Saturday, June 4, 2011

The Road from Mazandaran to Kurdistan

From Amol, Mazandaran to Tehran
There is no direct flight from Mazandaran to Sanandaj, you have to fly to Mehrabad Airport in Tehran and then take a flight to Sanandaj. Considering the possibilities of flight cancellation which is common in Iran and our tight schedule, we decided to drive.  Driving will give us the best opportunity to experience not only the country but also the driving culture.  The good thing is that none of us are driving and my Iranian friend will be the only one driving since he has the best survival skill on the Iranian roads! Driving in Iran can be hazardous :).

Mt. Damavand
We started the day early because it will be a long drive from Amol to Sanandaj. The distance is more than 600 kilometers and again we have to go through Alborz mountain range to Tehran then get on the highway to Kurdistan. With stopovers for lunch and rest, the journey is expected to take 11 to 12 hours.  We are not breaking the journey for a night because the next day we are scheduled for a meeting in Sanandaj.

On the way to Tehran, we stopped at a village to view the famous snow capped Mt. Damavand from a distance. Located about 50km from Tehran, Mt.Damavand (5,610m)  is a dormant volcano with the highest peak in Iran and Middle East. Due to foggy weather, the peak was not clearly visible but it was nice to have a glance. Approaching Sanandaj, Kurdistan, we began to see vast mountain range and green landscapes and the panoramic view of Sanandaj from the hill top is just superb.
We stopped near this village to view Mt. Damavand
A mosque on the Kurdistan Highway
The highway toll
Approaching Sanandaj
The city of Sanandaj, Kurdistan

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