Lorestan is a province located west of Iran in the Zagros Mountains and has a population of approximately two million people with historical attractions to admire.

Lorestan, Khorram Abad:

1. Falak-Ol-Aflak castle

falak-ol-aflak in Lorestan

Being the most iconic building in Lorestan, Falak-Ol-Aflak dates back to the Sassanid dynasty. It was once a palace and was also used as a military base. At some point it was used as the main department of treasury and some people say it was also used as a prison. The height of the entire structure is nearly 40 meters. After being used as a prison until 1968 it was then transformed into a museum (the only anthropological museum in Lorestan) also containing tools dating back to the stone ages, along with pre-historical pottery, sacred bronze objects and porcelain.

2. Makhmal Kooh

Makhmal Kuh in Lorestan, Iran

Makhmal Kooh means velvet mountain and is located to the north of Khorram Abad.

3. Brick Minaret

A 30-meter cylindrical tower erected in the southern part of Khorram Abad on top of a cubic platform made of stone.

4. Broken bridge (Shapuri bridge)Shapouri Broken Bridge in Lorestaan

Broken Bridge is a historical bridge from Sassanid era located in the south of Khorramabad and 5 out of 28 arches of it are still intact.

5. Bisheh waterfallBisheh waterfall in Lorestan

This stunning waterfall flows in the heart of the Zagros Mountains. Bisheh Waterfall is approximately 58 meters in height from the river level and it has covered an area about twenty meters.

6. Gerit waterfall

Gerit waterfall in Lorestan

Also known as Sarkaneh or Haft Cheshmeh, is a waterfall in the Khorramabad County.

7. Nozhian waterfall

One of the highest waterfalls in Iran.

8. Keeyow lake

A natural lake that spans a seven-hectare area and has a depth of 3 to 7 meters. There is an amusement park as well as other recreational facilities next to this lake.

9. Vark waterfall

It takes you six hours to reach this mesmerizing waterfall that without any doubt is one of the best attractions in Lorestan.

Lorestan, Dorud:

1. Gahar lake

One of the most beautiful lakes with turquoise blue water and breathtaking views. To reach the lake you need to get to Cheshmeh Khorram which is 45 min drive from Dorud and then hike for 3-4 hours to the lake. Various shrubs, willow trees in addition to beautiful plants and flowers have turned the area around the lake to an stunning place.

2. Espar waterfall

Aspar waterfall in Lorestan

3. Leili canyon

4. Oshtoran kooh


Lorestan, Koohdasht:

 1.Shirez canyon

Shirez canyon in Lorestan

This stunning canyon which is Known as the Grand Canyon of Iran is surrounded by 150 to 200 meters high walls. Summer view of Shirez canyon is amazing.

2.Kogan cave

One of the few man made caves built on the height of mountains.

3.Khazineh valley

Khazineh canyon in Lorestan


Lorestan, pol Dokhtar:

1. Afrineh waterfall

This beautiful waterfall attracts several enthusiasts and tourists to itself in spring and summer.

2. Darreh Khazineh

Here you can enjoy the haunting architecture of the nature. The most significant feature of the valley is the stream of the Karkheh river which flows in the heart of Darreh Khazineh.


Lorestan’s special foods:

If you are not a vegetarian you can enjoy Lori people’s cuisines because their favorite food is kabab (cooked meat dishes) and they love it so much they even sometimes have it for breakfast.


Jegarvaz Lorestan Food

In order to prepare this dish they first sear the meat to avoid it from being undercooked then they rap each piece of liver in a layer of fat, then place it on the barbecue and serve it with lemon and bread.


The ingredients are eggs, potatoes, turmeric and salt for flavor, pomegranate paste and ground walnuts. It’s a stew and they serve it with rice.



Kaak Lorestan

There are two kinds of Kaak. The difference is mostly in the kind of oil they’re made in, which can be either animal oil or vegetable oil. Animal Kaak is made with animal oil and saffron, veggie kaak is made with sugar, flour and vegetable oil. This kind of kaak dates back to 300 years.


Some of the best restaurants you can find in Khorramabad:

Where to stay?

  • Rangin Kaman Hotel
  • Azadi Hotel

Their language and culture:

The dialect they speak can be divided into some language groups such as: Laki, Minjaee, Bakhtiari and Salasi.

Lurs are extremely hospitable and they go out of their ways to make sure that the visitors feel at home.


The Lurs are proud for making musical instruments, such as kamancheh, which specifically belongs to Khorram Abad.

The history of music amongst Lurs goes back to 6000 years ago.

Clothing/ attire:

Like every other place in Iran women wear hijab. They wear Golvani (scarf), a Keras (long gown) and Kolanjah (a thin coat) over the Keras.

Men wear a jacket, something to hold the jacket around their waist, a scarf around their neck, and a hat.

Best time to visit Lorestan province:

Lorestan is in full bloom and luscious greenery from late October to early January, or from April to mid-May.

How to get to Lorestan province?

-Travelling from Tehran to Khorram Abad is nearly a 6 hour drive but the good news is that the roads are all in good condition and you can drive there easily.

-You also have the choice of travelling there by bus, since they run frequently from Tehran South Terman and Beihaghi Terminal.

– The train ride is one of the most scenic in Iran, so if you are not planning on renting a car, there is a train from Tehran to Dorud, and you could always hire a driver guide in Dorud to take you wherever you want.

-If you are one of those people who finds it easier to travel by plane, flights from Tehran to Khorramabad run every other day and usually depart in the morning or around noon depending on the day.



Above all, having a local guide by your side let’s you enjoy the untouched beauty of Lorestan’s nature to its fullest.



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 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, 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.



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.

Travel on Budget to iran

Travel On Budget to Iran

These Quick Tips Will Help You Learn How To Travel On Budget To Iran In 2019 With Ease!

Are you planning to travel on budget to Iran? You’re at the right place. You can hitchhike Iran. Travel to Iran with your bicycle, bike or car. Or you can choose a tour package and still be on your budget.

So, for those, who seek guided yet on budget travel to Iran, here is what you should know . . .

First, try this little mental experiment. Put your doubts aside and ask yourself “what if “…

What if you could simply travel to Iran on budget?

And escape to a warm and welcoming country that undoubtedly excites every tourist … with its culture, friendly people, world–renowned tourist sites, and NOW with affordable budgets.

And unbelievably paltry prices for everything. Imagine that you can stay in a hotel with all the conveniences you want for only $8 a night… or enjoy Persian food in a classy restaurant with only $10 a person …or pay very low costs for transportation as well …

These are all possible … in 2019.

So make up your mind for travel on low budget or even better: travel under budget to Iran!

Where can I travel on budget in Iran?

Well, actually there’s no limit. Whether you’re travelling alone or with a group, travelling cheap has no limitations.

Travel budget destinations include Iran’s big cities like Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz, Mashhad, Tabriz or Yazd or Iran’s nature tours by travelling to North of Iran.

Travelling to Iran has never been this worthy of your time and money. It’s not too late for you. Besides you can contact us and we’ll show you the secrets of enjoying Iran with budget tour packages or customized tour packages.

Tips on Iran’s budget tour packages

If you want to explore the highlights of Iran, an 8-day tour is usually recommended. Because Iran is a huge country and has lots of fabulous places to visit, you have to set aside enough time to visit stunning places.

Most tour packages include 5 important cities of Iran which include:

  1. Tehran; as the capital of Iran, where you usually arrive at the Imam Khomeini International airport. Tehran is a gigantic city, full of history and art museums.
  2. Shiraz; cultural capital of Iran where you can visit mesmerizing tomb of two famous poets of Iran and also visit Persepolis, a world heritage site, near Shiraz.
  3. Isfahan; known for its Safavid architecture and handicrafts and world heritage sites. 
  4. Yazd; known for its wind catchers, magnificent Islamic architecture, the star-filled sky of the desert and memorable nights.
  5. Kashan; known for its carpets, ceramics and fine, traditional and elaborate houses and mansions, which is a must-see for every traveler to Iran.

You’ll probably wonder that these don’t seem to be a budget tour package! But it is. Why? Because you can customize your trip by choosing from various transportations (airplanes, buses, trains) or different accommodations (hotels, Local Houses) and save money.

Budget tours can also be for 15-day tours or more. In such packages you have a chance to visit two or three other big cities such as Tabriz, Kerman or Mashhad. You can also choose to visit two sensational islands in Persian Gulf; Qeshm or Kish or travel to northern parts of Iran to see the green belt near the Caspian Sea.

Now I can hear your mind saying that it seems a hard task to choose best budget tour package. Listen! It’s not. We are here to help you. Just contact us and our experienced agents will be more than happy to help.

How much to budget for a 1 week or 2 weeks travel in Iran?

You know better that travel expenses depend totally on you. But as a rough guide, and if you’re interested in numbers, here’s what you should know.

If you’re planning to travel to Iran on your own, your daily costs would be about US$ 20 a day per person. And if you’re planning to spend mid-range, your costs would be about US$ 50.

This means you have to spend around US$ 140 for a week or about US$ 280 for 2 weeks stay in Iran.

You should add the cost of accommodation to this amount where you can choose between cheap or mid-range accommodations.

So if you’re after a very cheap travel plan, you can do this in Iran.

These numbers may have changed when you read this article.

The second choice is to buy a tour package or to customize your tour package to Iran. This way you can make sure the package is designed to meet your every need and it is in your desired budget range and the most important thing to consider is that the prices are fixed.

If you’re traveling with a tour operator agency, the cost will be around US$ 132 a day per person, which is about US$ 924, including accommodations, which is not a high amount for staying a week in Iran, having way better itineraries, accommodations, food service, insurance and tour guides.

As you analyze the cost of your trip to Iran, we recommend that if it is your first trip to Iran, choose a travel agency and just customize your travel to Iran.

This way you can experience the best of two worlds. Cheap and affordable prices plus more enjoyable and stress-free stay in Iran.

And if you need, you can also read the article about how to customize your trip to Iran, here.

Would You Like to Save Money?

So now, you may ask what the next step is. It’s easy. Simply you can fill the travel budget request form for us and we’ll contact you on how you can plan your travel to Iran within your desired budget. By customizing your trip, you can make sure you’re travelling safe, please with every moment and all of it is within your desired budget.

Enjoy your stay.


Customized Tours

How to Customize Your Trips to Iran Today Starting from Scratch?

Customizing has always been satisfying. From clothing, to cars to homes. We are always looking for better convenience. Sometimes it’s done because you want to feel different while Sometimes you do it to get better services.

No matter what you do, customizing is a fashion-forward way of living today. And now, it’s the same when it comes to TRAVEL. You can customize your trip to Iran, too.

Here’s good news . . .

Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could manage your time, destination and itineraries in your trip to Iran? Well, it is all possible.

First thing you should do, is to plan your next travel destination to Iran. Since you are reading this page, we assume that you are about to visit one of the most magnificent and ancient countries and cultures in the world. Congratulations on that!

But when it comes to having too many choices, it is not very easy to choose. Is it?

So let’s break the choices and steps down you need to take in order to customize your trip to Iran.

What kind of traveler are you?

There are many tour packages for you when travelling to Iran. Iran is biggest country in the region, so as you may have guessed, the number of tour packages you can choose, vary a lot.

So the first step would be to know your travel style. Here are your possibilities:

  1. Iran dessert tours: This tour is for central parts of Iran. Desert’s nights are mesmerizing, but there are other activities like Safari, Camel riding, Paragliding, Sand boarding, Buggy driving, Stargazing and camping in desert, which are exciting choices for adventurers as well.
  2. Iran ski tours: Famous zones for skiing in Iran are Dizin ski resort, Tochal ski resort and Shemshak ski resort in north, near Tehran and Pooladkaf ski resort in south, near Shiraz. Whether you are a professional skier or not, there’s a lot of excitement involved with these tours. You even have the possibility to ski at night.
  3. Iran history and cultural tours: One of the most popular tours of Iran in which you can visit highlights of Persian culture. You can visit major cities and know Iranian 2500-year-old culture better. You can choose between 5 cities or more and usually you stay a day in each city to go sightseeing.
  4. Tours for families: How are the family tours different? Well, they’re usually longer so that your family don’t get exhausted. Kids’ choices are included. So visiting aquariums, theme parks and more excitement for family members, are also included in the customized family tours. If you’re traveling with your family and want to stay longer, like 14 days, and see more of each city, family tours can be arranged and planned for you.
  5. Group tours: Group tours are the best choice when you are traveling on budget. These tours are popular for many nations and easier for tour operators to accommodate and plan. We customize Itineraries as well. You can choose to spend a week only in a big city or plan to visit all highlights. Some tourists consider group tours to be safer, more comfortable and cost effective. So if you’re in this category, you can call our agents and ask about next group tour schedule.
  6. Honeymoon tours: Another memorable way of trip customization is through honeymoon tours. Though you may have not thought about honeymooning in Iran, these tours can be customized to be both exhilarating and captivating. So if you plan to celebrate your love in Iran, be prepared to visit more beautiful gardens, special cruise ship tours, and romantic dinners and music, prepared and customized specifically for you.
  7. Women only tours: Iran tours can also be customized for women only. These tours are planned to see Iran from women perspective. You can travel with a female tour guide, and as a woman, you’ll get to see Iranian women’s daily life. Special itinerary includes music, food and gatherings designed only for female tourists visiting Iran.
  8. Food and culinary tours: Are you a food lover? Then why not customize your trip for food and culinary tours. We plan these tours for you to cook and taste Iranian cuisine. You can learn to cook Persian traditional food, and know special ingredients and spices that later you can make and enjoy in your hometown later. Besides, You can work with chef or mom-chefs with English translators. You can plan to visit several cities and know about the food culture. Expect your experience to be awe-inspiring, hilarious and mouth-watering.
  9. Customized city tours: Visiting several major cities in Iran can take a week or more to visit everything. So you can ask to stay in only one or two cities to know and feel everything about the city. You’ll visit each city like an insider and local tour guides will show you every corner that is worthy of visiting and take memorable photographs.
  10. Iran Nomad Tours: If you’re living in a modern world and want to escape from everyday rat-race to a striking and active lifestyle, you can ask to customize your tours around Iranian Nomads. You can enjoy the nature every day, see the hard-working nomads of Iran and try their unique all-natural drinks or food. Experiencing nomadic life makes you a more grateful person and a calmer personality. So make sure to savor and live every gripping moment of it.

Contact Us to Discover How to Have Your Tailor-made Tours

Customized travel experience in Iran has no limitations. You can always customize your time and your trip to Iran.

Some more tours you can choose from, include: Iran’s classic cars tour, escorted tour, diving tour, Silk Road tour, Christmas tour, Iran’s summer tour, UNESCO tour, Caspian Sea tour, adventure tour, etc.

In customized and personalized Iran trips, you have limitless choices. That’s why our agents can help you choose the best tour or travel packages for you. Feel free to contact us for getting more details about customized trip packages to Iran.

Iran Nomads

Iran Nomads

Iran Nomads

The migration of the tribes in Iran is as old as the history. Iranians were the first group of the people who migrated and came to the plateau of Iran two thousand years B.CE. These Iranian groups were the founder of Maad and Achaemenian dynasties.

Ibn Khaldun, the Islamic sociologist of the 8th century Solar Hijri, categorizes the society into two groups of citizens and Bedouins. He believed the migration of human is older than sedentary and is a kind of adaptation with the environment. 

Tribes which consist of families are independent under the control of the Khaqan (Head of the region nomads).

Qashqai Nomad

Great Qashqai tribe who are living in vast areas in Fars, some parts of Boushehr, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari as well as Isfahan provinces, are hospitable and warm people. Some people still migrate and some others have become citizens.

Qashqai tribe consist of five clans which are Kashkouli, Darreh-Shouri, Shesh-Bloki, Farsi-Madan and Amleh. They are mostly Muslim( Shia ) and they speak in Azari.

Locals call Qashqai tents “Siah Chaador” (Black tent). They  wove them with the goat’s wool. The Qashqai’s men traditional clothes are knee-length outfits. They use a shawl or a cartridge ring as the belt. Dogush hat is a special clothes of Qashqai men.  They use Giveh as their shoes which are woven with hand. The Qashqai women clothes consist of Borak or Kolaqcheh (Small hat), Lachak (scarf), Albaqi (Head band), Koynak (dress), Koljeh (coat) and Tonban (Skirt). “Koynak” the Qashqai ladies’ dress covers legs below the knees and has two slits up the both sides and wrist-length sleeves cover hands. Tonban is a long and full pleated skirt; it covers the feet completely. All the Qashqai ladies’ clothes are floral and colorful.

Traditional Music

Music is something special in Qashqai tribes. Three kinds of traditional music are: Sarebanan with their flute, Changies with the instruments such as Korna, Naqareh and Sorna and Asheqs with the instruments such as Chagoor, Kamancheh and Sitar sing Qashqai songs.

Written by Hamidreza Azimi

Photo by Hamidreza Azimi


Huge Iran

Who Else Wants To See Huge Iran And Discover New Territories? 

While you’re sitting there reading this, you’re going to learn that if it makes any difference if to travel to a big country like  Huge Iran … And as a traveler … does it have any benefits or drawbacks?

How many countries could you fit in Iran if it was possible?

Can you imagine that? Well the answer may surprise you! Are you ready for it?

You could fit Portugal, Denmark, Cyprus, Belgium, UK, Netherlands, and Albania in Iran    and still have room to fit other countries like entire Japan.

Iran is the 18th biggest country in the world.  No country in Europe (except Russia) is bigger than Iran. It means Iran is bigger than countries like Germany, UK, Italy, Spain and France.

And in the region, Huge Iran is the biggest country. Almost double the size of Turkey.

But why should you care?

Just think about it! If you travel to Iran and visit two, only two provinces, it is as if you have traveled and visited a big country in Europe!  Isn’t it interesting?

Iran is diverse in its geographical areas as well as tourist attractions and climate conditions.

50% of Iran’s area consist of high mountains and 20% consist of deserts, and you can always find best tours to enjoy the fabulous nature from north to south.

You can visit Huge Iran for a desert safari tour, in central Dasht-e Lut desert or camping safari in Dasht-e Kavir desert.

So picture yourself travelling to Iran for a short trip for mountaineering, ski mountaineering or trekking.

What if you are not experienced enough?

You can always find several training programs in Huge Iran who can help you enormously.

Let’s have a brief review on some parts of this huge territory:

Northern parts of Iran

A green belt near Caspian Sea: A never-ending love story for tourists

In the north, if you want you can enjoy the Caspian Hyrcanian mixed forests Eco region, which is about 55000 square kilometers.

It means this area in north is the size of entire countries like Croatia, and bigger than countries like Denmark, Netherlands or Switzerland.

So when we say there is a lot to see now you know what we mean.

Let us mention that people in Iran never get tired of visiting north and you won’t either! There are numerous reasons…

As we mentioned before, the northern part of Huge Iran is huge… 55000 square kilometers of green forests and trees.

The weather is rather rainy in most months of the year. So many tourists travel there in Spring or Summer time from central or southern cities of  Huge Iran, to escape the warm weather and to get a thrill out of Mediterranean-like weather for a week or two.

There are three provinces and several cities in the northern part of Huge Iran to visit:

Gilan Province: Famous cities include: Rasht, Lahijan and Bandar-e Anzali

Mazandaran Province: Famaous cities: Ramsar, Noshahr, Amol, Saari, Babolsar and Babol

Golestan Province: Famous cities: Gorgan, Gonabad

The traveler’s eyes are invited to see sceneries of exceptional green trees for miles and miles. The astounding nature that you see will surely remain in your memory forever.

But the sweet story doesn’t end here…

You can travel to this area of Iran for many more surprises. Food variety, friendly people, folk music, artistic handicrafts and more heavenly nature. You will find and enjoy all of them here.

Places you should visit:

Forests: Abr (cloud forest), Sangdeh forest, Alangdareh forest park, Masal, Talesh, Heyran and Arasbaran Jungles, to name a few.

Things to do:

Enjoy the green trees and forests

Try the special-made northern cookies

Enjoy swimming in the Caspian Sea

Try northern-style Iranian Kebabs

Ask any Iranian and they agree on two things about northern parts of Iran: first, you’ll never get tired of seeing eye-catching beauties of this area. And second, only one trip or two is not enough to see and feel the irresistible culture and nature of the north.

That’s why there’s a heavy traffic during national holidays from all parts of Huge Iran to North.

Also in northwestern parts of Iran you can travel to mountainous resorts or travel there for cultural attractions.

In northwestern part of Iran there are four provinces:

West Azerbaijan: Famous cities: Tabriz, Marand, Maraghe

East Azerbaijan: Famous cities: Urmia, Khoy, Boukan

Ardabil Province: Famous cities: Ardabil

Zanjan Province: Famous cities: Zanjan

Things to do:

Visiting Qareh kelissa (Black Church)

Visiting Lake Urmia

Try Koofteh Tabrizi – A delicious local food

Seeing carpet weaving production

Shopping at Traditional Grand bazaars

Central parts of Iran

Unique architectural sites along with dessert’s night sceneries

There are two vast and stunning provinces in central part of  Huge Iran. Isfahan and Yazd.

Isfahan, usually has a record-breaking number of tourists every year. There are a lot to see and enjoy, in these two big provinces. There are a lot of sweet memories you can take back home here.

Things to do:

Yazd province’s Famous cities: Yazd, Meybod. Ardakan

In Yazd you’ve got to visit extensive desserts. You can have a tour or you can take a camping tour there. Then you can experience the breathtaking nature of the dessert especially at night when stars are shining in the clear sky.

Then you can visit the old town (historic city of Yazd), Zoroastrian fire temple, Dowlat Abad garden and try delicious and mouth-watering sweets and candies from Yazd. Also you shouldn’t miss several mosques because the beauty of the architecture will blow your mind away.

Isfahan province’s Famous cities: Isfahan, Kashan

In Isfahan you have even more to see and enjoy. Isfahan has always been famous for its architectural style and unique handicrafts. It means you can be visually satisfied here when you visit the city. Safavid architecture along with some of world heritage sites make your trip to Isfahan extremely worthwhile.

Naghshe Jahan Square, Chehel Sotoun, Siosepol Bridge, And Shah mosque are some of the names you should remember to visit when you travel to Isfahan.

In grand bazaar you can shop for handicrafts and feel the taste of Isfahani cuisine as well.

Southern parts of Iran

From city of “poetry and secrets”, to the blue Persian Gulf

Shiraz is one of the most famous cities in southern part of huge Iran. Known for poetry, architecture, culture and food, it is located in Fars (Pars) province and always another record-breaker for the number of tourists every year.

Persepolis is the famous world heritage site near Shiraz. If you’ve seen photos of tourists in colorful shades, it’s the Nasir al-mulk mosque which is also known as the pink mosque.

Fars province’s famous cities: Shiraz, Marvdasht, Kazerun

Things to do:

Vakil bazaar, Eram garden, Shah-e Cheragh Mausoleum, Tombs of Hafiz and Sa’adi (two famous Iranian poets), Pasargadae and Karim Khan Citadel are some of the places that will make your photos memorable for life.

And last but not least, you can visit two famous islands in the Persian Gulf in southern part of Iran.

Kish Island which is an all-season destination and Gheshm Island.

Kish is 100 square kilometer, one of the least dangerous islands in the world. There are a lot of shopping centers and malls, a dolphin park, diving center and white sand beach, which is absolutely eye-catching.

In Gheshm you can go to Chahkooh valley, Hengam Island and be astonished in the Stars Valley. Also tourist go there for shopping, swimming and southern music and cuisine.

More than you can see in a single visit

You will find yourself thinking about how extensive and huge Iran is and also about a lot of picturesque and mesmerizing places you can visit. You can always add to this combination the friendly, warm and welcoming people of Iran which every single tourist of Iran notices and appreciates.

If you’re planning to visit Iran in near future, please contact us. We’ll be happy to help.

Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran

Iran Armenian Monastic Ensembles

Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran

Locating in a green natural context of North West of Iran, UNESCO recognized Armenian Monastic Ensembles as world heritage site. Sharing border with Armenia, Iran houses three important churches that the remains of the oldest one, St Thaddeus, dates back to 7th century. Each one located in a remote, strikingly beautiful setting. Despite being isolated and virtually unknown, the journey would be so rewarding.


Barely known by tourists, Armenian monastic ensembles of Iran bear a rich testimony of an integrated architecture with other regional cultures such as: Byzantine, Orthodox, Assyrian, Persian and Muslim. The ensemble includes St Thaddeus, St Stepanos as well as the Chapel of Dzordzor. The construction survived some 2000 years of naturally or humanly destruction.

Short about Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran

Qareh Kelisa: Aka Black church is located in West Azerbaijan, Chaldoran County. The church is clearly visible from Maku. St Thaddeus church together with Safavid King Tomb, Chaldoran war and other historical monuments is great place to visit.

St Stephanos: Located in Jolfa, east Azerbaijan, in a deep canyon along Aras River.

Chapel of Dzordzor: The smallest yet the cutest one, located on a hill above a dam west of Maku.

Now, the majority of Armenian community is living in and around Tabriz, Jolfa in Isfahan and Tehran.

Another very important place where the Armenian are concentrated is in Isfahan. Pilgrims from in or out of Isfahan gather in Vank Cathedral every year. 

Where to stay?

Since they are situated away from each other, you need at least a day to visit the place and enjoy it in a relaxed pace. 





Persian Empire

Ruins of glory and majesty, Persepolis is a magnificent legacy of Persian Empire. Darius I (522-486 BCE) founded Persepolis as the ceremonial capital in 518 BCE. Persepolis means “city of Persians”. As a result, to appropriately introduce its splendor and to be real image of the Achaemenid monarchy itself, he built extremely intricate palatial constructions on a half-natural, half-artificial terrace. Although he didn’t live to see it finished but his descendants, his son Xerxes I (486-465 BCE), and his grandson Artaxerxes I (465-424 BCE), persistently continued his huge job and made it a glorious human heritage. On the foothill of Kuh-e Ramat (Mountain of Mercy) one of the greatest wonders of the ancient world shows up.

Where is Persepolis located?

Renowned as the gem of Achaemenid (Persian) ensembles in the fields of architecture, urban planning, construction technology, and art, Persepolis is located in a fertile plain 50 Km from Shiraz.

13-ha of monumental stairways, throne rooms (Apadana) and reception rooms, is the number one tourist destination in the country. Inspired by the Mesopotamian models, the architecture was to be indicative of its supremacy.


Stepping up the stairs which are decorated by almost-intact bas reliefs of dignitaries with gifts in their hands, you can feel how powerful and respectful the Achaemenid Empire used to be. Following the long but short steps you are at the nation’s gate in Persepolis. A gate which opens door to an ancient wonder not only among Iranians but worldwide. Among all these fascinating buildings, grand staircases and remaining colonnades of Tachara Palace (the oldest palace) are the most sound and safe.

Apart from the majestic palaces, meticulously carved bas reliefs and lotus flowers are frequently appeared throughout the site.

How long does it take?

To discover the ruins completely and in relaxed pace, you need at least half a day time. Don’t rush. The sunset would be a miraculously beautiful scene when sun sprays its light on the stony remnants. It reminds you of rise and fall of empires; no matter how great they were.

Where to stay?

Since the site is only 50 Km away from Shiraz, you can either get back to Shiraz and spend the night there or book a room close to the magnificent ruins of Persepolis.

UNESCO listed Persepolis as a world heritage site in 1979.

traveling safely to Iran in 2019

traveling safely to Iran in 2019

Thousands are now safely traveling to Iran in 2019 that never thought they could

Are you planning to travel to Iran but you’re not sure about it? Here is some travel advice you’ve always wanted . . .

Is it really safe to travel to Iran?

There are some concerns about some areas on the borders of Iran with countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. Fortunately there’s no interesting place for sightseeing near borders, unless you want to be an adventurous photographer!

So generally speaking Iran can be considered safe to many foreign travelers. But there are more facts to back this idea.

First let’s ask what issues might concern you when you talk about safety. Issues like shootings, terrorists’ attacks, and disease outbreaks, being taken as hostages or other criminal acts, right?

So let’s consider each:

And for shooting concerns, you should know that Iranian citizens are not allowed to carry any weapons. It’s illegal to carry any warm or cold weapons of any kind. So when there’s no way to carry a weapon, the risk of shootings and such threats reduces enormously. Don’t you agree?

It’s also valuable to know that according to global rankings of most dangerous cities in the world, there’s NO SINGLE city in Iran that is considered unsafe in Asia or in Middle East.

So if you’re safe from shootings what else might concern you?

What about safety issues related to diseases?

Fortunately there have been no reports of outbreak of any disease in more than 50 years in Iran. What does it mean to you? It means unlike other areas in Asia or Middle East, you can be sure that health will not be threatened by such epidemics. Which is a great relief, Isn’t it? What can be worse than a journey being halted by health threats? Who wants that?

It also means water – or even tap water – is safe. This holds true for food and beverages and also for the weather. Safe and sound to a great degree.

So let’s take these concerns also out of your way.

What else can concern me which I should know about before travelling to Iran?

Earlier it was mentioned that NO cities in Iran are among the most dangerous cities in the world. What does it mean to you?

  • This means others life threatening risks like being taken as hostage or other risks of criminal activities also decrease greatly.
  • It shows security rate is high and police and the government are doing a great job in controlling criminal activities.

What other benefits you get from these facts?

  • Well, it makes Iran safe for solo travelers, backpackers, bike or bicycle travelers or women who travel to Iran alone.
  • It also means it makes it easy and safe for travelers to take buses or taxis or trains, alone.
  • And something you might have not considered … it also makes it super safe to talk to even strangers who want to welcome you and make friends with you.

Many visitors who stay even for a short time in Iran describe people as friendly and welcoming. There’s a huge amount of negative publicity and warning for travelers who want to visit Persia.

We are all aware of that. BUT despite all the concerns, there’s no evidence of such cases.

You might wonder what the media going to do IF there were any major threats for visitors and travelers for real? What were the headlines about Iran safety? Can you see any such headlines?

IRAN is safe . . . So then; let’s consider WHY you should travel to Iran?

Top reasons why you should consider travelling to Iran

  1. Travel with a peace of mind about safety issues

A lot has been said in mainstream media about safety in Iran but how much of it do you think is true?

What do you think the headlines would be if there were major concerns about safety of travelers to Iran?  What can you conclude about not seeing such things about Iran?

We talked about safety concerns in Iran but if you have any more questions in this regard you can always contact us and we would be happy to give you more detailed information about safety updates you might still give a thought to.

On the other hand. According to most travelers who have visited Iran, safety is the last concern they’ve had.   It’s been all about the experience, pleasure, and visiting new territories and new people rather than safety concerns.

  1. Travelers all agree Iranians are hospitable

They say seeing is believing. Everyone knows that Iranian people are hospitable and hospitality is in their blood.

However you should visit Iran and see it for yourself, if you want to feel like nowhere else in the world!

Because of those warnings you have received or heard before coming to Iran, once you visit the country you will be totally shocked in a good way. You’ll visit a country which has been known for hospitable people who are always welcoming visitors to their country.

Part of this behavior is based on cultural beliefs and part of it on religious beliefs of Iranian citizens.  There are stories after stories about being nice to travelers and treating them as guests.

The reason why, also dates back to thousand years ago where Persians have been the biggest civilization in the world, and also the biggest empire in the world.

So in this large country, they had to treat everyone with respect from Arabs to Africans to Asians to Europeans.

And this culture has remained for thousands of years in all parts of Iran.  You can see it in big cities, you can see it in the small cities you can see it in villages and with nomads, and you can feel it all over the country. What else can be heart-warming for your stay in Iran?

Many travelers have reported not only they have been warmly welcomed but also people have treated them as a part of their family, like sisters or brothers which is something that they have never seen or experienced anywhere in the world before.

So you have to come and see for yourself … despite all the negative media and publicity about how dangerous it might be to come to Iran, it is quite a different experience when you actually come in visit the stunning country.

 And isn’t it something that every traveler or tourist loves to experience?  To go to a country where people warmly you’re welcome you?

If you want to hear ‘welcome’ word again and again, if you want to see smiling faces of people when you greet them, and if you want to be warmly invited for a dinner or a chat to their homes, then you should really visit Iran.

  1. Are you ready to be fascinated by all architectural works in Iran?

Is seeing ancient architecture important to you?  Is ancient Palaces of Kings or the monuments remained of one of the largest countries in the world fascinating to you?

Do you want to know about the ‘richest country under the sun’?

Do you want to see the changes in architectural styles when the dynasties changed?

Do you want to be mesmerized by the beauty of the mosques, Persian Gardens, grand Bazaars or 3000-years-old cities?

 Then again you should visit Iran for its diverse, beautiful and fascinating architecture.

A more detailed review of Persian architecture is also available here.

  1. Be ready for a diverse food festival around Iran

Food is an essential part and the pleasure for any traveler.  You can say it’s the added value.  So if you want to taste traditional Persian food,  from Persian tasty appetizers to kebabs to stews, from desserts and saffron based sweets and ‘halwa’s to unique candies like ‘Gaz’ and ‘Sohan’  , and if you want to enjoy all the different cuisines and diversity of food choices in Iran, You’ll love your visit to Iran forever.. This will also give you mouthwatering reasons to travel to Iran as well.

If you’re seeking more about food choices and what you should really try in Iran, You can read the article about food here.

  1. There’s a difference visiting a country with ancient history and a country which is rather new to the world

 Persians are very proud of their history and there is a good reason for that. For thousands of years they have been one of the largest civilizations in the old world along with Romans and Egyptians.

So they have a rich and magnificent background, which includes a lot of scientists and thinkers that they can be proud of.

 History and being proud of history is one of the common characteristics of all the Iranians.

Even western countries have written great masterpieces and has borrowed a lot of knowledge from Persians.

So another reason to visit Iran might be to know about a very old and great history and the stories behind them.

  1. What is made by hand stays in your heart forever

locals make Handicrafts in every part of the country that you can buy as a souvenir or as a piece of art.  Meanwhile you can enjoy and watch how these handicrafts are made because a lot of them are made in front of the spectators.

Iranian handicraft, just like Iranian food is very diverse from North to South and from East to West. From famous Persian carpets to rugs, bags, inlay works (Khatam), and more.

You will never be more excited to see fabulous handicrafts and to know about the history behind each and why and how they make it.

This gives you another delightful reason to visit Iran. To see, feel and shop for handicrafts.

  1. Enjoy and breathe to your soul in diverse climates in Iran

 Whether you want to ski in the ski resorts in northwest or you want the shiny and warm weather in South, you can have both at the same time.

It’s important which kind of climate you’re accustomed to and you can plan your trip accordingly.

Rainy weather along with green deep forests in North is a must-see and must-feel.

The desserts in central parts with bright stars in the clear warm sky are another beautiful story.

We’ve covered all stories here as well.

  1. Land of poetry, stories and music

 If you enjoy music, poetry or stories you’ll find plenty of them in Iran.

If you’re serious about music, you will find extraordinary singers according to any standards and their songs.

If you are into poetry or stories, you will find golden gems that you will remember for the rest of your life which inspires you to better happiness.

Don’t forget to ask Iranians about their favorite line of poem, because everyone has one, and they will be glad to share it with you.

They also have their favorite stories that they tell their children and they will tell you if you ask them.

  1. A lot to see, with all your freedom

Have you ever been to a very crowded place for sightseeing?

Have you enjoyed it? Could you take a picture without people in your background? Could the tour guide finish his briefing or did he/she just pass because of the crowded background?

Other travelers won’t Interrupt you while enjoying popular places in Iran.

You will have time to interact with people feel the moment and enjoy the place completely.

This leaves you with memorable moments with the history, people and the culture.

You still have time to visit Iran while it is not that crowded by visitors. But according to statics, more and more people are showing interest in putting Iran in their travel calendar these days.

So it is highly recommended that you be a part of ancient history of mankind by visiting Iran while it is not that crowded.

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