At the navel of Iran, in the middle of the central plateau, magnificently lies an iconic adobe city, the first of its kind in the world.
Yazd, famous for its khaki hue, placid atmosphere and gentle winds that caress your face to blow anxious thoughts away, is the pearl of central Iran.
It is the land of wind-catchers, ancient air-conditioning systems that have survived for years to shape the spectacular skyline of the UNESCO-inscribed historic city along with towering minarets and domes.
At around noon or later in the evening when residents seek respite at their homes, all signs of modernity disappear, setting the stage for an experience of a pleasant walk among ancient buildings in the historical zone.
It is home to numerous old religious places, including Zoroastrian fire temples, mosques and shrines as well as historical bazaars. But the landmark remains to be the Amir Chakhmaq Complex, a grand square in the heart of the city.
For those who yearn for stillness and splendor, deserts await nearby spotted by camps that offer desert-trekking, camel-riding and off-road driving facilities. Lovers of astronomy can also gaze at the starriest sky and trace the trail of the Milky Way at night over vast tracts of desert land.
The sandy wilderness is, however, ornamented with jewels of oases. Yazd is home to two of Iran's nine Persian Gardens, Dolatabad and Pahlevanpour, collectively inscribed in UNESCO's World Heritage List together with five others overseas.
One could also choose to stay in a traditional lodging facility such as Pahlavanpour to get a taste of what life was like hundreds of years ago, and at an exceptionally reasonable price.
The mild weather of the early spring in Yazd makes Norouz the best occasion to explore the amazing city. Attractions