Landi is a 700-inhabitants village surrounded by beautiful nature in Ardal County, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province, Iran. A one night hiking trip away from a waterfall surrounded by pristine nature.
Photos: Road and hiking trip – From Tehran to Landi Waterfall
Sources: Mehr News, Wikipedia | Landi Village, anobanini.com 1, anobanini.com 2 (in Persian)
Zayanderud (literally ‘river that gives life’) is the largest river in the central plateau of Iran. It starts in the Zagros mountain range in western Iran and runs 400km to the east before ending in the Gavkhouni Swamp, a seasonal salt lake, southeast of Isfahan city, in the central part of the country.
The Zayanderud Dam had its floodgates opened on Friday to supply the water required for farmers’ autumnal crop growing. The increase in discharge of the Zayanderud is making the landscape along the river even more enjoyable (see photos below).
Photos: The Zayanderud flowing through Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari on its way to the city of Isfahan
Sources: Tasnim News Agency, PressTV
Kuhrang (Koohrang) County lies in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province in central Iran. The capital of the county is Chelgard. Rural areas in Koohrang have a temperate climate with beautiful landscapes.
During Spring, from early April to early May, grow fritillaria imperialis, called often “inverted tulip” in Iran. Its main habitat is Zagros Mountains and the greatest flowers are found in Kuhrang.
The Lion Tombstones (shir-e sangi or bardshir) are a type of tombstone in the form of a lion, found mostly on the graves of Lor and Qashqai (Ghashghai) nomads in the west, southwest, and parts of southern Persia. The major concentration of these statues in today’s Iran are in the province of Khuzestan.
These lions statues stare out from isolated Bakhtiari graveyards in many valleys and across the Zagros Mountains, along the migration routes of the tribes. They mark the graves of unknown chiefs and warriors who died in local battles and can be found individually and in clusters.
Sources: Tasnim News | Photos, IRNA | Photos 1, IRNA | Photos 2, Wikipedia | Kuhrang County, Enciclopædia Iranica | Lion Tombstones, Mehr News | Iran home to inverted tulips
Helen Protected Area is located in the central Zagros Mountains, in Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari Province. With approximately 30,000 hectares of oak trees, the area is home to a wide variety of species, including brown bears, leopards, wildcats and eagles.
This region derives its name from Helen’s Mountain, a 3,136m mountain peak named in honor of Helen Jeffreys Bakhtiar of Boise, Idaho, in commemoration of her work as a public health nurse in Iran in the 1950’s. She was a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy and traveled to Iran to serve as a public health nurse as part of President Truman’s Point Four Program. The rural improvement project sent American experts in agriculture, health and education to work in villages in less-developed countries.
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Sources: IRNA | Photos, Tishineh | Helen Protected Area (in Persian), Iranian.com | Helen’s Mountain
According to the Iran Rowing Federation, the white water rafting competitions took place on the Zayandeh-Rood river, in Saman, Chahar Mahal & Bakhtiari Province, in order to select the members that will compete for Iran’s national team in the upcoming international competition in Turkey.
Sources: IRNA, Mehr News Agency, Tasnim News Agency, Fars News Agency, ICF (Iran Canoeing, Rowing & Sailing Federation)