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Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province is one of the 31 provinces of Iran . It lies in the southwestern part of the country . Its capital is Shahrekord .

The province was put as part of Region 2 upon the division of the provinces into 5 regions solely for coordination and development purposes on June 22nd , 2014 .

It has an area of 16,332 square kilometers , and had a population of 895,263 in 2011 .


People and culture

The history of the province is tied to that of the Bakhtiari tribe . The Bakhtiari tribe can be divided into two sub-tribes , Haft Lang and Chahar Lang with various territorial affiliations and they are the main speakers of Lurish language . As the name of the province dictates with the combining grammatical feature of "-o-" which is Persian for "and" ; the other group of peoples in this ancient province are the Chahar Mahali's . These peoples and the Lur's live side by side and share almost similar customs . Very slight differences exist between them but most are almost unnoticeable . However there is often quite a bit of intermixing of the peoples through marriage . The cities of Shahrekord , Broujen , Ben , Naafch and Saman fall in the Chahar Mahali area of the province and are generally not inhabited by Lurs . The Bakhtiari territories at times have also come under Isfahan and Khuzestan province .

The people of this province have a history of having a simple living and being a capable people who are determined and effective warriors and fighters whenever circumstances made it necessary . They have gained such a reputation as being excellent , if not the best , horsemen in Iran . The people of this province , while having the more common Pahlevani wrestling/combat style of the deep rooted traditional Zurkhane , which exists everywhere in all provinces , also have their own style of wrestling/unarmed combat as well (as do other provinces) . The style is called Jangi (Jang means War and hence Jangi "war'ish" or "war like") .

The province has various unique traditions and rituals relative to the 'tribal' lifestyles . Special forms of music , dance , and clothing are noteworthy .


Cities and towns

·         Shahrekord

·         Shahrekian

·         Hafshejan

·         Borujen

·         Lordegan

·         Farsan

·         Ardal

·         Dashtak

·         Kaj

·         Farrokhshahr

·         Naafch

·         Saman

·         Juneghan

·         Ben

·         Gandoman

·         Boldaji

·         Faradonbeh



The province is mainly active in the agriculture sector . Most of the industrial sector is clustered around the center of the province .

The province has the potential to become a vibrant tourist attraction because of its natural resources .


Colleges and universities

·         Islamic Azad University , Shahrekord Branch

·         Shahrekord University

·         Islamic Azad University of Borujen

·         Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences

Zaman Khan Bridge

This bridge has been constructed on the Zayandeh Rood River at the distance of 29km northeast of Shahr-e-Kord . This bridge has been built by one of the tribal chieftains named Zaman Khan . This bridge has been repaired twice , once in the year 1022 AH during the Safavid era and for the second time in the year 1321 AH by Haj Abdol Hossein Qazvini , the owner of the Jamali Village .

Kooh Rang Tunnel

The Kouhrang 1 Dam is a masonry gravity dam on the Kouhrang River about 4 km (2.5 mi) southwest of Chelgard in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province , Iran . The primary purpose of the dam is to divert up to 320,000,000 m3 (260,000 acre•ft) of water annually via the 2.8 km (1.7 mi) long Kouhrang 1 Tunnel to the Zayandeh River to the east where it would help supply cities like Isfahan with water . Since the era of Shah Abbas I , attempts had been made to diver the Kouhrang to the Zayandeh . Eventually , efforts by Alexander Gibb between 1948 and 1954 led to the completion of the Kouhrang 1 Dam and Tunnel .

Zard Kuh

Zard Kuh is a sub-range in the central Zagros Range , Iran .
With an elevation of 4221 metres , the Zardkuh is located in the Zagros Mountains in the Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province of Iran . The Karun and also Zayanderud rivers start in the Zagros mountains near the Zardkuh . There are small glaciers on the mountain owing to the relatively high precipitation , which are the only glaciers in the subtropics outside the Himalayas , Andes and Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt .
Geologically , the Zardkuh is situated in the Sanandaj-Sirjan geologic and structural zone of Iran and is mainly made of cretaceous limestone .
Famous documentary Grass : A Nation's Battle for Life (1925) captures on film the Bakhtiari tribe's amazing crossing of Zard Kuh barefoot in the snow with 50,000 people and 500,000 animals .