Kashan is a city in the Isfahan province of Iran. Kashan is the first of the large oases along the Qom-Kerman road which runs along the edge of the central deserts of Iran. Its charm is thus mainly due to the contrast between the parched immensities of the deserts and the greenery of the well-tended oasis. Archeological discoveries in the Sialk Hillocks which lie 2.5 miles (4 km) west of Kashan reveal that this region was one of the primary centers of civilization in pre-historic ages. Hence Kashan dates back to the Elamite period of Iran. The Sialk ziggurat still stands today in the suburbs of Kashan after 7000 years. After world known Iranian historical cities such as Isfahan and Shiraz, Kashan is a common destination for foreign tourists due to numerous historical places.
A highway connects Kashan to Tehran via Qom. Kashan it is just 2.5 hours from Tehran.
Agha Bozorg Mosque
Boroujerdi ha Residence. The house of Boroujerdi, belonging to a trading family who migrated to Kashan, was built over a hundred years ago. The construction date can still be seen on the covered inscription of the building, completion of which took 18 years of work by tens of laborers, architects and master painters. Since exceptional attention has been paid to all minute architectural details demanded by the geographical and climatic conditions of the area, the house has attracted considerable attention of architects and recognition from Iranian and foreign scientific and technical teams.
Tabatabaie Residence A large house with several courtyards, which once belonged to a wealthy merchant. Experience how well the wind towers work.
Ameri-Ha (Amerian) House
Sultan Amir Shrine
Sultan Amir Bath The turkish bath is in disuse now, inspect it and afterwards the attendant will insist taking you to the roof, against a tip of course.
40 Dokhtaran Fortress
Abu-Lu'lu'ah Shrine (the assassin of Islam's second Caliph)
Fin Garden is one of the most beautiful historical gardens of the middle-east and the world. It contains Kashan's Fin Bath, where Amir-Kabir a famous vizier of Qajarid was murdered by the King Nasereddin Shah.
Sialk Ziggurat, is claimed to be the world's oldest ziggurat, dating to the 3rd millennium BC, tucked away in the suburbs of the city.
Kashan Bazaar the bazaar with fantastic its mudbrick architecture is one of the jewels of the city. Pay a small amount to one of the touts hanging around the bazaar and you will be led to the roof of the bazaar, where you can get an idea of the technical marvel of building such large structures from mudbricks and have a wonderful view over the old city.
- Go shopping in traditional bazaar.
- Visit beautiful rose gardens in the suburbs of the city and see how traditional methods for rose water production works during spring season.
Carpet and rose water are the two world known products of the city.
Goosht-e-loobia, Gheymerize koolooche ye Kashan (khoshk/dry)
dugh (salt lassy )
- Eshan House -The most atmospheric place to stay is Eshan House across the road from one of the mosques. It is a really nice traditional house converted into a hotel. Standard price is 300,000 rials for a room which can sleep three people, but it is very possible to bargain. They have both traditional rooms where you sleep on the floor and rooms with bed. It is highly recommended to get a traditional room. Also ask one of the friendly staff to order traditional Iranian food.
- Golestan Hostel -Negative reviews from many travellers. Not clean and not a nice place for women travellers.
- Amir Kabir Hotel
- Sayyah Hotel
- Town of Qamsar near Kashan is the biggest center in the Middle East for producing rose water.
- Town of Niasar is notable for an incredible man made cave and a historical fire place.
- Abyaneh, a famous, historic Iranian village is near Kashan. With a unique reddish hue, the village is one of the oldest in Iran, attracting numerous native and foreign tourists year-round, especially during traditional feasts and ceremonies. The village has been called an entrance to Iranian history. The local clothing, for example, is in a style of great antiquity. An Abyunaki woman typically wears a white long scarf (covering the shoulders and upper trunk) which has a colourful pattern and an under-knee skirt. Even the most immediate villages' women have different dress style so that one could tell if she is from Abyaneh or not.