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This village is in the northeastern part of the city of Babak, (Kerman province) which was created several thousand years ago in the heart of the earth by digging rocks and is the only ancient village in the world that still retains the spirit of traditional life. In the language of the people, the village is still used from the Sassanid period (3-7 centuries), which is an indication of the intactness of their culture. This village shows the interaction of man and nature about three thousand years back and is the residence of nomads having main source as agriculture and livestock for living.
The village of Meymand has also been featured in the UNESCO World Heritage List for its cultural, natural and historical features, in addition to receiving the Melina Mercury Award. Most famous attractions of this village are, pristine nature, the hamam, the school, the mosque, Husseinieh and the fire temple can also be mentioned. You will enjoy nightlife in home-made homes, and eating local cuisine and tea during your trips to this village.
Brief description of Meymand
The village of Meyyad reminds us of a period in which humans worshiped different Gods and considered the place of the goddess in the high mountains. This man-made masterpiece is one of the first human settlements in Iran and is said to be related to the era of chastity. The time when man considered the mountains sacred. But the fact is that no one is properly aware of the motive for creating such an underground structure. In general, there are two types of theories regarding the creation of this village:
By observing the rocky works created by the Median people in western Iran, some believe that the village of Meymand was created simultaneously by the Aryan tribes around the eighth and seventh centuries BC. Probably the sacred ceremonies of the sanctity of the mountains, the architects and masters began to implement their practices in the type of their local architecture.
Meymand is probably created in the second or third century. Until the middle ages, during the time of the Parthians, nomadic tribes who migrated. But in the late Parthian and early Sassanian (third century BC), they chose cool areas for their stay. This theory is strengthened by a region known as the Mejdeh Fortress, which has 150 catacombs for the dead. Because during the Sasanian times, the catacombs were built in mountain
The characteristic feature of this village is that its houses are not built like ordinary houses of brick, stone and mortar, but by the removal of masses of soil and rock in the mountains. There are also various places, such as sleeping places, logs, dishes, boxes, etc., with carving. A whole house is called a “chip”, which may have several rooms and stables. The characteristic feature of the switches is the difference in temperature inside and outside them. This temperature difference is usually around 5 degrees Celsius: it is 5 degrees warmer in winter and 5 degrees cooler in the summer.
In general, the village has 406 cells and 2560 rooms
Geographical location of Meymand
This village is 37 kilometers northeast of Babak city, Kerman province
Access to Meymand village and means of Transportation
If you want to travel from Tehran and the north and west cities, the best route is Yazd, Mehriz, Pomegranate, Babak and Meymand. The distance from Yazd to Meymand is about 290 kilometers.
If you want to travel from Kerman, your route will be Kerman, Rafsanjan, Sarcheshmeh, Babak and Meymand. The distance from Kerman-Meymand is about 240 km.
If you want to travel from Shiraz, your route will be Marvdasht, Sivand, Shahdat city, Herat, Babak and Meymand. The distance from Shiraz is about 390 km.
If you are planning to travel by bus from Tehran, you can use Tehran-Babak buses or Tehran-Bandar Abbas buses passing through Babak city. Then travel, from Babak to Meymand by taxi.
If you intend to travel by bus from Kerman, you can use direct buses from Kerman to Babak. Then, travel from Babak to Meymand by taxi.
If you want to travel by bus from Yazd, you can use Yazd direct buses – Babak City. Then, travel from Babak to Meymand by taxi.
If you want to take a train from Tehran to Meymand, take the train at Khotun Abad Station, the nearest station to Meymand, and travel the rest of the route with a taxi. The distance from the train station to Meymand is about 60 km
Best times in different seasons
Autumn and spring season
Meymand has mountainous weather and has relatively modest cold and relatively mild summers
Two restaurants with a variety of local cuisine are available for tourists.
Time required for complete visit
It depends on your schedule. In the case of nightlife, you need at least one day to visit.
There is a traditional guesthouse for staying in the village. This guesthouse was made at the beginning of the village entrance and equipped with several houses. The living furniture is completely traditional. For example, a hangar made of wood is made of a document tree or the floors are covered with filaments produced in the village.
The common toilet is located 20 meters from the guest house along the river.
Since the rooms are at the foot of the hill, older people or pregnant women may have difficulty accessing the rooms.
You can use the villagers’ homes to stay. These houses have the minimum facilities. If you stay in the villagers’ house, note that you may not have proper heating facilities in the cold seasons or if the rooms do not have adequate sanitation.
Some villagers tend to cater to you with local cuisine. In addition to restaurants, you can take them as guests.
If you are using the villagers’ house, you should have a sleeping bag with you
It is not recommended to stay night at Maymend village but to have a day exertion trip from Mahan.