Mesr Desert is one of the most picturesque deserts of Iran located 420 kilometers away from the city of Isfahan, and 55 kilometers away from Khur region, and of the most popular desert destinations among travelers and desert lovers. This amazing desert is surrounded by mountains from west, southwest, and southeast which are parts of the Central Mountain Range of Iran. If you are going to visit the Mesr Desert from Tehran, it would be a 9-10 hour trip (642 kilometers)
About 100 years ago, a man named Yousef (Josef) lived in this desert with his family. He was busy with animal husbandry and he dug a very deep water well to provide water for the people of his village and for their herd. The locals of this village called the village Chah Dera (meaning: The Deep Well), but after a while Yousef suggested that because of the connection between his name with Josef the Prophet and the story ofwell, they call their village Mesr (meaning Egypt in Persian). This village is known for its cozy and small houses with mud walls and domed ceilings, and its hospitable busy with animal husbandry and also hosting travelers at their village houses and ecolodges in recent years.
Mesr Desert - Iran
Things to do in Mesr Desert
Visiting the magnificent Mesr Desert is a wonderful experience in Iran per se, however there are different activities that you can enjoy while you are here:
As a result of low humidity and lack of light pollution, Mesr Desert is a perfect place for stargazing and astrology, especially during the nights when the moon rises very late at night. Apart from stargazing and enjoying the million-star night sky, the view of sky during sunlight and sunset is also a memorable experience in Mesr Desert.
If you are a fan of thrilling and fun experiences, then you can enjoy an exciting motorbiking on the high dunes of the vast Mesr Desert. There are four-wheel and two-wheel motor bikes that you can rent and venture through the desert. For going through the desert you need to be accompanied by a local guide who knows the desert routes or you should have the exact GPS route in order not to get lost in the desert.
Safari is one of the most exciting activities in every desert of Iran, and Mesr Desert is not an exception. Here you can get a safari tour and go through the heart of the desert where normal sedan cars can’t reach.
Safari in Mesr Desert - Iran
Sandboarding is another thrilling activity that you can enjoy in Mesr Desert. You can rent a board and enjoy boarding on the powdery sand of Mesr Desert dunes.
If you are a fan of relaxing activities like photography, don’t forget to bring your camera to capture perfect desert photographs in Mesr Desert especially during the sunlight and sunset.
Photography at Mesr Desert - Iran
Visiting Bayazeh Village
The historical Bayazeh Village is located near the Mesr Desert and is characterized with its historical buildings and vast palm tree gardens. It is believed that this village dates back to 1000 years ago and has monuments from Sassanid era. Walking through the historical buildings of Bayazeh Village and its ever-green palm tree gardens feels like traveling back in time.
Visiting the salt lakes
The Khur Salt Lake is the largest seasonal salt lake in Iran that is 2000 kilometers wide, and is the most important potash mine and resource of the country. This surreally beautiful salt lake is a vast white salt plain covered with pentagon shaped salt sediment created as a result of water vaporization and the difference between day and light temperature. The Selkonun Salt Lake of Mesr Desert is another salt plain in this area, located on the northeast of this desert. This desert was created by a flood more than forty years ago.
Best time of year for visiting the Mesr Desert
Located in the heart of Central Desert of Iran, the Mesr Desert has a warm and dry weather with very low amount of annual rain. Therefore, it has a very hot climate and straight sunlight from mid-June to late September, and because of its low humidity, it has a very cold weather during winter. The best time of year for visiting the Mesr Desert is from October to late November and then from March to May, which are considered as desert tour peak seasons in Iran. However, the scenic landscape of Mesr Desert and its mysterious atmosphere is so attractive that many travelers visit this place and other deserts of Iran all around the year, in spite of hot weather and cold weather.
Where to stay in Mesr Desert
Many of travelers that visit the Mesr Desert prefer to enjoy at least one night of camping in desert, and if you are a fan of camping you need to bring all required camping tools and consider all safety tips for camping in Desert. If you are not interested in camping and sleeping in tents, there are a lot options for accommodations in Mesr Desert. There are many village houses in this village where you can stay and enjoy communication with local families that host travelers in their hostels and ecolodges and there is also a good hotel named Bali Hotel in Khur Town.