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.

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.

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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Hamedan

Hamedan

Hamedan

Hamedan, after multiple times of demolitions and reconstruction by invading rebellions, stands proudly with a heart brimmed with ancient-old stories. From very far in time (two thousand BCE) up to know, Hamedan is birth or growing place of variety of ancient civilizations. Hamedan prosperity and glory for about 150 years during Median empire, describes its importance perfectly.

Hamedan 2018

In 2018 Hamedan hosted 40th meeting of the affiliated members of world tourism organization. This considered to be a turning point not only for the city itself but in Iran’s tourism. All the tourism potentials have been ambushing for years to be recognized, discovered and introduced globally. What could be a better chance than to have the world tourism experts in your place?

Architecture

A very distinctive thing about Hamedan is it’s city plan, which was designed by German architects. Hamedan expanded like a circle city with a prominent circle square in the middle and 6 streets, all of which meet at the square. Two silver domes at the beginning of each street has doubled the beauty of the square. According to the recent decisions, made by the city’s policy makers, and in order to preserve this exemplary and monumental city plan, all these 6 streets would be cobble stoned and no vehicle except some decorative ones aren’t allowed to the area.

Hamedan Nature

Since it’s a mountainous city, locating in Alvand foothills, Hamedan’s cultural and natural attractions are intertwined. The first and most important place is Ganjnameh. This historical, natural and cultural resort has been locals’ frequent hang out spot for many years. The complex comprises a waterfall, Darius Inscriptions, a hotel, a recreational complex and a shopping mall. The site, 8 km from city center, is the gateway to hikes up majestic mount Alvand.

Do you like to get a dose of history?

Another draw as intriguing as Ganjnameh is Hegmataneh hill. At first sight, you can only make some hills and a covered trenches but what lies below these hills excites every history and archaeology buff. A pleasantly rewarding scene catches your eyes and blows your mind. An ancient city emerges as soon as you enter the covered area. A median and Achaemenid city, halfly excavated, rises before your eyes. You have to pass above the city on a catwalk to be able to visit the mysterious city. Not so far from the main site, a humble yet valuable museum exhibits some historical findings. Stephen Gregory Church which is conceived almost the most important church in Hamedan, is about a 200 m away from the main site.

In a humble corner of the ancient city of Hamedan, tomb of Esther and Mordechai, bears a testimony to the city’s religious tolerance. Two very respectful Jewish figures are resting there forever.

In one of  the oldest city’s squares, Hamedan proudly hosts the Avicenna mausoleum. A distinguished scientist whose discoveries is quite well known worldwide. His invaluable book in medical science had been taught for years in universities. As an attribute to his great legacy for mankind, Iranians built an outstanding tomb. The outside structure, like every other shapes and numbers used in the architectural plan of the tomb, introduces something about his achievements. It has 12 piles; each one represents the specific science in which Avicenna was a specialist.  Plants which once used to cure patients, decorates his botanic museum.

Literature

You still have got time in hand, BabaTaher mausoleum is a great way to learn more about Iran’s culture and its rich literature. Through years of the city’s physical expanding, Baba taher tomb is now like a welcoming gate to the guests entering Hamedan. In a vast square, among trees a modest poet is resting forever. His poems are among the best romantic ones.

We have one more recommendation if you are a history buff in Hamedan. Gonbad-e Alavian is a post-Islamic masterpiece of stucco, built in late Seljuk era (14 century BCE). It was a mosque at the beginning then a crypt was added to the building and in the end turned into the Alavid family mausoleum. The building used to have a green dome however demolished during years. The identity of the people buried there is not clear.

Where to stay?

The city is recently booming by construction of hotels, restaurants and restoration of the attractions. Cafe shops are popping up around the city. Some newly built 4* hotels in the city are affordable as well as convenient accommodations.

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Tabriz

Tabriz

Tabriz

Like other naturally wealthy cities in Iran and due to its silk road pedigree, Tabriz was long a buffer between empires. We, Iranians, mostly remember Tabriz of the courageous people and their bravery during a war with invading enemies. It used to be Qajar dynasty capital; as a result, involved with many political and economic policies made by policy makers. Distinguished names in Iran history stand out when we talk about Tabriz in terms of literature, patriotism, policy and science. Being stretched between lake Urmia and lofty mount Sahand, Tabriz has much more moderate weather during summer than eastern cities however winters could be punishing.

Tabriz 2018

Tabriz, East Azerbaijan Province, celebrated the city’s designation as the Capital of Islamic Tourism in 2018.

Beating heart of the city

A thriving bazaar along one of the most frequent east to west trade routes, Tabriz bazaar has a city inside itself. Too many crossroads, interconnected covered chamber-like shops, social gatherings, and other educational and religious structures. No visit to Tabriz would be complete without a stroll in the UNESCO-listed bazaar. If you have heard about best quality leather products or can’t wait to see Tabriz famous rug, you are in the right place.

What’s more?

Blue (Kabood) Mosque with its intricate turquoise mosaics was one of the most famous buildings of its era in Tabriz. Its ruling didn’t last so long when an earthquake terribly damaged the facade. Despite a mass destruction, we still are able to adore the once-brilliant, 25-years of laboriously artwork on the surface. Restoration is slow but continuously done since the structure has to get back to its heydays.

An outstanding poet, Mohammad-Hossein Shahriar (Shahriyar), and challenges in his own life story, inspired him to sing the most beloved poems that every Iranian can read some parts of it by heart. He accompanied by 400 other brilliant figures in art and literature are commemorated by the strikingly modern structure, mausoleum of poets (Maqbaratoshoara) located in city center of Tabriz.

Pretty well known for summer strollers, Elgoli park, with a reconstruction of a Qajar-era palace in the middle, demonstrate in southeast of the city. The palace’s reflection in the artificial lake surrounding it, lines of trees and small yet elegant fountains, remind you of small European palaces. Elgoli park, after bazaar, is the best place to mingle with locals if you like to see the city from other point of views.

You are a frequent museum goer? Tabriz is home to Iran’s second largest archaeological and historical museum. Azerbaijan Museum some steps away from blue mosque, is a good choice for a cultural evening. You need more? Amir nezam house (museum) is our recommendation. It’s also called Qajar museum since the impressive building dates back to Qajar era. Close to poet’s mausoleum, Amir nezam house will introduce some piece of Iran’s history perfectly.

Where to stay?

Tabriz has a variety of high standard hotels. You won’t face any problem to find one which fits your budget and taste. Another sphere in which Tabriz really outdoes other destinations in Iran is fine-dining options. They are professional cooks. Ask locals to recommend a good one. Kufteh Tabrizi is traditional food.

Kandovan village, the best way to unwind

You may like to get away from busy streets of modern cities and unwind close to the nature. Kandovan village, still inhabited compared to the only similar but uninhabited rock village in Turkey, Cappadocia, is a perfect day-long getaway. Meander through the stunning rock dwellings and if you wish, you can spend the night in the village’s only lavish 5-star rock hotel and experience one of the rarest hotel bedroom in your life time.

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Kerman

Kerman

Kerman

Writing about Iran’s largest province with such a vast dispersion of attractions isn’t easy. Kerman is a melting pot with Persian and dominant subcontinental Baluchis culture. Ironically, most of the places to go and visit in Kerman is scattered throughout this Iran’s vast southern province. You can just have a round trip to each of these real wonders or spend one or two nights in each city. Today we can see decent accommodations popping up in each city or town which host a main attraction.

How to get there?

Getting Kerman from Shiraz or Tehran is possible by air. Otherwise, if you want to follow your trip to kerman from other cities such as Yazd, you have to climb aboard a bus.

Cultural centerpiece

Nowhere is the best place to know about culture than local Bazaars. Kerman Vakil bazaar is a must-see. Due to geographical position and culturally different bases, various kinds of clothes, spices, handicrafts and Iran famous carpet have brimmed the local bazaar. Delve into  the bazaar corners and enjoy the beauty of diversity.

Get a dose of history and inclusions

Kerman has a magnificent history. You can get a dose of it in every city or town you enter. Ganjali khan complex, which patiently bears some parts of this history, hand in hand with Grand bazaar, is some steps away from Bazaar. A vast courtyard surrounded by a mosque, a madrasa, caravanserai, baths, mint, cistern and shops. Ganjali Khan built the complex who governed Kerman, Sistan and Kandahar provinces under Safavid Shah Abbas I. Intricate paintings and meticulous architectural patterns made the bath a masterpiece in the complex.

Persian Garden

No visit to Kerman would be complete without seeing the world famous Shazdeh Garden in Mahan. For all weeks during spring, the garden is a piece of green diamond with more than 5-acre area in the middle of desert context. Inspecting the air photos taken by enthusiastic nature lovers, you can only admire the awe-inspiring scene.

Pistachio

If you have got enough time and money on hand, don’t miss to drop by Rafsanjan pistachio Gardens. Its Pistachio Gardens are not only internationally well known but pretty sought after in Iran. Locals warmly welcome you to spend a day or two in the town.

Other attractions in Kerman

Unlike other cities in Iran in which the castles (Args) are located inside the city’s walls, majestic centuries-old fortifications of Kerman province are out of the hustle and bustle of the city. Arg-e Bam (Bam Citadel, UNESCO world heritage site) and Arg-e Rayen (Rayen Citadel) are man made masterpieces that you cannot visit both on the same day. And choosing which one to visit depends largely on individual interests. Fantastic old remnants built by backed clay are still standing strongly although nature has been so cruel to them.

Never leave Kerman without a visit to Lut Desert

Another sphere in which Kerman province really outdoes other destinations in Iran, is UNESCO-listed Lut desert. An unbelievably beautiful wonderland with specific natural wonders, declared as the hottest place in the world for a special period of time by scientists. Kalouts (yardangs), sand hills, salt river, Abolhol statue, star canyon, Zaban-e mar Canyon are some astonishing rare features you can only visit in Lut. Safari among Kalouts and sleeping under crystal clear starry nights of Lut desert stick to your mind your whole life. Kerman desert tours are a must even if you have to cross some other attractions out of your list. You can now opt one of the best and professionally operated Lut desert tours from most luxury to affordable ones by easily a half-day-long net surfing.

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