Located close to the ancient city of Kashan, Maranjab Desert is one of the most beautiful deserts in Iran whose golden sand dunes are truly mesmerizing. Deserts in Iran are fascinating not just because of their unforgettable scenery, but also because of their long, ancient, and enchanting history. There are two major reasons that make me recommend a tour to Maranjab Desert to all European tourists who have never been to a desert before. First, Maranjab Desert offers very convenient desert tours in terms of distance. Second, there is a very interesting historic sight in the middle of this desert.
When it comes to to taking desert tours in Iran, the distance of the trip is very important. Obviously, desert tours are far from luxury tours; there is the scorching sun, the bumpy road, and the wind that feels like a hairdryer blowing constantly into your face. Unlike the other famous deserts in Iran, Maranjab desert is not located very far from major oasis cities in the center of the country. From the city of Aran va Bidgol which is itself very close to Kashan, it'll take you only one hour to get to Maranjab Desert.
Being a vast empire, ancient Persia was not easy to cross. And so, there were convenient accommodation facilities on most of the major roads to accommodate the weary travelers. These accommodation facilities were called caravanserais and Maranjab Caravanserai_ built in the 16th century, was one of the important ones. It was important because it was located on the ancient Silk Road through which the empire's commerce prospered. Having been renovated in recent years, Maranjab Desert's Caravanserai is still used as an accommodation facility, but at this moment that this article is being written- June 2016, it does not offer a very convenient stay and so we recommend you to stay in Kashan for the night