Mahan is a simple oasis town in southeastern Iran; I visited in late 2005 just as the winter was setting in. Just outside of the town of Mahan are the stunning Bagh-e Shahzade gardens.
Walking to the garden through the car-park, dust swirled around me just as a winter storm was closing in. Stepping through the entrance way, a grand arch, I caught sight of the lush interior. Fountains cascade down the length of the main tree-lined boulevard.
On each stepped ‘level’ of the boulevard, fountains rise out of the reflective pools. At the top is a grand archway which houses a tea shop. The backdrop to all of this is a stunning snow-capped mountain, which looms above the arch at the top of the boulevard.
Being inside the garden was like being transported to another world for a while. After the quiet retreat, it was time to step back out into the cold, harsh, wintry desert… just in time for it to start snowing.