General Information About Kashan
Kashan is famous for ‘golab’ (rose water), brilliant tiles, Kashani rug, and pottery. It is the land of art; several professional artists like Kamal-ol-Molk, the prominent painter, Ustad-Ali Maryam, the skillful architect, and the poet Sohrab Sepehri used to live in Kashan. Kashan, also known as ‘Kahfeshan’ and ‘Kasian’ in ancient times, is located northwest of Isfahan city, and it is a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Tehran. Many tourists think that Kashan, as it is located near ‘Kavir’ desert, has a completely arid climate and is fully-covered by desert, but the reality is something else; the eastern and western sides of the city have different climate conditions. The western side contains two of the highest peaks of ‘Karkas’ chain and ‘Mt. Ardahal’. The eastern side leads to ‘Maranjab’ Desert which is located in ‘Aran-o-Bidgol’ and is about 60 km away from Kashan. Its high sandy hills, and its caravansaries adjacent to the salt-river are worth visiting. Kashan has a pleasant weather in spring and fall, but it has hot summers and cold winters. Hence, the best time to travel to Kashan is early March to late May (in spring, after Nowruz vacation) or mid-September to mid-November. For those who are interested in history, Kashan is a must-visit city. Many archeologists believe that there have been an early human settlement in ‘Sialk Hillocks’ which is in west of Kashan. Based on archeological discoveries, (like a variety of artifacts from prehistoric ages), Kashan is one of the oldest civilized cities since 8000 years ago. However, some new-found documents reveal, its age to be about 40000 years old. Kashan is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iran because of its historical sites, natural attractions, and an outstanding ceremony named ‘golab giri’ (rose water distillation ceremony). This thousand-year-old festival takes place annually in Qamsar (40 kilometers south of Kashan) and Niasar (approximately 25 kilometers northwest of Kashan) from mid-May to mid-June. Almost more than million tourists visit this wonderful ceremony each year. There are eye catching tourist attractions inside and around Kashan that you should not miss; some of them are:
- Boroujerdi House
- Tabatabaei House
- Abbasian House
- Sialk Historical Mounds
- Agha Bozorg Mosque
- Theology school(madrassa)
- Kashan Bazaar
Note: Do not miss Amin-o-Dowleh Timcheh.
- Soltan Amir Ahmad Bath
- Noosh Abad Underground City(about 5 km north of Kashan)
- Niasar Fire Temple(about 30 km west of Kashan)
- Niasar Mithra Temple
- Fin Garden
Note: Visiting Kashan, you can book four-star and three-star hotels, but we strongly advise you not to miss traditional hotels and boutique houses. Spending your time there, you will have the opportunity to travel back in time! In addition to such hotels, traditional restaurants are also highly recommended, especially those which serve ‘Shefteh somaq’ and ‘Chelo dizi’, delicious Kashani foods. For more detailed information about traditional hotels or boutique houses, you can refer to hotel articles. Growing into a large industrial city in Isfahan province, Kashan has well-run transportation services.
- Kashan Airport: (IATA: KKS , ICAO: OIFK)
Kashan Airport is one of the oldest airports in Iran (since 1954). Located to the southeast of the city, this airport has three airlines and regular flights to and from Mashhad and Kish.
- Kashan railway station:
You can find Kashan train station to the northeast of Kashan. You can get to this city by ‘InterRegio’ railway services (Tehran-Bandar Abbas, Tehran-Shiraz, Tehran-Yazd) and Intercity services (Kashan-Mashhad). Almost daily trains to Tehran are provided. Note: InterRegio Services: they are railway services which connect two big cities and stops at almost every station. Intercity services: These services connect major cities. There is no stop in other stations in such services.
It is one of the most convenient transportation services in Kashan. You can use different kinds of taxis (like pre-booked taxis, snap, spot, taxi agents, etc.) in the city. Snap and spot are ride-hailing companies in Iran. You should download their iOS/android applications to request your ride.
- Bus Terminal:
Buses are the most commonly used transportation system in Kashan. Most bus companies have offices in the city terminal. Regular services to almost all big cities like Esfahan, Tabriz, Shiraz, Mashhad, Tehran, etc. are provided. It is located in the northern side of the city. Note: The inner city buses provide services to most parts of the city. The main bus station is ‘Panzdah-e-Khordad’ square station. Ask locals for other bus stations inside the city.