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Visit of Kharanaq

Well-preserved ruins of desert town

Petr Liška
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Visit of Kharanaq
Inserted: 29.08.2014
Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com

If you are already in the desert Yazd, do not forget to go within one day trip also to very interesting ruins of Khanaraq (1 765 m asl) /80 kilometers away from Yazd/. After passing through the modern part of the town await you extensive freely accessible ruins. Remember, however, that these buildings from adobe mud bricks are already quite shabby, so part of the ceilings is already forfeited and another will fall soon, which is a shame. After seeing the ruins set out to the adjacent green oasis, where they pomegranates grow, to the aqueduct and to the outlook point, where you will see the town nicely panoramic. 

Vila from bricks

After parking the car you will walk a while through the new regular buildings before you get to the maze of ancient buildings from adobe bricks. Along the way you will see also this beautiful two-story villa.

 

Vila from bricks
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Old town with mosque

Dozens of small houses are dominated by the minaret of the mosque, the only modernized building in this historic place.

 

Old town with mosque
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Barren mountains

Not only this ancient town, but also the views from roofs have their charm. Directly below the town is an oasis fed by water from the seasonal wadi. The ridge on the horizon has about two thousand meters above sea level and could be the destination of a half-day walk with interesting views, but only in case you have enough water with you.

Barren mountains
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Fields below Kharanaq

If you would like to set out also to the oasis, aqueduct and the outlook point of the town, walk along the dirt road to a small canyon and overcome it along the beaten path to the other side.

 

Fields below Kharanaq
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View of the outlook point

The destination of the walk from Khanaraq is a small hill between the unfinished mosque and historic aqueduct.

 

View of the outlook point
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In the interior of the old town

In the old town you can crawl through the abandoned houses. Unfortunately, most of them are already in disrepair, so everything only at your own risk.

 

In the interior of the old town
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Opulent houses in Kharanaq

Once opulent houses in the northern part of the town are now empty. It would be very interesting to see how it looked in its heyday.

 

Opulent houses in Kharanaq
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Panorama of Khanaraq

If you go out of town for a walk through oasis to the small canyon and on to the aqueduct, you'll soon have a beautiful panoramic view of the whole town and pointed dominant mountain on the horizon, which is in fact almost three thousand meters high, seven kilometer long ridge.

Panorama of Khanaraq
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Old town in Kharanaq

Kharanaq could actually work as a backcloth for a Persian fairy-tale.

 

Old town in Kharanaq
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Below the aqueduct

The aqueduct bridges seasonal wadi, which supplies the region with water only in early spring.

 

Below the aqueduct
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At aqueduct

From the aqueduct walk along the another path back to the town and end this short circular trip.

At aqueduct
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