“Be greeted like in your home, or even warmer. Here is Nartitee, an eco-friendly guesthouse run by a young Zoroastrian family”
Come in! Make yourself at home. Let us show you around. Here is the courtyard, this is the dining room where we all sit and have lunch or dinner together. In the back is the garden. Make sure you go to the garden. Ah, and these are some musical instruments. Feel free to use them! At Nartitee everyone loves to socialise. No matter where you are from or what belief you have, you are always welcome as long as you enter with a smile.
The city and its people
Taft is a quiet town in south west of famous Yazd, surrounded by a ranges of mountains. The weather is always good here, well, except June, July and August which can be extremely hot unless you want to feel sharp sunlight. You won’t find a better place to get familiar with the ancient religion of Iran, Zoroastrianism and its culture. While famous Fire Temple of Yazd is only 30 minutes’ drive away, there are more holy places for Zoroastrians within reach. Taft is also famous for Shir-Kooh, the mountain peak that we encourage our guests to climb.
With a large and united community of Zoroastrians, we do have many traditional celebrations happening in Taft. You probably know Yalda/Chelle night, Charshanbe Souri and Norouz which are celebrated by all Iranians. We have Sadeh celebration in January and Gahanbar in April and July. Besides, the Muslim community also has strong unity and their religious ceremonies of Muharram are well known throughout Iran. Here you can see the most spectacular Nakhl-Gardani event in Ashura evening, in which a large number of men pick up the giant Nakhl, a wooden structure with the shape of cypress, and carry it around the plaza to take three turns. Majestic.
Events here happen spontaneously. We do celebrate all national holidays, but besides those and the ones we explained above, we are open to any kind of event that can share joy for everyone. Sometimes our guests take the lead and teach us something about their country and culture. We love that! Come to our garden in November and join us in the ceremonies of pomegranate harvesting. Is it different? You bet!
Where we take you
A bicycle ride to Cham, where most of our guests like it for its cypress tree and its Zoroastrian burial site called tower of silence, a day in Yazd and its attractions, a one day visit to Meybod, Chak Chak and Kharanagh, a desert excursion, and anywhere else we think you would like to see. To have a nice look above the city we take you to Baam-e Taft, where you have the best view of Taft as well as Yazd. Our recommendation for your outdoor activities are hiking, biking and trekking.
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.
Don’t leave without souvenirs: pomegranate, pomegranate molasses, pomegranate keychain (!), and Zoroastrian embroideries, such as handbags, ornaments and good memories.
- Best time to visit: Spring, Fall, and Winter. It is not as hot as Yazd in general
- Distance from Tehran: 650 km (6 hours 40 minutes driving)
- Distance from Yazd: 24 km (25 minutes driving)
- Number of rooms:
- Number of Bathrooms: 0 Ensuite , 4 Shared bathrooms 3 shared showers
- WiFi included
- Breakfast included, lunch and dinner available upon order
- Recommended time to visit: 3 days 3 nights