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Travel Guide: Yazd, Iran

By Wanderingjoshua

Yazd was an interesting city I wish I could've stayed in longer. It was one of my stops during my short trip around Iran.

Travel Guide: Yazd, Iran


Travel Guide
Also known as the "City of Windcatchers" Yazd is a laid back and walkable city. Its historical center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2017.

Travel Guide: Yazd, Iran

Travel Guide: Yazd, Iran

Travel Guide: Yazd, Iran

One of the highlights of my trip in Iran was the long drives to and from places. The mountains and desert landscape from Shiraz to Yazd were spectacular.

Travel Guide: Yazd, Iran

Travel Guide: Yazd, Iran

Travel Guide: Yazd, Iran

This Persian garden complex has beautiful plants and buildings that exemplify the ingenuity of the ancient Persians. The stained glass windows of the central badgir were stunning. This garden dates back to the 18th century.

Travel Guide: Yazd, Iran

Travel Guide: Yazd, Iran

Travel Guide: Yazd, Iran

Iran is a Muslim country and it comes as no surprise that a good chunk of its attractions are mosques. These religious buildings display the creativity of the Iranians. The elaborate facades and tile work are picture perfect. The Jame Mosque dates back to the 14th century and has stunning blue mosaic tile work. Its minarets are also the highest in the country.

Travel Guide: Yazd, Iran

Travel Guide: Yazd, Iran

This complex located at the heart of the city has the most stunning architecture in Yazd (in my opinion). This is also a popular hangout spot for locals, you'll find some shops and restaurants near the complex. Return at night to see the symmetrical iwans lit up.

Travel Guide: Yazd, Iran


If you want to learn about the country's past before it became Islamic, make sure to visit the Zoroastrian Fire Temple. Zoroastrianism is an ancient religion that dates back to 3500 years ago.
Walking Around Old Town
Whenever I visit a new city I make it a point to just walk around and go to random places. Yazd is a good place to just wander.

Travel Guide: Yazd, Iran

Travel Guide: Yazd, Iran


Bazaars are a staple in Iranian cities, Yazd is no exception. Stalls here sold pretty much everything people need.

Travel Guide: Yazd, Iran

Travel Guide: Yazd, Iran

Travel Guide: Yazd, Iran


I liked walking in and out of these alleys.

Travel Guide: Yazd, Iran

Travel Guide: Yazd, Iran

Travel Guide: Yazd, Iran

Travel Guide: Yazd, Iran

Travel Guide: Yazd, Iran

Make sure to go up to the rooftop of a cafe or hotel to get beautiful overlooking views of the city.
Where to Stay in Yazd
I stayed in Badgir Hostel, which was pretty cool and chill. They had a big hangout area where you can read, write and do other stuff. The staff spoke good English and were willing to help. The room was also comfortable and the toilets and showers were clean.

Getting Around the City
Yazd's old town is its main attraction, the hostel I stayed in was within walking distance from the attractions. I just walked everywhere, but you can take taxis which are OK priced.
Expenses
Everything's in Iranian Rial unless otherwise stated.

990000 - 2 nights Badgir Hostel
270000 - Transportation
418000 - Food and drinks
200000 - Dolat Abad Garden
80000 - Jame Mosque entrance fee
65000 - Stamps and postcards
150000 - Zoroaster Fire Temple entrance fee
180000 - Bus to Isfahan
2353000 - Total

My other posts about Iran you might find useful:
How to Get to Yazd
There are buses from Tehran and Isfahan, but for this trip I traveled from Shiraz to Yazd. The fare is around 280000 Iranian Rials, the drive takes around 6 to 7 hours. It may be long but it's quite scenic, the bus drove through rugged but beautiful desert landscapes.


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