Zeinodin Caravanserai: The Zein-o-Din Caravanserai is located in Mehriz, Yazd, Iran. The caravanserai belongs to the 16th century and it is situated on the ancient Silk Road. This caravanserai was built during the reign of Shah Abbas I to provide facilities to travelers. Zein-o-din is one of two caravanserais built with circular towers and also after its refurbishment; it has operated as an inn. A Silk Route, surrounded by oases and hot springs; and building with history, where gold, ivory and spice traders would hole up and gossip.
There is a golden fort with its 5 watch towers, and it granted with a huge wooden door. Following the round shaped interior walls of Zeinodin caravanserai; you can see narrow rooms which are built on wooden platforms. Rooms are closed by some with wooden doors and others with just a thick curtain separating them from the corridor. The floors covered with Thick Persian carpets and decorate the walls. A clean, pillows and blankets are provided. Everything is delightfully made to evoke the feeling of a Silk Road travel.
There’s an exquisite dining room where you feast on chicken with walnuts and pomegranate and bowls of saffron rice.
There are some traveller’s comments on this caravanserai:
This shouldn’t be seen as a stopover but as a destination in itself. There are no private bathrooms and the facilities are pretty basic. But the place is right out of a movie set- except its real. The food is outstanding and make sure you get up early in the morning or in the evening to catch the sunrise and sunset. This place was one of the best experiences I had in Iran. (Andy Pubah form Singapore; stayed May 2016)
‘Great experience in the middle of nowhere’
Simply amazing! Being a basic place, the place has all the things you need to a great experience. Even the food, probably the weak point in Iran, was tasty and good. The staff also is so friendly. Absolutely recommended! (Dosounds form Vietnam; stayed Dec. 2016)
Visit and dinner – did not stay overnight’
An interesting place, beautifully laid out with bedrooms around the central courtyard, also other simpler sleeping areas off the courtyard. An interesting insight into how early people travelled – but of course we were doing it in style! A large dining area is to the rear with an excellent buffet of hot and cold dishes.
This is not the place I would choose to simply call into for a one night stay and then move on – it deserves more. I would say that as a minimum one should arrive early afternoon, maybe have lunch, then relax and eventually enjoy a sun set over the desert from the easily accessed roof.
At night this area has so little light pollution that photographing the stars is no problem. (Signum32 from the UK; stayed Oct. 2016)
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