Yazd city a “don’t miss” destination, is the capital of Yazd province. Yazd is an important center of Persian architecture sits. In fact, it has a unique Persian architecture to remain largely immune against large battles and the destruction and ravages of war. Its remote desert location and the difficulty of access turned Yazd City into a safe place. It is a historical city and the second ancient city by ranking of UNESCO heritage sites. It is a delightful place to stay with its winding lanes, Badgirs (wind catcher), mud-brick houses and Zoroastrian fire temples (Atashkadeh), Ab Anbars (cisterns), Qantas (underground channels), Yakhchals (coolers), Bazaars, Goudal-baqchehs (holes), hammams (bathrooms), mosques, synagogues, Persian handicrafts, hand-woven cloth (Persian Termeh), silk weaving, Persian cotton candy, and its time-honored confectioneries. There are architectural phenomena. Yazd City also is a paradise in deserts.
You can reach Most places in the town, within short and easy walking route from each other.
Local buses are also available and bus lines are pretty reasonable
Taxis are inexpensive but make sure to only get in licened agency veheciles for ensuring your safety.
You can also use apps such as Tap30 and Snapp if you have an Iranian sim card. They work just like Uber and you can pay with cash.
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• Shamad(thin cotton blankets), the perfect lightweight cover for the summer. Yazd has great cotton, and that’s what makes these so special. But they don’t just come in blanket form. You can also get these cloths in smaller sizes which are quite practical for the kitchen.
• Talâ (gold) from Yazd is quite famous as it’s usually 22 or 24 karats. Walk through the Gold Bazaar and just marvel at the different styles.
• Termeh is an elegant, hand-embroidered silk fabric with fine threads of gold woven in, similar to a brocade. Usually in paisley designs you can find it made into a variety of products such as shoes, bags, tablecloths, and jewelry pouches, or you can, quite simply, buy the fabric itself.
• Ceramics and pottery. These days, towns like Lalejin, Meybod, and Natanz continue this age-old tradition with hand-painted dishes and decorative items. Meybod is located close to Yazd, so you can find some fantastic products there or in Yazd itself.
• Yazd and Kerman are known for their copper, so if you need anything copper related, visit the Coppersmith Bazaar. There are all kinds of pots, trays, cups, and decorative items available at very affordable prices.
Tas Kabab-e Shotor (camel meat stew):
as Yazd is in the desert area so many people grow camel in the deserts of this region, therefore it’s common to eat camel meat.Besides camel meat, this food includes potato, and tomato, served by rice. Silk Road restaurant is a great place to enjoy this local cuisine.
it’s the most famous Yazdi Āsh (thick soup). It’s made of spinach, dill, beetroot, lentil, and a little bit of flour, but the main ingredient which makes it tasty is the sour grape juice. Yazdi people make it almost every week and it’s unlikely not to serve Shouli in family gatherings.You can eat as an appetizer. Silk Road hotel and shouli shop are recommended places to taste this Yazdi Āsh.
Qeymeh Yazdi is a unique stew far from the average Qeymeh stew you find all along the country. You can only find it in some restaurants in Yazd. This food is made of chickpea, chopped lamb or beef, dried lemon, saffron, cinnamon, and cardamom; sometimes served by rice as well.
Yazd must try Confectionary includes: Yazdi cake, Baklava, Ardakan sesame pudding, Qotab, Rice bread, Yazd Lovuez, Haji Badoomi and noghl.
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Yazd City is the city of “wind catchers” because it is a warm city with the intensity and frequency of extreme weather events such as tornadoes. It has extremely hot summers. Therefore, to deal with that, many old buildings in Yazd have magnificent wind towers, large underground areas and Yakhchals to store ice. It has one of the largest networks of Qantas in the world and water is supplied to the city through a Qanat system.
The majority of the people of Yazd are Persians, and they speak Persian with Yazdi accent. Yazd has an interesting mixture of people; The majority of them are Muslims and some follow the ancient religion of Zoroastrianism.
Climate of Yazd
Yazd City is the driest city in Iran. It has high and extreme summer temperature with no humidity. The temperature in summer is rather uncomfortable even at nights. In winter, the days remain mild and sunny with very low temperature in the morning and high winds.
The warmest and hottest months of year in Yazd City are generally early to mid-July, June, and then August.
The least humid month is July and the most humid month is January. The windiest month is June. January is the coldest month of the year.
The best times to visit Yazd for ideal weather are March 5th to May 13th and September 24th to November 11th.
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Transportation of Yazd City
Yazd is well connected to the rest of the country, and getting to Yazd is easy by planes, trains and buses.
Taxi: Taxis are available throughout the town. You can also rent them.
Bus: Yazd has Bus services inside the city (local buses) and to other cities such as Shiraz and Isfahan.
Trains: Yazd has a modern rail system consisting of three express trains. The train station is located in the South of the city.
Flight: Shahid Sadooghi International Airport of Yazd’s location is to the west of Yazd city center.
You can get around the city by foot, by taxi, by local buses and by Motorcycle taxis (another fast and cheap way to move around the city). Most places in the old town of Yazd are easy walking distance a little apart from each other.
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Festivals of Yazd city
There are many Moharram festivals or it is better to say that Moharram mourning, but People in Yazd are very religious. They traditionally take their religious festivals very seriously and commemorate Karbala event. Therefore, rituals of Moharram festival are unique there.
Nakhl-Gardani ritual in Ashura (Tenth day of Moharram festival) in Yazd: Muharram is the first and the holiest month of the Islamic calendar. The tenth day of Muharram is Ashura. Ashura’s day in Yazd can be a fascinating time and most crowded day to travel to Iran. It is well known because of historical significance and mourning for the murder of Hussein Ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad.
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Attractions of Yazd city
- Amir Chakhmagh Square: Amir Chakhmaq Square is the symbol of Yazd city and also a center of social gatherings. It is an old square that includes many ancient structures; a mosque, a bazaar, a mausoleum and a water storage which are all as National Heritage Sites registration.
- Saheb-A-Zaman Zurkhaneh: It is the only Zurkhaneh where lets women to watch. It’s location is in a beautiful old ice house with four magnificent Badgirs, water reservoir, gracing the roof. Certainly one of the most interesting and powerful things you could see in Iran is Saheb A Zaman Club Zurkhaneh. Of course, one can not be sure what modern personal trainers would say about their techniques, but it is certainly interesting. If you have a chance, do try to get there.
- Zoroastrian fire temple: It is also known as Yazd Atash Behram which means Victorious fire . The Zoroastrian fire temple of Yazd is the only one of the highest grade fire in ancient Iran.
- Towers of Silence: It is also called Dakhme which Zoroastrian built it with excarnation that is putting dead bodies to be eaten by carrion birds.
- Dowlat Abad Garden : Dowlatabad Garden is one of nine Iranian gardens, which UNESCO has registered as UNESCO’s World Heritage List, and is internationally renowned. Dowlatabad Qanat that plays a major role in the existence of the part of the Dowlatabad garden, is approximately 60 km long, one of the most important and longest Qanats in the city of Yazd.
- Jame Mosque of Yazd
- Old town
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