Deviating from this itinerary is unpreventable sometimes due to weather conditions, seasonal changes, frequency of visits to a village or for any other factor which may influence our travel times and schedules. Furthermore, this is the tight itinerary and sometimes we must skip a place or two depending on the season.
This tour is a combination of trekking (in the river), cultural & historical exploring, hiking on three castles and city tour. In this tour you will explore a number of villages by tasting their cuisine, socialize with local people and experience their life style by staying in their homes. However in historic terms the highlight of this tour can be visiting the historic castle of Alamut and find out more about its history but you will also visit the remains of another castle used at the same era called Lambesar. In the second part of the trip for a couple of days we explore Damash sanctuary. We will have one full day hiking in the river exploring a few villages. In the last phase we will visit Masuleh historic village which attracts many tourists because of its architecture and people. Masuleh is surrounded by forest from valley to mountain and fog is the predominate weather feature of Masouleh. In this trip you will also have the chance of visiting Rudkhan castle. This castle is a medieval brick and stone castle built on two tips of a mountain.
Finally we will visit Rasht the capital of Gilan province by far the largest city of the Shomal (Caspian littoral) region. Gilan is very famous for its cuisine and one of the best places in Iran in terms of vegetarian foods.
Alamut is a region situated on the western edge of the Alborz Mountains (northeast of Qazvin province) between the dry and barren plains of Qazvin in the south and densely forested slopes of Mazandaran in the north.
Historically, the mountains of this area were ideal for construction of castles because of its natural heights that could be used as a section of the defensive structure of the castles. The nature of this area is covered by hills, curvatures, forms, scars and wrinkles. Two big citadels of the Ismailis (a branch of Shia Muslims whose adherents are also known as Seveners), Lambsar and Alamut castles are in this area. Hassan-e Sabbah (1050-1124) and his Hashshashin controlled the area for many years.
Hassan-e Sabbāh was an Ismaili missionary who converted a community in the late 11th century in the heart of the Alborz Mountains, later he seized a mountain fortress called Alamut and used it as the headquarters for a decentralized Persian insurrection against the dominant Seljuk Turks. He formed a group of fadaiyan (those who sacrifice themselves) whose members are often referred to as the Hashshashin or "Assassins" in the western literature.
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