Traveling to Iran from the perspective of an American woman tourist

Silvia Lawrence is An American woman traveler who traveled to Iran in 2014.After returning from the trip, she received many emails from her fans sharing her memories.He describes the most important and most practical points that every tourist must follow in his trip to Iran.This American female tourist is keen on introducing himself as a Norwegian because of his interest in Norway and his beauty.

Sylvia Lawrence
She traveled to more than 70 countries and now has a home in the mountains of Norway and is happy with her life.Sylvia is essentially an American, but because of its great interest in Norway, it considers itself a Norwegian and even has its own passport.She wants to travel alone to other countries and travels to Iran and other Middle Eastern countries in 2014.

Traveling to Iran from the perspective of a tourist woman

1) Find a host for your first night in Iran and then stop planning for a trip to Iran.
With a 2-week visa for this tourist, visiting all the tourist attractions in Iran seemed unimaginable.She decided to be more popular among the people from the second night.In this way, She could get acquainted with the culture and customs of Iranians and gain amazing experiences.
You should always find good hosting to provide you with a lot of information.

2) $ 5 per day is sufficient.
Perhaps many tourists would like to spend more on traveling to Iran than Silvia, But she only brought $ 400 for 2 weeks, and at the end of it a little money was left.
Always have cash with yourself, inPersianNo credit card is accepted in Iran.

3) Learn to count and write fromin Persian.
When you enter a shop and you can read and count Persian, it will help you a lot.It is very good that you understand the prices, also the shopkeepers are very happy that a tourist can speak their tongue.


4) If you are a tourist woman, be sure to have two types of dresses, one the main dress and other manto.
The foreigners are not familiar with the mantle, they say, volunteersit covers the hands and stretches to the knees.In public places, you should use this type of cover to avoid any problems.MaVolunteers are dissatisfied with this.

It does not matter, But it’s important that you respect the beliefs of a nation.

5) Drink a dough.
Most foreign tourists enjoy dough and taste, and they call that magic elixir.Eating traditional Iranian dishes with drinking dough is very enjoyable for tourists.
Tourists have an interest in drinking traditional and cool dough.


6) You will love Iran.
You will have a great sense of hospitality of Iran and its historical monuments.Not only Iran’s warm people, but also the natural scenery and historic sites, will give you a good sense of it.

Each tourist wants to return to Iran after leaving Iran.When you talk to an Iranian, you can easily see kindness and goodness in their eyes.They do the best for you when you are their guest.
Iran can be a wonderful destination for tourists.

7) Try to see the whole of Iran.
Each city in Iran is full of tourist attractions that fascinate you.From northern Iran, it has a lush and beautiful nature, up to the warm and beautiful South, with its peaceful beaches.Always remember to capture every moment with your camera.
Each city has its own local and traditional food and should be tested.

American tourist Iran embraces visitor with warm welcome many speak English love talking and posing photos with Americans

American tourist Iran embraces visitor with warm welcome many speak English love talking and posing photos with Americans


I’m Philadelphia Inquirer, and I’ve had a trip to Iran.I studied for many years about Iran’s rich history and I was eager to see its wonders.But when I told my friends that I was planning to travel to Iran, ..They told me, You are crazy! Because they believed that Iran was not safe and its people were hostile to Americans.But that was not true. I traveled to Iran and the friendly welcome of the people reflected the beauty of Persian culture.I started my 11-day trip to Iran from the ancient city of Persepolis, where 3,000-year-old palaces and gateways built by Xerxes and Darius the Great still stand.Although the city was looted and partially destroyed by Alexander the Great in 331 B.C., many of the original structures remain in a somewhat diminished but rehabilitated form. Persepolis, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lay dormant for centuries until the 1930s, when restoration efforts began. Although it is the chief tourist attraction in Iran, it is only one of many joys I experienced.

I traveled to 10 Iranian cities in total.A trip that started from Shiraz in the south and ended up in Tehran.The weather in most places in April was fairly good and made touring enjoyable.There were some inconveniences along the way: no ATMs, no credit-card charges, and no use of U.S. dollars. However, I adapt.

My favorite cities were Yazd and Isfahan.The city of Yazd, near the central desert of Iran, is one of the oldest cities in the world.Quaint narrow streets included 2,000-year-old houses, making it fascinating to wander and explore, especially for someone who spent his childhood in Swampoodle.

Isfahan as one of the most important tourist cities in Iran is very beautiful.Nice bridges over the ZayandehRood (River) , beautiful mosques, great palaces and magnificent mosques in Isfahan attention by all tourists.

The trip’s highlights were the bazaars, the mosques, and the people. Every town has at least one bazaar where it seems one could walk forever under cover with shops on either side selling almost everything. Bazaars are the Iranian version of American shopping malls – without endless parking lots wasting space.
Resplendent in their beautiful architecture and breathtaking interiors, the mosques mesmerized me. I visited as many as I could. My favorite was Cheragh in Shiraz, with its gold-topped minarets and mirrored tiles on interior walls.

As for the people, many speak English and love talking with and posing for photos with Americans. I posed with as many as I could. Three encounters heightened my impressions of the many people I met:

One evening, when I wandered around, I followed a local synagogue in Isfahan, A man in English asked if he could help me?When I told him my destination, he took me across the street to a plain building that housed the synagogue, rang the bell, and explained in Farsi over the intercom that I was eager to see the interior.

One night in Tehran, my camera battery was running low, and I didn’t have my charger.An English-speaking man in a camera shop said he had no chargers for my camera, but he offered to charge my battery on his shop’s machine. We chatted for 20 minutes while the battery charged at no cost to me.

When I returned from Iran, my driver took me to Tehran airport, he also helped me to carry my luggage inside.

My Iran trip was one of my most enjoyable adventures in all of my travels.

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The joint efforts of Iranian-Italian excavation expedition bore further fruits in Tal-e-Ajory historical mound in the vicinity of Persepolis. The result has been a gateway had been constructed for an Achaemenian palace already in place before Persepolis had been built! Yes, the fact is that this discovery has unveiled some ambiguous unknown period about the ancient city of Parseh. The time period is between 559 and 521 BC, the era of the Persian Empire reigned by Cyrus the great and Cambyses.

The Square Structure of Gateway

Part of the brick-made gateway

Part of the brick-made gateway

According to Cultural New Agency, the dimensions of the recently discovered gateway has been:

  • 40 m long walls on North-South side
  • 30 m long walls on East-West side
  • 10-12 m thick walls on all sides

This square gateway was built in a 40 sq meter area leading people in and out on SE and NW corridors. There could have been approximately 1000s of 33 cm by 33 cm bricks, each one 11 cm thick forming the gateway. After the fall of Achaemenians, this historical mound built by such large number of bricks was demolished. That’s why local people call it Tal-e-Ajory, meaning brick-made mound.

Art & Architecture at This Achaemenian Gateway

As a result of the recent archaeological excavations in Iran as well as studying 12 other Achaemenian monuments at this side of Persepolis, it’s largely speculated that this part of the ancient city of Parseh used to exist at the time of Cyrus the great and more importantly, before the construction of Persepolis. The reason for such inference is the fact that there are several similarities between the motifs on the glazed bricks of this newly discovered gateway and those of the Mesopotamian myths, in particular with those of Ishtar Gateway in ancient Babylon. Another similarity is found between the plan of the discovered palace near this Gateway and those of the ancient Babylon as well as Pasargadae.


Sample glazed bricks with patterns,

Sample glazed bricks with patterns

There can be found the traces of mythical animals on these glazed bricks. The most significant discovery of this season of archaeological excavations in Iran have been 30 glazed bricks decorated by combinations of winged animals. In most of them, there can be noticed mythical griffins of Elamite and Achaemenian eras depicted with the ancient traditions of SW Iran, Susa and the Mesopotamia. Among them all, Mushussu, is the legendary animal depicted on bricks like in ancient Babylon. It’s an animal that looks like dragons, lions and snakes combined.

Bas-relief of Mushussu in the Pergamon Museum,

Bas-relief of Mushussu in the Pergamon Museum


Approximately 100 m South of this historical mound, there’s another historical mound in which a large palace (50 m by 60 m) had been unearthed. The space between this palace and newly discovered gateway had been planned as Persian gardens with some water supplement structures. Geophysics studies have proved the existence of such gardens and their water supplying facilities.

More Discoveries at this Area

As more and more remnants of ancient monuments and archeological excavations are found at this area of Iran, an interesting fact is revealed to us: In an area of 600 square acres, there had been laid a landscape with several royal monuments as well as Persian gardens among them, creating a breathtaking view for those inside Persepolis.



Yazd engraved as UNESCO heritage site

Joined Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has included the authentic surface of Yazd in focal Iran to its rundown of world legacy destinations.

The site was engraved on the world legacy list amid the 41st session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee in Krakow, Poland, on Sunday, July 9, composed.

The authentic structure of Yazd is a gathering of open religious engineering with a vast degree containing Islamic building components reaching out finished distinctive times of history in the concordant mix with climatic conditions.

Iran named Arasbaran Protected Zone in East Azerbaijan Province and the chronicled city of Yazd for 2017 UNESCO World Cultural Heritage posting.

Mohammad Hassan Talebian, the appointee leader of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, said prior: “While Arasbaran Protected Zone is Iran’s second normal legacy site to be proposed for UNESCO enrollment, Yazd is the primary city in Iran to be assigned for enlistment as a world legacy site.”

He brought up, “Yazd is a standout amongst the most critical forsake urban communities of Iran. The city bears particular indications of development and imagination, a lion’s share of which were advanced between the tenth and twentieth hundreds of years CE.

“The old surface of Yazd is in a superior shape than other verifiable urban communities of Iran.”

Yazd is Iran’s biggest adobe city and its landmarks brag high building esteems.

“The social standpoint of Yazd is yet to be modernized and therefore most of the landmarks including mosques, minarets, houses, and reservoirs impeccably reflect old Islamic-Iranian design,” he said.

The authority said Yazd turned into a settlement with the foundation of storages.

“One can see different eco-accommodating design styles in Yazd, as though the old natural surroundings knew about the standards of maintainable advancement. Old occupants of the city attempted to apply wind, soil, and water energies in a route not to harm the earth,” he said.

Yazd has been an indication of the brightest social legacy and antiquated progress all through history with human settlement going back to the third thousand years BCE.

Tribes, who relocated from Balkh to Pars, called this land “Yazdan” amid the Pishdadi time. The most vital early settlements in Yazd incorporate Mehrpadin (Mehriz), Fahrashan or Pahreh (Fahraj), Khormish and Adar (Ardakan), Aqda and Eshkezar.

Yazd is the principal adobe city on the planet and is the second authentic city after Venice, Italy.

Yazd is known as the city of wind towers. Truth be told, wind towers enhance ventilation. They can be seen in private units and antiquated houses.

Yazd’s authentic landmarks incorporate Yazd Jame’ Mosque, Seyyed Rokneddin Mausoleum, Amir Chaqmaq Complex, Lariha House, Alexander Prison, Narin Castle, Chak Temple and Water Museum.

What’s more, 77 territories of Yazd known as ‘Yazd Historical Texture’ were enlisted as No. 15,000 on the National Heritage List in 2005.

Gharbal Biz (Mehriz), Tamehr (close Taft) and Masih (Harat) are among the essential springs of Yazd.

The secured zones in Yazd are among alternate attractions of the region.

Taft is the center point of pomegranate and silkworm in Yazd Province. Its pomegranates are sent out. Peaches are likewise a popular agro item in Taft.

Additionally, Taft’s water has been outstanding all through the historical backdrop of the territory. A back road in Yazd is known as ‘Abdominal muscle e Taft’, which shows the vivacity of Taft.

Because of certain climatic and monetary conditions and in addition its remoteness, the occupants of Yazd have been included in making painstaking work. Yazd painstaking work has pulled in the consideration of craftsman and workmanship mates the nation over since time long past circumstances.


Young tourists who travel to Iran and  locate in cheap hostels

                                           New generation of Iranian hostels attract younger tourists

Tourism is one of the most important sectors of the Iranian economy which, following the abolition of the international sanctions last year, underwent rapid growth within the framework of the 2015 Atomic Energy Convention.
As the Iranian tourism industry grows, a new generation of hostels that younger travelers encounter around the country emerges.

With the rise of arriving travelers, the development and growth of the Iranian tourism industry have become one of the main priorities of the administration of President Hassan Rouhani. The Rural Tourism Vision 2025 plan outlines the goal of increasing the country’s share of international tourists in the world from 0.9% in 2004 to 1.5% by 2025, representing 20 million visitors and $ 30 billion annual revenue. According to Iranian officials, more than 6 million foreign tourists visited the country in the previous Iranian calendar year, which ended on March 20 and generated about $ 8 billion in sales.

While the average age of tourists visiting Iran was about 60, officials say the average age has fallen between 45 and 50, as more young travelers visit the country. In fact, Iran, which has been designated by the World Economic Forum as the world’s cheapest destination in three consecutive semi-annual reports, has become a new destination for backpackers who prefer to travel at a lower cost and avoid luxury hotels and services.

In this regard, hostels offering hospitality services at a cheaper standard and lower costs than hotels are of interest to investors and tourists alike.

The first permanent hostel was founded in Germany in 1912 and soon became popular elsewhere. Although these hostels are widespread around the world, they are still established in their childhood in Iran, with only a few in the capital, Tehran and major tourist cities in recent years.

Jalal Rashedi, the founder and CEO of the Seven Hostels Group, told Al-Monitor: “We started the first place in Tehran, which was in line with the internationally recognized standards of a typical hostel in terms of facilities and Vibe Theme on other cities such as Shiraz, Esfahan, Alamut and also extended to a small town near Dizin Ski Resort. “

He said that Seven Hostels Group began creating a domestic platform for booking hostels in Iran through English-language websites to facilitate the reservation of tours and also transportation services.

The increase in the number of young foreign tourists visiting Iran is an important factor in the growing number of hostels around the country. While Iran with an insufficient number of high-standard hotels, cheaper, traditional accommodation is not successful in attracting foreign tourists.

Irans traditional budget accommodation, known as “mosaferkhaneh” (traveler’s house), has long been used by locals. These facilities are widely used in religious cities such as Qom, Mashhad and Shiraz, where pilgrims travel from all walks of life to visit sacred sites. In a mosaferkhaneh, guests can rent a room that has one or more beds, each room has either a bathroom and a kitchen or sharing such facilities with other rooms.

But despite a large number of these traditional low-cost accommodations across Iran, they were rarely used by foreign travelers. “Mosaferkhanehs are not really popular among foreign tourists, they lack the young, lively and international atmosphere that you will enjoy in a typical hostel, and the best thing to stay in a youth hostel is to meet other young travelers from other countries and share stories And this is definitely something you can not experience with a typical mosaferkhaneh, “said Rashedi.

He added, “Iranian Mosaic Kings do not have proper websites in English and the tourists have no idea what to expect in these places.”

This is the reason why Golnar Zamani and Habibeh Fathi, young women who own “Hi Tehran Hostel”, believe that the easiest way to explain what is on offer is by simply labeling. “Hostels are internationally known by the backpackers and young travelers who create the majority of tourism these days,” said Golnar Al’s monitor.

The two entrepreneurs claim that the traditional, cheap accommodation of Iran is not properly presented to foreign tourists.


Iran, South Korea agree to launch direct flights

Senior officials said senior airlift officials from Iran and South Korea have agreed to start direct flights between the two countries.

Asadullah Abbasi, head of the Iran-South Korean parliamentary friendship group, said Sunday that South Korea has confirmed direct flights between Tehran and Seoul, according to Fars News Agency.

He stressed that South Korea is interested in Iran’s natural and historical tourism.

Officials of the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Iranian National Flag will hold joint meetings with their counterparts in South Korea.

In mid-June, media reports said South Korean financial officials are negotiating with their counterparts in Iran to create a $ 13 billion credit line to invest in Iran.

Kimia Eximbank (KEXIM) will provide the lion’s share of the $ 8 billion loan to Iran. The Persian newspaper Sharq Persian reported that the remaining funds, $ 5 billion, will be offered by Korean Trade Company in the coming weeks.

Iran and South Korea have also agreed to build a hospital.

The $ 13 billion credit line allocated by South Korea to Iran will open the way for operations by Japanese and European banks.

South Korea announced in May that it had provided a package of loans worth $ 25 billion to develop Iran’s infrastructure projects.

During the visit of the former South Korean President Gun Hae Park to Iran, the statement went to Iran.

During his stay in Tehran, Park supervises the two-dozen agreement between Iran and South Korea to strengthen cooperation on energy, energy, the automotive industry, and railways.



Iran’s Abbasi: The Middle East’s most beautiful hotel
By: CNN Travel

(CNN) — Flick through almost any travel magazine these days and you’re bound to come across an article hailing Iran as the next big destination.
Prompting the spike in interest in the Islamic Republic is recent geopolitical wrangling in the shape of a nuclear deal with world powers that has ended some longstanding sanctions.
But while the country is trying to modernize its tourism industry in the face of increasing visitor numbers — 5.2 million came in 2016 and more are expected in 2017 — its more traditional offerings still have the potential to charm.
None more so than the Abbasi Hotel, an opulent if careworn establishment located in the ancient city of Esfahan.
It’s a place like no other.
Esfahan has its fair share of historical wonders (some which are UNESCO World Heritage sites), but in many ways the Abbasi has become a tourist attraction in its own right.
Built around 300 years ago, under the Safavid dynasty reign of Shah Sultan Husayn, it was originally used as a pit stop for merchants traveling the ancient Silk Road.



Iran completes ‘beauty link’ in North-South trade corridor

Iran is preparing to launch what could be the most beautiful railway in the country at the heart of an intercontinental multimodal transport project.

A 205-kilometer railway from Qazvin to Rasht in northern Iran is nearing completion and could be among the last parts of a rail link through which Russia would send its goods to Mumbai, India, Including Iran.

A report by the Iranian news agency IRNA said the railway could increase the number of tourists visiting Gilan province in northern Iran.

Situated on the shores of the Caspian Sea, Gilan is a popular destination for Iranian travelers – especially during the summer holidays and the New Year. Official figures show that it welcomes more than 30 million visitors each year.

The construction of the Qazvin-Rasht railway is already considered one of the most difficult rail projects in Iran given the wide variety of terrain. An important part of the challenge was to dig 25 kilometers of tunnels and build about 8 kilometers of bridges.

In Gilan, it was necessary to take him to the jungles and over the rice fields and rivers to minimize the damage to the environment.

An extension to the northern port city of Bandar Anzali would lead passengers to the shores of the Caspian and would also offer a return trip inland for cargo destined for domestic markets or Mumbai through the port of the Persian Gulf of Bandar Abbas. Another extension of Rasht would go to Astara in Azerbaijan.

Previously, Abbas Akhoundi, Iranian Minister of Roads and Urban Development, said the Qazvin-Rasht rail link would be ready by the end of the summer.

The North-South International Transport Corridor (NSTC), a multi-model road linking India and the Middle East to the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Europe, is encouraged to significantly reduce costs and travel time and Stimulate trade.

The route of the ship, the road, and the railway connects Mumbai from India to the Iranian port of Bander Abbas and Baku in Azerbaijan as well as Astrakhan, Moscow and St. Petersburg in Russia before extending to the Northern Europe and Scandinavia.


The first direct flight from Tehran to Brussels began

The first Tehran-Brussels route operated by an Iranian airline was officially launched on Tuesday.

The service is offered once a week by Qeshm Air, but it could increase to three weekly flights in the future, said the CEO of airline Mahmoud Shekarabi by ISNA.

The airline uses an Airbus A319 for the flight. Shekarabi said that Brussels airport is a transport hub, making Brussels the last ideal foreign destination of the airline.

Qeshm Air operates 21 international routes, said its website.

“Some 25,000 Iranians live in Belgium,” the CEO added.

The duration of the flight is approximately six hours and a return ticket costs 16.9 million rials ($ 450), reported the Mehr news agency.

Before that, travelers spent between 15 and 30 hours traveling between the two cities, with up to two routes.


Iran highlights the arrival of 6.5 million foreign tourists this year

Iran aims to attract some 6.5 million foreign travelers by the end of the current calendar year 1396 (March 20, 2018), but the country’s tourism infrastructure and public services need to be improved, Responsible for tourism. In 1395, some 5.5 million travelers visited Iran, recovering about $ 8 billion for the country, said IRNA.

“With proper planning and development of the infrastructure, it is possible to achieve our goals,” said Morteza Rahmani Movahhed, MP for Tourism of the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicraft Organization.

“However, it takes time to clean up the county’s international image, which has been tarnished by some Western outlets for years,” the official said.

Following a historic nuclear deal, Tehran and the world powers won in 2015, Iran is repeatedly named as a hot travel destination by a circle of international media in terms of rich history, picturesque landscapes, Traditions, cooking and welcoming people.

Iran’s brilliant goal is to attract 20 million foreign travelers each year by 2025. However, with only eight years to go, according to some experts, the target seems to be somewhat unfeasible.

At present, European travelers, including France, Italy and Germany, who represent the majority of Western tourists, can now obtain visas upon arrival in Tehran and Mingle with tourists from China, Japan and other countries.

The government also announced plans to create sufficient accommodation and transportation for the growing number of tourists. There is a plan to increase the number of upscale hotels from 130 to over 1,000 in 10 years.