The Kaluts (Lut Desert) attractions

Top Choice Oasis in The Kaluts (Lut Desert)

Deh Salm

With lush date-palm groves, domed mud-brick houses, carpet-saddled camels and a distant backdrop of arid mountain ridges, it's hard to imagine a more archetypal oasis village than tiny Deh Salm. (At least once you g…
Notable Building in The Kaluts (Lut Desert)

Citadel Dehseif

Less than a kilometre north of Shafiabad, Dehseif's mud-walled 'caravanserai' is actually a mud-walled citadel, with shattered remnants of many former buildings surviving within atmospherically crumbling earthen wal…
Spring in The Kaluts (Lut Desert)


Close to the turning for Shafiabad and Dehseif, a passageway leads down to an unusually accessible stretch of qanat, an underground water channel.
River in The Kaluts (Lut Desert)

Rud Shur Bridge

Driving east to west across the Lut Desert you'll see plenty of mirages, but when you reach Rud Shur, amazingly, the water is no mirage. Though usually only a tiny trickle, seeing a crystal-clear stream meandering a…
Notable Building in The Kaluts (Lut Desert)

Shafiabad Caravanserai

The large caravanserai in the heart of Safiabad is bigger in scale than others in the large surrounding oasis, and has four attractively faceted round towers in uncoloured mud-brick – commonly used visual icons of t…
Notable Building in The Kaluts (Lut Desert)

Lut Caravanserai

Guides claim that this small, lonely mud compound with four little towers is a caravanserai (a traditional inn with a courtyard for camel trains). In fact it appears to be a recent contrivance and acts as the organi…