TEHRAN – Astronomical tourism is expected to be developed in the city of Bahabad in central Yazd province, a local tourism official said.
The region’s tourist infrastructure will be improved in the near future, Alireza Kazemi said on Saturday.
In addition to its location as one of the darkest vantage points in West Asia, Bahabad has many natural tourist areas, low light pollution and little dust in the air, making it an ideal location. to observe the stars, added the official.
By organizing astronomical tours, the region could attract astronomical groups and night sky enthusiasts, thereby boosting tourism, he noted.
Astronomical tourism represents a less studied segment of sustainable tourism, where a dark night sky is an underlying resource, and this branch of tourism could lead to sustainable development in rural areas.
Modern life, cities that never sleep, air pollution and industrial dust have ruined the human experience of the starry velvet nights our ancestors praised. In modern cities, the chance to see a sky full of stars is rare, but there are places in the world that are still beyond human reach.
Illuminated only by the stars and with a clear sky, the Iranian deserts are dream places for astronomy enthusiasts and sky lovers to discover the observatories of the dark night.
The country is also home to several historic caravanserais welcoming astronomical tourists from ancient times to the present day, which are restored and fitted out to receive guests.
Astronomy has a long and rich history among Iranians. The stars have fascinated humans for ages, while some have revered them, Iranians have studied them and there are world famous Iranian scientists in this field such as Nasir ad-Din Tusi, founder of the Maragheh Observatory, an astronomical observatory created in 1259, with a library, which would have held at one time more than 400,000 volumes of literature related to astronomy and astrology.
Some countries around the world have used their regional potentials to develop the tourism industry in this particular area and have been able to present themselves as an attractive destination for astronomy tours.
For several years, Chile has been able to become a leader in astronomical tourism by focusing on this type of tourism. Countries like Canada, Sweden, Russia, India and China have also been successful in this industry, and many tourists from all over the world come to these countries every year.
With its winding alleys, a forest of badgirs (wind catchers), mud brick houses, atmospheric alleys and centuries of history, Yazd is a pleasant place to stay, considered a must-see destination by almost all travelers. associates in the region. The oasis town is wedged between the northern Dasht-e Kavir and the southern Dasht-e Lut on a flat plain surrounded by mountains.
The Yazd Jameh Mosque, Dowlatabad Garden, Yazd Atash Behram, also known as Atashkadeh-e Yazd, the Towers of Silence and the adjacent desert landscape are some of its sights.
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