Radkan Tower

Not so many travelers include visiting the ancient Khorasan in their itinerary, and fewer people even know about the Radkan Astronomical Tower, the canyoning sight of Akhlamad Village, and the world’s oldest turquoise mine of the historic city of Neyshabur. Adventure Group has provided a very special precise four-day itinerary from Mashhad to Radkan and Neyshabur with full details.

Mashhad to Radkan and Neyshabur

The travel map from Mashhad to Radkan and Neyshabur.

Day 1: Canyoning in Ajeneh valley or camping in Akhlamad

Akhlamd Valley and Waterfall have located 17 km from Chenaran city and 84 km from Mashhad in Mashhad- Quchan road. Akhlamad is actually several thousand years old geographical village. The special shapes of its valleys and the mountains are caused by the erosion of ground and sediments of ammonite fossils during the late Jurassic period. If you have enough experience in canyoning and have already worked with ropes and knots, you can ask a local guide to help you experience the descent into the cold water of the goblins of the Ajeneh in hot summer days. Bear in mind to carry your well-packed lunch to eat immediately after the descent.

But if you are not interested in canyoning, there is no problem. The waterfall and the unique nature of Akhlamad village enrich the soul of nature seekers with its beautiful mountains and rivers. It should be noted that from the beginning of the village to the waterfalls, you have a long way to go. In case you are about to camp in nature and you have to carry a lot of equipment, you’d better ask the villagers rental mules to carry your extra supplies. Not carrying camping equipment with you? That’s okay, there are so many renal local houses with low price. Keep in mind that the weather of Akhlamad is never too hot to take your warm clothes. Even if, the temperatures in neighboring cities such as Chenaran and Mashhad will be warm and sunny.

Ajeneh valley

Canyoning in the cool water of Ajeneh Valley would be great in summer hot days.

Day 2: Visiting Radkan tower and village

The second day starts toward Radkan village and ends there. At a distance of 30 km from Akhlamad village on Mashhad Ghochan road, Radkan astronomical tower with a height of 35 meters and a radius of 20 meters has been raised since. The Radkan Tower which has been thought to be the tomb of one of the Ilkhanate is the only tower with the possibility of determining the season, the year of the leap, and the beginning of Nowruz. This tower is the work of the great Iranian mathematician, astronomer, and scientist, Khajeh Nasir al-Din Tusi.

Radkann tower

Khajeh Nasir al-Din Toosi has carefully selected the location of the astronomical towers, Radkan is among the best spots to observe the stars.

ِDay 3: Visiting the Turquoise mine

On the third day of this trip, after having breakfast at the residence, we will move from Radkan village seventy-five kilometers to Keleydar village on Sabzevar-Neishabour road and will stay in this village for a couple of hours to eat and rest. In addition to the beauty of nature and scenery, Keleydar also has interesting stories and history. Mahmoud Dolatabadi, a well-known author of Persian literature, has a three-volume novel of the same name, the story of which takes place in this village. Then, after another sixty kilometers, we reach Firoozeh city, where is located the 7,000-year-old turquoise mine of Neyshabur. Visiting the Turquoise Mine and the long hours of transportation on the road will make you tired and hungry. Another 20 km drive will take you to Neishabour and its unique traditional restaurants. The Adventure Group recommends a nice traditional meal in the restaurant and a very good sleep in an ecolodge.

the turquoise mine of Neyshabur

It feels so cool to walk in a 7,000 years mine with vivid colors.

Day 4: Visiting Neyshabur attractions

Opening eyes in Neyshaur and visiting as many attractions as you can would be great for the fourth day. The city of Neyshabur has always been of interest due to its location on the Silk Road and has even sometimes suffered the most severe and brutal destruction, such as the Mongol and Arab invasions. That’s why Neyshabur has a lot to demonstrate.

  • The mausollieum of Hakim Omaar Khayyam

Hakim Omar Khayyam Neyshaburi was a legendary astronomer, philosopher, and poet who lived between 1048 and 1131, has provided valuable services to the science, including setting the Jalali calendar_which is still among the most precise and practical ones_ and solving many mathematical theorems. Khayyam’s tomb, located southeast of the city of Neishabour and at the end of Khayyam Street, is a combination of astronomy, geometry, poetry, and the symbol of Hakim Omar Khayyam’s multifaceted personality. The mausoleum is located in a pleasant garden near Attar’s tomb, so it may be a good idea to consider drinking tea or walking in the garden in addition to visiting your timing.

the tomb of khayyam

The tomb of khayam in Neyshabur.

  • Shadiyakh

Shadiyakh or Palace of Happiness is a relic of the local rulers of Neishabour at a time between the Taherian and Seljuk regimes. The palace was completely buried underground after a major earthquake, and archeological excavations showed different parts of it twenty years ago.

Shadyakh Neyshabur

The discovery of shattered human skeletons indicates a devastating earthquake that destroyed large parts of Shadiakh.

  • The wooden mosque

Neyshabur Wooden Village, which is made entirely of wood (except for some small parts that are intended only for hygienic purposes), displays the peak of art, architecture, and creativity in one image, and in its construction, a few expert points are made. Seriously, one is that the historical and cultural background of the region has been considered in its construction, and the other is that the climatic and geographical conditions of this region have been considered.

wooden mosque of Neyshabur

The wooden mosque of Neyshabur, anti-termite, and earthquake resistant.

Natural and unnatural factors such as earthquakes, termites, snow and rain, and other damages that may affect the wood of this structure, special solutions have been considered. The Choobin mosque of Neyshabur is the first wooden mosque in the world that is resistant to earthquakes. Iran Adventure group already has a  biking tour in Neyshabur.

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