Uraman Takht, Iran

Uraman Takht, A village hidden within a mountain

Uraman Takht might be an old village, but its scenery never fails to surprise any generation. From extraordinary architecture design to beautiful creations of nature. Planning a trip over to Uraman Takht will not disappoint you in any way. Enjoy the locals’ traditional foods by the roaring rivers to wash away the exhaustion off of your body. Trek in the never-ending wonderland of Uramanat forest and let your eyes feast on the beautiful scenery before it. Outstanding nature and historical monuments are an impeccable combination that won’t let you forget them once you come to see them with your own eyes.

History of Uraman Takht

This historical village was formed over forty thousand years ago on the west side of Iran in the heart of Kurdistan Province. Uramanat Village has seen millions of years and a whole lot of history passing by its eyes. Uraman Takht, back in ancient days, was once an enormous city and used to be a capital for kingdoms and empires. The design and architecture of Uraman, besides its customs and culture, prove that this region was once one of the most valuable areas of Iran. There are so many histories and stories behind anything in Uraman Takht that are yet to be discovered.

UNESCO World Heritage Site

Rich in traditional culture, ancient mountainous landscapes, and with the Kurdish tribes living in the mountains, no wonder the Cultural Landscape of Uraman Takht got inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in June, 2021, as the 26th tangible heritage of Iran on the list. For this reason, it led to more popularity among travelers who seek extraordinary attractions and a fascinating place to make memorable memories. Anything about Uraman Takht is unique, from the mountain village to the beautiful nature along the rivers that run down from the hills. If you are also a fan of the perfect combination of nature and architecture, make sure to visit Uraman Takht when the best time come, spring and summer!

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Uraman Takht was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in June, 2021.

Architecture

If you are visiting Uraman Takht, you probably know about its rare stepped village. The idea behind the architecture was inspired by nature, and it is truly unbelievable how people managed to build this brilliant design back in the day. Building houses on such a steep mountain is an impressive work considering how hard it was for them to build houses made only out of wood and clay. The interesting fact about the design of this stepped village is the way that each roof of the house is the upper house’s yard. On the day of your trip to Uramanat Village, if you’re lucky enough, you will be invited to some of the houses of hospitable Kurdish hosts. And maybe you get to taste a delicious Kurdish meal and carry on the taste with you home, as a tasty souvenir from Uraman Takht.

Nature

You can find one of the most beautiful mountain regions of Iran in Uraman Takht Village. An extensive part of Uramanat surrounded by high mountains makes it a perfect place for nature lovers to spend their time. Let’s not forget about the green and vast forest of Uramanat that you can observe from walking down the hills, which is the best way to please your nature-loving taste. While visiting the village, you will surely notice the two famous roaring rivers, Sirvan and Lyle. Walking alongside these rivers, especially during summertime, is extremely pleasant. Other than the rivers, pay a visit to Zaribar lake. Zaribar is actually a pond, which wasn’t generated from any river. This pond is one of the best sources of fresh water in Iran, and besides, it is also a great tourist attraction for those who want to have a fun time by the delightful freshwater of Zaribar lake. If you are looking for something more adventurous, you can always try trekking in the thrilling forests of Uramanat.

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Zaribar lake is one of the best sources of fresh water in Iran, near Uramanat in Kurdistan.

The Best Time to Visit Uraman Takht

For travelers who like to visit Uraman Takht when the weather is mild and pleasant, mid-April to early October is the best time, although the days may get a little bit hot from July to September. From November to March, however, the weather is cold due to rain and snow falls. During this time, the village has a spectacular snowy view. Therefore, it is an incredible opportunity for photographers and those who enjoy winter climbing to plan their trip over Uraman Takht.

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Old cafes in Iran, Nostalgia in modern life

Many people believe that nothing but nature brings people closer to themselves. But they are wrong. Today, you can sit in a cozy corner where no one is bothering you and enjoy your cool drink or a cup of coffee. So, you can get rid of all the hustle and bustle for a while. There are old cafes in Iran where people get together to discuss art, literature, music, or their favorite topics or simply enjoy a peaceful environment to relax. Here are some of the old cafes in Iran well-knwon for their outstanding features.

Naderi café, love and poem

If you like to sit on Polish chairs with dishes that have memories from the past; and breathe in an atmosphere where a part of the Iranian intellectual history has taken place, you should visit Naderi Cafe. Naderi Cafe in Tehran is located east of the College Bridge in Jomhouri Street (formerly Naderi). The Cafe dates back to 1927. At that time, an Armenian immigrant named “Khachik Madikians” traveled to Iran and established a café to show his skills in managing café and to create a hangout for intellectuals. It still exists after 50 years! Some people enjoy sitting on old chairs and being in the nostalgic atmosphere of this cafe, which was once a place for unique literary figures. Sometimes the visitors are contemporary poets and writers.

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The 50 year-old Naderi Cafe

Do you know Iranian poets and writers? Famous figures such as Nima Yoshij, Sadegh Hedayat, Ahmad Shamloo, Forough Farrokhzad, Bozorg Alavi, Houshang Ebtehaj, Siavash Kasraei, Fereydoun Moshiri, Jalal Al-Ahmad, Simin Daneshvar, and many others chose this cafe for their getting together. They used to sit on the brown chairs, read the newspaper, drink coffee, and have political and literary discussions. Also, they created memorable works there. The interesting thing is that everyone had their place in this cafe, which remained empty even in their absence. By visiting, you will see chairs that are reserved forever.
The Naderi collection consists of three main sections. In the middle of the building is a pastry that has been closed for several years. Naderi Café and Restaurant also consist of two separate halls that are adjacent to each other; and have a total capacity of 140 people. The first hall is for cafes and the second hall is served as restaurant.
This cafe has a beautiful decoration. As you sit in that 100-year-old polished chair and wait for your coffee to arrive, you can browse through the memories of framed photos on the wall and its old cups. Today the café is run by Khachik Madikian’s grandchildren. Also, all waiters are 40- to 50-year-old Armenian men. It is interesting to know that the oldest waiter of the Cafe is called “Eshghi” who always has a soda opener in his pocket, and whenever you want to open your soda, he is at your service! Also, one of the famous Iranian serials called Shahrzad has been recorded here.

Diamond Cafe, a classic mood

Once upon a time, there was an old photography studio with classical architecture on Ostad Nejatollahi Street (former villa) for a long time. But now, thanks to the efforts of some tasteful young people, it has become one of the most popular cafes in Tehran.
Diamond Cafe is located in an old building of the same name, considered cultural heritage, and retains its old texture. The cafe has a two-story building and a large courtyard where customers can use any of them to their liking. In designing the environment, they tried to combine traditional and modern architecture and maintained the classic spirit of the space while modern interior design. The cafe’s lighting is also professional and uses three lighting models. There are also shrubs in the yard to keep the feeling of greenness and vitality alive in the yard. Smoking is allowed both in the yard and on the second floor, and you can safely free your mind from anxiety and troubles.

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Diamond Cafe, A cozy place you will love!

If you are a fan of coffee, be sure to try it here. Diamond Cafe coffees are 100% Arabica, and you can taste the original taste of coffee. Latte, mocha, and Americano are some drinks in this cafe that we suggest you try them with delicious cakes and waffles. If you like cold and stylish drinks, exciting choices are waiting for you. Among the special fruit drinks in this cafe, we can mention Rambutan. The high quality of raw materials and professional baristas also makes the drinks of Diamond Cafe excellent.
Do you care about breakfast? Omelets and English breakfast are great choices to start an amazing and energetic morning. Besides the unique taste and quality, the beauty of the food design can be seen in all orders of Diamond Cafe. Our other recommendation is to try plates of pasta. Overall, Diamond Café is an excellent place for group and friendly get-together.

Masoudie Cafe, a cafe in a mansion

Masoudie Cafe is placed inside the majestic and old Massoud mansion. It is one of the most beautiful historical mansions in Tehran. This cafe is in Baharestan Square and Ekbatan Street.
This mansion was the palace of a prince who was not destined to become king. Massoud Mirza was the son of Nasser al-Din Shah, who took the title of Zel-o-Sultan from his father and became the ruler of Isfahan. But later, he disputed with the king for some reason and stayed away from the monarchy. In 1290 AH, he ordered the construction of a mansion on a land of 4,000 square meters on Mellat Street in Tehran.
The main area of ​​the Masoudie mansion consists of two parts, east and west, which are separated by a lattice wall. When you enter the courtyard, the columns and the ceiling, and the stained glass will attract your attention. There is a large rectangular pool in front of each mansion and beautiful and fragrant flowers in the courtyard.

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old cafes in Iran: Masoudie mansion

Where is the cafe? Inside the mansion, there is a cozy cafe with its old Ghajari decor called Masoudie Cafe. It brings the picture of traditional Iranian houses into your memory. Here the food is as delicious as the grandmother’s cooking! This beautiful and pleasant cafe offers a variety of hot and cold drinks. Do not miss the traditional drinks with herbal essences. Also, Turkish coffee is recommended, and be sure to try the apple pie! A variety of traditional Iranian dishes are also served here, including cutlets, Kookoo Sabzi, Mirza Ghasemi, Omelet, and Ash Reshte. If you are one of the people who spend a high price for good quality and enjoyable environment, you will like Masoudiyeh Cafe.

Chai Bar Cafe

Chai Bar Cafe is among the old cafes with nostalgic environment that will acquaint you with the traditional historical sense. The Kolahfarangi mansion is a magnificent mansion in ​​Andarzgoo street , which was once a place for entertainment to Nasser al-Din Shah Qajar. So now, Chai Bar Cafe is located in this mansion, among the beautiful and historical garden of the Iranian Calligraphers Association. About the appearance, the outer facade of the building is made of bricks. The windows are decorated with tiles in the style of traditional architecture.
Inside the mansion, however, you will find a warmer atmosphere. All the walls are white. The ceiling is solid green, and old chandeliers hung from it. Dark brown wooden tables and chairs set inside the café. Customers can look at the green space outside through the magnifying windows. If you prefer to sit outside, it is located right in the middle of the garden. The sycamore trees growing in the heart of the grass greet you and provide a shade of coolness for you to relax. The tables and chairs are made of metal, and cushions are placed for help on their backs.
Do you love tea? Tea is Iranians’ favorite drink! This cafe is one of the few old cafes that serves more than 100 types of tea. Drinking tea in special Iranian cups is always a reason for family-friendly meetings and conversations. In addition to tea, coffee, liqueurs, syrups, and delicious snacks are also available. You can try different types of sandwiches such as steaks, falafel rolls, or kebabs for snacks.
A combination of traditional and modern styles in the design of Chai Bar cafe fascinates every viewer. Also, you can visit Visual Arts Gallery (Art Center). The cozy and pleasant environment makes you spend a happy and relaxing day in this cafe.

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Traveling to Iran during Muharram

Muharram, the first month of lunar year for Muslims, accompanies some rituals and religious practices all around Iran. The Day of Ashura is the most important religious holiday in Iran and if you happen to be in Iran on this special day, you will experience a different atmosphere in the country. Iranian people commemorate Karbala Battle in Iraq which occurred 1400 years ago between Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Imam Hussein, and the king of Iraq at the time. Muharram in Iran would be a unique cultural experience for every tourist; most tourist attractions are closed on two days of tasu’a and Ashura, though there are things to do and places to visit on these two days. Here is the guide to what to do and expect during Muharram in Iran.

Ta’zieh: A UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

Ta’zieh is a type of performance art, a drama narrating the story of the brave war and martyrdom of Imam Hussein and his family and friends in Karbala. Ta’zieh was registered on UNESCO’s List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2010. This performance embraces four components of poetry, music, song and motion. It is performed only by men and women’s role are also played by men. Many men and women are gathered to watch this graceful play on the Day of Ashura and you are recommended to go for this Iranian performance if you happen to experience Muharram in Iran.

 

Manners and dress codes

Muharram and particularly the Day of Ashura are based on religious culture, therefore, you are expected to show respect for the sorrow of Iranian people on this day. You may see many Iranians wearing black in mourning of their Imam (religious leader). Wearing black is the most representation of grief for a dead person in Iranian culture. Although you are not expected to wear black as a tourist, just an acceptable covering of your body and hair for women is appreciated. Laughing loudly in the public may also be frowned upon.
One of the rituals of Muharram is the free food many houses and mourning groups share in the street; you are welcomed to have as much free food as you wish among these groups. In case you see one of these groups only ask for some food and they will offer you wholeheartedly. It is widely believed among Muslims that the food cooked for Imam Hussein contains spiritual value and that is why you should not be embarrassed to ask for it.

The best places to visit Ashura memorial event in Iran

Every city in Iran and every region has is own rituals for mourning. Hence, there are places that have developed a kind of glorious rituals practiced by local people.

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Yazd province has a particularly remarkable ritual in Muharam.

These top places and the location include:

Khaneye Honarmandan Iran, Tehran

Iranshahr, Forsat St.Taleqani St., Tehran, Iran.

Amir Chakhmaq Complex, Yazd

Nakhl-Gardani ceremony in Ashkezar during Ashura mourning. Amir Chakhmaq Complex, Yazd, Iran

Hosseinieh Ghasem Ibn- Alhussein, Natanz, Iran

Hosseinieh Ghasem Ibn- Alhussein, Natanz, Iran

Taziyeh Nooshabad, Kashan

Nooshabad, Kashan, Iran

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Best winter destinations in Iran

Iran is known as the land of four seasons due to its special geographical location. You can have travel plans in every season. Most people plan travel to Iran in spring and summer. But this time we suggest you travel once in the winter. Here are the best winter destinations in Iran you can experience.

Persian Gulf Islands

Kish

Many people may think that Kish Island is not suitable for recreation in winter due to its location. But you are wrong! Kish is among the best winter distentions in Iran, particularly if you are into water sports. Diving is one of the best pastimes you can have in Kish! In winter, the seawater is cleaner and more beautiful to see colorful aquatic animals. Another new entertainment is Flyboard and Jet flyer. Using jet skiing, these two devices allow you to fly above the water! Cycling and motorcycling are also waiting for you on the island’s coastline. You can rent a bicycle or motorbike from different stations and discover the island. You can walk in the beach for hours and pass through places and see the sights of Kish Island.

Qeshm Island

Qeshm is one of the largest magnificent islands in Iran, which attracts many tourists every year. Qeshm has both exciting water and air entertainment. Among its water activities, diving can be mentioned. You can dive around the Lark or the Hormuz Island. It would be a different experience which is no less than exploring the Titanic! You can rent a boat to visit the Mangrove forests of Qeshm and the Stars Valley. Another water sport you can experience is parasailing and going to the heights of the sky over the Persian Gulf! Qeshm Island has lots of entertainment like Kish Island and can amuse you for hours and even days.

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Qeshm Island, Iran.

Hormoz Island

You can experience swimming and diving on the island of Hormuz. There are many motorboats that you can use to go sightseeing around the island. Hormoz has stunning natural attractions, and the most important of them is its colorful soil. Walking on the colorful beach of Hormoz Island will surely be your most different experience of walking by the sea. There are also bike paths for travelers, and you can do sports. It is interesting that natural events such as the migration of turtles and birds also occur in winter and are very attractive and spectacular, which will undoubtedly bring you an exciting adventure.

Iran: Heaven of skiers

Dizin ski resort

The pleasure of snow and cold takes many people to the foothills of the Alborz Mountains, the most popular winter destinations in Iran. Dizin is one of the most important ski slopes in Iran and the Middle East. You can experience snow skiing and snowboarding on a 7.5 km route. Dizin is not only for athletes and skiers, but also families can go and enjoy spending time in winter nature. In a part called fun Park, there is a tube riding on snow. The presence of snow sculptures, music, and tea and coffee facilities provide a space suitable for family and friends. Also, snowy mountain landscapes are good opportunities to take unique photos.

Winter destinations in Iran- Dizin ski resort

Dizin is one of the most important ski slopes in Iran.

Shemshak ski resort

Shemshak is the Alps of Iran, a city with wooden huts and a ski slope built in the foothills around Tehran. Exercise, photography, hot drinks and Persian food along with a snowy landscape brings young and old here. Shemshak is the largest ski slope in Iran after Dizin. The height of the Shemshak ski slope reaches 3050 meters at the highest point and 2550 meters above sea level at its lowest point. One of the most attractive features of this place is the lighting a night which has made skiing a midnight possible for skiers.

Abali ski resort

Abali, the oldest ski slope, is one of the recreational complexes of Tehran. It is the first place where lifting machines were placed in 1332. Its snow melts later than other places, so it is a good place for skiing! If you do not know how to ski, you can still do snowboarding, tube riding, photography, mountaineering, horseback riding, and play tennis in this area. The interesting point about Abali is its similarity to Tochal in terms of size and height. It is located 57 km from Tehran and has relatively easy access. This feature makes it more crowded than other ski slopes. If you visit here, do not forget to drink Abali Doogh. This Iranian drink is delicious and worth a try.

The best winter destinations in Iran: Deserts

The Lut desert

The Lut desert is a vast region in the southeastern part of Iran, located between South Khorasan, Kerman, and Sistan-o-Baluchestan. You may think that the desert has just a scorching heat, but it is not. Actually, deserts, like other places, have their unique beauties and can be considered among the best winter destinations. There are some attractions there such as Kalout Shahdad, Kal-e-Shor River, Gandum Beriyan for your visit. The wind in the desert seems obvious, but the water is a little strange! One of the wonders of the Lut Desert is the existence of permanent and seasonal rivers in it. Kal-e- shour is the most important river here, the water of which is acidic due to crossing the desert, and it is dangerous to touch. One of the most beautiful and unique sights is its night sky. Starry nights are the astonishing sights of creation that can easily surprise you.

The Shahdad desert

The Shahdad desert is a part of the Lut desert and is located on its western side. The sands of Shahdad, along with its tall clumps, are one of the most beautiful parts of the desert. Hiking on soft and warm sands is very enjoyable for tourists. This place has facilities such as safari, camel riding, and motorcycle riding with four wheels. The Shahdad Desert is a large area that is divided into three zones by Environmental Organization. These three zones are marked with green, orange, and red. The green zone is an area that is not dangerous for visitors to visit; but if you enter the red and orange areas without a guide, you will surely get lost.

Shahdad-desert

Shahdad Desert is well known for its giant structures which have been formed by natural erosion.

The Mesr desert

The Mesr desert is one of the most famous deserts in Isfahan province and has a gorgeous and unique nature. A deep well has been dug in the heart of this desert, which has created vegetation. One of the most prominent sights of the Mesr desert is the “Salt Lake.” The meaning of a lake in the desert is different from what you have in mind! Another spectacular attraction of this place is “Neizar Mesr”. This section, with reeds and surrounded by sand, is located 6 km northeast of the Mesr village. It is the best place for photography. Also, you will have a chance to enjoy walking on soft sand here too.

The Rig-e-Jen desert, Bermuda Triangle of Iran

The Rig-e-Jen Desert in Semnan is known as one of the most challenging places for adventurers, and also for its swamps are dangerous. The triangular shape and its dangers have caused this desert to be called the Bermuda Triangle of Iran. It is famous for its mystery. According to locals, many have traveled to this desert and never returned. If you do not have the experience of desert tour, do not choose the Rig-e-Jen Desert for your first trip. It is even better to travel in a group. But sleeping on the sand and gazing at meteors removes all of your daily fatigue.

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Popular winter destinations in Iran: Deserts.

The Maranjab desert

The Marnjab desert is one of the other deserts in Isfahan province. It is the best desert hiking option for sand lovers and among the most popular winter destinations in Iran. Hiking among the high dunes and the salt lake is one of the prominent attractions of the Marnjab desert. For accommodation and relaxation, you can use the Shah Abbasi Caravanserai. This place was once a resort for traders who traveled to distant lands via the Silk Road. In the Maranjab desert, you can also enjoy a safari, camel riding, four-wheeled motorcycles, star observation at night, and night tourism.

If you have a plan for traveling to Iran at this time of the year or any other time, we would welcome any inquiry you may have, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@idt.ir.

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Chogha Zanbil, the pyramids of Iran

What do you know about the first historical monument from Iran registered in UNESCO? Iran is one of the oldest civilizations in the world, governed by many rulers and kingdoms. Today we can see historic constructions and religious temples from different periods in Iran. Religious buildings have always been a great attraction to tourists. Here, we are going to introduce a Ziggurat named Chogha Zanbil which is a glorious monument of the past.

Location and History

Chogha Znabil Ziggurat is located in Susa city, Khuzestan province, which is 115 km away from Ahvaz. Historically, the construction of this building dates back to 1250 BC. After entering the city, you can follow the signs along the way to reach the Ziggurat of ChoghaZanbil and visit it. But, what are the Ziggurats? Ziggurats were respected and sacred buildings to people of that time, and they prepared the best materials, including bricks and clay, to build such structures.
How old is Chogha Zanbil? A glance into its history indicates that it was built during the Ontash Napirash, the king of the Elamites. The discovery of the construction is also an interesting story. At that time, a geologist named Jacques Demorgan began drilling for oil around Susa, but after a while, he found the ancient bricks and sent them to archaeologists. Years later, archaeological excavations led to the discovery of Choghaznabil.

Architecture

As we mentioned, Chogha Zanbil was once buried under the ground. That is why we observe it in the form of a hill. In the structure of the Chogha Zanbil, a pyramidal and stepped architecture is evident; It is made of several floors and has dozens of nested corridors and rooms. The area around the building is paved to give an excellent view. You can see circular platforms in the northeastern, northwestern, and southwestern parts of this building. There are sundials built to detect time and seasons. The interior of the building is made of clay, and the exterior wall is made of brick. Bricks are used to protect the clay from erosion. They are all baked, and inscriptions are written on them. This place has three zones marked by fences, and visitors can enter the first one.

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Chogha Zanbil, a pyramidal and stepped architecture in Susa, Iran.

One of the wonders of Chogha Znabil is the water supply system in this ancient temple. The waterways have been developed along the entire building to protect it from the torrential rains of Khuzestan. Also, the four corners of the Ziggurat are in the direction of the four geographical directions, and this shows that the builders knew the north, south, east, and west well.

Mysteries

There are stories and secrets behind every historical and religious place. It would be a good idea to read the mysteries about the Chogha Zanbil. The people of ancient Elam believed that Ziggurats were a bridge that took men to heaven and brought them closer to the gods step by step. On the other hand, some supposed that gods came to the Earth from heaven with the help of the Ziggurats. That is why the building has stepped architecture.
In ancient times, people believed in several gods. The people of ancient Elam accepted that many gods controlled and ruled the world and that every city had a god who was in charge of protecting it. People built temples for the gods in the city center. But inside the Ziggurat of Choghazanbil, statues of the Inshushinak and Napirisha gods were kept. During the festivities, many gifts were given to the gods by the people.
There are more interesting facts about this ziggurat. As we said, the ground around the ziggurat has been paved. Archaeologists have found traces of a child’s foot on some parts of the paving, the cause of which is still unknown. It is scary and exciting at the same time! Evidence suggests that the Choghaznabil ziggurat was seized and destroyed by Assyrian Banipal before it was completed. He stated in an inscription:” I broke the ziggurat of Susa, which was glazed with azure bricks. I razed the temples of Elam to dust. I turned Susa into a ruin. The human voice and joy were destroyed by me.”
Have you ever noticed the shape of the building? The ziggurat is square. Because the number four is considered sacred in numerical architecture. It is inspired by four main directions, four seasons, and four elements of nature.

The best time to visit Chogha Zanbil:

You can visit Susa from late March to the end of April. You can travel to Chogha Zanbil Ziggurat by car or tour; since no trains, buses, taxis pass through it. October to April is the best time to visit the ziggurat. If you want to tour on a sunny day, it may be best to bring an umbrella with you. Wearing light-colored sleeves will help you withstand the heat better. Consider the early hours of the day to visit so that the heat does not bother you. we would welcome any inquiry you may have about traveling to Iran, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@idt.ir. You are also recommended to visit other places in Susa like the historical castle of Susa, the Apadana Palace, and the Shrine of Daniel the Prophet (PBUH).

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Can I travel to Iran as an American?

“U.S. citizens visiting Iran have been kidnapped, arrested, and detained on spurious charges!” This is a so common statement you will face when you search “can U.S citizens travel to Iran”! And much to your surprise, the answer you get is so unfair! The only truth is that the U.S government does not have a diplomatic relation with the Islamic Republic of Iran, so it threatens the US citizens not to travel to Iran! The same is also true about Canadians and the British. As an Iranian tour operator with 30 years of experience operating incoming tours to Iran, we have had the honor of welcoming many Americans, Canadians, and British citizens to Iran in the past years and we would like to shed light on the issue in this article so that you can make your call to travel to Iran as an American fearlessly.

Iran visa for U.S., U.K., and Canadian Citizens

The Iran visa issuance procedure is quite fast and convenient: We are pleased to offer our services for obtaining a maximum 30 days Iran tourist visa which is extendable in Iran. Iran visa fee is different for each nationality as it will be cleared followingly.
Visa arrangement is normally done through Iran Doostan Tour Company and it usually takes a minimum of 14 working days in Iran for many applicants including Iran visa for tourists from all countries except Israel.
However, the Iran visa application process for US citizens and also the UK and Canadian passport holders will take a minimum of 60 working days, and Iran visas on arrival will not be issued for citizens of the United States, Great Britain, Canada; however, it should be noted that visa on arrival regulations do not only cover these nationalities, but also the citizens of Colombia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, and Somalia.
Required documents for Iran visa application upon arrival include two-way tickets and the passport validity must be of a minimum of 6 months. The applicant is also required to render one photo together with the visa fee for each attendant, and to complete the related visa forms.
So please allow 60-90 days to obtain a visa before departure.
You will need to provide additional supporting documentation when applying for your visa.
For US, UK, or Canadian tourists, any time spent in Iran outside of the duration of the tour could be facilitated by the localhost (Iran Doostan tour operator) and our dear tourists must be accompanied by the tour guide assigned to the trip.
If you wish to spend additional days in Iran, please contact your booking agent for recommendations on extra accommodation requests.
If you have already decided to travel to Iran as an American, there is only one form to be filled out with your passport details.
If you are from other nationalities and you wonder whether you can travel to Iran from New Zealand or Australia, the best thing you can do when preparing for your trip to Iran is to gather information relevant to your nationality. The visa fee is different for each nationality. You can find out the amount you must pay, by emailing us to info@idt.ir.

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Is it safe to travel to Iran as an American?

Now that you have understood US citizens are allowed to travel to Iran and, safety issues might be your next concern. It is no secret that Iran and the United States have been through many political issues in the past decades, however, this fact has not deterred enthusiastic tourists travel to Iran. Despite the dark side of the diplomatic relationship between the US and Iran
If you are looking for the truth, do not go for it through the mass media, instead, search for tourists’ experience in Iran which gives you a clear and true image of this lovely country. Fortunately, our guest blog has provided many useful experiences by our dear guests in Iran, and you are so recommended to read and get insight. Click here to read one of the most interesting stories and also travel tips relevant to the safety issues of traveling to Iran.

An amazing experience awaits you here!

Fortunately, we, have a lot to talk about on this topic! Added to the rich culture and fascinating natural landscapes, Iranians are so warm-hearted and friendly that would make you experience a positive culture shock as an American! They would welcome every opportunity to chat with you in bazaars, tourist attractions, and while you are enjoying your trip in this country. You should not be surprised to be invited to locals’ houses for lunch and dinner as many tourists in Iran have been! and there are loads of other intricate details that make Iranian culture unique.
If you still have got questions on whether the US, UK, and Canadians can travel to Iran or you have got queries on an Iran visa, or even how much does it cost to travel to Iran, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be back to you soon!

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Saffron harvest season in Iran

By early November, many farmworkers including women and men are getting involved in the intricate process of saffron harvest, a product also known as the “Red Gold”. Planting this purple flower and harvesting its precious product has a long history in Iran and the country is considered the first producer of saffron with 350 tones a year.

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Planting this purple flower and harvesting its precious product has a long history in Iran.

There are loads of tips and tricks in cultivating saffron from selecting the crocus for cultivation, proper soil, water, and weather to picking the lovely flowers and drying the stigmas to keep the high quality.

Saffron harvest is the most difficult and at the same time the most sensitive stage of saffron cultivation. The harvesting stage includes picking flowers and separating the stigma from the flower. The life of the flowers is usually between 3 to 4 days and if they are not picked in time, they will be rotted. If you have a plan for traveling to Iran at this time of the year or any other time, we would welcome any inquiry you may have, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@idt.ir.
Saffron grows in arid and subtropical regions. However, it grows better in areas with moderate climates, dry summers, and mild winters. If the flowers are exposed to hot weather, wind, and sunlight for a long time, the color quality and aroma will be reduced, the time of harvesting and drying condition will also strongly affect the quality of saffron, the flowered are usually picked early in the morning when flowers are still buds or semi-opened so that the stigmas are less damaged. Today, saffron is among the most luxurious souvenirs of Iran.

Enjoy watching this amazing video of harvesting and drying saffron in Iran.

 

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Classic Persian Recipes

It took Persian cuisine more than 3000 years to become what it is today. The long history, ancient culture, and diverse climatic conditions coming from the vastness of the country have all influenced Persian Cuisine.  If you are a foodie, we recommend you put Iran on your bucket list, there are thousands of Persian recipes to try in every corner of the country. Each province and city has a lot to offer in terms of food and drink regarding its geographical location and climate. we would welcome any inquiry you may have about traveling to Iran, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@idt.ir. Here are come classic Persian recipes cooked mainly in the south of the country, try a complete meal, and tell us how did you like it!

Appetite or “Naz Khatoon” pickle

Ingredients
4 medium eggplants
A whole plant of garlic
Chopped and fresh fragrant herbs
Basil and coriander 1 cup
Chopped red chili 1/2 cup
Enough salt and pepper
Ground angelica 1 tablespoon
Black seed 2 tablespoons
Abghore (verjuice) 1/2 glass

How to prepare

Grill the eggplants with the skin and cut them a few times with a knife so the inside of them will be grilled great.
Turn the eggplants over several times so that all eggplants are grilled.
Finally, after a few minutes, remove the eggplants from the fire and mince them.
Add ground angelica, turmeric, black seed, garlic, pepper, salt, chopped greens, and Abghore.
If you want, you can add a little pomegranate paste to make it more delicious.
The appetite is ready, enjoy!

Nazkhatoon - Persian recipes

Naz Khatoon: A kind of Persian appetite

Koofte Anari (Pomegranate Meatball)

Ingredients for 2 persons
Mince Meat (Mixture of mutton and beef) 200 gr
Chopped and roasted walnuts 100 gr
Chickpea flour Two tablespoons (spoonful)
Black pepper ½ teaspoon
Salt ½ teaspoon
Cinnamon powder ½ teaspoon
Persian spice or curry powder ½ teaspoon
Turmeric ½ teaspoon
Pomegranate paste 1 or 2 tablespoon
Grated onion (Take its water) 1 medium onion
Dried coriander powder 1 tablespoon
Tarragon or Mint powder 1 tablespoon
Ingredients for the sauce
Turmeric ½ Dessertspoon
Cube chopped onion 1 medium onion
Pomegranate paste 6 tablespoons
Water 2 glasses

How to prepare

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and knead them well, then wet your palms and take some of the mixed ingredients and make meatballs, you need to roll them so that they had no cracks. Fry the meatballs in a large pan with two tablespoons of liquid oil until all parts are just golden. Remove the meatballs from the pan and fry the chopped onion in the same oil for one minute, then add 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric, and after a few seconds add 5 to 6 tablespoons of pomegranate paste. Return the meatballs to the pan. Then add two glasses of water. Put the lid on the pan and let the meatballs cook on a low flame for 30 minutes. Enjoy your meal!

Koofte

Pomegranate Meatball; A Persian dish

Ranginak

Ingredients for 6 persons:
2 glasses Sifted flour
100g Butter
½ cup Liquid oil
½ teaspoon Cinnamon powder
½ teaspoon Ginger powder
½ teaspoon Cardamom powder
Walnuts and Dates – to taste depending on the size
Pistachio powder or Powdered sugar to garnish

How to prepare

Take out the dates’ core and put a piece of walnut or almond kernel.
Roast the flour in an oil-free pan over low heat for 15 minutes. Stir it frequently to change the color (golden).
Add the butter and liquid oil to the flour. Stir again until it smooths.
Add cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon, stir and cook for 2 minutes.
Spread the mixture of flour and butter over the dates until the surface of the dates is completely covered.
Then put Ranginak in the refrigerator for 2 hours to cut it easily.
Finally, take it out of the refrigerator and garnish it with powdered sugar or pistachio powder. Now, it is ready to serve.

ranginak - Persian dessert

Ranginak: A popular Persian dessert in the south of Iran

We can keep Ranginak in a closed container in the refrigerator for one month.

Hope you try and enjoy these Persian recipes.

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Solo female travel in Iran: Tips & Guides

Solo female travel in Iran is a great experience, but it requires some preparation before it starts. Getting familiar with other women’s lifestyles, cultures, and beliefs is such an exciting experience. In Iran, you get to know more about Iranian women and the way they live their lives. Either way, life in the city or a little village surrounded by herds and flocks. You can be sure that you will be safe during your trip through Iran. As a woman, you have the right to travel on your own and have the most fun out of it. So if you’re deciding to travel to Iran, here is some information prepared for you to keep in mind before your journey begins. If you have more questions or inquiries, please do not hesitate to send an email to info@idt.ir. We will come back to you soon.

Female dress code in Iran

One of the most important things to be aware of as a woman who wants to travel alone to Iran is the dress code. Wearing a hijab or headscarf is necessary whenever you’re in public, but there is nothing for you to worry about too much. You can wear the shawl loosely without taking them off completely. You can wear colorful dresses as well it doesn’t have to be only black or dark colors! Wearing colorful costumes also brings your photos to life. For your outfit, it’s better to choose loose clothing that covers your backside and hides all your curves. Keep in mind that your sleeves must reach past your elbows. Skinny jeans or tight leggings are allowed, as long as you wear something over them that covers your body to your mid-thighs. Pay attention to the climate whenever you are traveling in Iran. If you’re visiting during the hot summer, choose airy fabrics like linen and cotton, preferably with bright colors, and during cold and breezy seasons, wear your warm clothes. You can also wear as much makeup as you want. Also, there is no need for you to wear a chador, which is a full-body length black fabric tossed over the women’s head that only leaves the face open. You will only be required to wear a chador while visiting some mosques and shrines in Iran (of any color you wish!).

dress codes in Iran

You can wear colorful dresses as well it doesn’t have to be only black or dark colors!

Transportation

It is recommended to travel around Iran by bus. They are comfortable and decent. You can bring snacks with yourself but, some snacks are served to you on the bus, and other passengers might offer you their snacks too so, you most likely wouldn’t get hungry. If you are more into luxurious transportation, try the VIPs buses instead of the standard ones. Taking the bus in Iran is a fun experience and a great way to socialize with locals and make new friends! In big cities like the capital, Tehran, you can use the metro or the BRT systems to reach your destination. Just keep in mind that in city buses, the back wagon is for women, and in long-distance buses, men and women that are unrelated to each other cannot sit next to each other. Another way for your transportation is to drive on your own. If you have an international driving license, you can rent a car for yourself and drive almost everywhere you desire. Cabs are another option for your transportation as well; make sure you take the official cabs and not the random private cabs on the street just for your own safety. You may also want to try Snap or Tap30, a kind of Iranian Uber, for a very fair price.

Relationships & hanging out with people

You might have already heard about Iranians’ hospitality. They are probably the friendliest hosts that you ever meet during all your trips. Everywhere you go, you will be welcomed by Iranians. This kindness is something you might have never experienced ever before. The Iranian people like the fact that a foreign tourist lady is traveling through their country. They want you to enjoy your trip and fill you with joy at every opportunity. Unknown people will start talking to you and welcome you to their country. More interesting facts, you might get invited to their home for dinner or lunch and, sometimes even they let you stay over their house for the night. They do all of these favors without wanting to receive anything back in return, like money or buying stuff. The list of humanity and friendliness here is endless and sure will leave you a beautiful memory of Iran.

Unexpected Situations

Inevitably, there will be places that will make us feel uncomfortable. It happens not only in Iran, even in Europe and all over the world. Unfortunately, solo female travel may accompany confronting creepy men, something that happens regardless of where you are traveling. It is advised to try not to be alone during your trip. Group up with other travelers you meet in your hotel, or even better, find a local friend that you can trust. You can easily make a lot of friends in Iran. In addition, to prevent any troubles, try not to walk alone at night. Don’t accept invitations of single men or do not go with a man alone to isolated areas. Only stay friends with them and keep a distance in your interaction with men. If you need help with something, preferably ask from other women. They won’t let you down with their kindness.

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Kerman attractions: at a glance

In one of the hottest provinces of Iran, such beauty and splendor waiting to be seen that might be getting acquainted with it will take you to Kerman in the middle of summer. If we say that near the hottest spot on Earth with an average temperature of 70 degrees Celsius in the middle of the central desert of Iran, is located one of the most magnificent Persian gardens, with green trees and flowing rivers, dating back to more than a hundred years ago, do you think we are talking about the land of wonders? Then you’d better travel to Kerman and see it yourself. Where The Citadel of Bam or the largest brick citadel in the world exists. Although it was severely damaged in the 2003 earthquake, it is still one of the most unique desert castles in the world. The only case to be regretted after traveling to Kerman would be a left or broke camera!

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To see and download the high-quality infographic, click here: Kerman attractions. we would welcome any inquiry you may have about traveling to Iran, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@idt.ir. We will come back to you soon.