While in Iran we had the chance to travel to Masuleh which is in the north of Iran. My mom found a tour company that offers a driver/tour guide for the trip. The driver picked us up in Tehran and we drove to Masuleh. Along the way we stopped at various spots such as Sefid-Rud (pictured above), Gilan Rural Museum, and finally spent the night in Masuleh. The trip was only 2 days and 1 night – short & sweet!
Gilan Rural Heritage Museum was one of the spots we stopped at. This place houses reassembled traditional Gilan cottages. A guide takes you through the area and shows you all the various cottages and a brief history of the homes. My sister and I fell in love with the turquoise porch homes! In general on Fridays the Heritage Museum is filled with locals dressed in traditional clothes making bread, food, selling goods. However since we were there on a Wednesday there was not much going on.
In the evening we arrived in Masuleh which was absolutely breathtaking. It was site to take in! There are very simple homes pitched on the mountain side surrounded by lush greens and the sound of water and birds. It was very calm and peaceful. The first thing we did upon arrival was go to get photographs taken wearing the traditional clothes – it was a ton of fun and very tourist thing to do!
Masuleh does not have hotels for you to reserve and stay in for the night. The way it works is that you basically knock on the doors of the locals and they generally rent out rooms to you. Our tour guide found an adorable old lady who was renting her top floor (pictured above) and we stayed there for a night. I did have a bit of a freak out moment because I was not mentally prepared for this and my mom and sister failed to mention this part to me (for good reason) but my sister told me to pull it together for just one night – obviously I did – but it wasn’t easy.
In the evening we had some dinner at a local restaurant. My sister and I ordered the delicious Aash-e-dough! It was delicious! I could have easily had three bowls of it. After some tea and lovely conversation and walking the streets we called it a night.