The old wooden houses of Masuleh are quite attractive, in a weather worn, dilapidated way. Though I did see some that were being renovated, with one that looked as if it was going to be converted into a small hotel. Apparently, there has been funding for locals to be trained in carpentry and other skills necessary to repair and restore the...more
We were passing by this cavelike shop ( pic 2), when a woman appeared and invited us to look around. There was a selection of knitted goods as well as traditional costumes( pic 3), which she tried to pursuade me to dress up in. I politely declined, as I was feeling a bit 'hot and sticky' after climbing up the steep slope, though I did feel a bit of...more
After a short, but steep climb, we arrived at a cemetery, which had a Martyrs section, identified by the Iranian flags fluttering by each tomb. Next to the cemetery was a small green domed mosque. I peeped into the open doorway, but there was a man inside praying, so I didn't venture in. Apparently there are more mosques in Masuleh, but I didn't...more
Walking is the only way to explore the ancient village of Masuleh - the 'streets' are too narrow for any transport. The car park is at the bottom of the village, across the small river. There are different paths up through Masuleh, giving views back over the tree covered mountains, which are particularly atmospheric when there are misty clouds...more
Masuleh offers you great opportunities for leisure walks around the village. Depending on your time, mood and physical condition of course. We walked in a path through the hill facing the village. This allowed us in complete serentiy to come in touch with nature and offered us panoramic views over the village. We had the chance to make wonderful...more
A lot of Tehranians come to this village espesially in the summer vacation and in the weekends., and some of them stay there for some nights. They speak English, and you may ask them about the location of this Museuam ... as I did with this man and the two ladies with him.more
This museum has the traditional tools that the pepole of this village have used in the past. It includes tools for kitchen, food preservation, transportation, beds, dresses ...They are not recently made, and not pictures. They are real.This picture shows the entrance. There are two rooms.more
Masuleh is located in the northern part of Iran, in the Gilan Province. Take a taxi from Rasht...Masuleh is built on a hill at 1050 meters above sea level. The houses are built so compact and near each other that the streets are actually the roof on another house.In Masuleh the air is clean and not to hot in the summer. But during winter it can...more
The articles such as gelims (rugs made of goats’ hair), jajims (fine carpets made of wool or cotton), socks, traditional dress, knives, spades, axes, scissors, and scythes are produced in Masuleh. Making a certain type of shoes called chamush is another occupation. The leather used for making chamushes are produced in the tanneries of the village...more
masuleh is one of most attractive cities in iran and also in gilan province.actually i was surprised by the amount of scenery in this smal town.very nice dishes you can find in masuleh.realy ,masuleh is one of my destination in iran and ,i decided to visit it again to check it out!more
There were 2 or 3 similar eateries in this village, as well as an old teahouse.Apparently, the restaurants all have a limited menu of - kebabs.I liked this place, it had a nice atmosphere, and there was plenty to see as I waited for my meal. Below, I could see into another restaurant, where a family group was enjoying their day out. Opposite was a...more
It won't take you long to find out where to eat in Masuleh as the village is compact enough and the dining options few.We found a lovely small grill restaurant in the bazaar area, serving freshly glilled kebabs with tomatoes. The dining area was typically for Masuleh on a rooftop!! offering splendid views over the surrounding area with luxuriant...more
There is some one day tours to Masouleh on weekends ( Friday ). So if you want to go with a tour to masouleh you can arrenge such tours. Of course this tour is not available every weekend. If you want to go yourself by bus it takes a long time because there is not direct bus to Masouleh. You should go first to Rasht and then Masouleh. I think friday is not good time to see that place because there is a lot of people from around Iran and it's crowdy especially in Spring and summer. I was in masouleh last year and 10 years ago. My first trip was excelent because we saw emty Masouleh. But last year I was in a holiday in Masouleh and I had problem to park my car , and everywhere was full ! Anyway anytime is good to see wonderful city of Masouleh.
Lavashak is another sweet delicacy, which I became quite addicted to - well it's dried sheets of pulped fruits, which again comes in slightly different textures. Its just fruit, so its one of my '5 a day'!!Typing this now, my mouth's watering at the memory of the sweet and sour flavour of the sheets of fruitMajid had bought a packet of mixed fruit...more
While I'd stopped to take a photo, Majid had disappeared into a shop. This small store was stacked with boxes of the local halva. I'd only tried halva once, years ago, which I hadn't really liked -a sickly sweet and slightly greasy lump of an unfamiliar nutty flavour, with a strange dry texture too - I later found out that this was tahini or sesame...more
The most important handicrafts of Masouleh are chamoosh ( kinds of shoes), a simple kind of Carpet which is called Jajim (coarse) and Gelim (short-napped coarse Carpet), woolen socks and gloves and dolls. Every tourist who comes to Masouleh , wishes to buy a small coarse or any other handicrafts as a souvenir. $15 for eachmore
Almost everyone I met in Iran was very friendly and very curious about me and where I came from.
Just outside Masuleh I met a group of Iranians that invited me to have a picnic with them. We drank tea and ate traditional cookies from the nearby village of Fuman. They teach me a lot of the daily life in Iran.
When the opportunity comes to make new friends, take it. And in Iran the opportunity comes more then twice!
Enjoy your trip!
I really felt I was absolutely trapped by a local driver with whom we agreed to arrange our tranfer to Rayen airport. He refused settling the price beforehead and I was naive enough to think that everyone in Iran was as honest and kind as I had met.
He proposed to take us a short excursion to the "attractive" port city of Bandar Anzali before reaching the airport. Well this was a long ride and more than that Bandar Anzali was totally uninteresting. So a complete loss of money (the cost was announced as we reached the airport and was not cheap by iranian standards)
So the common advice: ALWAYS agree before on prices wherever you decide to go
Luggage and bags:
For a day trip, a day sac to carry your camera, guide book, water etc. If staying overnight or longer, a rucksack, or something easy to carry up the steep, uneven steps
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfy shoes, layers - Masuleh can be hot, but there is the chance of rain
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I didn't see any pharmacies here, so carry all essential medication. Sun screen, mossie stuff.
Photo Equipment: All you can carry - this is a photogenic village. I should imagine that there is at least one shop that stocks batteries and films etc, but probably best to stock up beforehand.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Mountain walks near here, so pack all weather gear
Miscellaneous: Wet wipes, tissues, water bottle, phrase book, art materials for sketching/ painting etc. Small gifts, photos of family/ home etc.
It was our taxi driver who insisted to make a side trip to the port town of Bandar Anzali before dropping us at Rayen airport. He suggested that it is an "attractive" place.But alas! As I found out in my guidebook, Bandar Anzali is nothing more that a large industrial port city with little to offer.A large port, a tiny beach (where local men were...more
The oldest building date back to 300 years ago, but their architecture is similar to that of the Sassanian period. There are eighteen mosques and five shrines in Masuleh, the most important of which are Jame’ mosque and the mausoleum of Imam Zadeh Own ebn-e Mohammad-e Hanafiyyeh located in the neighborhood of Masjedbar. The door of the mausoleum,...more
masuleh an historic town entertains passengers from near and far and even abroad who come to this town rvery year.this village absorbs many tourists every year.according to it's climate and type of archtecture , masuleh is one of unique town in the world .you can see that the streets and buildings have made on themselves.more