Shahr-e sukhteh

Shahr-e Sukhteh

Shahr-e Sukhteh 

Shahr-e Sukhteh is a precious legacy of the Sistan and Baluchestan province glorious past. Today according to the discovered evidences, we can shed a light on Iran’s enigmatic history . The ancient city is 56 Km from Zabol, locating on the Zabol to Zahedan road. The burnt city is as old as Jiroft Bronze civilization, something about 5000 years ago. Shahr-e sukhteh was built on the bank of Hirmand river and lake Hamun. As a result, fishing was the main way of income in the region.

The city had 5 main districts including: residential in northeast, central, industrial, memorial as well as cemetery. what you frequently see in photos, is only a piece but the most prominent part of the city. A guided tour can help you take in the history better.

Like other ancient civilizations that water played a crucial role in their creation, Hamun lake had a noticeable and significant share in the formation of such a shimmering civilization.

Other facts of Shahr-e Sukhteh

It is unique in terms of more than just its age. Shahr-e sukhteh used to be one of the most civilized and developed cities worldwide. Forging, Jewelry, Masonry, pottery, fishing and production of textile were common occupations. Founding 12 different kinds of same and multi color clothes and wastewater system bear a testimony to the city’s development. To understand the developed art of the era, you can have a look to the discovered potteries with the animations on them. Astonishingly, finding an artificial eye illustrates the age of medical and surgical science in Iran.

Where to stay?

You need a full day long to visit the whole Shahr-e sukhteh. You can get there from Zabol. Then take a private car to the site. While Zabol has hotels, you can also get back to Zahedan.

pasargadae

Pasargadae

Pasargadae 

A vast plain of Morghab has the honor to hold the body of one of the most distinguished men in whole mankind history.  About 135 Km from Shiraz, a humble yet majestic structure arises. Cyrus the great, founder of Achaemenid ٍEmpire, is buried in the silence of this prosperous land renowned as Pasargadae.

Other highlights

Due to a permanent river flowing through the plain, the soil has invariably been fertile. Contrary to people beliefs, Pasargadae, the earliest capital of the Achaemenid (First Persian) Empire, is not mere a Tomb. However, Pasargadae is a complex of scattered palaces and buildings containing the Mausoleum of Cyrus II; Tall-e Takht, a fortified terrace; and a royal ensemble of gatehouse, audience hall, residential palace as well as gardens. The palaces were constructed under Cyrus, the great command 2500 year ago. Evidently, he had ordered the construction of his own tomb, which is the most important attraction in the area.

Culture

Buildings and architecture of the Achaemenid era reflects cultural tolerance perfectly . Structures are a synthetic representation of various cultures. Despite being a powerful empire, they didn’t force people to follow the king’s beliefs. Respect was an essential factor in that true multicultural empire regardless of nationality or religion.

Duration of the visit

It takes hours to visit the whole complex. As a result, they paved the ways which connect the attractions  in order to avoid squandering the time.

Where to stay?

Regarding the accommodation, you can spend a night beside the Cyrus the great tomb in a cozy local house. Other wise if you are able to start the journey to Pasargadae early in the morning then continue to Persepolis, there you can settle in a good hotel next to Persepolis. and if none works for you, Shiraz has a bunch of high standard hotels and local cities.

Soltaniyeh dome

Soltaniyeh Dome

Soltaniyeh Dome

Oljitu aka Muhammad Khodabandeh and his mausoleum in Soltaniyeh is a breathtaking masterpiece of Islamic-era architecture. Dome of Soltaniyeh, this key monument is located in Zanjan province. It also is an exemplary achievement of its era. The octagonal building, which holds Khodabandeh’s body, is crowned with a 50-m-tall light-turquoise dome and surrounded by eight slender minarets. While its height was supposed to be unique, it has since been surpassed by many other structures. However, what remains is still pretty astonishing. The dome is the earliest example of the double-shelled dome in Iran.

Interior design

Dome of Soltaniyeh is unique in terms of more than just its age. The construction lasted 10 years and only two years after completion, Oljaitu died. Its intricate and rich interior design catch every architecture eyes and astound engineering buffs. An integration of various common arts of the time such as stucco, tiling, carving and painting artistically decorates different spaces of the dome. This almost rectangular structure in first floor, rises up as an octagonal in second and third floors. Stucco in second floor’s porches are one of the most amazing in Islamic architecture.

Other facts about Dome Of Soltaniyeh

Oljitu built the Dome of Soltaniyeh for some reasons ( He intended to relocate Shia’s important figure body to the place.) Although he failed to fulfill his wish, he made some changes in the plan and ordered to bury his own body instead.

Where to stay in Zanjan?

An afternoon would be enough to visit the whole area, even though you can meander in city to take in more cultural sites. and you can get there by car or bus from Zanjan. Zanjan is only 3 hours from Tehran, however, flight is available from Tehran. You can stay in Local houses in Soltaniyeh or return to Zanjan and spend the night in Hotels.

 

Tehran

Tehran

Tehran 

Tehran, Iran’s Capital hugs the southern face of snow capped Alborz range. As every other capital city, Tehran is now overpopulated. Houses are more and more moving up to the mountain foothills. At first sight you may only find the city nothing more than a chaotic jumble of concrete or interminable traffic. However, on second thought and after spending 2 or more days, you’ll soon realize that the city is way more than congestion and pollution.

General information

You maybe have heard more about cities like Isfahan or Shiraz as you intend to travel to Iran, but we assure you, your trip won’t be complete without a stop in Tehran. Tehran is like a melting pot with its cultural and historical diversity.

In countries, politically and economically dependent on the central power such as Iran, everyone wants their own share of the capital. People from other cities flood to Tehran to seek a higher standard life and pursue their wishes. Consequently, in every part of Tehran you encounter people with different accents and sometimes languages other than Persian. For you as a tourist, if don’t have enough time on hand, it seems the whole Iran is jam packed in a smaller size. In one hand this verity may be so confusing or overwhelming, on the other hand after hours of walking and talking to locals you will find it worthwhile.

Tehran has changed considerably

Tehran has changed a lot. In better words, Tehran is the first place in Iran which deals with upcoming changes. Even for Iranians who has moved from Iran for years, visions of tolerance and mutual co-existence are a far cry from their preconceived images of Tehran; yet alone for foreigners whose only resources are the global media. But Tehran and as a result other cities of Iran are facing ongoing changes. Changes which are now inevitable by the new millennia’s entrance in different fields.

What to see in Tehran

Tehran attractions are naturally divided into two in terms of age and accessibility. Owing to long years of being capital, almost from Qajar era, Tehran has different historical layers. Due to Iran’s specific situation, people are so conservative in terms of religions, beliefs and lifestyle. Therefor you will need at least 2 days of meandering and delving into its old and modern attractions to fully sink hidden culture of ordinary people.

Old days

Old Tehran, mostly southern part of the city, is teemed with magnificent buildings now turned into museums or other recreational centers. Golestan palace who bears the honor of capital’s only UNESCO world heritage site, is a Qajar-era complex. A well preserved monument, greatly inspired by European style of architecture, Golestan complex consists of halls, galleries and a lovely garden. It used to be much bigger and more glorious in its own era but some very important parts of it are only traceable in pictures hanging from the gallery’s walls. So don’t miss the gallery. A square away, across the street, Tehran’s grand bazaar hustle and bustle draws your attention. Busy people moving so fast among tight alleyways, each lined with shops in either side, while their chatting sound is within earshot. You can venture on foot and get lost into the labyrinth alleys of Tehran’s economic beating heart.

Various museums

If you are a museum buff, Tehran has got a bunch in different fields. Whatever you are into, you can easily find one out of your interest. However, the most precious one, not only in Tehran but in Iran, is National museum of Iran. Aging more than 70 years, it is not only the largest museum of History and Archaeology of the country, but ranks as one of the few most prestigious museums of the world in regard to grand volume, diversity and quality of its huge monuments.

30 Tir street is home of this magnificent structure . Though being brimmed with cultural features, the street had lost its heyday’s hustle and bustle. In spite of being located in the heart of Tehran’s old district and as a result lined with museums and culturally remarkable landscapes; it wasn’t until recently that 30 Tir street became one of locals’ favorite hangout spots. It boomed once again and become Iran’s first food street.  After paying visit to the museums, people line before every shop patiently to get their food ready. Abgineh and Moghadam Museums are in the area you can walk to and enjoy great stories each of them has to tell. National Jewelry Museum is one more option for you to visit in an evening.

Common days

Your second day would be way busier than first but this time in north of Tehran. Saadabd and Niavaran complexes, both located in northern part of the city, are representing Qajar and Pahlavi historical legacies. Delving in Tajrish bazaar, local’s favorite, you can buy whatever you need with high quality and affordable prices.

You can visit modern Tehran if you have time on your hand and if the city has been amazing enough to convince you stay one more night. Mostly packed in Abass abad region which is going to turn into Tehran’s nightlife hang out spot. Tehran book Garden is among the largest areas dedicated to books. There you can buy, read, drink cafe or eat when you get hungry. At the end of a road which connects book garden to holy defense museum, a catching structure stands out. From there you can walk to Taleghani Park which is connected to Tabiat (nature) bridge. Stroll leisurely on Tabiat pedestrian bridge and continue walking to Planetarium where you can get a dose of astronomy.

Tehran has two major towers, modern Milad tower (among the largest ones worldwide) and Historic Azadi tower. Enjoy a guided walk to tell you the history of each. Apart from informative historical and cultural tours, inside each you can find different kinds of entertaining activities and lavish and luxury restaurants as well as fast foods.

Where to Stay?

Here in Iran’s capital you won’t have any problem finding hotel or restaurant. Multinational restaurants are available throughout the city mostly northern parts. You can find hotel room to stay easily almost year around except exhibition times. So try to book soon if you are on a business trip or the trip is going to coincide with international fairs in Tehran. Be in touch, we can recommend you the best.

gonbad-e qabus

Gonbad-e Qabus

Gonbad-e Qabus (Kavus) Tower 

High Gonbad-e Qabus tower is located atop a low hill in the heart of Gonbad, near the ruins of the ancient city of Jorjan in north-east Iran. The town stretched around its base. Extraordinary enough, the 53-meter world’s tallest brick tower, dominates the town and is visible from every spot in the town.

Gonbad-e Qabus is the only outstanding remnant of ancient city Jorjan, a former center of arts and science. It’s one of the most stunning and weird Islamic-era structures.

The Architecture

The body of the Gonbad-e Qabus tower is locating on a circular base, only 2-meter of which is on the ground while most of it is underground. The monument’s intricate geometric forms constitute a tapering cylinder with a diameter of 17–15.5 m, topped by a conical brick roof. The tower is entirely built by red fired bricks and no cement or metal is used in the structure. These red strong bricks, stacked up neatly and orderly, has turned yellow due to the centuries-long sunlight which adds to Gonbad-e Qabus beauty even more.

Incredibly accurate calculations has helped the tower survive sever earthquakes and getting back to its own place after each aftershock . This masterpiece is a great example of science and mathematics developments in Muslim world at its time.

How long the visit may take?

You can visit the tower and stroll in the park surrounding in an afternoon. A three-hour trip long is enough to visit the whole area. Definitely one of the coolest things you can do while in Golestan province other than Gonbad-e Qabus, Torkaman harbor (Bandar-e Torkaman) is a bit unknown destination for foreigners yet quite amazing for locals. You shouldn’t miss.

You can easily get to Gonbad-e Qabus from Gorgan by private car or taxi and bus. If your first stop in Iran is Tehran, then you can go to Gorgan by flight.

bisotun

Bisotun

Bisotun 

Bisotun(Behistun), fabulous world heritage spread wildly in a more than 200-acre area, has been around since Middle Paleolithic era. There is evidence of human settlements that range from the prehistoric times to the Achaemenid, Parthian, Sassanian, Ilkhanid and Safavid periods. Kermanshah province hosts this wonderful attraction . There are 15 historic attractions in this area such as: Hunters’ cave, Median worshiping place, Median fortress, Darius bas-relief, Hercules statue, Mehrdad II bas-relief, Goudarz bas-relief, Blaash bas-relief, Parthian Temple, Parthian hillside, Farhad Tarash, Carved rocks; Unfinished Sassanid-era structure, Ilkhanate Caravanserai, Safavid Caravanserai and Sheykhali khan Zanganeh (an Iranian statesman of Kurdish origin, who served as the prime minister of Safavid king Suleiman) Vaqfnameh (letter of dedication). Among all, UNESCO listed Darius bas-relief as world heritage site in 2006.

Darius Bas-relief(Bisotun/Behistun inscription)

Up on the one side of majestic mount Bisotun, Darius bas-relief shows up. At the center Darius is standing on the pretender to the throne and before him, all tied, are 9 rebels he initially defeated. Above all the Faravahar symbol is giving him the power ring. The Behistun inscriptions in Babylonian, Elamite and Old Persian, located outside/around this central panel, telling the “World” all about Darius and his Dynasty; his wars against rebellions and in the end he has cursed whoever tends to destroy this relief. For the sake of preservation, they don’t allow tourists up there and due to scaffolding the relief is only visible in the distance and by equipped eyes.

Bisotun Sarab

If we consider west of Iran as a gate to Asia; Bisotun Sarab was definitely an extremely important settlement for passing caravans. The water of this Sarab was one of the principle reasons of human settlements around it. They  have recently discovered some parts of an ancient Achaemenid road in northern part of the Sarab. All these attractions around Sarab, are a good reason for this claim (the Achaemenid road) since in old days, people carved reliefs along the important roads to inform people from a significantly remarkable event.

Hercules Statue

Another point of interest is Hercules statue lying while a bowl is in his hand in an hard-to-find point in Bisotun. You have o have an eye for it since its much smaller than what we usually see in photos. Behind his head there are some carvings including an olive tree and a quiver is hanging from its branch. Beside the tree there is a cone-shaped mace as well as an inscription in old Greek in seven lines.

Farhad Tarash

A bit further along the path is the biggest carved wall in Iran in about 200 meter, Farhad Tarash. Among all speculations and based on the recent archaeological belief; they apparently prepared this gigantic smoothed wall from late Sasanian times; for another victory relief which was never completed. And why do we call it Farhad Tarash? Bisotun, for Iranians, is something more than a mere historical monument. Later folklore connected this place to the legend of Farhad and Shirin. A tragic romantic legend which didn’t have a happy ending.

Bisotun Caravanserai (Laleh Bistoon International Hotel)

As far as accommodation concerns, if you fell for this extraordinary historic sight, a Safavid caravanserai with a fantastic view to the mount Bisotun would be the best choice. It appears that Safavid sovereign Shah Abbas I commanded the construction; and Sheykhali khan Zanganeh helped completing the construction. Sleeping in old chambers, now restored and turned into Hotel rooms, and reviewing all the epic and love story you have heard, could be a rare chance may never happen again.

It takes a full day long guided tour in order to visit all the 15 historical monuments.

You can easily reach to the site by a private car or taxy from Kermanshah in half an hour.

Khuzestan-Ahvaz

Ahvaz

Ahvaz

Khuzestan is the most prosperous province in Iran in terms of oil and Gas resources. People maybe aren’t that well-off however are the most hospitable people in Iran. After a Hello you are warmly and truly welcomed. They love their province and city to the point that never left it during 8-year Iran and Iraq war.

Bridges

Ahvaz is Khuzestan’s capital. Its situated on the banks of Karun river, the only navigable river in Iran, which splits the city into two. Ten bridges connect the eastern and western halves. Ahvaz has a record in this case, with 10 bridges, in middle east. More than even its domestic rival Isfahan with 8, Cairo with 7, Bagdad with 5 and Istanbul with 4. Black bridge is the first bridge built on Karun river. It’s as old as Iran’s railroad system. The name is derived from the color of the material used in the structure.

The second one, on the other hand, is a serious rival to black bridge in either terms of popularity, beauty and color. White bridge is now Ahvaz’s symbol. At constructing time, it was worlds fourth suspended bridge and compared to Isfahan bridges whose popularity is mostly due to their age, white bridge was so famous owing to the architecture and global records at the time. Each of the 10 bridges has an amazing story that is much more fascinating to be heard when you walk on them.

Other highlights

To visit other worldly important attractions in Ahvaz, you have to spend more days in other cities. Anyone interested in ancient civilizations, have definitely heard the name Susa. It was among the greatest in ancient Persia. Modern day Shush, is home to a vast UNESCO-listed archaeological site, a compact museum, a crowning castle and the enigmatic Tomb of  prophet Daniel.

Chogha Zanbil

Hit the road again. This time drop off by the way older monument, Choqa (Chogha) Zanbil Ziggurat (UNESCO world heritage site). By traveling among the cities in Ahvaz, we travel back in time as well. This brick Ziggurat was dedicated to Elamite chief god Inshushinak. This magnificent Ziggurat in its semi-desert isolation is much more eye catching when the sun is about to go down, under the golden then ginger sunset colors. Try to catch there by the afternoon to take the best photos.

Shushtar historical hydraulic system

One more mind-blowing UNESCO site is still ahead. Shushtar historical Hydraulic System is a genius invention dating back to Darius the Great in the 5th century BCE. To figure out the water problem, they created diversion canals on the Karun river, a system that supply water through a series of tunnels to mills. It not only drives water to farming areas but forms a mesmerizing cliff from top of which water cascades into a downstream basin. By sunset when the city’s lights turn on, colorful waterfalls create a relaxing sound and scene.

Southern cities such as Abadan and khoramshahr which are economically important has also good shopping malls.

Where to stay?

You don’t have many options regarding hotels but can find good restaurants. There are one or two 5/4* hotels in Ahvaz.

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Yazd

Yazd

Yazd

Yazd was recently listed as one of the “52 places traveler 2019” cities’ contest in New York times. The Jewel of middle east, called by New York times, is a hidden treasure among Iran’s destinations. If Shiraz is beating heart of Persian culture, then Yazd is living dynamic and flourished area in Iran’s deserts. Tough desert nature is not only intertwined with the city’s architecture but Yazd people lifestyle and characteristics are affected as well. The city bears living testimony to the use of limited resources for survival in the desert.

Not thorough farewell always arouses man’s creativity, as ancients who chose Yazd as their residential place, found simple yet smart solutions to the naturally imposed restrictions. Despite all these difficulties Yazd people have to deal with, nowhere in Iran is as environment-friendly as Yazd.

Inventions

Qanats, wind towers (wind catchers) and water reservoirs (cisterns) are brilliant examples of this kind. Qanats are optimal use and clever management of water shortage. The ancients dug enormously deep well to reach the heights underground water then create a gently sloped tunnel along which a series of vertical shafts cut the tunnel for repair and ventilation purposes. The tunnel ends up in an outlet in the village.

Another still effective invention to overcome torturing high temperature, is tower wind. You can make them readily as soon as you enter the city. Highest wind tower has been cooling the stunning mansion of Dowlatabad garden for many years. Everything in this earthen-walls city is an obvious remnant of ages of fighting against constraints. Water reservoirs or cisterns are popped up around the city in each district to supply the area’s needs of water.

Historic city of Yazd

In order to digest the meaning of life in this fabulous city you have to take the steps down the water reservoir in the Yazd architectural centerpiece, Amir Chakhmaq square. A 3-storey structure sits strongly at the background of the square where religious festivals and pilgrimages have a special dimension there.

Not too far historic city of Yazd (UNESCO world heritage site) is flaunting. The city has evolved gradually with some inevitable changes, how ever there are still many qualities which allow Yazd to meet conditions of authenticity. Getting lost in the decaying maze of earthen-walled alleys, is the best way to get familiar with the authentic identity of the city.

You will fall in love at first sight by exploring intriguing nooks and crannies, well-preserved houses which has turned into tea houses, amazing people who may not quite match the oldness of the neighborhood but are heartily a passionate fan of the lifestyle. A masterpiece catches your eyes as soon as you turn to the street where the city’s Jameh mosque’s minarets punctuate the sky. Its dome and mosaics are breathtaking as well.

Zoroastrianism

To visit this city completely, try not miss the fire temple. Yazd is the center of Zoroastrianism in Iran. It is believed that the fire burning inside the temple has been there nonstop since the year 470. A silent place staying away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Chak Chak is another Zoroastrian sacred place locating 70 km from Yazd itself.

Where to stay?

Depending on the time limits you may encounter during your trip to Yazd, Yazd hotels are a great help to let you figure out your exploration map. You can find good-standard hotels which not only are pretty affordable but are quite a hand to find the best Yazd desert tours. There are high quality restaurants some of which are located in hotels. you can ask for local favorites as well.

Your heart will go for this lovely city as soon as you leave it. Learning about its authentic and rare history can change your mind regarding tough situations in cities on the edge of the desert.

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isfahan

Isfahan

Isfahan

Once the glorious capital of Safavid dynasty and a true jewel of Persian culture, Isfahan fell victim of neglect. However, it came to notice once again and new generation hopes to rebuild its fame and popularity. In spite of being ages away from old capital’s glory days in 17th century, some of the monuments still retained their former splendor.

When is the best time to travel to Isfahan?

If you have time on hand, we recommend a trip out of the season. You can get the most out of your stay in Isfahan; while traveling in-season may lead to hours of wasting time in lines and missing the real feeling of the place due the pile of visitors blocking your way. In the 17th century, the city’s rich art works and wealth gave rise to the Iranian saying that “Isfahan is half the world”.

History

In order to revive the national economy, Shah Abbas I, made the decision to move the capital from Qazvin to Isfahan. He effectively re-routed the Silk Road through Isfahan and made the city his capital so that his empire would enjoy a trading monopoly.

Zayandehrud

The city’s modest river of Zayanderud is a vital to Isfahan’s vibrant nights. It flows slowly in city’s veins and doubles the beauty of its lavish bridges Si-o-Se pol and Khaju, two very important old bridges not only in Isfahan but in Iran.

Naghsh-e Jahan square

How many squares can you name to resemble a masterpiece in art, architecture, mathematics and creativity? They may be less than one hand’s fingers. If you get the chance to travel to Isfahan, will manage to visit one of these masterstrokes, Naqsh-e Jahan square. From four sides, four monuments embraced the vast yard which was once a great arena for polo; players to show and boast about their ability before Persian empire, shah Abbas.

Mind-blowing mosques, meaningful architecture decorated intricately by colorful textiles, Sheikh lotf-ol-lah and Shah (Imam) mosques together with the 5-story residential palace of Aliqapu and a magnificent entrance to a vast bazaar brimmed with unique and lavish Isfahan handicrafts, leave you speechless. Designers of Acoustic walls of Aliqapu tried to respect the others privacy whenever Shah had a gathering in which music was a necessity. Admiration is the only thing every person can express after visiting this man-made wonder.

What to see in Isfahan?

You should visit the city in a relaxed pace in order to fully absorb enough dose of Persian art and culture and get inspired by them. Chehel Sotoun palace and Jameh Mosque are another examples of this glory and majesty of art, meaning and inspiration.

Jolfa

Safavid dynasty’s footprints are obvious everywhere in the city. According to historians he relocated the Armenians from the city of Julfa; who controlled much of the Persian end of a bustling international silk trade route, to a neighborhood in Isfahan called New Julfa and gave them the monopoly on silk exports. Jolfa district still kept its own distinctive lifestyle. Streets are lined with cafe shops and restaurants and some of the most important churches in Iran such as Vank cathedral host many pilgrims from in and outside of Isfahan.

Where to stay in Isfahan?

If you intend to unpack your luggage in Isfahan in your next travel destination; you have to shake a leg and book your hotel as soon as you made up your mind. Unlike other big cities in Iran, Isfahan hotels are less available most of the time specially 4 or 5 stars; specifically, when you have a taste for hotels and are going to stay in spectacular Abbasi Hotel. If you spend enough time searching, you can pick cheap flights to Isfahan. You also can find hotels in a cost effective prices.

What to eat?

You can buy crafts and find gourmet restaurants in Isfahan. You have to be an Isfahani to understand the real joy of eating Dough and Gooshfil together (a mixture of sweet and sour tastes). Don’t miss their local Sweets such as Gaz and Poulaki or traditional foods like Beryani and Khoresht Mast.

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shiraz

Shiraz

A trip to Shiraz will stay with you forever.

Who can forget mind-blowing Persepolis, isolated yet humble tomb of Cyrus, the great in Pasargadae, botanical Eram Garden, one of the impeccable example of UNESCO-listed Persian Gardens, meaningful poems of the most beloved Iranian poets, hospitable and easy-going people of Shiraz or heavenly taste local desserts such as Faloodeh or Masghati and appetizing foods such as Kalampolo?

Where to stay in Shiraz?

Whether you are invited to a friend’s house or going to stay in one of the Shiraz hotels, finding a wide variety of accommodations won’t be a tough deal. Wallet-friendly local houses have recently found their own place among travelers as well. Every credible site now listed Shiraz hotels.

Where you can eat?

Shiraz people are used to eating out in cozy restaurant-gardens. As a result, the city is brimming with restaurants and cafes, pupping up around every now and then. If you have enough time on hand and aren’t traveling on budget, you have bunch of options to choose between different nationality’s restaurants or Iranian ones with appetizing local food along with traditional live music.

Culture

Once you have soaked up enough delicious foods, it’s time to squeeze some Persian culture. We recommend staying for at least three days in Shiraz to properly experience all its wonders at a relaxed pace. Blessed with culturally and historically monumental legacies from ancient to modern political eras, Shiraz is the beating heart of Persian culture where you can get enough dose of Persian art, history, architecture and culture.

To learn about its rich poetic, mystical and philosophical history, spend an evening relaxing your mind in the pristine gardens of Hafez and Saadi tombs. If possible, ask someone to read and interpret the verses of Hafez poems then ask someone else to do so for the same versus. Comparing the answers, you will get totally different and amusing results.

UNESCO listed some 9 gardens as Persian Gardens as world heritage sites. Eram garden is one of them. An old-day majestic mansion sits in the middle of a botanical garden. Its built in Qajar era while inspired by Zand-era architecture.

You still want more?

Nasir-ol-molk mosque is a small yet a must-see in Shiraz. If you travel in season, you can barely find a place for yourself since its full of tourists. Uncommon in mosques, the stained glass windows of the mosque illuminate its Persian carpets with a kaleidoscope of patterned flecks of light.

Arg-e Karimkhan (Karimkhan citadel) and its bitter orange trees whose smell fill the city during spring, was the Zand-era’s popular king residential palace. A man so blessed and beloved among his people that was called the people’s advocate.

Persepolis

No visit to Shiraz would be complete without seeing the world famous Persepolis. Magnificent reliefs, Giant palaces, intricate carvings, mind-blowing figures leave you speechless. An incredible heritage of Achaemenid empire. After a full day of exploration through remnants and museums, you can enjoy catching scene; when the sun kisses mountains and sprays golden then ginger color on the enormous historic complex. By sunset and ensuing impressive moments, it resembles the fall of every empire no matter how great and popular they were.

Other highlights

Some of the best things to do in Shiraz are, ironically, not in Shiraz. Jaw-dropping Canyons such as Raghaz as well as Rageh canyon, the later one is called Iran’s Grand Canyon, Firuzabad, startling Sassanid city and its shining history, skiing resort of Sepidan and Nomads. Nomads have perfectly mingled with the Fars province’s nature. Well-known for their bravery and hospitality, Nomads have got adventure lifestyle and can’t stand the hustle and bustle of the cities. They warmly welcome you to spend one or two days in their simple but cozy tents and experience organic foods which they grow and use in their own fields. An amazing taste you may never try anywhere else and won’t forget.

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