Varzaneh Desert is one of the natural tourist attractions in Isfahan province, which is not far from Tehran and Shiraz. This tourist region has the largest desert recreational site in Iran, which has recently opened sections such as single and double ATVs, zip lines, safaris, camel riding, restaurants, traditional beverage houses, camping, and paragliding.
Desert tourism is one of the most enjoyable tourist activities in Iran. Due to its unique geographical location, Iran is known as the “Land of Four Seasons,” and deserts, along with forests, waterfalls, seas, springs, and lakes, showcase the most beautiful aspects of nature in Iran.
With the onset of winter, regions such as deserts, which are inaccessible and extremely hot during the summer season, become popular and fascinating attractions. Every year, they host thousands of Iranian and foreign tourists.
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In the past, this entire area was known as the “Kharā Desert” because the sand ridges belong to desert regions. However, currently, this area is divided into two separate sections due to noticeable differences: Kavir-e Varzaneh near the city of Varzaneh and Kharā Desert near the village of Kharā. Most of the sand dunes in Kharā Desert, which are about 30 kilometers further from Kavir-e Varzaneh, are loose and not suitable for desert touring and recreational activities. This part of the desert lacks tourist facilities, and fewer people visit it.
Kavir-e Varzaneh is located near the city of Varzaneh and takes its name from this city. The scenic and unique sand dunes and hills of this desert, along with the largest desert recreational site in Iran, have made Kavir-e Varzaneh one of the most famous and popular deserts in Iran. It is also known as Kavir-e Hasanabad, named after the access road to Kavir-e Varzaneh through the village of Hasanabad, which is located near the desert. Kavir-e Varzaneh is located near the city of Varzaneh in the eastern part of Isfahan province, approximately 117 kilometers from Isfahan and 150 kilometers west of Yazd. It covers an area of about 17,000 hectares. This desert is situated about 10 kilometers southwest of Varzaneh city and is located in the southwest of the international Gavkhouni wetland. One distinguishing feature of this desert compared to other deserts in Iran is the different wind patterns that create fascinating and extraordinary formations such as longitudinal sand dunes, crescent-shaped dunes, and towering sand pyramids, reaching heights of up to 100 meters in the highest points. The length of the sand ridges is about 45 kilometers, and their width ranges from 10 kilometers near Varzaneh to one kilometer in areas with different vegetation. Kavir-e Varzaneh is bordered by Varzaneh County and Zayandeh Rood River to the north, Gavkhouni wetland to the east, Hasanabad to the south, and the Varzaneh to Hasanabad transportation axis to the west. The wind movements in Kavir-e Varzaneh give rise to visually stunning and extraordinary formations such as longitudinal, crescent-shaped, and towering sand dunes. Distance from Kavir-e Varzaneh to Tehran The distance from Kavir-e Varzaneh to Tehran is approximately 530 kilometers. Its location in the center of Iran and the eastern part of Isfahan province has made it easily accessible from many cities in Iran. To reach Kavir-e Varzaneh, travel east from your place of residence to Isfahan and access the desert through cities such as Ardestan, Anarak, Isfahan, and Shahreza, which surround Kavir-e Varzaneh.
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