What prompts people to travel to Ardabil province in northwestern Iran is the blending of simple and at the same time complicated features of life in that area. There’s a village there that calls attention to itself because of its modest culture, interesting rituals and stair-like structure.
To reach Kazaj village, one has to go to Ardabil province and then take the road to Khalkhal district. 57 kilometers away there’s an asphalted road that ends in Kazaj.
One of the most important natural attractions of Kazaj is Qezelozan River. It’s one of the longest rivers of Iran that passes by near the village, providing an attractive atmosphere for the visitors to enjoy.
The first thing that catches the eyes upon entering the village is the stair-like structure of it. In fact the roof of a house constitutes the yard of another. By walking in the alleys one finds the people of the village, gathered in groups, doing tasks; women make handicrafts or prepare food for meals. Men are either busy with the cattle or stand talking to each other. Of course coming across such scenes depends on the season of your travel. One should travel to Kazaj in spring or summer, when the weather is mild; otherwise, people are locked at home because of freezing temperatures, snow and rain. The village looks very quiet in autumns and winters. Most of the people of Kazaj work in farms or keep cattle.
One of the most important natural attractions of Kazaj is Qezelozan River. It’s one of the longest rivers of Iran that passes by near the village, providing an attractive atmosphere for the visitors to enjoy. There are vast plains in the middle of mountains and gardens around the village.
One of the regional-historical attractions of the area is the architecture of the village and the way buildings are painted. But older structures have not been separated from newer ones and there is no museum in the village, so the historical attractions of Kazaj cannot be mentioned clearly.
Despite that, the attractions of Kazaj catch the eye. The history of the place has left its impact on handicrafts, cuisine and the costume of the people.
Tourists can take women’s hand-made wool and cotton stuff as souvenirs. Women knit things like rugs, bags, socks, dolls etc and design them. There are traditional breads, dairy and dried fruit that could be taken home as souvenirs of Kazaj.