A photo exhibition of Lut Desert is currently underway in Master Esmaeli Gallery in the northeastern city of Birjand on the occasion of the 4th anniversary of the desert’s inscription on UNESCO World Heritage list.
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Over 5,000 foreign sightseers visited the UNESCO-registered Lut Desert in the barren heartland of Iran during the past Iranian calendar year (ended March 20, 2019).
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The University of Birjand in South Kkhorasan province is hosting the first international conference on tourism in Lut Desert, which is a UNESCO-inscribed and the world’s 27th-largest desert in eastern Iran.
Given that the ancient city of Susa has a history of around 7,000 years, Iran is among the most ancient countries in the world. During these long years, and under the reign of various empires and states in Iran, it has been tried to preserve its cultural heritage and historical monuments that represent Iranian Iranian architecture and cultural identity.
Nowadays, tourism is considered a profitable industry that has the ability to revolutionize the entire economy of a country. World Economic Forum published a report in May, 2017, in which, based on several factors including affordable prices, good infrastructures, acceptable public services, available transportation, high security and etc., Iran is introduced as the most affordable and most secure tourist destination.
There are more than one million historical sites, locations, areas and monuments in Iran, of which about 40,000 are registered nationally.
Iran has published a book depicting the tourist attractions and geographical features of the Lut Desert, also known as Dasht-e Lut, in the east-central part of the country.
A book on the vast Lut Desert in east-central Iran has been published in both Farsi and English, according to a Farsi report by IRNA.
The book titled “The Lut Desert: Iran’s First Natural Feature Registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage List” was published by Iranian cultural heritage institutions, including the Directorate General for Cultural Heritage in the northeastern Iranian province of South Khorasan.
The office of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization in Kerman Province has banned the entry of any unlicensed tour to Lut Desert to organize tourism activities in the world heritage site. Speaking to ISNA, Mahmoud Vafaei added that any travel agency aiming to organize tours to the desert should coordinate with UNESCO’s World Heritage Office in Kerman Province in advance and get the required license.
“Being lost in the extended desert, technical failure of vehicles and strong sand storms are among troubles that travelers might face in the desert,” he said, adding that going on licensed tours helps prevent any inconvenience.
Lut Desert, a vast desert shared between the provinces of Kerman and Sistan-Baluchestan, was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in July, becoming Iran’s first natural heritage site on the list.
National Geographic | GULNAZ KHAN: Iran is home to one of the oldest civilisations on Earth, where turquoise-domed mosques, glittering palaces, and the tombs of long gone poets reveal the mysteries and intrigues of the ancients. Yet beneath the footprints of man lies an even lesser known, wilder Iran, brimming with remarkable geologic formations, ancient forests, and overgrown monuments that nature has reclaimed as its own.
In the northern Mazandaran Province, a striking panorama of rust-colored travertine terraces cuts across the mountains. The stepped, limestone formations were created over thousands of years by the flowing and cooling of water from two mineral hot springs. While travertine terraces are found in other places—like Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone and Pamukkale in Turkey—Badab-e Surt’s distinctive colouring results from a high concentration of iron oxide sediments. MOUNT DAMAVAND
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Dasht-e Lut, known as the Lut Desert, is a large salt desert in Kerman and Sistan and Balouchistan Province, southeast of Iran, and is the world’s 25th largest desert.
The surface of the sand there has been measured at temperatures as high as 70 °C (159 °F), and it is one of the world’s driest and hottest places. It was inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list on July 17, 2016.
It lies between two faults: the Nehbandan Fault on the east and the Nayband Fault on the west. The Lut Desert catchment area is about 175 thousand square kilometers (one tenth of the total area of the country) and is 900 kilometers from north to south and about 300 kilometers from west to east. At the foothills facing the Lut Desert, there are relics of human settlements from the fourth millennium B.C.
Following decades of isolation, Iran is once again open for business and rolling out the red carpet for tourists. Here are 18 reasons to see it now.
1. WORLD HERITAGE BONANZA
Iran is home to some of world’s most important historical sites and is home to a remarkable 19 UNESCO World Heritage-Listed sites based on cultural qualifications – more than any other country in Asia after China. Two sites were added to the list only last year: the 6000-year-old Susa archeological mounds and Meymand, a village of troglodytes or cave dwellers who live in homes that were hand-dug into rocks 3000 years ago. See unesco.org.
2. BIZARRE BAZAARS
Aworld heritage site and home to the planet’s hottest location, Lut Desert has all the makings of a top attraction, but why is it not one?
According to Iran’s top tourism official, it is due to poor planning.
Lut Desert, a vast salt desert shared between the provinces of Kerman and Sistan-Baluchestan, was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in July, becoming Iran’s first natural heritage site on the list.
The country now boasts 21 world heritage sites, more than any other country in the Middle East.
Zahra Ahmadipour, the newly-appointed head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, says the site “should be the subject of long-term planning”, helping Kerman’s tourism and, by extension, the local economy.
Ahmadipour’s predecessor, Masoud Soltanifar, who is now the minister of sports and youth affairs, had called on government entities to take steps for developing tourism infrastructure in the region.
Soltanifar had said Lut Desert, which used to pose an obstacle in the way of development due to its climatic conditions, has now become an increasingly popular destination for both domestic and foreign tourists.
The Lut Desert, one of the two deserts dominating the landscape of eastern Iran, has got what it takes to lure travelers considering its geological uniqueness.
Inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List, the scorching Lut, is a mix of sand and salt. Its calming silence is also amazingly attractive.
“The Lut Desert provides a suitable prospect for the expansion of tourism industry in the country,” Zahra Ahmadipour, the newly-appointed director of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Organization said on Monday.
She made the remarks during her visit to Jiroft in the southeastern province of Kerman, ILNA reported.
Ahmadipour who doubles as vice president accompanied First Vice-President Es’haq Jahangiri and several other members of the cabinet during the visit to Kerman.