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Travel to the most beautiful and greenest countryside in northern Iran

 

Travel to the most beautiful and greenest countryside in northern Iran

The smell of local bread, Voices of Swallows, spring blossoms, Roaring waterfalls, Massive forests, Mountains covered with flowers and plants Along with hospitable people, has created a paradise in northern Iran that attracts everyone.
A trip to northern Iran in the spring is inconspicuous.In springtime walking in the rain, among the blooms and colorful flowers, and staying under the gable roof is a beautiful and fascinating experience.Needless to explain that each season of Iran northern province has its own property.countrysides in North of Iran in addition to the greenery, with some exquisite landscapes, meadows and gorgeous forests are a beautiful collection of hundreds of small paradise and spectacular views.
To access these tiny heavens, you should cross the mountainous and green roads.
The attractions of traveling to northern provinces of Iran can be described in several sections:

Natural features
Most parts of northern Iran are covered with forest and there are about 3,400, 000 hectares of forest in the northern slopes of the Alborz Mountains and Caspian Sea Provinces.These forests with 40 million years old and 80 tree species, are one of the most valuable forests in the world and is considered as a natural museum.
Alborz mountain range along west to east in the north of Iran, Continuing the Himalayas and Andes Mountains, has created very specific geographic features for this area.The Alborz mountain range and Damavand Peak are prominent in Iranian historical texts and legends.This mountain range is the longest in the Middle East and protect the northern parts of Iran from other parts like a huge historical wall.

Historical & Cultural features
Historical evidence in the northern regions of Iran confirms a history of more than 10,000 years in these areas.Evidence of residency in these areas, such as castles, towers, bridges, Historic hills, as well as the objects available in the museums, themselves testify to this historical record.Most of the historical monuments in the area have been damaged over the years due to persistent humidity.But you can still see some that are still healthy.
For example:
– The Hyrcanian Golden Cup, dating from the early 1st millennium AD (800s BC). It was excavated at Kalardasht in Mazandaran.
– Marlik hill in Guilan province with 3500 years history.
– Rudkhan Castle is a military complex which had been constructed during the Sasanian era (224-651),
– Ancient hill of Gerdkooh Ghaemshahr, with 5000 years history.
– Lajim Castle, Savadkooh, with 1000 years history.
– The Great Wall of Alexander or the Red Wall also called the Red Snake.
– The Tallest Brick Tower in the World, Gonbad-e Qabus Tower was built in 996 AD.
– The World’s Highest Natural Arch, Espahbod -e- Khorshid Cave.

People
It has been a host of historical tribal peoples from all over the world since the past, and many migrations have been made to this area.From immigration the historic tribes until the arrival of the Poles and Russians in World War, all have caused Gilan hosts many people.These people created a special sense of security in their guests, that’s why the people of this land were famous for hospitality.
They treat their friends well, but they fought hard against the enemy.The obvious example of this feature can be found in the Gilani encounter with the Arabs and for over a century of resistance to their entry into their land.
If in the architecture of Iran’s desert areas there are narrow streets and tall walls, there are still houses with short walls in Gilan.Because the desert areas have always been exposed to the invasion of the aliens and they paid a lot of attention to security.
The most important feature of Guilan peoples that attract the tourist is
the efforts of women and men side by side to the cultivation of rice and various products.A Strong social relationships and sincere cooperation are among them.

Architecture
The vernacular architecture of Mazandaran is full of
properties that are useful for new architecture.Studies in this area show that the past architecture of there is rooted in religious culture and attitude.Also   it’s beauty depend on it’s simplicity and avoiding   from extra elements.Familiarizing architectural  spaces with religious approach is a nessecity  that  can  solve  many  problems  of  new
lifestyles.The architectural style of the traditional living spaces in the houses of this region is in harmony with human dimensions.House components like stairs, Ivan, the kitchen and etc are formed by the minimum necessary in proportion to their function and avoid additional extras.

Food
Iran is all about originality.There are local and delicious dishes throughout this land.The taste of the Iranian food in northern region of Iran always remains in the minds of tourists.Nowadays Iran Northern food is so famous that it is considered as a Foodi Tour in the tour programs.The most delicious tourist attraction of Gilan is a local cuisine that has intruded the taste of nature within it.The most delicious food with the taste of nature that will keep you on the table.Gilan is the first Iranian province for local dishes. There are more than 170 local food is Gilan.According to experts Favorable weather, good soil in Gilan, is the main reason of various local foods in Guilan.

 

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Travel to Iran without Isfahan is not complete

 

Travel to Iran without Isfahan is not complete

Isfahan and Tourists

According to tourists who visited Iran and Isfahan, it is one of the most beautiful and most visited cities in Iran. It seems that there’s something in Isfahan that makes the city so likable.As it’s got some of the highlights of a trip to Iran, the absolute majority of tour operators plan the itineraries in a way that Esfehan is the first or the last stop before leaving Iran.
These special features of Isfahan can be divided into several categories.

Natural scenery

Zayande Rood

The most important and most significant natural effect in Isfahan is Zayandeh Rood River
A river with historic and beautiful bridges that give the city a dazzling effect.This 400 km long river in the provinces of Chaharmahal Bakhtiari and Isfahan, besides the special effects of nature, has provided a great deal of sports facilities for tourists.At the side of this river in addition to the farms and the lush forests have created areas for rafting and recreational sports.There are parks on both banks of the river for kilometers and this lets the people from Isfahan and environs to spend some time relaxing in the shade of the trees, stroll with friends and family and revitalize themselves and enjoy their time.Some of the royal gardens of Safavids (16th to 18th centuries) were irrigated this way.Zayandehrood’s historic bridges like the 33 bridges and khaju have provided a beautiful and deceptive effect to the river.Zayandehrood’s historic bridges like the 33 bridges and khaju have provided a beautiful and deceptive effect to the river.Walking along these bridges is one of the attractions of tourists.

City Planning of Esfehan

Chaharbagh Street

A lot can be said about the city planning of this beautiful city.
First of all, it’s green.You see several fully-shaded streets in different parts of the city as well as pedestrians, especially on Chaharbagh Street, one of the most beautiful streets of Isfahan.There’s such a broad shaded space in the middle of the street that city hall has placed benches for the people to sit down and relax.
As I mentioned before, there are parks along the river on both banks of the north and south. You can go jogging, walking, etc. for hours.
You can go on a picnic and hire a boat and go peddling.There are also good highway system and overpasses and underpasses that helps you make your inner city trips shorter and more comfortable.

Historical Monuments of Esfahan
Isfahan is known to “Half of the world or museum city “This slogan of Isfahan represents an abundance of Historical monuments
Cultural and Artistic in this historic city.The Iranian architecture of every historical period has its own charm, but as far as structural techniques, tiling and decoration are concerned, there are no other ancient monuments in Iran that could match the buildings of Esfehan.
Undoubtedly, Naghsh-e-Jahan or Imam Square is at the center of these fantastic arts.The early 17th century square with its magnificent monuments and colored shops all around created a unique setting that you will not see anywhere else in Iran.This unparalleled collection includes the Royal Palace, Jame Mosque,
Royal mosque and market collection as well as other royal palaces around the square that have all contributed to making this place an unforgettable one.
There are other mosques such as the ancient Esfehan Friday mosque which are astonishing and worth visiting.
You should add to this unique collection the churches, old houses, the Zoroastrian fire temples, as well as the historical minarets of Isfahan.
So add a free day at end of your schedule for these historic monuments.

Vank Cathedral

Handicrafts of Esfehan and Its Artists
In most parts of Esfahan, and in particular in Imam Square, you can shop, art galleries and workshops of handicrafts where you can see the actual artists and craftsmen who are creating beautiful works of art.Large collections of artistic works, carpets, miniature paintings, etc. make Esfehan the city for shopping during your stay in Iran.
These artists will welcome you in their colorful stores and you can visit these valuable artworks.These people are keeping this Iranian art alive by following the traditional styles of centuries of miniature painting in Iran.

Armenian Quarter of  Jolfa
Armenians have long been living in Iran and their history has been linked to Iran’s culture and civilization.Many regions of Azerbaijan and other cities of Iran have long been the home of Armenians.The existence of various historical churches in Iranian cities reflects the history of these people in Iran.
The Armenians of Isfahan from the time of Shah Abbas(17th century) settled in the southern part of the Zayandeh River.Jolfa is the quarter worth visiting for both its fascinating churches as well as culture. In this part of the city, you can get acquainted with the Armenian climate of Isfahan.You can find all the special Armenian elements, such as the hotel’s café restaurant and their stores, you can enjoy spending time in and having something to drink.Coffee is part of Armenian culture. So, if you want good in an interesting atmosphere, Jolfa is the place.

Isfahan and Tourists

People
The last section is about hospitable local people of Isfahan, who are so proud of their city and happy to welcome foreign travelers.This city is not only for tourists but also for Iranians themselves as one of the destinations of tourism
Every year in different seasons of the year, like the New Year, Noruz, Iranian New Year, as well as summer holidays, millions of Iranian travelers visit Isfahan and explore its beauty.So, the local people have got the reason to feel proud of their legacy.
Esfehan, because of what you have read so far, is where people have been very exposed to tourists. Tourism has brought business and employment to the city. The local population is happy to see tourists and is useful to them.
In general, if there is a reason why some travelers come back to visit Iran again and again, they are kind, generous and hospitable people. You must see it to appreciate it.

 

Iran Bastan museum pictorial book

 

Iran Bastan museum pictorial book (National museum of Iran), Selected for the best pictorial book of Iran by the Congress of Prominent figures of the tourism industry 2017.

Iran Bastan Museum (National museum)Through Reza Goudarzi’s lens.
(Selected for the best pictorial book of Iran by the Congress of Prominent figures of the tourism industry 2017 in the National library of Iran)

Mr. JIm mcIntosh from NewZeland, first recipient of the book outside of Iran.

All around the world museums are one of the most interesting places for tourists. However, there are so many different museums to visit with so many different objects in the museums that tourist never have enough time to waiting, look, read and save the informations and take photos. Some of the areas in the museums are missed or even forgotten to be looked at.

With museum tours, the tour guides tend to skip around to different areas or tend to rush to provide all the visitors with a small tour. They also want to make sure all the museums are visited before time runs out.

However, having a pictorial book of the museums with information on the items of museum can make your trip more enjoyable.  You can also share a part of Iran’s history with beautiful photos of monuments and natural sites. If you ever want to go back and revisit your trip, all you have to do is open the book and see the wonderful places you have visited.
National museums of Iran consist of Iran Bastan museum (Ancient Iran museum) and Islamic Museum. These complexes are the largest and most important museums in Iran.
The “Iran Bastan Museum Through Reza Goudarzi’s Lens” was published by Reza Goudarzi’s after Nowruz of 1396. It includes 152 pages of high glossy photos. The hard cover book is 24-34 centimeters thick with over 400 photos of items in the museum and 20 landscape shots of monumental places. The book includes both English and Persian language.
You can find the photos of the items and well as a short history of each era. The book include the Paleolithic, the Neolithic, the Bronza & Elamite age, the Iron age, the Achaemenids, the Seleucids, the Parthians and the Sasanids periods.
From the photos in the book you can point out the Statute of Darius, Human Headed Capital (Lamassu), the Audience Hall Scene (from Persepolis), Archer on Glazzed Bricks, Bronze Statue of a Parthian Nobelman, Salt man, Stucco & Musaics of Sasanids, Bones & tools from the Paleolithic and the Neolithic period, Pottery beakers of Susa, the Bull statue of Tchogha Zanbil, The first document navigation from Chogha Mish, Elamite Tablets, the First Animation of the world from Shahr-e-Sukhteh. You can also find objects from historical sites such as Jiroft, Shahdad and Sialk.

The 20 landscape photos (Full pages) in the book include monumental places such as Persepolis & Pasargadae (Pars), Bisotun (Kermanshah), Tapeh Sialk  (Kashan), Engravings of Naqsh-e-Rostam (Pars), The tower of silence of Zoroastrain (Yazd), Anahita temple (Bishapur), Sar-e-Yazd castle (Yazd), Takht-e-Soleyman (Takab city), Khorhe (Markazi province), Narin castle (Meybod), Anahita temple (Kangavar), Tappeh Hasanlu (Naqadeh), Ziggurat Chogha Zanbil (Khuzestan) and Shekarchian cave (Bisotun).

We hope this book will be as exciting and absorbing as the museum itself for those who will wish to learn about the Iranian culture and history.

This book is a great item to gift to family and friends or even something to show at home. To check out sample pages of this book please contact us or visit the following links:
www.persiaexpo.ir
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Iran attracts more Western tourists

 

Iran attracts more Western tourists

 wonderfully amazing trip

At least 1,148 million tourists visited Iran during the first three months of the current financial year (20 March-21 June), Abdolreza Mohajerinejad, an official of the Cultural Heritage, Crafts and Tourism Organization Of Iran.

The figure shows a decrease of 9.6 per cent compared to the same period of the previous year, said Mohajerinejad, director of the Cultural Heritage, Crafts and Organization Tourism Development and Planning Bureau Of tourism, the ISNA news agency reported on 23 August.

Autumn is mainly related to the decline in the number of tourists from the northern states and the Persian Gulf, he said.

Nevertheless, the number of tourists from the EU and the US who visit #Iran is increasing added Mohajerinejad.

Without disclosing the exact number of Western tourists who visited Iran during the period, Mohajerin stated that during the 15-month period from March 2016 to June 2017, their number increased by 56.6% the previous year.

More than 4,911 million tourists visited Iran during the last fiscal year (ended March 20, 2017), indicating a decline of 2.5 percent year-on-year, he said.

According to Mohajerinejad, the number of tourists from the northern states and Iraq decreased by 9.9 percent in one year.

Meanwhile, Iranian officials earlier announced that the number of tourist flows over the past year had increased by 33% to reach six million visitors.

Iran’s annual tourism income, over the past year, increased by 11 percent to 8.3 billion.

 

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The Memory of Saint Thaddeus and His Faithful Followers in Iran

The Memory of Saint Thaddeus and His Faithful Followers

 

Iran’s Qara Kelisa will honor the memory of Saint Thaddeus and his faithful followers during a ceremony in the northern province of West Azerbaijan.
The church is located at the end of a road which has been constructed merely for this church and a small nearby village. Qara Kelissa was registered as the ninth historical-cultural heritage of Iran at the 32nd International Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Quebec, Canada.

Scores of Armenians, Assyrians, and Catholics from Iran and other countries will attend the annual event as part of their pilgrimage on the Day of St. Thaddeus.
The ceremony is known as one of the largest religious ceremonies held by Armenians.
Qara Kelisa, also known as the St. Thaddeus Church, is one of the oldest and most notable surviving Christian monuments of Iran that carries great significance for the country’s Armenian Orthodox community.

The church is composed of two parts: a black structure, the original building of the church from which it takes its name and a white structure, the main church, which was added to the original building’s western wing in 1810 CE.
An ancient chapel two kilometers northwest of the church is said to have been the place where the first Christian woman, Sandokh, was martyred. The chapel is believed to be as old as Qara Kelisa. The structure was inscribed along with two other monastic ensembles of the Armenian Christian faith namely St. Stepanos and the Chapel of Dzordzor.

Saint Thaddeus Monastery
The Saint Thaddeus Monastery is an ancient Armenian monastery located in the mountainous area of Iran’s West Azarbaijan Province, about 20 kilometers from the town of Maku. The monastery is visible from a distance because of the massiveness of the church, strongly characterized by the polygonal drums and conical roofs of its two domes. There are several chapels nearby: three on the hills east of the stream, one approximately 3km south of the monastery on the road to Bastam, and another that serves as the church for the village of Ghara-Kilise.
One of the 12 Apostles, St. Thaddeus, also known as Saint Jude, (not to be confused with Judas Iscariot), was martyred while spreading the Gospel. He is revered as an apostle of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Legend has it that a church dedicated to him was first built on the present site in AD 68.
Not much appears to remain of the original church, which was extensively rebuilt in 1329 after an earthquake damaged the structure in 1319. Nevertheless, some of the parts surrounding the altar apse date from the 10th century.
Most of the present structure dates from the early 19th century when Qajar prince Abbas Mirza helped in renovations and repairs. The 19th-century additions are from carved sandstone. The earliest parts are of black and white stone, hence its Turkish name Kara Kilise, the Black Church. A fortified wall surrounds the church and its now-abandoned monastery buildings.

According to Armenian Church tradition, the Apostles Thaddeus and Bartholomew traveled through Armenia in AD 45 to preach the word of God; many people were converted and numerous secret Christian communities were established there.
The ancient Christian historian Moses of Khorene tell the following story, considered a legend by most modern historiography.
Thaddeus converted King Abgar V of Edessa. After his death, the Armenian kingdom was split into two parts. His son Ananun crowned himself in Edessa, while his nephew Sanatruk ruled in Armenia. About AD 66, Ananun gave the order to kill St. Thaddeus in Edessa. The king’s daughter Sandokht, who had converted to Christianity, was martyred with Thaddeus. Her tomb is said to be located near the Ghara Kelisa.

History and Architecture
In Turkish, Qara means black and the church was called so because a part of it was black. Apparently, the main building of the church was built entirely of black stones but after reconstruction part of the stones was replaced by white ones. This was most probably done intentionally so that future generations would be informed of the original shape and façade of the church.
The church was destroyed and reconstructed at different eras for different reasons. A great part of the church was destroyed in the year 1230 (616 Lunar Hejira) during the attack of Genghis Khan.
When Hulagu Khan was residing in Azarbaijan, Khaje Nassireddin Toosi embarked on its reconstruction.
The main church, built in 1811-1820 is a massive structure, built of light sandstone and adorned with blind arches and decorative and geometric shapes.
Its twelve-sided tambour has been built in alternating light- and dark-colored stones and has an equal number of windows.
The church has two large courtyards, the first of which seems to have been used for agricultural purposes, while the second encircles the white structure, the portico, and a number of rooms.
The first courtyard includes oil-extracting rooms, a miniature windmill, an oven, and a fountain. It is decorated with ornamental motifs and two intricately designed stone crucifixes.
A small door opens to the second courtyard where the refectory and the kitchen along with rooms for resident monks and abbots are located.

The portico, which has been left unfinished, dates back to the mid 19th century.
The building’s exterior is adorned with five rows of alternating dark and light stones as well as numerous round and blind arches, decorated with rosettes, coats-of-arms, flowers and animal figures.
Statues of angels adorn the front facade of the church and its northern and southern facades are decorated with dark-colored stone crucifixes.
Sculptured bas-reliefs bearing passages from the Old and New Testaments, mythical animals, and effigies of saints have added to the beauty of the monument.
Armenians hold that Qara Kelisa is the world’s first church and was constructed in 68 CE by one of the apostles of Jesus, Saint Thaddeus, who traveled to Armenia, then part of the Persian Empire, to preach the teachings of Christ.
The church was destroyed as a result of an earthquake in 1319 and as narrated by Andranik Hovian there is a document showing it was rehabilitated by Saint Zachary in 1329.

 

Literary Tourism – IRAN TRAVEL, TRIP TO IRAN

 

Iran: Literary Tourism

Many scholars have different divisions from literary places.But many of them believe that tourism places are in three main categories:

1-Real places: These places are directly linked to the writer’s life.These places are very attractive for enthusiasts of literature, For example, visiting the work table, where their favorite writer wrote survival effects, create a great feeling for them.The place of residence, burial place or birth place are other real places.For example, Shahriyar’s house in Tabriz and Nima’s house in Yosh-Mazandaran, the tomb of Hafez, Saadi, Ferdowsi and others. . .

2-Imaginary Places: These places are somewhat fanciful and relate to the spaces of novels, poem, and plays.

3-Fictitious Places: These places are built with the attention to literary spaces to attract tourists.Dickens World, Chatham, Stratford, that can see the facilities with the theme of Shakespeare’s works.

Top 10 Literary Destinations
Literature in pre-Islamic Iran goes back to the Avesta poems around 1000 BC.These poems, which were part of the ancient Iranian tradition of oral tradition, were shifted chest to chest, and later they created parts of the Avesta book during the Sassanid era.Persian classical literature was created during the first era of Islam in Iran under the rule of the Arabs.The Iranian people’s attention to culture and art has led to the emergence of very famous poets in Iranian literary history.With this long history in the literary history of the world, unfortunately, Iran does not have a good Position among literary tourists.
Discover the top 10 literary destinations, unfortunately, Iran does not have a special place.

1- London: Tomb of Geoffrey Chaucer and John Milton
2- Stratford: Shakespeare’s Birthplace.
3- Edinburgh: The home of writers or important literary figures of the world, Sherlock Holmes Or Harry Potter.
4- Dublin-Ireland: writers such as James Joyce.
5- New York: Rebecca Miller.
6- Massachusetts: With the reputation of the book " Small Women”Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House”
7- Paris: With Victor Hugo & Alexandre Dumas And bookstores along the Sen River and Cafe Books.
8- San Francisco: Due to the immigration of some writers such as Allen Ginsberg.
9- Rome: with the characters of the ancient world, to contemporary artists “Kites”, “Shelley” and “James.”
10- St. Petersburg: With Tolstoy, Chekhov, Pushkin, and Dostoyevsky.

Today Literary Tourism

–  One billion US dollar revenue per year from literary tourism.
About 118 million American readers spend on average $ 994 per trip, generating more than $ 192 million a year for the US economy.

– Kierkegaard, Denmark: Denmark became the world’s literary tourist destination.
Thousands of literature lovers go to Copenhagen from around the world.The Center for Kierkegaard Studies at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, organizing hundreds of ceremonies and transformed the city into the world’s top literary tourism destination.

– Literary tourism attracts German readers to Britain.The stories of the English novelist, Razamwood Pilcher,
attract Germans tourists.

 

Food tourism – IRAN TRAVEL, TRIP TO IRAN

 

Food tourism

Food tourism or “searching stomach” is a delicious experience of travel
Food tourism is one of the types of tourism that can play an important role in attracting tourists.This kind of tourism is related to the customs and culture of countries.It is attractive to visitors who travel from other countries of the world with different culture and also are ready to experience their culture and customs.Food tourism is currently generating $ 200 billion in revenue.

Important countries in food tourism
The main market for this tourism is in Europe and North America, and in Germany, England, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy, France, Scandinavia and the United States.The countries that compete with each other and are trying to get a good foothold on the market: Spain, France and Italy in Europe and Japan, India, and Thailand in Asia.

Food tourism, or as the Iranians say, “searching stomach” is a tourist style, which has been a tourist attraction for many years, and every year number of tourists travel with the aim of experiencing new flavors.

Iranian Food Scientists believe there are over 2,500 types of foods and 109 types of beverages and bread and sweets in Iran.Although the Iranian Cooking style is one of the three main schools of food alongside the Roman and Chinese cooking style and the vast geographical area of our country has caused to have a lot of food, but unfortunately, but, Unfortunately, the native foods of Iran are still unknown, and they do not know how Iranian ladies wonder in their kitchens.

Our country, with its diverse climates and subcultures, has the potential to become a destination for food tourists.Guilan province is one of the provinces that has been considered for this purpose from many years ago, and the province was introduced as the first destination for food tourism.

In fact, no matter your travel destination, You’re sure to have a wonderful, memorable and delicious local cuisine at your destination.Unfortunately, this important feature has not been considered and has not become a tourist attraction in Iran.

 

The Americans’ trip to Iran is not stopped

 

The Americans’ trip to Iran is not stopped

Iran does not reject visa applications by US citizens and there has been no change in the number of tourists entering the United States, according to the official of the Iranian Association of Tour Operators.

ast week, the US State Department issued a travel warning by advising the Americans against Iran’s visit, saying the two Iranian and US nationals are being persecuted.

He added that he had “received reports” that Iran denies visas to the Americans in response to an executive order of US President Donald Trump restricting travel to the United States for the Iranians and five other Muslim majority countries.

However, according to the head of the Iranian Association of Tour Operators Ebrahim Pourfaraj, the claims of the US State Department are false.

“Despite the US threatening us and taking action that violates the spirit of JCPOA, Iran has not reacted and will never respond by targeting US tourists,” he said, referring to Common global plan of action, the official name of the benchmark The Iran nuclear agreement signed with six major world powers two years ago.

“Visa applications from US travel companies have not been denied. Each application is reviewed in detail by the Department of Foreign Affairs, and so far this year all applications have been approved,” Added Pourfaraj.

Iran has relaxed its visa rules and issued a visa upon its arrival to citizens of more than 180 countries in 10 of its international airports. The duration of the airport visa is 30 days, but can be extended for an additional 60 days.

Citizens of the United States, Britain, Canada, Colombia, Somalia, Bangladesh, Jordan, Afghanistan and Pakistan must obtain a visa before leaving for Iran

 

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Amazing 12,000-year-old, Meymand Village – IRAN TRAVEL | TRIP TO IRAN

 

Amazing 12,000-year-old, Meymand Village

Man and nature joined together to create one of the most amazing and extraordinary places in the world in southern Iran.
Meymand is a rocky village in the district of Meymand in the central part of the city of Babak in the province of Kerman in southeastern Iran.
Meymand dates back to 8,000 to 12,000 years, is another example of the historic tourist attraction in Iran.
The village of Meymand and the Kandovan rocky village in Tabriz are among the few architectural forms of the rock that are widely used in the entire structure of the villages.

As an example, the most important attributes of these villages in comparison with those of the Cappadocia village of Turkey are the residential units of these two villages.In other words, life is still in this village.
The village was registered on July 4, 2015, at the thirty-nine UNESCO World Heritage Summit as the 19th UNESCO World Herald of Iran.
Meymand Village attracts thousands of tourists eager to see its cavern-like houses and experience the traditional rural culture of the region.
This ancient man-made building is certainly among the first human settlements in Iran.It is not yet known who created this collection, and what were the motives of these people for the construction of such structures.
But the motives of the people are very important,Because with simple facilities, the creation of such magnificent collection with an outstanding architecture is admired.

Some people believe that Mithraism used these caves only for the worship and burial of the dead.And after a while due to the emergence of water and air or any other effective environment, these caves have been chosen to reside.The religion of Mithraism was prevalent in Iran before the advent of Ayn Zoroastrianism and continued until long after its emergence.
At the time of Sasanian, Shahrbabak was considered as the birthplace of Babak Sassanid.After the advent of Islam and its entry into Iran, the people of Meymand who believed in the Zoroastrian religion accepted Islam.

Traditional houses in the village are carved out of the rocks and include corridors, pillars and a stove used to cook and heat the house during glacial winters.Locals say their ancestors did not use hammers and scissors, but a type of pointed stone to sculpt images in rocks. The method is still practiced today in the region.
The current inhabitants of the village build their cave houses, known as Kicheh, by chiseling six to nine-meter horizontal cuts into the hillside’s soft sedimentary rock.Meymand’s sedimentary rocks are soft enough to be shaped by hand and hard enough to support the roof of cave units.
There are about 400 Kitchens in Meymand. Each Kicheh covers an area of about 16 to 20 square meters and is nearly two meters high.

The houses are built on one another and accommodate 130 to 150 people, many of whom lead a nomadic life, escaping warm weather by switching to higher pastures in summer.
The houses usually consist of a single square or round room with carved windows as much as possible. Some houses are windowless and dark due to lack of natural light and soot-coated walls.

Larger houses have more than one room and sometimes an adjacent shelter or animal shelter. The doors are generally rectangular and wooden, with a latch that locks on a hole drilled in a stone frame.
Tourists, who arrive in the village can either stay in guest houses or enjoy staying in cozy, soot-stained cave houses.Guest house rooms are covered with pressed wool felt, called Namad in Persian, and carpets.Meymand also has a public bath, a school, a restaurant, a museum and a number of shops mostly offering herbal medicine and traditional handicrafts.

 

Iran a four seasons land with special natural features

 

Iran a four seasons land with special natural features

Each part of this ancient land has unique features, which distinguishes it from other areas.This four seasons land has very beautiful mountainous, forests and desert areas.
The northern forests of Iran (Hyrcanian or Caspian forests) with an area of about one 1.848.000 hectares on the southern margin of the Caspian Sea, and along the northern slopes of the Alborz Mountain range from َََAstarara to the west to Golestan in the east.
These forests are part of the deciduous broadleaved forests with a mild Mediterranean climate.Generally, the northern forests of Iran have 80 tree species, 50 species of shrubs, and hundreds of grass species perennial.
You can use travel agency programs to visit Iran’s forests.

Get to know the woods of Iran:

Calm and silence, Abbasabad, Mazandaran
Over the clouds /Cloud Forest, Semnan
Autumn in the forests of  Aalem , Asalem, Khalkhal
Just Rest, Leopard Valley, Mazandaran
In the Paradise Hall, Gisoom Beach, Gilan Province
Sometimes the forest is rooted in water. Hara, Hormozgan
Fog, different Dress for the forest.Masal, Gilan
A picture of the forest in the mirror. Alandan, Mazandaran Province
History in the heart of the forest, Rudkhan Castle, Gilan Province
Autumn is coming.Alngdareh, Golestan
It’s time to wear winter clothes. Dalkhani Forest, Mazandaran Province
One thousand autumn colors.Gian, Hamedan Province
The roof of the dream.Fagus forests, Mazandaran Province
Sunshine and snow in the forest, Mercy Forest, Mazandaran Province
Silence and peace. Masoole, Gilan Province