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Enchanting Mazichal


Mazichal is a scenic village with a pleasant weather and verdant landscape 20 kilometers southeast of Kelardasht in Mazandaran province. The small village offers a tranquil experience to visitors seeking an escape from the pollution and hubbub of city life.

The village attracts many ecotourism every year. Vehicles cannot ply easily on the village’s road because it is too narrow and dusty. Hence, most visitors prefer to abandon their cars and walk to the village. It takes an hour to reach Mazichal from Kelardasht through a beautiful forest, which includes various types of trees such as chestnut and oak.

As tourists approach the end of the forest’s path, the highlands of Mazichal appear. It looks like an eye-catching postal card rather than a real village. In local dialect, Mazichal means “a place full of chestnut tress”. Abbasabad and Nashtarood, two other beautiful villages

of Mazandaran province, can be seen from the highlands of Mazichal at night. When it rains, Mazichal Village seems to have been covered by clouds.

Liliaceae Festival

Farzad Asgari, a tourism expert, told that Mazichal is situated 2600 meters above sea-level.“Nearly 120 families are living in the village and most of them are farmers or cattle breeders,” “Tourists mostly come here to enjoy the traditional way of living,” he said.

Of the most wonderful flowers growing in the northern parts of Iran, Liliaceae is among the most important ones and an annual festival hosts visitors flocking to view its flowering.

Asgari said Liliaceae extends over a vast area covering Mazichal’s hills and mountains during summer, noting that Mazichal is home to many therapeutic plants. “The region is also famous for its mineral waters,” he said. In addition to its natural beauty, Mazichal enjoys a rich history with cemeteries belonging to Pre-Islamic era. “No modern construction is allowed in the village,” he said.


Neighboring Gilan

Gilan province, which neighbors Mazandaran, has a humid temperate climate with plenty of annual rainfall. Its central city Rasht is well known as the “City of Silver Rains”. The Alborz range provides further diversity to the land in addition to the Caspian coasts. The amount of humidity is high during the warm seasons of the year, while the coastlines are cooler and pleasant, and thousands of domestic and foreign tourists come to the seashore for swimming and camping. Despite the humidity, Gilan is known for its moderate, mild and Mediterranean climate. Large parts of the province are mountainous, green and forested. The coastal plain along the Caspian Sea is similar to that of Mazandaran, which are mainly used for growing rice. The province hosts an annual average of 2 million tourists, mostly domestic.

Source: iran-daily.com

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