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Alamut Valley

by pickles75 Online Now Jan 25, 2009 at 7:36 PM

Has anyone out there visited the Alamut Valley and 'Castles of the Assassins'?

I'm planning a trip to Iran in April and this place and these ruins sound appealing. I'd be interested in anyone's opinions if they've been.

In particular, tips about walking in the area? The current LP gives some info, and the walk from Garmarud to Yuj sounds gorgeous but I'm not sure that we'll want to spend that much time (well we'd like to but so many amazing places to fit in and big distances between!). So maybe a suggestion for a day walk. From the LP it sounds like there are walks around Alamut Castle that may suit but I'm interested in any first hand experience.

Thanks!

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    Re: Alamut Valley

    by Behi Online Now Jan 26, 2009 at 6:20 AM

    I've been there some months ago, What do you want yo know??
    see it:
    http://www.alamutbase.ir/mapf2large.jpg
    http://www.alamutbase.ir/

    Most famous ones are Gazorkhan(Hassan Sabah) & Lambesar
    & both are very easy to reach

    Oskol Sar is somthing different, located in Malik village,
    impossible to reach it inside without rock climbing equipments

    Qostin Lar is nothing more than mound at top of a hill

    Shirkoh located on the pike of Shirkoh mount, we couldn't find it easily.
    as local said, needs about 3 hours hard climbing but is not as damaged as other Esmaeilian castles.
    We couldn't go up there.

    Shahrak is not Castle, seems was a feudal house.

    Ovan lake really worth to visit

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  • Re: Alamut Valley

    by pickles75 Online Now Jan 26, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Thanks Behi. Things I would like to know more specifically -

    Did you enjoy it? Did you find it a beautiful area? Would you recommend visiting?

    Also, is there a day walk, or a few hours walk that you could recommend? We would like to visit those 2 most well known sites as you've mentioned, and I appreciate that they're accessible by car but I thought that maybe there would be a walk near one of them, eg. a walk from a village somewhere to the Gazor Khan castle (not along a road). We are not the moutain climbing types!

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  • Re: Alamut Valley

    by pickles75 Online Now Jan 26, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Also, where is Ovan Lake, I can't find it on a map?

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    Re: Alamut Valley

    by Behi Online Now Jan 27, 2009 at 9:16 AM

    You are welcome

    Ovan lake at this file:
    http://www.alamutbase.ir/mapf2large.jpg
    indicated in light blue oval

    & yes, I enjoyed it so much, but it may seems different for you.

    Alamout means land(or Nest) of Eagle, means whole of this region is mountainous
    & Esmaeilian built castles at most inaccessible mounts.
    & notice that Mongol invaders leveled Esmaeilan castles.
    & then you will find just ruins.
    but visiting castles is very enjoyable when you have read who they were what they did.
    especially Gazorkhan & Lambesar that both was major bases & all stories about Hassan Sabah

    happend there.

    GazorKhan:
    http://i44.tinypic.com/2mo8owl.jpg
    http://i42.tinypic.com/34pxsfb.jpg
    http://i44.tinypic.com/wi7ntd.jpg

    Lambesar:
    http://i43.tinypic.com/33kudqc.jpg

    Oskol Sar:
    http://i39.tinypic.com/fk2y5g.jpg

    Ovan:
    http://i43.tinypic.com/b5gxt1.jpg

    I guess I'll upload alamout pages in the next 3 weeks, but firstly must cmplete Azargoshnap pages
    "Azar Goshnasp" - Takht-e Soleyman by Behi

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  • Re: Alamut Valley

    by pickles75 Online Now Jan 29, 2009 at 2:58 AM

    Thanks for the info Behi, much appreciated. I think it sounds good and I'll include it in my plans (with some reading beforehand!)

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