"Masuleh" Top 5 Page for this destination Masuleh by suvanki
Masuleh Travel Guide: 31 reviews and 153 photos
Before my Iran trip, VTer Bashir-1 had sent me photos of this village, so I was pleased that it was included in my itinarary.
We arrived in Masuleh, from Bandar-e-Anzali - our base for 2 nights. The journey had been very scenic, passing through rice paddies, tea plantations, and a village with wood and mud houses. (please see my Iran Things to do tips for more info and photos)
So, take a mist covered mountain, throw a few wooden and mud houses onto its side, so that they sit on top of each other in an attractive jumble. Arrange them in a manner so that no motor vehicles can pass between them. Add a few restaurants to the terraces, with charcoal grills wafting an enticing aroma of charring meat into the air. Finally some local characters, making handicrafts or sitting around drinking tea - A tourism companies Dream come true!
Well, Masuleh has been here for at least 1,300 years, although there is some speculation, that it could date back 2,500 or even 3,500 years.
Its position in Gilan Province, South East of the Caspian, at an altitude of 1050m above sea level ensures its pleasant climate, with its ever present mist. In winter though, the area can be cut off due to heavy snow fall.
Masuleh is registered as National Cultural and Natural Heritage in Iran.
UNESCO/Iran Touring and Tourism Organisation (ITTO) jointly commenced a project in September 2004
The aim was to promote active participation by the community of Masuleh in the area’s development of tourism.
Help was given to generate employment opportunities and income-generating activities for local people.
Training was also given in developing a local handicraft industry, management of home-stays and for local people wishing to become cultural and nature guides.
A visitor centre was developed in the village.
The surrounding mountains provide many opportunities for trekking, climbing and other activities.
Walking trails were developed, for independant and guided walks
Main emphases of the project include encouraging the full participation of the local community and developing public-private sector partnerships.
It was also considered important to promote Eco-tourism, especially sustainable tourism in the aea.
Apparently 1 million tourists visited Masuleh in 2004, mainly Iranian, but with a good proportion being overseas visitors. I've not found any more upto date figures.
My visit was on a Wednesday, when it wasn't overcrowded, so I don't know what it is like on Thursday afternoon, Fridays, or public holidays.
I'd like to return here one day, and hopefully stay overnight, either at one of the hotels, or as a homestay.
- Pros:Scenic village, historical, atmospheric.
- Cons:Potential for becoming over commercialised
- In a nutshell:Worth a Visit!
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