Alamut, rich in history, has a great tourist capacity: official

TEHRAN — The historical region of Alamut has great tourism and tourism capacity, the governor-general of Qazvin said on Thursday.

“We believe that Alamut is the advantage of tourism and good planning of Qazvin, and more attention to this area can lead to its growth and development at national and provincial levels,” Mohammad-Mehdi Alaei said. .

The official announced plans to address issues that can help promote tourism in the region, adding “Necessary planning will be done, which we hope will lead to fundamental changes in the field of tourism.”

Elsewhere in his remakes, the official spoke of a road under construction, which will connect Alamut to Tonekabon in the coastal province of Mazandaran.

“The Qazvin-Almut-Tonekabon project has been slow since 2017, but based on a presidential speech, it will be completed faster.”

“We hope to solve Alamut’s problems in various areas, including agricultural and drinking water, cultural heritage, tourism, health clinics.”

“Alamut has great capacity in tourism, and locals and officials should come together to bring economic prosperity to the region by developing tourism.”

The Valleys of the Assassins, a journey through time

One of the most amazing parts of Iran’s Qazvin region, the Valleys of the Assassins were once the backbone of Hasan-e Sabbah (1070-1124) and his followers as remnants of their history are everywhere, hidden in the old view.

In the 1930s, the Italian-British explorer and writer Freya Stark described her exploration of the place in her book “The Valleys of the Assassins”.

Alamut is famous for its well-fortified castle nestled on top of a hill, once home to the followers of Sabbah, who was the spiritual leader of a heretical Ismaili sect, known as the “Assassins”. Accounts say that Sabbah led a bizarre and much feared mercenary organization whose members were sent to assassinate or kidnap prominent political and religious figures of the time.

Stories say that the name Alamut, which means ‘Eagle’s Nest’, is associated with an 8th century regional king who saw an eagle land amid its tall, rugged cliffs and was inspired to build an impregnable fortress.

The ruined structure, better known as Alamut Castle, is now a top destination for domestic and international tourists. The castle is located on the northeast side of the village of Gazor Khan in the vicinity of Mo’alem Kalayeh.

Sandwiched between the dry and arid plain of Qazvin to the south and the densely forested slopes of Mazandaran province to the north, the site, also known as Alamut, attracts many travelers with particular goals in mind: to find the past into the present, discovering other cultures, taking a breath of fresh air or simply getting away from work, to name but a few.

To reach the castle, one must pass nearly halfway along a narrow road surrounded by orchards of cherry and pomegranate trees, until a massif of grey-brown rock looms in the distance with fortifications perched on the top of a top.

The assassins believed that their actions would transport them to heaven. Supposedly, Sabbah shrewdly cultivated such beliefs by having his followers stoned with hashish (unbeknownst to them) and then showing them beautiful secret gardens.

This notion, however, gave the sect its popular name “Hashish-iyun”, the root of the modern English term “assassin”. Or so the story goes. Peter Willey’s book Eagle’s Nest gives an altogether more sympathetic version, portraying Sabbah as a champion of the free-thinking, pro-science Islamic tradition and suggesting that the hashish stories were exaggerations intended to denigrate Islam. ismaili.

The castle was captured by the Mongol ruler Hulagu Khan in 1256 using diplomatic trickery, after forcing the surrender of the spiritual leader of the Ismailis (Sabbah’s successor).

Sabbah’s reign from Alamut (which he renamed the City of Good Fortune) is shrouded in mystery and enigma. This is partly because most of the Ismaili records of the time were destroyed by Mongol invaders while the writings of their critics survived.

For centuries, Alamut Castle was all but forgotten, and only returned to public consciousness with the publication of Stark’s 1930s travel diary, Valleys of the Assassins. A recently reprinted copy of this volume makes an excellent travel companion.

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