15-DAY TOUR OF THE CULTURAL LANDSCAPE OF HAWRAMAN

AN ADVENTURE THROUGH THE KURDISH MOUNTIAN VILLAGES OF WESTERN IRAN

KERMANSHAH & KURDESTAN PROVINCES

OUTLINE & HIGHLIGHTS

Category:
Zhivar Travel Agency

Duration

15 Days

Group Size

Small & Large Groups: (6-14) and (15-25) Guests

Physical Rating

Medium

Some waking and light trekking involved

Best time to travel

Spring and Fall Season

START

Tehran

DURATION

15 Days

Finish

Tehran

The Cultural Landscape of Hawraman/Uramanat is located at the heart of the Zagros Mountains in the provinces of Kurdistan and Kermanshah along the western border of Iran. Hawraman, pronounced Huraaman is a Kurdish word meaning “Land of our God,” the land of Ahura Mazda (the supreme god in ancient Iranian religion) or Land of the Sun.

The remote and mountainous landscape of Hawraman is the ancient home of the Kurds and bears testimony to the traditional culture of the Hawrami people; an agro-pastoral Kurdish tribe that has resided in the Zagros Mountains for millennia (since 3000 BCE.) by carving out a uniquely colorful, and noticeable mystical existence on their steep mountain slopes where the historic environment and natural landscape remains relatively well-preserved and most historic buildings have kept their traditional form and design throughout centuries-old traditions.

The Hawraman valley is connected by many mountain villages, with a unique stair-like architecture built so steeply on the mountainside that one family’s roof meets another family’s courtyard, making it an exceptional sight to see.

The rich culture of the Kurdish Hawramani people radiates with century-old traditions, colorful and stylish outfits, outstanding folk music and soulful dances, seasonal festivities, outstanding local cuisine, and legendary hospitality towards outside visitors. Ancient religions are also practiced throughout Hawraman, a region home to many ancient holy shrines, legendary mystics, and stories of old.

The well-preserved natural landscape and cultural heritage of Hawraman are among the few remaining cultural pockets in our modern times that continue to exist as they did a thousand years ago!

A paradise for history-lovers, nature-enthusiasts, adventurers, explorers, photographers, and foodies, a tour of the cultural landscape of Hawraman in Western Iran will leave you with an enriched travel experience and a deep sense of nostalgia connected to community and culture.

Hawraman Cultural Landscape was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as the 26th tangible cultural heritage of Iran on July 27, 2021.

 The Best time to visit Hawraman is in Spring (late April and May) and during the Fall season.

Tour Highlights

  • A paradise for history-lovers, nature-enthusiasts, adventurers, explorers, photographers, and foodies, a tour of the cultural landscape of Hawraman in Western Iran will leave you with an enriched travel experience and a deep sense of nostalgia connected to community and culture.
  • Discover an agro-pastoral Kurdish tribe and their century-old traditions that have resided in the Zagros Mountains for millennia (since 3000 BCE.)
  • Journey through 12 historic mountain villages hidden in the heart of the Zagros Mountains.
  • Excursion to the 900-year-old mountain villages of Dulad Dulab.

  • Explore the 4000-year-old ancient Castel of Qamchagai.
  • Discover the Zarivar Wetland Wildlife Refuge; the only natural wetland in Kurdistan province, supporting many migratory water birds and rare native species.
  • Discover the native life and traditions of Hawraman and Kurdish rural life by visiting with local artisans to witness the process of making traditional Kurdish handcrafts.
  • Enjoy a long scenic mountain boat ride from the mountain village of Selin to Hajij.

  • Enjoy a traditional dinner with a local Kurdish family, including live traditional Kurdish music and dance performances.
  • Excursion to the mystical village of Sahneh, a lost paradise in the ancient history of Kermanshah with scenic views of green valleys and pastures, one-hundred-year-old walnut trees, roaring springs, and waterfalls.

  • Excursion to the famed mountain village of Palangan, a hidden treasure in the Kurdistan region and one of the most spectacular villages with amazing staircase architecture

Itinerary Outline:

15-Day Itinerary Outline:

ARRIVAL IN TEHRAN IKA Airport –  Check-in to hotel followed by a half-day tour of Tehran

AM flight from Tehran to Sanandaj – Excursion to the historic mountain villages of Dulab & Shian

Full-day tour of the historic city of Sanandaj to explore historical and cultural attractions

Another full day in Sanandaj visiting historical and cultural attractions

Morning drive to Bijar – Excursion to 4000-year-old Ancient Castel of Qamchagai

Morning drive to Marivan – Zarivar Wetland Wildlife Refuge – continue to Hawraman

Visits to the historic mountain villages of Hawraman, Bulbar, Zhiwar, and Selin

Scenic boat ride from Selin to Hajij followed by visits to the villages of Nodesheh and Nasmeh

Visits to the mountain villages of Nesmeh, Bayangan, Paveh

Morning drive to Kermanshah en-route visits Sarab a Ravansar

Another full day of sightseeing in Kermanshah includes visits to some of its historical sites

Excursion to the mystical village of Sahneh, a lost paradise in the ancient history of Kermanshah

Excursion to the famed mountain village of Palangan – return to Sanandaj fan or overnight stay

Morning flight to Tehran for half–day tour of Tehran’s attractions

DEPARTURE: Transfer to IKA airport for departure flight back home

A SHORTER 10-DAY VERSION OF THIS TOUR IS ALSO AVAILABLE:

ARRIVAL IN TEHRAN IKA Airport –  Check-in to hotel followed by a half-day tour of Tehran

AM flight from Tehran to Sanandaj

Full-day tour of the historic city of Sanandaj

Morning drive to Marivan – Zarivar Wetland Wildlife Refuge – continue to Hawraman

Visits to the historic mountain villages of Hawraman, Bulbar, Zhiwar, and Selin

Scenic boat ride from Selin to Hajij followed by visits to the villages of Nodesheh and Nasmeh

Morning drive to Kermanshah en-route visits Sarab a Ravansar

Excursion to the famed mountain village of Palangan – return to Sanandaj for an overnight stay

Morning flight from Sanandaj to Tehran for half–day tour of Tehran’s attractions

DEPARTURE: Transfer to IKA airport for departure flight back home

For more information, contact us: info@zhivar.net

What’s Included:

  • Applying for visas
  • Accommodation in 3-4* or 4-5* hotels, All land transportation in A/C sedan/ Mini Van/Bus
  • All transfers to/from airports, from/to hotels
  • All portages and entrance fees for main sites and excursions
  • English, German, Spanish, French, or Italian-speaking national guide
  • Meals: BB/HB/FB
  • Domestic Flight from Tehran to Sanandaj
  • Domestic Flight from Sanandaj to Tehran

Not Included:

  • International Flight
  • Visa application fee

contact us

To request a detailed itinerary and pricing for this tour please contact us at info@Zhivar.net or James@zhivar.com