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