After about two weeks staying in Tehran adjusting to the climate change and the air pollution I was ready to hit the road. Tehran is an amazing city full energy and life. However I needed to get out of the capital and explore more of this beautiful country, Iran. I’m glad I was able to convince one of my old friends, Shervin to come and join me on this trip as well. We met each other here at San Jose State University when I was taking a few classes back in 2005. We became good friends ever since. We decided to leave Tehran and visit Kashan, Abyaneh, and Isfahan before heading back home to Tehran again.
Our first stop was Kashan. We tried leaving Tehran at a time so we wouldn’t hit too much traffic and we were lucky enough to do so. The drive from Tehran to Kashan is about two and a half hours, and the highways are greatly maintained. On our way there we passed by the holy city of Qom as well, but didn’t get a chance to stop since we had lots of places to visit in Kashan.
According to Wikipedia, “The etymology of the city name comes from the Kasian, the original inhabitants of the city, whose remains are found at Tapeh Sialk dating back 9,000 years; later this was changed to "Kashian", hence the town name.”
Just arriving in Kashan gives you the sense of stepping back in history. Throughout the city you see plenty of old houses made with mostly with mud. We ended up staying at this very unique and cute hostel called the Noghli House (http://www.noghlihouse.com/). There rooms were traditional and clean. We ended up visiting Bagh-e fin, Tabatabaie House, Agha Bozorg Mosque, Sultan Bath House, and explored this beautiful city