Shahr-e Kord, capital of the province of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiarí, is the largest city in the province and is 90 km from Isfahan. This city is known for its natural environment, its cold winters, waterfalls and rivers, and especially with 2070 m of altitude, as the «roof of Iran». The town has a ski resort (Bardeh) and several natural lagoons and ponds that make the area suitable for hiking in summer.
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Ahmad Khan Chaleshtori House
Built at the end of the Qajar period in two parts and with a typical form of the architecture of the time: the northern part and the southern part.
Ali Akbar Dehkhoda, the great Iranian scholar and author of one of the most famous Persian dictionaries, was in this province during the First World War to use the sources available in this house.
Transhumance is the term that explains thousands of years of traditional life of the loris on the slopes of the Zagros mountains. “Malkanon”, whose meaning is migration, is the most important challenge of the nomads. In addition, Malkanon remembers the most significant piece of music from the Bakhtiarí tribe. In the Bakhtiari culture, migration is associated with difficulty and effort, and Bakhtiari men and women take the great stride across mountains and mighty rivers. Throughout the year, nomads migrate twice to reach the green pastures of Yaylak and Kishlak.
They travel to Yaylak in the spring. Those in charge of guiding the lambs and goats sing poems in lori to convey the joy and excitement of the trip.
In spring, between April and May, they leave the warm areas (cities of the Khuzestan province) to go to the cool areas of the Chaharmahal and Bakhtiarí provinces and the northern slope of the Zagros mountain range, and return by the same route between September and November.
This castle and the remains of the Najaf Qoli Khan castle complex are located in Shalamzar and were built by the local rulers (Khan) of the Bakhtiari tribe. The building is rectangular cubic in shape and has two floors, the first of which has a series of rooms with rooms and roofs of sun-dried brick (Khesht). Beautifully decorated stone porches have been built in front of these rooms. The second floor is in ruins and offers little to visit.
This river flows from Garagush, in the northeast, to Chelván and is a perfect recreational area in the province. As the weather is cool in the area during the summer, it attracts the attention of many families usually from the third week of May to almost the end of September.
This building is located opposite the Atabakan Mosque in Shahr-e Kord. It was built during the Atabakan period of Lurestán and restored during the Kayar period. This bathroom (Hamam) has a large outdoor area that can be considered a wardrobe and is adjacent to the bathroom by a corridor. On the north and south sides of the bath there are two rectangular pools. Around a large reservoir, accessed by four stone stairs, there are two beautiful areas dedicated to the elite in the summer season.