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Minoudasht, a truly color spectacular adventure

Source: Iran Daily

Minoudasht is one of the eastern cities known as the bride of the northern Golestan Province. This area has been known invariably as the Green Plain, Plain of Heaven, Plain of Minou and presently Minoudasht.

Most residents of Minoudasht are farmers or livestock breeders. Major products of Minoudasht include rice, flour and cotton. Agro products of the district include fruits, rice, grain, wheat, barley, peanuts, soya and tobacco.

Hand-woven carpets and Turkmen rugs as well as silk cloth and needlework are the main handicrafts of the city. Located 98 km from Gorgan along Tehran-Mashhad Road, the city extends over 7 square kilometers and has a population of about 32,000.

The city is bordered by Semnan and Khorasan provinces to the south, Galikesh to the east, Azadshahr to the west and Gonbad-e Kavous to the north. It has also a 126-km border with Turkmenistan.

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Situated at an altitude of 901 meters, its highlands linked to the eastern Alborz mountain-range. The terrain is mainly mountainous and plains. The mountainous sections of the city are connected to Bojnourd's highlands via the heights of Golestan National Park in the east. The plains, situated in the central and western parts of the city, are small and fertile.

Most of its inhabitants reside in the plains, which experience mild and semi-humid weather. Rainfalls are more in mountainous areas and less in the plains. Chehel-Chay and Narmab rivers supply water to the city.

Paragliding in Minoudasht (photo:

The city of Minoudasht was separated from Gonbad-e Kavous in 1989. It consists of a central region and Galikesh as well as six rural areas (Chehel-Chay, Qal'eh-Qafeh, Kouhsarat, Qaravolan, Nilkouh and Yenqaq) and 143 villages. The oldest name attributed to the city is Kaboud Jameh and later was known as Hajilar.

Based on credible sources, Hajilars are part of Graylu Tribe, which by itself was part of the tribe known as Kaboud Jameh. In fact, Graylus and Hajilars were groups of Azerbaijan's migrating tribes that moved to the area during the Safavid period.

The population of the region includes tribes of Qezelbash, Fars, Tat, Turk, Turkmen, Baluchi and Kurdish tribes.

The last three tribes are Sunnis and the rest are Shiites. People of the area speak various dialects such as Turkish, Sistani and Baluchi. Qezelbash Tribe comprises the main section of the population who were brought to the region during the Safavid rule to uphold security. The Tat Tribe lives in the mountainous region of Minoudasht.

Historical sites

Makhtoum Qoli Mausoleum
The mausoleum of this renowned Turkmen poet is located in Aq Toqay Village, some 60 km from Marz-e Pol. It is the most important tourist attraction of the area. Makhtoum Qoli was one of the Turkmen personalities with a lofty status in the literature and arts of Turkmenistan.

Maran Castle
This castle is another important tourist attraction of the region. Based on a historical account, Maran Castle was built by the Arsacides monarch, Tirdad.

Maran Castle (source: Adventure Iran)

Suleiman Castle
This castle is located three kilometers from the eastern section of Tarseh Village in Galikesh. It is situated in a forest region on top of a mountain called Boqotou, which is 2,000 meters above sea-level. The only access road to the summit of this mount is through high cliffs and rocky areas of Tarseh Village and the western side of the castle.

Khaled Nabi Complex
This complex is situated in a mountainous region 90 km northeast of Gonbad-e Kavous, 55 km northeast of Kalaleh and 6 km of Gachisou Village on top of Gogjehdagh Mount.

It consists of three holy shrines of Khaled Nabi, Alam Baba and Choupan Ata, a large cemetery, a valley called Panjshir and Khezrkhandan Spring.

Historic site of Dasht Halqeh
The historical-cultural site of Dasht Halqeh is in essence a city belonging to the Arsacides Era, which was renovated during the Sassanid and Islamic periods. The city is situated 12 km west of Minoudasht.

Minoudasht is a historical and ancient region, and its people are very religious and devoted. The region has many holy shrines, all of which are revered by the regional people and visited by the admirers of the infallible household of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Among these religious sites, one could mention Imamzadeh Jafar, Imamzadeh Es'haq (Qalami Village), Imamzadeh Moussa (Bazgir Village), Qezel-Imam Tomb (Qareh Cheshmeh Village), and the tombs of Sakineh Khatoun, Pir, Jafar, Baba Takiya, Bibi Halimeh and Seyyed Hassan Nabi.

Moreover, there are some paragliding sites where you can experience a spectacular adventure.

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