This is truly a mountain of miracles. In the 7th century, the Sassanid's Princess Nikbanou was pursued by Arabs and found refuge in the cave of Pir-e Sabz: it opened up to her when she prayed. Even today, although fewer in number, Zoroastrian pilgrims come to this sacred site from Iran, India, and elsewhere. Here, numerous candles and bonfires burn, symbolising divine light. The desert road to the Chak Chak temple near Ardakan, 72 kilometres from Yazd, is of staggering beauty. The temple doors are reminiscent of the bas-reliefs of Persepolis.
Pilgrimage to the fire temple
From 14 to 18 June 2016