Kashan

Tabatabaei House, early 1800s, Kashan. A fine example of traditional Persian architecture.

Kashan is a city in the Isfahan province of Iran. Kashan is the first of the large oases along the Qom-Kerman road which runs along the edge of the central deserts of Iran. Its charm is thus mainly due to the contrast between the parched immensities of the deserts and the greenery of the well-tended oasis. Archeological discoveries in the Sialk Hillocks which lie 2.5 miles (4 km) west of Kashan reveal that this region was one of the primary centers of civilization in pre-historic ages. Hence Kashan dates back to the Elamite period of Iran. The Sialk ziggurat still stands today in the suburbs of Kashan after 7000 years. After world known Iranian historical cities such as Isfahan and Shiraz, Kashan is a common destination for foreign tourists due to numerous historical places.

Get in

Kashan is situated around 250 km south of Tehran. A bus ride from Tehran's South Terminal (Terminal-e-jonub) takes at least three hours. From Isfahan, the distance is 220 km, there are frequent buses from the Kaveh terminal. Buses tend to drop passengers at   Valiasr Square or   Montazeri Square, in particular if your buses just passes Kashan on his way to another destination. Expect enough taxis hanging around. For leaving Kashan, head to the   bus terminal.

Kashan is also connected to Tehran, Isfahan and numerous other cities by train. The   train station is located at the Eastern fringe of the town.

The closest airports are located in Tehran and Isfahan.

Get around

Most historical houses and the Agha Bozorg mosque can easily be reached on foot. A taxi to the Fin Garden should not cost more than 80,000 Rials (Jan. 2016). For sights further outside the city, consider hiring a taxi. (see below).

See

Fin garden

Do

There are a few must-dos in Kashan: Make sure to visit the traditional bazaar and walk around a bit in the neighbouring streets to catch the feeling of an Iranian town on the fringe of the desert. Make sure to visit Fin garden and, if you happen to visit Kashan in the right season, the rose gardens in the suburb. And, of course, visit one or two of the historical houses.

For many travellers, Kashan is the first stop after busy and noisy Tehran. It is well worth to plan an extra day in Kashan, as its traditional hotels, the tea houses, and its gardens will inspire you to linger around, take a rest and recharge your batteries. For this purpose, the attractions are best visited without a guide.

Buy

Carpet and rose water are the two world known products of the city. You will see numerous shops trying to sell rose water and other aromatic liquids to tourists.

Traditional cookies.

Eat

The traditional hotels of Kashan all have decent restaurants where lunch and dinner are available. Apart from this, there are traditional restaurants near the sights, and several garden restaurants line on the road next to Fin Garden. All of them serve Persian food only. Fast food shops can be found in all busier streets.

Sleep

Kashan is a small town where the tourism infrastructure is not yet fully developed. Accommodation should be reserved well in advance if you travel in the tourism season. In the high season, locals offer private rooms.

Go next

Kashan is located on the Tehran - Qom - Natanz - Isfahan route. Thus, Tehran and Isfahan are the two logical next stops of most visitors.

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