Varzaneh, Iran, a hundred kilometers from Isfahan, is a small desert town that should not be missed on your Iran itinerary. Only quite recently has Iran has popped up on the radar of travelers, and it is gaining popularity as a travel destination.
Varzaneh is an ancient city with evidence of more than five thousand years of civiliation. However, the reason for most to visit Varzaneh is the great access into the desert. Not only is it one of the best accessible deserts in Iran, but it also has the tallest dunes in Iran, and activities such as sand boarding and paragliding can be booked in town. Apart from exploring the desert, there is also a wetland relatively close, as is a salt lake where salt mining is still practiced. On the way to the salt lake, you can have a stop at a hot spring too. There is no public transport to these points, but you can book a tour, hire a taxi, or hitch a ride to get there.
Even more so than for the rest of Iran, spring and autumn are the best times of the year to visit Varzeneh. In winter, the temperature drops to zero degrees Celsius, while the summers are extremely hot. Remember that you are a visiting a desert.
You will have limited options for a hostel in Varzaneh, Iran. Some may officially be called a guesthouse, but the word guesthouse is sometimes used for a hostel too in Iran. As the number of tourists visiting Iran are increasing quickly, new hostels also open frequently. It is to be expected that more Varzaneh, Iran hostels will open their doors within the next few years. Don’t always be misled by the name, as guesthouses, home stays, or even hotels can in fact function by the concept of a hostel in Varzaneh, Iran. It is thus worth checking budget hotels too.
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