One of the most historic cities in Iran, dating back to six thousand years ago. Of the wonders of Shahdad, it is enough to mention the first metal flags in the world, city of the dwarves and their kaluts where an alien landscape stretches before our eyes. The term kalut is composed of the terms Lut (the Lut Desert) and Kal (city). Kalut is also known under the name Yardang which means sand castle. In fact, the Kalutos are formations that have been created by the erosion of the wind, forming sand dunes in a thousand different ways.

Located about 100 km northeast of Kerman, Shahdad is connected to the cold, mountainous Sirch region in the southwest and the desert regions in the northeast.

The present Shahdad is like a triangle whose apex is inclined towards the Konaran Valley and its base is on the eastern side of the Takab region. It ends in the most important and exclusive parts of this desert area, namely the Kaluts, which run parallel to the edge of the Lut Desert.

Khabis – the old name of Shahdad – with a height of 430 m above sea level is known as one of the important poles of the desert. Shahdad’s water is supplied through the Derakhtangan River. Citrus, dates and garlic are grown in the gardens and on the village lands.

The sharp rise in temperature in July has affected agriculture in disadvantaged areas of Shahdad. Being one of the largest parts of Iran and the oldest in the Kerman province, it contains some related vestiges from the 4th millennium BC. C., until contemporary Islamic periods, such as cemeteries, castles, inns, etc. There are salt marshes in the Shahdad desert, of which there are no similar examples anywhere else in the world.

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