Introduction to Maranjab Desert
The majestic desert of Maranjab is in the northern part of Aran and Bidgol cities near Kashan. this legendary desert, due to its natural and historical sights, golden sands, and starry nights, will create pure moments for you. The region belongs to the Safavid era, Shah Abbas Safavid called the desert a “man-suffering-water” because it was difficult to dig wells and aqueducts there, and people worked hard to reach freshwater; Over time, this name became Kavir Maranjab.
Maranjab Desert Creatures
Maranjab desert is one of the most popular deserts in Iran, where is located on the Silk Road, and its caravanserai used to be a communication route between Khorasan and Isfahan. The desert with its climatic conditions provides enough water and food for the life of animals, plants, the habitat of various animal species, and vegetation such as eagles, wolves, jackals, and foxes, beetles, chameleons, and saline plants such as turmeric, hawthorn, shrubs, and Skanbil.
Here you can experience memorable entertainment; during the cool hours, you can walk on the sands, even barefoot where the sand is shallower. Tricycles are another common pastime in desert areas, which is also present in the Maranjab desert. If you look for a thrill, you can cross the sand and various hills with incredible speed and try the real excitement. One of the most enjoyable pastimes of the Maranjab desert is camel riding. Riding camels, although not exciting, can be a good choice for quiet moments in the desert, so do not miss this simple part.
Sand skiing is one of the most popular recreations in the world in desert areas, which, unlike off-road riding, does not pollute or harm nature, and at the same time creates a different experience for you. Finally, one of the most prominent hobbies in the heart of any desert is to see the night sky, so do not leave without seeing the desert sky at night, because it allows you to observe the stars regardless of the pollution and crowds of big cities. In addition to these exciting pastimes, there are many specific attractions in such a desert.
Specific Experiences in Maranjab Desert
Aran and Bidgol salt lake
One of the best attractions of the Maranjab desert is Aran and Bidgol salt lake. The lake is dry most days of the year and is covered with salt. Watching salt crystals with different geometric shapes can provide you a new experience. Another famous attraction of Maranjab is the Wandering Island, which is in Salt Lake, and in the past, people believed that the island is floating and moving. Of course, today it is clear that is not true and the vision error made us imagine that the island is moving; note that the salt fields around the island are swampy in most cases, so be careful when visiting.
Castles and aqueduct
Castles and aqueducts are other attractions of the desert. During the Safavid period, the invasion of Kashan by Afghans and Uzbeks prompted Shah Abbas to build a fort quickly to protect the area, and there were always 500 armed soldiers ready. In the eastern part of the desert, you can see the historic hand-dug well that still provides water.
The most significant tourist attraction in the Maranjab Desert is the Abbasi Caravanserai and was built in 1633 by Shah Abbas Safavid’s order. It is still alive today, and its rooms accommodate guests who want to spend the night in the desert.