"Heading for the Wild East" Kerman by Orchid

Kerman Travel Guide: 39 reviews and 91 photos

Kerman is 8 hours by bus from Shiraz, across mountains and plains.
Another bead on the Silk Road trade routes, it also has its famous bazaar - the Ganj e Ali Khan along whose labyrinthine passages can be found the pumping arteries of commerce, in addition to an old hamam (now a museum), caravanserai, and Ali Khan's jewel like private mosque.

On the bazaar we were met and greeted by all manner of curious folk, though I am sure that there is a reasonable trickle of tourists passing through.

There was the boy selling raisins in the coppersmith bazaar, the fellow who directed us to a money changer, who claimed to have met Tony Wheeler at the Pakistan border and the man we encountered in the Hammam, insisting that he was a philosopher, and who tagged along until we lost him at the small private mosque with its exquisitely details decorative dome. These folk certainly added spice to our explorations.

Outside the bazaar, the shops are a bit more well, ordinary. On Dr Behesti Street we saw the green pants shop, a succession of sweets shops, the red pants shop, the fat guy's shop, and many banks.

At the end of the bazaar, a short detour takes one to the Jameh mosque, with a distinctive truncated clock tower, and a grand approach through a square with a reflecting pool.

  • Last visit to Kerman: Apr 2011
  • Intro Updated Apr 12, 2013
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