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.

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.

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Yazd windtowers

Free virtual tour to Yazd: The city of wind towers

It seems like Covid19 has huge creativity in wasting our time! 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 virtual tours of Yazd,  right here on the Irandoostan website.

1_Dolat Abad garden

You might think that because Dolatabad Garden has the tallest windbreak in the world, the windbreak building is the main part of it, but we recommend you not to miss a single click in this section. Many buildings are considered to be the main parts of the garden: The Reservoir, the mirrorball, the windbreak room, etc. The existence of all these main parts of Dolatabad has made it independent of other parts of the city just like a small autonomous city. The first part you can see from inside the building is octagonal Hall or Hashty, with a geometrically shaped roof and wooden lattice doors. If you go to Dolatabad Garden on a hot day in the real world, you will feel the cool fresh air on your skin as soon as you enter this area. Upon entering the vestibule, there will be a windbreak room and three alcove rooms will be around you. There are no ornamental plants in the garden, but the shady and fruitful trees have been planted due to the improvement of the air circulation in this garden in the middle of the desert.

Dolat abad garden _ yazd

Dolat Abad garden, where the highest windcatcher of the world exists.

2_Fire temple of Yazd

Fire temples are places of worship of Zoroastrians, as Yazd is the center of Iranian Zoroastrians, the most famous fire temple of Zoroastrians “Atashkadeh Bahram Yazd” is located in this city. The architecture of this fire temple is inspired by the Achaemenid style. There is a pool in the front area of Atashkadeh, the floor of which is covered with coins. In the public beliefs throwing coins in the pool of the fire temple, their wishes become true. Inside the temple, just in front of the entrance, there is a room where the sacred fire (the sacred element of Zoroastrianism) is lit. And since the sacred fire should not touch the souls of ordinary people, it is only possible to watch from the window. Outside the temple on your right, there is a path leading to the photo gallery and then to the traditional water reservoir of the complex.

Fire temple of Yazd

“Atashkadeh Bahram” or the fire temple of Zoroastrian in Yazd.

3_The Jameh Mosque of Yazd

The Jameh Mosque of Yazd is best known for its high porch and minarets. In this mosque exists one of the tallest minarets in the world, the height of which reaches the height of a 17-story building. The courtyard of the mosque is about twice the size of a tennis court and is surrounded by arched entrances In the middle of the yard, something like a pond can be seen, which is filled with materials instead of water. This is what is called the moonlight platform because in some hot summer nights the prayers used to perform there under the moonlight. By following the arrows, you will reach the summer part where you have to turn the mouse upwards and watch the high and unique dome of the Jameh Mosque of Yazd.

Jameh mosque of Yazd

The high porch of the Jameh Mosque of Yazd.

4_Mirchakhmaq Square

Amir Chakhmaq complex is among the most significant historical monuments in the old part of Yazd which is named after its founder “Amir Jalal Chakhmaq”,  a commander in the Teymorid era with his wife. The complex includes different parts: The mosque, the Bazar, the cistern, and the Nakhal. Down the many stairs beside the mosque you’ll visit the cistern of the complex and now is a small museum gallery. At the east of the mosque, in the middle of Bazar, exists the Zoorkhaneh which is somehow a traditional gym for Iranian ritual sports which is performed with special songs and instruments. This place was used to be a reservoir of the cistern at the time. Don’t forget to click on the roof and the porch to enjoy the landscape.

Mirchakhmaq Square

Historique Mirchakhmaq Square of Yazd.

Isfahan

Free virtual tour to Iran: Isfahan, the half of the world

The coronavirus left no chance to travel and this makes life in quarantine even more boring? Well, not so sure. There is a very old expression in the Persian language, claiming that “Isfahan includes the half worlds beauty”. let’s drop into Isfahan virtual tour and discover half of the world.

1-Naghsh_E Jahan Square

This gorgeous square has actually been the center of entertainment and gatherings of Shah Abbas I. Various rituals, celebrations, and performances were held during the reign of Shah Abbas I and his successors at the site. The surrounding monuments like magnificent Ali Qapo Palace, the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, and the Abbasi Grand Mosque, each of which is a magnificent Safavid-era architecture. Let’s take a tour of Naghsh_E Jahan Square.

Naghsh_E Jahan Square, Isfahan - Iran

Naghsh_E Jahan Square, Isfahan – Iran

2_Vank Cathedral

During the Safavid period and during the Ottoman conflict, Shah Abbas attacked the Armenian-populated city of Jolfa and caused a lot of damage. To compensate for the loss, he asked the Armenians living in Jolfa to migrate to Isfahan and build a neighborhood named after their origin city, Jolfa, with their architecture and cultural requirements. Vank Cathedral is a place of worship for Armenian Christians living in the Jolfa neighborhood, which is also influenced by Islamic architecture. Not so far to visit all these beauties, This cathedral is ornamented by various forms of art from which the most significant ones are the delicate blue and gilded paintings on the ceiling and central dome depicting the Biblical story of the tion of the world. Click on the Vank Cathedral and start the virtual tour.

Vank Cathedral

Vank Cathedral, in Isafan city, Jolfa district

3_Chehel Sotoun

Chehel Soton Palace and Garden is one of the examples of royal gardens leftover from the Safavid period in Isfahan, which is also known as Chehelston Palace or Chehel Soton Museum Garden. In fact, this garden is a small part of the vast Jahan Nama garden that Shah Abbas I created by building a pavilion in the core of the first Chehelsotun palace and was designed in such a way that it was possible to access it from other gardens. Click for a virtual tour to Chehel sotun.

Chehel Soton Palace and Garden

Chehel Soton Palace and Garden

4_ Siosepol Bridge

Siosepol or literally translated as “Thirty-three bridges” over the Zayandehrood River in Isfahan, has named after its 33 spans. During the Safavid period, the Armenian sprinkler festival was held on July 4 of each year on this bridge, and people sprinkled water and rose extract on each other during the ceremony. In our days,  youth gather together to play instruments and sing there and couples set the dates on this bridge.

siosepol

Siosepol bridge, over Zayanderood river

5_ Ali Qapu Palace

Just clicking on Ali Qapu palace takes you to the old entrance of the palace on the western side of the Naghsh_E Jahan square. Upon entering the complex, you will see symmetrical buildings on both sides. It is interesting to know that if you whisper in any of these spaces, your voice will be played in the symmetrical Part of the monument. Ali Qapu was built right after the transfer of the capital from Qazvin to Isfahan by Shah Abbas I, in the late tenth century AH, it was built as the reigning center of the Safavid sultans. Tracking the direction of the arrow each time takes you up the stairs and into some rooms. After passing through a few rooms (don’t forget to take a look at the beautiful designs of the stairs under your feet) you will reach the porch. which is a big one, on the third floor, overlooking the Square in a beautiful and also controlling way, suitable for a king, isn’t it?

Ali Qapu

The roof of Music Hall in Ali Qapu.

6_Sheykh Lotfollah mosque

Right in front of the magnificent AliQapu Palace, is the astounding Mosque of Sheykh Lotfollah. Not identical to other mosques, this royal mosque has no courtyard porch or minaret and instead is decorated with the most unique Islamic motifs. The corridor leading from the entrance to the nave is relatively high compared to the usual corridors. This is to keep the worshiper away from the hustle and bustle of the main square of the city and to guide him to the main path of the Qibla. Got out of the hallway, across the pulpit, and reaching the main hall, just turn the mouse up because the most beautiful dome decorations are waiting for you.

Sheykh Lotfollah mosque

The well-known dome of the Sheykh Lotfollah mosque

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.

quran gate

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

 

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.

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.

Kish: The Island of fantasies

The famous and unique scenery of sunset and sunrise behind the sea, its reflection on the Persian Gulf along with an ancient ship silhouette can only be seen on Kish Island. Various kinds of birds will be welcoming you to be dolphins’ guests for a couple of hours and enjoy your way back through a tunnel of colorful fish land. Discovering colorful fish under the sea while diving deep down of Persian Gulf or flying above it can be an exciting experience in Kish Island. The best thing about Kish Island is the fact that it’s a free economic island and you won’t need any visa to gain for traveling here!

The Ancient City of Harireh

As it is obvious by the name of this historical landscape, this old town is more than 800 years old. Old rooms and equipment can be found which were used by people who once used to live here. You can see how locals used materials to make an inhabitant for themselves. Enjoy the simplicity and splendid architecture of the city that was once popular and full of life with a great view of the sea. If you are interested in history and old architecture visit this ancient city in the heart of a modern island.
Right across the street, you can find the Green Tree Complex which an old tree with over 500 years old age exists. Green Tree is the oldest tree on Kish Island. If you walk down the stairs you will face a gigantic tree which its complex look will amaze you. The old Lur tree growth situation is different from all kinds of trees. Its branches grow down and turn into roots and grow up again from the soil beneath. Locals believe if you visit the tree and make a wish, your wish will be granted soon. If you are traveling to Kish Island in Spring, you can sit and relax in the environment full of pink blossoms and flowers and experience another memorable day in Kish Island.
Opening hours: 10 am – 10 pm

Kish Island, Harireh ancient city

The ancient city of Harireh: An old city to visit in the heart of a modern island.

Kish Dolphin Park

Your journey to the first Dolphinarium in Iran will start with a bird park. A huge area full of various kinds of birds freely flying or walking around. Birds like eagles, pelicans, flamingos, peacocks, toucans, and ostriches. If you are looking for something exciting to do, you can take a picture with the trained hawk right on your shoulder. The second section is dedicated to reptiles, such as crocodiles, snakes, and lizards that are lying motionless after they’re fed so then you can visit them. You can also have a photograph with a huge python if you are brave enough! After the reptile section, there will be a circus performance with acrobatics. There will be also a bird show with colorful parrots or other different kinds of birds. The dolphin show will be the last part. You can watch the dolphins play, swim and jump around and even create colorful paintings. If you have children with you, you can let them swim with these intelligent creatures and leave a happy memory for your children in Kish Island. On the way back you can enjoy walking in a small aquarium with rare and colorful fish, turtles and sharks of Persian Gulf.

Opening hours: 2:30 – 10 pm

Kish Island, Iran

Leave a happy memory for your children yourself with these intelligent and lovely creatures in Kish Island.

Kish Diving Center

A must activity to do in Kish Island is scuba diving deep down of Persian Gulf. First, you will have a quick lesson and the necessary equipment will be given to you. When everyone is ready you will be taken to the diving site by motorboats. You will dive with the professionals around you. Special cameras are prepared for you to take pictures underwater. By watching the colorful fish and corals all around you, you don’t want to get out of water. If you haven’t experienced a fly board yet, you can give it a try on Kish Island. It might be hard at first but when you learn how to keep your balance, you can enjoy your view of the sea beneath your feet. If you are interested, you can also parachute over the sea with your friends or family to leave an exciting memory on Kish Island.

Opening hours: 9 am – 4 pm

Kish Island

A must activity to do in Kish Island is scuba diving deep down of Persian Gulf.

Greek Ship

Khoula F, the Greek ship, is located in the western part of Kish Island which also is in the most beautiful beach among all the beaches of the island. The big old Greek ship is floating in shallow seabed close to the beach, carrying mysteries and histories while drowning them with itself slowly. This historical destruction of Greek Ship has been left in the Persian Gulf since 1966; a burnt ship that looks amazing in the blue Persian Gulf, is now a symbol of Kish Island. Needless to say, this is the most photogenic spot that can be found in Kish island but for taking pictures of sunset along with the ship, you need to make sure you’re on time.

Kish Island, Iran

The big old Greek ship is floating in shallow seabed close to the beach, carrying lots of mysteries.

Visiting Khoula F Ship at sunset will give you a magic view so don’t forget to bring your camera with you for amazing photography opportunities. The water is gorgeously blue and the sand is clean and soft. A great chance to sit and relax and enjoy your time in front of the never-ending Persian Gulf. Rent camels or horses to ride along the beach, or cycle around the island if you want. Your visit to Kish Island is incomplete without visiting the aground Greek Ship.

Rent a car or hire a taxi to the Greek Ship from anywhere on the island, you will arrive there less than half an hour.

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Most relaxing mineral hot springs in Iran

Iran enjoys a diversity of hot springs scattered all around the country, each region offers its own features. Hot springs in Iran are quite attractive to tourists and they offer a variety of curative aspects. Soaking in hot springs in Iran is not only relaxing but also beneficial to one’s health. Local people have believed in the medical features of these waters for years and have treated many illnesses in these hot springs which are scientifically proved today and have brought about many people traveling for the health benefits of these springs.

hot springs in Iran

Most hot springs in Iran are attractive destinations for health tourism due to their healing features.

Sarein hot springs

52 kilometers from Ardabil, you will reach to Sarein where it is well-known for hot springs in Iran. The area attracts many tourists, especially during summer, to its thermal springs with curative features.

It is widely believed that the existence of the minerals in these waters with various temperatures coming from the volcanic Sabalan mountains, soothe joint pain and rheumatism and also is good for relieving nerve pains. The area also offers many volcanic swimming pools with massage therapists and the region is equipped with modern facilities including hotels.

Reine hot springs

Driving to the amazing Haraz road in Marazandaran, you will find Reine hot springs that are a fascinating place for having some fun among the dense forests of the north of Iran. There are both private and public baths available. If traveling in a group, you can conveniently rent a house and enjoy bathing in the thermal waters of Reine. The advantage of being close to Tehran, attracts many visitors to the area annually.

Shahr-e Kohne

There are abundant hot springs in Khorasan Razavi province, in the northeast of Iran; Shahr-e Kohne Hot Spring in Qouchan county is also famous for being close to ancient historical sites, dating back to 250 BC. These hot springs attract many tourists who appreciate soaking in warm waters every year to the region.

Kariz hot spring

Kariz is another hot spring located in Khorasan province near Kashmar which is of great medical value compared to other hot spring in Iran, according to what the experts believe. The most outstanding feature about Kariz spring is being rich in mineral and chemical elements which is healing for skin disease. It is interesting to know that due to being located 1400 meters above the sea level, this village has a mountainous climate, with extremely cold winter and mild cool summer with a wild river roaming through. Kriz village is one of the most ancient villages of Kashmar city. “Shah Band”, one of the registered national monuments, located near the village well indicates the dating of Kariz village.

Ferdows hot spring

Located 20 km north of Ferdows city in Southern Khorasan province, there is a hot mineral spring dating back to 200 years ago. The mineral spring of Ferdows is located on the top of the mountain where the spa flows and there are traces of an ancient tower representing the historical age of the Ferdows mineral spa. It is interesting to know that after the Ferdows spa was cut off 47 years due to an earthquake happened and then it the flow again as an effect of the aftershocks that made local people happy, especially the inhabitants of Beroun and Mehran Koushak villages in the vicinity of Ferdows spa.

Falakdeh hot spring

Right in the middle of Do-Hezar forests in the north of Iran, somewhere off-the-beaten-path, there is an amazing hot spring which does not really attract a lot of people since it is not easy to access. So, this place is strongly recommended to adventurers looking for an unexplored place to relax in nature. Topographically, this hot spa has many low and high lands adding to its beauty and diversity. The most significant feature of this hot water is the absence of sulfur in it. The Falkade area has a cool and foothill climate which is very pleasant particularly during warm seasons.

Qale Kandy Hot Spring

On the road from Ardabil to Parsabad close to the eye-catching forests of Arasbaran and Aras river, you will arrive to a gorgeous touristic region with a famous hot spring, named “Qale Kandy” attracting many tourists. Qale Kandy hot spring is particularly healing in the treatment of Rheumatism. The water temperature of Qale Kandy spa in the main fountain reaches 75 to 80 degrees Centigrade and in the pools 65 to 70 degrees Centigrade; that is why most orthopedic specialists recommend this spa to their patients.

Chaldoran Hot Spring

There are 46 hot springs in West Azarbaijan province in the northwest of Iran, so, the province is a well-known destination for those looking for warm waters to relax or cure special disease. Out of these 46 spas, some are in the vicinity of valuable monuments. Chaldoran hot spring is a natural attraction in the province that attracts many tourists. Ahmadabad is another hot spring locating near Takht Suleiman geo-tourism site in Takab.

Milad Tower - Tehran tourist attractions

Tehran tourist attractions

Having been the capital of Iran for 225 years, unique geographical location and outstanding customs and traditions have made Tehran a worthy destination to visit. During the last ten years, Tehran has been set for historical, cultural and artistic urban tourism. Today, the magnificent Alborz slope with its modern sights is a favorite destination for foreign tourism. Tehran, in the heart of this station, has prepared a clean city with stunning buildings and expanded transportation for the future and our dearest tourists. With easy access to transportation and services, a great environment is prepared for a nice trip with family and friends to spend time in comfort and happiness. Keep up with Iran Doostan to know about Tehran tourist attractions.

Milad Tower

Milad Tower is Iran’s tallest tower which plays the role of Tehran’s representative in the modern world. The tower was built in 2008 and it was named Milad to mark the centennial birthday of Imam Khomeini. As a result of its interesting characteristics, Milad tower became a tourism symbol and culture center. This multi-purpose telecommunication and broadcasting tower covers an area of 12 thousand square meters Tehran’s. The tower’s head structure is considered the biggest telecommunications tower’s head structure in the world.
The tower contains five main parts of the foundation, lobby structure, shaft, head structure, an antenna mast. What shines through in the 6-story lobby is the unique arch-shaped concrete ceiling in which its geometric design represents ornamental pattern of Iranian knot. Inside this amazing tower, you will find an open observation deck, a VIP restaurant, a public art gallery, and a revolving restaurant, all these sections attract the visitors and tourists with a variety of t tastes and preferences. The cultural and social complex of Milad Tower provides a welcoming atmosphere for the tourists and enthusiasts of cultural activities into its various parts such as conference center, tourist areas, cinema and museum, coffee shops, exhibition, and sports facilities, 5star hotel, and commercial and administrative centers.
You can start your trip to Milad tower by riding bikes or carriages, looking around shops and buying souvenirs for your family and friends, you can also participate in special events and concerts. Enjoy a movie at the cinema and having a meal at the revolving restaurant and maybe take a look at the Dolphinarium.
Milad tower is located between highways Chamran, Hemmat, and Hakim and is among the best Tehran tourist attractions. If you decided to drive to the tower, you need to know that each of the highways has a convenient exit to Milad Tower, so you can get there from any part of the city. There is also a bus stop named “Milad Hospital Station” next to Milad Tower, you can take a city bus that passes that station.

Opening hours: Every day at 9 am – 11 pm

Milad Tower - Tehran tourist attractions

Milad Tower is the symbol of modern Tehran.

Azadi Tower

Back in 1969, a competition was planned in order to build up a modern tower for Tehran, and in 1971, the tower was all prepared and ready. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, the tower and the surrounding square were named Azadi that in Persian means freedom. Azadi Tower is now a modern symbol for Tehran; not only it is a modernized entrance for the latest civilization and tourists, but it is also a memorial for aged locals or guests coming from west of the city, to be reminded of the history that has been occurred there. The tower’s architecture is a combination of both the Sasanid and the Achaemenid dynasty with modern Islamic architecture. The head of the tower was designed in a way that looks like wind catchers in desert regions of Iran, but it actually acts as an air conditioner for the tower. The skylights in the first and second floors are a simulation of Shamseh (sun-like) design in traditional Iranian architecture. The blue colors in the designs and ceramics, as well as designs between the two arches, invoke the memories of the atmosphere of the historical mosques in Iran.
Azadi Tower has three floors, four lifts, and two stairways. It also consists of Azadi cultural complex, including museum, library, science hall, Iranian studies hall, gallery, auditorium, and conference hall. The design of the surrounding square around the tower was inspired by Persian gardens, especially fountains in Fin Garden.
Azadi Tower is located between the Meydan-e Azadi and Ostad Moen stations of the yellow line of Tehran metro. By choosing any of the lines and some minutes of walking, you will reach Azadi Tower. Or use Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line #1 which goes from the East of the city to the West, passing Ferdowsi square, Teatr-e Shahr metro station, and Enghelab square. You can take a bus from there to Azadi stop to reach the tower.

Opening hours: Every day at 9 am – 8 pm except Saturdays.

Azadi tower- Tehran tourist attractions

The tower’s architecture is a combination of both the Sasanid and the Achaemenid dynasty with modern Islamic architecture.

Golestan Palace

Golestan Palace was founded in the Safavid dynasty and survived until now. Qajar kings, who had chosen Tehran as their capital, planned to make the city more majestic for their royal life. Golestan Palace contains mansions and buildings such as Marble Throne (Takht-e Marmar), Pond House (Howz Khaneh), Gallery (Negar Khaneh), Brilliant Hall (Talar-e Brelian), Ivory Hall (Talar-e Adj), Library, Edifice of the Sun (Shams-ol-Emareh), the wind-catcher buildings (Emarat-e Badgir) and its pond; Diamond Hall (Talar-e Almas); White Palace (Kakh-e Abyaz), Tent House (Chador Khaneh), etc. But among all of these buildings Shams-ol-Emareh, shines bright like a diamond.

The edifice of the Sun (Shams-ol-Emareh) was built following an order by Nasser al-Din Shah Qajar. The king wanted a vast view of the capital from his palace, so they’d come up with the idea of a European multi-story building. So this is how the construction of the Edifice of the Sun began in 1865 and completed two years later. The edifice of the Sun with three floors and two towers on top was built in 1867 and has a mixture of Persian and western architecture. In addition to the stories, the Clock Tower, high porches, and Wind catchers made the building look like European palaces. The sound of its clock, which was presented by Queen Victoria to the king Nasser al-Din Shah, told time to people of Tehran for a long time, just like Bing Ben in London. These features along with the mirror and tile works, paintings, stuccos of walls and ceilings made the building distinct from other buildings back in time. The palace was once the highest building in Tehran; people could see all alleys, waterfalls running down the mountains around Tehran. But now this beautiful palace is concealed behind the city’s towers and buildings.

One way of going to Golestan Palace is Qurkhane Bus Terminal which is located in 10 minutes of walk from Golestan Palace. You can try these buses which come from different parts of the city and arrive at this station. But if you want to travel by subway, the closest metro station is Panzdah-e Khordad of the red line. Then you need to walk from the metro to Golestan Palace that will take a couple of minutes

Opening hours: Every day at 9 am – 6 pm

Golestan palace is among the most eye-catching Tehran tourist attractions.

Niavaran Historical-Cultural Complex

Tehran is such a large and crowded city with lots of traffic and life; but when you enter this breathtaking compound, you’re in another world. Niavaran Complex is another famous heritage of Iran’s culture and history; consisting museums, the royal library, a pavilion and
Finally, the main palace which the king used to live and work there before the revolution of 1979. Niavaran complex architecture is breathtaking; Ceiling, walls, and windows are all designed and decorated by famous and talented Iranian artists who used stunning mirror and tile works and stuccos. Niavaran Palace, Sahebgharanieh Palace, and Ahmad Shahi pavilion are three main palaces in Niavaran Complex. In the west part of the Sahebghanieh Palace, you will find the Jahan Nama Museum which there is a lot of valuable items that have been gifted to the royal family from all over the world. Shah Executive Car Museum is full of classic vintage cars that belonged to the royal family with photographs of them with their cars, taking us back to the kingdom dynasty by looking at the pictures. Royal Library belonged to Farah Pahlavi who also owned collections of artworks such as sculptures, paintings and even furniture beside 23 thousand French and Persian books of Art, Literature, and History.
If you choose to go by subway, get to Tajrish Metro Station on the first line of Tehran subway and from there take a taxi or bus to go to the complex. Also if you reach Niavaran Square, it will take 5 minutes walking to get to the complex. Take your time, the surrounding area is worth sightseeing.

Opening hours: Evey day at 9 am – 5 pm

Niavaran palace: Tehran tourist attractions

Niavaran complex architecture is breathtaking with stunning mirror and tile works and stuccos.

Sa’adabad Complex

Sa’adabad Complex is a wonderland full of giant and tiny palaces. A green land full of plane trees, taking us all off from the moment to the very beginning of the complex. This stunning complex belonged to Qajar and Pahlavi dynasty which today is one of the greatest and important complexes in Iran. There are so many museums from royal clothing and paintings to kitchen and cars. Some of the interesting museums are the white and green palace, royal car and Omidvar brothers museum. You can enjoy all different types of art from well-known Iranian artists, or you can visit royal clothing and cars, military outfits from various periods of time. If you are interested, try to visit all the museums because each of them has their own story to tell and a unique history hidden behind them. There are lots of cafes and restaurants by the river in which you can enjoy
your time and be ready for the rest of the trip. You can continue your journey walking through the gardens or take one of the vans on the way.
If you’re going by subway, Tajrish metro station is the northern station of the red metro line. When you arrived you can walk to the palace or take a taxi. If you decided to go with BRT, take line 7 which follows Vali Asr Street and arrives at Tajrish Square. Hope on any stop and go to the north, and then walk to Sa’adabad Complex or take a taxi.

Opening hours: Every day at 9 am – 4 pm

Sa'adabad Palace, Tehran, Iran

Tehran tourist attractions: Sa’adabad Palace