Ultimate Guide to Kerman | Everything you need to know

Lut desert Kerman Iran

In the heart of Lut desert , Kerman province

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.

Shazdeh garden Kerman Iran

The historic green oasis of Shazdeh Garden in Kerman

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.

bam castle kerman

Arg-e Bam_the largest adobe building in the world_Kerman province

Language

They speak in Farsi (Persian) and ethnic languages, primarily Azari Turkish.

Climate

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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Temperature in Kerman

Average temperature in Kerman

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.

Public transportation

There are bus and taxi inside the city of Kerman, but there is no Metro in the city.

Bus Terminals

Several bus companies have offices around Azadi Sq and Shohada Sq, including Taavoni 7  , Seiro Safar , and Taavoni 4.

Train

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

Airport

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.

Kerman mohammadhosein mohebbi

A mosque in Kerman Mohammadhosein Mohebbi

Attractions

  1. Shazdeh Garden
  2. Shahdad Kalouts (Lut desert)
  3. Arg-e Bam
  4. Rocky Village of Meymand
  5. Ganjali Khan Complex
  6. Ganjali Khan Bath
  7. Rayen Castle
  8. Rageh Canyon
  9. Vakil Bazaar
  10. Stone Garden
  11. Keshit Waterfall
  12. Aramgah-e Shah Ne’matollah Vali
  13. Jameh Mosque of Kerman
  14. Gonbad-e Jabaliye
  15. Fathabad garden
  16. Malek Mosque
  17. Harandi Museum
  18. Bazar-e Sartasari
  19. Yakhchal Moayedi
  20. Ayoub Cave
  21. Rayen Waterfall
  22. Sanati Contemporary Arts Museum
  23. Moayedi Ice House
  24. Haj-Agha Ali House
  25. Qajar Twin Water Mill
  26. Konar Sandal
  27. Zarand
  28. Shah Mountain
  29. Khabr National Park
  30. Haj Mohammad Taghi Cistern
  31. Jiroft Archaeological Museum
  32. Jabalieh Dome
  33. Kerman paleontology museum
  34. Zoroastrian Museum
  35. Khajeh Atabak Tomb
  36. Takht e Dargah Gholi Beyg
  37. Pardisan Park
  38. Ardeshir Castle
  39. Beyram Abad Garden
  40. Bibi Hayati School

*Written by  Mohammad Naderi.