The hidden gem in the geographic center of Iran. It is a small city located on the edge of the Dasht-e Kavir desert, and it contains architectural elements and the typical landscape of the desert region of Iran. Varzaneh is a curious destination for those who like to explore popular places and rural culture. In this city ancient traditions are preserved that have disappeared in the modern part of the country. It is a good starting point to explore different tourist attractions, such as the ruins of an old caravanserai, volcanic mountains, sand dunes, and a salt lake.

Old Bridge

In Varzaneh, the houses have a particular style, built in brick, with wavy roofs, long narrow chimneys and wooden doors. Near the Zayande Rud River, the main attraction is the ancient bridge, built during the Seljuk dynasty. Its arches reflected in the water create a cinematic scene.

Jama Mosque

The main visit of Varzaneh is undoubtedly the Jama mosque, built in brick 600 years ago. The mosque has a cylindrical minaret and a dome, which can be seen from any corner of the city. The mosque has a main entrance covered with tiles, with geometric motifs and calligraphic inscriptions. In Varzaneh, women traditionally wear a white chador instead of the usual black, creating an incredible effect. The locals are caring and eager to meet tourists.


On the outskirts of the city, there is a beautiful landscape turning red at sunrise and sunset. Not far from the city, 45 minutes by car, there is an old caravanserai that can be a perfect place to watch the sun spreading its red rays over the desert dunes.

Varzaneh Desert

It is located about 117 km from Isfahan and very close to the Gavkhuni wetland, with its exciting fauna. Perhaps the most remarkable and truly exceptional place is the Varzaneh Salt Lake, which lies behind the sandy hills where the crystallized fields of the salt lake offer a unique landscape. What remains of the evaporation of salt water has created a bright white landscape from which one feels detached, watching the sunset and its pink rays on the white crystals of salt.

Gav Chah

The knowledge of Iranian farmers and peasants indicates the maturity of Iranian civilization in this land. There are clear examples of the indigenous genius of the villagers of the central plateau of Iran such as: supplying water for agriculture. Gav Chah’s concept may be a reflection of Iranian culture, civilization and knowledge in this arid region. It is an ancient system by which water is transported and poured into the canals by a zebu that goes down and up on its way following the song of its master. He is a musically trained zebu because he does not work with the song of others and only recognizes the voice of his master.

If you are passionate about the desert, the wonders of the world, anthropology, historical landscapes and the fascinating culture of the Middle East, SITO Travel will help you organize your trip to Iran. Get in touch with us because our experience is born and developed in the field.


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