This experience is what a 4000 years-old culture and lifestyle has best to offer, from the peaceful neighborhoods of pomegranate gardens to the mystic atmosphere of fire temples. Discover Zoroastrianism, one of the world's oldest religions and get acquainted with its believers, who still live in Iran and follow the wise words of the Prophet Zarathustra. With them, learn the story of Ahura Mazda, the wise lord and the ancestral rituals and ethics of the first monotheistic religion of Persia.
What you experience
Discover the rock city of Taft, the pure landscape at the roof of desert
Meet a 100 years old Zoroastrian house holding a lovely pomegranate garden in its heart
Try special Zoroastrian homemade food and snacks and exceptional cooking techniques
Discover the most holy hidden temples and villages in the desert, as the pure essence of Zoroastrianism
Dig into the city of the 1001 nights in search of “Good Words, Good Thoughts and Good Deeds.”
Once in a lifetime experience to add a blend of ancient faith and spiritual of culture to your trip
Other Services: English guided tour of Zoroastrian sites and museum
Not included: Entry fees for the sites not mentioned in the itinerary, Travel insurance, Meals not stipulated in the itinerary, Tips (optional), any other service not mentioned in the itinerary
There is no necessity requires for this experience
Give your trip a touch of spirituality by embracing the legacy of the world's oldest religion still active, and the first of the Persia: Zoroastrianism. Later spread through Europe with Nietzsche little is truly known about this monotheist belief. In Yazd province, follow a Zoroastrian couple in the most significant monuments to pierce with them the secrets of this religion.
The rocky city of Taft
Start by exploring the surroundings of Taft, near Yazd, a natural Eden at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Here, noble Zoroastrian families have settled in the middle of pomegranate gardens, a fruit which is a symbol of their faith and is the prominent member in several rituals and celebrations. The ancient architecture of abode houses blends into the mountainous background of Taft. Stroll into the village to discover the biggest "Nakhl" in Iran, a huge wooden Islamic structure, before entering the tranquil Saredeh Fire Temple, the main place of worship for Zoroastrians, where an eternal flame is burning.
Fire Temple and Silence Towers, the most sacred sites
Head toward the thousand years old village of Cham. Located at the gate of the desert, this picturesque village has several sacred sites, among which the Silence Towers: Climb up this ancient necropolis of dried sludge, slowly crumbled by the wind over the years, to have an exceptional view over the valley, wrapped in mystery. Going down to the village, admire the symbol of both Zoroaster the prophet and Cham: an old mystical Cypress of legendary beauty and huge dimensions. This evergreen tree is a symbol of immortality and freedom.
The warm welcome of Zoroastrians
Enjoy some quietness in the dreamlike surroundings of Nartitee guesthouse, a 100 years-old house turned into an eco-lodge. Run by a Zoroastrian couple, you can learn with them how to make "Sirug", a special bread baked for celebrations, and taste local foods. Sharing lunch altogether, you feel like part of the family, in the purest Zoroastrian tradition of hospitality.
Yazd, the merciful refuge for Zoroastrians
Many sacred sites remain in the beautiful desert city of Yazd, such as its famous and well-preserved 1300 years-old Fire Temple with magnificent token of Fravashi over entrance . The enthralling Zoroastrian museum offers an incredible insight into this culture, presenting lots of historical objects, and introducing stories of the immigration to India. In Yazd, don't miss visiting the rest of its exceptional sites, by wandering in its mud-bricked alleys and enjoying the view from its rooftops. An invitation to contemplate the wisdom of a religion that had imprinted the whole Persian culture until today.
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