Travel to Iran would probably be like none of your previous trips, it is certainly a unique destination you never expect. There are loads of unique experiences waiting for you here, including cultural attractions, natural beauty, warm-hearted hospitable people, and tasty local foods.
Well, the next issue might be your safety. While you are searching is it safe to travel to Iran, it is never easy to distinguish between propaganda and genuine information. The two risk assessment institutions “International SOS” and “Risk control” evaluate Iran’s risk to travelers to be comparable to that of most European countries’.
Iran Doostan Tours Co. is a reliable Iran travel agency for incoming tours to Iran. No difference whether you are aiming to travel to Iran from Canada or travel to Iran from India, or any other country, we are honored to offer high-quality services in terms of diverse package tours. As a tour operator and travel agency in Iran, we provide all travel services including itineraries, visa, tour guides, transportation, accommodation, and whatever our tourists may need while traveling to Iran. If you are looking for some self-drive tours like travel to Iran by car, we are also ready to provide you with all you may need.
It is good to know that the Iran visa process is quite fast and convenient and the tourists can also apply for a visa online. However, if you intend to travel to Iran from the UK or US, your visa may take a bit longer to be issued.
If you have a call for an independent traveling to Iran, we wholeheartedly respect your decision; then all you may need to have except an Iran travel guide book and a map would be reading some tips for traveling to Iran in our Iran travel blog. For any travel to Iran experience, you are recommended to visit our guest blog and also our trip advisor page, it may be helpful. You may also like to spare some time watching interesting Iran tourism videos to whet your appetite for traveling to Iran.
Our professional colleagues are ready to help you if you have planned to travel to our country. Contact us via info@idt.ir. We will be back to you soon.

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International Earth Day

International Earth Day: It’s time to take action!

International Earth Day is a global celebration for reminding each and every one of us that the earth and its ecosystems give us the life that we are all living. This particular day provides us an opportunity to raise global awareness of the challenges we all need to face for the sake of our planet’s well-being and all the life it supports. Since the earth is the only home we have, we need to increase our harmony with nature and learn everything there is to know in the needs of the present and future generations of humanity.

History of International Earth Day

As the industries started to mass-produce smoke and sludge into the environment, it ended with an enormous amount of air pollution, water pollution, to sum up, destroying the world. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species. Sen. Nelson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the highest honor given to civilians in the United States, for his role as Earth Day founder. On April 22nd, 1970, around 20 million Americans gathered in the streets, parks, and auditoriums to manifest a healthy, livable environment. Thousands of colleges and universities planned protests against the decay of their home. Certain groups that were protesting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, toxic dumpsites, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly understood they shared common values.

How Can We Save the Earth?

Most years, Earth Day events vary from river cleanups to the removal of invasive plants. But this year, with the social distancing still in place for many of us, Earth Day has gone virtual. Virtual events, such as environmental speeches and movies, will occur on Earth Day, April 22. You can be a volunteer to try to make the world a better place and helping the environment by participating in an event. There are a lot of great things that you can do on Earth Day. There are usually local activities as well that you can also participate in.

2022 Theme: Invest in our planet

The earth is the only home we have, we all live on it while our livelihood is highly dependent on its generosity. We all know that anything we do and any choice we make, affects our planet. Therefore, it is time to think what we have done for our home and what we can do.
Here is the action we have taken so far! Matinabad Desert Eco-Camp. The organic farm founded in 2008 by a group of environmentalists and tourism experts. The basic premises on establishing Matinabad Eco-Camp was to present, maintain, contribute and promote considering, respecting and conducting the ethic codes of the international Tourism and Ecotourism organizations in order to approach for CSR and SRB models and achieve to sustainable and Responsible Tourism in IRAN.
As the first Iranian Eco- Camp, we offer unforgettable adventures close to the local people and the desert nature. Baking bread or cooking with the local women, harvesting in our Organic farm and orchards or Treks on camel or on foot, bike rides through landscapes of sand dunes and mountain gorges, desert walks, safari short trips with Jeeps or ATV bikes and star gazing at night are included in our Camp activities.

Respect The Nature

There is nothing more enjoyable than walking, cycling, or carpool to get from place to place in delightful nature. The fewer cars on the road, the better. Now we all know that nature owns its beauty to our tall and green friends. So why not make more friends in our environment? Plant a tree. Trees are an enormous part of our earth, and planting one will just add to the health and wellness of the world that we live in. Consider making your yard an oasis for birds and other creatures. You can put in food for birds, stray cats, or dogs, install birdhouses, and more. By making it comfortable for them, they will be more likely to stick around.

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International Earth Day

Start from Your Own Home

Do you have a recycling system? If you don’t, then probably getting one could be a big step towards helping the environment from the mass-produced trash. Take a look and see what you can recycle in your local area and see if you can work to make a difference in that way. Make sure that your workplace is more environmentally friendly. That way, not only do you feel much better but also you’ve done such an excellent job by helping your world. Stop drinking bottled water or using plastic bags! There are plenty of options out there that you could choose instead. If you stop using plastic bags and bottles, you can save lots of lands that would be filling up with plastics. Go on a more plant-based diet to manage your footprints in the environment.

Keep in Touch with Nature

Leave the house and enjoy the beauty of nature. Go on a hike or even the park. Keep in touch with nature to remind yourself exactly why you want to go through this path and put so much time and effort into what could lead to finally restoring our home. Don’t just leave it to Earth day! If we can do countless things when we are celebrating Earth Day, imagine just how much more we could do if we kept taking care of our earth every other day throughout the year. So, why not trying to seek what can be done within the whole year and make taking care of the environment a regular part of how you live.

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Persian carpet, antique and luxurious

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

The history of the Persian carpet

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

Persian-Carpet

The structure of the Persian Carpets

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

Tabriz Carpet

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

Isfahan Carpet

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

Yazd Carpet

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

Nain Carpet

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

Ali Vaghefi interview on international tourists in Iran

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Sepandarmazgan; the day of love in ancient Iran

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

The story behind Sepandarmazgan

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

How is Sepandarmazgan celebrated?

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

Do Iranians celebrate Valentine’s Day?

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

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

 

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Iranian Tribes’ Clothing

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

Qashqai Clothing

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

Bakhtiari

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

Iranian tribes' clothing

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

Turkman

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

Kurdish

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

Kurdish clothing

Kurdish women tie shawls around their waists.

Azeri

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

Balooch

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

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Adventure Tours to Iran

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

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

Green Carbon Free Foot Print

Mountain Biking

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

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

Alborz and Zagros mountain biking, Iran

Trekking & Hiking

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

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

Don’t watch your head, Watch your soul!

Adventure Tours to Iran - Trekking

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

Adrenaline Adventures

Canyoning

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

Water Adventures

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

Caving & Spelunking

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

Alisadr water cave, Iran

Alisadr water cave, Iran

Wildlife Watching & Photography

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

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

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

FITUUR 2022

Iran Doostan Tours Co. will exhibit at FITUR 2022

Having passed two difficult years for the tourism industry due to the pandemic, we are pleased to announce that Iran Doostan Tours Co. will exhibit at FITUR 2022 at the IRAN booth.
IDT will focus on Iran tourism services and Iran tour packages for various travel markets including cultural, adventure, and medical tours in FITUR 2022. We all hope for the flourishing of tourism around the world in the post-pandemic era.

You are warmly welcomed at hall 04, stand 4E18.

To schedule a meeting, please contact us at info@idt.ir.

 

Date: 19-23 January

Hall: 04

Stand: 4E18

UNESCO Creative Cities Network

Iranian cities among the UNESCO Creative Cities Network

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

Rasht, City of Gastronomy

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

Rasht Cuisine

A special type of Kebab cooked in Rasht, Iran.

Bandar Abbas, City of Crafts

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

UNESCO Creative Cities Network

Typical handicrafts in Bandar Abbas.

Sanandaj, City of music

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

A Kurdish woman playing Daf.

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

Uraman Takht, Iran

Uraman Takht, A village hidden within a mountain

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

History of Uraman Takht

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

UNESCO World Heritage Site

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

Uraman Takht

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

Architecture

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

Nature

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

Zaribar lake - Iran

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

The Best Time to Visit Uraman Takht

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