Houses Of Palagan Village Kurdistan Iran

Palangan – a Kurdish Village Stepping the Mountain – Iran

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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).

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

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.

Photos of the Kurdish Village of Palangan

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Palangan rises steeply up the sides of a valley amid the Zagros mountains, and the village is divided in two by an off-shoot of the Sirwan River.

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

The traditional village houses step up the slopes like stone stairs, each house’s roof-top becomes the front yard for the home above.

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Kurdish men of Palangan. Locals were happy to have their photo taken. But it helped that my Kurdish driver was accompanying me.

Getting to Palangan – TRAVEL ADVICE

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

I took a bus to Kamyaran, 60 Km from Sanandaj, and from there I got a taxi (locals will help you). And aside from renting a car, there are very few transport options.

Palangan Kurdish Village Iran

Back then, Palangan 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 Palagan Iran
Kurdish women of Palangan village. TOP: Kurdish women shop for colorful clothes unloaded by a traveling salesman.
Kurdish Sitting On Roof Palangan Iran
Women sit on their rooftops with a view – killing the afternoon boredom.

FOR RECENT INFO: Iranian Blogger from 2017

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