Golestan National Park
Golestan National Park
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  • Arne D
    Hamburg, Germany3 contributions
    The cozy Turkmen Ecolodge made our Golestan expirience unforgetable
    It was my brothers and my idea to interrup our city based Iran trip in a national park. I guess we picked the right one: Golestan NP offers pure nature with nice woods, views, animals and even some history. Due to the Turkmen Ecolodge and Kamrens help it was possible to enjoy this enviroment at it´s best. Rigth from the beginning he helped us in a very personal way. We told him what we wanted and he arranged everything to made this possible, like checking the best way to get there from Mashhad and even booking tickets for us. He gaved us a deep view in his work for the Golestan National park what includes the people of his village. So he, his nice wife Forough and staff pampered us with yummy food (most of it is organ and produced in his neighbourhood). The Ecolodge itself is cozy, with simple, traditional interior and much love for details. On our two night stay we took a short walk near the lodge and a long guided hike the next day (approx 8 hours) with excellent food prepared on a bonfire. Kamren always cared for us, even when we left his house.
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 10, 2016
  • Theo v
    13 contributions
    Wonderful stay at Turkmen Ecolodge. and Golestan National park.
    We had a lovely stay at Turkmen Ecolodge. The lodge is traditional, in a very nice rural setting in a small village outside the park. The food was wonderful. The owners/managers, Kamran, Forough and their staff are great, very knowledgeable, and they made the stay really great. A very good concept, to develop a lodge with the community and staff from the National Park, and at the same time to develop an education center for the children of the area. Kamran did a game drive with us in the park, with hikes in some parts. He is a very knowledgeable guide, showed us tracks of bears, leopards and wolves, but we saw also Gazelle, Wild sheep, a Cobra, many bird species etcetera. A beautiful, very varied park, from forest to steppe landscapes in a very short distance. We definitely hope to come back one day!
    Written July 14, 2017
  • Daniel H
    Yekaterinburg, Russia18 contributions
    Fantastisches Trekking und Übernachtung in der Turkmen Ecolodge
    Wir sind eine 4 köpfige CH-Familie (2 Mädchen, 9 und 12 Jahre alt) und weilten insgesamt 7 Tage mit den Menschen der Ecolodge. Der erste Tag war ein Ankomm- und Ausruhetag. Dann starteten wir zum fünftägigen Trekking in den Golestan Nationalpark. Wir übernachteten 4 Nächte in Zelten an zwei verschiedenen Standorten und wurden von Kamran und zum Teil durch Ranger an wunderbare Orte im Nationalpark geführt. Wir konnten Flora und Fauna bestaunen, es wurde uns Tierspuren (im lehmigen Boden, Kot, Essensreste, Haare etc.) gezeigt und erklärt. Immer wieder wurden wir auf kleine und grosse, für uns Laien schwer zu erkennende Merkmale hingewiesen. Unser Interesse und Begeisterung wurde mit Begeisterung und noch mehr Informationen und mit viel Liebe zur Natur gespiesen. Die Pferde trugen zum Teil unser Gepäck, an zwei Tagen durften sogar unsere Mädchen viele Stunden auf ihnen reiten. Am 7. Tag widmeten wir uns in der Ecolodge dem traditionellen Handwerk (Filzteppich legen, Spinnen, Brotteig herstellen und Brot backen, Webstuhl, Konzert eines Dotarspielers). Zum Teil durften wir selbst ausprobieren zum Teil einfach einer Fachfrau/ einem Fachmann zusehen. Eine „Teaparty“ rundete den Tag ab. Wir durften mit Kamran und seiner Frau Forough, den Rangern und dem ganzen Team der Ecolodge wunderbare Tage verbringen. Forough und Kamran sind begeisterte Naturschützer und –Kenner, die ihre Idee des sanften Tourismus mit der gezielten Förderung der heimischen Kultur verbinden. Sie motivieren die Dorfbewohner nicht nur, sie geben ihnen sinnvolle Arbeit und Selbstvertrauen, investieren in die alte Kultur um gleichzeitig die jungen Menschen zur Bildung und zu Studium zu ermutigen: kein Gegensatz sondern sinnvolle Ergänzung. Ob in der Ecolodge oder weit weg davon auf dem Trekking erhielten wir trotz Extrawünschen (3 Vegetarierinnen) jeweils sehr variantenreiches und feines Essen, oft aus Bioprodukten und homemade. Wir fühlten uns jederzeit sicher und konnten in gegenseitigem Respekt viele wertvolle Gespräch mit Kamran und Forough, aber auch mit den Rangern führen. Diese bereicherten unsere Woche ausserordentlich, so dass wir den Menschen und der Kultur immer näher kommen konnten. Der nicht geringe Preis wurde vollauf mit wunderbaren Erlebnissen in und mit der Natur, mit ausserordentlich freundlichen Menschen, ausgezeichnetem Essen, Sicherheit und und und wettgemacht. Ganz wichtig für uns war, dass auch die Kinder sich vollumfänglich wohl fühlten und immer, sowohl im Gespräch als auch auf der ganzen Tour, einbezogen wurden (sie können Englisch sprechen)! Zudem wissen wir, dass wir ein erfolgreiches und hoffentlich weiterhin sanft wachsendes Projekt für Natur, Mensch und Kultur unterstützen durften. Wer sich auf gelegentliche unumgängliche Planwechsel einlassen kann, dem sei die Zeit in dieser wunderbaren Ecolodge, auf dem Trekking und mit seinen liebenswerten Menschen herzlichst empfohlen.
    Written April 28, 2015
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Francis L
Miltown Malbay, Ireland20 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
My wife and I spent 3 wonderful nights in the Ecolodge with Kamran and Farouk. It is a beautiful place to stay and the whole ambiance of the area is amazing. The house and the gardens are very relaxing and there are several short walks around the area to enjoy.
Kamran and Farouk are wonderful hosts and did so much to make our stay very enjoyable. They are great company and many is the stories that were told after dinner! Speaking of which the food was wonderful 3 times a day and it was great to see so much of it being sourced locally.
They are also very passionate about the the national park and about the environment generally. Iran has so much to offer as a destination and especially in the area of its natural parks. It is great to see people who have the vision and the knowledge to help with the development of the park in a sustainable way.
We did a 1 day hike with Kamran and his guide in the national park and it was really enjoyable. It was great to learn about all the animals the live in the park and we got to see quiet a few. Kamran was also very tolerant with some of the less fit members of the party!!
All in all I would highly recommend the Ecolodge and hope to go back someday!!
Written October 14, 2019
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iranyak
Tehran, Iran96 contributions
Feb 2018 • Friends
Golestan national park is in north east of iran is about 8 9 hrs from Tehran. This site should be interesting for animal lover who wants to see animals in their life zone
Written February 16, 2018
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khatoongasht
Iran21 contributions
Nov 2018 • Friends
the hyrcanian Biodiversity was nice last year i visited this national park. you can see wild goat persian leopard. bird watching,
Written February 16, 2019
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iranhikers
Tehran, Iran196 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
Golestan National Park is the oldest national park in Iran and one of the oldest national parks in the world. Golestan Forest, another name of the Golestan National Park, has been listed as one of the best and also fifty ecosystems in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1354, which is geographically located in the east of the Golestan province as well as west of the North Khorasan province. Which is one of the oldest and best national parks that has been registered, so it is one of the most valuable regions in Iran.

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Written January 11, 2019
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irantravelexplorer
Shiraz, Iran240 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
This place is located near Gorgan. If you are going to visit Turkmen area do not forget to cover this place in your itinerary. Variety of animal and plant species make this place amazing. Best time to for sightseeing is in Spring, Summer and Autumn.
Written May 19, 2018
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