Everyone who knows even a bit of Persian cookery definitely knows what essential role the rice has in the Iranian culinary. Now inside this range of knowledge, the king of the rice in cultivation and consumption in Iran is Gilan and the queen of it is Mazandaran. A whole one year story of rice producing is now our main longing and so many resultants of this procedure are led us to share an enthralling experience with those who are interested to feel the culture by the touch in place. Go for the syntax of agriculture and the legends of northern Iran. Participate in the Iranian rice harvest in the paddy fields with locals, taste the best of Gilani cuisine and plunge in the green nature of Hyrcanian forest.
Experiencing rice harvest in paddy fields of Gilan
Tasting delicious Gilani cuisine and tea
Getting to know about the culture of Gilan, rituals, agriculture and handicrafts
Trekking in Hyrcanian forest to a pristine natural waterfall
Visiting the rice factory and the process of whitening rice seeds and packaging products
Rice is a common agricultural product in Gilan province. It needs high humidity for growth which is obtained by the effort of the strong Mediterranean winds that pass through the Caspian Sea and collide with the heights of Talesh Mountains in this region. Western Hyrcanian forests which comprise Gilan province with the highest average annual rainfall of 2200 mm, has made an excellent environment for tea, rice and various crops.
Come along to experience one of the distinct activities in Gilan and get to know everything about Iran rice harvesting through fun, while it is not all to surprise you with! In an unprecedented bundle of attractions plunge into the local community with their characterized dialect and lifestyle, unique rural architecture compatible with nature which comes from unwritten indigenous knowledge. In the paradise of Iranian local food, be prepared for tasting delectable foods and drinks which made your taste buds crave for, long after returning home.
The pristine nature surrounds the village, in front of each house large paddy fields, which reflect the image of some sacred peaks over the landscape. Set foot in the rice fields with the other local women and men to do what Gilani ancestors have done more than a hundred years. After cooperating with rice harvest, trek in the forests, a little away from paddy fields deep in green vegetation of Hyrcanian Forest which survived from the third geological period that is going to be a UNESCO world heritage site soon.
Locals call the persons who work in the rice fields as "Yavar" which has a meaning of "someone who helps in some task" or "an assistant". Be a Yavar and trigger your Gilan memoir in Iran.
Day 1: Arriving in the village in the afternoon, getting to the eco-loge which is run by a Gilani couple studied the environment at university and made their ancestral house to be a beautiful alive eco-lodge in front of rice fields. Getting to know about the village, rice harvesting and our hosts, we will enjoy having a delicious Gilani dinner and then a good sleep in an unforgettable cottage house.
Day 2: Today we catch the rice field altogether with locals before the Sun rises up. Having a small breakfast and starting our big experience in the rice field, with interesting tools. At 9:30 the big special breakfast will be served in the workplace for all Yavars. And the harvest continues until 11:00 AM when we leave paddy field for rest and another Gilani cuisine for lunch. In the afternoon we will go for a hike to the enthralling waterfall and in the afternoon join other people in the field for the next phase of the job which is being done by a machine named "Combine" and you learn how to detach rice seeds from the cluster with it. Visiting the rice factory where the seeds are being whitened and polished is the next experience of rice process. In the afternoon when the Sun goes down and it gets all dark we will finish once in a lifetime experience in green Gilan.