I am not a great fan of visiting a lot of the mausoleums of Iran – at least not on the same tour. But Saeideh and I always go out of our way to stop at the tomb of Sheikh Abol-Hasan Kharaghani when I am in the Shahrud area.
There is something very special about the feeling inside the structure and on the grounds. The energy brought by the adherents of the 10th-century mystic is palpable.
The place is also immediately next to the one of my favorite plains flanked by amazingly beautiful mountains.
About Sheikh Abol-Hasan Kharaghani
Kings consulted with him, lions bowed to him and his fans even claim the man could fold space and time.
But what Sheikh Kharaghani (also spelled Aboul-Hassan and Abu_al-Hassan_al-Kharaqani) is best known for is his respect for all people, regardless of their labels.
This is his most famous statement, inscribed at the mausoleum, a must-visit destination in the village of Kharaghan, about 20 km north of Shahrud:
The 11th century Sufi and mystic still draws fans from all over the world, who pray at his tomb overlooking the idyllic greenery of the mausoleum.
A Shahrud & Abr Forest destination
The tomb is on the way to the Clouds Forest (Abr Forest) when driving there from Shahrud.