Nomad Tradition

Part  1:  Sar Agha seyyed Village

Between the nomad’s tradition (migration by season)(summer and winter quarters) and settlement.

In the seclusion of Zagros, which known as a famous mountain range of Iran, the habitation of the settled Bakhtiyarian rises, that still undiscovered by the world.

Like honeycombs, one house get related to each other as they offer one of the country’s greatest sights. Living in this village called “Sar Agha Seyed” is a very traditional way of giving up nomadism. To reach there, we have to pass along a meander bumpy gravel road that leads us through the massive mountainous landscape of the Zagros straight into the heartland of the Bakhtiyarian, one of the country’s traditional way of living of nomadic populations.

Cattle herds already passing by and the pitched camps are seen and testify a different life of a traditional tribe; Bakhtiyaries, which seems to have been conserved here over the centuries.

Against the vertiginous view into the frightening abyss and the never-ending curves only focusing on the magnificent mountain landscape with the over 4,000-meter-high Zard Kooh as the coronation of the Zagros would be attractive. And now, a small settlement of Bakhtiyarian still tries to outstare the unique beauty of the landscape and show its influence on the nature.

Qashqai Nomad

After hours of driving, the destination is waiting for us as the most beautiful villages in the world.

Everyone can confess that the world does not seem to have become attentive to this secluded manifestation of Bakhtiyarian culture and architecture.

Thanks to this picturesque village, which little houses seem to spring from the mountainside, the Bakhtiyary tribe that decided to settle down with the foundation stone of this settlement has been very prosperous.

The local people proudly and enthusiastically tell the story of how this decision came about. The nomadic life of the Bakhtiyarian meant that every spring they pulled their herds to the high-altitude summer pastures, before returning to the lower winter camps in the fall. One summer, in the midst of the lush pastures of Zagros, the head of the tribe died. In the place where this old and holy man has rested in peace, the members of the tribe began to build a sanctuary and consequently more and more houses.



They didn’t tend to leave the resting place of the holy man they worshiped so much, and from now on, this settlement has become their year-round homeland, and all the people living here today are deeply connected to the deceased saint, who is supposed to be their common ancestor. History pervades and is omnipresent in the village and the sanctuary is cherished and maintained by the whole community. Each year, every family resides with each other to go there to worship also to protect the key to the holy of holies.



Breakneck Migration

The Bakhtiyarian belong to the Lor tribes and their Bakhtiyari dialect is of the Lori language.

Also we can witness a province of the country Iran, still bears the name of this nomadic population group. Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari is the heartland of the Bakhtiyarian. Around 50,000 nomads of this tribe still live like their traditional nomadic life of their ancestors but the tendency is dropping. But the obvious point which we can see on the way to the village is that we will meet those Bakhtiyaries who continue to maintain their nomadic culture.

The great crossing of the Zagros passes is considered one of the most spectacular migrations in the world which is done twice a year by the traditional and nomadic Bakhtiyarian. When the pastures in the Zagros Mountains are covered in snow, the cattle herds have long been in the more southerly plains of Khuzestan between Lali and Izeh. The fact that the pastures of the winter camps, is being used more and more for agriculture, causes increasing some conflicts between the last nomadic and the peasant populations. The traditional nomads, marched on the Zagros, which lasts three weeks, are already largely a point of the past. The great dangers of such a migration for humans and animals happen for most Bakhtiyarian. After all, there is now also the opportunity to manage the route with an eight-hour drive. Nevertheless, a few families dare to march each year with packed donkeys and little sheep in their arms. Even the youngest ones will join in the hike. Wrapped in cloth, so babies on the back of their mothers are worn the long way.

Flock of sheep in the Zagros Iran

Conflicts and everyday life

Every morning, when the locals gather on the rooftops of the houses and nestled in each other, the little village comes to life again to do the first works of the day. Then the consistent strong women carry heavy loads across the whole village and the elders sit together and talk about upcoming village decisions.

The mayor, himself who has not be an old gentleman and not more than his mid-40s either. This fact that in his younger years he was honored to make decisions for the whole village, he has done it with his elementary education. It was a main condition that all the village community had agreed that the mayor should at least have a basic school leaving certificate in view of his committee. The slightly too modern-looking man, who now officially has the last word, is in the duty to solve this trekking conflicts within the village community. A newly built house in the middle of the dense settlement is somewhere once cause for displeasure. A whole order of structure gets mixed up, when there is a new house and roof there, where the snow covered everywhere.

Child in the zagros

With the harsh winters in the Zagros, the burden of snow is a hard work and the all the people trying for the elimination of the danger but easy given the densely interlaced houses. While the families quarrel at one end of the village, bread is made in other houses in a dark bakery. There is a lot of work behind the idyll of the village facade. Yoghurt is made, wild animals are hunted and houses are maintained.

Outlook – A question of the generation

As so often elsewhere, Iran has a large gap between the nomadic / semi-nomadic and urban populations. The position of nomadic people in the Iranian society is something we can talk about, but the satisfactory for the Bakhtiyarian is a question. Especially the people from the big cities like Isfahan face the Bakhtiyarian with a certain dismiss. Their simplicity and their low level of education are important, they say. It is undisputed that two completely different worlds of life clash and the world-wide common urban-rural contradiction is intensified when they believe as a nomadic tradition in the background. And indeed, these different kinds of living worlds meet more and more often, because many of the younger Bakhtiyarian break with the nomadic or even traditional life and move to the city. After all, this younger generation not only faces the nosy city population, but also has a strong headwind from its own family. A certain generation conflict is not avoidable when the older family members insist on nomadic way of life or at least small-town life and the younger tend to live in the city.

The new opportunities now which young people face, make the conflict more exacerbated. Since the 1960s, nomadic children have also been taught by teachers, some teachers drive long distances to teach reading, writing and arithmetic to children. Due to the elementary education they receive, many of them dream to continue studying or even study in urban schools in cities. Whether it will already be possible for the dreaming children, who still guard goats today or jump from roof to roof in the village, to remain on this path, make the children uncertain. And especially the girls are not allowed to make this decision alone, at most they have the luck to marry a man who wants to follow the same path as they do, given the strictly patriarchal structured society. All these questions and developments take place behind the idyll of the village and the mountain landscape. This fact that at least the building inside of the village remains as it is, and does not keep up with the times, is already provided by Iranian authorities. The Iranian preference for lovely mountain villages and the appreciation of the cultural assets of the country, it is probably due to the fact that the Bakhtiyarians traditional image of the village (more) may change. Therefore, more modern and larger houses are built only outside the village center. Thus, for the next few years, the uniquely beautiful view of the village is seen.

8 reasons for Rafting in Iran
Rafting is one of the new sports in Iran that has found many enthusiasts in recent years and the regular boat ride program is provided by the tourist agencies.
Although Iran is a country that is located in a desert and dry area,but the special geographic location and the high mountain range of Iran have led to the creation of rivers in various parts of Iran.
If you are looking for adventures during your trip to Iran, Rafting in Iran is one of the best options available. In addition to all tourist activities, Rafting in Iran gives you the opportunity to have a real thrill. It is one of the popular water sports in Iran.The months of April, May, and June are considered the best times to take part in Rafting in Iran. There are many rivers that are ideal for rafting in Iran.

8 reasons for Rafting in Iran

There are several reasons why the program of Rafting in Iran turns into one of the attractions of traveling to Iran

Iran is cheap
According to the latest World Economic Organization, Iran ranked first in the world’s cheapest among 144 countries.
According to this report, Iran ranked 66.6, has the most suitable competitive position with other countries.So Iran is one of the cheapest destinations for tourists.

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8 reasons for Rafting in Iran

Excitement and history Simultaneous  with each other
Some rivers for rafting are located in the provinces and historic cities of Iran, with many historical and ancient features such as Zayanderoud river in Isfahan province or Cesar river in Kurdistan province.
In these areas, you will not only enjoy water sports but also visit the historical monuments of these cities like historical mosques,Palaces, Castles, Caravansaries and other sights with hundreds of years of history.

Pristine landscapes along the riverside
There are several Rafting rivers in Iran, Parts of these rivers flow through woody and mountainous areas which have created unique features for tourists and athletes.
Sections of the northern rivers flow through the 4,000,000-year-old Hirkani forests, also, the western rivers of Iran pass through the Alborz Mountains, that beautiful mountainous scenery is very attractive.Also, the rivers of the Central Plateau of Iran in the province of Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari not only provide you beautiful nature, but the ancient history is also attached to this part of Iran.

8 reasons for Rafting in Iran

Different rivers with various classification

Although Iran is located in a desert region, the presence of different mountains in the north and west of Iran has created a different face of them.
In these areas, roaring permanent rivers have provided special conditions for those who like these sports.There are different rivers for rafting and riding in Iran, but among them, 14 rivers have rafting conditions.They range from class 1 to 5.

Dispersion of the river in Iran
In some countries, certain areas are specified for rafting.But due to the special geographic features in Iran, various areas throughout Iran are suitable for rafting, White water rafting, Canoeing and etc.
So you can take a boat ride on the whole northern part of Iran or from the East to the West in the Alborz Mountains as well as from north to south-east of Iran along the Zagros Mountains.

8 reasons for Rafting in Iran

Modern facilities
Rowing programs are regularly carried out in the rivers of Iran, which increases the youth’s attention to this sport.Accordingly, the facilities and equipment needed for this are prepared, which is part of the necessity of these programs by the agencies.
These equipment are divided into two categories: Individual and group
Individual travels or Day Trip, are single or families traveler to these areas, and their facilities included: experienced guides, Water Cag, Life Jacket, Helmet, Neoprene Boots & Wetsuit.But the groups or Expedition, and the tourist who come for some days rafting have more as like as:Paddle Raft, Cargo Raft,Slalom,Sprint,Downriver, Kayak,Rescue/Safety Kayak,Race Kayak,Different Tent,First Aid,Canopy,Mobile kitchen,4WD Off-road cars,and more.

Professional Agencies
There are a large number of reputable agencies in the field of nature tours and White Water Rafting that offer the best types of tourist services and amenities required by travelers.

The land of Q Inversed Tulips

The province of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari covers 16, 533 square kilometers

of land is a mountainous region in the southwest of Iran. The provincial capital is called Shahr – e – Kord, with the height of 2.150 meters, being the highest city in Iran. The province has vast forest covering almost 30,700 hectares of land, which include oaks, wild pistachio, nuts, and almond. The mount Zagros is an attractive range of mountains stretching from northwest to southwest of the province.

As a whole, 76 percent of the province is covered by mountains and hills. The most famous and highest mountain is Zard Kooh.

land of Q Inversed Tulips

 (yellow mountain) and the highest peak is ” koloonchi “.

Mount Zagros has beautiful icebergs and a particular road formation, making it a particular interest to the mountain climbers from around the world. The most famous natural attraction is called the chaghkhor pond. This beautiful pond is about 2,300 hectares and is situated near the town of Boldajee. The fine weather and the natural beauty of its beautiful native birds, make this province one of the most pleasurable attractions in the world.

land of Q Inversed Tulips

The mineral spring

The famous mineral spring of the province is called Dimeh, which is the main source of Zayandeh Rood [ river ], one of the important rivers of Isfahan, and is 10 km away from a town called Chalgerd, near a village called Dimeh. The water of this spring is among the best and purest mineral waters and has medical remedies (prevents the decay of the teeth and remedies the kidney stone)

land of Q Inversed Tulips

Special Tulip Garden

12km away from Chelgerd which is a place near the village of Bano Esteki in the suburbs of Koohrao city.

This amazing and wonderful covering of tulips to a vast area approximately 3/400 hectares.

Koohrang Tunnel

This tunnel was built in 1953 to transfer the water of Koohrang and other springs to the Zayandeh Rood. the nearest tourist city is Chelgerd the central city of knohrang. During all seasons even winter, this place makes an ideal place for the skiing enthusiasts

 Tange sayaad sanctuary – Sabzeh kooh sanctuary –  Flying forest park – Saraab cave are some other beautiful landscapes of this province.

BAZOFT, Nature And Culture Treasure of Iran

A trek to a not so far goal could possess your psyche for a while. In the event that you are daring and an eco-tourist, we have an uncommon offer for you; go to Bazoft arrive.

Because of its delightful and interesting nature, waterfalls and oak woodlands brilliantly chronicled landmarks and itinerant life, Bazoft is an extremely excellent and a legitimate goal for whom looking through a unique land and a place loaded with experience.

Bazoft area is a locale in Kuhrang County, Chaharmahal, what’s more, Bakhtiari Province, Iran? It is situated in 190 km separation of Shahre-Kord, a focus of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province, furthermore, by the Shahre-Kord Masjed Soleiman Road. The name of this area begins with a name of a stream go through this locale.

Precisely, Bazaft is a river starts from Monte Zard-Kuh, and go through Shahre-Kurd and Borujen Counties and toward the end scopes to Karun River. In its way stream, BakhtiaryBazoft River makes intriguing and appealing scenes; it goes through meandrous valleys and backwoods and water numerous towns; because of legitimate atmosphere and vegetation, this locale has dependably been the fundamental street of wBakhtiari () movement.

Nomad Life:

In the event that you need to understanding and touch Bakhtiari migrant life and make the most of their neighborhood sustenances, it would be brilliantly pulling in to be with them amid their relocation time; in light of the fact that their movement street of Bazoft region is from Monte Zard-Kuh, nearby individuals call this street “Mal Ro”. Time of relocation is toward the start of April and it begins from Khuzestan fields and finishes in fields of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari; for the most part, movement takes around 15 to 20 days. Amid relocating, Bakhtiari Nomads go through high and towering mountains and thundering streams.

Oak Forests:

In the event that you adore ecotourism, you would appreciate oak woods of Bazoft locale. These timberlands were made by extraordinary atmosphere conditions, and as indicated by Mehr News Agency this region has the most lovely vegetation assets in Zagros Mountains.

Zard Limeh (Boieneh) Water-fall:

Come waterway stream and appreciate hearing its thundering sound is a standout amongst the most pleasurable encounters that you can have in an excursion to place that is known for Bazoft. Zard Limeh Waterfall is one the most lovely water of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province, and obviously our nation Iran, that consistently draw in numerous mountain climbers to this land. With around 50  meters height , around 200 meters width, Zard Limeh Waterfall is one of the most stretched out waterfalls of Iran.

Keeping in mind the end goal to achieve the waterfall you need to climb a lengthy, difficult experience and it requires a long and overwhelming climbing with 66 high physical capacities and climbing hardware.

There are two get to streets to the waterfall. One is from upper statures and from Rostam-Abad Village, and the other one is from bring down statures and from Gazestan Village. The two headings

have a similar level of trouble; the main contrast is that the lower stature course expects hardware to go through the Bazoft River.

Khodaafrin Bridge:

Khodaafrin Bridge is situated in south-east of Gazestan Village. Gazestan Village is situated in 140 kilometers separate from Shahre-Kord,center of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province.
This extension were made because of avalanches and falls of immense shakes over Bazoft River in antiquated circumstances, in Persian dialect Khodaafrin alludes to something made by common strengths which is reasonable for human utilize. This extension is the main street for Bakhtiari Nomads amid their relocation cycle.