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Asra
Sanandaj, Iran119 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
KARAFTU
If you are intrested in historical sites don't forget to visit Karaftoo cave in kurdistan province.
Karafto Caves is located in a castle by the same name between Divandareh and Saqez, north of the Kurdistan Province.
Karaftu Cave is an aggregation of natural beauties and the exploits of previous humans to master nature and live better and securer. The Karaftu Cave is undoubtedly one of the most enchanting tourist attractions in the west of the country, which the ancient Iranians created without any advanced tools.
Spring is the best time of year to visit the Karaftu Cave. Due to the Karaftu Cave is located in one of the snowy areas of Kurdistan province, it may not be a good idea to visit it in winter.

The distance between Tehran to Karaftu Cave is about 550 kilometers and takes about 7 hours. You can get there via Karaj-Qazvin, Zanjan-Bijar roads.
Written November 10, 2019
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Tassaduq Hussain
Multan, Pakistan3,375 contributions
Jun 2013 • Friends
Karaftu: Secret of Kurdistan Heights:

The Caves of Karaftu are situated about 70 km from Seqiz (Saghez) among the most spectacular and scenic regions of Kurdistan province in Western Iran. Strategically, this site connects the ancient road from Syria and Iraq, leading through Iran to Afghanistan and China, i.e. it is on the Silk Road. Many important historical and archeological sites are located in the immediate neighborhood of this rocky mountains.
The Cave Complex dates back to 300 B.C., and belong to the Ashkanid dynasty. The architecture of Karaftu Caves is remarkable. It is about 500-meter long with chambers and corridors on four levels. The height of the cave is about 20-30 meters from the hilltop.
On the top of a chamber on the third level of the cave, there is a Greek inscription called Heracles (2000 years ago). It reads, “Heracles lives there and no evil can enter it.” Some historians maintain that the cave was a temple of a Greek goddess built by the Seleucids on their way to the west. The name of the goddess is carved on one of the walls of the third room, accompanied by a horse rider (hunting a deer) which is believed to illustrate Goudarz the Ashkanid king.
Entering these caves is still very difficult, as the entrances are placed on the heights of this steep mountain. The corridors are also difficult to pass through, as the sizes are constructed for strategic purposes. Some passages also maintain natural water wells, and many of the labyrinth-like corridors lead to important fireplaces in the temple.
There is a stone stairway at its entrance from where a number of connecting passages link a number of chambers and light enters those chambers from windows cut in stone.
Karaftu Cave, generally made of limestone, is also known as Karaftu Castle by the local people.
Written May 14, 2014
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BRaissiyan
Tehran, Iran300 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
A natural amazing and mysterious cave, invaded with human communities and partly carved and converted to a settlement and a perfectly defended Castel since ancient times. There have been evidences of pre-historic lives, pre Islam (ancient Persian) era and after Islam. The cave in its three floors accommodated a sizable society in a vast time spam. The renovation activities are well designed, but information for tourists are not adequate. There is a chance to see thousands of birds (mostly swallows) nested on the cave walls, and also bats occasionally. Views from the cave windows are also amazing.
Written June 4, 2019
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Safar-haye Akha... T
Shiraz, Iran34 contributions
Nov 2018
I have been visiting this cave and enjoyed its man-made sides, Highly recommended to those who are looking for visiting somewhere unique
Written January 16, 2019
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amirhossein f
Tehran, Iran860 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
Karaftu Cave is located 60 km from the north of Divandareh and near the village of Yozh Bashkandi Kandy and is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the province. Karaftu Cave is a natural and calcareous cave that has been changed in different times for use and residence, and the main feature of the cave is its rocky architecture, which is dug in four floors in the heart of the mountain.

There are Greek scripts on the head in one of the third floor rooms, which counts from the cave as the Temple of Heracles. In the architecture of this cave, in addition to creating rooms and passageways, the rooms have been interconnected and light gates have been embedded outward, and on the walls of the cave in some rooms, an abstract painting of animals, man and carvings Has been.

Carthage Cave is one of the most remarkable works of the past. This cave is located above a mountain. Karaftu Cave is partly built by nature and partly by man. This cave has many gardens in you and handmade rooms in several floors.
Written April 28, 2018
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Amiralij
Tehran, Iran132 contributions
Sep 2015 • Friends
If you're on your way to the northwest of Iran and traveling via this route, make sure you're visiting this amazing cave! The first 6, 7 hundred meters is masterfully handmade and had been a reliable shelter for its residents for ages. the ramainig parts are truly mesmerizing real caves. On its balconies you can see breathtaking sceneries of outside the cave from inside. Major part of it's natural part is yet undiscovered. The lighting on the designated visiting areas are adequate. Check weather before you hit the road if you're going in winter.
Written September 26, 2015
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Iran-farazh
Sanandaj, Iran188 contributions
Aug 2019
I would recommend this site to every visitors. There is two parts, one is made with hands through history and there is natural part. if you wants to visit both you may need almost one hour. I like the natural parts more. You have to climb a several stairs, go through dusty routs, wet routs and sometimes narrow ones so remember to wear a suitable shoes and dresses. There is electricity inside the cave but it is good to have a headlamp also. It's located on a high altitude lands(about 2000 meters high above see levels) compare to it's surrounding areas, so it is always colder. And remember to bring a camera, you may find a very nice subjects and photos there.
Written December 2, 2019
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Mehdi K
23 contributions
May 2016 • Friends
It was really amazing with 3 different level and we reached there with about 2 hours driving. It is a recommended spot if you want to explore west of iran. Good to spend 2 hours there and have lunch in Sardasht.
Written November 5, 2016
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AliG
San Francisco, CA1,358 contributions
May 2015 • Solo
I didn't even know about these caves until my hotel dude told me in Takab. So I went. It was well worth it. There were nice caves but there are a lot of steps to go up. You see how some lived in caves back in the ancient times.
Written October 26, 2015
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