Gileboom homestay is located in Ghasem-Abad village in the eastern part of Guilan province. Considering the natural, cultural, and architectural attractions of this village and the nearby region, Gileboom conducted a wide range of programs and activities.
Ghasem-Abad is a traditional village of Iran, located in the east of Gilan Province, in Chaboksar, a district of Rudsar County. It is subdivided into two regions: Ghasem-Abad-e-Olya (upper Ghasem-Abad) and Ghasem-Abad-e-Sofla (lower Ghasem-Abad).
Ghasem-Abad is a nice place for walking activates. Strolling along rivers and rivulets, through vast rice paddies, forests, tea farms, kiwi and orange gardens creates an excellent opportunity for rural tourism.
Ghasem-Abadi Song and Dress
The Antiquity of Ghasem-Abadi dress dates back to fabrics found in Marlik hill. The designs on skirts and dresses are the same as those discovered in Marlik hill. The dress had a specific design in a way that if somebody sees a woman in an alley or on a farm, can realize that she is single or married, has child or not, is old or young. Also men can be identified as being single or married through the lines on their pants.
Ghasem-Abad’s songs and music are famous in Iran. Ghasem-Abadi dance is inspired by farming tasks performed during rice plantation and harvest. This dance is often performed in weddings and festivals.
Occupations of the Village People
Rice cultivation, tea plantation, producing flowers and citrus fruits, animal husbandry, fishing and producing handicrafts such as Chadorshab and felt are the major sources of income in Ghasem-Abad village.
Activities conducted in Hyrcanian mixed Forest
The Hyrcanian mixed Forest, Sarve-Lat protected area and the diversity of trees and plants make the village an extraordinary place for hiking and walking. A rainbow of leaf colors in the foothills in autumn and vast greenery in spring and summer create a unique landscape in the village. Beautiful plants and saplings grown in the plant nurseries created by village men and women are exported to other cities and regional countries. The rural women can be seen working in the terraced rice fields and tea farms, wearing colorful Ghasem-Abadi dresses and Chadorshab (a traditional hand-woven fabric) that attracts attention of any tourist.
Activities in the Caspian Sea
It lasts about half an hour from Gileboom homestay to the Caspian Sea by walk. The beech is sandy and you can watch groups of fishermen catching fishes from early fall till spring. This beautiful beach is a great place for swimming and sailing while enjoying a beautiful view of jungle and the snowy Somamous peak (3700m).
For further information about swimming in the Caspian Sea regulations, you may follow these links: Swimming in Iran (lonely planet, thorn tree form) and Regulations of swimming (travel stack exchange).
Gileboom Offering Activities
Gileboom activities are organized in cooperation with the local community with the aim of preserving the local art and culture and helping with sustainable development of the region.
Depending on your personal preference you can experience different activities: walking and hiking tours of jungle and mountains; home visit to local artists and craftsmen; Jungle Safari to Javaherdasht summer region; visiting tea factory, working at farm, pottery (known as sofalgari) and sculpture making, Orange-picking, wood turning.