Yazd is about as typical as a desert city can get. It is one of the oldest, driest cities in Iran, and also one of the most architecturally unique. Its about 175 kilometres from Esfahan. It is located right between the Dasht-e Kavir desert and the Dasht-e Lut desert. With a population of over 500,000 desert dwellers. It is known for it's high quality silks, teas, camel meat and dried sweets.
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Chak Chak - Chak Chak is a very small cliff side village that is famed for being the most important Zoroastrian mountain shrine. There is a yearly celebration from from June 14-18 where many Zoroastrians from India & Iran come. The translation of Chak Chak in Farsi literally means 'Drip Drip'. This is due to an ancient legend where a princess prayed to a Zoroastrian god to help here hide from an invading army. The mountain then opened up to hide her. Another local legend says that the princess plunged a sword into the mountain in anger. The mountain then began to cry, hence their is a mountain stream coming out from within the cliff. The views from the top of Chak Chak are quite spectacular.
Yazd is the driest city in Iran with an average rainfall of less than 75 mm a year. It can also have temperatures rising to 40 °C or more in the summer while in the winter night time temperatures can drop to below freezing. Yet winter days are surprisingly mild and sunny.
|Avg Max||12.2 °C||14.8 °C||19.5 °C||21.9 °C||33.4 °C||36.3 °C||39.5 °C||36.1 °C||35.3 °C||26.5 °C||19.3 °C||17 °C|
|Avg Min||-0.8 °C||0.1 °C||5.3 °C||9.5 °C||17.7 °C||20 °C||23.3 °C||19.9 °C||18.7 °C||8.6 °C||2.3 °C||-0.7 °C|
|Rainfall||7 mm||0.8 mm||11 mm||21.9 mm||0.6 mm||2 mm||0 mm||0 mm||3 mm||0 mm||2 mm||0 mm|
The train station is located next to the bus station on Rah Ahan Boulevard. It operates services to all major cities in Iran.
Driving to Yazd is an easy option, the road is safe, and the views quite nice if you are into desert scenery.
The bus station is beside the train station on Rah Ahan Boulevard beside Rah Ahan Square. It has services to nearly all cities in Iran. A typical service to Tehran is about 10 hours and to Esfahan 5 hours.
Taxi's are cheap and plenty full around Yazd.
Driving your own car in Yazd is quite possible and rewarding as the city does not have the grid lock and insane driving style of most Iranian cities. With a good road map driving outside the city into the desert is also a good option. Having a motorbike is a great way to explore Yazd and the surrounding desert.
Buses are plentyful and not too crowded in the city center, knowing the language and where to go is important.
Yazd is quite easy to get around by foot, so long as the temperature is not super hot. Many of the city sites are withing walking distance of each other, which is a good way to save some money. Though taking a straight bus down Imam Khomeini Street will help in getting to the more popular sites quickly.
There are some great and simple eateries in Yazd. There are some also some high class eating places that won't break the bank either.
For a friendlier and more cultural atmosphere try Persian restaurants. Many restaurants serve the standard Iranian kebabas. There are a few international restaurants in Yazd which serve Italian, Indian, Arabian and Mexican food.
The traditional restaurant and tea house of Kohan Hotel serves various Iranian traditional dishes such as fessenjun, gheime as well as some European and Indian dishes. It has a nice atmosphere and is located near the Alexander Prison.
It is best to stay in the old town near the Friday Mosque, from which you can walk to most sights. There are many descent hotels to choose from. A number of traditional houses have been recently converted into atmospheric hotels. Some are good and others not so much. Many of them offer clean comfortable rooms encircling peaceful central courtyards where you can eat, drink tea or puff away on a ghalyan while gazing at the sky.
You'll find internet cafes in most cities and even smaller towns now have access to the world wide web. Like other countries with a very strict censorship, the country has strict rules about using the internet and also has a very restricted domestic version, highly unlikely to be used by travellers. Connections are generally good and it's cheap to use as well.
See also International Telephone Calls
The international country calling code of Iran is +98. Special numbers include 110 for the Police, 115 for Ambulance, 125 for the Fire Department and 112 for calls from mobile phones. Iran Telecom is the main telecommunication company in the country and provides, together with Irancell, almost all mobile services as well.
You can find a complete list of telephone codes at Farsinet.com.
The I.R. Iran Post Service is the national postal service in Iran. Services are fairly reliable and cheap, but rather slow. It usually takes at least several weeks for your letter or postcard to arrive in European countries, longer for other Western areas. Post officies generally are open from around 7:30am to 3:00pm Saturday to Thursday, so the main offices in big cities tend to have somewhat longer hours. Your best bet is to visit in the morning if you need to use their services. Stamps can usually be bought at small shops and kiosks as well. Sending parcels is more expensive but also quicker and more reliable with international companies like FedEx, DHL, TNT and UPS.
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