Iran Journey 2015: How to get to Masuleh

Founded in the 10th century AD, the village of Masuleh is located about 70 km southwest of Rasht in the mountains of Alborz. Nestled on the side of the mountain at an elevation of 1050 meters above sea level, the town itself has an elevation difference of about 100 meters. And what makes Masuleh unique is that the roofs of the houses are actually serving as streets and courtyards. As people say, the yard of the building above is the roof the one below.

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How we got there:
We visited Masuleh on a car with our friend who drove us there from Rasht via the town of Fuman (make sure to try Fuman’s famous pastry – kuluche fuman). The information below was shared by people from Iran (and Rasht, particularly) whom I asked for the easiest ways to get to Masuleh.
Information on how to get to the Lake Urmia in Iran, how to get to Masuleh, hitchhiking to Masuleh, taxi to Masuleh, Masouleh

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Iran Journey 2015: How to get to Lake Urmia

Once the largest of the three lakes of the Armenian Highlands, the Lake Urmia today is facing the danger of completely drying out. Some blame the climate change, others the growing demand for water in order for people to grow crops, some others blame the causeway that divided the lake into two parts resulting in the ecological catastrophe.

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How we got there:
Because it was our last day in Tabriz, we decided to take a bus instead of hitchhiking to the Lake Urmia. We left the city at 9:30 AM and in about 1,5-2 hours we got to the lake. We spent about 2 hours wandering on the shores of the lake, and managed to return back to Tabriz before it got dark, so we could explore the city. If you want to save time, then going there by bus is the best option. Besides, the bus is cheap and you’ll have a chance to talk to locals while on the road.
Information on how to get to the Lake Urmia in Iran

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Iran Journey 2015: How to get to Kandovan from Tabriz

The village of Kandovan with its troglodyte homes carved in the volcanic rocks is located in the Osku County of East Azerbaijan province of Iran. Kandovan derives its name from the cone-shaped homes that resemble wild bee hives (in Persian, کندوی عسل – Kandoo-e Asal, bee hive). Some of the dwellings are around 700 years old, and they are still inhabited. It reminded us of the cave village of Khndzoresk in Armenia, only no one lives there anymore.

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How to get to Kandovan from Tabriz:
There are no direct buses or minibuses to Kandovan from Tabriz, so you’ll have to either get to the city of Sahand, or Osku first, and from there make your way to the village. Hitchhiking is easy and fast, but the transportation is so cheap that it almost makes no sense. Note that even though there is no entrance fee for visitors, the drivers must nevertheless pay some entrance fee to pass the Kandovan check point, so if you’re hitchhiking and you don’t want to make your driver pay, just get out of the car at the check point.
The historical village of Kandovan, Iran

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Nagorno-Karabakh Visa Information

Updated on 31 January 2016

Nagorno-Karabakh, or Artsakh, is a de-facto independent republic located in the South Caucasus, bordering Azerbaijan to the east, Armenia to the west, and Iran to the south. Populated predominantly by Armenians, then Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region of Azerbaijan SSR held a referendum and declared its independence in 1991, which resulted in a large-scale war. The ceasefire signed in 1994 defined the current borders of the state. Artsakh is known for its ancient cultural heritage, and its wild nature and hospitality attract more and more travelers every year. Currently, the only way to enter Nagorno-Karabakh is via Armenia. Foreign travelers are required to obtain entry visa.
Map of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, visa infomration

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Armenia Visa Information

Updated on 31 January 2016

For most of the nationalities Armenian visa can be obtained on arrival in the airport or at other border-contol points if you arrive by land from Georgia or Iran. Armenian visas are issued for maximum of 120 days with possibility to extend for another 60 days if no other term is defined by international agreements of the Republic of Armenia.

Visitor Visa:
A Visitor visa is issued when a foreigner intends to enter the Republic of Armenia for the purposes of tourism, visiting relatives or other persons, business, transportation and other professional interest, medical treatment or other short-term stay. Visitor visa is issued for a single entry or for multiple entries with validity of one year.

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