Shahdad is a city in Kerman County, Kerman Province, Iran
The driving distance from Kerman city to Shahdad is 95 km. Shahdad is located at the edge of the Lut desert. The local climate is hot and dry. The main agricultural produce is date fruits. There are many castles and caravanserais at Shahdad and around. Examples are the Shafee Abaad castle . The oldest metal flag in human history was found in this city.
North of town the Aratta civilization village and dwarf humans are said to have existed since 6,000 BC. visit kaluts desert there is a lut desert local guide available in kernan to offer you tours overnight and days light into the kaluts, the best time for day tours is from December to March, to enjoy the magic beauty of sky at night in desert, the best time for night tours is from June to September.
The ruined places of the old city of Shahdad have found in Lut dessert of Shahdad and near the new city. The considerable issue about Shahdad is that it the warmest region of the earth. The old city of Shahdad, ruined places which located in south of new city are reminders of Khabis town that have destroyed by flood in 6th century AH. In most of the historical documents the name of this city which was very important in Seljuks era has been mentioned. Old buildings in south, north and east of Shahdad show the importance of the city in the past. There is a cemetery in this region which has more than 300 graves in which the bodies have been buried there with their personal state and jewellery.
In researches of Shahdad some kilns have found that show the city had been an industrial town and all of them declare that Shahdad had been one the main centres of metal industry in three millennium Bc. The other discovered region and Shahdad is cemetery 2 which sites in 300m north of cemetery 1 and has only 3 graves. According to the discovered earthen it belongs to second half third millennium Bc. Four axes have found in this region that some pictures of animals such as fish, cow, and lion are engraved on them. They undoubtedly belonged to lofty people who used them in their religious and governmental ceremonies.
Shrine of Imam Zadeh Zeyd, south of town, is the most respected religious site of Shahdad. The oldest metal flag in human history was found in this city.
Kalut is considered the biggest cloddish town of the world. In Lut desert, 40 km away from Shahdad town, there is an 11000 km/s area in which uneven spots can be traced known as Kaluts. These are one of the main characteristics of the desert areas, resembling buildings from a distance.
Gandom-e Beryan is the name of a hill with an area of 480 square kilometers, which is covered with blackened volcanic lava. The hill has been introduced by Professor Parviz Kordavani as the world’s hottest point where temperature in the shade rises as high as 67 degrees centigrade in summertime. Gandom-e Beryan or Rig-e Soukhteh is located 80 km north of Shahdad city in Lut Desert. Due to lack of access roads, only locals who are familiar with desert routes can reach there. The hill can become a geo-tourism resort and needs to be introduced to interested people. From November to April, temperatures in this part of the world are bearable and it is the only opportunity to tour this region.
What to see and Do in Shahdad:
Qanats (the oldest and the most wonderful source of underground water in desert),
Castles (many Historical Castles and Caravansaries back to old Civilization and old history of Shahdad- shafee abad Castle is one of them)
Kaluts (The wonderful sandy shapes created by wind or water erosion )
Gardens (the Citrus and Date of shahdad are very famous because of the deliciousness)
Cisterns (Water storage buildings, used in the past- Haj mohamadtaghi Cistern is open for tourist to visit )
Imamzadeh zadeh Zeid (a holy mausoleum in the center of Shahdad)
Gandom-e Beryan (as the world’s hottest point in summertime)
Desert Safari in shahdad-Kaluts
Visit Gardens and buy fruit or date etc.
Have launch In traditional Restaurant
Buy Ziziphus or Henna in shahdad