0745 GMT January 23, 2018
The temperature difference between the coldest and hottest spots in Kohgilouyeh-Boyerahmad Province in southwest Iran is in the range of 30°C by the end of January.
The province’s diverse climatic conditions create numerous opportunities for winter tourism.
The province, with an area of 15,563 square kilometers, lies along the Zagros mountain range. The highest peak in the province is the 4,409-meter-high Mount Dena.
During the winter, the province’s mountains are snow-covered thus making it suitable for winter sports.
Zagros mountain range, of which Dena is a part, has more than 20 peaks and is known as a miniature Himalayas. It is covered in oak forests. Its natural springs and fresh air fascinate all nature lovers.
Kakan ski resort — located on the slopes of Dena — was inaugurated in 1994. The ski piste, at an altitude of 2,850 meters, is located 18km from Yasouj.
Also, with the first autumn snowfall, Dena ski resort hosts thousands of winter tourists.
Director General of Kohgilouyeh-Boyerahmad Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Department Mahmoud Baqeri said over three million tourists have visited the province since March 21, 2017.
Once the infrastructures are created, domestic and foreign tourists can visit the area in winters, he added.
There are over 2,000 natural and historical attractions in Kohgilouyeh-Boyerahmad Province, he said.
He also said the tourism industry — as one of the province’s major potentials for sustainable development and job generation — should be introduced to domestic and foreign tourists by organizing food and music festivals as well as handicrafts marketplaces.
Baqeri said Iranian food festival was held recently in Gachsaran, Kohgilouyeh-Boyerahmad Province, and warmly received.
He cited local cuisines and pottages known as ‘Aash-e Kardeh’ and ‘Aash-e Doogh’ (yoghurt pottage) as well as local garments as among the tourist attractions of the province.
The official continued that 80 billion rials ($2 million) has been allocated for boosting the province’s infrastructures. It has been spent on the construction of public lavatories, accommodation parks and recreational camps, he added.
There are 2,600 historical monuments across Kohgilouyeh-Boyerahmad Province, of which 750 have been registered on the National Heritage List.