Semnan province to increase eco-lodge units

June 29, 2020 - 21:0

TEHRAN – The Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Department General of Semnan plans to increase the number of eco-lodge units across the province in the near future, CHTN reported.

Increasing the number of eco-lodge units will strengthen and promote the region’s tourism potential, provincial tourism chief Mehdi Jamal said on Sunday.

The department also plans to restore the historical structure of the cities of Mayamey and Shahrud, the official added.

The main population centers of Semnan province lie along the ancient Silk Road (and modern-day Imam Reza Expressway), linking Rey (Tehran) with Khorasan (Mashhad).

While few visitors spend much time in the area, driving through you can easily seek out several well-preserved caravanserais (notably Dehnamak and Ahowan), cisterns (the Cafe Abenbar in Garmsar is a special treat) and ruined mud citadels (Padeh is lumpy but fascinating).

The large, bustling cities of Semnan, Damghan, and Shahrud (Bastam) all have a small selection of historic buildings and Semnan has a fine old covered bazaar.

The tourism ministry has set a target to help build 2,000 eco-lodges by 2021, believing such guest houses could cater to sustainable development and job creation in the countryside and rural areas.

The culturally-diverse country never disappoints visitors when it comes to eco-tourism, sightseeing and even tribal tourism as it is home to many regional people including ones with Turk and Arab elements in addition to the Kurds, Baloch, Bakhtyari, Lurs, and other smaller minorities such as Armenians, Assyrians, Jews, and others.

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