A grove of bare trees in front of rocky mountains during the early morning winter fog at the Zein-o-din Caravanserai near the desert city of Yazd in Iran.



The sole reason for travelling out to lonesome Zein-o-din is to visit the 400-year-old caravanserai built on the orders of Shah Abbas I. Located two days’ camel ride south of Yazd (around 60km) on the main road to Kerman in an otherwise vacant desert plain, the caravanserai was part of a network of 999 such hostels built to promote trade.


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