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Travel Blogs from Yazd
... from Shiraz the day before. Luckily the drive wasn't unnecessarily uncomfortable. Four of us and all our gear are in one small car, but the roads are good and Mehrdad has a storage capsule fixed to the roof to carry baggage (the rest is in the boot). The scenery was interesting as well, because we drove through semi desert with dramatic mountainous backdrops. We had music to accompany us (firstly my iPod was connected to the sound system to listen to Saltwater Band from ...
... dissolving the bones into the earth. Obviously this place is no longer used as a place to 'rest’ the dead, but a clear reminder that there is not just Islamic history in Iran.
With all this talk about Zoroastrian sites, we hope you don’t get the impression that Yazd is the Zoroastrian capital of the world. Yes it does have some historical Zoroastrian sites, but it also has a lot of other sites. While in Yazd we visited the Jamme (Friday) Mosque, ...
... and in my opinion the best time to admire it is at night when it is lit up.
As we returned back to the hotel, we bumped into a couple whom were travelling in Yazd from Tehran. The lady asked us if we were travelling alone and if we had a guide. She was then shocked that we were travelling alone and insisted that we should have a guide. she introduced her guide and I took his number. Later that night we called him. His name was Mr. Kalantary. He invited us to join him ...
Zoroastarians also believe in purity of the elements so they refused to bury their dead (pollutes the earth) or burn their dead (pollutes the atmosphere). Instead, the dead were placed on towers of silence or "Silent Towers" where the bodies were “cleaned” by the vultures. The bones were then placed in a large pit at the center of the tower and acid was tossed on the bones to dissolve them forever. Zoroastarians stopped using Silent Towers about 50 years ...
... or truck was
parked outside the building. With this joke we continued driving into the city
center of this bigger city. On the first road café we stopped. – Hotel??? They
replied saying something we didn’t understand but then waved and pointed back
where we came from and there body language said it should be at the roundabout.
Making some flashing signs with my hands they were all nodding saying we should
go back to the ...