Barandaz Lodge (Tabatabaei), Farahzad, Mesr Desert
Sky, Sand dunes, Bare toes
The tiny settlement of Farahzad, 425km from Esfahan, is an oasis located amid sand dunes in the Dasht-e Kavir, just outside the village of Mesr.
Its residents, all members of one extended family (Tabatabaei), make a living from agriculture and by operating Barandaz Lodge. Read more.

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A Neyzar in heart of desert

A Neyzar in heart of desert

A severe flood in May 1979 in Mesr and Farahzad villages led to the formation of a pond and emergence of special vegetation in the central desert of Iran.
Takht-e- Aroos

Takht-e- Aroos

Many guests of the Brandaz Lodge are quite familiar with the Mesr Desert, especially the safari tour into the heart of the sand and 'Takht-e-Aroos' (Bride Throne) sand hill.
Bayazeh village

Bayazeh village

‘Bayazeh’ is an ancient village located 130 kilometers from our village, Farahzad. There is a castle in Bayazeh called ‘Orange Castle’, which dates back to the Sassanid era (224-651) but it is not clear when exactly it was constructed.
Garmeh village

Garmeh village

Most visitors do not believe they can see a cold spring and green trees in the heart of the desert.