🕒 1 minute read Zanjan and its surrounding nature have a lot of potentials to bring more customers. Especially when it comes to having trekking tours, Zanjan is one of top top destinations by having Shar shar fall.
Shar Shar waterfall is one of the most beautiful spots in this province that is very eye catching. It’s located in northeast of zanjan and falls mostly in spring and summer as it’s frozen in winter time. Unfortunately, the route of this fall is badly damaged after building Taham Dam.
Many people are of the opinion that name of this fall comes from the sound of falling water in Farsi. As this fall is about 25 km away from zanjan many people today would rather go trekking in this region.
However it’s a short trek but still you need to go through the forest and have a short hike to reach this marvelous fall. This could be a nice activity that can be consisted in your schedules.
🕒 2 minute read Ala Dagh-lar colorful mountain is one of the most well-known tourist spots in Zanjan province. It’s accessible along the road of Mianeh-Zanjan in different colors.
The name of the spot comes from translation of name of the location from Turkish to English which means Colorful Mountains. Fortunately, not too many people know where it is located on map and this preserve the location.
Despite having colorful hills along the road, there are many springs, little lakes, etc. most of the shapes are provided by natural agents on clay soil of the region over the centuries. This is the reason many foreign travelers from all over the come to visit this location in either group tours, or individuals.
Many people would like to know when the best time to visit is, but as consultants, we would highly suggest visiting this location anytime because ay season has its own beauty and reflection of these hills are amazingly beautiful. Especially right after a rainy day when sun is coming up, it’s very charming to take excellent shots.
🕒 3 minute read Katale khor cave is one of the most impressive natural sites of Iran that is located in Zanjan province in vicinity of Sultanieh Dome. This lime cave is known as one of the largest water caves of the world and is highly recommended to adventurous travelers who are looking for having a great trip to Iran.
This cave is accessible from the road of Tehran-Zanjan, Hamedan-Zanjan or even from Bijar- Zanjan and all travelers can put this in their bucket list with ease while they travel to Zanjan.
Katale khor is excavated back in early 20th century by some locals and finally registered as a natural site of Iran in 30 years. Although this is known as the largest water cave of the world with several routes and floors, there are only 1200 m of this cave is accessible for travelers to go forward.
Many people are of the opinion that it’s been connected to Alisadr cave art some point. In regard with the name of this cave several stories have been mentioned that they are all interesting.
One of the most recent one that many confirm the name of the it is; Katale Khor consists 2 names of Katale (that means small hills) and Khor which is the short term of Khorshid (that means sun). generally, it is translated from local language into English language place where sun comes from in the morning. However, locals are interestedin calling this spot Katal Kootool too but it’s been registered as Katale khor.
History of Katale khor: since this cave was registered as a natural site, many geological studies got under way by Iranian and foreign teams of experts. It is well noted that Katale khor has been formed over the 30 million years by natural water that had gone through lime stones. It’s about 1700 m from sea level and this elevation causes making several floors.
Another point we can make is, the visiting route of the cave consists three different halls corridors that are all named by excavators such as Lion Sq, Bistoun Sq, Bride hall, Stalagmite corridor, marriage room, etc.
Salt Men Museum (locally called Mardan-e Namaki museum) is one of the specialties archaeological museums of Iran that is located in Zanjan. It’s been built in order to preserve and display 6 corpses that are excavated in nearest salt mine.
It’s been always interesting for travelers to see the salt man in Tehran national museum but not many people believed there are more corpses to be excavated in this century. It’s well noted those 5 salt corpses have been found accidently while miners were working. Unfortunately, 2 of them were badly damaged as nobody expected to be expose to such a valuable item.
Since 2008, several local and foreign archaeologists started their research and noticed 3 out of 5 were men and bodies are from Persian Empire (not particularly from royal family) and 2 of them are a young man and a woman that are from Sassanian dynasty.
History of excavation: According to what it displayed in National museum, the earliest record of excavating salt man dates back to winter of 1993. Miners noticed that accidently and body was damaged because of no expectation to expose such an item there. Afterwards the rest of his belongings such as his boots, knives, jewelry, etc.
Back and forth, digging in such a mine was continued and several items were found by different teams and brought to this museum until 2003 that second one has been found. The corpse was moved to Tehran and research and studies got underway immediately. archaeologists noticed his body was approximately 180 cm and he has been working in the same mine and had died there too.
Later on, huge project of excavation got started at the place and few more have been found such as those that are mentioned above. As travel consultants, we would highly recommend visiting this museum in the morning while you are in Zanjan in order to ger acquainted with lifestyle of ancient people.
🕒 2 minute read Rakhtshoykhaneh is one of the historical monuments of Zanjan that has been built in 19th century. As there was no laundry in old days and due to cold winter of this region, people were looking for having a practical solution.
Traveling to Zanjan has several advantages such as being close very friendly locals despite visiting several unique monuments. Laundry house (locally called Rakhtshoykhaneh) is one those places that brings everyone’s attention for visiting.
However, it turned to be a anthropology museum. It’s totally opposite than other parts of the country that a particular spot has been designed for laundry in mansions, in Zanjan, taking this in a public was in high demand. It might have happened due to cold winter and it was very difficult for locals to make their own private laundries very warm.
People are of the opinion that, this monument has been designed in 19th century, however, others believe this structure looks like a Pahlavi’s Monument. It’s well noted that this monument has been built by municipality back then and it was free of charge for locals to use it round the clock.
Structure: Maintaining this monument was in high priority, because of bringing water from anywhere to the city center. It’s been designed by underneath channels (locally called Qanats). Rakhtshoy khaneh has few different rooms and halls such as management room, public room that has been separated for different class of people.
🕒 2 minute read Daash Kasan temple (locally called Dragon temple) is one of the most exciting natural sites of Zanjan that is located along the road of Soltanieh dome.
There is no way to travel to zanjan and skip this natural site as there are several stories and interpretation about this spot among locals. It’s about 15 km from Soltanieh dome on the way of Zanjan- Hamedan road that makes it reachable with ease.
This temple dates back to 14th century when it was ruled by Ilkhanid rulers and kings. While you are climbing gently to this temple, you will be exposed to few dragon reliefs that are carved across the Mihrab relief. This will impact on archaeologists thoughts to go exacting about this location that it might have been older than 14th century and those reliefs carved later on.
History: Locals strongly believe this temple has been built during Ilkhanid dynasty particularly during Uljaitu king (locally called Sultan Mohamad Khabande) by his sister. Unfortunately, this temple is incomplete as they were struggling to convert from any religion to one another.
Many people who live in another cities, might get more excited by hearing the name of this location as it sounds a Dragon, however, Daash Kasan is just the translation of broken stone in Azeri language.
Carvings: people would like to know about where they are going to explore and how this dragon temple looks like because the name of the temple makes everyone thinking a huge carving. But the size of these dragon reliefs are about 5 m length and 1.5 m width. It’s well noted that during Islamic periods these carvings are decorated with Islamic patterns.
As travel consultants we would highly recommend visiting this exciting site while you are off to road of Zanjan Hamedan in order to save time and better planning.
Zanjan is one of the oldest cities of Iran that has been the capital of Ilkhanid in 14th century by the order of king Uljaitu that had converted to Islam and picked the name of Sultan Mohamad Khoda Bande. This is city is located in northwest Iran at the foot of Mt. Sahand. It is interesting these people have mixture of nations and would speak in their own dialect which is half Farsi and half Azari.
Hearing the name of zanjan brings us nice memories of handicrafts such as Knives, Sandals and typical cloths and costumes. People were always calm and tried to produce their own materials as they had pretty tough life in history.
Zanjan is one of the cities people would like to visit this as accommodation in their trip however it has some to present such as Soltanieh dome which is a world heritage site and attracts people to come to visit. It is very well known for huge dome which is the 3rd largest mud-brick dome around the world. The purpose of building such a massive construction was to bring the tombs of Emams to Iran to pilgrim in here however Ayatollahs stopped him not to do such a job which is illegal in Islam. Today everyone visits his building would get wondered of brick working and tile working in addition to extraordinary landscape.
Another place to visit in Zanjan is Rakht shour Khane that has been a laundry in old days of Iran, place where people could easily gather to exchange opinions in addition to washing clothes. In 17th century Zanjan not only had become a hub in northwest Iran for merchants who were traveling on Silk road but security of people also was important. This is the reason they have a covered caravansary inside the town which has been converted to a local restaurant that serves local dishes.
We also recommend to take a look in the city where you can meet locals and experience street foods as well. One the hubs in this city is Azadi square place where locals would come to get local foods and liver of lamb or cows. There is no doubt that you travel to this city and this square can’t attract you to try.