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 24 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.

If you have decided to visit historical places in Iran or Iran’s fascinating sceneries you can trust Iran Doostan Tours Co. We have a good three decades of experience in operating incoming tours to Iran and our professional experts would offer you the best Iran tourist map with reliable itineraries and high-quality services. Regarding a great deal of Iran attractions, we offer a diversity of package tours to Iran ranging from exciting adventure tours such as climbing and bird watching to awesome cultural tours to world heritage sites. MICE tours, safari tours, religious tours, and medical tours to Iran is also among the variety of services we offer.

All you have to do is to get in touch with us through info@idt.ir.

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Persian carpet, antique and luxurious

From ancient times, Iranian people have used hand-woven carpets to change their homes from a dull house to a beautiful one. When it comes to carpets, everybody knows about those masterpieces woven by the artistic hands of the Iranians. The Persian Carpet is that magical element that can turn every house into a mansion. People adore Persian carpets for their complicated designs, splendid colors, and incomparable art. If you want to know more about the Persian Carpets lying in the heart of every Iranian house, keep reading!

The history of the Persian carpet

Before the art of carpet weaving thrived in today’s society, people used animal skins as a mat and a cover to protect themselves from the cold and wet environment to bring comfort and convenience to their families. As time passed and experiences were exchanged, weaving flourished, which is now developing and evolving in its present form. Carpet weaving began in Persia approximately 2,500 years ago as an art. The Pazyryk rug, which is the oldest carpet found on Earth, dates back to the 5th century BC. The patterns used in this carpet have been attributed to the Achaemenian Empire and the Iranians in those times. The density and quality of knots used in this carpet are still unique and impressive to many artists.
The Iranian carpet began to develop into traditional patterns over time and became a work of art, led to the development of carpet weaving as a form of art. Today, Iran is considered among the several great pioneers in Persian carpet.

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The structure of the Persian Carpets

Iranian carpets are usually made of a mixture of wool and cotton. You can also find regions like Hamadan and Kurdistan that use camel hair for weaving carpets. Silk is also frequently used to make finely knotted ones in regions such as Qom and Tabriz, which are very popular among carpet lovers. Iranian original rugs are traditionally hand-knotted and consist of strings of warp and thousands of knots constituting the carpet’s weft. Many have floral designs with roaming tendrils and come in a wide variety of colors. Other valued Persian motifs include bold medallions, spandrels, repeating arabesques, borders often utilizing repeated Herati patterns of flowers, animals, or human figures. Every region of Iran has its own unique design, motifs, and even colors. We will try to introduce the most outstanding Iranian carpets.

Tabriz Carpet

One of the unique handicrafts in Tabriz is carpet weaving, which has world reputation. Carpet weaving in Tabriz started before the Safavid era and is still one of the oldest and most famous centers of hand-woven carpet weaving in the world. Unsurprisingly, it is still famous among foreign traders today. Tabriz carpets have been able to attract countless fans by using new colors and designs. In general, the layout and colors of Tabriz carpets have a great variety. One of the designs of Tabriz carpets, which has been very popular in both the past and today, is a four-season carpet that has many details and depicts the life of farmers through the seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter.

Isfahan Carpet

The gorgeous city of Isfahan has many tourist attractions and magnificent architecture, so it is no wonder it is one of the most visited cities by tourists in Iran. In Isfahan, which is the main center of handicrafts in Iran, in addition to many works of art, unique carpets can be considered as souvenirs. Isfahan’s carpet designs are inspired by the magnificent architecture of the entire city. From city palaces and gardens to the tiles of the mosques. Other patterns, such as pictorial designs, human sketches and animal motifs, can also be seen in their works. The density of the knot is very high, and its thickness is low, so they are considered high quality and exquisite carpets.

Yazd Carpet

From the early 1930s, Kermani merchants began to produce Yazdi carpets for sale in the European and American markets. Yazd handmade carpets and rugs are very high quality and are highly durable; so many people would like to buy them. Yazdi carpets have elastic and bergamot designs and often an invariant background and free margins and sometimes designs imitating Kashan carpets. The main popular characteristic of Yazd’s handmade carpets is the traditional design, the bergamot centered in the middle of the carpet. You can rarely find a Yazdi carpet with small bergamots scattered all over the carpet.

Nain Carpet

This carpet is made of fluff instead of wool, and it is known for its short pile and light and matte background colors with bergamot designs. Typically, Nain carpets are dyed red, blue, or beige on the surface. The resemblance of Nain rugs to the nearby city of Isfahan is undeniable. High knot density and fineness in texture can vividly be seen in this region’s carpets. A typical carpet design in Nain city is a medallion design in the center of the rug along with Islamic motifs or flower designs. Remarkably, fine Nain rugs are made entirely of silk. Obviously, these silk carpets have higher prices than those made of wool.
As you can see, it is no surprise that the Iranian carpet has earned a worldwide reputation. If you are interested in art and handicraft, particularly the art of carpets, Iran Doostan offers some tours where you will get the opportunity to meet the nomads and how they make carpets.

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International tourists in Iran are turning to experimental and eco-tourism

Iran Doostan tour CEO, Mohammad Ali Ashraf Vaghefi, had an interview with ILNA News recently about the state of tourism and incoming tours to Iran. In his interview Mr. Vaghefi said; fortunately, we have witnessed a noticeable demand from international tourists in Iran since Iran has started to grant visa to international tourists. However, there has been a decline in requests due to the spread of the Omicron variant and the negative news in this regard.

He continued: “A number of tourists have canceled their trip to Iran and postponed it to another time.” He added, there have been groups of tourists who wanted to come, but had to cancel their trip because of the positive COVID test of some members of the group. Therefore, the arrival of international tourists to Iran has slowed down to some extent and most of them have postponed their travel to mid-April. Fortunately, there are a good number of tour reservations for May and June.
Mr. Vaghefi emphasized that although it is said that we expect more tours after Nowruz, there is still a long way to reach the number of tourists we had before the Covid 19 outbreak. There will be no large group of tourists in Iran, like 20 to 30. Instead, we expect smaller groups of 5 to 15 people.

Mr. Vaghefi stated that most of the tourists who intend to travel to Iran are from European countries, and there is a higher demand in the European market. In the meanwhile, the requests are mainly targeting classic cultural destinations in Iran. However, there seems to be a change in the demands, in a way that more international tourists are seeking experimental tourism and eco-tourism in Iran. He highlighted that middle-aged tourists are still the dominant group traveling to Iran, yet with a different taste regarding their favorite destinations and type of experience. As mentioned before, we are witnessing more tourists with a preference towards experimental and nature tourism.

Regarding the recent changes in the price of tours in Iran, Mr. Vaghefi said: “Considering the inflation in Iran’s economy, we are witnessing an increase in prices in various sectors, including accommodation and food, and the exchange rate has also increased significantly. Therefore, tour operators are allowed to increase their package prices up to 4-5 per cent, which is quite common around the world. Considering the unreasonable increase in prices in the past years which was mostly objected by our international partners, this is considered a positive change.

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Persian life will get exciting soon with the scent of Nowruz 1401

As early sprouts appear in nature, and there is a floral scent spread in the atmosphere, life gets surprisingly lively in Iran. Persian New Year starts exactly with the coming of spring, which makes it quite special and inspiring. Around two weeks prior to Nowruz, Iranians welcome the New Year with outstanding cultural rituals and traditions. There is an extraordinary hustle and bustle in the streets, and you will find every one shopping around. The bazaars offer an amazing atmosphere during this time that people barely would like to miss, even if they intend to do no shopping!
Nowruz is considered the best time to travel to Iran, as travelers will be lucky enough to enjoy the beauty of nature in spring, the positive atmosphere of the society, and cultural traditions all at the same time. So. you may like to consider traveling to Iran for Nowruz 1401 .
There are many beautiful traditions connected with Nowruz, including cleaning the house to bring more positivity in oneself, shopping, setting Haft-sin table (a table with seven main elements each symbolizing something), and visiting friends and relatives. The first two weeks are considered holidays providing a good opportunity for having more get togethers; a ritual which was mostly forgotten during the past two years due to the pandemic, and we hope to revitalize it with cautious this year.
This year, Nowruz 1401 coincides with another event, the beginning of the century! We all hope the new century brings more peace to the whole world. Happy Persian New Year 1401!
In this video about Nowruz, we have tried to share some of our rituals.

 

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Sepandarmazgan; the day of love in ancient Iran

The life of the Iranian people has always been associated with celebration and happiness. They celebrated on different occasions and believed in living happily. Of course, there are days that belong to the distant past and receive less attention today. One of these days is Sepandarmazgan, the day of love in ancient Iran.

The story behind Sepandarmazgan

In ancient Iran, twenty centuries before the birth of Christ, a day was dedicated to love which was called Sepandarmazgan. This day was celebrated in the old Iranian calendar on March 26. However, in the new calendar, this celebration is held on February 18. The number of days in each month was thirty days, and all the months and days had their own special names. The fifth day of Esfand was called “Sepandar Maz”. So, the occasion is a celebration with this name. Sepandarmazgan is celebration of the earth, as a symbol of femininity, and also respect for love, both of which are complementary and inseparable according to the Iranian culture.

How is Sepandarmazgan celebrated?

This day was a glorious day for both men and women. They love, thank, and appreciate each other on this day. Women give gifts and flowers in respect and love for their husbands or partners. In return for this love, their husbands place them on the throne, give gifts, and they try to listen to them and fulfill their wishes. Therefore, Sepandarmazgan is also the commemoration day of women in ancient Iran. This was considered a flip for men to know and respect the value of their mother and wife. These celebrations lasted for a long time so that men would continue to respect women throughout their lives. According to the surviving documents of the past, Abu Rihan al-Biruni stated that people used to do various things on this day, including magic rituals, to eliminate evil spirits.

Do Iranians celebrate Valentine’s Day?

People think that the day of love is an international day marked as Valentine’s Day, and we have borrowed this day from the Europeans. Unfortunately, today many Iranian teenagers are fascinated by Western culture and celebrate Valentine’s Day. However, there are still young groups of people who think it is not too late to change things and so, they do care for Sepandarmazgan Day as the Iranian love day. Hopefully, they can keep the Iranian culture alive.

This video is an inspiration for celebrating Sepandarmazgan (the day of Love) in Iran.

 

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Iranian Tribes’ Clothing

Clothing is one of the things that changes over time for various reasons, particularly traditional clothing. But some rural’s and nomad’s clothes remain unchanged, and local people wear the local costume of their village. One of the most beautiful cultural attractions of any city is its local clothing. As a rich-cultural land, Iranian tribes’ clothing is quite rich and diverse, every region has its own costume that will be explained in this article.

Qashqai Clothing

Qashqai tribe is one of the Iranian tribes that live in Fars province. The most important moral characteristics of Qashqai men and women are simplicity and purity, perseverance, and courage. Happiness and vitality are prominent features of the Qashqai people, the effect of which can be seen in the clothes of these people. So, most of them are colorful and have unique and beautiful designs. One of the positive features of Qashqai women’s local clothes is that they protect their bodies from cold and heat. Anyone can buy these clothes according to their budget. Also, men’s original Qashqai clothes have a special beauty and will not bother their mobility. Nomadic women use a fabric called Charqad to cover their hair. This fabric, which acts as a scarf, is very delicate and has rare designs. All Qashqai men should always wear a hat, double-edged made of felt.

Bakhtiari

Bakhtiari tribe has one of the most original and beautiful Iranian tribes’ clothing. Their clothes correspond to their lifestyle and type of activity. Bakhtiari women’s local clothes have a significant variety and differ in the type of fabric, sewing, and decorations. They wear colorful clothes with various designs in daily life, migration, parties, and weddings. Beaded and sequined embroidery of Bakhtiari clothes shows the great taste and skill of Bakhtiari people in sewing clothes. Whether in weddings or mourning ceremonies, men’s clothes are Chogha and Tonban and hats, and only the shirt under the Chogha differs in color. Each dress may represent a specific stratum because of an acquisition of social status based on clothing. Wealthy Bakhtiari people wear long fluffy hats called Khosravi hats and Chogha Kiarasi, but cheap and raw materials are used for the lower classes of society.

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Bakhtiari tribe has one of the most original and beautiful Iranian tribes’ clothing.

Turkman

Turkman clothing is usually made of silk, leather, linen, and cotton. Turkman women are responsible for raising silkworms and preparing cocoons and dyeing them with natural dyes such as seeds and bark of pomegranate, indigo, and other desert plants. Turkman men’s clothing consists of parts such as trousers, hats, and shoes. Traditional trousers are of two types: Balaq or Tonban, which is a loose cotton Tonban, and Jolbar which are often worn by older men at festivals. Turkman women have four types of clothing, including home clothes, work clothes that are commonly used for baking bread and agricultural work, city clothes for leaving the house, and formal clothes for attending parties. It is interesting to know that hat is another type of clothing that is usually used after marriage as a sign of being married.

Kurdish

Kurdish men’s and women’s clothes are beautiful and available in various colors and are made of different parts and high-quality material. They have special etiquettes in covering and even wearing a scarf or shawl. You can find out the social class and the level of family finances according to the color, shape, material, and ornaments. Kurdish women’s clothing has beautiful decorations that can not be found in men’s clothing. They are based on various popular beliefs. They are mostly made of silk, velvet, and satin, which are decorated with sequins, stone, tapestry, and beads. Kurdish women tie shawls around their waists. These shawls come in a variety of colors and are woven from a beautiful fabric that is sometimes ribbon-shaped and sometimes square. Kurdish men’s clothing is often loose to make it easy to walk through mountains and difficult routes. The color, design, and model of each dress are different according to the weather and its use in work or ceremonies, and celebrations. Men’s clothing is much simpler than women’s clothing and is usually made of one color like brown, blue, or gray.

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Kurdish women tie shawls around their waists.

Azeri

Clothing for the people of Azerbaijan is not just simple clothing but also tells a thousand points about the ancient history and culture of the people of this region. The abundance of raw materials in this ancient land has led to developing weaving with wool and silk. Women are more interested in silk or velvet clothes, and men often wear woolen fabrics. Young girls’ clothes have bright and cheerful colors decorated with jewelry, but older women wear clothes with soft colors and little embellishments. Of course, in aristocratic and wealthy families, most clothes, including Bork and vest are more decorated with coins. In the past, the clothes of most Azeri men were made of white shirts with sleeves and a round collar, but after 1314, their clothing gradually changed a lot.

Balooch

Balooch clothes are from original Iranian tribe’s clothing, which give you a poetic feel. Balooch needlework is a delicate and long-standing art. The designs are exclusively geometric, which arise from the combination of lines and shapes. They are divided into several categories: plant motifs, cosmic motifs, and animal motifs. The clothing of Balooch men and women is simple and at the same time, beautiful and suitable for the hot climate of Baloochistan. Balooch men’s clothing usually includes a long shirt and baggy pants. the unique art of needlework is used in sewing and decorating women’s clothes, which is displayed on the chest, sleeves, and the edges of the pants. Interestingly, what completes the beauty of Balooch women’s clothing is jewelry ornaments, which is also one of the traditional and original arts of the region. Balooch women attach great importance to jewelry.

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Adventure Tours to Iran

Over 30 years of experience providing some of the best adventure tours to Iran and planning the best qualified itineraries has made Iran Doostan Tours the expert leading tour operator in the country. Whatever you desire, whether it’s skiing, trekking, climbing, biking, canyoning, bird watching or meeting nomads, we provide you. It’s your willingness to present yourself at the wilderness and to live inside a moment of adventure that creates the exotic nature experience that gives your life expectations. Just bring your spirit of adventure and our professional guides will take care of the rest.

Take nothing but pictures, Leave nothing but footprints, Kill nothing but time.

Green Carbon Free Foot Print

Mountain Biking

We provide some of the most amazing single to multi-day mountain biking in Iran and combinational multi-activity guided tours both on and off the road. We have a wide range of routes and trails available to supply for any ability. The routes are available in forest, desert, hillsides and mountain trails.

While you pass through scenic slopes of Alborz and Zagros mountains the nomad people welcome you with their traditional lifestyle and along your quite green ride through desert and forest you will enjoy the nature and feel the extra love that mother earth sends to bikers. We supply top range bikes and safety equipment to all of our customers.

Alborz and Zagros mountain biking, Iran

Trekking & Hiking

Iran’s mountains offer a great variety of scenery in the rocky gorges with sheer cliffs, valleys with rich orchards, alpine pastures covered with wild flowers, snow-capped summits and lush forests. We provide affordable and sustainable Trekking and Hiking tours across the mountain ranges of Iran that are beneficial to locals based on ecotourism principles.

Meeting nomads and hospitable people to explore their customs and traditions inspires you to go after your dreams and expand the horizons of your soul.

Don’t watch your head, Watch your soul!

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Iran Doostan provides you affordable and sustainable Trekking and Hiking tours across the mountain ranges of Iran.

Adrenaline Adventures

Canyoning

From northern forests to central and west mountains of Iran there are great  canyons with or without water flow. We provide fully guided canyoning tours to Iran on all levels that make your adrenaline rush. Whether you are experienced canyoner or not, our guides will support you entire the canyon route. All tours include canyoning equipment and gears.

Water Adventures

The Persian Gulf in the South, Caspian Sea in the North and wild rivers in Alborz and Zagros mountains are great places for water adventures in Iran.
The wide range of our water adventure tours include Whitewater rafting, Kayaking, River trekking, Scuba diving, Snorkeling and Water skiing. Our rafting tours are guided by world class whitewater guides and supported by safety kayaks.

Caving & Spelunking

There are more than hundred caves fully explored and to be explored that make us to provide incredible guided caving tours in Iran. Half day to multi-days tours are available with various levels from easy to advanced technical caving also for pitch dark crawlers and spirits who enjoy cave expedition and spelunking there are many unexplored routes in new-found caves.
We provide safety, protective and support gears. Our expert trained guides will teach you techniques if you are eager for underground world.

Alisadr water cave, Iran

Alisadr water cave, Iran

Wildlife Watching & Photography

Iran is country of four seasons with special biodiversity due to climatic conditions and vast central desert surrounded with high altitude mountains. We offer guided tours to watch wildlife and visit the natural scenic beauties of protected areas including National parks and Wildlife refuges.

The wide range of our wildlife services includes Birdwatching, Butterfly watching, Desert wildlife and special expert guided tours exclusively designed for researchers and scientists.

Our wildlife photography tours are managed by experienced wildlife photographers to achieve the targets with high success factor.

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Iranian cities among the UNESCO Creative Cities Network

You are probably familiar with the UNESCO World Heritage List. According to its criteria and standards, UNESCO registers tangible and intangible works to protect those valuable works. Since 2004, UNESCO has launched the Creative City Network to promote inter-city cooperation. The member cities of this network work together to achieve their common goal. Their common goal is to put creativity and cultural industries at the center of local development programs and international cooperation. The UNESCO Creative Cities Network covers seven creative areas: handicrafts, indigenous arts, media arts, film, design, food, literature, and music. These cities are committed to sharing their positive activities and building cooperation between the public and private sectors and civil society. To date, Iran has registered three cities as creative cities in UNESCO. In the following, each city is explained separately.

Rasht, City of Gastronomy

You can get easily get confused in choosing food while going to the good local restaurants in Rasht. There are variety of local dish each has its unique taste. This variety of foods has listed Rasht as a city of Gastronomy in UNESCO in 2015. One of the reasons for this decision is the creative combination of local and seasonal food with the local culture of the region. Rasht cuisine has been passed down from generation to generation not only in old recipes but also in cooking methods and the proper use of utensils. Therefore, in Rasht, as a creative city, we are faced with unique food culture. The membership in the creative cities network makes a potential link between tourism, economic development, and gastronomy for Rasht.

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A special type of Kebab cooked in Rasht, Iran.

Bandar Abbas, City of Crafts

Although, in Bandar Abbas, there are various cultural features such as seafood, folk music, handicrafts, and indigenous arts, handicrafts have become more important due to their antiquity. As a feature of this creative city, handicraft was registered in UNESCO in 2018. Bandar Abbas handicrafts include three sections include: functional handicrafts, local clothes, and local musical instruments. Bandar Abbas handicrafts are a significant part of the country’s economy and an opportunity to generate income at the local and national level, and later generations can develop it in the future. Being selected among the UNESCO Creative Cities Network will make Bandar Abbas more valuable, and hopefully there will be more tourists traveling to this city. The traditional bazaars and the men and women who wear traditional clothes and produce handicrafts in this area are so attractive that it fascinates every tourist.

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Typical handicrafts in Bandar Abbas.

Sanandaj, City of music

You may think the city of music would be a great compliment! Sanandaj, as the second-largest Kurdish city in Iran, is well recognized for its music. Many great musicians have been introduced to the world by this city.

A Kurdish woman playing Daf.

In Sanandaj, the Daf is introduced as a national musical instrument. Due to the importance of music in this city, it was registered as a creative city of music by UNESCO in 2108 to provide a way to develop this special style of music. Playing Daf in various ceremonies in the Khosro Abad mansion is one of the beautiful examples of music in this city that attracts many tourists every year.

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Uraman Takht, A village hidden within a mountain

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

History of Uraman Takht

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

UNESCO World Heritage Site

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

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

Architecture

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

Nature

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

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

The Best Time to Visit Uraman Takht

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

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Old cafes in Iran, Nostalgia in modern life

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

Naderi café, love and poem

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

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The 50 year-old Naderi Cafe

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

Diamond Cafe, a classic mood

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

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Diamond Cafe, A cozy place you will love!

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

Masoudie Cafe, a cafe in a mansion

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

old cafes in Iran

old cafes in Iran: Masoudie mansion

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

Chai Bar Cafe

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

Tasua and Ashura

Traveling to Iran during Muharram

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

Ta’zieh: A UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

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

 

Manners and dress codes

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

The best places to visit Ashura memorial event in Iran

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

Muharam in Iran-Yazd

Yazd province has a particularly remarkable ritual in Muharam.

These top places and the location include:

Khaneye Honarmandan Iran, Tehran

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

Amir Chakhmaq Complex, Yazd

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

Hosseinieh Ghasem Ibn- Alhussein, Natanz, Iran

Hosseinieh Ghasem Ibn- Alhussein, Natanz, Iran

Taziyeh Nooshabad, Kashan

Nooshabad, Kashan, Iran

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