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Photos: Mesr Desert


Source: Adventure Iran; photos by Abbas Poostindooz, Mehr News Agency

Mesr is an oasis located in the central desert of Iran, (known as Dashte-Kavir in Persian). The central mountain ranges of Iran which are predominantly isolated oasis type mountains and run through the desert territory of Iran, are close by. The town's only water source and therefore lifeline comes from a spring that flows out of the foothills of the aforementioned mountains quite close to the heart of the village. This is the only source of life for the gardens and date palm orchards that make this oasis such a special place.

The documented history of human settlement in the area is as far back as 4000 years ago but there exists some relatively reliable evidence that suggests human habitation as far back as 7000 years ago. The main activity for the natives during this incredibly long period had been some form of agriculture and wresting sustenance out of the harsh and unforgiving conditions that are the reality of this land. During more recent historical times (from about 2000 years ago), the oasis was placed on the main route of the of the famous Silk Road and therefore the main trading route between China and Europe. Consequently many travelers have passed through the area. A famous Persian poet, philosopher and adventurer by the name of Nasser Khosro passed through the area about 950 years ago and has mentioned the area in his travel writing.

As an example of the more well known European travelers of the last few centuries; one can mention the names of Seven Hedin and Alfonse Gabriel who visited Garmeh about a century ago.

The hot villages in the central desert are one of the favorite types of ecotourism in Iran, visited by many Iranian and foreign tourists every year. Khour, Mesr and Garme are the widely known areas located in the southern part of the desert which deserve more attention. Perhaps Mesr village is one of the amazing natural highlights of Persia especially for those who enjoy experiencing the rough but beautiful nature of the desert.

Mesr (which means Egypt in English) is located 30 km North of Khour town in Isfahan province. The village is accessible from two almost non-asphalted roads. One is to the east of Khour town which is about 35 km long. The other road is from Jandagh town which is about 45 km long. It has a dry and hot climate because of its location in the Southern part of Iran's central desert. The village is somewhat deserted; there aren't many facilities but there is a telecommunication center for making calls and a generator producing electricity for the village. What's more, despite the roughness and being far away from the other spotlight of tourism in Iran, it gets quite many visitors during the year, half of which are foreigners. Thus, they are very much familiar with tourists and are prepared to welcome them and provide some services to somewhat facilitate your trip.

Mesr is best known for its unique sand hills and an amazing bamboo field. The sand hills around the village are known as thrones since the strong winds have flattened the surface forming peculiar and attractive shapes. Takht-e Aroos and Takh-e-Abbasi are among the most famous flat hills in the area. To get to these flat sand hills, you have to drive some short distance through the desert which is only possible by 4wd. Once on the top of each sand throne, you get an amazing view of the village and the desert.

Another widely known attraction of the area is called Seleknon salt lake, a salty land covered with hive-like shapes formed by salt. All in all, the experience is definitely great for anyone interested in Adventure Travel.

Mesr village the small place and wonderful among the mental sand, the village in the 43 km Jandaq city, and 34 km north of the Khur city in the Isfahan province in the central desert ( Dashte Kavir ) of Iran. Geographical of the village is 47/54 North and 04/34 east. In the middle of the vast desert, is a small place with name of the Mesr, the village that is just like desert amazing and wonderful! Mesr village with two other small village Amirabad and Farahzad are located in one line North - South with lenght about 6 km. Water for agriculture and drinking water from a subterranean in near of the Mesr village and distance of it is to the village 25 km , have reported that water of it is and relatively sweet and fresh. Because located in the south central desert, weather in the Mesr village is warm and dry. Age of the village is not reach to the 100 years old. Founder of this village was personal, by name of the Joseph. The old name of the village was Joseph, it was changed to the Chah-Deraz (Long Well), because the water of the village to provide by this deep well that located to the 25 km of the Mesr village. Until, he inspired of his name in the Joseph story of the Qoran, it called Mesr.

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Tourist Attractions: Amir-Abad zone located at the 2 km Mesr village, with sandy hill, Tamarisk tree, Beautiful Palms. Farahzad village located at the north of the Mesr. With beautiful Palmetum by the mental sand has been trapped. Everglade Mesr located at the 6 km east of this village, the canebrake is created of the water of the spring beautiful. Salt lake, Garme Village, Arousan Village, Road convoy pass Arousan - Bidestan and Great Desert are other tourist attractions.



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Panoramic Photo of Mesr Desert by Fariborz Alagheband

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