Houses Of Palagan Village Kurdistan Iran

Palangan – a Kurdish Village Climbing the Mountain


Amid the mountains of Iranian Kurdistan, I secured a taxi to the remote village of Palangan.

On route, the driver took me to his village, where I met his family and had lunch.

(His mother and sister ate in the adjoining kitchen, as is custom to separate male and female when an outsider is present).

Kurdish Family Photo Iran
The kindness of strangers: the Kurdish family that I had lunch with, invited by the son in the middle. (NOTE: the unmarried sister purposely avoids eye-contact with my camera).

I was in western Iran near the Iraq border, and couldn’t help noticing military bases and watch-towers shadowing the quiet mountain roads of Kurdistan Province.

Palangan Village Panorama Kurdistan Iran
In the river valley between the two halves of the village.

Photos of Palangan Village in Iran

The village rises steeply up the sides of a valley amid the Zagros mountains, and an offshoot of the Sirwan River divided the village in two.

Palangan Kurdish Homes On Steep Mountain iran

Traditional Kurdish houses step up the slopes like stone stairs, each house’s roof-top forming the front yard for the home above.

Cliff Kurdish Kids Iran
Kids look down the cliffs of the Palangan.

Getting to Palangan Village

I was based in the city of Sanandaj and did a day-trip – this was back in 2010.

And aside from renting a car, there are very few transport options to Palangan.

I took a bus to Kamyaran, 60 Km from Sanandaj, and from there I got a taxi (locals will help you).

Portraits of Kurdish Men in Palangan Iran
Locals were happy to have their photo taken. But it helped that my Kurdish driver was accompanying me.
houses tacked in Palangan village Iran

Back then, Palangan Village was a non-touristy place

And I believe it still is, but now a trickle of foreigners are getting there and certainly Iranians are aware of it.

Spring and summer could be popular with touring families, but I was there in winter and it was quiet.

Kurdish Women buying clothes in Palangan village in Iran
Kurdish women shop for colorful clothes unloaded by a traveling salesman.
women on roof of palangan village iran
Women sit on their rooftops with a view – killing the afternoon boredom in Palangan – Iran.

RECENT INFO from an Iranian Blogger in 2017

Travels in Iran – 2011

Join the Journey

Get my FREE book of Crazy Travels & occasional updates

Join the Journey

Get my FREE book of Crazy Travels & occasional updates