled natural and historical attractions like Chabahar port, Martin Mountains, Burnt City, Gwater Bay, Lut Desert and Pink Lake. Kalporegan is the villages in Sistan-Balouchistan Province of Iran that is well-known for its earthenware and their traditional production method being continuously maintained.
Zabol Burnt City
In ancient times when human beings were practicing sedentary life, a city which archeologists considered as the world's first city in terms of urban texture, population, urban planning, etc. emerged in Sistan. The burnt-city and its creative and intelligent civilization, over 5,000 years old, is the largest urbanization in the eastern half of Iranian Plateau and a unique example of science, industry, and culture in ancient times of this land. Shahr-e Sukhteh is the remaining of an ancient city in Iran located 56 kilometers from Zabol. It dates back to Jiroft Culture Bronze Age. Iranians lived in this city about 6000 years ago. It is said that Shahr-e Sukhte is the most advanced city of the old world, even more, advanced than Crete City which Sinuhe has mentioned in his book. The reasons for this claim are:
1) A Bronze Age piece of leather adorned with drawings was discovered.
2) Archaeologists discovered the world's earliest known artificial eyeball. It has a hemispherical form and a diameter of just over 1 inch. On both sides of the eye are drilled tiny holes, through which a golden thread could hold the eyeball in place. The woman's skeleton has been dated to between 2900 and 2800 BCE.
3) The oldest known backgammon, dice and caraway seeds, together with numerous metallurgical finds.
4) Other objects found at the site include a human skull which indicates the practice of brain surgery.
5) An earthen goblet depicting what archaeologists consider to be the first animation.
6) A wooden shoulder that is the oldest piece of Iranian wooden work Persian Moaragh was obtained in the burnt city. It dates back to the 5th millennium BC.
Zabol Mount Khajeh
a Marvel in a remote area
This is an ancient place, known for the tomb of a holy man from the generation of Islam Holy Prophet (Khajeh Ali Mahdi), who was martyred and buried here. Mount Khwaja is also considered an important archaeological site. On the southern promontory of the eastern slope, the ruins of a citadel complex - known as the Ghagha-Shahr - with its remains of a fire temple date to pre-Islamic Iran. It is the only urban fortress remaining from Parthians era in Iran, dates to Parthians and Sassanid eras
Chabahar Martin Mountains
Experience walking on Mars by traveling to Chabahar! On the road from Chabahar to Gwatar, you can see very beautiful and unique mountains, which are known as miniature or Martian mountains, and their existence has created a unique and pleasant landscape in that area. These natural miniatures were buried under the soil in the past, but the passage of time and climate changes, revealed these unique phenomena from under the soil. The Martian Mountains, which are one of the tourist attractions of Chabahar, are among the pristine areas of Chabahar. The special shapes of Mountain could not be found anywhere but they may exist in Mars. If you want to travel to Iran, Chabahr dont forget to visit this beautiful mountain.
Chabahar Harra Jungle
Can you imagine trees and jungle in the ocean water? Chabahar Mangrove Forest is located in the coastal area of Gowater Bay, near the place where the Bahuklat River flows into the Oman Sea, and is one of the most interesting places to visit in Chabahar. Marine forests grow on the coasts of tropical and subtropical regions and their amazing ecosystem is known in the world under the general name of mangrove and under the scientific name of Oceana Marina. These forests are known as Harra in Iran. Mangrove is an ecosystem consisting of wetlands between the intertidal zones of the sea with collections of unique plants and unique fauna of coastal and wetland areas. The roots of the forest trees reduce the salinity of the water so that it becomes suitable for plant nutrition. The mangrove forests sink into the sea water twice a day and come out, and this attracts many fish to the forest and it becomes a suitable place for fishing.
Chabahar Mangrove Forest
When the water rises, the trees sink to the throat and at first glance, they remain floating in a forest. The mangrove forest, which regularly goes under the water in the tides of the sea and comes out, its roots are found when the water recedes. The amazing trees of the mangrove forest are a safe habitat for migratory birds from tropical regions. A colorful range of aquatic animals, birds and amphibians live in this forest. Mangroves have beautiful almond-shaped fruits. The mangrove flower is very small and golden in color with 4 petals, each petal is not more than a few millimeters and it is not easy to see, but its sweet and cool aroma can be understood from a few meters away. Watching a forest floating in water while riding a camel can make your memory of seeing a forest more fantasy. The combination of the sea and an animal that is special to the desert and a beautiful forest. From late autumn to late April, the best time to see the protection forest. Because at that time, the weather is nice and pleasant and it is also the season of bird migration.
Chabahar Lipar Lagoon
Lipar Lagoon in Sistan and Baluchestan province of Iran is well known for its pink color. It is one of the unique natural attractions of the Oman Sea Bank, with only four similar samples in the world. The cause of this color is the presence of plant plankton (Phytoplankton) which their activities produce a reddish-pink color. Some beautiful green trees have grown around Lipar Lagoon, which is called Dashtar (means bride) by the locals. It should be noted this area is swampy, so you should leave your car at a distance away from the lake and go to see the lagoon on foot. There are lots of Baluchi women who sell their art works and paint your body with Hana! (Hana is a kind of removable tattoo).
Chabahar Pink Lagoon
The growth of oak trees and nettles in the water has created an incredibly beautiful scene. Wild cotton grows in this area, from which the local people make mattresses and pillows. Next to the lake, there is Dashtar, which the local people call Arous. Dashtar in Balochi language refers to young girls who are not yet married. The reason for this designation is the beauty of the area and its lush trees. Often there are camels for camel riding by the lake. Every day from morning to evening, a local market is held in this place where local products such as sea salt extracted from the lagoon, local handmade jewelry and sea shells are sold. The best time to visit Chabahar Pink Lagoon is mid-winter to early spring.
Chabahar Makran Coasts
Makran is a name that throughout history has been referred to the region of Baluchistan, which is spread along the coast of Baluchistan from Al-Kuh in the west of Jask in Iran to the east of the port of Karachi in Pakistan. The beaches of Makran are located along the Oman-Sea and are among the tourist attractions of Sistan-and-Baluchistan. Makran beaches are located on one side of the Chabahar-Gwatar coastal road. Many believe that the Chabahar-Gwatar coastal road is similar to the famous Great Ocean Road in Australia. Chabahar, the only ocean port of Iran, is located on the coast of Makran. The sunrise from the top of the Zagros mountain and its golden sunset over the wide ocean are spectacular and magical views of Makran. The combination of the desert and the sea has also created a wonderful attraction in Makran beaches. With dry climate and little rainfall, Makran has become the lost paradise of Iran because of sublime rocky, sandy beaches, beautiful coral reefs and ancient mountains along the sea. The best time to visit the beaches of Makran, which is one of the pristine areas of Chabahar, is the cool season.
Chabahar Jinn Cemetery
Jinn Cemetery, the weirdest cemeteries in Iran, is a tourist attraction of Chabahar. A mysterious cemetery with large and unnatural tombstones, with strange carved shapes on them, which is one of the wonders of Chabahar.
Tiss Great Mosque
Tiss Great Mosque is a Sunni mosque with one minaret and green and red domes. It is considered one of the religious attractions of Chabahar.
Chabahar Traditional Bazar
A colorful market, full of stalls and vendors, with warm and hospitable sellers. One of Chabahar's pastimes, along with camel riding on the beach and fishing, is visiting the bazaars of Chabahar. You can buy beautiful handicrafts, spices, and medicinal herbs, try local foods and see the warm-hearted people.
Ancient city with urban planning
A huge city, buried under a sand hill, tells about the civilized people who lived in this area during the glorious Achaemenid period. A city where all its buildings are made of clay and mud, with urban planning and principles. In fact, it is the only ancient city of the Achaemenid era where the engineers of that time first drew the map of the city and then built the city. Dahane-Gholaman has large public buildings, temples, residential areas, streets, waterways, military and industrial areas. One of the most important buildings left in this city is a large prayer hall, which was the place for the religious ceremonies of the people of the city. In the inscriptions of Achaemenid, this city is mentioned as "Zark". This Ruins of the old capital of Sistan is located in Zahk city and is considered one of the tourist attractions of Zabul. Another characteristic of Dahane-Gholaman is the absence of towers, ramparts, and defense walls. In fact, the absence of castles, defensive walls, defensive towers, and gates can be said to be a kind of economic stability and political prosperity of the Achaemenid period in Iran, which does not make the presence of defensive factors necessary.
Chabahar Portuguese Castle
In the Tis village which was one of the important ports of the Achaemenid era, a historical building called the Portuguese Castle (Tis Castle) stands on top of a mountain overlooking the village and the bay. This fort which was built during the time of Shah-Suleiman-Safavid, is similar to Shah-Abbasi's caravanserai. It was used as a base for Portuguese influence in Iran and Gulf countries in the 16th century. The Portuguese colonists used this fort to protect against local rebellions.
Konarak Late Bazar
In Konarak port of chabahar, there is an old market facing the beach, which the locals call Lete Bazaar. In this market, which is one of the attractions of Konarak port, shops are located on both sides of the street, and you can buy all kinds of nature tourism equipment, such as skiing equipment, climbing equipment, sports equipment, blankets and cloths at an affordable price.
Konarak Darak Beaches
Darak village of Konarak city has the most pristine, clean and beautiful coast of Iran, with mangrove forests and ancient Galak estuary. Darak beach is the only place in Iran where we see the intersection of desert and sea. Burning sands nestle in the arms of the waters, combination of desert dunes and deep blue sea are here.
Chabahar Tis Beach Resort
In Tis Beach, facilities such as deli, supermarket, shower, gazebo, water slide and inflatable pool are provided for the comfort and entertainment of travelers.
Post Office Museum
Zahedan Post Office Museum, which is one of the tourist attractions of Zahedan, contains all kinds of seals of the burnt city, a replica of a pigeon house, a statue of a postman, old stamps, old and new stamps, and a display of old phones. Also, in this museum, you can see the audio-visual hall equipped with audio and video system and learn about their history. The museum building is also a relic of the Pahlavi era, which was built for the post and telegraph office from the same era.
Zahedan Grand Makki Mosque
The largest Sunni mosque in Iran, the Makki Mosque was founded as part of the Jamiat Darul Uloom seminary in 1970
Zabol Mochi Castle
Mochi Castle is located 60 km southwest of Zabol city, between burnt-city and Tasuki. This castle is the headquarters and palace of the Raisi family, the southern rulers of Sistan, which is made of clay and mud. This castle and its related buildings belong to the Safavid period. Due to the fact that there were many palm groves throughout the area and Mochi means palm tree in the local language, the castle has become famous by this name.
The Castle of Forty Girls, which is one of the famous places in Zabul, dates back to the Sasanian period. Forty Girls Castle is located in Khwaja-village of Zabul. The reason why forty girls were named on this castle is because of an interesting story that has been circulating for centuries and caused this name. It is said that in the past, forty virgin girls lived in this place, and their loud laughter echoed throughout the area. This castle is built on a stone platform.
Iran and England Bank
Iran and England Bank is one of the sights of Zabul and belongs to the late Qajar period. This historical work is a collection of colonial artefacts, which in the form of an open museum is a valuable place to study the commercial and political activities of colonialism in the north of Sistan and Baluchistan. The historical work of the Bank of Iran and England was registered in the list of national monuments in 2004.
Ladiz Cave & Waterfall
A beautiful cave in a desert area that welcomes you from the moment you enter it with the beautiful reverberation of the reflection of water drops and a pleasant and cool breeze. By walking a short distance, you will reach a beautiful waterfall that gushes out from among the rocks and is alive and dynamic all year round. The beautiful village of Ladiz is also nearby.
Hamoon Chabahar Complex has a restaurant, traditional tea house, reception hall and buffet. The play equipment of this entertainment center is for children and its zoo is very attractive.
Kalporegan Pottery Museum
Kalporegan is a villages in Sistan and Balouchistan Province of Iran that is well-known for its earthenware. In 2017, this village was registered on World Crafts Council (WCC) list as the first handicraft village in the world for Pottery. Kalporegan Clay Living Museum is located in the heart of the village and can be considered the most famous spot for tourists. The museum which dates back to seven thousand years ago, is surrounded by a beautiful and ancient dome-shaped building. Kalporegan pottery is made entirely by hand, without a pottery wheel, and is made by Baloch women.
Gel-Afshan Volcano is one of the most amazing natural attractions of Sistan and Baluchistan. It is a type of volcanic mountain that instead of molten materials inside the earth, gray mud come out of it. These muds are very compact and cold. In fact, during the eruption phenomenon, mud boils from underground in the form of a spring and takes the form of a hill on the surface of the earth. During the activity of these volcanoes, loud sounds like gunshots are often heard. The muds of these springs generally has healing properties for joint and spine diseases, and some of these muds are even exported. The mud of these hills is also used in pottery and brick making.
Gawater Bay is the name of a relatively small and old bay along the coast of Makran in the Oman Sea, which is considered one of the attractions of Chabahar. This port is the last coastal point in the southeast of Iran and borders with Pakistan. According to the Chabahar Port Department of Environment, Gwater welcomes a large number of migratory birds each year in early fall. In this area, girls sell hand-woven and needle-embroidered bracelets, and boys sell fish, scallops, and all kinds of pearls and oysters. It is forbidden to swim in the waters of Gowater port and only boating is possible, that too with complete caution without entering the border area of Pakistan.
Taftan is the highest mountain in south-eastern Iran, near Khash city in Sistan and Baluchistan Province. The mountain is an active stratovolcano with variable heights reported, all of them around 4,000 metres above sea level. Taftan, the only active volcanic mountain in Iran, range has 4 peaks and 3 craters. It is a fragment of a volcanic zone that extends to northern Pakistan and belongs to the Koh-i-Sultan, an extinct volcano in Pakistan. Almost throughout the year, volcanic dust caused by sulfur comes out of this volcano. One of the wonders of Mount Taftan is the existence of three beautiful lakes in its heights. According to local belief, 40 religious people are lost on the main peak peak of Taftan, so it is called "Forty-People".
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