Iran Doostan Tours Co. has the honor of being a pioneer in operating cultural tours in Iran. We were one of the first few travel agencies that started operating incoming tours to Iran. Through 30 years of experience, we managed to expand our service to cover more diverse package tours to Iran. Today, we offer nearly all sorts of Incoming tours to Iran, any type of tour our dear clients request ranging from cultural to adventure, MICE, medical and tailor-made tours.
No matter you are looking for tours to Iran from India, tours to Iran from USA, Cheap Iran tour or luxury tour,
Iran 7-day tour or 14-day tour, we are ready to offer you the best travel experience you could ever have in the ancient land of Persia. Iran’s land tour and escort tour are also among our experiences you can count on.
All sorts of tours at any price and quality range, from any country, would be managed by our professional experts at Iran Doostan. Having handled a variety of situations and operating a diversity of tours to Iran, our staff are quite reliable for consultation and operating incoming tours to Iran.
Covering all travel services tourists might need including itineraries, visas, tour guides, transportation, accommodation would be provided by Iran Doostan tours Co.
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Tehran - Golestan Palace

Tehran attractions infographic (district 12)

You don’t have enough time to visit the whole big city of Tehran? Then replacing that with visiting the Golden District would be a clever idea. District 12 is the main and historical core of the city, where the Treasury of National Jewels _in which is kept the Naderi golden throne and the most valuable crowns remained from Qajar and Pahlavi kings_ and Golestan palace is located, the Grand Bazar of Tehran and many other museums exist. To be clear, you can walk through the history, from thousands of years ago in Iran national museum, cross the Qajar wealth, and drink your evening modern Coffee in Masoudieh garden.

Tehran district 12

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Yazd attractions

Yazd attractions infographic

Yazd, also well-known as the city of windcatchers, is located between the northern Dasht-e Kavir and the southern Dasht-e Lut and is absolutely a city of the desert. The windcatchers and mud-brick houses are well representatives of a typical city of the desert.
Yazd is also well-known for its picturesque rooftops, which is of utmost attraction to many photographers.
Besides, Yazd used to be one of the main places of Zoroastrianism, the ancient monotheistic religion, around 3500 years ago and is still considered the center of Zoroastrianism in Iran. This has caused the city to be the home to several religious sites in Iran. These historic religious sites include the Fire Temple containing a central fire that has allegedly been burning since the 5th century A.D, Chak Chak, Iran’s most significant Zoroastrian pilgrimage site, and Yazd Towers of Silence.
Other attractions in Yazd include Dowlatabad garden embracing the tallest wind tower in the world and the well-preserved, still inhabited Old Town in Yazd with the yellow-brown of the mud-brick buildings.

All these beauties have made the city a delightful destination for tourists traveling to Iran. There is a lot to be visited here in Yazd, incorporate it into your travel list to Iran! we would welcome any inquiry you may have about traveling to Iran, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@idt.ir. We will come back to you soon.

Yazd attraction

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Bushehr

Things to do in Bushehr (Photos, info)

The lovely city of Bushehr is famous for its impressive and peaceful coast, and amazing traditional architecture which has made it a fascinating destination for many visitors. If you have decided to have a tour to Iran, you will witness a combination of architecture, fascinating coast, and tasty local food in Bushehr.  To consult us about tours to Iran, please do not hesitate to send an email to info@idt.ir. Stick with us to know more about Bushehr tourist attractions and the things you can do in this city.

Jashkak Salt Mountain

If you travel to Bushehr and had the opportunity to visit around the port of Bushehr, do not miss visiting the salt dome of Jashkak, particularly as a nature lover. This salt mountain is one of the most attractive sights of Bushehr. Salt domes are large layers of underground salts that have moved toward the surface of the earth and resemble amazing domes.
Jashkak Salt Dome is one of the most beautiful salt domes in the Middle East that is still active. This unique salt mountain is 12 km long and 4.5 km wide. What distinguishes this salt dome from other salt domes is the presence of caves, waterfalls, crystals, and the type of salt on this mountain.

Jashkak salt Mt. - Bushehr

This salt mountain is one of the most attractive sights of Bushehr.

Malek mansion; The house of the richest man in Bushehr

Malek Mansion, which is located six kilometers from Bushehr, is one of the historical monuments of this city, which was built during the Qajar period and dates back to 100 years. The owner of this mansion was a famous and rich merchant of Bushehr named “Mohammad Mehdi Malek Al-Tojjar”.
Built by French architects in the style of old buildings in the Persian Gulf with local materials, this building is actually a complex with different sections such as formal meeting halls downstairs, banquets and private parties upstairs, The fort, the emperor and the various rooms and porches as well as the courtyards are nested. The mansion became a military base in the years following the British occupation.

Malek-Mansion - Bushehr

Dating back to 100 years ago, this beautiful mansion used to be the house of a rich person in Bushehr that attracts many visitors today.

Dehdashti House

Bushehr has many beautiful old houses with fascinating atmospheres and Dehdashti house is one of them. This house is a relic of the Qajar period, with a delightful courtyard, gorgeous exterior, and lovely interior design. In the exterior, coral stones and wood have been used and the walls inside the building are plastered and oil paintings can be seen in the rooms.
Dehdashti house or mansion is located in the old part of the city, where there are neighborhoods with old houses, and in its alleys, you will find beautiful cafes.

Dehdashti House

This house is a relic of the Qajar period, about 100 years ago, with a delightful courtyard, gorgeous exterior, and lovely interior design.

Goor Dokhtar, forgotten tomb

If you are interested in the history of ancient Iran, get a little away from the port during your trip to Bushehr and visit Goor Dokhtar. Dating back to around 600 BC, there are arguments about who the tomb belongs to.
Looking very much like Cyrus the Great Tomb, some attribute Goor Dokhtar to Mandana, Cyrus ‘mother, and some believe that Atossa, Cyrus’ daughter, was buried in this place. There are even legends about the burial of Cyrus I (not Cyrus the Great) in this tomb. The girl’s tomb is made of 24 pieces of stone and its appearance is similar to the tomb of Cyrus the Great.

Goor Dokhtar - Bushehr

Looking very much like Cyrus the Great Tomb, there are many legends about this tomb.

Palm Groves

Palm Groves is like a jewel on the ring of Bushehr province. Dashtestan city and Abpakhsh have the largest number of palms in this region. The lush and tall groves at the entrance to the city of Abpakhsh have created a very spectacular landscape in this area and travelers often do not pass without stopping. The presence of water-filled canals on both sides of the entrance to the city has given a special “freshness” to this area so that travelers during Nowruz (the beginning of the new year in Iran) can enjoy water and nature together. These groves offer a high variety of dates; in addition to dates, citrus fruits, lemons, pomegranates also grow in these areas.

Palm groves

These groves offer a high variety of dates in Bushehr.

The Beach

One of the most beautiful attractions of Bushehr is its unique beach. It lasts about 8 months of the year. This province has the longest coastline in the country and is famous for its amazingly beautiful coast in the country. It is said that years ago, a British politician described Bushehr as a city with a fascinating beach landscape when you look at it from a distance on a ship, it looks like it is half in the water and the shore is not recognizable.

Bushehr-beach

Bushehr has the longest coastline in the country and is famous for its amazingly beautiful and lovely coast.

Bushehr Bazaar

Bushehr Old Bazaar is the main center of trade in the city just like other cities in Iran. The bazaar was established during the Qajar period with the beautiful and spectacular architecture of that time. The most amazing feature about its architecture is that it let the light enters the market, but when it snows and rains, water does not penetrate into the market. If you are planning to buy souvenirs for your loved ones, the old market is the best place to visit.

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Mohamadali ashraf vaghefi

Coronavirus and the threats to the future of tourism in Iran

Mohammad Ali Vaghefi, the vice president of the Iranian Tour Operators Association had an online interview with Marketing and Advertising Manager at the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts discussing the state of domestic and international tourism in Iran.

He admitted that 90% of the 2020 incoming tours to Iran have been canceled So far, and there is a high possibility of canceling the remaining 10%. However, many foreign agencies are already asking Iranian agencies for their travel package price in 2021. Many Iranian hotels, transportation companies, and travel agencies including Iran Doostan have predicted the requirements for traveling to Iran in this situation, and we are prepared to welcome our dear tourists, individually or in a group, considering all health protocols.

Mr. Vaghefi’s analysis of the situation, as a manager with more than 30 years of experience, is that domestic travel in Iran will be established first, and then demands in the travel sector will be raised by tourists with private vehicles. Many tourists prefer to go camping in nature and stay in tents or even rent a villa and disinfect it instead of booking a hotel room.

Regarding international travel, he believes that by resuming travels, there will be long lines for health control. Sanitary products and alcohol-based stuff will be added to the accessories that the tourist must hold. Passengers are required to receive travel insurance. The number of visitors and the number of visits to historical places and museums will decline, and by observing the slightest sign of illness, the person is excluded from the tour.

He continued: “We expect that demand for nature tourism will grow, and traveling in a group will be less frequent. Our tourism partners in other countries are already asking for a price of groups of one to eight people.” As a result, with regard to the health protocol, the cost of travel services, including plane tickets will increase and travel will become a luxury service.

At the end of the discussion Mr. Vaghefi asked for the government’s help to this sector, and

expressed his concerns this way: “In this situation, the government should contribute to the tourism industry.” It is important to keep the industry alive, the most important thing that should be considered is to keep the employees of the sector. It may take about four years for us to find a replacement for the specialized workforces that have left the profession.

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Qeshm Island

Top 4 Iran less-known places to visit

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

Qeshm Island

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

places to visit in Iran

Iran less-known places – Qeshm: The largest island in the Persian Gulf.

Khararanagh adobe ghost town

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

places to visit in Iran

Iran less-known places – Situated not far away from Yazd, Khararanagh adobe ghost town consists of hundreds of small adobe houses.

Makhunik “Liliput village”

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

 

Ray, the ancient city in Tehran metropolitan area

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

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Iran Flights, Visa & Money (Iran Budget Travel P1)

In this article, I would like to present some information and tips, hopefully, useful for “hard budget” travelers, with limited means but nevertheless dreaming of exploring the ancient land of Persia. As it was exactly my case, I am glad to share my experience in Iran travel costs!

Iran visa

While most Europeans (with the notable exception of UK) can obtain VOA in Iran’s several main airports, this obviously closes the possibility to arrive in other ways – by land or sea.
If you arrange an electronic visa before coming to Iran and are not in rush – you will be able to spice up your trip by making your journey a bit more adventurous and at least having a glance of some South Caucasus countries – while using well known European low-cost airlines.

Economic flight to Iran

Wizzair already connects Kutaisi in Georgia with lots of European cities; recently also Ryanair opened some connections with Kutaisi and Tbilisi. From amazing Tbilisi, it is possible to take a bus to Tehran, transiting Armenia and admiring towns and mountain roads. The bus price recently was around 60 euro, but take note that its some 30 h trip. Georgia and Armenia are visa-free for most Western nationals.
Otherwise, there is also the Wizzair connection Budapest-Baku, often around 50 euro, but in such a case you probably need also Azerbaijan e-visa that costs some 20 euro. There are bus and train connections to Tabriz or Tehran, or you can cross the Astara border and continue by exploring wonderful Green Paradise of Caspian areas of North Iran.
In case you come from Russia, Azerbaijani Buta Airways offers good prices Moscow to Tehran, via Baku.
Otherwise, as I did myself – the cheapest flight from many European countries is with Pegasus Airlines, a Turkish near-low cost company, obviously via Istanbul Sabiha Airport. In some periods of last year, there were prices (hand luggage only) of around 80 euro, one-way ticket – even from so faraway places as Madrid.
OK, so assuming you came to Iran you will need to stay somewhere, travel inside the country try local food – the good news is that it is very low actually, as long as you stay within “Iranian Price Space” by what I mean avoiding being corralled into specific services for foreign tourists, at much higher prices.
So, let’s talk about money – and here the fun starts! There are 2 money units in practice and 2 parallel foreign exchanges! Isn’t it wonderful?
Important – because of long time USA sanctions, no foreign bank card of any kind works in Iran. You must take CASH (euro or dollars) with you.
Any online source indicates that the official money of IRI is RIAL, nevertheless, Iranians with strange determination keep using the old unit, TOMAN – that worth 10 Rials, and nearly all prices are indicated in this unit: in shops, bazaars, taxis, etc. So, it is very confusing at the beginning, especially as we use hundreds of thousands and millions (of Rials – as these are the notes) on a daily basis.
Another initial tourist trap is the exchange rate. As said, there are two, government one and the real one. The real one does not mean the black market, as you change legally in exchange shops – that pay you 3-4 times more than banks on the same street, (as the banks by law must follow the Central Bank rates)! Doesn’t look a bit strange?

Everything about Iran money (Rial)

Because of recent sanctions and a de facto economic blockade, Iran’s Rial has lost its value compared to euro and dollar. If 3 years ago 1 euro was about 40 000 Rials, in October 2019 it was around 120 000 and in mid–December 2019 it is around 150 000 Rials – or as Iranians would say 15 000 Tomans.
Depending on many domestic or international factors Rial’s exchange can jump up or down (usually up) and it is absolutely crucial to check the latest rates on https://www.bonbast.com/.
What about other, Central Bank of Iran rate – it is for local importers and for other legitimate cases. The government keeps this rate, so they can buy dollars or euros at an easier price. However, it has nothing to do with tourists; as today, this rate for 1 euro is around 46 000 Rials – so, simply do not use banks to exchange your money, go only to private exchange points.
Be careful, the trap can wait for you in first minutes of your stay in Iran – while in need to change some money in Tehran Emam Khomeini airport, and wandering around – I was approached by a nice smart looking guy offering me to exchange my euros, giving me “very good rate” some 5000 Rials over the “official bank exchange” – of course showing me on his smartphone the exchange table of Central Bank in English!
Fortunately, I knew the real rate. Take note, on the second floor of the Emam Khomeini airport there is a money exchange shop, giving you quite good rates, so go there to change for the first needs.
Very important – with this fast depreciation, nobody knows how will be Rial exchange rate in 1 or 2 weeks – so do not exchange all money at once, but little by little, following your needs.
In Tehran, most of the exchange points are located in Ferdowsi Square (also metro station) and around, mainly on Ferdowsi street. Avoid black market dealers, that hang around and will approach you – they pay LESS than exchange shops and the same can even cheat you with fake or outdated notes.
Actually, most used note it is 100 000 Rials; the next bigger (and the biggest until now) note is 500 000 Rial; 3 years ago it had a somehow serious value of quite 15 euro – and as today is worth a bit over 3 euro in free exchange… for these reasons the smallest notes of 1000 and 2000 Rial notes and especially the coins, are nowadays rarely used.

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Iran foods and drinks

Iran foods and drinks: 5 Iranian local foods I love and miss

In every region, every country you go to – you will find some special foods – that you love so much. Unfortunately, in most cases, it is hard, if not impossible, to catch sight of them abroad. It is the same case with Iranian local foods and drinks. Here are five Iranian foods I love, and I am sure I will miss them when I leave this country.

Dough

Does it sound a bit weird? A big plastic bottle of fully carbonated, salty, yogurt, and herbs-based beverage? I love it, and I could find it only in Iran! Dough is a cherished traditional yogurt-based Iranian drink that accompanies meals. Iranians also use it as an ingredient in many dishes, such as soup or various sauces. While in some European countries, it is possible to find sour milk beverages – typically just acid in taste as kefir or buttermilk – Iranian dough offers an entire symphony of taste and aroma.

They are lightly salted, then come as plain dough with mint, thyme, or several green herbs flavor. In every small shop or big supermarket, you will find an area with 1.5-liter bottles of this white drink; usually, there are several brands and varieties of taste. For example, there is classic dough (no gas – some 80% brands) and a carbonated one. Just be careful when opening the carbonated one; you will have several seconds of a champagne-like fountain, so do it carefully-otherwise your (and your neighbors’) clothes will suffer!

Iranian Dough

Iran foods and drinks – Iranian dough offers an entire symphony of taste and aroma.

Kale-Pache

It is a soup – but a special one! You will usually know about approaching a kale-pache shop from far away because of the unmistakable smell it emits. Considered as a kind of Persian Red Bull and winter panacea, it is also a love-it/hate-it food, somehow like British Marmite. Kale Pache literally means Heads and Legs (of sheep, and sometimes goats). It is, in fact, the essence of these ingredients that boil for several hours on a small fire in a huge pot (hence the smell you can notice from a distance). It is believed that such powerful, caloric and tasty Persian food will make you healthy and strong in many aspects. I personally love it – but many Iranians, and seemingly the majority of local girls, do not like it, be it for the smell or the taste of its ingredients. This food is absolutely to try!

Iranian food

Iran foods and drinks – Considered a kind of Persian Red Bull and winter panacea, it Kale-Pache is a love-it/hate-it food!

Fermented Black Garlic

As a kind of pickle, a local specialty of Northern Iran, I never saw it outside the Caspian Sea areas. These regions were often under Russian influence, so I think this might be why the locals love to pickle near everything – as it is a custom in Russia, too. So, when I first walked across the food bazaar in Babolsar (a seaside city in Mazandaran province), seeing large quantities of black garlic and other vegetables pickled in barrels astonished me (as well as lots of smoked fish, not to find elsewhere in Iran). The local variety of garlic supposedly has anti-inflammatory effects and benefits against several illnesses. Fermented Black Garlic is among local Iranian foods offering an incredible taste, and altogether, I love it with local fish-based food.

Iranian foods

Iran foods and drinks – This is among the Iranian local foods that offer an incredible taste and I really love it, altogether with local fish-based food.

Fresh pomegranate juice

Well, fresh pomegranate juice is not limited to Iran. It is ubiquitous in all Iranian cities – street sellers with chromed metal pressers offering you a glass of the deliciously fresh (and very cheap, by the way) pomegranate juice. Also, if you want, you can buy a small or even bigger bottle from street vendors and shops. It has an incredible taste and is full of vitamins. It is interesting to know that every year during autumn when pomegranates are harvested, an Iranian festival known as the Pomegranate Festival is held in the northern region of Iran.

Iranian local foods

Iran foods and drinks – Fresh pomegranate juice: A drink you can find everywhere in Iran.

Saffron sugar sticks (rock candy)

Saffron is a rare and wonderful spice loved by Iranians. They have been using this product for millennia in the Persian kitchen. Saffron is not a cheap luxury and was even more precious than gold in some periods! In local bazaars of Iran, you will find different kinds of it in proudly exposed glass vases. But I discovered that there is a more wallet-friendly and favored use of this noble material. Looking like miniature zoorkhaneh sticks (if you have no idea of this ancient local sport – think about very fat baseball bats).

The rock sugar is mixed with a bit of saffron, giving it a beautiful dark yellow color, with a sweet taste and supposedly healthy qualities. Iranians serve it with tea, and it has become a tradition of the sort. Saffron rock sugar sticks could be a great gift or your souvenir from Iran. I love to use them when offering tea to most precious friends, astonished by such a sophisticated way of sweetening a hot drink.

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rock candy

Saffron sugar sticks, known also as rock candy, are a delicate Iranian sweet served with tea.

Best rhinoplasty in Iran

rhinoplasty in Iran: Four steps to take before the procedure

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

Is Iran good for rhinoplasty?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who to trust for the consultation?

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

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

A 7-day tour would be ok for nose surgery in Iran, except that you ask for a longer stay in Iran which we would take care of it. We would welcome any inquiry you may have about traveling to Iran, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@idt.ir.

How to prepare for nose surgery?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ramadan in Iran

Ramadan in Iran: Traditions, Foods, Events

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

What is the philosophy behind Ramadan?

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

How do Iranians’ lifestyle change During Ramadan?

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

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

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

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

Ramadan Events

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

Beginning of the Month

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

Qadr Nights

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

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

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

Qadr night - Ramadan in Iran

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

Eid-al Fitr

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

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

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

Iranian Iftar

This is a typical Iranian Iftar during Ramadan.

Iranian traditions During Ramadan

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

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

Tips for traveling to Iran during Ramadan

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

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

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

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Ramadan

The Traditional Persian Cuisine of Ramadan

Only a few days are left before the start of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, and everyone fast in Iran just like in many Islamic countries. According to Shia Maraji, fasting will be ok for people with a strong immune system and those who follow a healthy nutritious diet. But those who are diagnosed with weakened immune systems may be prone to illness and should avoid fasting. Muslims break their fast on small Iftar tables. Stick with us to see what are the traditional Iranian Ramadan meals and diets.

Sahari or The Pre-dawn Meal

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

ramadan in iran

Sahari or Predawn meal takes place before sunrise.

Iftar Meal

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

Aperitifs

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

Iranian tea

Drinking tea is an inseparable part of Iranian culture.

Appetizers

Ash Reshteh

Ash Reshteh is the traditional Iranian version of noodle soup, cooked with beans, peas, and vegetables. With a strong taste of the dried mint powder. The Ash is garnished with a salty dairy sauce named “Kashk”. That’s why it also is called Ash-e Kashk.

Ash reshteh

Ash Reshteh, or Persian noodle soup.

Halim

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

Persian Haleem

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

Main course

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

Gheymeh

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

Gheymeh

Gheymeh, Iranians’ favorite Nazri.

Desserts

Sholeh Zard

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

Sholeh Zard

Sholeh Zard, the Persian saffron rice pudding.

Zulbia and Bamiyeh

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

zoolbia bamiyeh

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

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