From Ilam to Darreh Shahr
Ilam, Darreh Shahr
Zagros mountain in the west of Iran is more attractive in autumn than any other time of the year. The destination of this trip is Ilam and the start point is also the city of Ilam where the people are accustomed to nature. if you want to became more familiar with the ancient culture of Ilam, you should first visit Vali Castle; a building related to Hussain Qoli Khan Vali, the ruler of Ilam in time of Qajar, in which the Ethnography Museum of Ilam has recently established; it is a good opportunity to know Ilam and its people.
Leave Ilam for Darreh Shahr in order to visit the wonderful Ilam province. This road becomes a maze in the vicinity of Kabirkuh and makes some wonderful landscapes. After about 52 kilometers, you should stop near Chenar Bashi; a deep and astonishing valley named Tang-e Razianeh is waiting for you along the road like a break in the ground. You are just standing on top of the Tang and can pass a part of its route to reach a bridge.
You need suitable cloths to enter the Tang, because it is full of water and the depth of water increases in parts that makes it difficult to cross. Totally, entering the Tang is just possible when there is no rain; the possibility of flooding is high in rainy weather and entering the Tang has the risk of death in this case.
Proceed to Darreh Shahr. Next visit is the historical city of Seymareh in Darreh Shahr. The museum of archaeological findings has also been established close to Seymareh that is visitable, too.
Enter Pol Dokhtar from Seymareh; the first village is Sheikh Makan that is the next destination. Enter the village in order to see Pour Ashraf Castle or Sheikh Makan Fort; a building from Qajar period located in the heart of the pristine nature of the region.
Return to the main road and you reach Tang-e Bahram-e Choobin in a little distance from Sheikh Makan. The natural Tang in which there are some installations like alcove, stone pools, north and south forts and residential houses.
The buildings remained inside the Tang are attributed to Sassanid period and it is stated that they are related to Bahram-e Choobin, the Sassanid commander, and that is why the name of Tang is Baharam-e Choobin.
Although there is no water inside Tang, you cannot move forward, because the way has been blocked by large rocks; it seems that they have been fallen into the Tang over time.