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The ancient castle of Ghamchoghay-Qamchqa Castle -Valley of Kings- Dareh e Shahan

PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 8:33 am
by Parvaneh
Introduction: The ancient castle of Ghamchoghay-Qamchqa Castle -Valley of Kings- Dareh e Shahan(Persian: قلعه تاریخی قمچقای )

The ruins of this castle are 45 Kilometers away from Bijar. This castle was built in 8thand 9th century BC. It is surrounded by deep valleys and overlooks Shahan valley. It seems that the castle has been in use even until the Sasanid and Islamic periods.


Location:Bijar City, Kordestan province

Walking path length: Just a few hundreds meter

Days of trip: 2-3 Days from Tehran to Tehran (Without heavy traffic you need 6-8 hr driving from Tehran to the ancient castle of Ghamchoghay)
Attention: In holidays there is heavy traffic in all roads around Tehran.

Best time to visit: Spring

Daily time visit:

Difficulty level: Easy

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

Legal permission need: No


Overall risk: -

Animal risk: No

Lost risk: No

Rescue: Yes, you can call 115

GSM Mobile Antenna: in some region Yes


Hotel: in Bijar Yes


Shop: in Bijar Yes

Gasoline: in Bijar Yes


How to get there:
1- Go to west terminal of buses in Tehran (more info)
2- Take a bus to Bijar.(Distance from Tehran to Bijar City is 472 Km)
3- Take a taxi to The ancient castle of Ghamchoghay(Distance from Bijar City toThe ancient castle of Ghamchoghay is 60 Km)

Nearest airport: No airport less than 100 km

Nearest train station: No station less than 100 km


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