A travel guide to the desert of Iran

Desert in Iran
Desert in Iran

It is common to hear from individuals living all around the world, particularly the ones who have not been gone to Iran, that Iran is a country with the sweltering and dry climate condition. There are so many fantastic deserts in Iran.


In any case, if you take a look at all Iran guide books, you will comprehend that notwithstanding the deserts, around 33% of Iran is mountains. Also, there are vast forests and sea sides all around Iran. It is the reason that people call Iran as a four-season country. It means while you are in the north of Iran walking along Caspian Sea shores and you are enjoying the nice weather, the other ones are strolling on sand dunes in the deserts. Now, we are going to quickly present the primary and the most visited deserts in Iran.

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The most famous deserts in Iran

Dasht-e Kavir

Dasht-e Kavir is the biggest salt desert in Iran. It is located in the southeast part of Alborz Mountain range which covers a zone of around 800 km. The desert has an all-out surface territory of around 77,600 km2 (30,000 mile2). To be honest with you, here is one of the major deserts of Iran and it is worth visiting this desert.

Dasht-e Kavir desert is situated at a height of around 700 meters (2,300 feet). Here, winter is very cold, while summer is scorching hot. Dahst-e Kavr Desert gets little rain and snow every year. Nonetheless, the surrounding mountains on all sides, give a lot of spillovers to make huge occasional lakes, marshlands, and playas. Temperature of Dasht- Kavir can arrive at 50 °C in summer, and the normal temperature in January is 22 °C.


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The main plants that could adjust this climate condition are species like bushes and grasses on peaks and Mugwort which is the most across the board plant.

Wild sheep, camels, goats, and Persian panthers are normal in the rugged territories, and Persian gazelles live in parts of steppe and desert regions of the focal level.

If you want to know how to go to Dasht-e Kavir, we recommend to receive there via Kashan or Mesr Village. Also, you can go to this vast salt desert from Khor and Biabanak County or Garmeh town.

Kavir National Park, Houze Soltan, Houze Ghilooghe, Sefidab Caravanserai, and Sirjan Salt Lake are the main attractions of Dasht-e Kavir. It is necessary to mention that many other major deserts of Iran such as Maranjab Desert, Rig-e Jenn Desert and Mesr Desert are the important parts of Dasht-e Kavir.

Lut Desert

Dasht-e Lut or Lut Desert spreads between three provinces of Iran; Sistan and Baluchestan, Kerman and South Khorasan. The most sights and attractions of Lut Desert are in Kerman Province, close to the city of Kerman, to be progressively indicated in Shahdad Town. There are various ecolodges in Shahdad, so on the off chance that you are hoping to venture out to this stunning zone and see the daylight in Kaluts, be certain that there is constantly an empty spot to remain!

The most extreme yearly precipitation in Lut Desert is around 100 mm. The normal height of the desert is practically 600m over the ocean level with the absolute bottom near “khabis” is almost 300m over the ocean level.

Lut Desert covers a region of 51,800 km2 (20,000 mile2) with 320 km (200 miles) from northwest to southeast and around 160 km (100 miles) wide. While the eastern part of Lut Desert is a low level secured with salt pads, the focal part has been etched by the wind into a progression of parallel edges and wrinkles.

If you are planning to have an excursion in Lut Desert, please feel free to contact our travel experts to make a memorable plan for your trip.


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Maranjab Desert

Maranjab Salt Lake or better known as Maranjab Desert is arranged located in Isfahan Province around 100 kilometers toward the eastern area of Qom city, and 50 km toward the northeast of Aran and Bidgol town. The salt lake has a triangle shape which covers a region of 1800 km². The normal depth of the salt lake is around five meters, and its most profound depth is 50 meters.

Notwithstanding being one of the most wonderful deserts of Iran, the primary utilization of Maranjab Desert is for salt extraction. As a proposal, we profoundly suggest visiting Maranjab salt lake region with an expert local guide since the encompassed terrains of the lake are swampy and you surely need a complete support to follow the safest way to discover this beautiful desert.

To get to Maranjab Desert, there are two common ways:

The first way is from Aran district, in the wake of traveling around 35 kilometers, you will see the indications of the desert.

The next choice is from Maranjab Caravanserai, there are just 10 kilometers from the Salt Lake.

The Sand Dunes are best sights to visit in Maranjab Desert. Don’t forget to take eye-catching photos specially when the sun rises and sets down. Also, you can visit Kashan city and Maranjab Caravanserai during your excursion through the desert.

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Mesr Desert

Mesr Desert is just situated close to a desert village at the focal region of Khur and Biabanak County in Isfahan Province. The desert is 45 km a long way from Jandagh town and 371 km a long way from Yazd city.

Mesr Desert is one of the most favorite deserts of Iran due to its stunning landscapes. The territory is one of the most appealing vacation destinations in Iran, especially for the residents of Tehran and Isfahan cities. Mesr Desert excursion is one of the most well-known daily tours in Iran.

While the region is so hot and dry most of the times, there are lovely great gardens and palm trees in the zone. If you are looking for excitement at the core of a desert, you will enjoy camel riding, desert safari, and trekking in golden sand hills. You will likewise be stunned by the excellent night sky and watch the stars shining so close to you. We promise it would be a memorable night for you.

Mesr and Farahzad villages are the zones where you can stay for a night or even a couple of days. Khur Salt Lake, lovely Palm Gardens, the stunning sky around evening time and Chal Eskanon are just a couple of spots that you can enjoy visiting during your trip to Mesr Desert.

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Shahdad Desert

At the core of Lut Desert, there is a territory with the amazing sights called Shahdad Desert. Shahdad Desert is situated in the eastern side of Kerman city. The most famous scene in the desert to visit is the great Kaluts. The Kaluts are situated precisely in a region in the east part of Shahdad Desert.

The Kaluts were built by outrageous soil and water disintegration. They stretch out from northwest toward the southeast of Shahdad Desert. The best time to visit Kaluts is from the end of autumn to end of Spring. If you are keen on watching the stars around evening time, the best time to venture out to this wonderful region is from June to September. Notwithstanding wonderful characteristic touring in the zone, there are noteworthy manors and antiquated water stores to see.

There is no doubt that Shahdad Desert is one the most amazing deserts of Iran, but don’t forget to get advices from the local desert experts before planning to go there. We, at Persia Top Tours, are always available to help you regarding your desert tours.


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Varzaneh Desert

To get to Varzaneh Desert you need to travel around a hundred kilometers from Isfahan or 200 km from Yazd. As you can guess, Varzaneh Desert is located in Isfahan Province near Kashan City. The region is prominent for its astonishing sandhills. Travelers who are interested in remaining at a camp beside the fire generally choose this desert in Iran. Be that as it may, on the off chance that you are keen on watching the stars in the quietness of a desert, this is the spot, Varzaneh Desert!

There is a small town close to this region; Varzaneh Town, which is an ancient town and we recommend to visit it for a half day during your trip to Varzaneh Desert. All the structures at this ancient town were made by dry mud. The town is known as the whitest city of Iran, because all the women wear white clothes.


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Varzaneh Desert is the closest desert to Isfahan city. Pigeon towers, Anahita Temple, Ghoortan fortress, Gavkhooni Wetland, Mirmiran House and Jameh Mosque of Varzaneh are the most important spots that you can visit during your trip to Varzaneh Desert.

We introduced the most important deserts of Iran. We highly recommend to spend at least one night in one of these deserts during your travel to Iran in autumn or winter. In this way, you will absolutely make your trip a memorable one.

We, at Persia Top Tours, try hard to do our bests for helping all the ones who travel to Iran. You can find your favorite desert tour on our website or contact us via … to keep in touch with our experts. We will be with you to enjoy your trip to Iran.


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