Iran Tourism, Soyugh Bulagh:Cold Spring
Population:201,049:Center: Mahabad; Distance to Orumiyeh:134 km
-Mahabad Dam Lake and Tourism Pilot Zone(over 150 hectares, southeast of the township)
-Sahulan Cave Tourism Pilot Zone ( km of Mahabad-Bukan road, almost 2 hectares)
-Cave: Fakhrigah (Crypt, Median era) and Ashkutan
-Lagoons: Kani Berazen, Dargeh Sangi, Qopi Ghazan and Kani Pirkeh
-Gerav Hot Spring (500 m of Mahabad-Sardasht road)
-Ancient Inscriptions: Bardeh Rukhav (35 km to Mahabad )and Khareh Hanjiran ( millennium BC, 28 km south of mahabad city)
-Tombs: Shams-e-Borhan ( km of Mahabad-Bukan road, in Khanqah village) and Bodaq Soltan
-Mahabad Jame’ Mosque(Safavid period)
-Ancient Baths: Laj(21 km north of the township, early century) and Mirza Rasul(Safavid period)
-Shah Darvish and Rostam Beyg Fountain Cellars (170 years old)
-Andarqash Ancient City Raka Cave (in the vicinity of Andarqash village; Raka le the Achaemenid crypts.)
-Valleys; Kutar and Isa Kandi
-Forts: Ali Gar, Qalatgah, II Teymur, Uzun Darreh and Hamaram Beyg
-Khanqah-e-Abbas Abad(Qajar period)
-Qalate Shah Fotress
-Ancient Hills: Kolka Tappeh, She Gordan, Gerd Qeychi Abad, Mahmudiyan, Kani Sib, Tavus Tappeh, Gardelas, Kik Abad, Dartovan Takanujeh, Deryas, Shet Tab, Bagh Shaykan, the Ruins of Shahr-e-Viran City, Siyaqul, Ghows Abad, Azad, Baraymeh, Bardeh Sepiyan, Ozun Darreh and Qezeljeh
– Bayram Tombstone
Between Simineh Rud and Zarrineh Rud Rivers
Population: 274,307;Center:Miyandoab; Distance to Orumiyeh:170 km
-Qarah Kal Lagoon
-Taq Mosque (1886 AD)
-Bakhtak Fort (Sassanid era)
-Bridges: Mirza Rasul (5 km to Miyandoab, built on Zarrineh Rud river) and Kusalar (located in -Kusalar village, 10 km northeast of Miyandoab, on Miyandoab-Chahar Borj road)
-Valleys: Dalmeh (the outskirt of Noruzlu diversion dam) and Aliyar (on Miyandoab-Shahin Dezh road)
-Ancient Hills: Dash Tappah, Qarah Gozlu, Shin Abad, Remains of Yarjan Olya, Javad Tappasi, Kohneh Kand, Qoroqchi Tappasi and Chal Khomaz
-Eastern and Western Miyandoab Plains (32,300 hectares, in south and southeast of Orumiyeh Lake)
-Miyandoab Museum (on Imam St.)
Turkish and Kurdish Dialects
Population: 118,516; Center: Naqadeh; Distance to Orumiyeh: 100 km
-Hasanlu Dam and Tourism Pilot Zone (20 km northeast of the township, in the vicinity of Orumiyeh lake’s coastal area and Bandar-e-Heydar Abad port)
-Yeidadiguz Leisure Resort (southwest of Naqadeh)
-Valleys: Soltan Ya’qub (4 km south of Naqadeh) and Gadar (north of Naqadeh, with pleasant weather)
-Sheikh Ma’ruf Spring (on Naqadeh-Miyandoab road)
-Baba Hassan Cave
-Hasanlu Hill: is located 12 km to Naqadeh at Hassanlu Tourism Poilt Village, 6000 years old, with rocky architecture and numerous building components. Hassanlu famous Golden Goblet is currently kept at Ancient Iran Museum in Tehran
-Ancient Hills: Mohammadyar, Nezam Abad, Gerd Dinkhah, Delinji Arkhi, Koyak, Mamlu, Mohammad Shah, Mir Abad, Sakhsi Tappah, Tappah Gerd and Mavaran
-International Lagoons: Yadegarlu, Hassanlu and Sulduzgoli (northeast of the township, 1 km east of Mohammadyar crossroad to Orumiyeh Lake’s coast)
-naqadeh Museum (on Piruzi St.)
The presence of different Azeri, Kurdish and Armenian communities has turned the province into a vivid exhibition of social attractions. Tribes in Azarbayejan-e-Gharbi shape nearly one third of population in the province. They usually erect Siyah Chador (black and brown colored tents) made from goat wool in Yeylaq.
Kusa Galin is a ritual believed to be practiced since Prophet Abraham period in which Azeri people pray for divine blessings. The locals would also celebrate khidr-e-Nabi (Prophet AI-Khidr) cerrmony on Feb. 20th night, the first day of Esfand (last month in Persian calendar), by dancing and singing in an expectation for a brighter future to come. All the minority people of other religions are free to hold their own ceremonial practices as well as enjoying the common traditions.
Azarbayejan folkloric music reflects different aspects of people’s daily life such as reunion, sepration, triumph, failure, heroism, joy and melancholy. Even in Lezgi, the famous vivid Azeri dance, traces of melancholy is hidden. For the most part, the same music characteristics are mentioned in Azarbayejan-e-Sharqi province’s details.
Turkish Kebab, Ash-e-Dugh (Yoghurt Soup) and Kufteh Karum a kind of meatball are most common dishes in this province. Some other local foods and cookies of the province are in common with Azarbayejan-e-Sharqi province. The high quality of the agriculture and dairy products in this region is well-known through ought Iran.
Azarbayejan-e-Gharbi’s handicrafts are leather works, Sermeh Duzi (a kind of sewing), Varni Bafi (a kind of weaving) Giveh Bafi (another kind of weaving), Jajim and Baresh Bafi (which is a piece of cloth made of wool covering ankle to knee and is fixed under the feet with a lace).
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