Tala Loft Wells

Tala Loft Wells

In one of the thirstiest parts of Iran close to the equator there are low amount of rainfall every year. Water has always been the most valuable element for people in this area, more valuable than gold or gems. If you go to the Qeshm Island in Persian Gulf in your tour in Iran you will see one of these areas.

Centuries ago people of this area dug 366 wells in the stones to gather clean water from rainfall. They are called Tala Loft Wells. According to scientists the number 366 represent the number of days in a leap year. Today only about 60 of them are left and half of this number is usable for extracting water. This phenomenon attracts many tourists and also the Iranians who travel with a tour in Iran.

Each well has a name and people used one well for each day. The wells are dug in the stones of a schist mountain in a hole next to a cliff close to Qeshm Island. These wells are located out of the island and next to the historic Naderi Castle in a village called “Boft”. There are some old and huge trees rooted in the stones next to the Tala Loft Wells, which locals believe are guardians of the Tala Loft. The liveliness of these trees shows that water is available in the wells.

Since the wells are located on a deeper area next to a coral hill, the rain water goes downhill and enters in to the wells. The bottom of the wells is covered by plaster that helps water to stay clean and cool for a long time. Tala Loft dates back to Achaemenid and Sassanid Dynasty.

The south region of Iran has numerous historical and natural attractions and the best time of the year to book for a tour in Iran to visit these parts is from late September to April.