Visiting a traditional village, where people follow traditions to honor the past, is one of the highlights of a trip to Iran. As soon as you arrive at a village, excitable kids call out “salam”, elders take the time to shake your hand and you may receive generous offers to stay for a meal. Get ready to start a trip into picturesque Kandovan village, where is famous for its most unique feature. This is a place where houses are not built on a mountain, but within a mountain. An interesting aspect about this rocky countryside is the fact that the rock acts as an energy efficient material, keeping the house cool during summer and warm during winter. This is why most of the inhabitants here do not use heaters or air conditioning systems. Gorgeous Kandovan is an extraordinary ancient village in the province of East Azarbaijan, near the city of Tabriz, Iran. With its at least 800 years existence, this remarkable place is inhabited by few people and offers scenic beauty for its travelers. With homes carved inside rocks, some of them 700 years old, the Kandovan village is said to have been partially formed by volcanic remains from a strong Mount Sahand eruptions hundreds of years ago. Our traveler, Konah took this photo during his trip to Kandowan village. he believed that he was sick of the big cities and exploration of this small provincial town breathed back life to his travels.