Shandiz is a famous city and area near the large Iranian city of Mashhad. Tourists will be able to take a cab or drive there from their accommodation location in the city center of Mashhad, the drive duration from Mashhad to Shandiz is usually 45 minutes to an hour. The city of Shandiz is a favorite holiday and recreation spot for most of the Mashhad locals as it features a wonderful range of stunning natural attractions such as lush forests, river and springs. As the city of Shandiz is located at the foothills of a wonderful valley, tourists will be able to view an amazing mountainous range on their drive route.
Located 12 KM northwest of Mashhad, the temperatures of the Shandiz region are lower than what can be felt in the city center of Mashhad. This climate change is due to the tall trees and valley passes that surround the city. For centuries the city of Shandiz known historically as “Dez Shah” and its outskirts were a favored destination by the nomad groups and tribes of Iran. Many flowing rivers pass through Shandiz starting at the slopes of “Mount Binalud”. The most famous of these rivers are Mayan, Mugan, Zoshk and Kang. All these wonderful natural aspects of the Shandiz area have made this region into an unmissable destination for a one-day trip when in Mashhad. The best time to make the day trip from Mashhad and travel to Shandiz is in the summer season, between the months of May and September.
In recent years and because of the high number of tourists visiting Shandiz, the city has seen some major infrastructural growth such as hotels, shopping centers and restaurants but the famous iconic almost 3000-year-old tree in this region is the natural highlight of this town.
Alongside its natural beauty, the main reason that has turned the city of Shandiz into a touristic hotspot is the mouthwatering cuisine served in the many open-air garden restaurants. Tourists will not miss the hundreds of restaurants located next to each other serving delicious Persian food especially the Iranian grilled kebabs. Every week thousands of local and international tourists make the trip from Mashhad to Shandiz to be served the Persian kebabs. We definitely suggest trying the most famous Shandiz food, which is the “Shashlik Kebab”. This dish is a kind of mutton chop grilled on coal until it turns tender.
For those tourists planning to travel to Iran and have the city of Mashhad on their Iran travel plan, we recommend adding a day to visit the Shandiz area and add it to their Iran travel itinerary.