The long history and the vast area of Iran have led to amazingly variant climatic conditions, cultural attractions, and natural landscapes. That is why Iran is famous as a destination for all four seasons, a land that offers loads of opportunities for all nature and adventure lovers who dream of various thrilling experiences such as climbing, canyoning, skiing, marine activities, and safari.

What is famous in Iran? Well, the best of Iran includes 22 UNESCO Cultural Heritage Sites and two UNESCO Natural Site as well as 13 Intangible Cultural Heritage registered on UNESCO and many more registered on Iran National Heritage List, that has made this country resemble like a live museum for all avid culture lovers, too. And surprisingly there are still more places you can visit!

Iran’s top attractions appeal to many international tourists from all around the world. Most itineraries offer 7 days to a 14-day tour to Iran, and yet they miss many tourist attractions in Iran! As long as you stay here, there is no shortage of Iran tourist attractions and there are places worth visiting.

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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.

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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.

Jiroft civilization - Iran

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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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

Susa: Glorious capital of ancient Iran

Located in the south-west of Iran, on the foothill of Zagros Mountain, 7000 years old Susa is still shining as one of the first places of ancient civilizations in the world. Urbanizations and also the development of early state took place here for the first time in the world’s history.

Having been the capital of Iran during Elamite, Susa embraces several architectural masterpieces which are quite eye-catching to every visitor. And the interesting point is that history has been documented in this city and they were the very first people who invented script, and more surprisingly, this was not their only amazing invention. Elamites earned many achievements in writing, architecture, sculpture, melting glass, and metalwork. And all these achievements along with natural attractions have made Susa a lovely destination worthy of visiting.

Chogha Zanbil Ziggurat, constructed 3200 years ago, is the greatest Ziggurat in the world which is a well-representative of Elamite’s art and architecture. It was a five-floor temple of Elamites with seven gates around and inscriptions with Elamite’s alphabets on its bricks. This great construction has been registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List and attracts many tourists from around the world every year.

People in Susa and in Khuzestan province are known for being hospitable and the local food here is pretty delicious. Traveling to this city to visit all glorious monuments, and meet warm-hearted people will be one of your life-long experiences you will never forget about.

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solar eclipse

Iran sky witnessed the last Solar eclipse of the century

Today, on June 21, 2020, Iran observed an annual solar eclipse starting at 9:05 and finished at 11:37 in the morning.

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, and the moon casts a shadow over Earth which fully or partially blocks sunlight.
In a total eclipse, the disk of the Sun is fully obscured by the Moon. In partial and annular eclipses, only part of the Sun is obscured.

Today’s eclipse was a kind of ring eclipse that make it partially invisible for most people around the world. Unlike, lunar eclipse, it is important where you are standing on Earth when a solar eclipse occurs.

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Solar eclipse in Iran- 21 June 2020. Photo by: Mehr News Agency

The eclipse starts from central Africa, passes through Yemen and southern Iran, and moves toward Pakistan, India, China, and the Pacific Ocean. In Iran, the eclipse was mostly visible in Chabahar, a city in the far southeast of the country.

This was the last solar eclipse of the century in Iran, happening on the first day of summer.

A solar eclipse is an astronomical phenomenon, which is considered a natural tourist attraction. Since it looks different in various parts of Earth, many astronomy lovers travel around the world, often to the spots where the eclipse is most observable, not to miss this phenomenon. However, the present lockdown situation barely let people travel to see this event.

Top 4 off the beaten path places to visit in Iran

There are hundreds of wonderful places, some of which are well known to all visiting tourists, but there are a few rather less-known places to visit in Iran. I will introduce four of these off the beaten path places I have loved visiting in Iran.

Qeshm Island

The largest Persian Gulf island does not make part of the standard Iran tour most tourists follow – but nevertheless is among the most interesting places for those who can stay for more than one week in the country. Located in the Hormuz Strait, close to Bandar Abbas port, the island offers several unique amazing spots as well as the possibility of practicing sports, snorkeling and diving, watching turtles and dolphins – or simply relaxing on its warm beaches.
Its main wonders include the unique geological natural wonder Stars Valley, Mangrove Forest to visit by small boat, and a huge colorful salt cave. You can stay in traditional Hormuzi guesthouses, try local fish-based food and you definitely will meet many lovely camels, a frequent sight on this island, and in some parts of the Deep South of Iran. In the main city, also called Qeshm, is located an old Portuguese fort – in fact, Portugal controlled the Strait of Hormuz for more than 100 years and a couple of their castles survived until our days.
Curiously Qeshm, as well as smaller and more luxury-oriented Island of Kish, enjoys a kind of tax-free regime, hence it is a destination of shopping trips for many Iranians.
Definitely not a place to go during very hot summers, Qeshm will charm you from early fall to late spring. You can arrive by fast ferries or by place. Once there, you can visit nearby Hormuz and Hendan islands, too.

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Qeshm: The largest island in the Persian Gulf.

Khararanagh adobe ghost town

Situated not far away from Yazd, this incredible place consists of hundreds of small adobe houses, usually connected between them, slowly degrading with each year passing…Hundreds of years old dwellings, still bustling with life some 30 years ago, were left by its inhabitants for modern homes with gas and water. Others left for big cities… It is a strange sensation, walking around and inside these domes, so small for our standards, aware of generations that passed their lives just there.
Kharanagh has situated some 80 km from Yazd, usually, you can visit it on “3 in 1 tour”, together with Chak Chak Zoroastrian holy place and the ancient city of Meybod. Iran, Yazd province, the edge of the Dasht-e Kavir desert, Kharanaq old village with its mud bricks (adobe) houses overlooking the Andjir valley.

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Situated not far away from Yazd, Khararanagh adobe ghost town consists of hundreds of small adobe houses.

Makhunik “Liliput village”

For some factors, during a couple of centuries, like lack of green land to feed animals, that forced people to a rather poor vegetable diet for all their life, and near-total isolation of the small population – when “discovered” about 100 years ago, the Makhunik villagers became quite famous for their small stature – having in average about 130 cm. For that reason, you can imagine their adobe houses were also very low, often round and have usually only one small window –  to keep warm and save heating during harsh winters. Actually, with a road finally open, changed diet and mixed marriages, more and more inhabitants are average tall, but while visiting Makhunik you will surely meet older people proud of their unique look and living in those picturesque little houses.
The village is located in South Khorasan province, best to visit in spring or fall time.

 

Ray, the ancient city in Tehran metropolitan area

While for most tourists Tehran is the point of entry to Iran and the place they stay first few days visiting its museums and landmarks – it is very easy to miss a much older city, that actually makes part of the huge and growing Tehran metropolis. Fortunately, Shahr e Ray (City of Ray) is now easily connected thanks to the metro network, and it takes less than half an hour to reach it from the center of the capital. While Tehran itself was a small town until becoming Persia’s capital in 1795, Ray located south of it was a thriving big city for over 2000 years. Although destroyed heavily during Mongol invasions, Rey offers several interesting landmarks, as wonderful Emamzadeh Abdol-Azim shrine (place of prayer and pilgrimage, but open to anyone), Rashkan Castle on the hill, Chesmeh Ali rock reliefs and famous Seljuk period Tughrul Tower.
The simplest way to reach this ancient city is by metro Red Line direction south, station Shahr e Rey. To stations further south there is a really huge, beautiful, recently build shrine (some decoration works inside and outside are still ongoing) of Emam Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran (also open for everyone).