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.

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Chalidare, Mashhad, Iran

Things to do in Mashhad (photos, timing, info)

Whenever you hear the name of Mashhad city, you may probably think of the most religious and boring city in Iran. But the truth is that there are a lot of fascinating and interesting places waiting for you. Mashhad, the capital of Razavi Khorasan province, is a vast and beautiful region located in the northeast part of Iran. This holy city is famous for the production of the best quality saffron in the world, it is also the most popular souvenir among its visitors that everybody loves. Mashhad is the only city in Iran that has millions of visitors each year and it’s the most crowded city on holidays. You can start your trip from The Holy Shrine of Imam Reza to expansive green valleys in Chalidareh to keep an amazing time for keeping in memory. We wish you a spiritual and memorable experience in this holy city of Iran. For more information on religious tours to Iran, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Imam Reza Holy Shrine

If you are looking for a spiritual overhauling experience, the holiest site in Iran, the place where you can find God reflected in your heart without any shadow, is The Holy Shrine of Imam Reza. Imam Reza is the only Imam being buried in Iran therefore his tomb is so respectful among Muslims. Many Iranians and tourists from nearby countries spend some days in Mashhad to visit the tomb of Imam Reza, especially on some holidays like his birth or death dates or even Ramadan, the shrine will be so crowded but it can be visited any time of the year. The shrine contains the mausoleum of the 8th Shia Imam, The Goharshad Mosque, the Library, a dining hall, vast prayer halls for pilgrims, and museums such as carpet and coin collections. You can find ancient coins from the Sasanid dynasty or medals dedicated to the shrine by famous athletes like Takhti; a great and popular wrestler. Non-Muslims can enter the shrine, but they won’t be allowed to approach Imam’s tomb. Women are supposed to wear a hijab and chador to enter the shrine. It’s better to visit here with a local guide to comply with the local customs and rules. There will also be a fast inspection for men and women separately. The efforts of volunteered workers while placing and handling the carpets with love and care to prepare high standards of respect for visitors are admirable. The shrine has got a unique and rich interior that has been built more than a hundred years ago. Mirror and tile works, form a dreamy image to fondle eyes. The golden dome and the blue background of the walls. This shrine is an architectural treasure. Every corner of it has its own spectacular design. For keeping an unforgettable memory of your trip to Mashhad, visit the holy shrine during evening prayers and spend some time by the fountain and watch the white heavenly pigeons flying above the shrine.


Things to do in Mashhad – Imam Reza is the only Imam being buried in Iran therefore his tomb is so respectful among Muslims.

Goharshad Mosque

Goharshad Mosque can be accessed from one of the courtyards of the Holy Shrine and now is a part of the shrine itself. This architectural masterpiece has a great history behind it; the mosque was built by the order of King Shahrokh’s wife, Goharshad, back in the Timurid dynasty. The colors used in Goharshad Mosque designs are the first thing to capture your eyes. You can take a moment to appreciate the beautiful artwork from the Timurid era; the Iranian tiles and plastering work, the shining mirrors on interior ceilings, and the merging minarets on both sides of the iwan, raised from the ground are all samples of Iranian and Islamic architecture.
You can use Mashhad BRT or Metro systems. If you’re using BRT buses, you can reach the shrine from anywhere in Mashhad. You can get off any station at Imam Reza boulevard, Tabarsi St., or Beit-al Moghadas St. in case of using the metro, take Shohada or 17 Shahrivar metro station to access Imam Reza Holy Shrine.
Opening hours: 24 hours


Things to do in Mashhad – The turquoise color used in Goharshad Mosque designs is the first thing to capture your eyes.

Tomb of Nader Shah

The tomb of Nader Shah is iconic for being the burial of a true Persian king. Nader Shah, the founder of the Afsharid dynasty, was a very important figure in Iran’s history that lead Iran into glory and expansion. The tomb is located in Naderi Garden near the Holy Shrine of Imam Reza in Mashhad. It was Nader Shah’s last wish to be buried near Imam Reza’s Shrine after his death. The king’s life had lots of dramas and exciting stories that you can learn about on this site. A monument has been built in remembrance of Nader Shah; a statue of Nader Shah on horseback, along with a number of soldiers mounted on a high volume of stone. The complex contains two museums in which you can find the old map of Iran which had its widest boards in the Afsharid dynasty and weapons such as arrows, guns, cannons, armor, etc. that had been used by the king. There are also bookstore and souvenir shops back of the main building that sells handicrafts and all sorts of gifts. Next to the Nader Shah’s tomb, there is the tomb of Coronel Mohammad Taghi Khan, who was a popular military leader in Iran and was also known to be the first Iranian who successfully could fly an aircraft. Try to take some time in the garden to enjoy the way that the beautiful architecture and designs of this place give it even a more loving and living sense than it already has and feels the magic of history. At last, try the little photography place and dress as kings or queens and keep the memory of your travel to Mashhad.
Get to the Shohada or 17 Shahrivar metro station, then take a taxi or walk for about 5 minutes on Shirazi Avenue and you will reach the Tomb of Nader Shah in Mashhad.
Opening hours: 9 am – 5 pm

Mashhad-Nadershah tomb

Things to do in Mashhad – A monument has been built in remembrance of Nader Shah, the powerful king in Iran’s history.

Chalidarreh Dam Complex

The scenery of this place makes every visitor smile and it provides happy moments for them to experience in Mashhad. Its nature opens its heart to anyone who seeks a break from the tension of city life. Along with the calmness of the place, some activities were provided for visitors to increase their adrenaline and to present a fun and entertaining place to spend a nice day with family and friends. The most attractive feature of Chalidarreh is the chairlift takes you over the lake and the hills around. You can use the chairlifts to go from one station to another. There is also a train that will take you up the hills to have a nice view of the lake and its surroundings. The lake has many functions like watering the farmlands which have a great profit for the Chalidarreh complex as well. Cross over the lake by paddle or speed boats that have been prepared for your boat riding. A small zoo and bungee jumping and zip lines have been provided for your interests. Daredevils can use the zip line to fly over the lake. There are different types of restaurants and cafés around, in which you can enjoy a nice view of the lake while enjoying your time with your family and friends.
Drive or take a taxi to Torghabeh, get to Imam Reza boulevard, and then at the end of the Khomeini ring road, you will reach your destination.
Opening hours: 9 am – 12 am


Things to do in Mashhad – The surrounding nature of Chalidare opens its heart to anyone who seeks a break from the tension of city life

Kang Village

If you’ve never seen an ancient village built up over a hillside, then you would definitely get excited to see Kang Village. The architecture of the village is fascinating. The houses are built in a way that the roof of one house is another house’s front yard. The people who still live here are so kind and simple. Watching the people still caring for each other and helping one another, just melts your heart. Visitors believe autumn is the best season to visit Kang Village because of the colorful leaves along the river that makes an outstanding scenery. The fresh air and a beautiful view with a calm atmosphere are all you need to tramp around and relax for a moment. Having both views of mountains and rivers is just a gift to appreciate life and enjoy the moment. That’s all traveling is about.


Things to do in Mashhad – visitors believe autumn is the best season to visit Kang Village because of the colorful leaves along the river that makes outstanding scenery.

You can buy some dried fruits or smocked tea to freshen up and keep up climbing the stepped village and seek out more history of this thousand of years old village. If you could reach the top of the hill, you will find an amazing photo opportunity of the village which will be unique in your own way. You won’t ever get enough of this village and its kind people. So make sure you pay a visit to this lovely person in Kang Village.
From Mashhad, take the imam Khomeini ring road of Torqabeh and then go along. As you enter the Noghondar road, the road ends up by the village of Kang and you will reach your destination.
Opening hours: 24/7

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Yazd windtowers

Yazd virtual tour (free)

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. For more information on tours to Iran please do not hesitate to contact us at

DowlatAbad garden

You might think that because Dowlatabad 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 the 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

Yazd virtual tour – Dolat Abad garden, where the highest windcatcher of the world exists.

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 belief 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

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

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 on some hot summer nights the prayers are 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

Yazd virtual tour – The high porch of the Jameh Mosque of Yazd.

Amir Chakhmaq 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. Amir Chakhmaq 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 that are performed with special songs and instruments. This place 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

Yazd virtual tour – Historique Mirchakhmaq Square of Yazd.

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Isfahan virtual tour (free)

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.

Naghshe 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 the 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 Naghshe Jahan Square.

Naghsh_E Jahan Square, Isfahan - Iran

Naghsh_E Jahan Square, Isfahan – Iran

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

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

Siosepol Bridge

Siosepol or literally translated as “Thirty-three bridges” over the Zayandeh rud 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 bridge, over Zayanderood river

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.

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.

Sheykh Lotfollah mosque

The well-known dome of the Sheykh Lotfollah mosque

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. We would welcome any inquiry you may have about traveling to Iran, please do not hesitate to contact us at

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Kerman atractions

Kerman virtual tour (free)

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:

GanjaliKhan Complex: A masterpiece of Iranian architecture

There is a complex called Ganjali Khan Complex 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:

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

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:

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:

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Nasirolmolk mosque

Shiraz virtual tour (free)

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. We would welcome any inquiry you may have about traveling to Iran, please do not hesitate to contact us at

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

Shiraz virtual tour – Quran gate of Shiraz


Take your VR goggles, we are going to walk in the center of the great Persian Empire in the Achaemenid era: The Persepolis. 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.


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

Nasir al-mulk 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. Nasir al-mulk 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.

Qavam orangery

Qavam orangery or Narenjestan_E Ghavam is a historic house with a great garden famous for its orange blossom odor in spring. The Qavam house 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 traditional 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.


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.

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Gilan virtual tour

Gilan virtual tour (free)

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 loved ones through social networks, you can also enjoy Virtual traveling. Iran Doostan Tours invites you to a virtual tour of 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:


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 the 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:

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Chabahar tourist attractions

Things to do in Chabahar (Photos, Info)

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

Things to do in Chabahar: 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

Things to do in Chabahar – 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

Things to do in 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

Things to do in 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

Things to do in Chabahar: 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.

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Ahvaz tourist attractions

Things to do in Ahvaz (Photos, info)

Speaking of Things to do in Ahvaz 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 falafel 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.

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Kish Diving Center

Things to do in Kish Island (Photos, info, timing)

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 the Persian Gulf or flying above it can be an exciting experience on Kish Island. The best thing about Kish Island is the fact that it’s a free trade zone in Iran 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 whose 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 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 the 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 in less than half an hour.

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Hot Springs in Iran

where to find the best 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.

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.

hot springs in Iran

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

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 springs 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 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 that 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 diseases. 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.

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