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Welcome to Minâb
(Southern Iran)
by
Tirdâd Gorgâni
 Attractions ~ Birdwatching ~ Excursion ~ Jâsk town ~ Mangrove forest
               

Facts at a Glance
Name: Minâb
Province: Hormozgân ,  Southern   Iran
Population: 52.000
Language: Persian
Area Code: 0765
Transportation: coaches from  Bandare Abâs.
Accomodation:
*Mehmânsarâ is a budget hotel, located  inside a pleasant park.
*Sadaf hotel, just 100 m. from bus terminal  is another alternative.
City Map: Click here
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Eastern Hormozgan2

        
Minab
Some 120 km eastern Bandare Abâs (1616 km. S.E. Tehrân) you find the charming and quiet town of Minâb, anciant Amanis. Northern and eastern parts of this city is mountainous and central and western parts are plain. The climate of this city is warm and humid. There is savanna-type country around this town interspersed with numerous trees with thorny branches and gnarled trunks. Because of such a dense vegetations, the local people call it forest. There is although date-palm plantations and cultivation of mangoes here. Agricultural lands, gardens and orchards are irrigated by Minâb river.
Minab’s history is mixed with the history of ancient Hormoz city. Some historians, attribute the foundation of old Hormoz to Sâssanide Ardešir Bâbakân. In the year 1000 AD., one Omani Sheikhs called Mohammad, conquered Hormoz port by making use of dissatisfaction of people from the ruler of that time.
In 1300 AD., a group of Mongol variors attacked this city. The governor of Hormoz accompanying with the residents migrated to Present Hormoz island.
In the years 1793-1804 AD., Sultan Ebne Ahmad of Oman, imposed his sovereignty over Gouvater. He took precaution against facing with Iran, but tried to take the control of Bandare Abâs and Minâb in his hands. At this time, Aqâ Mohamad Xân Qâjâr, due to internal clashes, has no opportunity to strengthening his power over the south of Iran, so the sovereignty of Qešm and Hormoz was put under the care of Oman ruler. In 1852, a treaty was concluded according to which, Iranian lands, coasts and islands as well as Minâb city were returned to Iran.
Present Minâb is a developed and thriving city susceptible for agricultural activities in the province.

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hezar castle
What to see:

Hezâre Castle

This castle is one of the two castles that still is remained from the past. It is believed that Hezâre (Bibi Minu) castle and the other one were constructed by two sisters named Bibi Minu and Bibi Nâzanin. Hezâre castle was used even during the late Qâjâr dynasty (1794-1925).
Address: North western Šohadâ square
      
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Thursday Market
There is an interesting market on Thursdays in Minâb, where the locals sell their handmade products. Handicrafts like zaribâfi (handicrafts made from palm trees), different kinds of carpets,  pottery etc.
This market takes place around the main bridge and roundabout as you enter town from Bandare Abâs.

Minâb museum

Don’t forget visiting this museum in the town.
Excursions:

Bahmani
& Hakami Villages

These beautiful, small villages with lush meadows, green woodland and fragrant orchards are situated only 5-6 km off the main road to Bandare Abâs. A one-day trip there is an excellent way of getting to know this area, its people, its culture and traditions. You can even see how the women make beautiful local handicrafts. See map.
Getting there: The easiest way is to charter a car/Taxi  from Minâb.
bahmani village


Minâb dam

Situated a few kilometers east of Minâb you find the great dam of  Minâb and a lake.  It is an excellent one/half  day excursion.

Fishing villages

You can see how fishermen catch fishes with traditional   equipments and boats, by doing a daily trip to fishing villages of Tiyâb , Kolâhi, Kargân or Kuhestak. These villages  are just a few kilometers S.W. Minâb.   See map.
Getting there: The easiest way is to charter a car/Taxi from Minâb.
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Eurasian Curlew
Birdwatching
On the shores and the islands of the Persian Gulf and the Oman Sea, 110 species of Iranian birds, both sedentary and migratory, have been identified. Among the rare birds of the world, so far the gray-foot Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) and Spotted Gilâ n Shah (Numeulus tenurestris) have been observed either in passage through or migrating to the southern coastal areas of Iran. The Indian heron (Ardea gragli) is a species specific to the shores of Iran. The most suitable habitat for waterfowl on the southern shores comprises all kinds of coastal swampland including creeks, estuaries, marshlands, mangrove growths, and mud flats. These swamplands contain many nutrients, and they offer safety and quiet to the waterfowl.
Mangrove growths in the Bandare Xamir basin and Qešm , the creeks in theTiyâb and Kolâhi , Syric, and Jask, are the main centers attracting the waterfowl basins in Hormozgân province.

Deltas of Rude Gaz and Rude Hara rivers
Area 15,000ha
Geographical Coordinates: 26°15'N 57°10'E 
Location: Adjoining the Strait of Hormuz, on the Gulf coast, a few kilometres south west of Minâb (approximately 120km southeast of the city of Bandare Abâs). See map.        
minab Principal Features :
An extensive complex of tidal mudflats (mainly unvegetated), creeks, saltmarsh, mangroves, sand banks and low muddy offshore islands formed  at the mouths   of the rivers Rude Gaz and Rude Hara. The rivers flow only after erratic  rainfall in the interior (usually in winter). Extensive stands of mangrove  Avicennia marina occur at the mouths of the rivers, along  tidal creeks and as a broad fringe along the landward side  of coastal sandbars.  The adjacent  arid plain support a sparse  woodland of Acacia, Prosopis, Ziziphus and Tamarix  with large  areas of bare sandy flats. Land ownership in public.             

The site is extremely important for wintering  waterfowls  including Pelecanus crispus, cormorants (Phalacrocoracidae), herons (Ardeidae), shorebirds (Scolopacidae) and gulls (Laridae).
Getting there: The easiest way is to charter a car/Taxi from Minâb. 

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Deltas of Rude Šur and Rude Minâb rivers
Area 20,000ha
Location: 25km east of Bandar Abâs.
A 55km stretch of coast on the Strait of Hormuz. Comprises of tidal mudflats, mangrove,swamp and saltmarsh around the mouths of three rivers. It is an important wintering ground for cormorants,  Greater Flamingo, herons and numerous waders. See map.
Getting there: The easiest way is to charter a car/Taxi from Minâb.
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See even: Some birds from southern Iran
Mountaineering
Minâb region offers several excellent one and several days  walks and  hikes across mountains and through forests, and a couple  of challenging mountain climbs, for the more adventurous.
*Âhang Peak, 1483 m., 90 km. S.E. Minâb
*Guk Peak, 1395 m., south-south eastern Minâb
*Bendar Peak 1087 m., 89 km. S. E. Minâb
*Zendân Peak 993 m. , 27 Northern Minâb
*Tambu Peak 841 m. south eastern Minâb
Getting there:The easiest way is to get arranged  tour with guide, by contacting some Travel Agency in Minâb or Bandare Abâs.
Bahmani village
Coast of Minab
Mangrove forest
Mangrove thickets occupy an total area of 9200 hectares along the southern coasts of Iran spread over several locations between the 2511' and 2752' minute parallels.
The geographical location of the mangrove growths in Hormozgân province are Tiyâb , Syrik, Jâsk city and Jâsk  Creeks, NWshores of Qešm  island  and Bandare Xamir. See map .

Three of the mangrove growths in the Tiyâ b and Kolâhi areas of the Xamir and Qeš m region, and the creeks of the Syrik region, have been included in the Râmsar convention's list of international lagoons.
The mangrove growths in Iran consist of only two species of trees with the names 'Harra' (Avicennia marina) and 'Chandal' (Sandalwood: Rhizophora mucronata). The growths of the latter are of a limited extent and are found only in the creeks of the Syric region.
A boat trip into the mangrove forest offers an opportunity  to observe rare and abundant wildlife - including dozens of bird species  - while learning about the unique ecosystem of the mangrove forest.
Getting there: The easiest way is to charter a car/Taxi  from Minâb.
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