Ziggurat is built more than 3000 years ago. It was built by Elamites (their enscriptions are visible on bricks of ziggurat) for their chief god Inshushinak. You can not enter even first level of ziggurat, just go around see this wonderful building. On the highest levels (now ruined) is or was the tomb of Elamite King Untash Gal which ordered to build ziggurat. Near ziggurat you can see sun dial as well as footprints of Elamite child and dog. If the local guide tells about the place in his rather poor English I advice to give a tip to him since this is totally unvisited place for tourists and travelleres, local or foreign.
I asked at reception desk of Iran hotel in Ahvaz how much would cost taxi to Choqa Zanbil. It ended that one of hotel employees took me there and back by his own car for 220 000 rials. I am sure it is possible to make better deal, but then probably you should go to taxi station where there will be more drivers willing to bring you there and make heavy bargain. It took about one hour each way. On the way I saw a hyene who crossed the road just in front of our car.
I hired a taxi from Ahvaz to reach Chogha Zanbil, which also inluded Haft Tappeh & ended in Shush.
That cost me USD 20, one way (from Ahvaz & ended in Shush).
You can also hire taxis from Shush, Shustar, Andimeshk or the nearby towns to reach Chogha Zanbil. Maybe that would be cheaper, I wouldn't know.
I just wanted some conveniences on my side otherwise I would have to drag my luggage here, there & everywhere just so that I could get everything cheap ?
I don't think so.
Within the region of Chogha Zanbil particularly around the Dez River a special type of tropical and subtropical wood exists. Historical evidence shows that these are the remains of ancient woods that ranged from the Zagros Mountains to Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. These woods contained a rich variety of vegetation.
Today, however, Man and the requirements of the modern world have left only a few green spots around the banks of the river. Increase in the number of villages, agricultural usage throughout the year, and the extensive use of the area by herds of cattle have done maximum damage.
Three main factors affect the ecology of the area: latitude, elevation, and the Persian Gulf. The region, with latitude of 32? N is semitropical and extremely hot and dry. Special characteristics of the region are irregular rainfalls and dry seasons lasting more than six months.
On the other hand proximity to the Gulf makes the area extremely humid. The area?s ecology has been designated semidry-warm, using the Domartin method (calibrated for Iran).
Favorite thing: The aggregate of this city along with Elamite civilisation in the vicinity of Haft Tappeh, was demolished in 640 BC as a result of Assyrian conquests, under the command of 'Ashur Banipal', thence terminating the Elamite jurisdiction after a period of more than a millennium.