Lorestan is a province located west of Iran in the Zagros Mountains and has a population of approximately two million people with historical attractions to admire.
Lorestan, Khorram Abad:
1. Falak-Ol-Aflak castle
Being the most iconic building in Lorestan, Falak-Ol-Aflak dates back to the Sassanid dynasty. It was once a palace and was also used as a military base. At some point it was used as the main department of treasury and some people say it was also used as a prison. The height of the entire structure is nearly 40 meters. After being used as a prison until 1968 it was then transformed into a museum (the only anthropological museum in Lorestan) also containing tools dating back to the stone ages, along with pre-historical pottery, sacred bronze objects and porcelain.
2. Makhmal Kooh
Makhmal Kooh means velvet mountain and is located to the north of Khorram Abad.
3. Brick Minaret
A 30-meter cylindrical tower erected in the southern part of Khorram Abad on top of a cubic platform made of stone.
4. Broken bridge (Shapuri bridge)
Broken Bridge is a historical bridge from Sassanid era located in the south of Khorramabad and 5 out of 28 arches of it are still intact.
5. Bisheh waterfall
This stunning waterfall flows in the heart of the Zagros Mountains. Bisheh Waterfall is approximately 58 meters in height from the river level and it has covered an area about twenty meters.
6. Gerit waterfall
Also known as Sarkaneh or Haft Cheshmeh, is a waterfall in the Khorramabad County.
7. Nozhian waterfall
One of the highest waterfalls in Iran.
8. Keeyow lake
A natural lake that spans a seven-hectare area and has a depth of 3 to 7 meters. There is an amusement park as well as other recreational facilities next to this lake.
9. Vark waterfall
It takes you six hours to reach this mesmerizing waterfall that without any doubt is one of the best attractions in Lorestan.
1. Gahar lake
One of the most beautiful lakes with turquoise blue water and breathtaking views. To reach the lake you need to get to Cheshmeh Khorram which is 45 min drive from Dorud and then hike for 3-4 hours to the lake. Various shrubs, willow trees in addition to beautiful plants and flowers have turned the area around the lake to an stunning place.
2. Espar waterfall
3. Leili canyon
4. Oshtoran kooh
This stunning canyon which is Known as the Grand Canyon of Iran is surrounded by 150 to 200 meters high walls. Summer view of Shirez canyon is amazing.
One of the few man made caves built on the height of mountains.
Lorestan, pol Dokhtar:
1. Afrineh waterfall
This beautiful waterfall attracts several enthusiasts and tourists to itself in spring and summer.
2. Darreh Khazineh
Here you can enjoy the haunting architecture of the nature. The most significant feature of the valley is the stream of the Karkheh river which flows in the heart of Darreh Khazineh.
Lorestan’s special foods:
If you are not a vegetarian you can enjoy Lori people’s cuisines because their favorite food is kabab (cooked meat dishes) and they love it so much they even sometimes have it for breakfast.
In order to prepare this dish they first sear the meat to avoid it from being undercooked then they rap each piece of liver in a layer of fat, then place it on the barbecue and serve it with lemon and bread.
The ingredients are eggs, potatoes, turmeric and salt for flavor, pomegranate paste and ground walnuts. It’s a stew and they serve it with rice.
There are two kinds of Kaak. The difference is mostly in the kind of oil they’re made in, which can be either animal oil or vegetable oil. Animal Kaak is made with animal oil and saffron, veggie kaak is made with sugar, flour and vegetable oil. This kind of kaak dates back to 300 years.
Some of the best restaurants you can find in Khorramabad:
Where to stay?
- Rangin Kaman Hotel
- Azadi Hotel
Their language and culture:
The dialect they speak can be divided into some language groups such as: Laki, Minjaee, Bakhtiari and Salasi.
Lurs are extremely hospitable and they go out of their ways to make sure that the visitors feel at home.
The Lurs are proud for making musical instruments, such as kamancheh, which specifically belongs to Khorram Abad.
The history of music amongst Lurs goes back to 6000 years ago.
Like every other place in Iran women wear hijab. They wear Golvani (scarf), a Keras (long gown) and Kolanjah (a thin coat) over the Keras.
Men wear a jacket, something to hold the jacket around their waist, a scarf around their neck, and a hat.
Best time to visit Lorestan province:
Lorestan is in full bloom and luscious greenery from late October to early January, or from April to mid-May.
How to get to Lorestan province?
-Travelling from Tehran to Khorram Abad is nearly a 6 hour drive but the good news is that the roads are all in good condition and you can drive there easily.
-You also have the choice of travelling there by bus, since they run frequently from Tehran South Terman and Beihaghi Terminal.
– The train ride is one of the most scenic in Iran, so if you are not planning on renting a car, there is a train from Tehran to Dorud, and you could always hire a driver guide in Dorud to take you wherever you want.
-If you are one of those people who finds it easier to travel by plane, flights from Tehran to Khorramabad run every other day and usually depart in the morning or around noon depending on the day.
Above all, having a local guide by your side let’s you enjoy the untouched beauty of Lorestan’s nature to its fullest.