The Maranjab Desert


Located close to the ancient city of Kashan, Maranjab Desert is one of the most beautiful deserts in Iran whose golden sand dunes are truly mesmerizing. Deserts in Iran are fascinating not just because of their unforgettable scenery, but also because of their long, ancient, and enchanting history. There are two major reasons that make me recommend a tour to Maranjab Desert to all European tourists who have never been to a desert before. First, Maranjab Desert offers very convenient desert tours in terms of distance. Second, there is a very interesting historic sight in the middle of this desert

  • How much should the tour cost? Our cab was $25 and we split it between 4 people which is not bad at all. Most taxi drivers are open to negotiating their price, so put on your best smile and see where that takes you.
  • How long does the tour take? The full tour takes 6-7 hours. We left at 10 am and got back at 4.30 pm.
  • How much time is spent in the cab? You’ll cover a total of 150-ish km and a good chunk is on sand tracks in the desert. Expect to sit on your bum for 3.5-4 hours.
  • Can I buy food on the way? Not really. Your best bet is to bring some fruit and flatbread from the bazaar for lunch.
  • What should I consider when choosing a driver? Try to get an English-speaking driver. There’s not much information in English at the sites, so if you want to know about the history, your driver is your only hope. Make sure to insist on this point if you book your tour in advance – we got tricked. And if you do get a driver that doesn’t speak English, well, just remember all the lovely information in this post!
  • Where can I find a driver? Avoid the taxi drivers that hang out at the bus stop you get off at when arriving in Kashan. They’re used to tourists and charge more than drivers in the city. There’s also a few recommended drivers in the Lonely Planet.
  • How much will I pay in entry fees? You’ll pay about 250,000 rial ($8) in entry fees if you enter all the sites on the tour.
  • Will I make lots of lovely camel friends? Yes! You’ll see these furry guys standing on the side of the sand track in the Maranjab desert. They’re quite friendly, but their table manners leave room for improvement.
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That’s right, friends – a Maranjab Desert tour with a serious risk of getting bogged! If having to live the rest of your life amid the sand dunes a la Tom Hanks in Castaway doesn’t scare you, this is a pretty cool tour. And if it does scare you, just remember you can always make yourself a Wilson. Out of camel poo. Or… Yeah.

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