Ultimate Guide to Kerman | Everything you need to know
Kerman city is the capital, the largest and most developed city in Kerman Prod the most ivince anmportant one in the southeast of Iran. This city is famous for its long history and strong cultural and natural heritages. Kerman is home to many historic mosques (Islamic period) and fire temples (Zoroastrian period).
Kerman became the capital city of Iranian dynasties several times during its history. The city was founded by Ardashir I, founder of the Sasanian Empire, in the 3rd century AD. The province is one of the oldest centres of civilization in Iran and the world. Various stone, metal and pottery works that belong to the 4th millennium have been founded in the hills and plains of this land and indicate the antiquity of its civilization. The province has always been considered a fossil paradise for Iranian paleontologists.
Kerman is one of the oldest cities of Iran. The history of human settlements in the territory of Kerman dates back to the 4th millennium BC. This area is considered as one of the ancient regions of Iran and valuable historical vestiges have been discovered here. Jiroft is an example, where a previously unknown settlement dating back to around 2500 BC has been established by archaeologists.
Kerman is located on a high margin of Lut Desert in the south-central part of Iran, 1,755 m above sea level and is surrounded by mountains.
Kerman is rich in minerals, like copper, coal, chromium, lead, zinc, etc. As an example, Sarcheshmeh Copper mine is the second biggest copper mine in the world. It has also too many different kind of farms, specially nuts such as pistachio which is famous worldwide (one of the largest producer in the world).
Every year on July 3, Jashn-e Tirgan or Tiregan is celebrating by splashing water, dancing, reciting poetry, and serving traditional foods as an ancient Iranian rain festival. It refers to archangel Tir (literally meaning arrow) or Tishtar (lightning), who appear in the sky to generate thunder and lightning for providing much needed rain, as water is really valuable in this province.
Some of the handicrafts and souvenirs of the province of Kerman are traditional embroidery known as pateh, carpets, rugs, jajeems, Kilims (a coarse carpet), satchels, and other hand woven articles. Carpet weaving is a very old tradition in Kerman.
The population is mostly Persian-speaking Muslims, with a Zoroastrian minority. People of KermanThe ancient history of Zoroastrians can be discovered in this big province.
They speak in Farsi (Persian) and ethnic languages, primarily Azari Turkish.
Kerman has a cold desert climate with hot summers. The north, northwest, and central areas experience a dry and moderate climate, whereas in the south and southeast, the weather is warm and relatively humid. Kerman is more than 300 days sunny during a year.
Due to the special geographical conditions Kerman province enjoys considerable changeable climate, the average temperature during the months of March-June has been recorded as 20°-25°C. These months are the most suitable for travelling and tourism.
The hottest temperature on the earth is recorded in the Lut desert at 70.7° Celsius, while you can do ski after 2 hours from that area in winter in the mountain. thats amazing!
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Best time to visit
The best time to visit Kerman is from March til the end of May, and from October til the ned of November. Winter can be a good time to visit Lut desert, If you go there during days, and you need to check the road, as it can be rainy or snowy. In summer time, it can be impossible to tolerate the hot weather specially in the desert.
There are bus and taxi inside the city of Kerman, but there is no Metro in the city.
- Adineh Kerman Bus Station (located in the south-west of the city)
- Zarand and Ravar Terminal (north of the city)
Several bus companies have offices around Azadi Sq and Shohada Sq, including Taavoni 7 , Seiro Safar , and Taavoni 4.
Kerman Railway Station located in the south west in outside of the city. It takes about 20 minutes by taxi to get there.
Several trains are available every day at different times of the day between Kerman and Tehran (4-bed and 6-bed compartments) which takes around 14 hours and pass through bellow route. You can reach to Zahedan from the opposite direction.
Kerman, Zarand, Siriz, Bafgh, Yazd, Meybod, Ardakan, Zavareh, Kashan, Muhammadyieh, Tehran
You can reach Isfahan (they call it half of the world) from Kerman via railway which takes around 11 hours in 6-bed compartments trains. The route is as bellow:
Kerman, Zarand, Bafgh, Yazd, Isfahan
Fromm Keram to Mashhad, there is a daily train (4-bed and 6-bed compartments) and it takes 16 hours. The route is as bellow:
Kerman, Zarand, Mobarakeh, Bahabad, Tabas, Torbat Heidarieh, Mashhad
Kerman international airport (new name is Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani International Airport) is located in west of the city. There is no airport bus, so you need to take a private taxi and it takes you around 35 minutes to get there.
- Shazdeh Garden
- Shahdad Kalouts (Lut desert)
- Arg-e Bam
- Rocky Village of Meymand
- Ganjali Khan Complex
- Ganjali Khan Bath
- Rayen Castle
- Rageh Canyon
- Vakil Bazaar
- Stone Garden
- Keshit Waterfall
- Aramgah-e Shah Ne’matollah Vali
- Jameh Mosque of Kerman
- Gonbad-e Jabaliye
- Fathabad garden
- Malek Mosque
- Harandi Museum
- Bazar-e Sartasari
- Yakhchal Moayedi
- Ayoub Cave
- Rayen Waterfall
- Sanati Contemporary Arts Museum
- Moayedi Ice House
- Haj-Agha Ali House
- Qajar Twin Water Mill
- Konar Sandal
- Shah Mountain
- Khabr National Park
- Haj Mohammad Taghi Cistern
- Jiroft Archaeological Museum
- Jabalieh Dome
- Kerman paleontology museum
- Zoroastrian Museum
- Khajeh Atabak Tomb
- Takht e Dargah Gholi Beyg
- Pardisan Park
- Ardeshir Castle
- Beyram Abad Garden
- Bibi Hayati School
*Written by Mohammad Naderi.