The desert trading city of Kerman has long been a staging point for travelling between Persia and the Indian subcontinent and today it remains the best place from which to explore southeastern Iran. The city has a mud-brick core centred around the historic and very lively bazaar. This is surrounded by ever-expanding low-rise, blond-brick suburbs punctuated by qanat-fed parks.
The city is something of a melting pot, blending Persians with the more subcontinental Baluchis who dominate areas east of here. This mix is most evident in the bazaar, which is a highlight. Sights in and around Kerman can keep you for two to four days.