Kerman atractions

Free virtual tour to Iran: Kerman attractions

The outbreak of Coronavirus has led to an entirely different lifestyle. Social distancing is definitely not a pleasant experience, but the use of technology has made it more bearable and to some extent different.
During this time, we are using technology not just to stay in touch with our loved ones, but also to entertain ourselves and spend time in different ways such as taking online classes or virtual tours. If you are here, you are probably searching for a free virtual tour to Iran, stay with us to take a virtual tour to Kerman attractions.

Shazdeh Garden: The gem of Kerman attractions

Iranian gardens are a pure style of Iranian art and architecture that have been inherited from the past. The artistic richness and tranquility of these gardens are so great that it can be exported as a souvenir of Iranian culture to other parts of the world, exactly as Japan has done with its famous gardens.
This garden shines like a very beautiful oasis in the heart of the desert. Visit Shazdeh Garden through the link below:

http://kermooneman.ir/site/virtual-tour?id=2

GanjaliKhan Complex: A masterpiece of Iranian architecture

There is a complex called GanjaliKhan Kerman, just next to the Kerman Grand Bazaar,
which consists of several historical monuments such as a square, caravanserai, bath, school, mosque, and cistern. This historical complex is among the most significant Kerman attraction that cannot be missed. The complex has been build about 200 years ago, by the order of Ganjalikhan, who used to be the ruler of this city for about 30 years.

Visit Ganjalikhan Bazaar, on the south of the square, through the link below:

http://kermooneman.ir/site/virtual-tour?id=3

Visit Ganjalikhan Bath, famous for its elegant plastering and paintings through the below link:

http://kermooneman.ir/site/virtual-tour?id=9

In the eastern part of the square, you can visit a large school, which was later changed into a caravanserai. It is interesting to know that, this place is now the Faculty of Art of the Bahonar University of Kerman.
Visit this amazing building through the below link:

http://kermooneman.ir/site/virtual-tour?id=10

Kerman Ja’ame Mosque

Many cities in Iran have a historic mosque called the Grand Mosque, which is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in the city. The beautiful city of Kerman in southeastern Iran, which has many valuable historical monuments, is no exception. Mozaffari Mosque, known as the Kerman Grand Mosque, is a historic mosque with unique and magnificent architecture that can attract the attention of any tourist.
About 700 years ago, Amir Mobarez Al-Din Mohammad Mozaffari, ruler of Kerman was engaged in a great war with some of his enemies, and he intended to leave a good legacy if he survives. After the war, he ordered the construction of this magnificent mosque which is an architectural masterpiece.
Have a free virtual tour to Kerman and visit this fascinating Islamic building through the link below:

http://kermooneman.ir/site/virtual-tour?id=13

Nasirolmolk mosque

Free virtual tours : visit Shiraz from your couch!

Quarantine is often an unpleasant experience for those who are crazy about traveling and discovering the world. Fortunately, there is no limitation in the internet world. Well, don’t worry! You can now take tours of Shiraz “virtually”, right here on the Irandoostan website.

Quran gate

By clicking on the Quran Gate, and passing under the entrance of Shiraz, you will be protected from calamities! Yes, that actually is an Iranian old belief that passing under the Quran keeps you away from disasters. That’s why Shirazian placed two exquisite Quran in the small room above the large entrance arch of their city to protect themselves and every newcomer. Follow the arrows to rich in this magical room.

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Quran gate of Shiraz

 Persepolis

Take your VR goggles, we are going to walk in the center of the great Persian Empire in Achaemenid era: The Perspolis. The tour begins at the gate of all nations or Xerxes gate which is decorated with two sphinges having the head of the human and the body of a cow. The name of this palace is derived from the law of entry into Persepolis, so that the representatives of all the tribes under the reign of Iran first entered there and then went to the palaces. The next arrow will lead to Apadana, the hall of celebration, or the levee, built by Darius and completed by his son Xerxes the great (Khashayar Shah). In the southwestern part of the Apadana Palace in Persepolis, there is a building known as the Tachara Palace or the private palace of Darius. The polished gray stones gave the palace a mirrored look. That’s why some called this building the Palace of Mirrors.

Persepolis

The two guard sphinx, with the head of human on the cow body.

Nasirolmolk mosque

Walking in the Nasirolmolk mosque would be like tiptoeing in the lovemaking of light and colorful glass. Just try it and enter the most astonishing mosque ever. The mosque is famous for its exquisite colored tiling and wonderful stained glass of the winter prayer hall. Such a pity that you can take any picture of you in thisrainb0w light, but go with all eyes.

Nasirolmolk mosque

Nasirolmolk or pink mosque in Shiraz.

Ghavam orangery

Ghavam orangery or Narenjestan_E Ghavam is a historic house with a great garden famous for its orange blossom odor in spring. he Ghavam complex was built in the 19th century during the Qajar period. The link will get you to the garden, passing by orange trees in a Persian garden, you will reach the big tradition house, decorated with ” Gol o Morgh” paintings and colorful windows. Enjoy it.

Ghavam orangery

Ghavam orangery also known as Narenjestan_E Ghavam is a good example of the Persian garden.

Arg_EKarimkhan

The citadel of Karimkhan or Arg_e Karimkhan, as its name suggests, was built during the reign of Karim Khan Zand, a king who considered himself not only the king but also the people’s advocate, and made many improvements in the city of Shiraz, the capital of his reign. The advocate of people was no exception from being jaloused to Shah Abbas for his royal complex (Naghshe Jahan square) and has built the citadel to have such a great complex.  Arg was used to be the main residential palace of Karim Khan-e-Zand and his dynasty in Shiraz.

Arg e Karimkhan

The citadel of Karimkhan dates back to the Zandieh era.

Vakil bath

Took a long trip? Need a refresh? well, how about drifting in Vakil bath. The first click takes you to the main hall or Sarbineh. where people used to meet and greet, drink tea and start taking off clothes and little by little get ready for the formalities of the long bath. This historic bath, as the namesake Bazar and complex, belong to the Safavid era.

Vakil bath

Vakil bath was used as a public Hamam in the Zandieh period.

Gilan virtual tour

Gilan Virtual Tour

The spread of Covid-19 has prevented us extensively from the great pleasures of life ranging from everyday socialization to traveling. However, the advancement of technology has made it possible to enjoy life even during isolation, just as you can communicate with the loved ones through social networks, you can also enjoy Virtual traveling. Iran Doostan Tours invites you to a virtual tour to Gilan province.

Traveling to the north of Iran offers you the experience of being in heaven! The province has the privilege of lying by the Caspian Sea, and the humidity rising from the sea has pleasant weather with mild temperature and rich floral coverage. The ancient Hyrcanian broad-leaved forests date back to 25 to 50 million years ago and have survived from the last stage of the ice age on Earth. There are fascinating cultural and natural attractions you can enjoy visiting, even virtually, in this amazing province. Let us have a virtual tour to Gilan.

Gilan Rural Heritage Museum

This outdoor museum is a small but real example of the way of life and traditional culture in Gilan villages to introduce the history, culture, and life of people in this province.

Traditional shows and games, cultivation of medicinal plants and native trees, day market, handicrafts workshop, rice fields and tea gardens, rural architecture, children’s playground, traditional steakhouses, and restaurants, are all being represented in this lovely museum. We suggest you visit this spectacular museum in the link below:

Masouleh

This amazing village is the most famous stepped village in Iran. Walking through this village, you can see amazing sights such as Masouleh Bazaar, where all kinds of handicrafts made by the villagers are, jams and pickles and handicrafts of Gilan are sold. Koosham and Lar Cheshmeh waterfalls, Kobar Masouleh summer resort, and Shah Moallem peak are other natural attractions of Gilan near Masouleh, which has made this region a popular destination for climbers and hikers.

You can visit the breathtaking landscapes of Masouleh in the link below:

The building of the municipality in Rasht

Walking through a city could be as fascinating as visiting its attractions. The white and beautiful mansion known as municipality palace is considered to be the symbol of Rasht city, Municipality building along with the clocktower, a tower close to it, are considered the most popular attractions of Rasht.

After passing several decades this place is still considered to be the central municipality of Rasht. Walk virtually at the heart of Rasht through the link below:

https://www.360cities.net/image/rasht-municipality-square-1

 

Best rhinoplasty in Iran

Best rhinoplasty in Iran

Have a call for rhinoplasty? If you are reading this article, you have probably heard of Iran as an ideal destination for rhinoplasty in the world. Then welcome! You are at the right place for the best rhinoplasty in Iran. A great number of candidates, Iranian or other nationalities, go under rhinoplasty in Iran every day. Obviously, there are reasons we will mention in this article. However, even to have the best rhinoplasty in Iran, the capital of nose job, you should consider some steps. Have you ever thought about what factors would result in the best rhinoplasty result? Stay with us to know more.

Why consider Iran for the best rhinoplasty?

You may be surprised to know that, Iran is the “nose job“ capital of the world, due to the great number of candidates every day. More interesting is the fact that you can receive a world-class surgery, as high quality as those in the US or Uk, for quite a reasonable price, starting from only 800$!

Plastic nose surgery is so widespread in Iran that many candidates travel from abroad to go under different types of rhinoplasty, cosmetic or curative, in this country. Being well-known for high-quality medical services in the Middle East, Iran enjoys highly equipped hospitals and clinical facilities and also world-class plastic surgeries in the world.

But there is still a long way to go. Your next step is to search for your ideal specialist.

How to choose a surgeon for the best rhinoplasty in Iran?

The highest cosmetic surgery rate has brought about the most experienced plastic surgeons in Iran who are quite trustworthy. However, there is exactly one significant point you should keep in mind, Look for your ideal specialist!

Your preferences express your taste for the type of nose you would like to have after rhinoplasty. Therefore, to have the best rhinoplasty in Iran, first decide about your favorite nose type (fantasy, semi-fantasy, or natural). Then, the real result of different surgeons, either on their website or Instagram page, would make the decision-making process much easier for you. Software like “photoshop” is the best way to know how will your nose look like after the surgery. You should rely on the doctors’ previous real results. Each doctor has special technics that stick to them all their professional career, that would lead to about the same results. So, make sure the previous results of the specialist you have chosen matches your taste.

Who to trust for the consultation?

Once you have decided about your ideal specialist, just let us know! As an experienced travel agency, Iran Doostan Tours Co. is ready to connect you to the best medical centers with high-quality services in Iran. Get a Free Consultation for the best rhinoplasty in Iran by sparing a few seconds to fill out the form for us. We will be in contact with you as soon as possible.

It would be much better to rely on a professional agency to arrange everything for you. You will not only get a free consultation but also the tour, accommodation, flight, hospital and even post-surgery appointment will be arranged for you.

A 7-day tour would be ok for nose surgery in Iran, except that you ask for a longer stay in Iran which we would take care of it.

How to prepare for nose surgery?

By the time you are connected to your doctor, Your doctor will ask about your medical history and examines if you are eligible for the operation. Then, they will capture high-quality photos of your face and nose from different angles to make your portfolio complete.

Before the operation, you would have a set of tests and checkups pre-operation physical examinations such as height, weight, and blood pressure. Blood tests and Electrocardiography are also the necessary medical tests you would have before the operation.

There are some tips helping you experience the best rhinoplasty procedure and would also lead to a better result:

Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol at least 2-3 weeks before the surgery.

Two weeks before the rhinoplasty, you should avoid taking certain medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, as well as vitamin E, in order to prevent excessive bleeding during the operation.

Watch your diet. You are recommended to have more healthy food about two to three weeks before the surgery, particularly, increasing protein intake would accelerate the healing procedure.

If you are suffering from seasonal allergy, consult with your doctor to postpone the operation to another date. Allergy symptoms can be troublesome and may affect the result of the surgery.

social life in Iran

How is Coronavirus affecting social life in Iran?

What is Covid-19? Well, you are right; technically it is a respiratory disease. Then, the question is why does it seem to affect all aspects of our lives and not only our health? It has been more than two months since the identification of the first Coronavirus case in Iran, now. And much to our surprise, it has led to a completely different lifestyle among Iranians. Asking how? Stay with us in this article to know how Coronavirus is affecting social life in Iran.

Socializing

Since the beginning of the pandemic in Iran, all social activities have been extensively affected ranging from a simple greeting to socializing with friends, colleagues, and relatives, inviting them over, or hanging out with them. What makes the issue even harder for Iranians, was the beginning of the new year about a month ago. The last days of the past year were totally different, the empty streets displayed no clue of the beginning of the New Year and Coronavirus affected Nowruz in Iran, too.

It is among our rituals to pay a visit to relatives by the beginning of the Persian new year, but this year, the isolation experience kept us away from others. Iranians turned to video calls to say “Happy New Year” to their parents and grandparents. Well, for us, known for being warm-hearted and hospitable, this was like torture! And it is still to be continued.

public gathering

Living in an Islamic country involves lots of public gatherings. To deal with religious rituals, Iranians (the believers) participate in a public prayer every Friday and it’s now been over two months that the Muslims have been banned from this religious ritual. Also, all other religious places have been closed to prevent the spread of the disease. Now, with the beginning of Ramadan, the month of fasting for Muslims, the situation has been more highlighted since there would be no physical events during Ramadan in Iran this year.

Shopping

Iranians love shopping! Especially before the New Year, streets, shopping centers, and bazaars would be jam-packed with people. Even during ordinary days, you can see lots of people shopping around. But the outbreak of the pandemic has led to a completely different situation this year; Iranians have stuck to online shopping more than ever, even for groceries! And it may be interesting to know that, being a rich country in oil and gas, the delivery system works quite efficiently here and bringing all the household stuff at the door within or less than an hour would cost nearly nothing here! This is among the positive changes that we wish would last even after the pandemic.

Social life in Iran

Social life in Iran: streets in Tehran before Nowruz

Travel

According to the statistics, traveling among Iranians have been a decline by up to 71%. The percent is really remarkable considering the two-week holiday of the New Year in Iran! Domestic travels during spring is a part of many Iranians’ lifestyle which is now changing and there is no perspective of how long the situation would last.

Many tourism and hospitality companies have been affected by the pandemic which is now being supported by the government.

The good news is that, instead, virtual tours have become a trend and many Iranians spend hours on their computers to experience virtual tours.

Education

Schools and universities are being closed for about 70 days, but not the education! Nearly all schools, universities, and educational institutions have been switching to online courses. And since the next semester may not be different from this one, they are now working on solutions for online exams too. It would appear that the Coronavirus has the potential to make online education go viral and who knows, maybe future generations are going to benefit more from virtual learning.

online education for kids

Schools, universities, and educational institutions have been switching to online courses after the spread of Coronavirus in Iran.

Work

Much like education, many companies including Iran Doostan, have asked their employees to work from home in order to prevent the spread of the disease. Although social media and video conferences have made communications convenient, the drawbacks of this social distancing from colleagues can not be ignored.

However, let us not mention those businesses which have been shut down due to the crisis. The bad news is inevitable in this situation, but to be optimistic, we can consider how Iranians have turned to digital platforms in their everyday life and many would tend to stick to it even after the pandemic. There seems to be a great potential for developing more online businesses after the situation goes back to normal in Iran. Online businesses could easily take the lead in the near future. This can be taken into considerations by Iranian entrepreneurs and also the government.

working from home

Social life in Iran after the Coronavirus: working from home is now a trend!

Economy

Many services such as beauty salons, restaurants and coffee shops, hotels, non-emergency medical services, and even shopping centers have been banned from working in the past two months. This has caused great financial problems in many peoples’ lives and in the long term, it is going to affect the economy just as it does to many other countries. It would appear that the extraordinary circumstance needs international measures and “large-scale solutions”.

And finally, Lifestyle

Overall, the above-mentioned facts are well reprehensive of the Iranians’ lifestyle these days and explain clearly how Coronavirus is affecting social life in Iran! The 65% rise in watching online movies and series, 107 million download of mobile games and a sevenfold increase in reading digital books, is definitely sending us a message; we are at a turning point and our life is going digital more than ever before! And, opportunities are calling us!

There are new trends for social and economic experts to investigate the positive and negative effects of the issue on social life in Iran.

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How did Coronavirus affect Nowruz ceremony in Iran?

The ancient territory of Iran, including also current Afganistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan, has preserved one single celebration among all, through 3000 years and from 3 catastrophic invasions: Nowruz eve. The Nowruz is all about Refreshment and Resurrection in sync with nature. What actually saved Iranian hope and living sense during history. What seemed so necessary after the eventful year of 1398. Our wise ancestors used to celebrate the beginning of spring with 7 items, Known as Haft-seen: Sib (apple) as a sign of health, Sabzeh (sprout) granted for the symbol of rebirth, Sir (garlic) symbolizes medicine, Sekkeh (coin) for wealth, Serkeh(vinegar) symbolizes the patience and Samanoo (the special Persian pudding) recalling of affluence, including also #Stay_home_to_Save_lives this year. On account of the Coronavirus outbreak, Some of us have been home-quarantined for months and some of us have worked twice as hard. let’s see what big changes these microscopic particles made in Iran during Nowruz:

1_ Facetimish visits, technology came to save traditions this time!

Giving big parties, and inviting every friend and relative is an inseparable ceremonial of Nowruz. Visiting, greeting and giving little gifts (called Eydi in local language) really matters to Iranians because this way we can make sure everyone is happy and feels good at the begging of the new year.  Iranians have been doing this as a tribal therapy to take mental care of each other, particularly those who may have had a hard time during the past year. But this year, an uninvited guest changes everything! Many people have done their parties online and used their 100 GB free internet credit that the minister of information and communications technology offered to them.

2_Hardworking treatment staff during Nowruz were appreciated.

Coronavirus has closed many offices and shops, so many people have been doing their jobs as he outsources or utterly stopped working, the treating staff on other hand have had long work hours, and worked while all risk factors were ready for them! More than 350 treat staff lost their lives from the begging of 2020 in Iran. Different groups of people, from a high school soccer team in the village to the richest businessmen, dedicated some financial gifts and also facilities for treat staff. Some hotels such as Morvarid hotel in Orumiyeh were at the disposal of all hospital personnel in the Nowruz holiday. The government has dedicated 200 billion tomans budget to compensate the services of medical staff, nurses and health personnel in the fight against Coronavirus. Some service providers announced that they will provide the hospital’s personal life facilities and welfare services free of charge. And the artists tried to appreciate the efforts of these people by making works of art.

Treat staff

The treating staff have had long work hours, and worked in a high-risk environment during Nowruz!

3_Wildlife is running…wild.

As a result of months of quarantine with strict laws, public places became impressively empty of humans and no wonder that wildlife got close to the urban area. In the last few weeks, many cases of wolves and fox seen in residential areas on the outskirts of the city have been reported to the environment protection agency. Some birds species were barely seen near mountains and springs far from the city years ago took advantage of this silence and came back to the streets. Although changes in nature in recent months and the animals accede to cities have not yet had a devastating effect, the question of what changes the ecosystem will bring without the active presence of humans is still in question.

Fox in Quarantine

Two little foxes in the arms of firefighters in Mashhad.

4_No Annual Spring Nowruz Bazaar, Yes social distancing!

The week before new years eve, Some local bazaars were set up In every corner of Iran. People could easily buy their spring decorating flowers such as Tulips, Hyacinth and lily, and some homemade cookies and nuts to get prepared for the big eve. Many people tried baking cookies for the first time this year. Obviously Many seasonal jobs were suspended due to the disease, and many financial losses were incurred.

The annual spring bazar, 1397.

The annual spring bazaar, 1397.

5_Vehicle traffic was declared illegal on Nature Day.

The 13th of Farvardin (second day of April), is named” Sizdah be Dar” or ” the national day of nature”. On this day staying home is FORBIDDEN based on Persian public believes! People go to nature, put their Gold-fish and sprout of Haft_seen in flowing water to be back to nature. Youth and single people secretly start “Knotting the greenery”. They weave of knot some green and strong plants. If it wasn’t opened until the end of the day, it means that they will get the love of their life during the year. Families play a lot of outdoor games while the Ash(the Persian noodle soup) is on fire. See? there is no way to hold it indoor you believe? But the paradoxical “Indoor Sizadah Bedar” happened this year. The government announced that any kind of vehicle traffic is going to be illegal on this day, People held it in the yard instead of plains and mountains in smaller groups. And youth knotted their own newly planted sprouts at home! Well, I hope their soulmate will be enough mature after being found!

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Iranians Knotted their greenery at home this year.

6_Free courses were provided for free times!

By virtue of Schools closings, The National Television devoted a few hours a day to air interesting and engaging programs with school lessons content. Some of the high-rank educational sites, such as Faradars made their online courses free for everyone. The past years, 15 days of Nowruz was a long holiday and a chance to travel. This year we stayed home and improved our abilities. Although people were abandoned from their spring holiday travels, many other entertaining ways became open for them. Suchlike Opportunity for virtual visits to museums provided by the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of Iran, Online spring concerts, and theaters which have been reserved from weeks ago, and The experts of any field sharing their knowledge for free on Instagram lives.

Chabahar tourist attractions

Chabahar Tourist Attractions

You won’t always need a visa to travel to Iran! There are some free trade zones, so you won’t need to bother getting a visa to visit. Here, you can get acquainted with one of these free trade zones in Iran; the magnificent Chabahar. A few years ago, the southern tourist attractions of Iran were neglected. Fortunately, these days, within the help of local entrepreneurs and tourism organizations, people are more aware of the untouchable landscapes of the southern parts of Iran. The genuine culture, astounding landscape, delicious foods, and hospitable people of southern parts of Iran are some reasons why traveling to the north is a MUST. Chabahar is one of the remarks of southeast Iran located in Sistan and Baluchestan Province. The Lipar Lake, Hara Forest, Oman Gulf, and Tis are some of the main Chabahar tourist attractions.

Because of the monsoon winds coming from the Indian subcontinent, Chabahar is the coolest southern port during summer. That is why some believe that the name “Chabahar” is derived from the Persian word “Chahar Bahar” meaning “Four Springs” referring to the fact that the weather is always pleasant the same as spring in Chabahar. Due to the fact that Chabahar is right across the equator, you will enjoy the pleasant weather, especially in January and February, not to mention all the delicious tropical fruits you will find.

Lipar Wetland (Pink Lake)

Checking the wonderful pictures of Iran’s famous touristic sites, you may have faced a picture of a lake which is pink! Sounds odd!!. But actually, the Lipar Wetland is the well-known pink lake in Iran. It is located in the Lipar Valley with a 15-kilometer distance in the east of Chabahar. Its color sometimes turns into red. Bear in mind that, not always the lake is pink and if you are so into visiting the pink version of the lake, you should choose the right timing. Additionally, if you are a fan of birdwatching, Lipar Wetland is a good place to explore different species of birds at.

Lipar Wetland- Chabahar

Chabahar tourist attractions: Lipar Wetland

(Mangrove) Forest

As well as Lipar Lake, the Mangrove Forrest is one of the most impressive Chabahar tourist attractions and a perfect place to explore among unique and amazing types of birds and you can just sit in a boat and enjoy watching them for hours. Like other mangroves all around the world, these mangroves live in a coastal intertidal zone. But do not worry, there are boats carrying people to the middle of the forest right across the borders of Pakistan so that you can enjoy the calm and attractive environment.
Chabahar has some specific characteristics. One is Fig trees which is a sacred tree with more than one hundred years of age. Another one is 4- meter long Gwuando which is a native crocodile to freshwaters in Iran. You can find both of them in Hara Forrest. Admittedly, you can see flamingos, various types of herons, and partridges in the amazing forest.

Merikhi Mountains (Martian/ Minature Mountains)

Known also as Merikhi Mountains, these magnificent mountain ranges overlook the Oman Gulf coasts. The remarkable point about these mountains is their unique and somewhat different style in comparison to their surroundings. They have an unusual shape and the mountain is in green, white, and red. Besides, you won’t see any living signs like any plant or tree in the area! It is an amazing place and you will love it much more during dawn or dusk. Bear in mind, you can hike in the mountain too, so if you have a suitable shoe, take it with you not to miss this great opportunity. The mountains’ height ranges from 5 to 100 meters. Its texture is like hard rocks, yet hiking it is not that difficult.
There are different interpretations of the reason for its formation. Some Geologists believe that there are the last ranges of the Zagros Mountains that end up in Pakistan. Though others think that these mountains have been buried under soil for a long time and within the time, they have formed this way.

Merikhi Mountains - Chabahar tourist attractions

Merikhi Mountains: The amazing geological formations overlooking the Gulf of Oman.

Beris Port

Right next to the Martian Mountains, you can enjoy the amazing Beris Port and sit and enjoy by the peaceful sea. If you go there around sunset, you will be amazed by the astounding landscape.

Beris Port- Chabahar

An amazing view of Beris Port, where the Oman sea and Indian ocean are connected.

Gel Afshan (Mud Volcano)

Within a 100-kilometer distance to Chabahar, Gel Afshan is in the middle of a circle with a 100 meters diameter on a hill with a 100 meters height. In Gel Afshan, there are mud domes that formed the area. This natural geo- tourist site is remarked because of the underground mud being reached onto the earth’s surface. It is believed that the mud can heal certain diseases.

Mud Volcano - Gel-Afshan: Chabahar

Mud Volcano: The underground mud being reached onto the earth’s surface.

Tis Beach Resort

Tis used to be an important port on the southeast coast of Iran. It used to be a trading center for goods to send them to various places like Central Asia and the Middle East. It is in a five-kilometer distance to Chabahar.
There is also a mosque in Tiss. The remarkable point about Tiss Great Mosque is its beautiful facade in Indian or Pakistani architecture. It is a remnant of the early Islamic era in Iran.

Tis Beach - Chabahar

Chabahr tourist attractions: Tis Beach Resort

Bear in mind that are there great souvenirs that you should buy while visiting Chabahar. First things first, do not miss the local bazaar where you can see how local’s real lives are and how the culture of that area is connected with the rich Pakistani and Indian culture. You can buy original spices, tea milk, and Baluch needlework. Do not miss going to traditional teahouses to blend in with Baluch people and taste the fabulous milk tea. Plus there are staggering ecolodges and traditional restaurants where you can taste spicy Karahi, Pakoureh, Ghalie Mahie, and Daal Adas. If you are fond of water sports like beach football, volleyball, and tennis, swimming, diving, and surfing, the Oman Sea is the perfect destination.

We hope you enjoyed reading about Chabahar tourist attractions. If you have visited Chabahar or have any questions, feel free to ask.

Ramadan in Iran

Everything about Ramadan in Iran

Traveling to Iran in Ramadan offers an opportunity to see a different side of Iranians’ lifestyle such as serving Iftar, religious gathering in public places, and Iranian nightlife.

What is the philosophy behind Ramadan?

You might have heard that ” Ramadan is all about losing Sins not weight“! well, during this month the Muslims are supposed to fast from dawn to dusk, by avoiding food, drink, false words, evil intentions, bad thoughts, and behavior. It is considered a discipline to practice morality, introspection, and self-transformation; it is also meant to evoke a feeling of deeper sympathy with the deprived people. Muslims believe by reading Quran, praying, and practice fasting, God will forgive their past sins and by the end of this month, they are prepared to start a new life with a purified nature. Everyone except the children, the people with medical conditions, the pregnant women, and the travelers are supposed to follow this Islamic rule which would result in a new lifestyle during this month in Islamic countries including Iran. During this month each Islamic country offers its own traditions, foods, and lifestyle. But, how is Ramadan in Iran?

Ramadan in Iran - Mashhad

A view of Iftar during Ramadan in Iran.

How do Iranians’ lifestyle change During Ramadan?

Practicing all the obligatory Islamic rituals during Ramadan would certainly affect people’s lives in various ways. Even if you are not fast, you are not allowed to eat and drink in public during sunrise to sunset. So, if you travel to Iran during Ramadan, you should be aware of this rule, otherwise, you will be caught by the police.

Instead, the nightlife during the Holy Month is quite fascinating. All coffee shops, restaurants, and even cinemas would start working from the evening. So, it is the right time when people start going out, and the whole city witnesses a lively atmosphere all through the night and does not sleep!

The exact opening hour of Café and restaurants depends on the season during Ramadan, however, it is sometime around the sunset!

Working hours for other businesses and companies including public places such as the banks, also change. It starts an hour later than the usual time, which is often 8:30 instead of 7:30 in the morning.

Ramadan Events

There are some holy events and rituals, aiming either to celebrate or commemorate special days of this month.

Beginning of the Month

Ramadan month begins and ends with the appearance of the new moon. By the beginning of the month, people prepare themselves to stay awake at night for praying and eating a small portion of food just before the dawn.

Qadr Nights

It is believed among the Muslims that God revealed the Quran to Prophete Mohammad in order to guide his followers. Ramadan Month is meant to commemorate the first revelation which was sent down on Laylat al-Qadr. So, the night is of a particular spiritual significance to the Muslims.

Muslims try to stay awake overnight for praying and there are special rituals in all mosques around Iran.

It is also believed that the whole faith of people for the next year is determined this night. So, people especially pray for their family and themselves to be healthy and happy in the coming year.

Qadr night - Ramadan in Iran

Qadr nights in Ramadan are of a particular spiritual significance to the Muslims.

Eid-al Fitr

By the end of the Holy Ramadan, Muslims celebrate their spiritual rebirth and thanking God for a whole month of precious praying. Although Eid-al Fitr is only one special day, it involves different duration in various Islamic countries. Officially, Eid-al Fitr involves a two-day holiday in Iran, that people celebrate with a special praying in the morning of Eid and continue with having an elaborate breakfast with their family and also paying some visits to their friends and relatives.

Traditional Iranian Meals of Ramadan: We eat less but a more diverse diet!

Having the sunset prayer, Muslims break their fast with a meal called Iftar. It often begins with dates and milk, and some other traditional Iranian foods in Ramadan. Although traveling to Iran during Ramadan imposes some restrictions on eating and drinking during day hours, it would be a good opportunity to test varieties of delicious Iranian foods particularly prepared for Iftar. And the great point about Iranian food is its portion size which happens to amaze many tourists!

Iranian Iftar

This is a typical Iranian Iftar during Ramadan.

Iranian traditions During Ramadan

There used to be some traditions practiced by Iranians during Ramadan which has been disappeared now due to the spread of technology and media; the most interesting one is making a sound with drums in the predawn hours to wake the neighbors up for Sahari, the meal Muslims have before the dawn to start their fast.

Another lovely tradition is inviting friends and relatives for Iftar during this month which is still practiced by many Iranians. They usually enjoy having Iftar together in the evening.

Coronavirus effects and this year’s Ramadan in Iran

It is no doubt that this year’s Ramadan could be different in some ways due to the outbreak of Coronavirus. Practicing “social isolation” would not let people get together for Iftar at home and there would be some restrictions during “Qadr” nights for public gathering in mosques or religious places.

However, we all hope for the disappearance of the coronavirus and getting back to normal life very soon.

Tips for traveling to Iran in Ramadan

You may not be capable of traveling to Iran this year, but here are further tips for tourists having a call for traveling to Iran during Ramadan:

The tourists are not expected to fast or follow Islamic practices, but they are expected to respect the Iranian Muslims’ rituals by refraining from eating, drinking, and smoking in public during the day. However, some restaurants and fast-food outlets, especially the restaurants and cafes in the hotels, highways, airports, railways, and bus stations are open; so, they can have meals there. Some fast-food chains offer takeaway food as well. So, do not afraid of traveling to Iran in Ramadan!

Moreover, many tourist sites are open during the day except on special events such as the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Ali on the 21st of Ramadan. There is no need to worry about changing your travel itinerary in Ramadan.

Ramadan

The traditional Persian cuisine of Ramadan

Only a few days are left to the start of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, and everything in Iran likewise the world is overshadowed by the outbreak of a Coronavirus that has infected nearly two million people and claimed many lives in Iran and around the world. In recent days, some of Shia Maraji have announced that fasting will be ok for people with a strong immune system who are home quarantined and follow a healthy nutritious diet. The mentioned group can fast and perform their duties as in previous years. But people with weakened immune systems that doctors diagnose fasting makes them more prone to illness should avoid fasting.

This year Muslims are breaking their fast on smaller Iftar tables, but more solidarity to save lives. Stick with us to see what are the traditional Iranian Ramadan meals and diets and how will Coronavirus affects them.

Sahari or The pre-dawn meal

Eating the predawn meal is one of the indicators of the health of fasting. In this meal, which is served before sunrise, enough protein and water should reach the body. the regular Iranian foods, which are served in lunch meals during the year are usually served as the pre-dawn during Ramadan.

predawn or sahari

Sahari or Predawn meal, taking place before sunrise.

Iftar meal

Since fasting people do not receive the nutrients, sugars, and water they need during the day, they should make up for this deficiency by eating nutrients at predawn and iftar so that they do not have the ability to fast and their health is not endangered. Iftar meal should include a variety of foods that are good for the body and maintain the strength of the fasting person, so it is better to get acquainted with the foods and beverages that have these characteristics. Iftar meal includes 3 parts itself :

  • Aperitifs:

In the first half of the year, the fasting hours may long up to 18. Fasting people do not break their fast at once, but first, they drink a hot soft drink as an aperitif. The most popular aperitif of Iranians is hot tea with rock candy. But warm milk and dates, herbal teas, rose and saffron syrup, are also served before the appetizer.

Iranian tea

Tea drinking is an inseparable part of Iranian culture.

  • Appetizers:

Ash Reshteh

Ash Reshteh is the traditional Iranian version of nuddle soup, cooked with beans, pea, and vegetables. Whit a strong taste of the dried mint powder. The Ash is garnished with a salty diary sauce named “Kashk”. That’s why it also is called Ash_e Kashk.

Ash reshteh

Ash Reshteh, or Persian noddle soup.

Halim

Halim is a nutritious and stodgy food that is served as breakfast on normal days and a small amount of it is served as an appetizer during Ramadan. There are various versions of Halim in different countries, but honestly Iranian one The main ingredients of Halim are wheat and mutton. The word Halim means patience and endurance because cooking Halim requires patience. This dish is cooked slowly for seven to eight hours, which results in a paste-like consistency ― blending the flavors of spices, meat, barley, and wheat. Finally, you can add cinnamon with sugar or salt up to your choice and taste it.

Persian Haleem

Persian Halim of meat and wheat, is a strong appetizer.

  • Main course :

The main course food varies on different families with different tastes. Some people eat only bread, cheese, fresh herbs while others prefer rice and chicken for example. But the popular main course in most Nazri (Cooking and distributing free foods in holy days) ceremonies are Persian kebab and Gheymeh:

Gheymeh

Often cooked in enormous copper pots over wood-burning fires, is beef and split pea stew with the reddish tune of tomato sauce, in addition to some saffron and rose water. This luscious stew is served with white rice.

Gheymeh

Gheymeh, Iranians favorite Nazri.

  • Desserts:

Sholeh Zard

This Persian Saffron rice pudding is very delicate and light in texture, mild in sweetness and it gets its golden color from saffron. Sholeh Zard is served as a dessert in Iftar, garnished with designs made with ground cinnamon and slivered pistachios or almonds.

Sholeh Zard

Sholeh Zard, the Persian saffron rice pudding.

Zulbia and Bamiyeh

These sticky cookies are going to make your sweetest memory of Ramadan in Iran.  Bamieh is a small fried sweet, maybe a kind of donut, which is rolled in the rose water and Saffron syrup. The same way is cooked Zulbia, but it’s thinner and crunchier. Diabetics bear in mind that if you start eating one of these cookies, you can’t help the rest!

zoolbia bamiyeh

The crispy Zulbia and tasty fluffy Bamiyeh are among the most popular Ramdan sweets.

 

 

Ahvaz tourist attractions

Ahvaz tourist attractions

 

Speaking of Ahvaz tourist attractions may remind you of the great Karoun River and the hot days of summer. But it is not where it ends, Ahvaz offers so many ancient historical attractions as well as natural sites. It is located in the southwest of Iran in the oil-rich Khuzestan Province. There have been forty historical sites registered in Ahwaz. Monument of Moei-al- Tojar and Ali Ibn Mahzyar Ahwazi Shrine are some of the astounding historical sites of Ahwaz. The arid climate of Ahwaz may nettle you, so the perfect time to visit there is during January and February. Bear in mind that, if you have respiratory problems like asthma, visiting Ahvaz may not be the perfect option, since there are so many industrial air pollutants.

Shrine of Ali Ibn Mahzyar Ahvazi

Being located in the old section of the city, it is one of the main historical sites of Ahwaz dating back to the eighteenth century. Ali Ibn Mahzyar was a renowned Shia scholar and a prominent follower of Imam Reza (who was the 8th Imam for Shia Muslims). Mahziar Tomb functions as a religious place where Shia Muslims hold their rituals.
It is right across the intersection of Saheli Boulevard and Nahjolbalaghe Road.

Monument of Moein- al Tojar

This historical site of Ahwaz dates back to the Qajar Dynasty and is located right across the Pol-e Sefid. It is actually a caravanserai belonging to the noted merchant, Haj Mohammad Taqi Moein al- Tojar.
On the north side of Shohada Square, you can see the Moein- al Tojat Caravanserai.

Moein-al Tojar caravanserai - Ahvaz

Moein-al Tojar: A caravanserai belonging to a noted merchant in Ahvaz.

Christians Catholic Church

This magnificent church has been built during the Pahlavi Dynasty. It is located on the Naderi Street close to Abdol Hamid Bazaar. The beautiful white facet of the church is just eye-catching.
In the junction of Salman-e Farsi Street and Dr. Shariati Street, the Christian Catholic Church is located.

Pol-e Siah (Black Bridge)

It is called the Black Bridge because of its black color. This bridge is the first bridge built in Ahwaz in 1929. The 1050- meter- bridge is built right on the Karun River with a 6- meter width.

 

Pol-e Sefid (White Bridge)

Known as the symbol of Ahwaz, the white bridge was built in 1936, a few years after the construction of Black Bridge.

Ahvaz tourist attraction

Ahvaz tourist attractions: Pol-e Sefid or the White Bridge

Saray-e Ajam (Ajam Historical Building)

Saraye Ajam is well- known for its magnificent architectural features. Carved Columns, beautiful cellars, and stunning wooden windows of this brick structure results in the remarkable beauties of the building. Unfortunately, this ancient house has been recently destroyed by the owner.

Eye-catching Houses

Ahvaz has beautiful houses in different parts of the city dating back to Qajar and Pahlavi Dynasties. Dadras House in the downtown dates back to the Qajar Era. Mapar House has beautiful break ornaments and wooden doors dating back to the Pahlavi Dynasty. Nafisi House is another beautiful house which is also registered in the national heritage site list.

 

Abdol Hamid Bazaar

Known as the oldest bazaar of Ahvaz, it used to be the capital center for trade. Note that Sheikh Khazal Caravanserai is also located in this bazaar. If you are looking to buy cheap stuff, it is the right place to go on Saadi Street.

 

Kaveh Bazaar

If you are a food tourist or you are looking for a place to buy original local souvenirs, you should visit Kaveh Bazaar. You can find delicious dates, Ardeh, shrimps, and fishes in this bazaar.
On the southeast of Shohada Square, you can visit the Kaveh Market.

 

Lashkar Abad

What about the famous falafels of Ahvaz? Well, Lashkarabar is the main hub for the spicy Ahvazi falafels. Do not miss out on the Lashkar Abad to taste the real local Ahvazi falafels. It is easy to find this place, just find the Lashkar Abad District and go to the Lashkar Abad Square.

 

The Contemporary Museum of Art

If you are more of an artistic person, you may find this museum amazing. It is close to Naderi Street and they keep seventy art masterpieces in the museums, among which sixty of them belong to Ahwaz artists. The museum was built in 1959 and entails five galleries.

Ahvaz Tourist Attractions: Natural Landmarks

In case you are more of an adventure seeker searching for beautiful natural sites, you might love visiting these places:

Karun River

Starting from Zagros Ranges and moving toward the Khuzestan Province, Karun is the longest river in Iran. Karun River is in the middle of the city and has divided it into two parts. One side is allocated for governmental buildings, while the other side is specified for industrial and residential functions.

Ahvaz tourist attractions

Ahvaz tourist attractions: Karun, the largest river in Iran.

Kianpars Nature Bridge

First and foremost, do not miss visiting Kianpars Street at night which is full of shops so that you will enjoy walking with your friends and spending some time at it. This bridge connects two magnificent parks of Ahvaz -Laleh Park and Riverside Park- and is located right on the Karun River.

Seventh Bridge Waterfall

The largest artificial waterfall in the Middle East is built on the Seventh Bridge of Ahvaz. The staggering lightning and spectacular waterfall catch every visitor’s eye, especially at night.

Seventh Bridge Waterfall in Ahvaz

The largest artificial waterfall in the Middle East: Seventh Bridge Waterfall in Ahvaz

Island Park

Locating right across the Karoun River, Island Park offers facilities for entertaining kids and bikes for adults as well. You will definitely enjoy its pleasant weather at night.

Bamdej Wetland

You can find so many swamps and wetlands close to Ahwaz. In the forty kilometer northwest of Ahvaz, you will see the freshwater source known as Bamdej Wetlands with an area of 4000 hectares.

There are also two archaeological sites out of the Ahvaz near Izeh for those who are interested in archaeology. There have been two rock reliefs found in Khung Azhdar. One is an Elamite carving that goes back to more than 4000 years ago; another one is a Parthian carving which is 1800 years old.
In the south of Izeh, you can also visit Eshkaft-e Salman which is an Elamite temple with four rock reliefs.
Besides, the astounding Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System and Chogha Zanbil are two great historical sites in 100-kilometers distance to Ahvaz.
If you are more of a food traveler, note that Ahvaz has some delicious spicy foods which you must not miss. Ghalie Mahi, Ardeh Ash, and Roasted Fish are some to mention.