The rapidly developing Hurami-speaking town of Paveh (sometimes pronounced 'Pawa') makes an accessible introduction and gateway to Howraman. It's a phenomenally hospitable place with a fine setting, high up a fold of mountainside valley. Views of Paveh's most characteristic stepped area are best from the Ferris wheel in Kazemi Park.
An old myth regarding the name of the city is that the Emperor Yazdgerd III sent his son named Pav to this area to renew his religious Zoroastrian faith. Both Persians and the local Kurdish inhabitants practiced Zoroastrianism during the Persian Empire's Sasanian era from which this myth is derived.
As a mountainous town, Paveh has cold winters and cool springs. The surrounding mountains are normally filled with fresh spring water from March to June. The town is also encircled with large fruit gardens which create a beautiful scenery during summers. Paveh is situated along a mountainside like most cities and villages in the Hewraman region. Behind the city is Shaho mountain and ahead of the city is a view of Atashgah, another mountain that was once the site of pilgrimages for ancient religions in the region. Among the most significant places to visit is the Quri Qaleh cave which is considered as the longest watery cave in the Middle East. The cave is located around 25 Kilometers from Paveh's town center.
Getting There & Away
From the main terminal 3km east of central Paveh, Kermanshah minibuses and savaris (1.45 hours) fill slowly. It might prove quicker to go in hops via Javanrud (45 minutes) or Ravansar (1 hour).
For Marivan and Howraman shared Toyota (pronounced 'tweeter') pick-ups gather outside a trio of orange container huts, 1km west of Shohoda Sq. Departure times are highly unpredictable, typically before dawn to Howraman-at-Takht (5 hours) if at all. To allow plenty of photo stops consider renting a taxi dar baste to Marivan from the delightful folks at Kurd Taxi Agency (Blvd Janbazan) either via Nosud or in perfect dry weather via Howraman-at-Takht (a very rough road).