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In the northeastern part of the city of Babak, the province of Kerman has been a village that was created several thousand years ago in the heart of the earth by digging rocks and is the only ancient village in the world that still retains the spirit of traditional life. In the language of the people, the village is still used for the Sassanid period (3-7 centuries), which is an indication of the intactness of their culture. This village shows the interaction of man and nature about three thousand years ago and is the residence of nomads who live in agriculture and livestock.
The village of Meymand has also been featured in the UNESCO World Heritage List for its cultural, natural and historical features, in addition to receiving the Melina Mercury Award. From the attractions of this village, pristine nature, the bath, the school, the mosque, Husseinieh and the fire temple can be mentioned. Nightlife in home-made homes, eating local cuisine and tea are the source of your trips to the village.
The village of Meyyad reminds us of a period in which humans worshiped natural elements and considered the place of the goddess in the high mountains.This man-made man-made masterpiece is one of the first human settlements in Iran and is said to be related to the era of chastity. The time when man considered the mountains sacred. But the fact is that no one is properly aware of the motive for creating such an underground structure. In general, there are two types of theories about the creation of this village:
By observing the rocky works created by the Median people in western Iran, some believe that the village of Meymand was created simultaneously by the Aryan tribes around the eighth and seventh centuries BC. Probably the sacred ceremonies of the sanctity of the mountains, the architects and masters began to implement their practices in the type of their local architecture.
Meymand is probably created in the second or third century. Until the middle ages, during the time of the Parthians, nomadic tribes always migrated. But in the late Parthian and early Sassanian (third century BC), they chose cool areas for their stay. This theory is strengthened by a region known as the Mejdeh Fortress, which has 150 catacombs for the dead. Because during the Sasanian times, the catacombs were built in mountainous areas away from residential areas.
The characteristic feature of this village is that its houses are not built like ordinary houses of brick, stone and mortar, but by the removal of masses of soil and rock in the mountains. There are also various places, such as sleeping places, logs, dishes, boxes, etc., with carving. A whole house is called a “chip”, which may have several rooms and stables. The characteristic feature of the switches is the difference in temperature inside and outside them. This temperature difference is usually around 5 degrees Celsius: it is 5 degrees warmer in winter and 5 degrees cooler in the summer.
In general, the village has 406 cells and 2560 rooms.
37 kilometers northeast of Babak city, Kerman province
Access transport methods
If you want to move from Tehran and the north and west cities, the best route is Yazd, Mehriz, Pomegranate, Babak and Meymand. The distance from Yazd to Meymand is about 290 kilometers.
If you want to move from Kerman, your route is Kerman, Rafsanjan, Sarcheshmeh, Babak and Meymand. The length of the Kerman-Meymand is about 240 km.
If you want to move from Shiraz, your route will be Marvdasht, Sivand, Shahtat city, Herat, Babak and Meymand. The distance from Shiraz is about 390 km.
If you are planning to travel by bus from Tehran, you can use Tehran-Babak buses or Tehran-Bandar Abbas buses passing through Babak city. Then, take the distance from Babak to Meymand by taxi.
If you intend to travel by bus from Kerman, you can use direct buses from Kerman to Babak. Then, take the distance from Babak to Meymand by taxi.
If you want to travel by bus from Yazd, you can use Yazd direct buses – Babak City. Then, take the distance from Babak to Meymand by taxi.
If you want to take a train from Tehran to Meymand, take the train at Khotun Abad Station, the nearest station to Meymand, and take the rest of the route with a taxi. The distance from the train station to Meymand is about 60 km.
Other nearby attractions
The rivers around Meymand
Best times in different seasons
Autumn and spring season
Meymandh has temperate mountainous weather and has relatively modest cold and relatively mild summers.
Two restaurants with a variety of local cuisine are prepared to welcome tourists.
Time required for complete visit
It depends on your schedule. In the case of nightlife, you need at least one day to visit.
Safety tips and warnings
There is a traditional guesthouse for staying in the village. This guesthouse was created at the beginning of the village entrance and equipped with several houses. The furniture is completely traditional. For example, a hangar made of wood is made of a document tree or the floors are covered with filaments produced in the village.
The common toilet is located 20 meters from the guest house along the river.
Since the rooms are at the foot of the hill, older people or pregnant women may have difficulty accessing the rooms.
You can use the villagers’ homes to stay. These houses have the minimum facilities and the price of millet. If you stay in the villagers’ house, note that you may not have proper heating facilities in the cold seasons or if the rooms do not have adequate sanitation.
Some villagers tend to cater to you with local cuisine. In addition to restaurants, you can take them as guests.
If you are using the villagers’ house, you should have a sleeping bag with you.
Distance to residential centers
The distance to Babak is about 37 km