Bring your curiosity and hiking shoes. Visiting Meymand requires lots of walking and moving about, while you can also enjoy the quite environment to read, write or compose a new song!
A time travel experience
In Meymand, you will not only travel to a new location, but also shift back in time. This is the place that lives mainly on its own resources. Local dairy and fruits are so regular here, think the strangest way to bake bread and preparing a prehistoric dish! Best of all, your room will be one of the cave dwellings, hand-carved into rocks that housed people for hundreds or perhaps thousands of years! You can see the trace of picks on the walls and ceiling which turned black, coated from hundreds of years of fire burning in them. The caves have heavy wooden doors, each has a unique wooden lock with a unique wooden key. Everything here can take you to a time travel journey to the ancient times.
Meymand is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, consisting of three different areas and life styles. People here migrate in spring and summer and then stay in cave dwellings during the winter. Even though the temperature inside these caves remains the same throughout the year, people of meymand used to migrate to other areas, for their agro-pastoralist livelihood. People here still live the traditional way and are able to sustain without much dependence to the modern world.
A True Experience
Get ready for a deep sleep in a pleasantly quiet cave. In the morning enjoy a tasty breakfast: A local bread which you can’t see anywhere else, fresh butter and cheese made by the locals, and jams of wild fruits of the area. Put on your good shoes and head out for exploring. Check out the abandoned caves, the extraordinary mosque and Husseinieh and the Zoroastrian fire temple that is turned into the village museum. The museum guide, a retired teacher, loves to explain the objects and their relative cultural backgrounds.
People of Meymand still live and work like their ancestors and have strong bond with their environment. They do everything together. From pastoralism to religious ceremonies, collaboration is the cultural norm here. Their animals are their only asset, and in honor of the deceased members of the family and in religious day of sacrifice, they choose the biggest and most favorite animal, adorn it to make it even more beautiful, and then sacrifice it to distribute the meat between neighbors and relatives.
Here you will have the opportunity of a day of herding experience, to feel the way our ancestors were living in the past. Also depending on the time of the year, you can join the locals in harvesting of wild or cultivated crop.
- Best time to visit: All four seasons. It gets cold during winter nights
- Distance from Tehran: 914 km (9 hours 20 minutes driving)
- Distance from Yazd: 290 km (3 hours 15 minutes driving)
- Number of rooms: 6 Private
- Number of Bathrooms: 0 Ensuite , 2 Shared
- WiFi included
- Breakfast included, lunch and dinner available upon order
- Recommended time to visit: 3 days 2 nights
***Remember that in Meymand you will be walking on the unpaved surface (even from the room to the bathroom) and need to bend to enter many rooms. This will make the experience difficult for people with disabilities.