Kharanagh

Kharanagh, Yazd

Ancient Ruins
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Banafshe Tehrani
Tehran, Iran118 contributions
Kharanaq, which means ‘place of birth of the sun’, is divided into two parts – the Old Town, which is almost completely deserted, and the New Town, where some 130 families continue to live.
The Old Town was constructed with sun-baked mud bricks, forming one of the largest collections of adobe buildings in Iran.
The abandoned town is about 4000 years old with a labyrinth of streets, tunnels, passageways, and rooms, as well as more impressive buildings such as a tiny mosque, a shaking minaret, and an old caravansary that welcomed merchants and pilgrims centuries ago.
Written August 16, 2020
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Irandelle Agency
Iran10 contributions
Kharanaq, an ancient citadel, was a caravan relay on the road to Tabass, 80 km northeast of yazd. The visit could be part of a yazd – meybod -chakchak – Kharanaq excursion. A newly restored caravanserai is located right next door (For safety reasons and also to respect the privacy of residents)
Landscape differs from the desert because it is located high up and enjoys a moderate temperature.
Qanats which feed the surrounding fields are still in use.
The houses fit together and all reveal a similar architectural plan. The stables downstairs, a staircase gives access to the houses, the kitchen upstairs and windows overlook the winding streets. We see plenty of wood on the adobe roofs.
The mosque in the center of the village has a trembling minaret dating back to the 19th century.
Written March 9, 2021
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Triptopersia-Agent
Shiraz, Iran137 contributions
I loved this village!
The scenery is great I couldn't stop taking photos!
Our guide showed us around the castle and the village and I liked every moment.
We also visited Menar Jonban and that was great too. I totally recommend visiting there.
Written November 7, 2021
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samane mirsalimi
Yazd, Iran36 contributions
Friends
This village is located off beaten the track . It´s 85km far from YAZD. This village is claimed dates back to Sassanid era. It is characterized by a crumbling mud brick castle, shacking minarate , Carvanserai, Aqueduct
Written August 10, 2017
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miram0n
Vienna, Austria14 contributions
Couples
I loved this place and it would be your favourite if you love untouched history. It has very little residents, all of them living outside of this old complex. It is not restaurated, which means that you feel part of history. Nevertheless there are still a lot of doors and windows, most of which open. You can walk around it - from bottom to the rooftops with no problem. Absolutely authentic, which is the reason why you should be careful and watch your steps. It was mentioned as a by-the-way sight in my book (otherwise a jewel) but it would be my first recommendation if you ever visit Yazd.
Written January 10, 2018
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Jirka R
164 contributions
Friends
One of the most beautiful and picturesque ghost town. It's possible to come there from Yazd by bus (50-100 000Rls), which can drop you to Kharanaq village on the main road No. 68. Ghost town is in east part of Kharanaq and it's alredy deserted, so without entrace, signs etc. You can enjoy climbing on old roofs, discover the town and buildings and in any time - best is during sunset and night. Because it's empty and without any protection you can try to sleep there. We can recommend house near tower and terrace with beautiful view. Near this area is empty rocky desert where you can be alone. Great like relax between Iranian big cities.
Written March 10, 2016
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Yalda S
Kish Island, Iran61 contributions
Friends
The ruins are like a maze, so I suggest you to find a guide who can navigate a safe pathway. It's about 70km far from Yazd.
The mud-brick village of Kharanaq dates back to over 1000 years ago. What remains in this ghost town, is a Qajar-era mosque, a cylindrical 17th-century shaking minaret and a caravanserai, near the entrance of the village. Although these structures have been restored, many of the surrounding buildings are in various states of ruin.
Written February 12, 2019
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Shafeeqahi
Cape Town Central, South Africa205 contributions
Solo
This was a great few hours spent exploring the ruins. Lots of great photo ops and perfect spot for an Iranian picnic!
Written February 11, 2019
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MiladMasoodi
Yazd, Iran44 contributions
when you want to be relax in one of the villages of Iran and far from crowded cities, Kharanaq is always a good choice for you. it is so cute and lovely.
Written November 29, 2018
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Piotr
Gdansk, Poland71 contributions
Solo
Interesting place for one of the stops during the day. 1-1,5h is enought for this place. You can buy trip from Yazd for 50 euro. One of the stops is this place. I would recommend this place to the others.
Written December 4, 2017
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