Garmeh in Khur and Biabanak County
- ThemeNature & Adventure
- Duration48 hr(s)
Visiting a village on the edge of the desert and spending the night at Ateshooni guest house, with a touch of local music and cuisine.
- Autumn7:00-18:00 *
- Winter7:00-18:00 *
* Best Time
Photos of the Garmeh
Explore the Garmeh
The vivacity of the urban or rural life stops where the silence of the desert begins. Villages lying on the threshold of the desert bear out the human’s most arduous efforts to tie themselves with a place and build up life. For thousands of years, people in the central parts of Iran have lived in the silence and scorching heat of this climate.
The village of Garmeh is an oasis on the fringes of the central desert of Iran, about 35 kilometers south of Khur, Isfahan province. The life of the village can be traced back to about 1000 years ago when the Silk Road stretched across Iran and gave rise to the establishment of many towns and villages along the way.
Garmeh lies on hills overlooking dense palm orchards. It houses several noteworthy historical and architectural sites such as a four-floor mud brick castle, which was built at least a thousand years ago; roofed passages called sabat; two mausoleums and mudbrick houses. Like any other villages neighboring the desert, the population of this village has decreased throughout the years and only about 200 people still live there. The residents of the village speak in middle Persian language called Pahlavi.
Despite its barrenness, the area enjoys the blessings of mother nature peculiar to deserts. The high temperature of the desert allows dates to grow in abundance here. Also, there is a hot mineral water spring near the village, which is famous for its therapeutic effects.
Speaking of Garmeh, another name that comes to mind is Ateshooni. This is a family-run guest house built by Maziar Aledavood, who renovated his paternal house to host up to 60 guests, offering a taste of life in the desert. The guest house also offers some tours including safari and camping under the starry sky of the desert. In the dialect spoken by the locals, ‘ateshooni’ means a gathering around the fire at night, and this is what the hosts mean to offer. As you enjoy this nocturnal gathering, Maziar, accompanied by some others, plays local music for you so that he may help you keep the song of the desert in your mind.
Make sure to inform the hosts of your plan beforehand
Don’t miss Boneh Café to hang out and sip herbal tea
Degree of difficulty: 1 out of 5.