Maranjab Desert is a popular tourism destination in Aran va Bidgol County of Isfahan Province. With its magnificent landscapes of sand dunes and hills, Maranjab Desert is located close to a salt lake and is linked to a national park With huge sand dunes, salt lake, spectacular nights, and almost easy access, Maranjab is one of the most popular deserts in Iran. If you go about 60 Km toward north-east of Kashan and north of Aran Va Bidgol, you can reach this place. Although it has a harsh environment, you can find plenty of salt-friendly plants in this desert. Besides, it is home to some of the desert birds and reptiles like eagles, snakes, and lizards. So, better to watch out!
The average height of the desert is approximately 2800 feet above sea level with the highest point being around 2900 feet above the sea level. Much of the Maranjab desert is full of golden sand dunes and sabulous.
The desert was a part of the famous Silk Road that used to connect Europe and China in times past.
The Best Season to Travel to Maranjab
falls, winters and early springs are more tolerable. The best time to discover this vast orange land is mid-October to mid-April. Yet, you will still experience very hot hours at this time too.
Salt Lake of maranjab
Salt Lake is one of the most prominent visited places in the Maranjab Desert. The magnificent salt lake, located 35 km from Aran and Bidgol, are one of the most unique natural places in Iran. This lake adjacent to the Desert National Park is one of the most important sources of industrial salt extraction.
This salt lake is dry and covered with salt deposits in most days of the year. On days with relatively high rainfall in this area, the lake’s water elevation is about 2 cm, but it quickly evaporates after the sun’s radiation. With each rainfall and evaporation of water in this lake, salt sediments form beautiful terraces in the form of polygons that create a marvelous landscape. The salt depth of this lake also varies from 5 to 54 m.
The wandering island
The wandering island is another natural attraction of the desert, located in the Salt Lake. Of course, this place, as we do not expect from the name of the island, because it has been thrown around far away by salt, rather than water. However, at some times of the year, the water rises about 2 to 5 centimeters, due to the surrounding rainfall, giving it a beautiful appearance. The same thing made the native people think that the place is moving and moving, so the name of the wandering island has been named. The island is 5 km from the city of Aran and Bidgol.
Shah Abbasi Caravanserai of Maranjab is one of the landmarks of this stunning desert. This structure was built in 1012 AH by the order of Shah Abbas Safavid along the Silk Road so that the passengers, most of whom traveled through deserts, would spend nights in this roadside inn. The Caravanserai has almost the form of a square and has been built in an area of three thousand and five hundred square meters. It has twenty-nine rooms. This Caravanserai is located on the Silk Road, and caravans that were traveling from Khorasan, Esfahan, Rey and vice versa stopped at rest and were drained from the pond water. The water of this pond is supplied from two springs: one with fresh water and the other with salt water. Of course, a fresh water spring along the salt lake has puzzled geologists. The presence of water in this area has caused the carriageway to occur alongside the caravanserai.
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