Ardabil

Ardabil

You may have heard that Iran is a country where you can experience four seasons at the same time. Imagine you are swimming in the hot water of Persian Gulf or sun bathing in Chabahar beaches, while people in North west of Iran are cleaning snow at their foot doors. In the middle of summer, Ardabil is a destination you can get rid of scorching heat. Locating in northwest of Iran and house of Iran’s third tallest peak, Ardabil province has got rare landscapes and picturesque sceneries. People speak in Azari in Ardabil.

The city became the center of attention when Sufi mystic Sheikh Safi made it the center of his Ṣafavid order in the 13th century. It is a very important Sufi pilgrimage site since followers buried Safavid founder’s body there. Ever since the site is the most visited historical site in Ardabil.

As a recommendation, don’t limit your trip to the city itself. There are more to discover in other towns around Ardabil. Meshginshahr is one of those places has to be explored. Skiers usually take rest in the town’s famous camp and relax their muscles in hot springs.

Meshginshahr

Meshginshahr suspension bridge, a man made attraction aggregated to the wonderful nature of the area, crosses the Khiav River. It is the Middle East’s largest suspension bridge with a height of 80 metres and length of 365 metres.

If you are an adventurer, there are still places to visit. Heyran defile, Khalkhal to Asalem road and Neor lake are other unbelievably eye catching natural attractions around Ardabil.

Sareyn

Sareyn, Iran’s hot spring center, would be a good break during your trip. it’s almost 50 km from Ardabil with good tourism facilities. You can taste best Iranian traditional soup (Ash Dough).  

If you are going to ski and relax in hot springs, winter is the best season. However, in summer you can enjoy green and beautiful nature of Ardabil.

There are limited hotels so try not to travel in high seasons.

Susa

Susa

The ancient city of Susa, the Biblical city of Shushan, Elamites city of Susan or Susun and now the modern Iranian city of Shush, has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2015. About 117 Km from capital city of Ahvaz, the lower Zagros mountain range is home to a group of artificial archaeological mounds rising on the eastern side of the Shavur River. We can trace the city back as early as late 5th century BCE. Since then shush (Susa) has been continuously a perfect place for urban settlements until the 13th century CE. It used to be an important center; mostly with religious purpose together with an exceptional position on the trade route of silk and spice.

As long as the city’s historical role matters, Shush belonged to different empires such as Elamite, Persian and Parthian. It not only was a sacred place to worship goddess of love, fertility and warfare; but was the winter residence of Persian kings. Whatever we know about the site is owing to revelations based on the artifacts excavated. Findings include carved cylinder seals, jewelry, clay balls and clay tablets with cuneiform inscriptions; recording business transactions, political history and mathematical calculations.

Prophet Danial Tomb in Susa

An unusual white conical dome, you can’t see something similar anywhere else in Iran, may draw your attention soon after entering the city. A tomb known as Shush Daniel has been a sacred place among Jews as well as Muslims for centuries.

Due to its strategic position along ancient trade route, Susa not only was religiously important but soon became a commercial, administrative and political hub. Shush connected two great ancient civilizations, the Mesopotamian and the Iranian plateau.

This long-lasting prosperity didn’t last finally and Alexander the great initiated the city’s decline. After a riot, they burnt the city to the ground.