Amid the mountains of Iranian Kurdistan, I managed to secure a taxi to the remote village of Palangan. On route, the driver took me to his village, where I met his family and had lunch. (His mother and sister ate in the adjoining kitchen, as is custom to separate male and female when an outsider is present). The kindness of strangers: the Kurdish family that I had lunch with, invited by the son in the middle. (NOTE: the unmarried sister purposely avoids eye-contact with my camera). I was in western Iran near the Iraq border, and couldn’t help noticing military bases and watch-towers shadowing the quiet mountain roads of Kurdistan Province. In the river valley between the two halves of Palangan Village. Photos of Palangan Village – Iran The village rises steeply up the sides of a valley amid the Zagros mountains, and the village is divided in two by an offshoot of the Sirwan River. Traditional Kurdish houses step up the slopes like stone stairs, each house’s roof-top forming the front yard for the home above. Kids look down the cliffs of village. Getting to Palangan Village I was based in the city of Sanandaj and did a day-trip – this was back in 2010. And aside from renting a car, there are very few transport options to Palangan Village. I took a bus to Kamyaran, 60 Km from Sanandaj, and from there I got a taxi (locals will help you). Kurdish men of Palangan. Locals were happy to have their photo taken. But it helped that my Kurdish driver was accompanying me. Back then, Palangan Village was a non-touristy place And I believe it still is, but now a trickle of foreigners are getting there and certainly Iranians are aware of it. Spring and summer could be popular with touring families, but I was there in winter and it was quiet. Kurdish women of Palangan. TOP: Kurdish women shop for colorful clothes unloaded by a traveling salesman. Women sit on their rooftops with a view – killing the afternoon boredom in Palangan – Iran. FOR RECENT INFO: Iranian Blogger from 2017 Travels in Iran – 2011 Please leave this field empty ENJOY MORE Join my 30-year global journey for exclusive stories & other gems with a Quarterly Newsletter - just 4 times a year, I'll nourish you with travel. Please check your inbox or spam folder to confirm your subscription. Please leave this field empty ENJOY MORE Join my 30-year global journey for exclusive stories & other gems with a Quarterly Newsletter - just 4 times a year, I'll nourish you with travel. Please check your inbox or spam folder to confirm your subscription.