Mesr Desert – Isfahan
The Mesr Desert of Isfahan carries many myths behind its name. In the simplest way, the desert has a lot of beauties that will draw every piece of you. In the heart of the desert, somewhere far from the crowded city of Isfahan, the Mesr desert offers a unique place to relax and enjoy the nature.
The Mesr is a desert village in the province of Isfahan and 45 km from the city of Jandag. The population of this village is about 120 people. Due to its unique and amazing views, the Mesr Desert is considered as one of the most demanding tourist attractions in Iran.
The Mesr as the name means Eygpt and you may wonder why the desert is called Mesr. In fact, there are different stories but the most accepting story is about a villager named Joseph. At the time, the village was inhabitable and depleted from habitat, Joseph decides to dig a deep water well and eventually he reaches water. Reaching the water and bringing hope for the people of the village considered as a miracle, and hence the village is called Egypt after Moses miracle.
The desert of Mesr in Isfahan is one of the most spectacular deserts in Iran that attracts many tourists. On top of this, if you are looking for a city break and enjoy the silence of night, looking at the clear sky far from the pollution, wail, thrum, rustle of urban life, the native accommodation of Mesr desert of Isfahan is an iresistable experience for you.
Mesr (former names: Chah Faraz, Kalateh Yousef, Yousef Farm) is a village near the city of Khore and Biabanak in the province of Isfahan. This village is located in the “Dasht-e Kavir” desert of Iran, 45 km east of “Jandagh” and 60 km north of “Khor”. This village is one of the most attractive tourist areas of Iran. The name of the Mesr Sand Sea is familiar to many nature tourists.
History of Mesr desert Isfahan
Several years ago, the founder of this village was a capitalist individual named Yusuf, who was a shepherd. The lifetime of this village may not exceed 100 years, but everyone used to recognize it as the field of Yusuf, until the village aqueducts became dry and forced Yusuf to dig a well with British diesel engines. The neighbouring villagers called the new village “Deep Wells”. But because Joseph did not like this name, he called for the people to name this village Mesr (Egypt in Farsi) since his name was Yusuf and the story of Joseph the Prophet was also in the land of Egypt. Since then, the name of this village has been called Mesr. The villagers also called the village “Mesr” because they had great respect for Yusuf.
Attractions of Mesr desert Isfahan
The Mesr desert Isfahan is so beautiful that you can spend days comfortably in it and still crave its beauty. Yellow sandy hills and dams are the most spectacular attractions of Mesr desert Isfahan. If you end up standing at one point of the desert and watch the yellow hills for as far as the eye works, you know you are going to spend an ample amount of time there. But just seeing it is not enough, the sand of this area is so smooth that you have to take your shoes off and walk bare feet. Touching the smooth and warm sand on your toe tips is one of the most memorable experiences you will ever have.
The existence of deepwater wells, the greenery of the desert region, and the cultivation of the Tamarisk tree to prevent the flow of sand, the boulevard about 50 meters inside the village, the existence of old houses and their reconstruction to accommodate tourists, motorcycles, camels in the desert, and most importantly the presence of vast and lush awnings about 5 km away from to the village, and the presence of sand dunes around it are among the factors that have attracted tourists in the desert.
Watching the endless yellow hills and the desert is not the only good part of Mesr desert Isfahan. Nights in Mesr desert Isfahan generally have a different story. In the nights of this desert, you are invited to the stars celebration. Just one glance at the sky will ensure you never wanting to stop looking at it. These stars sometimes look somewhat close to you, and you might feel if you hold your arm out, you can pick a few of them and hold them in your arms.
Visiting the Mesr desert Isfahan
Mesr desert is located in Isfahan province and is 45 km from “Jandagh” city. Although access to this desert is possible with a private car, many tourism tours to this desert exist, therefore, the best way to travel is to join a tour.
Translated from eligasht.com.
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