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Ziarat is a holiday resort amidst one of the largest and oldest juniper forest in the world at 2,460 metres (8,200 feet), above the sea level,  It is said that some of the juniper are as old as 5000 years. Juniper berries are used for flavouring and oil is extracted. Apart from the Juniper, the valley has an abundant growth of medicinal herbs such ephedra, artimesia, mint etc. The climate is generally dry. It is severely cold during the winter and peasantly cool in summer.

There is snow between the months of December to April. It was developed by the British as a summer retreat. Ziarat offers colonial-style accommodation and pleasant walks through the surrounding juniper forest. Ziarat has retained the air of a peaceful British hill station.

Quaid-e-Azam's residency with its lush green lawns, chinar trees and flower garden commands a striking view of the whole valley. It is a two storey building with a modern super structure and some of the loveliest lawn in the country. It is of historical importance, as the Quaid-e-Azam, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, stayed here during his last illness. The furniture used by the Father of the Nation is Are laying at their original palces. The Residency is to be converted into a National Museum.

 

The shrine of Imamzadeh Abdollah located in the village is host to many pilgrims from the neighboring villages in different seasons.

Ziarat hot water

The hot water spa of Ziarat, whose water is limpid with no bad smelling, is considered as one of the tourist attractions of the regions. This is probably the only hot water spa of the Golestan province.

 

Ziarat fall

The fall of the Ziarat village pours into a small pool from a 15-meter high level. Flagstones covered with moss and water plants have created astonishing scenery enrapturing the nature lovers.

Ziarat village is mentioned as an ancient place with a pleasant climate in the travelogue of the tourists and foreign diplomats commissioned to Gorgan.

Fereidoun Moshiri, an Iranian famed poet, has also traveled to this village and left a note on it in the introduction of his poem composed on his journey to Ziarat printed in Gardeshgary quarterly (issue no. 5).

Moshiri has given a  note along with some verses on his journey to Ziarat:

"I had heard that there was a small village named Ziarat, north of a place called Naharkhoran in Gorgan. We, the friends with whom I used to go mountain climbing, decided to discover Ziarat. It was said that Ziarat is a 2000-year-old village. In November 1977, we began traveling; first from Tehran to Gorgan and then Naharkhoran and at last to Ziarat on foot. Although I had seen lots of my country's lands through the light, I had never seen such a rainbow of leave, flower, lawn, old trees, grass smell, rain freshness, sometimes raining and sometimes pausing. Stone and wood were green every where. As we go on walking, it was this feeling, taking vigor in me, that we were traveling to the original, real Iran; traveling to visit the people remained from the pure generations of the 20 centuries ago. Having such a feeling decorating my thoughts in my mind, I composed a piece of poem and named it as "The Pact". "


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