Amid the mountains of Iranian Kurdistan, I managed to secure 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).
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.
The village rises steeply up the sides of a valley amid the Zagros mountains, and the village is divided in two by an offshoot of the Sirwan River.
Traditional Kurdish houses step up the slopes like stone stairs, each house’s roof-top forming the front yard for the home above.
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 Village.
I took a bus to Kamyaran, 60 Km from Sanandaj, and from there I got a taxi (locals will help you).
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.
FOR RECENT INFO: Iranian Blogger from 2017
Travels in Iran – 2011
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