The beautiful desert of Marnjab is one of the most popular desert places in Iran, which is very popular among desert travelers. This desert is one of the best places you can choose for desert trips.
Everything you need to know about Marnjab Desert:
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Where is the Marnjab Desert?
Marnjab desert is one of the deserts of Isfahan province and is located in the north of Aran and Bidgol cities of Kashan. The Marnjab Desert extends from the north to the “Masileh Salt Lake” in Aran and Bidgol, from the west to the Masileh Desert and the freshwater desert, from the east to the desert behind the sand and desert national park, and from the south to the Rig Desert and flowing sand dunes.
The name Maranjab is taken from the caravanserai and historical aqueduct in this area belonging to the Safavid era. Marnjab desert is one of the best desert hiking options for tourists and desert enthusiasts and is in fact one of the main desert tourism hubs in Iran. Although the Marnjab Desert is very pristine and beautiful, various novice groups as well as experienced desert climbers visit this desert throughout the year.
Hiking among the high sand dunes and surrounded by arched forests and salt lake is one of the prominent attractions of the Marnjab desert. The word lake in the desert environment is different from our perception of this word. Desert lakes are wide and hollow areas in the desert that are covered with salt instead of water. However, in some years, adequate rainfall causes water to accumulate up to a few centimeters in desert lakes.
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Access route to Marnjab desert
Distance from Tehran to Marnjab desert It is about 270 km. The short distance of this desert to the capital and its suitable facilities make the Marnjab desert a popular destination among the residents of Tehran and the surrounding cities. The cities of Kashan, Aran and Bidgol in Isfahan province have good access to the Marnjab desert and depending on your location, you can choose the best route according to your area of entry into Isfahan province.
The distance between Aran and Bidgol to Marnjab desert is about 40 km and from Aran and Bidgol exit there is a special road to Marnjab desert. To reach the Marnjab desert, continue from the north of Aran and Bidgol on Army Boulevard to a large square. You will enter the Marnjab road in a direct way. This route can also be traveled by ordinary cars; But you have to calm down. After reaching the crossroads of the salt lake, you should go to the right. After a short distance, you will reach Marnjab Camp. To travel in the desert, you must use off-road vehicles.
- Marnjab Desert Address: Isfahan Province, Kashan City, Aran and Bidgol, Army Boulevard, Marnjab Road, Marnjab Desert (View on map)
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Marnjab Desert Caravanserai
Marnjab Caravanserai is a historical building from the Safavid era and now its rooms are rented to tourists. Staying in this caravanserai will be very enjoyable for those who are interested in historical monuments.
Marnjab Caravanserai, which is one of the sights of Aran and Bidgol, is a square-shaped castle with an area of 3500 square meters, with six towers built into its walls.
The caravanserai is located in Band Rig, one of the most famous and largest sand dunes in Iran. In the past, this area was a crossroads of permanent and seasonal rivers and waterways, and even in spring it was very dangerous due to the passage of floodwaters. Of course, there is no more news of those floods now, and the sand dune becomes beautiful with vegetation in the spring, and when the sand dunes move due to the wind, it creates an original view.
There are three main ways to access the area; The first is the route from Aran and Bidgol to the Marnjab dirt road. Next to the Imamzadeh of Hilal Ibn Ali is actually the beginning of the Marnjab desert road. The distance of this route is 50 km; But rides cannot be accelerated too fast; Hence, count on two to three hours to walk the route. The entrance of the desert varies from five thousand to fifteen thousand tomans. There is no village from Aran and Bidgol to Marnjab caravanserai, only a few small fields are at the beginning of the road. There is only one water well along the way, which is near the caravanserai dirt road.
You can also stay in the surrounding camps to stay in the Marnjab desert. Desert Nights Star Camp, at 11 km of Marnjab Road, has suitable accommodation facilities.
The best time to travel to Marnjab desert
The second half of the year is the best time to travel to desert areas; Because in this season, the climate in desert areas, including Marnjab, is balanced; Of course, in winter, especially at night, you should be careful and bring warm clothes with enough, because the weather is very cold and exhausting. In the first half of the year, the beginning of April is the best time to travel to the desert; Because in the continuation of this season, the weather will be warmer and the scorching sun, high sweating and excessive thirst will not be very pleasant.
Marnjab desert entertainment
In addition to hiking in the quicksand, in the Marnjab Desert you can enjoy activities such as safaris, camel rides, four-wheeled motorbikes, stargazing at night and night walks in the desert.
Vegetation and fauna of Marnjab desert
The flora and fauna of the Marnjab Desert includes plants such as turmeric, arches, scissors, cow tails and artillery, and animals such as wolves, jackals, chameleons, beetles, hyenas, snakes and lizards, foxes and sand cats, and birds of prey. In recent years, a pair of Persian cheetahs have also been seen in the Marnjab Desert.
Sights of Marnjab Desert
The most prominent sights of Marnjab desert are Chah Kanjeh, Namak Lake, Wandering Island, Marnjab Caravanserai, Chah Dastkand, Long Sand, Ko Klang, Karshahi Castle, Watermelon Well and Yakhab Mountain. Due to the proximity of Marnjab Desert to Kashan, during your trip to this desert, you will also be able to visit historical sights in this ancient city.
The area of Masileh salt lake in the north of Marnjab desert reaches about 650 square kilometers and is covered with salt most of the year. After the evaporation of water from seasonal precipitations from salt sediments, interesting geometric shapes appear in this lake. Drilling fresh water wells in Marnjab desert is one of the most interesting points of Marnjab desert.
Where is the Marnjab Desert?
Marnjab desert is one of the other deserts in Isfahan province and is located in the north of Aran and Bidgol cities of Kashan.
What is the distance from Tehran to Marnjab?
The distance from Tehran to Marnjab desert is about 270 km.
What is the best time to visit Marnjab Desert?
The second half of the year is the best time to travel to desert areas.
What entertainment is there in Marnjab desert?
Walking on quicksand, safari, camel riding, four-wheeled motorbike, stargazing at night and night wandering in the desert are some of the recreations of Marnjab desert.