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Eight Weird Villages of Iran

1. Chahar Borj Village

The Village of the Blinds.


family in Chahar Borj Village
Chahar Borj Village is located in central district of Esfarayen County, North Khorasan Province,

Most people in this village were born blind, but the strange thing is that even pets, like cows, sheep and even cats, are born blind in this village. Many people think the village has been cursed or taken by a strange disease. However, an Iranian physician, Dr. Ghiasvand, claims that congenital blindness gene caused congenital blindness among newborns. Some residents of the village believe that water and soil pollution have caused this blindness.

2. Meymand Village

The Village of troglodytes – cave dwellers.


Meymand Village

Meymand is a village in Meymand Rural District, in the Central District of Shahr-e Babak
County, Kerman Province, Iran.

The houses of this village are carved out of rocks. This ancient hand-dug monument is
undoubtedly the first human settlement in Iran, dating back to 6,000 to 12,000 years.
It should be noted that there are several inscriptions in this village. Here’s the translation of
part of them: “When Meymand mountains crack and their legends come true, a treasure will be
disclosed, which will be only within the reach of the one who comes from the Sun.”


3. Zargar Village

A village with residents of European origin in Iran!


child in Zargar Village

Zargar is a village in Basharyat-e Sharqi Rural District, Basharyat District, Abyek County,
Qazvin Province, Iran.

Its residents are both European and Iranian. They speak both Persian and Turkish. They have
the looks of Aryans, Gladiator and Vikings. They are tall and of course very kind. These
villagers work on farms or breed livestock. What distinguishes them from other Iranians is that
their mother tongue is Romani, also known as Zargari by locals.
These villagers themselves do not know to which part of the world they originally belong, what
has brought them to Iran or how they have ended up being Shiite farmers speaking a different
language in the heart of Persian-speaking Iran. They speak Romani and write Latin.

4.Sar Aqa Seyyed Village

Only accessible in the 6 months of the spring and summer seasons.


Sar Aqa Seyyed Village


Sar Aqa Seyyed is a village in Miankuh-e Moguyi Rural District, in the Central District of
Kuhrang County, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province, Iran.
Life in Sar Agha Seyed is village is very rural and simpl. Its residents, especially females wear
local clothes.
The best times to visit are the warmer seasons, as winter comes, the only road to the village is
completely blocked and covered with heavy snow and Its residents spend the cold months on
the back side of the snow without any connection to the outside world.
The adobe houses are packed one above another in a way that the roofs of the lower houses
form the yard or a small pass-way for the upper ones. Thick walls, short wooden doors, and
small nested rooms are among the unique features of these houses.


5. Sarakhiyeh Village

The Venice of Iran.


Sarakhiyeh Village

Sarakhiyeh is a village in Salami Rural District, Khanafereh District, Shadegan County,
Khuzestan Province, Iran.

Like Venice, the village is in the middle of which water passes and people use boats to move around. However, except for the water there is no similarity with Venice. This village is located
near Shadegan, known as one of the outstanding international wetlands. Despite its numerous
tourism capacities and unique conditions of this wetland, Shadegan wetland has never enjoyed
enough attention internationally, even in Khuzestan.


6. Ista Village

Remained static in the time before the breakthrough of technology.


Ista Village


Ista Village is located in Taleghan, Alborz Province, Iran
Ista (means static in Persian) is the name of a village where technology is said to have come to a
halt since many years ago. Ista is where children are educated by their own parents and above
all, where no newspaper or mobile phone, not even the Internet have been able to make their
ways into the lives of villagers. None of these people have identification number, thus they are
not counted as Iran’s population. They don’t even use any governmental services. In this area
nothing does belong to any body and as they believe everything is of God’s property.
They are still using cart and horses and you may see no sign of technology in their world. They
are peaceful and do not involve in any quarrel. Even if they are attacked, they won’t defend
One other weird fact about this village is that women are not allowed to enter there.



Makhunik Village

Lilliput’s Village in Iran and one of the seven strange villages in the world.


Makhunik Village

Makhunik is a village in Doreh Rural District, in the Central District of Sarbisheh County, South
Khorasan Province, Iran.

Visitors to the village expect to find dwarfs with the height of 20 centimeters but the reality is
that people with such physiques have never inhabited this village. The ancient residents of
Makhunik were 60 centimeters shorter than the average height of that time — 160 centimeters.
The average height of people has increased over years, so that only seven dwarfs, most of
whom are old, live in the village.

Inhabitants of Makhunik did not drink tea until 50 years ago, hunt and eat meat because of
considering them as guilt. There are also no TVs anywhere, as the villagers believe that they are
from the Satan. Nobody smokes in this village. People of Makhunik consider smoking as taboo
and dangerous for the community.


8. Kandovan Village

One of the three cliff villages in the world.


 Kandovan Village

Kandovan Village is an ancient village in Sahand Rural District in the Central District of Osku
County, East Azerbaijan Province, northwestern Iran.

Kandovan village houses are stone-built and have a unique architecture that attracts many
foreign tourists every year. There are two other cliff villages with similar structures in
Turkey’s Cappadocia and US’s Manitou Cliff Dwellings in Colorado. However, these two cliff
villages are not inhabited and they leave Kandovan as the only inhabited cliff village in the
world. After the eruption of Sahand the materials were naturally moved and formed the rocks
of Kandovan

The houses are known as “Karan” in the local dialect. One interpretation has the word Kandovan
being a plural form of kando, a bee’s hive. Another interpretation says that Kandovan means
Land of Unknown Carvers.

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