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Why you should put Iran on your bucket list?

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You may heard a lot that Iran is unsafe, insecure, people are dying there, they are fundamentalists, they are really dangerous. Lots of travelers came to Iran carrying all these negative ideas, but at the end of their journey they change their mind and don’t want leave here. Here are some points you should take into consideration while traveling to Iran:

 

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The Nasir al Mulk mosque in Shiraz, also known as the Pink Mosque.

It may seems unsafe in the first sight, but the people on the streets are quick to greet you warmly and ask for a selfie together or invite you for tea.

It is not to say that the strict Islamic regulations are a myth – women have to wear a hijab (headscarf) and cover their figure in public. At some holy sites, you might even be asked to don the ­traditional long black veil called chador (which literally means “tent” in Persian).

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But on the streets of Tehran and some of the big cities, it is common to see Iranian women strutting around in trendy tight-fitting garb with dyed tresses peeking out of their colourful headscarves as they rebelliously find fashionable interpretations of the state’s strict dress code.

And while public displays of affection between men and women are a no-no, almost no place is segregated. One of the few “places” where men and women are kept apart is the public transport, where women have a separate entrance and compartment on city buses and the Tehran Metro.

One of the oldest civilisations ­in the world, Iran is home to 21 Unesco World Heritage sites with a rich legacy of art, culture and architecture dating back some three millennia.

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Golestan Palace, or the ‘Palace of flowers’, is one of the oldest historical monuments in Tehran.

My whirlwind exploration of this mesmerising heritage started at the Golestan Palace in Tehran. The muted façade of the 400-year-old royal complex is underwhelming, but as soon as you walk in, its grandiose opulence will hit you. Talar-i-Ayaneh (Hall of Mirrors), for one, is unforgettable with its blinding shattered-mirror mosaic walls and ceiling. One would think living with your reflections is unnerving, but apparently the mirrors served a practical purpose – they kept the assassins away.

The newer Niavaran Palace gives a different insight into Iran’s past – it exhibits the excesses of the last Shah of Iran, Reza Pahlavi, as if to justify the 1979 Islamic Revolution that sent him and his family into exile. Maybe it was the winter cold, but an eerie chill swept down my spine as I walked through the rooms showcasing the royal family’s abandoned possessions.

This mesh of the extravagant and the austere; the traditional and the modern; and the Islamic and the pre-Islamic of Iran is evident even as you move out of Tehran.

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The intricate ceiling design in the music room of the Ali Qapu Palace, at the Imam Square of Esfahan.

 

It cannot be more obvious than at the Imam Square in Esfahan, once Iran’s capital under the Safavid Dynasty. Surrounded by intricately designed palaces and mosques, the public square used to host polo matches for the ancient kings’ entertainment. Today, the Imam Square is a popular hangout for the ordinary Esfahan folks who love to picnic and read poetry on the grassy turf.

But the wintry air was biting when we were there, so we quickly popped into the labyrinthine Bazar-e Bozorg nearby to hunt for souvenirs and browse in the workshops where the traders make their wares, from traditional copper pots and glass trinkets, to miniature paintings and printed tablecloths.

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Strolling along the Si-o-seh pol Bridge, the most striking bridge in Esfahan, is a must.

While I had vowed to resist the temptation of lugging home one of the famed Persian carpets, I could not resist the calls of the carpet sellers. So, I let myself be dragged into one carpet shop and surrendered to their “1,001 tales of flying carpets” over hot tea … Leaving without buying was awkward but the experience was definitely worth it.

If the haggling is not for you, there are many chaikhaneh (teahouses) around where you can sip your spiced tea and suck on nabat (traditional rock sugar). Find, if you can in the market maze, the kooky Azadegan Teahouse. The metal pots, lanterns and other knick-knacks hanging from its ceiling give Azadegan’s tea and snacks an extra oomph.

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Kick back at the Azadegan Teahouse with its kooky ceiling decor after souvenir hunting at the labyrinthine Bazar-e Bozorg in Esfahan.

After soothing tea, nothing is more invigorating than walking across the wondrous Si-o-seh pol bridge to the leafy Armenian Christian quarter Jolfa, where the Esfahan Music Museum makes an interesting stop with its extensive collection of traditional instruments. We even got serenaded with traditional Persian love songs after our guided tour!

As the Safavids were credited for the spread of Shia Islam, Esfahan is an ideal place to soak in the distinctive blue-tile mosaic design of Iran’s Islamic architecture.

I did wonder if blue tiles are – as magnificent as they are – all there is to Persian mosques. I found the answer in Shiraz, another former capital city. Its Nasir al Mulk mosque is known as the pink mosque because its pink and red tiles radiate a dazzling rosy hue around the main prayer room when sunlight shines through its stained glass windows.

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What’s left of Persepolis, the ancient imperial ceremonial capital of Persia, which was burnt down by Alexander the Not Great.

But despite its attractions, and Shiraz has many, most travel to the southern city to get to Persepolis, the ancient capital of the Achaemenid Empire.

It is said that the Greek conqueror Alexander (the “not Great”, from Iranians’ perspective) had torched most of Persepolis in a drunken fit, but the ruins are still breathtaking.

The tomb of Cyrus the Great at nearby Pasargadae completed my “lesson” on this ancient Persian civilisation. Cyrus is dubbed the “Father of Human Rights” and, to the current theocratic government’s chagrin, many Iranians now hold annual protests at his tomb.

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The Zoroastrian Towers of Silence in Yazd where the dead were once left to be eaten by vultures before burial.

I find Iran’s preservation of their pre-Islamic heritage absolutely riveting, and my intrigue only grew when I got to the desert town of Yazd, considered by many to be the “Zoroastrian HQ”.

Zoroastrianism, one of the world’s oldest monotheistic religions, is said to be founded in Iran. One of its distinct facets is its “decontamination ceremony” for the dead – their bodies are left in a simple tower known as dakhmeh or tower of silence for vultures to pick clean to the bones.

The dakhmeh at the hilly edge of Yazd will transport you back to those gory times, especially if you go there after visiting the surreal Fire Temple, where the flame allegedly has been burning for over 1,500 years.

Yazd’s old town, a pit stop during the old Silk Road days, is also captivating with its badgirs (windtowers) on sun-dried mud-brick houses set around narrow, winding lanes.

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The bathhouses in Kashan are best explored via the rooftop, like this one at Hammam-e Sultan Amir Ahmad.

All the guidebooks say the skyline is best seen from the rooftop, something I unfortunately didn’t get to do as I had to rush to Kashan, another old town with traditional houses, gardens and hammam (bath houses) that should be explored from the rooftops. As I looked out across the quaint skyline, it struck me – I had barely scratched the surface of what this diverse country has to offer.

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8 reasons for Rafting in Iran

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8 reasons for Rafting in Iran
Rafting is one of the new sports in Iran that has found many enthusiasts in recent years and the regular boat ride program is provided by the tourist agencies.
Although Iran is a country that is located in a desert and dry area,but the special geographic location and the high mountain range of Iran have led to the creation of rivers in various parts of Iran.
If you are looking for adventures during your trip to Iran, Rafting in Iran is one of the best options available. In addition to all tourist activities, Rafting in Iran gives you the opportunity to have a real thrill. It is one of the popular water sports in Iran.The months of April, May, and June are considered the best times to take part in Rafting in Iran. There are many rivers that are ideal for rafting in Iran.

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There are several reasons why the program of Rafting in Iran turns into one of the attractions of traveling to Iran

Iran is cheap
According to the latest World Economic Organization, Iran ranked first in the world’s cheapest among 144 countries.
According to this report, Iran ranked 66.6, has the most suitable competitive position with other countries.So Iran is one of the cheapest destinations for tourists.

Is it  safe to visit  Iran?

All headlines on news and media are very different from what travelers face and experience in Iran. The US government and most Western countries have a long travel warning for Iran. Although I do not advise you to ignore this warning, I advise you to balance it with direct accounts of Americans and many other travelers who have recently visited the country. The country is beautiful, the story is rich and people are eager to demonstrate their almost sacred commitment to hospitality.
The best way to get the answer is to ask travelers who have visited Iran, we encourage you to visit and join our face book page, LinkedIn, twitter.

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Excitement and history Simultaneous  with each other
Some rivers for rafting are located in the provinces and historic cities of Iran, with many historical and ancient features such as Zayanderoud river in Isfahan province or Cesar river in Kurdistan province.
In these areas, you will not only enjoy water sports but also visit the historical monuments of these cities like historical mosques,Palaces, Castles, Caravansaries and other sights with hundreds of years of history.

Pristine landscapes along the riverside
There are several Rafting rivers in Iran, Parts of these rivers flow through woody and mountainous areas which have created unique features for tourists and athletes.
Sections of the northern rivers flow through the 4,000,000-year-old Hirkani forests, also, the western rivers of Iran pass through the Alborz Mountains, that beautiful mountainous scenery is very attractive.Also, the rivers of the Central Plateau of Iran in the province of Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari not only provide you beautiful nature, but the ancient history is also attached to this part of Iran.

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Different rivers with various classification

Although Iran is located in a desert region, the presence of different mountains in the north and west of Iran has created a different face of them.
In these areas, roaring permanent rivers have provided special conditions for those who like these sports.There are different rivers for rafting and riding in Iran, but among them, 14 rivers have rafting conditions.They range from class 1 to 5.

Dispersion of the river in Iran
In some countries, certain areas are specified for rafting.But due to the special geographic features in Iran, various areas throughout Iran are suitable for rafting, White water rafting, Canoeing and etc.
So you can take a boat ride on the whole northern part of Iran or from the East to the West in the Alborz Mountains as well as from north to south-east of Iran along the Zagros Mountains.

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Modern facilities
Rowing programs are regularly carried out in the rivers of Iran, which increases the youth’s attention to this sport.Accordingly, the facilities and equipment needed for this are prepared, which is part of the necessity of these programs by the agencies.
These equipment are divided into two categories: Individual and group
Individual travels or Day Trip, are single or families traveler to these areas, and their facilities included: experienced guides, Water Cag, Life Jacket, Helmet, Neoprene Boots & Wetsuit.But the groups or Expedition, and the tourist who come for some days rafting have more as like as:Paddle Raft, Cargo Raft,Slalom,Sprint,Downriver, Kayak,Rescue/Safety Kayak,Race Kayak,Different Tent,First Aid,Canopy,Mobile kitchen,4WD Off-road cars,and more.

Professional Agencies
There are a large number of reputable agencies in the field of nature tours and White Water Rafting that offer the best types of tourist services and amenities required by travelers.

 

Empty skiing tracks in Iran

 

Empty skiing tracks in Iran
Iran enjoys largest untouched ski resort in world
The ski areas of Iran reach altitudes that eclipse even the highest tourist resorts of the Alps.

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The Daily Daily Broadsheet ‘The Daily Telegraph’ in a recent report says Iran is the largest untapped ski resort in the world.

For most skiers and snowboarders, the idea of an off-piste paradise usually conjures up thoughts of the majestic peaks of Alaska, Verbier’s famous freeride field or Japan’s legendary dusty fields. Many, in a lasting way, would not consider looking at the mountains of Iran.

But hoping to lift the curtain on Iran’s off-piste terrain is Snoworks, a provider of ski courses based in the UK around the world. The company has announced a new trip to Iran’s top ski resorts for British skiers next March, along with tour operator Mountain Heaven.

Mountain Heaven’s Managing Director Nick Williams visited the country in March 2016 and was impressed by the terrain, the food, the friendly people and the atmospheric mountain cafes to launch their holidays. The Snoworks trip combines four of Iran’s main ski resorts: Dizin, Shemshak, Darbandsar and Tochal.

All resorts have unconnected off-piste areas accessed by a lift, but most skiers and snowboarders have probably never heard of them. Mountain Heaven also offers holidays in Dizin, Shemshak, and Darbandsar which, although not recommended for beginners, are based more on the slopes.

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The Alborz Mountains in northern Iran extend from the border with Azerbaijan and along the western and southern coasts of the Caspian Sea. These holidays visit tourist centers in the center of the mountain range, to the north of the Iranian capital of Tehran.

The ski areas of Iran reach altitudes that eclipse even the highest tourist resorts of the Alps.

The Daily Telegraph quoted Phil Smith, Director of Snoworks, who said: “Skiing in Iran offers a real adventure, combining incredible culture and unforgettable skiing experiences.

“We will fly to Tehran with a stopover in the city before heading uphill in the Alborz Cordillera north of Tehran. Skiing in Iran is little known outside the country, but there is an immense mountain range, largely untapped.”

Snoworks will make your trip from March 10 to March 18, 2018, at a cost of £ 2,545 per person, based on two people sharing a room.

The price includes transfers, accommodation and breakfast provided by Ski Adventure Iran in association with Mountain Heaven, dinners at ski resorts, visa approval service, Snoworks guide instructions and tickets for any tourist visit to Tehran.

 

Rafting in Iran a new sport

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Rafting in Iran

Rafting in Iran is a new sport.Although Iran is a desert country with low rivers, in the mountainous regions of Iran, there are several rivers that are very suitable for this sport.
Some of these areas are:

Armand river in the green city of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari
White River in the north of the country and in the beautiful province of Guilan,River with many rocks, Caesar in Lorestan province,Karaj River in Alborz Province,Sirvan River in Kurdistan Province, and the best area for this sport is Zayandeh Rood River in Isfahan Province and Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari with numerous rivers and longer trails, and beautiful historical and natural landscapes that has given a very special effect to this area.

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Zayande Rood River
This river is one of the most important rivers in Isfahan and Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari province.The best time for this river is spring, especially in the months of March and April.The waves of the Zayanderroud River are at level 2 and 3.

Haraz River
This river is located in Mazandaran province in the north of Iran.Rafting will take about 3 hours and has waves of 2nd and 3rd level.Parts of this river have waves of grade 4.

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Sefid Rood River
The natural scenery of this river is very beautiful and pass throughout of the best green province of Iran “Guilan”.This river is the second longest river in Iran and has waves of grade 2 and 3 and is suitable for Rafting and Kayaking.

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Caesar River
This river is from the branches of the Dez River in Lorestan province, and it is suitable for both beginners and professionals due to its 2 to 4-degree waves.The length of the Caesar River is 515 km and its average slope is 0.4%.

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Armand River
Armand is one of the major rivers of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province and is considered as the main potential of this province because its catchment area includes more than 50% of the province.
The river has the capacity for running programs and races due to the topography of the route as well as the river water level.

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Travel to the most beautiful and greenest countryside in northern Iran

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Travel to the most beautiful and greenest countryside in northern Iran

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Travel to Iran without Isfahan is not complete

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Travel to Iran without Isfahan is not complete

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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

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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.

 

The Memory of Saint Thaddeus and His Faithful Followers in Iran

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. . .

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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.

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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.