travel to Iran as an American

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.
Click here to request Iran Visa online.

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.
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.

 

Persian-Recipes - Iran Doostan

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. 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.

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!).

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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!

kerman attractions

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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.

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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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