The Maranjab desert
located near Kashan city is one of the ancient desert cities of Isfahan province. It named by a castle around there from Safavid dynasty. It has a typical climate of hot and dry in summer, cold and dry in winter, and very little rainfall during the year.
High dunes and forests arch are the main attractions of this region. Most of the vegetation consists of Halophyte plants such as Tamarix trees, Haloxylon trees and Zygophyllum bushes.
In terms of animal, the selection is a bit more diverse since the desert has more food compared to other deserts in the world. Animal species living in the desert include the likes of sand cats, chameleons, several species of lizards and reptiles, scorpions, eagles, hyenas, jackals, hawks, foxes, and many others. Once, a pair of cheetahs was seen
Maranjab Caravanserai was built by the order of Shah Abbas Safavid. caravanserai was located on the silk road. In the Past there used to be, 500 soldiers guarding on top of the castle to watch over the caravans trading from China to Europe. Maranjab Caravanserai has a Qanat with fresh water which, is a extraordinary in a desert full of salt lakes. Today Maranjab caravanserai is used as a guest house. It has 29 rooms and accommodates tourists visiting this wonderful desert. The rooms don’t have beds so you should have sleeping bags. Each room accommodates one or two people and the bigger ones accommodate seven people. It doesn’t have shower facilities, but there is water in the toilets located outside the main building, about 3 minutes of walking away. The caravanserai has also a small restuarant that serves food.