One-fourth of Iran’s 1,648,195 km2 land area is covered with searing sandy deserts. This massive land area has created singular natural sites such as some of the highest dunes in the world and of course revivifying ponds of crystalline water surrounded by palm trees known as oases. Many villages are formed around these places, pumping new blood into the inert body of deserts. Garmeh Village is one of these oasis villages located in the Great Salt Desert 400 km away from Isfahan. Driving towards Garmeh Village, one is blessed by a true cinematic experience. Palm trees suddenly appear on the flaming horizon as if hallucinatory images of a mirage. But gradually reality prevails over obscure shapes and red mud brick houses appear through the palm trees and Garmeh presents its splendor to the alien eye. Of course, those who have traveled to other great Iranian deserts such as Varzaneh, Maranjab and Mesr are accustomed to desert sights but none qualifies more than Garmeh desert to the title of oasis village in Iran. Contrary to the most of desert tours, our Garmeh Village Tours’ kick-off is from Isfahan rather than the more accessible Tehran. The reason is the great distance of Garmeh from the capital. The package is included in our Iran Traditional Villages Tours and takes two days with a night stay in Garmeh. And the accommodation center in Garmeh deserves its own exclusive passage since Ateshooni guesthouse is truly in a class of its own. Garmeh’s Ateshooni guesthouse was founded by Maziar Aledavood who felt the urgent need for providing thousands of eager tourists with a great homestay experience in the golden dunes of the desert. By sojourning in Ateshooni you will have an authentic once in a lifetime experience of desert life while enjoying the advantages of the modern world. Ateshooni welcomes its numerous guests with superb local meals as well as tasty drinks in its fabulous open-air café.
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