An Introduction to Ghasem-Abad
Ghasem-Abad is a traditional village of Iran, located in the east of Gilan Province, in Chaboksar District of Rudsar County.
Ghasem-Abad 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. Strolling along rivers and rivulets, through vast rice paddies, forests, tea farms, kiwi and orange gardens creates an excellent opportunity for rural tourism.
The hyrcanian jungle, Sarve-Lat protected area and the diversity of trees and plants make the village an extraordinary place. 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 attract attention of any tourist.
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.
Caspian Sea and Beach
The Caspian Sea was called the Caspi or the Hyrcanian Sea in ancient times. During the reign of Achaemenid (550-330 BCE) and Parthian (247 BC- 224 AD) empires in Iran, the Caspian Sea was called Gorgan or Varkane, meaning wolf in Gilaki language. Hyrcania is the Greek name for the Iran North tigers and jungles. Persian Varkane means Gorgan.
The Caspian Sea is the largest enclosed inland body of water on Earth with a maximum depth of over 1,000 meters near Iran’s shore. The Sea extends about 920 kilometers along Iran’s shoreline and has a surface elevation 28 meters below sea level. Over 80% of water inflow to the Caspian Sea comes from Volga River. Tide direction is from north-west to south-east. Caspian Sea is home to 575 types of plants, 1330 different animals and 850 fish species. The Caspian also accounts for 90% of the world’s sturgeon catch and caviar.
The beach near Ghasem-Abad is sandy and you can watch teams 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 Somamus peak (3700m).
Like all villages of Gilan, Ghasem-Abad has a diverse range of culinary delights, tasting which could be one of the main attractions while visiting the area. Pela-Sar-Tareh, Hulabeh, Panir-Voroshte, Morghe-Torsh and Mirza-Ghasemi are some of these delicious foods which are prepared using fresh local vegetables.
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. Some village houses also offer accommodation to travelers in exchange for money. Gileboom is an ecolodge located in this village.