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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.

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.

kerman attracions

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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North of Iran

Mesmerizing Places to visit In North of Iran

The North of Iran is rich in terms of attractions. Having the Great Caspian Sea as one of the main destinations of Iran, gains an incredible amount of visitors each holiday. Mazandaran, Gilan, and Golestan, are three provinces that bring this opportunity for Iranians to visit the Caspian Sea with their family and friends and have the most fun out of it. Here are some of the most popular places among Iranians in the North of Iran, which you can visit anytime you travel to Iran.

Mazandaran Attractions

1. Ramsar

Although Ramsar might be a little city, comparing to others in the north of Iran, but you will have the most fun time in this city. You can experience an enjoyable ride on cable cars over the jungle while facing the sea. When you get off of the cable cars, you will meet a marvelous silver sea. A calm and peaceful moment by the sea is all you need to wash away all of your exhaustion. Other than that, the Ramsar Museum Palace, Casino Boulevard and, Dreamland Amusement Park are other choices to spent a day on in Ramsar city.

2. Badab-e Surt

An absolute photogenic natural site, with amazing changing colors of water, is a great photography opportunity. Badab-e Surt owns one of the unique scenery in Iran that is the natural springs of water. This fascinating place is the second largest spring saline water in the world that changes color over the sunset or sunrise. So if you want to experience the best moments of your trip, visit this natural creation during sunset while the sunlight makes the water glow. Ice cold water and soft drinks will be sold on the hill while you’re taking your time making an unforgettable memory.

3. Elimalat Lake

Make a beautiful memory with beautiful scenery! Elimalat is one of the stunning forests in Iran in which you can find a lake among its gigantic trees. The reflection of mountains along with the trees, aligns with the lake and water waves, creating a relaxing sight to enjoy. There are some facilities for your entertainment, such as pedal boats and restaurants near the lake. If you enjoy mountain biking and have access to one by chance, you will love riding through the forest paths.

Gilan Attractions

1. Gilan Rural Heritage Museum

This place is more than just a museum. The heritage, culture, and history behind the closed doors of the old and traditional houses are much more worth it than it seems. You can find out so much about Gilan in only this one museum. Various kinds of ceremonies will be executed in different times of the years like Yalda, the longest night of the year, or Arous Baran that is a tradition for weddings. While walking along the paths and listening to some of the old songs of northern regions, you will see people in colorful traditional costumes baking bread, serving drinks, or making products that you can only find in the North of Iran. So make sure to treat yourself with some delicious cookies or buying some souvenirs as a memorial.

2. Masouleh Village

Masouleh is famous for the spectacular architecture that its village owns on one of the steep hillsides. The yard of the houses above is the roof of the houses below. This fact makes this village unusual in a way but pleasing to look at as well. Every single has colorful flowerpots on their balcony that spreads a great vibe to the environment besides giving the village a beautiful look. Among the houses you can find shops, restaurants and cafes in which you can take a break, trying some Persian tea or local foods. The locals are very kind and generous. You can buy products and handicrafts that are for sale from them.

3. Rudkhan Castle

Wear your sport shoes and get yourself ready because there’s a long way to reach your destination. Rudkhan Castle has more than a thousand steps that you need to climb so you could reach the top of the castle. But when you do, you will be fascinated by the breathtaking view. It’s worth visiting Rudkhan Castle, especially on a beautiful spring day, the trees are a delight to walk through. You will need 4 hours to visit the whole castle. And at the foot of the castle, you can find plenty of places where you can eat and refresh yourself.

Golestan Attractions

1. Khalid Nabi Cemetery

The Khalid Nabi Cemetery is believed to be the most mysterious cemetery in Iran and is well-known for its strange-looking grave. Not only the cemetery, the surrounding landscape, the scenery on the way is breathtaking. When you take a look at all the surroundings, you might think you walked into a place that seems to be far away from this planet. It is beautiful here in all seasons, but visiting in spring gives you an unforgettable memory.

2. Qabus Dome

You can find one of the tallest brick towers in the World in Golestan Province. Gonbad Qabus is an ancient monument that is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites. This tower used to act as a sign for people passing through the silk road so they could use it to find the right way. There is a spot outside the tower marked by a white stone that makes a strange echo to everything you say. Local traditional foods and costumes can be found around the tower as well, which will be a pleasing experience.

3. Alangdarreh

If you’re looking for a place to relax and ease your mind while cycling in between pathways of trees, then you can consider Alangdarreh a choice. You can have a pleasant picnic with your family and friends and enjoy the cool weather around you. There are barbecue accessories around in which you can cook yourself a tasty food. You can hear the water flow sounds from a nearby river that is so pleasing and relaxing and calms you down in an instant. Take your time and lie down in this mesmerizing place and enjoy.

Tehran

Tehran attractions: at a glance – Districts 1 – 3

As a metropolitan which has been the capital of Iran for over 200 years, Tehran offers loads of tourist attractions in every corner of the city. Stay with us here to know more about Tehran attractions located in districts one, two, and three.

From the past to the present, the district one of Tehran also called Shemiran, has been well-known for its pleasant climate and a great deal of natural beauty. The area is located between the Alborz mountain range is Lavasat and Darkeh river. Due to its good climate and location in the highlands and rural context, the roads leading to the mountains (Darcheh Darcheh Tochal) are considered to be the heart of tourist attractions in Tehran. Major tourist attractions in this region include Niavaran cultural center, Sa’ad Abad Complex, Niavaral Palace, Darband, Darake, Tochal, Jamshidie Park, Melat Palace, and many other natural and cultural attractions that worth a visit.

Tehran’s second district is located in the northern and central parts of Tehran, on the fringe of Alborz to Azadi Square. Just like district One, district two has a high potential for living, amenities, and luxury houses. The area is mainly residential and offers green areas as well. Milad Tower, Tehran Jurassic Park, Pardisan, Nahjol-Balaghe, and Parvaz Parks and also many beautiful gardens are some of the main tourist attractions of Tehran in district two.

Turning to Tehran’s third district is located in the northeastern part of Tehran and is one of the largest urban areas in Tehran. One of the most important attractions in the area is Mellat Park. Its cultural areas include Arasbaran Cultural Center, Allameh Amini Library, Ustad Shahriyar Library, and Water Museum Garden located on Yakhchal Street.

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Kurdistan-attractions

Kurdistan, A Friendly Province

If you are looking for a peaceful trip with beautiful landmarks and astonishing customs among hospitable locals; Kurdistan is the one. Kurdistan, one of the most delightful provinces in Iran, owns Iran’s most breathtaking natures and culture for itself. Even though it might sound cliche but it doesn’t change the fact that Kurdistan is truly a paradise. You can taste delicious Kurdish cuisine in its magnificent villages, walk along the peaceful lakes or even wander around in different places and enjoy the weather. Travelling to Kurdistan will definitely give you the best memories possible in Iran.

Grand Bazaar of Sanandaj

Sanandaj city is the capital of Kurdistan which might be the first place you visit in Kurdistan Province. This city has multiple attractions waiting for you to visit them. Sanandaj Bazaar is one of these attractions which is an old and traditional place filled with colorful Kurdish customary clothes. The shiny and sparkly cloths settled by the walls, give the bazaar such an amazing atmosphere and you will gain so much happiness by just looking around yourself.

The Grand Bazaar of Sanandaj can be visited every day except Fridays from 8 am until 7 pm.

Kurdistan

Colorful cloth used in Kurdish women dress, Sanandaj Bazaar

Asif Vaziri Mansion

Kurdish House or Asif Vaziri Mansion is an ancient building from the Safavid dynasty in Sanandaj which is located near the bazaar so you can visit it before or after visiting the bazaar. This monument is considered as the most valuable cultural treasure in Iran. The special brick works and stucco on the walls dates back to Safavid era but more designs were added up to the building in Qajar and Pahlavi dynasties (about 200 years ago) that are really impressive to look at. Inside the mansion, there are various rooms and areas; but the only place that got a lot of attention from its visitors among them all, was the bathroom with a unique Iranian style. In each and every room there are wax statues to represent Kurdish people. Visiting this anthropology museum is an absolutely amazing opportunity to get familiar with Kurdish history, culture, handicrafts and clothes.

You can visit this exciting museum on weekdays from 8 am to 7:30 pm.

Asif House

Asif Vaziri Mansion, in Sanandaj. It is now a kind of anthropology museum introducing Kurdish culture and history

Zeribar Lake

A lot of rumors have been spreading around about this magnificent lake. Some people believe the lake is hiding an ancient city beneath itself and other people have their own stories to tell about it. Besides the lake’s mystery, there are a lot of fascinating features that attracts many visitors. A lot of visitors usually come to visit the seasonal migration of birds during spring and enjoy their time by the lake while capturing stunning pictures of the seasonal birds. Spring paints the meadows with delight and as the silver-white lake shines bright, birds keep chirping around creating a magical scenery. Climb up the mountains around, to get a better view of the Zeribar lake and take wonderful pictures, for your Facebook or Instagram account. Don’t forget to try the pedal boats in the gigantic lake. There are some local restaurants all around the lake as well which will serve you delicious meals. The barbequed fish that are caught fresh from the lake, is visitors all times favorite. Taste the famous local bread called Kalaneh as well to keep a sweet memory of your trip to Kurdistan. Without doubt, visiting the famous Zeribar lake of Kurdistan is something that nature lovers wouldn’t like to miss.

Zeribar lake

Zeribar Lake, Kurdistan: Some people believe the lake is hiding an ancient city beneath itself!

Uraman Takht

One of the places in Kurdistan that draws lots of attention to its beautiful nature, is Uraman Takht. High mountains, twisty valleys, sparkling river and soft clouds that fly over your head, makes you feel like flying. If you are visiting Kurdistan in 4th of May or 3rd of February, you will see a traditional custom held by the locals. This historic custom is called Pirshalyar that has been held for over thousands of years. In this custom, sheep or cows will be sacrificed and locals will cook pottages with their meat; meanwhile other locals in their traditional clothes, play the musical instrument called Daf. Daf is a popular and old Kurdish musical instrument that has been used in religious ceremonies all over Iran. Specific clothing of Uraman people along with their kindness and hospitality, provides an amazing opportunity to have a memorable and heavenly amazing experience in Kurdistan.

Uraman - Kurdistan

One of the places in Kurdistan that draws lots of attention to its beautiful nature, is Uraman Takht.

Palangan Village

Palangan village is another stepped village in Iran with extremely friendly locals. Getting familiar with the vast variety of foods, traditional customs and ceremonies only in one village is impressive.

Palangan - Kurdistan

Palangan village is a stepped village in Iran with extremely friendly locals.

Palangan Village has a traditional base, built with stones and bricks in form of stairs architecture. One interesting fact about these type of villages is the way that each houses’ roof, is the upper houses’ yard. The village is located on the slope of mountains and they are occurred on both sides of a river. Beautiful waterfalls and lakes among the green and full trees in Palangan Village, makes the weather so delightful during the day and very chilly at midnight. So if you found a place to stay over the night, make sure to have warm clothes with you.

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The ancient civilization of Jiroft

The 5000-year-old civilization of Jiroft is one of the most unknown and mysterious human civilizations, which represents the civilization of several thousand years of Iran. Many think that the missing link of humanity has been found by discovering the secrets of this great civilization. However, the nature of Jiroft and its souvenirs cannot be ignored. Stay with us to know the story of this ancient civilization of Iran.

The city of Jiroft in the south of Kerman province is famous for its fertile lands, abundant water and diverse climate. Agricultural production is booming in this city. But in the last decade, there has been a drought in the city and it has become difficult for the villagers to make a living.
The story of discovering Jiroft started when a farmer found a part of a bowl while he was plowing the land and thought he had encountered a treasure. From then on, the villagers dug up land and found historical objects and sold them to cultural heritage smugglers for a small price.

It was not until after a year and a half when Cultural and Heritage Organization of Iran found about this and invited Dr. Majidzadeh from France to excavate the historical area. In addition to excavating the area, he was able to recover many items that were still in the villagers’ homes.

Dr. Majidzadeh published photographs of Jiroft civilization and information about it for the first time in 2003. According to the archaeological findings on this site, the oldest antiquities in this area date back to more than 5000 years ago.

Jiroft Archaeological Museum

If you are fond of history and ancient civilizations, you should not miss the archaeological museum of Jiroft. There are 5,000-year-old works, each of which has something to say about this civilization. In Jiroft Archaeological Museum, works of bronze, soapstone, marble, azure and simple and painted pottery from the third millennium BC are preserved. In this museum, you can see the amazing art of Jiroft civilization in variety of designs and shapes of dishes, sardines, statues and sculptures.

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There are 5,000-year-old works in the archaeological museum, each of which has something to say about this civilization.

Nature of Jiroft

The nature of Jiroft is completely different from the northern cities of Kerman province due to its location in the southern foothills of the Zagros Mountains and the closeness to the Halilrud River. Jiroft has hot and relatively humid summers and mild and short winters. The nature of Jiroft is beautiful, lush and diverse. Among the scenic natural monuments of this city, is the Delfard Valley, the hot springs and the village of Dosari, and the summer region of Saruieh. To see the Delfard Valley, you can go 25 km to the ancient city and enjoy its citrus orchards, palm groves, almond and pomegranate forests, rivers, unique waterfalls and colorful flower gardens.

Souvenirs

Jiroft offers a diverse variety of souvenirs. One of the most famous souvenirs of this lovely city is its red carpet, which is also a part of the country’s exports.

Kilim - Souvenirs from Jiroft

Souvenirs from Jiroft, Iran: Kilim

In addition to citrus, which are well-known agricultural products of this city, pottery, mat weaving, plus weaving, pouches and kilims, mirror embroidery and table weaving are made and sold as souvenirs in this city.

Tehran- Golestan Palace

Tehran attractions district 12: at a glance

You don’t have enough time to visit the whole big city of Tehran? Then replacing that with visiting the Golden District would be a clever idea. District 12 is the main and historical core of the city, where the Treasury of National Jewels _in which is kept the Naderi golden throne and the most valuable crowns remained from Qajar and Pahlavi kings_ and Golestan Royal palace is located, the Grand Bazar of Tehran and many other museums exist. To be clear, you can walk through the history, from thousands of years ago in Iran national museum, cross the Qajar wealth, and drink your evening modern Coffee in Masoudieh garden.

Tehran district 12

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Iranian Souvenirs

Top Souvenirs to Buy in Iran

From now on you don’t need to worry about what you actually could buy as a souvenir in Iran. From carpets and rugs, to spices and nuts or specially designed decorations in Persian styles. Here are 7 most popular Persian souvenirs that could be bought to bring back the sweet memories of your trip in Iran.

1. Persian Carpet

As you might know, some of the best rugs in the world are made in Iran. Persian Carpets have always been popular among all people around the world. Almost every part of Iran that you travel to, has amazing carpets lying around the shops, spreading colorful and dreamy vibes around. Some carpets might take over years to be done, and considering the number of knots and time that has been put into carpets, their prices differ from one another. If you’re looking to buy a Persian carpet or a rug as a souvenir, silk or wool hand-knotted ones are the best options if you truly want to feel heaven under your feet.

Persian carpet - souvenirs to buy in Iran

Most of the best carpets in the world are made in Iran.

2. Saffron

Iran is one of the main producers of saffron, a popular and precious spice. Saffron is almost served with every Persian meal that has rice beside it. The luxurious popular plate of Persian rice, topped with some saffron rice, is absolutely everyone’s favorite. Saffron is not only used for meals but it is also used for drinks as well. Making a drink with saffron and rosewater, or just adding a little bit of it to your tea could make your day all better.

Iranian saffron

Iran is one of the main producers of saffron, a popular and precious spice.

3. Caviar

What could possibly be more luxurious than Caspian Caviar as a souvenir? Iran owns the most expensive caviar in the world which is known as Almas Beluga Caviar. Beluga fish can be found in southern part of Caspian Sea and their soft and large golden or black eggs are what they’re famous for. This particular type of caviar, also known as black gold, has lots of fans for itself. Caviar has always been a fancy meal among Iranians and it still is being served at special events and dinner parties.

Iranian top Souvenirs: caviar

Iran owns the most expensive caviar in the world which is known as Almas Beluga Caviar.

4. Pistachio

If you didn’t know already, pistachios require cool winters and hot summers to grow. Iran as one of the rare countries that has all of the four seasons, is one of the best regions to produce pistachios. You can only find the best quality pistachios in the world in Iran. Rafsanjan City, in Kerman Province, is the main source of production of Iran’s pistachios. The lemon roasted and lightly salted pistachios are always served in Nowruz among other kinds of nuts. Take some tasty Persian pistachios with you as a souvenir, so you can celebrate with Iranians, by enjoying some pistachios during Nowruz.

Iranian Pistachio: Souvenirs to buy in Iran

Top souvenirs buy in Iran: High-quality Pistachio

5. Gaz

This sweet and delicious Persian nougat called Gaz is extremely popular among Iranians that you can almost find them in every house or shop in Iran. Isfahan is where Gaz was originated, and this Persian nougat is actually one of Isfahan’s famous souvenirs. So whenever Iranians travel to Isfahan from other cities, nearly all of their family and friends expect them to bring gaz for them as souvenirs. Gaz is also served in Persian ceremonies such as Nowruz. The tasty nougat is usually served with a hot cup of tea in order to sweeten the bitterness of the tea.

Persian souvenir: Gaz

This sweet and delicious Persian nougat called Gaz is extremely popular among Iranians.

6. Persian Turquoise

You might be wondering what is so special about Persian turquoise; the pure sky-blue color of Persian turquoise can only be found in Persian mines and that’s what makes them so rare. The turquoise gemstone is also considered to bring peace to the home and fortune to its owner. It is also believed that this particular stone could actually decrease the amount of negative energy. You can see a lot of Iranian women like wearing necklaces or bracelets made out of turquoise as well. Turquoise was also used in ancient Persian architecture; for instance, they used turquoise to cover the domes or design the palaces with its stunning and calming color.

Persian turquoise

The turquoise gemstone appear in variety of forms and in different objects ranging from ring to necklace and even decorative dishes.

7. Persian Handicrafts

These types of souvenirs are the only kind that have a vast range of variety. For instance, Persian clothing is a good choice. You can buy handmade masks that women wear along with their colorful and traditional clothes in southern region of Iran, or other regions’ traditional clothing with paisley or different Persian patterns on them.

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Patedoozi: a kind of popular handicraft made by Kermani women in Iran.

You also might be interested in handmade Persian espadrilles which are highly comfortable for a walk in summertime. If you’re not into clothing, then you can choose some home furnishing such as pillow covers for your couches, or enamel work plates, hand-painted vases and ceramics, tea sets or other decorative items that would remind you of Iran.

Best places to go Shopping in Iran

There is a fact that shopping is good for mental health. So, when you go shopping, don’t hesitate to buy something that you find interesting or beautiful as long as it’s not a waste of money. There are thousands of shops available that you can go shopping in Iran, but there are some shops like grand bazaars or luxurious malls that are waiting for you to visit them and hopefully change your mood to 100% happiness.

• Tehran
1. Grand Bazaar

Shopping in Grand Bazaar of Tehran feels so alive and old at the same time. The ancient structure along with kind and friendly locals, spread a good feeling through the environment. While taking a flashback through the history of old Tehran, look around the shops to almost find whatever you want. The shops are not the only things that are so popular among Iranians. The restaurants that serve the most delicious traditional meals are so loved by Iranians that they won’t leave the bazaar until they get a good taste of their favorite Persian meals. If you chose to go shopping at Grand Bazaar of Tehran, make sure to check out the famous restaurants like Moslem to have the most fun out of your shopping experience.

Opening hours: 9 am – 6 pm

The ancient structure along with kind and friendly locals, spread a good feeling through the environment of Tehran Grand Bazaar.

2. Bamland Shopping Mall

Even though Bamland is located in the far western part of the city, but that’s the last thing you need to worry about when it comes to shopping and having fun. What makes shopping much more fun in Bamland is the fact that you can walk along the lake whenever you felt tired or needed something refreshing. Or else if you wanted something more fun to do, you can go for a boat riding in the lake or play some VR games at the virtual reality center. The indoors and outdoors restaurants are the best part of the Bamland. Various types of food and restaurants make it almost too hard to make a choice, but any of them that you choose are amazing in their way and their foods are mouth-watering.

Opening hours: 11 am – 11 pm

Best places for shopping in Iran

Bamland Shopping Mall, Tehran, Iran

• Tabriz
1. Grand Bazaar

If you ever traveled to Tabriz and were looking for souvenirs to buy, Tabriz Grand Bazaar is a great place to start. It’s good to know that Tabriz Grand Bazaar origins back in the Qajar era and is the largest covered bazaar in the world. It is also one of the UNESCO World heritage sites. You can find almost all sorts of things in this particular bazaar. There are a lot of handmade products and delicacies. The carpet market and hand-knotted woolen rugs are the most attractive part of the bazaar. While visiting Tabriz Grand Bazaar, you kill two birds with one stone by wondering around the ancient bazaar and shopping at the same time.

Opening hours: 6:30 am – 9 pm

Tabriz Grand Bazaar

The carpet market and hand-knotted woolen rugs are the most attractive part of Tabriz Grand Bazaar.

2. Laleh Park Mall

Visiting a brand new huge shopping mall in Tabriz is a great way to spend time with family and friends. There are countless floors of all sorts of brands which you can buy clothes or shoes from with reasonable prices. If you needed a break from the shopping, drinking a hot cup of coffee at cozy cafes or eating at the food court are great choices. At the food court floor, you can find different kinds of food that you desire. There’s also a playground for children to play while you eat or keep on shopping.

Opening hours: 10:30 am – 10:30 pm

• Isfahan
1. Naqsh-e Jahan Bazaar

This bazaar is located all around the Naqsh-e Jahan Square, and it’s famous for its handicrafts and souvenirs. All sorts of goods, such as silverware and traditional ceramics, spices, jewelry, or Persian carpets, could be found in these little shops. You can purchase many luxury products much cheaper here than anywhere else. Try some traditional Persian nougat or other delicacies on your way to other stalls of shops. Stroll along the shops and cafes while you search for Persian handicrafts or souvenirs to take home with you as a memorial.

Opening hours: 10 am – 8 pm

2. City Center Mall

If you were looking for a more modern sight to explore or a place to go shopping as well, you could make sure that City Center Mall is the one. Isfahan City Center has so many different attractions to offer as one of the largest shopping malls in Iran. Besides the food court that has various kinds of restaurants to choose, there are cinemas, museums, a spa, and an indoor amusement park for kids. Enjoy your meal at the peaceful VIP restaurant with live piano playing in the background and make a memorable memory with the things you bought.

Opening hours: 10 am – 11 pm

Best places for shopping in Iran : Isfahan city center

Isfahan City Center has so many different attractions to offer as one of the largest shopping malls in Iran.

• Shiraz
1. Vakil Bazaar

When you travel to Shiraz, there’s no way that you miss visiting Vakil Bazaar, which is a great place to look for souvenirs. If you want to buy good quality and original Persian handicrafts, make sure to visit this place. This bazaar is located in the historical region of Shiraz, so while you learn more about Iran’s history and culture, you can shop as well. The shopkeepers and people are so kind and friendly and will help you with your shopping. It would take you a whole day to visit the entire bazaar, but you can take a break in some of the cafes or restaurants around.

Opening hours: 9 am – 5 pm

If you want to buy good quality and original Persian handicrafts, make sure to visit Vakil Bazaar in Shiraz.

2. Persian Gulf Complex

If you’re looking for a place to shop and have fun meanwhile in Shiraz, then Persian Gulf Complex is the perfect choice. Being one of the largest shopping malls in Iran, the Persian Gulf Complex has provided so many entertainments for its visitors. A huge bowling center alongside with billiard ones to have fun with your family and friends, after wandering around the shops is one of them.

Shopping in Iran - Shiraz

Being one of the largest shopping malls in Iran, the Persian Gulf Complex has provided so many entertainments for its visitors.

You can also taste the delicious foods at the food court. The shopping mall is modern and luxurious, and it’s in contrast with other attractions you might want to see in Shiraz, but if you felt like shopping, you can count on this one.

Opening hours: 10 am – 11 pm

Iranian caviar

Iranian Caviar: Black Pearl of the Caspian Sea

The Caspian Sea is home to a variety of fish and aquatic creatures, however, it is mostly known for caviar. More than 90% of the world’s caviar is obtained from the Caspian Sea. It is also considered a precious souvenir from Iran. Stay with us here to know more about this valuable source of Protein and energetic food; Iranian Caviar.

Sturgeon fish is one of the rare aquatic species around the world. There are five excellent species of these fish live in the Caspian Sea including the Beluga sturgeon, the Starry sturgeon, the  Russian sturgeon, the Persian sturgeon, and the golden sturgeon. The value of sturgeon is not for its meat, but because of its eggs, which are known as caviar or “black pearl”. Golden, red, and black caviar are three types of caviar, among which black caviar is the most valuable, although the nutritional value of all is more or less the same. While black caviar is mostly known in Iran and southern Russia, red caviar is most popular in Siberia and East Asia.

How Iranian Caviar is harvested?

In the past, sturgeon were intoxicated with a rubber mallet to protect them from moving their tail. They then emptied the caviar and sold the meat. However, today, due to the dwindling number of these fish, the eggs are removed from the fish belly through the cesarean operation method, and some of the eggs are left in the fish belly for later spawning. The fish are then quarantined in special pools for three months, after which they are marked and returned to the sea. This process can be done up to six times for each fish.

Iranian caviar

Caviar eggs are removed from the fish belly through the cesarean operation method.

How Iranian Caviar is served?

Iranian Caviar is considered as the most luxurious breakfast in the world. Many caviar fans eat it raw or with egg yolk or chopped onion. It can be served as a food seasoning, appetizer, beside or mixed with other foods. Many people prefer it cold without bread. While some people like the pungent smell and taste of Caviar, others may not consider the taste and smell of it as pleasant. And remember you are not allowed to add any kind of spice to it!
Since caviar is prone to being spoiled, salt was added to it right after fishing in the past. Today, with the development of food preservation methods, other methods such as freezing or some preservatives are used to keep caviar. Producing low-salt caviar is the result of these developments and many people tend to consume this type of caviar.

Iranian caviar

Iranian caviar is usually served raw or with egg yolk, or chopped onion.

What is the nutritional value of caviar?

This amazing food has proved to offer health advantages. It helps to prevent depression and cardiovascular disease due to its omega-3 fatty acids and it is so nutritious that it is even preferable to fish meat. It is also believed that Caviar consumption is very effective in nerve cell health. Each tablespoon also provides 11% of the iron and magnesium and 15% of selenium required by the body.

The main areas of caviar fishing in Iran

The main place of caviar fishing is in the south of the Caspian Sea, particularly Sefidrud. Researchers say that in the past, 500 tons of caviar were harvested from Sefidrud. Other important areas for caviar fishing in Iran include Astara, Kiashahr, and Qarasu, where sturgeon farms were established along the rivers.

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The main place of caviar fishing is in the south of the Caspian Sea, particularly Sefidrud.

The main reason for the migration of fish to the south of the Caspian Sea was a favorable situation for living and spawning. However, due to the severely cold winters, and the shallow depth in the northern part of the Caspian Sea, this area is not considered a perfect place for sturgeon to live. The construction of huge dams on streams and pollution from factories and ships are considered other significant factors that have caused the migration of sturgeon to the southern parts in Iran.