Mahan is a small town about 35 kilometers away from Kerman. I visited two sites here when I went to the desert. After spending the night in the desert, I went here with my car, before heading out to Kerman. Mahan is actually a leafy town where well-to-do Kermanis escape their city. So one morning, I checked out a shrine of a Sufi mystic, as well as another Persian garden.
The first place I have checked out was the Aramgah-e Shāh Ni'matullāh-i Valī, or the Shrine for Shāh Ni'matullāh-i Valī, who apparently was a well-known Sufi mystic and poet, who lived in the 15th century. This was his mausoleum.
It wasn't the most impressive mausoleum I have seen, but nevertheless it was an interesting and serene place. I bumped into a couple of Tehrani visitors, who took me under their wing and explained to me what everything was. They were also visiting, and they even invited me to their house in Tehran in case I had time when I would be getting there later.
After the shrine, I went to the Bāgh-e Shāzdeh, or the Shazdeh Gardens. This is an amazing garden in the middle of the desert. I mean, if you're driving on the highway, you will see this garden on the side of the road, but you cannot really see what is inside since it is surrounded by walls. So when you finally enter, you'll feel as if you are transported to a different planet.
This garden conforms to the traditional Persian design, with a tranquil body of water in the middle, and greenery surrounding it. This garden is actually at an incline, which means that the water is gently flowing downwards.
Finally, I'd like to draw attention to the pavilion, which stands at the bottom of the cascades, and is a sight. I was told, however, that it is prettier at night.
So yeah, this was my excursion. After checking out Mahan, I returned to Kerman to plan my next move. It is time to move again, after spending 3 nights in southeastern Iran.