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’.
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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.
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Solo female travel in Iran: Tips & Guides

Solo female travel in Iran is a great experience, but it requires some preparation before it starts. Getting familiar with other women’s lifestyles, cultures, and beliefs is such an exciting experience. In Iran, you get to know more about Iranian women and the way they live their lives. Either way, life in the city or a little village surrounded by herds and flocks. You can be sure that you will be safe during your trip through Iran. As a woman, you have the right to travel on your own and have the most fun out of it. So if you’re deciding to travel to Iran, here is some information prepared for you to keep in mind before your journey begins.

Female dress code in Iran

One of the most important things to be aware of as a woman who wants to travel alone to Iran is the dress code. Wearing a hijab or headscarf is necessary whenever you’re in public, but there is nothing for you to worry about too much. You can wear the shawl loosely without taking them off completely. You can wear colorful dresses as well it doesn’t have to be only black or dark colors! Wearing colorful costumes also brings your photos to life. For your outfit, it’s better to choose loose clothing that covers your backside and hides all your curves. Keep in mind that your sleeves must reach past your elbows. Skinny jeans or tight leggings are allowed, as long as you wear something over them that covers your body to your mid-thighs. Pay attention to the climate whenever you are traveling in Iran. If you’re visiting during the hot summer, choose airy fabrics like linen and cotton, preferably with bright colors, and during cold and breezy seasons, wear your warm clothes. You can also wear as much makeup as you want. Also, there is no need for you to wear a chador, which is a full-body length black fabric tossed over the women’s head that only leaves the face open. You will only be required to wear a chador while visiting some mosques and shrines in Iran (of any color you wish!).

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You can wear colorful dresses as well it doesn’t have to be only black or dark colors!

Transportation

It is recommended to travel around Iran by bus. They are comfortable and decent. You can bring snacks with yourself but, some snacks are served to you on the bus, and other passengers might offer you their snacks too so, you most likely wouldn’t get hungry. If you are more into luxurious transportation, try the VIPs buses instead of the standard ones. Taking the bus in Iran is a fun experience and a great way to socialize with locals and make new friends! In big cities like the capital, Tehran, you can use the metro or the BRT systems to reach your destination. Just keep in mind that in city buses, the back wagon is for women, and in long-distance buses, men and women that are unrelated to each other cannot sit next to each other. Another way for your transportation is to drive on your own. If you have an international driving license, you can rent a car for yourself and drive almost everywhere you desire. Cabs are another option for your transportation as well; make sure you take the official cabs and not the random private cabs on the street just for your own safety. You may also want to try Snap or Tap30, a kind of Iranian Uber, for a very fair price.

Relationships & hanging out with people

You might have already heard about Iranians’ hospitality. They are probably the friendliest hosts that you ever meet during all your trips. Everywhere you go, you will be welcomed by Iranians. This kindness is something you might have never experienced ever before. The Iranian people like the fact that a foreign tourist lady is traveling through their country. They want you to enjoy your trip and fill you with joy at every opportunity. Unknown people will start talking to you and welcome you to their country. More interesting facts, you might get invited to their home for dinner or lunch and, sometimes even they let you stay over their house for the night. They do all of these favors without wanting to receive anything back in return, like money or buying stuff. The list of humanity and friendliness here is endless and sure will leave you a beautiful memory of Iran.

Unexpected Situations

Inevitably, there will be places that will make us feel uncomfortable. It happens not only in Iran, even in Europe and all over the world. Unfortunately, solo female travel may accompany confronting creepy men, something that happens regardless of where you are traveling. It is advised to try not to be alone during your trip. Group up with other travelers you meet in your hotel, or even better, find a local friend that you can trust. You can easily make a lot of friends in Iran. In addition, to prevent any troubles, try not to walk alone at night. Don’t accept invitations of single men or do not go with a man alone to isolated areas. Only stay friends with them and keep a distance in your interaction with men. If you need help with something, preferably ask from other women. They won’t let you down with their kindness.

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Kerman attractions: at a glance

In one of the hottest provinces of Iran, such beauty and splendor waiting to be seen that might be getting acquainted with it will take you to Kerman in the middle of summer. If we say that near the hottest spot on Earth with an average temperature of 70 degrees Celsius in the middle of the central desert of Iran, is located one of the most magnificent Persian gardens, with green trees and flowing rivers, dating back to more than a hundred years ago, do you think we are talking about the land of wonders? Then you’d better travel to Kerman and see it yourself. Where The Citadel of Bam or the largest brick citadel in the world exists. Although it was severely damaged in the 2003 earthquake, it is still one of the most unique desert castles in the world. The only case to be regretted after traveling to Kerman would be a left or broke camera!

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Tehran attractions: at a glance – Districts 1 – 3

As a metropolitan which has been the capital of Iran for over 200 years, Tehran offers loads of tourist attractions in every corner of the city. Stay with us here to know more about Tehran attractions located in districts one, two, and three.

From the past to the present, the district one of Tehran also called Shemiran, has been well-known for its pleasant climate and a great deal of natural beauty. The area is located between the Alborz mountain range is Lavasat and Darkeh river. Due to its good climate and location in the highlands and rural context, the roads leading to the mountains (Darcheh Darcheh Tochal) are considered to be the heart of tourist attractions in Tehran. Major tourist attractions in this region include Niavaran cultural center, Sa’ad Abad Complex, Niavaral Palace, Darband, Darake, Tochal, Jamshidie Park, Melat Palace, and many other natural and cultural attractions that worth a visit.

Tehran’s second district is located in the northern and central parts of Tehran, on the fringe of Alborz to Azadi Square. Just like district One, district two has a high potential for living, amenities, and luxury houses. The area is mainly residential and offers green areas as well. Milad Tower, Tehran Jurassic Park, Pardisan, Nahjol-Balaghe, and Parvaz Parks and also many beautiful gardens are some of the main tourist attractions of Tehran in district two.

Turning to Tehran’s third district is located in the northeastern part of Tehran and is one of the largest urban areas in Tehran. One of the most important attractions in the area is Mellat Park. Its cultural areas include Arasbaran Cultural Center, Allameh Amini Library, Ustad Shahriyar Library, and Water Museum Garden located on Yakhchal Street.

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Is it safe to travel to Iran?

I always wanted to travel to Iran, otherwise known as Persia, this amazing land of many ancient civilizations, some of them going back to 6 000 BC, while the universally accepted birth of the Persian Empire happened “only” just over the 2500 year ago.

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I can say that Iran is definitely a very safe, tourist-friendly country. I met lots of international tourists who share a positive opinion on travel to Iran.

So, once I had the possibility to go for a longer journey, I decided to choose Iran.

 

I must say, I was afraid for safety – and I was going here alone! On our TVs, we have only bad news about this country. In Western media, Iran is presented as an evil, aggressive and hostile nation, a treat to the region and the world, same as North Korea… Not to speak about Hollywood productions showing Iranians in the worst possible way. The terrible news and images we see in our TVs from wars in Iraq, Syria, or Afghanistan, most Western people associate also with Iran.

I knew that there was no ongoing war here, but it was hard to forget the image of Iran we get from the European media – a dangerous place, full of fanatics that hate Westerners and the secret police just waiting to put you in prison under any pretext. Also, with economic problems and many Iranians going across hard times – perhaps there will be lots of common crime targeting supposedly rich foreign tourists?

That’s why, when I told my family, friends about my plans to travel to Iran – all misconceptions surfaced! So, there would be a war here, the country would be full of Afghan Taliban, or Arab terrorists, or both of them)) just waiting to cut off our heads. Explosions on daily basis, evil and hating Europeans local populace – to say it short I was a kind of crazy kamikaze looking deliberately for big problems or just bored with being still alive.

When my plane landed in Tehran, I was indeed afraid – how will it be at the border?
Will I get a visa? Will police check all my things, my emails, confiscate my laptop or phones?
Perhaps they are just waiting for a reason to put me in jail or in the best case, deport?

Well, I was among some 20 foreigners that needed Visa on Arrival – and it happened that …nothing happened. I mean nothing extraordinary, everyone paid for insurance and visa fees, then within half an hour, we all got our 30 days tourist visas. No police interrogation, luggage, or phone checks, it was an easy simple process – as in any average airport.

I started my journey from Tehran, then I went to several other places. Yazd, Bandar Abbas, Qeshm, Shiraz, Isfahan, Caspian Sea towns…After few weeks I discovered (at least in a small part) the land of great diversity, for nature and climate, peoples and languages, local traditions, and gastronomic delights. While one can expect professional smiles in hotels or hostels, I was surprised by the sympathy and friendly attitude of so many common people towards me, an obvious foreign traveler. Iranians, even those whose English skills are limited, were happy to say “Welcome in Iran” and curious about my opinion of their country, sometimes about life abroad, and, most important, always offering help when seeing me somehow lost or troubled. I walked across main capital avenues and small streets of villages, always welcomed by smiles and nice words, on some occasions even invited to their homes for tea, lunch, or dinner. In no other country, I enjoyed such attention – and I visited more than 20 countries in Europe and Asia until now.

I can say now, after being around for several weeks in various cities – and it is what I heard from all those who visited Iran – it is one of the safest places on Earth. The huge majority of locals are very friendly, honest, and respectful, especially toward women, that comes as from old Persian tradition and culture as for the laws of the Islamic Republic.
I think that it is much more probable being mugged, robbed in any Western city than in Iran; here I could walk everywhere, evening or night, and never saw anyone threatening.
Of course, there exist some pickpockets or motorbike thieves, but in my opinion (I saw what goes on in Rome or Naples), where this phenomenon is very limited. And of course, some taxi drivers will try to cheat you! So – use Snapp, the local Uber)

I never had any problem nor heard of typical tourists being bothered by uniformed or other police – one would need to work really hard to merit their attention – rather the opposite, I saw patrol police helping and giving a ride to foreigners. I mean “typical” – unless someone comes to Iran to make political activism, take photos where prohibited, or… “incidentally” fly drones over military installations.

Over 3 times bigger than France, with more than 80 mln inhabitants, the incredible variety of big and small places to visit and admire, starting by Tehran megapolis, going across high mountains and seas, deserts and lush forests of the North, ski resorts and diving-friendly islands of the Persian Gulf, Iran is an excellent destination for “slow tourism”. Because, aside of hundreds of old palaces, mosques, churches, traditional villages and towns, caravanserais, bazaars, its greatest treasure, often missed by rushy travelers, are Iranians themselves – an incredibly friendly and hospitable people, with elaborated culture and percentage of high education better than in many Western countries.

Now, after a month of intensive traveling, I can say that Iran is definitely a very safe, tourist-friendly country. I met lots of international tourists who share a positive opinion on Iran, some really astonished by their experience – they expected all kinds of possible troubles – and only good things happened! Definitely I want to travel to Iran again; next time I will explore Western Iran. I think honestly it is the greatest long trip I ever made until now!

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Kurdistan, A Friendly Province

If you are looking for a peaceful trip with beautiful landmarks and astonishing customs among hospitable locals; Kurdistan is the one. Kurdistan, one of the most delightful provinces in Iran, owns Iran’s most breathtaking natures and culture for itself. Even though it might sound cliche but it doesn’t change the fact that Kurdistan is truly a paradise. You can taste delicious Kurdish cuisine in its magnificent villages, walk along the peaceful lakes or even wander around in different places and enjoy the weather. Travelling to Kurdistan will definitely give you the best memories possible in Iran.

Grand Bazaar of Sanandaj

Sanandaj city is the capital of Kurdistan which might be the first place you visit in Kurdistan Province. This city has multiple attractions waiting for you to visit them. Sanandaj Bazaar is one of these attractions which is an old and traditional place filled with colorful Kurdish customary clothes. The shiny and sparkly cloths settled by the walls, give the bazaar such an amazing atmosphere and you will gain so much happiness by just looking around yourself.

The Grand Bazaar of Sanandaj can be visited every day except Fridays from 8 am until 7 pm.

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Colorful cloth used in Kurdish women dress, Sanandaj Bazaar

Asif Vaziri Mansion

Kurdish House or Asif Vaziri Mansion is an ancient building from the Safavid dynasty in Sanandaj which is located near the bazaar so you can visit it before or after visiting the bazaar. This monument is considered as the most valuable cultural treasure in Iran. The special brick works and stucco on the walls dates back to Safavid era but more designs were added up to the building in Qajar and Pahlavi dynasties (about 200 years ago) that are really impressive to look at. Inside the mansion, there are various rooms and areas; but the only place that got a lot of attention from its visitors among them all, was the bathroom with a unique Iranian style. In each and every room there are wax statues to represent Kurdish people. Visiting this anthropology museum is an absolutely amazing opportunity to get familiar with Kurdish history, culture, handicrafts and clothes.

You can visit this exciting museum on weekdays from 8 am to 7:30 pm.

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Asif Vaziri Mansion, in Sanandaj. It is now a kind of anthropology museum introducing Kurdish culture and history

Zeribar Lake

A lot of rumors have been spreading around about this magnificent lake. Some people believe the lake is hiding an ancient city beneath itself and other people have their own stories to tell about it. Besides the lake’s mystery, there are a lot of fascinating features that attracts many visitors. A lot of visitors usually come to visit the seasonal migration of birds during spring and enjoy their time by the lake while capturing stunning pictures of the seasonal birds. Spring paints the meadows with delight and as the silver-white lake shines bright, birds keep chirping around creating a magical scenery. Climb up the mountains around, to get a better view of the Zeribar lake and take wonderful pictures, for your Facebook or Instagram account. Don’t forget to try the pedal boats in the gigantic lake. There are some local restaurants all around the lake as well which will serve you delicious meals. The barbequed fish that are caught fresh from the lake, is visitors all times favorite. Taste the famous local bread called Kalaneh as well to keep a sweet memory of your trip to Kurdistan. Without doubt, visiting the famous Zeribar lake of Kurdistan is something that nature lovers wouldn’t like to miss.

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Zeribar Lake, Kurdistan: Some people believe the lake is hiding an ancient city beneath itself!

Uraman Takht

One of the places in Kurdistan that draws lots of attention to its beautiful nature, is Uraman Takht. High mountains, twisty valleys, sparkling river and soft clouds that fly over your head, makes you feel like flying. If you are visiting Kurdistan in 4th of May or 3rd of February, you will see a traditional custom held by the locals. This historic custom is called Pirshalyar that has been held for over thousands of years. In this custom, sheep or cows will be sacrificed and locals will cook pottages with their meat; meanwhile other locals in their traditional clothes, play the musical instrument called Daf. Daf is a popular and old Kurdish musical instrument that has been used in religious ceremonies all over Iran. Specific clothing of Uraman people along with their kindness and hospitality, provides an amazing opportunity to have a memorable and heavenly amazing experience in Kurdistan.

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One of the places in Kurdistan that draws lots of attention to its beautiful nature, is Uraman Takht.

Palangan Village

Palangan village is another stepped village in Iran with extremely friendly locals. Getting familiar with the vast variety of foods, traditional customs and ceremonies only in one village is impressive.

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Palangan village is a stepped village in Iran with extremely friendly locals.

Palangan Village has a traditional base, built with stones and bricks in form of stairs architecture. One interesting fact about these type of villages is the way that each houses’ roof, is the upper houses’ yard. The village is located on the slope of mountains and they are occurred on both sides of a river. Beautiful waterfalls and lakes among the green and full trees in Palangan Village, makes the weather so delightful during the day and very chilly at midnight. So if you found a place to stay over the night, make sure to have warm clothes with you.

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The ancient civilization of Jiroft

The 5000-year-old civilization of Jiroft is one of the most unknown and mysterious human civilizations, which represents the civilization of several thousand years of Iran. Many think that the missing link of humanity has been found by discovering the secrets of this great civilization. However, the nature of Jiroft and its souvenirs cannot be ignored. Stay with us to know the story of this ancient civilization of Iran.

The city of Jiroft in the south of Kerman province is famous for its fertile lands, abundant water and diverse climate. Agricultural production is booming in this city. But in the last decade, there has been a drought in the city and it has become difficult for the villagers to make a living.
The story of discovering Jiroft started when a farmer found a part of a bowl while he was plowing the land and thought he had encountered a treasure. From then on, the villagers dug up land and found historical objects and sold them to cultural heritage smugglers for a small price.

It was not until after a year and a half when Cultural and Heritage Organization of Iran found about this and invited Dr. Majidzadeh from France to excavate the historical area. In addition to excavating the area, he was able to recover many items that were still in the villagers’ homes.

Dr. Majidzadeh published photographs of Jiroft civilization and information about it for the first time in 2003. According to the archaeological findings on this site, the oldest antiquities in this area date back to more than 5000 years ago.

Jiroft Archaeological Museum

If you are fond of history and ancient civilizations, you should not miss the archaeological museum of Jiroft. There are 5,000-year-old works, each of which has something to say about this civilization. In Jiroft Archaeological Museum, works of bronze, soapstone, marble, azure and simple and painted pottery from the third millennium BC are preserved. In this museum, you can see the amazing art of Jiroft civilization in variety of designs and shapes of dishes, sardines, statues and sculptures.

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There are 5,000-year-old works in the archaeological museum, each of which has something to say about this civilization.

Nature of Jiroft

The nature of Jiroft is completely different from the northern cities of Kerman province due to its location in the southern foothills of the Zagros Mountains and the closeness to the Halilrud River. Jiroft has hot and relatively humid summers and mild and short winters. The nature of Jiroft is beautiful, lush and diverse. Among the scenic natural monuments of this city, is the Delfard Valley, the hot springs and the village of Dosari, and the summer region of Saruieh. To see the Delfard Valley, you can go 25 km to the ancient city and enjoy its citrus orchards, palm groves, almond and pomegranate forests, rivers, unique waterfalls and colorful flower gardens.

Souvenirs

Jiroft offers a diverse variety of souvenirs. One of the most famous souvenirs of this lovely city is its red carpet, which is also a part of the country’s exports.

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Souvenirs from Jiroft, Iran: Kilim

In addition to citrus, which are well-known agricultural products of this city, pottery, mat weaving, plus weaving, pouches and kilims, mirror embroidery and table weaving are made and sold as souvenirs in this city.

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Tehran attractions district 12: at a glance

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 Royal 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.

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Iran travel budget – Part 3: Food & Others

If your travel takes more just a couple of days, it will be absolutely useful to learn how to write and spell the Persian numbers from 0 to 9 and some two dozen words, about numbers and quantities. While visiting any shop of Bazaar stall, 99% of prices will be indicated exclusively in Persian numbers (and keep remembering- written in Tomans, so you’ll need to multiply them by 10 while using Rial banknotes). Learning essential sets of numbers from 1 to 1000 will make your life much easier. We discussed accommodation and telecom service expenses in Iran travel budget, part 2, and also flight expenses traveling to Iran in Part 1. Now sick with us with ran travel budget, part 3.
Hard budget traveler, admiring day by day wonders of Iran, cannot escape the food expense, whatever massive breakfast you consume, at some time in the afternoon or evening your stomach will ask his share of Iran’s delights.
While saving on hotel and transport expenses seems absolutely natural, it’s not so obvious when it comes to food. Well, you do not pass some weeks in Iran eating every evening just pasta or rice or whatever cheapest food you can cook yourself in a hostel kitchenette.
Actually there are lots of street sellers in every Iranian city, offering hot meals at very good prices. Bowl of tasty dense soup, that usually comes in 2 or 3 varieties will cost 100 000 rials, a small dish of spiced beans of red beets is 50 000 rials, these are among the cheapest ones. Powerful Kale Pache soup (essence form long-boiled sheep heads and legs) is 250 000 rials, at this price come start also street kebabs and other dishes.

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A bowl of tasty dense soup, called Aash, that usually comes in 2 or 3 varieties will cost 100 000 rials is only one of your options among the hundred kinds of cheap delicious Persian food.

So, if it is possible in some hostels to get a massive breakfast, your daily Persian food should cost about 3 euro, with this you can try a local “working class” eateries, avoiding obviously any kind of elegant restaurant or pricey products.
To drink, a good choice is try Doogh (big bottles 1,5 lt selling in every shop) – local yogurt-based bit salty drink, which can be in different flavors and sometimes sparkling (carbonized). There is a variety of “malt beverages” which means non-alcoholic beer and fruit beverages – all these usually cost around 50-70 Eurocents a big bottle at actual exchange rate. More expensive but containing vitamin and delicious will be freshly pressed pomegranate juice from street sellers, but can cost you even 2 euro for 1 lt bottle.
If you are however a dedicated carnivore and can use your hostel kitchen – then why not to cook sometime; in street foot meat will be very tasty but let’s say the truth – not in a big quantity.
In Iran you will not find cheap pig meat, of course; and bovine one is very expensive – the best choice for hard budget folk will buy a package of chicken bits and prepare it your way.
There are some shops called “discount”, one known network with best price meat is Refah (so google Refah supermarket to find nearest) – a package of near 1 kg chicken meat was around 230 000 rials, less 2 euro. As for common vegetables or fruits in bazaars of supermarkets, at least now in December 2019 – prices are similar to prices in Europe.
Last but not least aspect of your travel – the tourist attractions. To visit most of them, especially those most important – there is an entrance fee. Bad news, indeed there a 2 ticket prices – for locals and for foreigners. Differences can be terrific, for example, National Museum Iranian price is 100 000 rials, foreigner pay 1 000 000. Not much can be done if you have a Nordic look; if you are lucky to pass visually for an Iranian, it can be an idea to go with an Iranian friend perhaps found on Couch surfing (many want just to hang out and practice language) – who buys 2 Iranian-priced tickets for both of you, and if you are lucky, you will save a lot on this occasion.
Unfortunately for those who cannot pass for Iranians (or are too formal to try this escamotage) visiting important monuments, museums and landmarks just in most popular cities can easily cost up to 150 -200 euros. Each beautiful garden, poet tomb, the small local museum will have this double price system, so it is important to take this into consideration when planning a hard budget trip to Iran.
Recent example – small, municipal Babol City Museum, Iranians 30 000, foreigners 200 000 rials.
You will normally need a local sim card to use for call and internet – it is easy but will take some time registering at least 15 minutes. There are 3 telecoms in Iran, you can get a package with lots of calls and internet for some 5 euro, then recharge it as in every country.
Attention – to combat smuggling of goods, Iranian Customs allow nor registered phones to be used in Iran for around 1 month. When you enter Iran on roaming (or if spent – in the day you activate your Iranian sim) arrives SMS telling you to register the phone with them (to pay an import fee) – or it will not work inside Iran (they identify it via IMEI number). So, if you plan to stay more than 1 month and have no wish for bureaucratic complications – take a spare smartphone with you (and keep it spent until the main one goes out of service).
Concluding, in my opinion, it is absolutely possible to travel comfortably with a 10 Euro /day budget, this includes hostels, food, telecom, and transport. But this will not be enough to visit many important monuments – in such case you should plan 15 euro/day expenses, to cover entrance fees and hopefully, few souvenirs from your hard budget, adventurous Iranian Journey.

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Top Souvenirs to Buy in Iran

From now on you don’t need to worry about what you actually could buy as a souvenir in Iran. From carpets and rugs, to spices and nuts or specially designed decorations in Persian styles. Here are 7 most popular Persian souvenirs that could be bought to bring back the sweet memories of your trip in Iran.

1. Persian Carpet

As you might know, some of the best rugs in the world are made in Iran. Persian Carpets have always been popular among all people around the world. Almost every part of Iran that you travel to, has amazing carpets lying around the shops, spreading colorful and dreamy vibes around. Some carpets might take over years to be done, and considering the number of knots and time that has been put into carpets, their prices differ from one another. If you’re looking to buy a Persian carpet or a rug as a souvenir, silk or wool hand-knotted ones are the best options if you truly want to feel heaven under your feet.

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Most of the best carpets in the world are made in Iran.

2. Saffron

Iran is one of the main producers of saffron, a popular and precious spice. Saffron is almost served with every Persian meal that has rice beside it. The luxurious popular plate of Persian rice, topped with some saffron rice, is absolutely everyone’s favorite. Saffron is not only used for meals but it is also used for drinks as well. Making a drink with saffron and rosewater, or just adding a little bit of it to your tea could make your day all better.

Iranian saffron

Iran is one of the main producers of saffron, a popular and precious spice.

3. Caviar

What could possibly be more luxurious than Caspian Caviar as a souvenir? Iran owns the most expensive caviar in the world which is known as Almas Beluga Caviar. Beluga fish can be found in southern part of Caspian Sea and their soft and large golden or black eggs are what they’re famous for. This particular type of caviar, also known as black gold, has lots of fans for itself. Caviar has always been a fancy meal among Iranians and it still is being served at special events and dinner parties.

Iranian top Souvenirs: caviar

Iran owns the most expensive caviar in the world which is known as Almas Beluga Caviar.

4. Pistachio

If you didn’t know already, pistachios require cool winters and hot summers to grow. Iran as one of the rare countries that has all of the four seasons, is one of the best regions to produce pistachios. You can only find the best quality pistachios in the world in Iran. Rafsanjan City, in Kerman Province, is the main source of production of Iran’s pistachios. The lemon roasted and lightly salted pistachios are always served in Nowruz among other kinds of nuts. Take some tasty Persian pistachios with you as a souvenir, so you can celebrate with Iranians, by enjoying some pistachios during Nowruz.

Iranian Pistachio: Souvenirs to buy in Iran

Top souvenirs buy in Iran: High-quality Pistachio

5. Gaz

This sweet and delicious Persian nougat called Gaz is extremely popular among Iranians that you can almost find them in every house or shop in Iran. Isfahan is where Gaz was originated, and this Persian nougat is actually one of Isfahan’s famous souvenirs. So whenever Iranians travel to Isfahan from other cities, nearly all of their family and friends expect them to bring gaz for them as souvenirs. Gaz is also served in Persian ceremonies such as Nowruz. The tasty nougat is usually served with a hot cup of tea in order to sweeten the bitterness of the tea.

Persian souvenir: Gaz

This sweet and delicious Persian nougat called Gaz is extremely popular among Iranians.

6. Persian Turquoise

You might be wondering what is so special about Persian turquoise; the pure sky-blue color of Persian turquoise can only be found in Persian mines and that’s what makes them so rare. The turquoise gemstone is also considered to bring peace to the home and fortune to its owner. It is also believed that this particular stone could actually decrease the amount of negative energy. You can see a lot of Iranian women like wearing necklaces or bracelets made out of turquoise as well. Turquoise was also used in ancient Persian architecture; for instance, they used turquoise to cover the domes or design the palaces with its stunning and calming color.

Persian turquoise

The turquoise gemstone appear in variety of forms and in different objects ranging from ring to necklace and even decorative dishes.

7. Persian Handicrafts

These types of souvenirs are the only kind that have a vast range of variety. For instance, Persian clothing is a good choice. You can buy handmade masks that women wear along with their colorful and traditional clothes in southern region of Iran, or other regions’ traditional clothing with paisley or different Persian patterns on them.

Souvenirs to buy in Iran - Handicrafts

Patedoozi: a kind of popular handicraft made by Kermani women in Iran.

You also might be interested in handmade Persian espadrilles which are highly comfortable for a walk in summertime. If you’re not into clothing, then you can choose some home furnishing such as pillow covers for your couches, or enamel work plates, hand-painted vases and ceramics, tea sets or other decorative items that would remind you of Iran.

Best places to go Shopping in Iran

There is a fact that shopping is good for mental health. So, when you go shopping, don’t hesitate to buy something that you find interesting or beautiful as long as it’s not a waste of money. There are thousands of shops available that you can go shopping in Iran, but there are some shops like grand bazaars or luxurious malls that are waiting for you to visit them and hopefully change your mood to 100% happiness.

• Tehran
1. Grand Bazaar

Shopping in Grand Bazaar of Tehran feels so alive and old at the same time. The ancient structure along with kind and friendly locals, spread a good feeling through the environment. While taking a flashback through the history of old Tehran, look around the shops to almost find whatever you want. The shops are not the only things that are so popular among Iranians. The restaurants that serve the most delicious traditional meals are so loved by Iranians that they won’t leave the bazaar until they get a good taste of their favorite Persian meals. If you chose to go shopping at Grand Bazaar of Tehran, make sure to check out the famous restaurants like Moslem to have the most fun out of your shopping experience.

Opening hours: 9 am – 6 pm

The ancient structure along with kind and friendly locals, spread a good feeling through the environment of Tehran Grand Bazaar.

2. Bamland Shopping Mall

Even though Bamland is located in the far western part of the city, but that’s the last thing you need to worry about when it comes to shopping and having fun. What makes shopping much more fun in Bamland is the fact that you can walk along the lake whenever you felt tired or needed something refreshing. Or else if you wanted something more fun to do, you can go for a boat riding in the lake or play some VR games at the virtual reality center. The indoors and outdoors restaurants are the best part of the Bamland. Various types of food and restaurants make it almost too hard to make a choice, but any of them that you choose are amazing in their way and their foods are mouth-watering.

Opening hours: 11 am – 11 pm

Best places for shopping in Iran

Bamland Shopping Mall, Tehran, Iran

• Tabriz
1. Grand Bazaar

If you ever traveled to Tabriz and were looking for souvenirs to buy, Tabriz Grand Bazaar is a great place to start. It’s good to know that Tabriz Grand Bazaar origins back in the Qajar era and is the largest covered bazaar in the world. It is also one of the UNESCO World heritage sites. You can find almost all sorts of things in this particular bazaar. There are a lot of handmade products and delicacies. The carpet market and hand-knotted woolen rugs are the most attractive part of the bazaar. While visiting Tabriz Grand Bazaar, you kill two birds with one stone by wondering around the ancient bazaar and shopping at the same time.

Opening hours: 6:30 am – 9 pm

Tabriz Grand Bazaar

The carpet market and hand-knotted woolen rugs are the most attractive part of Tabriz Grand Bazaar.

2. Laleh Park Mall

Visiting a brand new huge shopping mall in Tabriz is a great way to spend time with family and friends. There are countless floors of all sorts of brands which you can buy clothes or shoes from with reasonable prices. If you needed a break from the shopping, drinking a hot cup of coffee at cozy cafes or eating at the food court are great choices. At the food court floor, you can find different kinds of food that you desire. There’s also a playground for children to play while you eat or keep on shopping.

Opening hours: 10:30 am – 10:30 pm

• Isfahan
1. Naqsh-e Jahan Bazaar

This bazaar is located all around the Naqsh-e Jahan Square, and it’s famous for its handicrafts and souvenirs. All sorts of goods, such as silverware and traditional ceramics, spices, jewelry, or Persian carpets, could be found in these little shops. You can purchase many luxury products much cheaper here than anywhere else. Try some traditional Persian nougat or other delicacies on your way to other stalls of shops. Stroll along the shops and cafes while you search for Persian handicrafts or souvenirs to take home with you as a memorial.

Opening hours: 10 am – 8 pm

2. City Center Mall

If you were looking for a more modern sight to explore or a place to go shopping as well, you could make sure that City Center Mall is the one. Isfahan City Center has so many different attractions to offer as one of the largest shopping malls in Iran. Besides the food court that has various kinds of restaurants to choose, there are cinemas, museums, a spa, and an indoor amusement park for kids. Enjoy your meal at the peaceful VIP restaurant with live piano playing in the background and make a memorable memory with the things you bought.

Opening hours: 10 am – 11 pm

Best places for shopping in Iran : Isfahan city center

Isfahan City Center has so many different attractions to offer as one of the largest shopping malls in Iran.

• Shiraz
1. Vakil Bazaar

When you travel to Shiraz, there’s no way that you miss visiting Vakil Bazaar, which is a great place to look for souvenirs. If you want to buy good quality and original Persian handicrafts, make sure to visit this place. This bazaar is located in the historical region of Shiraz, so while you learn more about Iran’s history and culture, you can shop as well. The shopkeepers and people are so kind and friendly and will help you with your shopping. It would take you a whole day to visit the entire bazaar, but you can take a break in some of the cafes or restaurants around.

Opening hours: 9 am – 5 pm

If you want to buy good quality and original Persian handicrafts, make sure to visit Vakil Bazaar in Shiraz.

2. Persian Gulf Complex

If you’re looking for a place to shop and have fun meanwhile in Shiraz, then Persian Gulf Complex is the perfect choice. Being one of the largest shopping malls in Iran, the Persian Gulf Complex has provided so many entertainments for its visitors. A huge bowling center alongside with billiard ones to have fun with your family and friends, after wandering around the shops is one of them.

Shopping in Iran - Shiraz

Being one of the largest shopping malls in Iran, the Persian Gulf Complex has provided so many entertainments for its visitors.

You can also taste the delicious foods at the food court. The shopping mall is modern and luxurious, and it’s in contrast with other attractions you might want to see in Shiraz, but if you felt like shopping, you can count on this one.

Opening hours: 10 am – 11 pm