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Understand

Kerman is a city in southeastern Iran with 677,650 inhabitants (2006)[1], situated on a sandy plain 1749 metres above sea level. It is the capital of Kerman with 2,652,413 inhabitants (2006) and an area of 181,714 km². Kerman is the largest carpet producing and exporting center in Iran. Kerman is a large producer of pistachios on the world market. The province is rich in minerals, like copper, coal, chromium, lead, zinc, uranium and aluminum, but mining has remained on a small scale. In recent times crude oil has been discovered, but is yet not exploited.

 

Get in

 

By plane

Kerman International Airport (IATA: KER – ICAO: OIKK) has regular flights to all major and some smaller cities in Iran.

 

By bus

Kerman is well connected to most parts of the country by bus.

 

By car

Freeways connect the city to Yazd(300 Km), Zahedan, Bandare Abbas(600 km), Birjand and Shiraz(600 km), Mashhad (1,200) km.

 

By Train

Kerman is connected to the whole railway network of Iran. It is connected to Yazd and also it will be connected to Zahedan in the near future(Under construction).

 

Get around

You can get around the city by taxi or bus. You can also go to the small towns such as Mahan, Joopar Shahdad, ...as well as the villages, such as Sirch, Zngi-Abad and ... by bus or taxi.

 

See

  • Bazaar - Explore the arcades of the bazaar, indulge in the smells of oriental spices.
  • Gonbad-e-Jabaliyeh - An amazing dome in the east of Kerman.
  • Ganjalikhan bath - A historic bath
  • Mouyedi Ice-House - There are several small-gardens around this ice-house which were filled with the water in winter, then after that the water iced, the ices lead to the ice-house to use in summer.
  • San'ati museum - An interesting museum in contemporary arts of Kerman.
  • Vakil traditional tea house - An attractive traditional tea house in the covered bazar.
  • Ganjali Khan Square - It is similar to "Naghshe Jahan" and "Mirchakhmaq" squares. The bazaars are located in three side of square and in the fourth side, the Ganjali Khan School is established.
  • Ganjali Khan Mosque - It is located in the north-west of square and near Ganjalikhan School. It was constructed in 1007 A.H.
  • Zarabkhaneh museum - It is located in the north side of square. This eight-angle place includes an arch, four porticoes and four booths in four views. Now, it has changed to coin museum.
  • Jameh mosque - The Friday mosque.

 

  • Moshtri-ye-Moshtak Ali Shah - A holy shrine.
  • Malek mosque (Imam mosque) - A gem of a mosque!
  • National Library, housed in a former a textile factory.
  • Museum of the Holy Defense - Interesting installation in the courtyard, depicting a battlefield in the Shatt-el-arab. Admission 3000 IRR.
  • Takht-e-Darya-Gholi-Beyg - A monument in the side of the hills in the east of Kerman.
  • Ghal'e Dokhtar - A historical castle in the hills in the east of Kerman; attributed to the Ashkanian era.

 

  • Ghal'e Ardeshir - A historical castle in the hills in the east of Kerman; attributed to the Ashkanian era.

 

Do

 

Buy

  • Rugs, Like many Iranian cities, Kerman produces rugs and has its own well-known style of rug-making.
  • Pistachio, Kerman is the center of producing the pistachio in Iran. More than 95% of Iran pistachio is produced in Kerman.
  • Kolompeh is a very delicious pie
  • Henna a flowering plant which is another souvenir of kerman.
  • Cumin a herbaceous annual plant, which is another souvenir of kerman.
  • Patteh is a unique handicraft which is produced in Kerman.
  • Quvetoo (Persian:قوِتو - قاووت)
  • Distills, Kerman have many kinds of aromatic distills.

 

Eat

 

Drink

Drinking alcohol is illegal, and if seen by police may be met with punishment, though available on the black market.

  • Doogh is a popular and delicious naturally-carbonated yogurt drink. It is generally served with ice and a dash of mint.
  • Distills - Kerman have many kinds of aromatic distill's.
  • Pāloodeh-e-Kermani (Fāloodeh-e-Kermani) is a special deliciously refreshing sorbet made from small drops of starch, suspended in rosewater.
  • Black tea (chāi, چای) is the national drink of alcohol-free Iran. It is served strong and with crystallised or cubed sugar (ghand, قند) which is held artfully between the teeth while tea is sipped through.
  • Fruit juices (āb miveh, آب ميوه), A wide variety of fruit juices (āb miveh, آب ميوه) and drinks are available from shops and street vendors including cherry cordial (sharbat ālbāloo, شربت آلبالو) and banana milkshakes (shir moz, شير موز).
  • Soft drinks are widely available, both international makes such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi, and their brand names including 7up, Sprite, Fanta, etc., and local makes such as ZamZam. Note that "Coca-Cola Original" and "Pepsi Original" etc. are NOT made of original The Coca-Cola Company's and PepsiCo's ingredients and taste exactly the same as ZamZam.
  • Ma-o-sha'eir is a non-alcoholic beer which you can find in the supermarkets.

 

Sleep

  • Pars Hotel, Jomhuri Blvd. - Kerman, +98(0)341 2119331-2
  • Akhavann Hotel, Shahid Sodooghi Ave., 0098(+)341 2441411-2.
  • Govashir Hotel, Imam Khomeini Expreress way., 0098(+)341 2512718.
  • Hotel Omid has the cheapest rooms in town, but no singles.

 

Learn

  • Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman [3] is one of the highest rank universities in Iran (among the 8 top Iranian universities) for its educational and research activities as well as its design and developement. The university was granted permission to be established on August 9,1972 and started its academic activities formally in 1975, in 3 disciplines: Physics, Chemistry, and English; with 10 faculty members and 70 students.The university is located in the south eastern part of Kerman, in an area of 500 hectares. At the present time, it has an enrollment of about 12500 students who are studying and doing research in 16 colleges and research institutes of the university. There is about 140,000 square meters physical space availble. There are about 100 different disciplines available for the students to choose from, which offers programs leading to B.A., B.Sc., M.A., M.Sc., D.V.M.,or Ph.D. degrees.There are 400 faculty members, and 1000 regular employees at the university.
  • Kerman University of Medical Sciences [4]
  • Azad University of Kerman [5]
  • Kerman Khaje-Nasir Higher Education Center [6]
  • Shahid Chamran College of Thechnology [7]

 

Get out

  • Visit Rayen with a magnificant old citadel (similar to Bam).
  • Mahan is only 30 kilometers away. Thereby you can see Shazdeh's garden and Shah-Ne'matollah-e-Vali monument

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