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The revived village of Esfahak

The revived village of Esfahak

Many years after being destroyed and abandoned by a harsh earthquake, locals of Esfahak Village decided to revive their village and change it into a wonderful desert destination of Iran.

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September 12, 2022

When it comes to visiting deserts of Iran, what comes to mind at first is their hot weather, however the special geographical features of the desert Esfahak Village has caused this amazing place to have a cooler weather compared with other cities and villages surrounding it and also other deserts of Iran. Esfahak Village is located 38 kilomteres away from Tabas city in a desert region in south Khorasan Province, in east southeast of Iran, and its abandoned and historical district one of the most exotic and special villages and desert attractions in vast and varied land of Iran. The Esfahak Village is one of the booming travel destinations among travelers and nature lovers who seek desert destinations and places with old and unique architecture.

 

 

Esfahak Village - Iran

Esfahak Village - Iran

The story behind Esfahak Village

The Esfahak Village is a 400-year-old village located in the heart of desert and palm tree gardens with a special climate, because of the mountains around this village, and also the water wells and fresh water Qanats that have been dug by residents since 400 years ago. A big part of the beautiful and booming Esfahak Village was destroyed by the harsh earthquake of Tabas in September of 1978, and the surviving locals and residents abandoned their village and migrated to neighbouring cities. But in recent years, children of locals of Esfahak Village, who are now grownups, decided to revive their village and little by little changed it to a touristic village with amazing attractions. A big part of this reconstruction project is the work of Mr. Faramarz Parsi, who has renovated some houses, a school, a mosque, and the bathhouse and has established a new observatory and an institute of architecture.

Today the houses of the village that were destroyed and abandoned because of the earthquake of 45 years ago, are renovated and are being used as ecolodges and residences for accommodating travelers and visitors who travel to this amazing spot for enjoying the clear and starry night sky and the evergreen palm gardens. In this touristic village, no one smokes hukkah or cigarettes, no food is served in plastic dishes, and there are separate trash bins for waste sorting. Also visitors should take off their shoes when they enter the rooms. During the night, the village shines by the light of lanterns and walking through the cobblestone alleys and visiting the mud brick houses and arcs is a wonderful experience that feels like traveling back in time.

 

 

Esfahak Village - Iran

Esfahak Village - Iran

The architecture of Esfahak Village

The architectural construction of Esfahak Village is completely based on the architecture style of desert regions and the material used for building houses is mud and brick. The houses and building of Esfahak Village are built close to each other in order to provide more safety against rubbery and also proving more shadow during hot summer days and keeping houses warmer during winter. another architectural feature of Esfahak Village is the dome shaped ceilings of the houses that is a smart solution for providing shadow.

 

 

Esfahak Village - Iran

Esfahak Village - Iran

Locals of Esfahak

In recent years, tourism based activities like running small ecolodges and village houses and providing transfer services, have become a main source of income for locals of Esfahak Village. Apart from that, having access to rich water resources like water wells and Qanats since centuries ago, and also having a cooler climate (about 5 to 6 degrees lower) than the neighbouring villages and towns has led to thriving agriculture and animal husbandry in Esfahak. The most important agriculture products of Esfahak Village are Saffron and date that are harvested in vary large amounts every year.

Things to do in Esfahak Village

Stargazing at the Observatory

One of the most significant attractions of the deserts of Iran is the surreally beautiful and starry night sky, and the Esfahak Desert Village is not an exception and offers the most wonderful night sky. One of the best things that you can do in Esfahak Village is exploring the night sky and enjoying astronomy at the observatory of the village which is a circle shaped brick building and is open every day from sunset to midnight.

Walking through the alleys

Since Esfahak Village is characterised with its old district, walking through its historical alleys and exploring the architecture of desert is an activity that shouldn’t be missed. The Jaame Mosque of Esfahak is a small yet atmospheric building with a simple mudbrick dome, and the historical bathhouse is an amazing building where you can also experience taking a shower the way Iranians did many years ago.

 

 

Esfahak Village - Iran

Esfahak Village - Iran

While you are in Esfahak Village, you can also enjoy exploring the mystrious Kal- Jenni Canyon of Tabas which is one of the most exotic natural attractions in Iran with a rich history.

 

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