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Pictures of our 2nd Central Asia trip 2016 to Iran
- From the ferry port Bandar Abbas to Turkmenistan border near Ashgabat April 11th to May 6th, 2016
United Arab Emirates from Saudi Arabia border to Sharjah and the ferry to Iran January 12th to April 10th, 2016
Saudi Arabia from the ferry port Jeddah in transit to United Arab Emirates border January 9th to 12th, 2016
Sudan – from Ethiopia border to Suakin and the ferry to Saudi Arabia December 9th, 2015 to January 8th, 2016
Turkmenistan – from Iran border at Bajgiran to Uzbekistan border near Khiva – May 6th to 10th, 2016
Uzbekistan from Turkmenistan border in Dashoguz to Tajikistan border near Oybeck May 10th to 31st, 2016
Tajikistan Part 1 from Uzbekistan border to Dushanbe May 31st to June 18th, 2016
Tajikistan Part 2 from Dushanbe to the Kyrgyzstan border in Pamir June 18th to 27th, 2016
Kyrgyzstan from Tajikistan border in Pamir to Kazakhstan border at Karkara June 27th to August 9th, 2016
Kazakhstan –  from Kyrgyzstan to Russia border – 9th to August 21st, 2016
Russia Part 2a – from Tretyakovo at Kazakhstan border via Lake Teletskoye to Gorno Altaysk Aug. 21st to Sept. 26th, 2016
Russia Part 2b from Gorno Altaysk to the Mongolia border and back to the Ukraine border at Krupets Sept. 26th to Nov. 11th, 2016
Ukraine Part 3 from Russia border at Hlukiv to Odessa for shipping to Bintulu/Sarawak/Malaysia Nov. 11th to Dec. 5th, 2016
Myanmar (Burma) round trip (=start) without our vehicle from December 26th, 2016 to January 22nd, 2017
3rd Rejuvenation of our LandCruiser FJ60/1982 in Miri/Sarawak/East Malaysia from 2/6-5/3/2017 + continuation from 7/18-9/22/2018
Borneo-Sulawesi-Moluccas-Papua Trip (=start) from August 22nd, 2017 to May 27th, 2018
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183  A thrill of anticipation on our second
North Asia Tour 2016: A golden sparkling
mosque in the bleak desert landscape
between Bandar Abbas and Kerman
184  Springtime in Iran: One of the high
growing desert candles (Eremurus
persicus) with dense white bells
growing on hills next to the road
185  The golden dome against the dark
mountain backdrop is a special eye
catcher along the road #86 to Kerman




186  Kuh-e Jupar (13615ft [4'150m]),
the highest mountain in the same-named
nature reserve, about 30mi [50km]
(beeline) south-southeast of Kerman
187  A tall figure consisting of round
stones in a wire netting along the road
Kerman - Bam at the junction to Rayen
188  South of the citadel of Rayen an
Islamic cemetery with head shots from
different personalities
189  Part of the adobe bricks wall of the
ancient fortress-citadel "Arg- e Rayen"
with the backdrop of 14763ft. [4'500m]
high Kuh-e Hazar. Rayen lies 62mi
[100km] south-southeast of Kerman …..
190  ….. Emil inside the desert castle.
Abandoned for about 150 years it
has been restored in 1996 …..
191  ….. the exact age of the site is
unknown, but one guesses that it is
over 1'000 years old. It comprises
nearly 5 acres [20’000m˛]




192  Especially well preserved (or already
restored?) part of the medieval mud brick
city of "Arg-e Rayen", lying on an altitude
of about 7'200 ft. [2'200m] …..
193  ….. Liliana on an exploring tour
through the narrow passages in the
citadel of Rayen
194  Emil and our LandCruiser are standing
next to the 33 ft [10m] tall adobe brick wall
of the "Arg-e Rayen" citadel – one of the
impressive ones in Iran




195  Unique beautiful natural setting
of a mosque discovered from the hilltop
of the “Arg-e Rayen” citadel
196  The shrine of Imamzadeh Shirkhoda
in the centre of the village of Rayen
197  A group of school girls spotted
us and approach us happily
Lovely mountain sceneries delight us in the Kerman Province around every corner
198  Somewhat east of Mahan (foothills
of Kuh-e Palvar mountains) – about
25mi [40km] before Kerman
199  East of the railway station of Rayen
200  Once more the Kuh-e Jupar massif
201  At the Hotel Akhavan in Kerman
we meet the "Red Camel Team":
Heinze (with the long beard) with
his friends Pierre and Kari
202  Camper breakfast behind the Akhavan
hotel in Kerman: Robert and Melanie, Helga
and Ulli and Ellen and Perry at Perry’s
Mercedes truck "Innovan"
203  Emil is talking with Robert and
Melanie at the Akhavan hotel camping in
Kerman. They are on tour to India with
their dog 'Cosmo' in a Volkswagen Bus
204  A description of “Nowruz” – the
traditional Iranian New Year custom,
which is always on March 21st
(2019 = 1398) …..
205  …. table setting with the 7 different
above mentioned items whose names all
start with the letter "س" (pronounced
"seen") of the Persian alphabet
206  Picture from a part of the traditional
way of life of Iranian people: Smoking
shisha + drinking tea
Visit of the Dash-e Lut desert: It's situated for the most part in the province of Kerman,
measures about 20'000 sq.mi [51'800km˛] and is therefore after Dasht-e Kavir the second largest desert in Iran.
According to Wikipedia it's worldwide on place 25. It's one of the hottest deserts of the world and is a Unesco´s World Heritage site
207  The Dasht-e Lut desert in the
Kerman province is known for its
"Kaluts" (sand castles) …..
208  ….. our LandCruiser is looking
for the hardest sand track to penetrate
deeper into the widespread desert …..
209  ….. after about 1Ľmi [2km] more
and more of the fascinating sandstone
formations appear




210  It is a beautiful feeling to cruise
around the emptiness of the Dasht-e Lut
Desert and discover again and again
new sandstone castles …..
211  ..... some are as high as
10 storeys making our LandCruiser
looking tiny …..
212  ..... others on the other hand
form entire lines in the rugged
and surreal rock landscape
213  The magic diverse appearance
of the Kaluts in the Dasht-e Lut Desert
in its unreal beauty
214  In the shadow of a sandstone structure
we set our table for lunch. Now in April
temperatures are still comfortable
215  Millions of years old sediments
formed the Kaluts in the Dasht-e Lut Desert
– one of the world’s hottest deserts




216  Tiled portal of the bazaar at the
Ganjali Khan complex in Kerman. Above
rises the medieval wind catcher (tower)
217  The bronze statue of Ganj Ali Khan
with a flowing robe in a corner of the
Ganjali Khan complex in Kerman
218  Two Iranian women are relaxing at
a pond at the Jame Mosque in Kerman,
930 yards east-northeasterly of the
Ganjali Khan complex
219  At the marketplace (bazaar) in
Kerman there is a constant
hustle and bustle
220  The attractively vaulted arcade of
the bazaar at Ganjali Khan Square in
Kerman. This kind of archways can be
found in most Iranian bazaars
221  Display of chadors, the traditional,
conservative, full-length, Iranian women’s
garment. Chador is derived from "cador",
the Persian world for tent
222  Iranian students in black coats
leave the gate of “Bag-e Shahzadeh”
– the Princes’ Garden – about 25mi
[40km] from Kerman …..
223  ….. water cascades flowing in
different levels and skirted by stately
trees are part of the historic Persian
garden belonging to the Unesco World
Heritage Sites (view to Southeast) …..
224  ….. Liliana in a section of the
“Bag-e Shahzadeh” Garden, which
was built in 1873 (view to Northeast)
225  In the flower variety in the Princes’
Garden, this delicate yellow-red spider
flower (Grevillea) sticks out especially,
probably transplanted from Oceania
226  The “Bag-e Shahzadeh” – the
Princes’ Garden, a 13˝ acres [55'000m˛]
large rectangle – is a wonderful relaxing
oases in the heart of the Iranian desert
227  Beautiful pansies (violets) (Viola)
belong to the blooming flowers in the
“Bag-e Shahzadeh” Persian garden
228  White garden petunia
(Petunia hybrida)
229  Orange-colored gerbera, also
called daisies (Gerbera hybrida)
230  White rambling rose (Rosa helenae)




231  The shrine of Shah Nematollah Vali
in Mahan with its beautiful turquoise
dome and four 138ft. [42m] tall minarets,
about 25mi [40km] from Kerman
232  A picture of Iran’s rulers: Ayatollah
Ruhollah Khomeini (left; 11.2.1979-
3.6.1989) and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
(right; 4.6.1989-.....)
233  The wide courtyard of the Shah
Nematollah Vali shrine in Mahan with its
lovely central pool surrounded by flowers
234  A green oases on the way to Shadad
in the middle of the Iranian desert
Dasht-e Lut – a fertile place with water
resources and lush vegetation …..
235  ….. a smaller oasis in a different
inhospitable environment
(between Kerman and Nay Band)
236  Adapted to nature: Place of prayer
in the nowhere along the road #91 to
Nay Band - Deyhuk - Mashhad
237  The beautiful Nay Band village on a
hilltop with date palms remembers us to
oases in Oman. It sits about ⅓ of the
way between Kerman and Mashhad
238  Our LandCruiser on tour at the
traditional village of Nay Band
239  The attractive architecture of the
about 1'000 years old village with its
date palms, which fruits are a basic
food resource for the inhabitants
240  We come across a peculiar landscape
pattern looking like a “washboard”. It's not
clear whether this was caused during road
construction to prevent landslides
241  The road towards Mashhad runs
through desert hills sprinkled with
green bushes
242  Road sign to our last destination in
Iran: The city of Mashhad, also called
"Iran’s spiritual capital" near the border
of Turkmenistan




243  Modern Mashhad: The city with
3m people once was a major oasis
along the ancient Silk Road. Here the
Bayt ol-Moqaddas Square
244  Covered souk in Mashhad: The
two storey Bazaar Reza measures
875 yards [800m] in length and 33 yards
[30m] in width. It's always an attraction
with its colors and exotic odors
245  The bigger the choice the harder
it is to choose: The display on nuts,
dried fruit and sweets – they are
omnipresent in Iran
246  The Imam Reza Shrine complex in
Mashhad. Non-Muslims are not permitted
inside the mausoleum of Imam Reza,
Islam’s eighth Shiite Imam
247  An impressing huge copy of the
Quran at the southwestern entrance
Bab Ol-Javad of the Imam Reza
Shrine complex in Mashhad
248  One of the 7 courtyards at the
Imam Reza Shrine complex in Mashhad
249  Two of the three golden minarets
of the Razavi Holy Shrine within the
huge Imam Reza Shrine complex
250  Mashhad has been introduced by 47
states/countries as the “Cultural Capital of
Islamic World” for 2017 and launched at a
ceremony at the Imam Reza Shrine complex
251  Islamic respectively Iranian pictures
of academics and personages on a huge
wall, constructed north of Bayt ol-
Moqaddas Square (close to Bab Ol-Reza)
Elaborately decorated towers and minarets are part of the charming sight of the Reza Shrine complex in Mashhad.
There are currently 8 minarets between 98 and 133ft. [30 and 40m] high, while 6 more with a height of 397ft. [121m] are being built.
The Imam Reza mausoleum is visited by 12 millions of Iranian and foreign pilgrims respectively tourists every year
255  The floodlit Imam Reza Shrine
complex in Mashhad at night. It's the
heart of Shiitic Iran and considered the
world’s largest mosque in terms of size
(6'443'890 sq.ft. [598'657m˛]
256  One of the three golden
minarets and the golden dome of
the Razavi Holy Shrine within the
Imam Reza Shrine complex .....
257  ….. and another picture by night
of the center of religious pilgrimage
258  The lights glitter beautifully in
nocturnal Mashhad (Bayt ol-Moqaddas
Square). It is a safe city at any time for
discovery tours
259  The sun is rising on our last camping
night in the Iranian desert where we spent
26 days and drove 1'366mi [2'199km]
260  May 6th, 2016: We leave Iran at
Bajgiran and drive from Mashhad until
Ashgabat in Turkmenistan through a
landscape dominated by desert hills
Next website of our 2nd Central and North Asia trip 2016 to Russia:
Turkmenistan – from Iran border at Bajgiran to Uzbekistan border near Khiva – May 6th to 10th, 2016
More websites from Iran:
Iran - Teil 1: Fährhafen Bandar Abbas-Shiraz-Persepolis-Pasargad (zwischen Persepolis und Yazd)
Iran - Teil 2: Pasargad (exkl.)-Yazd-Esfahan Mai 2013
Iran - Teil 3: Esfahan (exkl.)-Chelgerd-Hamadan-Sanandaj-Orumiyeh Mai 2013
The African trip 2013-16:
CapeVerde: Santiago/Praia part 1 – November18th to December 13th, 2013
CapeVerde: Fogo – Dezember13th to 23rd, 2013
CapeVerde: Brava – December 23rd to 26th, 2013
Cape Verde: Santiago/Praia part 2 – December 26th, 2013 to February 28th, 2014
Cape Verde: Săo Nicolau – February 28th to March 13th, 2014
Cape Verde: Săo Vicente/Mindelo part 1 – March 13th to 20th, 2014
Cape Verde: Santo Antăo/Eastern side part 1 – March 20th to April 7th, 2014
Cape Verde: Santo Antăo/Western side part 2April 7th to 10th, 2014
Cape Verde: Săo Vicente/Mindelo part 2April 10th to 29th, 2014
Namibia Part 1 from Walvis Bay to Windhoek
Angola Part 1 September 26th to October 4th, 2014
Angola Part 2 October 4th to 22nd, 2014
Namibia Part 2 from Windhoek to the Angolan border, back again and on to South Africa
South Africa Part 1 from Namibia border to Capetown January 22nd to February 23rd, 2015
3rd Major Repair of our LandCruiser FJ60 - 1982  (due to two broken sideshafts)
South Africa Part 2 from Capetown to Tsitsikamma National Park February 24th to March 13th, 2015
South Africa Part 3 from Addo National Park to the Lesotho border March 13th to April 7th, 2015
Lesotho April 7th to 15th, 2015
South Africa Part 4 from the Lesotho to the Swaziland border April 15th to 23rd, 2015
Swaziland April 23rd to 28th, 2015
South Africa Part 5 from the Swaziland to the Botswana border  April 28th to May 15th, 2015
Armed Robbery in Malawi on July 31st/August 1st, 2015
Ethiopia Part 1 – from Kenya to Djibouti October 25th to November 18th, 2015
Djibouti October 18th to 27th, 2015
Ethiopia Part 2   from Djibouti to Sudan November 27th to December 9th, 2015
Sudan December 9th, 2015 to January 8th, 2016