On the way to Damghan

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Damghan is situated 342 kilometers (213 mi) east of Tehran on the high-road to Mashhad, at an elevation of 1,250 m (4,101 ft). The city trades in pistachios and paper almonds (Kaghazi), with very thin shells, which are famous throughout the country. I arrived in Damghan around 1 PM and checked into the Damghan Tourist Inn. This is a very ancient city dating back some 7,000 years and was situated right on the Silk Road. I had lunch at the hotel and took my camera and started shooting pictures. This is a very clean and friendly city. There is a mosque in this city that dates back to the 9th century.  I took a rental car around 5 PM to Chechmeh Ali. This is a series of massive natural springs with a couple of small mansions built in the middle of them in the 18th century. This area is very green and with soaring mountains and is about 70 miles north of the city. Click HERE to watch a video of Chechmeh Ali. At night I went to the Masjid Jameh (the main mosque) and for the first time in Iran was allowed to video men and women during their nightly prayer ritual. The next day I went to Mayan village to take pictures of a massive garrison dating back some 700 years. My guide told me that people were living in this area up to 20 years ago and I could still see their beautiful yards full of grapevines, pistachio and pomegranate trees. 

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