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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What is the name of this bird؟

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Companions of the Barandaz Lodge and travel lovers
From a father’s legacy to an ecotourism residence

From a father’s legacy to an ecotourism residence

The lodge is Mr. Tabatabaei’s ancestral home which has been set up considering the tourists’ interest in the rural and desert residential centers.
“Yalda”, under “Korsi” in the heart of central desert

“Yalda”, under “Korsi” in the heart of central desert

We sat around the korsi, a type of low table with a heater underneath and blankets thrown over it.
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.