There are two Towers of Silence located on the southern outskirts of Yazd

There are two Towers of Silence located on the southern outskirts of Yazd

Two small badgirs (wind towers) are constructed beside a water cistern

Two small badgirs (wind towers) are constructed beside a water cistern

These are the stairs of the cistern but no longer in use

These are the stairs of the cistern but no longer in use

One of the towers seen on a hiltop - according to Zoroastrian beliefs dead bodies were not buried but left in these towers to be eaten by the vultures

One of the towers seen on a hiltop - according to Zoroastrian beliefs dead bodies were not buried but left in these towers to be eaten by the vultures

There were several buildings close to the Tower of Silence but they were no longer in use

There were several buildings close to the Tower of Silence but they were no longer in use

This tower is located to the left - these towers have not been used since 1960s

This tower is located to the left - these towers have not been used since 1960s

The northeastern Tower of Silence - this practise by the Zoroastrian to use these towers was to keep the earth clean from the dead bodies

The northeastern Tower of Silence - this practise by the Zoroastrian to use these towers was to keep the earth clean from the dead bodies

Some of the buildings on site of the Tower of Silence complex

Some of the buildings on site of the Tower of Silence complex

A path leading to one of the towers

A path leading to one of the towers

Southeastern tower sits on top of a barren hill

Southeastern tower sits on top of a barren hill

Looking back at Yazd while climbing to the Tower of Silence

Looking back at Yazd while climbing to the Tower of Silence

There were few locals who came to area to demonstrate their motor biking skills

There were few locals who came to area to demonstrate their motor biking skills

The place was quiet and silent and this silence was only broken by the noise of motorcycles's engine

The place was quiet and silent and this silence was only broken by the noise of motorcycles's engine

Second tower seen from the top of the northeastern tower

Second tower seen from the top of the northeastern tower

This is the small door leading to an open pit

This is the small door leading to an open pit

Here bodies were left in the middle of pit so birds could eat them

Here bodies were left in the middle of pit so birds could eat them

A pit in the middle of the tower  prpbably this is where new bodies were laid out

A pit in the middle of the tower prpbably this is where new bodies were laid out

These towers were built away from population centers to avoid contamination

These towers were built away from population centers to avoid contamination

In 1970s, the practise of leaving dead bodies in open was made illegal

In 1970s, the practise of leaving dead bodies in open was made illegal

A view of the surrounding area of the Tower of Silence

A view of the surrounding area of the Tower of Silence

From time to time, it would become quiet and motorcycle riders will appear with the engines screaming

From time to time, it would become quiet and motorcycle riders will appear with the engines screaming

The place itself was quite large and they had licence to roam around

The place itself was quite large and they had licence to roam around

My shadow at the top of the Tower of Silence

My shadow at the top of the Tower of Silence

This guy was trying to do one wheeling while coming to the top of the tower but he couldn't after many repeated attempts

This guy was trying to do one wheeling while coming to the top of the tower but he couldn't after many repeated attempts

On my way down, passsing beside the crumbling buildings

On my way down, passsing beside the crumbling buildings