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Tees-Tis Village

PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:31 am
by Parvaneh
Introduction: Tees-Tis Village (Persian: روستای تیس ‎)

Tees Village is in the vicinity of the Gulf of Oman, 5 km northwest of Chabahar port city.

The presence of many historical monuments in the village indicates its importance in previous eras.

The village has a fine weather during spring and fall, cool in winter and very hot in summer. Its residents speak the Baluchi language; they are mostly Sunni Muslims and number 3,873, according to the 2006 census.

Books related to the conquests of Alexander the Great refer to the village as Teez.

In addition to this name, the village has also been called Tezia or Tesi by historians and geographers of the Islamic period such as Moqaddasi, the historian of the 4rth century lunar Hijri.

Anyway, Tees has been on the sea routes of southern Iranian waters and used to be the center of trading sugar and wheat from Makran and Sistan respectively.

During the Sassanid period, this village was taken as the western port of the then province of Makran and was on the sea route of the Silk Road.

In late 10th century and early 11th century AH (after hegira), when the Portuguese entered the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, Mir Joneyd, who was one of the chieftains of the region, confronted them several times and made them leave Tees Port and its waters.

However, the Portuguese built a military citadel in Tees whose ruins remain extant. Let’s now shift to the lifestyle of the locals.


The village of Tees is on the foot of a mountain and has a dense residential area. Houses are built around the Grand Mosque of the village and agricultural fields and tall trees surround them all.

They are often constructed on one floor, with flat roofs, and thin thatch walls. Older houses have been made of stone, mud, brick and adobe, while new ones use cement, iron and bricks.

Tees is surrounded by Shahbaz, Pilband and Lavari heights and mountains, with Lavari River passing through it.

Its location in a mountainous area with a beautiful view has added to the attractiveness of Tees Village.

Tourist Attractions

The Gulf of Oman, its seashores, huge waves and birds flying over it are among the unique attractions of Tees Village.

From the historical point of view, Tees has numerous tourist attractions—the most important of which is Tees Castle. Also known as the Portuguese Castle, this castle is 500 meters above the sea-level.

Its architecture resembles that of Bisotoun’s Shah Abbasi inn, particularly with regard to rooms and porches. Brick, stone and clay are the material used in the construction of this castle.

There are rooms on three sides of the yard and remnants of two big towers and a minaret can be seen at the side of the building.

The 6.5-meter minaret was used for scouting purposes and had a command over the Tees Gulf. The architectural style and the covering of the minaret is the same as those used in the Seljuk era.

Remnants of cisterns made of stone, clay and concrete remain scattered. In the ceilings and roofs of the citadel, wood brought from other parts has also been used.

From among the historical monuments in Tees, mention can be made of Pirouz-Gat Castle, Baluch-Gat Castle, Pil-Band Rampart, Ban-Masiti Cave, Tees-Kouban Well and Tees Dam.

Each of these monuments is a tourist site.

Near Mount Shahbaz-Band, one natural and two manmade caves are located near each other.

The natural one is in the form of a semi-circle that has been expanded by carving the mountain in its walls and entrance.

A small tomb inside the cave has white chalky sides. One of the manmade caves is located to the right of this natural cave.

The manmade cave’s conical entrance is only 80 centimeters high and one who seeks to enter need to go inside in a creeping manner.

And the third cave is 50 meters away from the natural one; there used to be some stairs from the level of the ground to its entrance.

Tees Village is accessible from Nikshahr and Chabahar-Kenarak Road, via an asphalt road.

Local Handicrafts

Most villagers are active in farming, animal husbandry and fishing sectors.

In addition to good quality dairy products, the main agricultural products of Tees are barley, vegetables and fruits.

Since this village is located near the Gulf of Oman, fishing is one of the most profitable occupations.

Locals also make beautiful handicrafts.

Women and girls of Tees Village, while busy making handicrafts in general, and needlework in particular, play a direct role in generating income for the family.

Needlework produced in the village is among the best in Sistan-Baluchestan province.

The locals also make other handicrafts such as wickerwork, pearly ornaments, taxidermal fish and other sea animals.

Such handicrafts are also exported from Tees.

Travelers visiting Tees Village in different seasons take handicrafts as souvenirs. These include condiments, food and ornaments made of sea shells.

Source: Iran Daily


Location:Tees-Tis Village, Chabahar,Sistan & Blochestan Province

Walking path length: No

Days of trip: 4-5 Days from Tehran to Tehran (Without heavy traffic you need 22-25 hr driving from Tehran to Chabahar (Chah Bahar). Distance is about 1879 Km.
Attention: In holidays there is heavy traffic in all roads around Tehran.

Best time to visit: October to March

Daily time visit: No limit, but middle of the day maybe hot

Difficulty level: Easy

Requirements: Guide or GPS track, water, food, waterproof clothes and tent, waterproof shoes, satellite phone, headlamp

Legal permission need: No


Overall risk: -

Animal risk: No

Lost risk: Yes

Rescue: Yes, you can call 115

GSM Mobile Antenna: In Some region Yes


Hotel: in Chahbahar Yes


Shop: in Chahbahar Yes

Gasoline: in Chahbahar Yes


How to get there:
1- Go to the South terminal of buses in Tehran (more info)
2- Take a bus ticket to Chabahar- 1879 Km
2- Take a taxi to Tis Village.

Nearest airport: No airport less than 100 km (Nearest is Chabahar airport)

Nearest train station: Chabahar station


Location on map:


Tees- Fortress