"The Qashqai Nomads" Dasht-e Arzhan by grets

Dasht-e Arzhan Travel Guide: 18 reviews and 80 photos

We had arranged to spend some time with a Qashqai nomad family, but the problem was where to find them. By the sheer nature of them being nomads, they move about a lot. We knew more or less which area they’d be in, so we drove along the road until we came across their tents.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Fascinating insight into a dying lifestyle
  • Cons:Awfully cold
  • In a nutshell:A very different experience
  • Last visit to Dasht-e Arzhan: May 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2008 at 4:16 AM

    An absolutely fascinating experience. I can't help but envy you a bit for this trip. Great photos too.

  • agapotravel's Profile Photo
    Jan 19, 2008 at 5:24 AM

    Grete, what an amazing story you tell! I loved reading about your stay with the nomads. Your pictures really capture the people and setting so well. I don't know if I could have slept in that tent with snoring, sheep, goats, and.....wolves??? :-)

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Nov 5, 2007 at 7:44 AM

    What an incredible camping trip in an exotic land. No late drinking... what a story. Cheers from Penang, SL :)

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2007 at 9:38 AM

    Beautiful page Gret, what an experience. Have you seen the film "Gabbeh"? A lovely little fairy tale set among the Qashqai, gorgeous images and colour. leyle

  • hunwagner's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2007 at 5:32 PM

    Truly fascinating - I've seen some of them when travelling from Shiraz to Busher, but didn't stop... :-(

  • Sep 2, 2007 at 6:01 AM

    Hard to sleep? I would have tought counting sheeps (and goats) that was hearable would be easier than when at home... ;-) Interesting that you got captured digitaly too by the nomades.

  • goutammitra's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2007 at 5:10 AM

    Amazing! In India too we have these Iranian Nomads but much poorer in living. Now they are also fragmented. They sell specs and other things for living also they are belived to be Bazigars( who performs various tricks!)

  • thedouglas's Profile Photo
    Jun 29, 2007 at 12:10 AM

    Fabulous experience - and stunning photographic memories. I love showing the children their photographs too!

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2007 at 2:59 PM

    Grete, this visit looks like a fascinating experience.

  • nada1712's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2007 at 7:54 AM

    Simply Divine.!! How on earth did you organise this little trip?


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