A Guide to Kerman

Kerman is located in Kerman Province as part of the largest province in southeastern Iran. The antiquity of Kerman dates back to about 6 thousands years ago. That being said, Kerman is famous for being one of the top five historical cities in Iran. This city and its surrounding regions hold some of the most important cultural Heritage of Iran. Though Kerman is known as being a part of the vast Dasht-e Lut desert, it is one of the most important poles of agriculture and mining industry. On this premise, the Sarcheshmeh Copper Complex, located in Kerman, is considered to be the second largest copper deposit in the world. In this article, we will get into the points that has made Kerman one of the most important historical destinations in Iran. Also, we are going to give you a special travel guide to Kerman by telling its story, points of interest, special Handicrafts, local food, how to get around and more.

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The Story of Kerman

The city of Kerman has been an important part of the history and culture of Iran during different eras. Based on some archeological findings in Kerman, this city has been occupied since the Paleolithic times. The story of Kerman probably started when it was founded by Ardeshir the first king of Sasanian dynasty. During the following eras, Kerman was occupied and destroyed once by the Uzbeks and then the Afghan tribesmen. The city was then rebuilt during Qajar Dynasty. Now behind the history of this city, what are the historic and natural points of interest in Kerman that has left its visitors amazed?

What Makes Kerman Exceptional?

As one of the historical cities in Iran, Kerman has some of the most exquisite UNESCO World Heritage sites. The UNESCO recognized Bam Citadel as one of the world’s largest adobe and clay structure, represents one of the first human settlements in Kerman. As for the diverse and beautiful nature of Kerman, the mysterious Shahdad Desert as part of the Iran’s Natural Heritage known as Dasht-e Lut has many attractions. Shahdad Kaluts (huge natural structures rising from the ground) are the main world famous attractions of this desert. The beautiful UNESCO site of Shazdeh Persian Garden as one of the most wonderful attractions of Kerman is located in the heart of the desert in the city of Mahan.

 In summary, the historical and natural attractions of Kerman are what has made this city an exceptional destination. The list of these wonderful attractions of Kerman is endless. On top of this, the culture, traditions, and handicrafts of this city has gained much importance through history. Below, we are going to introduce more historical and natural highlights along with some cultural points of Kerman.

Need to Know

People & the cultural customs of Kerman

The locals of Kerman speak Persian and have their special Kermani dialect and vocabulary. The major population of Kerman are Muslims with a Zoroastrian minority. One of the traditions of this minority is holding ceremonies such as the symbolic Saade ceremony in winter. During this ceremony by lighting fire and performing special dances and songs, they are fighting the coldness and darkness of the winter. The Muslims of Kerman also hold specific ceremonies during Ramadan and Muharram.

What is the best time to travel to Kerman?

Kerman is located in the southeastern part of the Iranian Plate. The two/third of the city is covered by mountains and the rest is connected to the central desert of Iran. This special location has caused Kerman to undergo diverse but moderate climate. The best time to visit Kerman is from mid-March to mid-May when moderate spring weather prevails. Another best time to travel to this city is from mid-September to October. From June to the beginning of September, the warm summer weather prevails. If you have Desert trekking plans, we advise you to travel to Kerman from mid-November to February.

What is the best way to get to Kerman?

There is no direct international flight to Kerman. If you are planning to get to Kerman by plane, you can book direct domestic flights from Tehran and other major cities in Iran to Kerman. Kerman flights land in Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani International Airport.  You can reach Kerman by getting on Tehran-Zahedan train route that has stops in Kashan, Yazd, Bafgh, Zarand, Kerman, Bam, and Zahedan. You can also book intercity bus tickets from major cities of Iran to Kerman. If you need a private guide, driver or simply if you need to book domestic flights, trains or intercity buses, you can get the best deals through Travelopersia Here.

How to get around Kerman

Most of the attractions in Kerman are located within close walking distance to the Bus Stops. You can use the bus, to get around. Yet, if you need to travel to places that are quite a distance away you can use online taxi apps or find taxis and taxi stations around the city. A private guide or driver might make it easier for you to get around Kerman. Also, if you are looking for car rentals for your trips you can rent a car through Travelopersia.

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Kerman’s Points of Interest

Before mentioning the points of interest of the city of Kerman, we will be introducing some of the most famous attractions and even UNESCO recognized sites that are located in Kerman Province. These attractions are located within a few kilometer of Kerman. You can find more information on these attractions by checking out our Blog’s posts.

  • The Fath Abad Persian Garden and pavilion known as the Taj Mahal of Kerman ( Located within 13 km of Kerman)
  • shah nematollah vali shrine and mystic lodge in Mahan ( Located within 38 km of Kerman)
  • The UNESCO World Heritage site of Shazdeh Persian Garden ( Located within 39 km of Kerman)
  • The UNESCO World Heritage site of Bam Citadel ( Located within 193 km of Kerman)
  • The medieval mudbrick and adobe Rayen Castle ( Located within 104 km of Kerman)
  • The UNESCO World Heritage site of Rocky Village of Meymand with cave-like houses ( Located within 236 km of Kerman)
  • 1,000 year-old cypress tree of Sirch Village ( Located within 296 km of Meymand)
  • The UNESCO Natural Heritage of Dasht-e Lut and Shahdad desert ( Nebka Park and the world famous Shahdad Kaluts)
  • The UNESCO recognized Jupar Qanat, Akbar Abad, and Qasem Abad Qanats
  • The biggest clay house of Haj Agha Ali in Rafsanjan ( Located within 113 km of Kerman)

As for the historic attractions of the city, the Ganjali Khan Complex is one of the most significant masterpieces of architecture in Kerman. This complex, located in the heart of the ancient region of Kerman is consisted of many sections as mentioned below:

  • Ganjali Khan Bazaar
  • Ganjali Khan Mosque
  • Ganjali Khan Bath House
  • Ganjali Khan School and caravansary
  • Ganjali Khan Zarrabkhane ( a place for coining money)
  • Alimardan Khan Cistern

Other attractions of Kerman

  • The mysterious stone dome of Gonbad-e Jabaliye
  • National Library and garden
  • The antique Keykhosro House
  • Mouyedi Ice-House
  • Contemporary museum of Arts of San’ati museum
  • Coin museum of Zarabkhaneh museum
  • Blue-tiled mosque of Kerman’s Jameh mosque
  • Moshtari-ye-Moshtak Ali Shah Shrine and garden

Local Food & Signature Dishes of Kerman

The signature dishes of Kerman consist of a range of different Stews which are called Abgoosht in Persian. These stews are mostly spiced with a special Kermani spice called Zire which translates as Cumin. The most popular of these Stews are namely Bozqorme stew, Motenajbe stew, the sour Alooche Kermani stew which are cooked with different combinations of peas, vegetables, and spices. The Bademjan (eggplant) And Kashk (yogurt) dish is also one of the famous dishes in Kerman. The special pottages of Kerman are another part of the famous traditional food of this city. Ash Sholi or Amaj is one of the most famous of these Pottages. While exploring Kerman, you can find many restaurants that serve Iranian and some local dishes. For special sweets, you can try Faloodeh Kermani which is consisted of noodles in semi-frozen sugar and rose water. There are also some locals breads, sweets, and nuts which you can try or purchase as souvenirs while visiting Kerman.

Handicraft & Souvenirs

The city of Kerman is considered as the largest carpet-exporting center of Iran. Since about the 16th century, Kerman’s sophisticated Vase and Garden designed carpets have gained much fame. What makes these carpets different from other Persian carpets is that they are Triple or Double-Warped Carpets. Also, there is asymmetrical knotting on high-graded cotton warps. Woolen, silk, or cotton wefts are then used in between these warps.

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