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Tehran, the capital of Iran, is the largest and the most populous city in the country. A city that has been the capital for more than 200 years. And it is where the most important administrative, executive and political decisions are made. With an area of 730 square kilometers, Tehran is the beating heart of Iran. It is the capital of many economic, cultural, scientific, and political aspects of the country. Usually, the Capital of each tourist country is a top destination to visit. So let’s dig deeper and learn more about the places to visit in the New York of Iran!
Important Streets and Squares of Tehran
1. Valiasr Street
Valiasr Street is the longest street in Tehran, Iran, and the Middle East with a length of 17.9 km. It starts from the railway square in the south of Tehran and reaches Tajrish Square in the north. Among the most important attractions of this street, let me mention Mellat Park, Saei Park, Shahr Theater, Daneshjoo Park, Ferdows Garden, etc.
2. Imam Khomeini Square
Imam Khomeini Square with the old names of Toopkhaneh and Sepah Square is one of the most historic squares in the city. Interestingly, this square lies in the center of Tehran.
Lalehzar Street, Naser Khosrow, the Entrance of the National Garden, the Sepah Bank Museum, etc. are among the most important sights around it.
3. Hassan Abad Square
Hassan Abad is the name of a square in the southwest of Tehran. This square is located at the intersection of Imam Khomeini Street with Hafez Street and Vahdat Eslami Street. Above all, it is one of the most spectacular parts of the old texture of Tehran.
4. Tajrish Square
Tajrish Square is one of the most beautiful and important squares in the city. You can find it at the highest point of Valiasr Street. There are many commercial, historical, and entertainment centers around this square. The old bazaar, Imamzadeh Saleh, Darband, Niavaran, Saadabad Museum Palace, etc. are among the most famous attractions around Tajrish Square.
5. Fereshteh Street
It is one of the most luxurious streets in Tehran. And you can see some of the most expensive and beautiful houses, shopping malls, and shops in the capital here. The cars on this street are also very luxurious. Fereshteh Street is one of the most popular hangouts of rich people in Tehran.
Historical Places to Visit in Tehran
1. Golestan Palace and Museum Complex
Golestan Palace is the only world heritage site in Tehran. It dates back to the Safavid and Shah Abbas Safavid periods. Afterward, Karim Khan Zand added buildings to this palace. Today, this complex includes Shams Ol-Emareh Mansion, Marble Throne Mansion, Khalvat Karimkhani, Private Palace, Berelian Hall, Emarat-e-Badgir, Almas Mansion, Special Museum, Gallery Museum, Anthropology Museum, Photography Museum, and so on.
2. Niavaran Palace Complex
Niavaran Complex includes palaces from the Qajar and Pahlavi eras. And its different buildings are Niavaran Palace, Ahmad Shahi Palace, and Sahebgharanieh Palace.
Today, different parts of Niavaran Palace have been turned into museums full of valuable historical monuments. If you are interested in studying the contemporary history and culture of Iran, be sure to visit the Niavaran historical-cultural complex, especially the Niavaran private palace.
3. Saadabad Palace and Museum Complex
Saadabad Historical and Cultural Complex is a collection of mansions, palaces, and museums that were built in Darband and in the northernmost point of Tehran.
The mansions are in the middle of a lush and green garden. If you are interested in visiting historical places, the Saad Abad complex is one of the most prominent places regarding the contemporary history of Iran. The last kings of Iran during the Qajar and Pahlavi periods lived in the Saad Abad Palace complex.
4. Tehran Grand Bazaar
Tehran Grand Bazaar is one of the most important bazaars in the country. And it is the beating heart of Iran’s economy. This bazaar, located in the old part of Tehran, is a relic of the Qajar era. This vibrant place is attractive and spectacular not only for domestic tourists but also for foreigners. In addition, due to the variety of goods and cheaper prices, it is a great destination for shopping lovers.
5. The Gate of National Garden
In the crowded and noisy Imam Khomeini street, there is an old and historical gate from the Qajar era. This gate, which was the symbol of the capital before the construction of the Freedom Tower, is one of the most eye-catching gates in the country. Luckily, the Gate of National Garden is still intact. And interestingly, it is older than the garden itself, as well.
6. Tajrish Bazaar
Tajrish Indoor Bazaar is one of the most famous old bazaars in Tehran. Even walking in this place is enjoyable. Therefore, many domestic and foreign tourists plan to visit this bazaar in their itinerary. For many of them, this place is one of the most memorable places in Tehran.
Tajrish Bazaar is a small sample of Tehran Grand Bazaar. It is very famous for its fresh and special fruits and vegetables that are not usually found elsewhere. Handicrafts, spices, herbs, clothes, etc. are other goods here.
Urban Attractions in Tehran
1. Azadi (Freedom ) Tower
Firstly, Azadi Tower is the most famous urban symbol of the capital. Secondly, this masterpiece is the art of the famous architect, Hossein Amanat. And finally, Inside this contemporary Iranian architecture, there are several theaters, galleries, libraries, and museums. They built this fascinating building to commemorate the 2,500-year celebration of the Persian Empire. Meanwhile, Freedom Tower is a combination of Achaemenid, Sassanid, and Islamic architecture.
2. Milad Tower
Milad Tower is one of the urban symbols of Tehran, too. With a height of 435 meters, it is also the tallest tower in Iran. Its attractions and sights include a luxury shopping center open and closed viewing platform. You can enjoy the cinema, escape room, municipal museum, zip line, skydome, and rotating restaurant during your visit.
3. Nature Bridge
Looking for another urban symbol of Tehran? Here it is; Nature Bridge. This bridge connects the two Ab-o Atash and Taleghani parks. Most importantly, fabulous lighting at night, various restaurants and cafes, and a beautiful view of Tehran are some of the attractions of this bridge.
4. Book Garden
Tehran Book Garden is one of the new tourist attractions of the capital. However, it is very popular despite its short period of activity. You can find this cultural complex in the tourist area of Abbasabad, next to the National Library of Iran. There are welfare facilities, especially for children in the garden. Furthermore, this place has a very attractive environment for walking, having fun, and promoting the culture of books and reading.
5. Gonbad-e-Mina Planetarium
Gonbad-e-Mina Planetarium is one of the most beautiful urban structures in Tehran. This stonishing building lies in the heart of the Ab-o Atash Park. They have space-related films and star observations there that you can enjoy. This planetarium is the largest one in the Middle East. This dome is a simulator of the universe, the planets, and stars. In other words, they show astronomical films in three dimensions.
Parks and Gardens to Visit in Tehran
1. Mellat Park
One of the largest and oldest parks in Tehran is Mellat Park. They built this park during the second Pahlavi era. Mellat Park has a variety of recreational and welfare facilities. A zoo, Mellat Cinema Campus, and Artificial Lake are among the sights of this place. Eventually, Mellat Park with its green space and pleasant environment can make a memorable and unique day for you.
2. Ab-o Atash (Water and Fire) Park
Ab-o Atash Park is a complex of several parks and has amazing attractions such as Tabi’at (Nature) Bridge, fire towers, water fountains, Gonbad-e-Mina Planetarium, and lighthouse.
3. Lavizan Forest Park
Lavizan Forest Park is one of the best parks in Tehran, on the northeast of the capital with a pleasant climate. They launched this forest park project artificially during the Pahlavi era on barren lands.
This park has a pleasant and clean environment and a unique view of Tehran city. Thus, it is one of the hangout destinations for young people and families, especially on weekends. Yas (Jasmine) Forest Park and Bird Garden are nearby.
4. National Botanical Garden
National Botanical Garden is located in the Chitgar area on Tehran-Karaj highway. And its design is based on the Iranian garden model. It’s a garden with a relaxing and beautiful environment. While exploring and having fun here, you will get to know a variety of flowers and plants. Not only native plants to Iran but also plants from all around the world.
This garden is the largest botanical garden in the Middle East and one of the top 10 gardens in the world.
Museums to Visit in Tehran
1. National Museum of Iran
National Museum of Iran is the oldest and largest museum in the country. It has two sections: the Museum of Ancient Iran and the Museum of Islamic Sections. You can find the museum on Si-e Tir Street.
It houses artifacts from prehistoric times to the Qajar period. They call this museum the Mother Museum, as well.
2. National Jewelry Museum
National Jewelry Museum is a treasure. It’s a collection of the most precious jewels in the world that you can not find anywhere else. This collection is an amazing and spectacular treasure that, in addition to its material value, holds a part of the ancient history, culture, and creativity of the tasteful and masterful artists of this land.
3. Miniature Garden Museum
The gallery of Miniature Garden Museum has a very beautiful and modern environment. You can see the pictures of our country’s antiquities registered on the World Heritage List. However, there are beautiful replicas of these antiquities in the garden, as well. They have been made in great detail.
Exhibited models include Persepolis, Chogha Zanbil Ziggurat, Naghsh-e Jahan Square, Pasargad, Takht-e Soleyman, Soltaniyeh Dome, Bam Citadel, Armenian Churches, Bisotun Mountain and Inscription, Sheikh Safi Al-Din Ardabili’s Shrine, Tabriz Bazaar, Shushtar Waterfalls, and Qabus Ibn Voshmgir Tower.
4. Moghadam House Museum
Moghaddam House Museum is one of the historical monuments left from the Qajar period. It belonged to one of the founders of Tehran University of Arts and his French wife. This work is of great value in terms of history, architecture, and the objects in it.
5. Omidvar Brothers Museum
The first anthropological museum in Iran has been Omidvar Brothers Museum. This museum is in the Saadabad complex where they display a collection of items that the Omidvar brothers donated to this museum. They used to travel around the world and bring precious souvenirs with them.
6. National Museum of the Islamic Revolution & Holy Defense
They opened this museum in 2012 with the aim of exhibiting the epic of the zealous nation of Iran during the Revolution and Holy Defense.
7. Iran Wildlife and Nature Museum
You can find this museum in the north of Tehran. This museum displays different species of taxidermy animals and provides a variety of information on Iran’s biodiversity.
Tehran Entertainment Complexes
1. Chitgar Forest Park Complex
If you enjoy seeing the largest artificial lake in the country, Chitgar Forest Park Complex is the place. You can indulge yourself in its entertainments and sights such as boating, aerial skating, free-fall slide, Bam Land Complex, etc. It has a lot to make the best out of your leisure time.
2. Eram Amusement Complex
Eram Park is the largest exciting recreational park in Iran. It also has an artificial lake, three amusement parks named Luna 1, 2, and 3 with 70 playgrounds, and a zoo. However, these are only the most important parts.
3. Bam-e Tehran (Tehran Roof) Recreation Complex
Bame Tehran is located in the highest mountain of the capital, Tochal Peak. That’s why it is a good place to watch the city from a height and enjoy the extraordinary view of Tehran.
4. Darband Nature and Recreation Complex
Darband Recreation Complex of Tehran is the first choice of the people of the capital for fun and entertainment. And most probably the first place the locals suggest any tourist visit in Tehran. Darband is also the main mountaineering route in the city.
Extremely beautiful scenery, pleasant weather refresh your soul. While walking on the mountain path of Darband, you pass by various restaurants and vendors. Then you can taste all kinds of sour and sweet street food.
5. Ghazzali Cinema Town
Iran Cinema Town or Ghazali Town is an entertainment-artistic complex. It is a place in the west of Tehran where many Iranian TV series are recorded. Since the main part of the decor of the streets and buildings represent the style of the Reza Shah period and the early reign of Mohammad Reza Shah, they use this place to make films and serials regarding old Tehran.
Religious and Pilgrimage Places in Tehran
1. Shah Abdol-Azim Shrine
The shrine of Shah Abdol-Azim Hassani is the most famous religious center in Tehran and Rey City. Imamzadeh Taher and Imamzadeh Hamzeh are other Tombs in this shrine. The shrine of Abd al-Azim al-Hasani also houses the graves of many famous people such as Nasser al-Din Shah, Haj Tayeb Rezaei, etc.
2. Imamzadeh Saleh
The second most famous religious center in Tehran is Imamzadeh Saleh. This popular shrine is located in the Tajrish region. It is the burial place of one of the sons of Imam Musa Kazem. According to statistics, 30,000 people visit this holy shrine daily.
3. Sepahsalar Mosque
The first and largest mosque in Tehran is the Sepahsalar Mosque. It is the first and largest school, as well. Meanwhile, this mosque is inspired by Iranian architecture and the style of Istanbul mosques.
4. Saint Sarkis Cathedral
Saint Sarkis Cathedral is a church belonging to the Armenians of the capital. You can find this church on Karim Khan Street. It is considered a symbol of Christianity in Tehran, also.
5. Adrian Fire Temple or Tehran Fire Temple
This fire temple dates back to the Qajar period. Adrian Zoroastrian Fire Temple on Si Tir Street is one of the religious places in the capital. It belongs to our Zoroastrian compatriots. This beautiful fire temple also has an anthropological museum.
Besides visiting the temple you will learn a lot about the culture and tradition of the Zoroastrian people.
6. Haim Synagogue
As well as Adrian Fire Temple, this synagogue lies on Si-e Tir Street and Oudlajan neighborhood. Anyhow, it is the only national museum of the Jews of Iran. Further than that, in the courtyard of this complex, there is another synagogue belonging to the Poles.
And finally, it is one of the oldest synagogues in Tehran, dating back more than a century.
Natural sights of Tehran
1. Tochal Peak
Tochal is the highest peak in Tehran. With its ski slope, cable car, Tehran rooftop recreation area, hiking trail, waterfall and cave area, sleigh, zip line, etc., it provides an attractive complex for relaxation and fun. Of course, this peak is also the most famous and popular mountaineering route in Tehran.
If you are a hiker and mountaineer and enjoy spending time in a clean area with a wonderful climate, Darakeh is a great place for you. This mountainous region is located in the foothills of the northern mountains of Tehran near the two neighborhoods of Velenjak and Evin.
3. Cheshmeh Ali (Ali Spring) in Rey City
Cheshmeh Ali is one of the ancient, scenic, and recreational places of Rey City in the south of Tehran. It is estimated that this spring dates back to 8000 years ago.
In the past, the people of Tehran washed their carpets, and rugs in the water of this spring. They believed that the water of this spring has a property that cleans the carpet well and makes its color brighter and fuller.
Sights around Tehran
1. Dizin Ski Resort
Dizin Ski Resort is the most important ski resort in Iran and the Middle East. And it is one of the best recreational complexes in Tehran, as well. On the other hand, this sports-recreational place is the first Ski resort in Asia and Iran with the approval of the World Ski Federation for holding high-speed competitions until 2022.
2. Shemshak Ski Resort
In 57 km northeast of Tehran and in the village of Shemshak, lies the Shemshak ski resort. This ski resort was the second resort in Iran after Dizin to win the international title from the World Federation. One of the important facilities of Shemshak is the night track, which is 950 meters long. And ski lovers can go skiing from 18:00 to 22:00.
3. The Beginning of Chalous Road
This road is one of the most beautiful roads in Iran. In fact, Chalous road is the most popular intercity one. The wonderful scenery and the unique nature of the route make the trip very enjoyable.
In addition, it is one of the main access roads to the north of Iran. Rarely happens that a Tehrani citizen doesn’t know it. And haven’t traveled down this road.
4. Ahar Village
Ahar is a spectacular village around Tehran that takes people away from the hustle and bustle of the city. If you are a hiker, walking in the alleys of Ahar Gardens can create a special experience for you. Rural products such as cherries and other colorful and glazed fruits can make it a delicious trip for you. 🙂
5. Shahrestanak Village
Shahrestanak village has a very beautiful nature. It takes on a new color in every season of the year. Its A-thousand-color autumn is amazing. And therefore, it is great for photography.
The alleys of the village gardens are the best place to experience a pleasant walk. By taking a short walk on a refreshing path you can visit Nasser al-Din Shah’s summer palace, as well.
6. Firoozkooh Tang-e Vashi
Tang-e Vashi is an awesome place near Tehran, with cool and pleasant weather. So, it is a great option to escape from the summer heat of Tehran. You can experience hiking in shallow rivers along the way, playing in the water, walking, and hiking in its stunning nature in one day.
Also, you can visit one of the three inscriptions left from the Qajar period on your way walking around. At the end of the day, a spectacular waterfall awaits you down the trail.
Damavand Peak is the highest volcanic peak in Iran and the Middle East. This famous mountain lies in the north of the country. With 5,670 meters in height, Damavand is the twelfth highest mountain in the world. Annually, many tourists travel to Tehran to climb up this peak and cross it on their mountain climbing record list.
Lavasan is located in the northeast of Tehran. And it is the closest summer destination to enjoy the satisfying weather. It’s about 37 km away. The lush nature of Lavasan starts from the northern slopes of this city and ends at the beautiful lake of Latyan Dam. The pristine landscapes of this city are outstanding.
Shopping in Tehran
Except for Tehran Bazaar and Tajrish Bazaar where you can buy any stuff you want, in Tehran, there are some streets specialized for some products.
To find out each group of these products you can go to the streets below and find out what you are looking for:
*Home appliances and electronics market: Jomhouri and Hafez streets
*Book and cultural goods market: Enghelab Street
*Handicraft Market: Villa Street
*Household tableware market: Shush Square
*Fabric and curtain market: Zartosht, Molavi, and Abdolabad streets
*Bags and shoe market: Sepahsalar street and Baharestan square
*Second-hand goods, handmade art supplies, and antiques: Parvaneh Friday Bazar on Jomhouri Avenue
Places to Eat in Tehran
The cafes on Villa Street, Mirzai Shirazi, Mofteh, Enghelab, and Haft-e Tir streets have gained a great reputation for offering delicious drinks and a pleasant atmosphere.
2. Street Food
The first street food in Iran has been created in Si-e Tir Street, which invites you to a feast of all kinds of food.
The bazaar area with its traditional food and restaurants has its regular fans. And the smallest coffee house in the world attracts many tourists here.
4. Food Courts
Food courts have also found a very good place for themselves in Tehran. Among them is the food court of Palladium Shopping Center, the Address Food Hall, etc.
In Persian, we say: “Isfahan, Nesf-e Jahan” meaning Isfahan is half of the world. Meaning the one who has seen Isfahan has seen half of the world. 😀 Isfahan is one of the most popular touristic cities not only among the locals but among foreigners.
By traveling to Isfahan, you can have a memorable trip to one of the most important periods in the history of Iran, the Safavid period. This era of Iran’s history has left us with many historical contexts and famous attractions to explore and wonder about.
In fact, a trip to Isfahan would be a trip to the capital of Iranian handicrafts, as well.
So let’s see the top Iran tourist attractions(Iran tour packages) in this stunning city, together.
Historical Attractions to Visit in Isfahan
1. Naghsh-e Jahan Square
Isfahan’s most famous tourist attraction is Naghsh-e Jahan Square which is also on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This place is a dream of many tourists. In this square, you can visit unique attractions such as Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Imam Mosque, Isfahan Bazaar, and Aali Qapo Palace. You can sit in the open space of the square and enjoy the atmosphere, as well.
2. Chehel Sotoun Palace
Chehel Sotoun Palace and Garden is another UNESCO World Heritage Site that was used by the Safavid kings. During the Safavid period, Chehel Sotoun was their base to look after the affairs of the country. The royalty also met with people and foreign representatives. Besides, the palace is famous for its wonderful paintings, drawings, and mirror works.
3. Hasht Behesht Palace
Hasht Behesht Palace is the only remaining Safavid palace among the palaces and mansions of the Chaharbagh. At the time this building was known as the most beautiful palace in the world.
The different and nested architecture along with its spectacular and unique decorations are the charms of this masterpiece.
4. Khajoo Bridge
Khajoo Bridge is the most beautiful bridge in Isfahan on Zayandeh Rud River. It is one of the most popular nightlife places in the city. This bridge was also one of the most glorious bridges in the world during the Safavid period.
5. Si-O Se Pol Bridge
Si-O Se Pol Bridge is another famous bridge in Isfahan. And it is one of the major attractions of this city. This bridge, like Khajoo Bridge, is one of the main promenades of the people of Isfahan. And on the other hand, like Khajoo Bridge it is one of the top night attractions of the city.
6. Isfahan Bazaar
Not only is Isfahan Historical Bazaar one of the famous traditional and historical bazaars of Iran but it is very popular among foreign and Iranian tourists.
In this bazaar, you can get to know the original culture of the people of the city. Aside from that, you csn enjoy watching the art of Isfahani architects and have an attractive shopping of all kinds of souvenirs and handicrafts of Isfahan.
7. Manar Jonban
Manar Jonban is very favoured for its trembling minarets. This historical monument is the tomb of a mystic named “Uncle Abdullah Karladani” and attracts many tourists every year.
8. Atiq Grand Mosque
Isfahan Grand Mosque, or as it is in historical sources, Atiq or Juma Mosque, is one of the most important historical monuments in Isfahan. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, as well. This mosque is the oldest historical monument of Isfahan, which dates back to the Sassanid period.
9. Imam Ali Square
Imam Ali Square in Isfahan was the most important square in the city before they built Naghsh-e Jahan Square. Indeed, they called it Atiq Square or the Old Square in the past. This square is located in the center of Isfahan and consists of four main spaces that include the main square, the front of the Grand Mosque, the underpass complex and parking lot, and the surrounding areas of the square.
10. Vank Church
Vank Church is one of the most well-known churches in Iran and the largest church in Isfahan. Actually, it is the most beautiful church in the city in terms of historical paintings and decorations.
The special architecture of Vank Church, which is a combination of Iranian and Armenian architecture, is one of the attractions of this popular monument.
11. Vank Church Museum
This museum is located in the Vank Church complex. In the Vank museum, you can see a variety of manuscripts and books such as the Torah, the Bible, and an attractive collection of plasterworks and paintings. Furthermore, there is a collection of metal works such as gold and silver jewelry, and many other items belonging to different periods of history.
12. Isfahan Music Museum
Isfahan Music Museum is a very different attraction of this city, which is very popular among foreign tourists. Truly, it provides visitors with a unique museum tour experience. In this museum, not only can you see more than 300 Iranian musical instruments that you’ve never seen but you can enjoy live music. It is possible to buy a variety of Iranian handicrafts from its store, as well.
13. Isfahan Aquarium
Isfahan Aquarium is the first tunnel aquarium in Iran. Fortunately, you can visit this aquarium while visiting the Nazhvan complex. In this aquarium, there are a variety of aquatic animals, from seahorses and crayfish to piranhas, octopuses, stray sharks, and more.
14. Chaharbagh Street
Chaharbagh Street in Isfahan is one of the most elegant streets in the city. Its construction dates back to the time of Shah Abbas Kabir. This street connects Si-o Se Pol bridges to the Darvazeh Dowlat Square.
Above all, it is one of the most popular pedestrian attractions in Isfahan, which has its own spectacular effect in each season.
15. Takht-e-Foolad Historical Cemetery
It may be strange for you to place a cemetery among the attractions of Isfahan. But it’s good to know that Takht-e-Foolad is one of the important historical attractions of the city. And it’s due to its size, the number of famous people buried in it and the valuable historical buildings inside it.
16. Jolfa Neighborhood
Jolfa neighborhood has a happy atmosphere and is very famous and popular for its wonderful cafes and pubs. Anyway, if you have extra time during your trip to Isfahan, be sure to visit this place and its many sights, including a variety of historic churches, old houses, and various cafes to refresh.
Natural Attractions to Visit in Isfahan
1. Flowers Garden
Isfahan Flowers Garden is one of the natural attractions of the city. It has a very nice atmosphere for sightseeing. In this garden, you can learn about many flowers and plants and enjoy its beautifully designed landscape.
2. Birds Garden
You can visit Isfahan Birds Garden while visiting Nazhvan Forest Park. There are more than 130 species of birds in this garden. The bird garden has different sections such as ponds, glass cages, rocks, and green and wooded spaces. You can both enjoy the green space of the garden and get to know different types of birds.
3. Sofeh Mountain
Sofeh Mountain in Isfahan, the roof of Isfahan, has many recreational, natural, and historical attractions such as cable cars, bowling, zoo, some natural springs, Shahdej castle, zip line, and suspension bridge, children and adults’ playground, etc. You can enjoy all kinds of activities such as walking, mountaineering, rock climbing, and eating delicious food.
4. Nazhvan Forest Park
Nazhvan Forest Park is another natural attraction of Isfahan. Birds Garden, Butterfly Museum Garden, Sage Trap, Isfahan Aquarium, Reptile Garden, Amusement Park, Oysters Museum, Health Road, Family Bicycles, Growth Garden, Greenspace, amusement park, and so on are the different parts of this big forest park.
5. Fadak Garden
Fadak Cultural and Recreational Garden is one of the lesser-known attractions of Isfahan. Surprisingly, it has 47,000 trees and shrubs such as Tehran pine, mulberry, ash, Shirazi cypress, Judas tree, etc.
This garden is located in the northeast of Isfahan. It has facilities such as camping, passenger accommodation, sports fields, skating rink, children’s play site, women’s garden. etc., too.
Attractions around Isfahan
Travel to Isfahan is not limited to sightseeing in this city. There are extraordinary attractions around this city that you can visit during your trip to this region.
1. Mesr Desert
The climate of the Mesr desert attracts many tourists who are waiting for the warm desert weather. To reach the desert and sand dunes, you have to pass through Khur village and old thatched houses. By moving past the village, you will see a soil-color area in front of you, the huge sand dunes. Mesr Desert is one of the most amazing scenes you can ever see.
2. Varzaneh Desert
Varzaneh Desert is 130 km away from Isfahan. The beauty of this desert is unique in its kind. You can experience the pleasure of desert climbing and walking on hot sands. You can find the largest desert recreation site in Iran here. There are a variety of exciting activities such as motorcycling (four-wheeled), zip line, camel riding, and desert climbing with off-road vehicles.
Moreover, this desert is located next to the beautiful and historical city of Varzaneh which you can enjoy visiting, as well.
3. Imamzadeh Agha Seyed Ali Abbas Shrine
It is approximately 170 km away from the city. Imamzadeh Agha Ali Abbas is the child of Imam Musa Kazem. This shrine is located 30 km from Natanz and 8 km from Badrud. Every year, many tourists pay a visit to this place.
4. Matin Abad Desert Camp
200 km away from Isfahan city you get to this impressive camp. Matin Abad Desert Eco Camp is one of the most famous desert camps in Iran. It is located near Badrud city in Isfahan province. In this desert camp, you can enjoy activities such as camel riding, cycling, and stargazing. Or you can watch organic farming up close and visit camel, ostrich, chicken and rooster farms, and horse breeding farms. Also, to stay in Matin Abad Ecocamp, there are special tents and thatched cottages, as well.
5. Niasar Waterfall
Niasar waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the desert region of Iran. Next to Niasar waterfall, there are other attractive sites such as Ra’is Cave and Niasar Firetemple. Niasar waterfall is a sedimentary waterfall whose beauty dazzles the eyes of every viewer.
Before we start our tour in Kashan to visit its top attractions, let’s see why Kashan is a great option to include in your itinerary. Kashan is the cradle of traditional Iranian civilization and culture. The city is about 7,000 years old. Many experts consider Kashan to be one of the most beautiful cities in Iran. So it has a significant role in Iran’s tourism industry.
Some historians believe that Kashan is the most original and the first city in Iran and the world. On the other hand, this city is the carpet capital of Iran.
Now, it’s time to take a look at the top Iran tourist attractions in this breathtaking ancient city.
Historical Attractions to Visit in Kashan
1. Finn Garden
They consider Finn Garden the most important attraction of Kashan. Since it is the only historical monument in this city whose name is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This garden has witnessed many historical events. The most significant one is the assassination of Amir Kabir in its bath.
2. Tabatabai House
This house is one of the sights and entertainments of Kashan with high historical values. Tabatabai House is one of the historical houses of Iran where you can clearly witness the delicate elements of Iranian architecture. It is interesting that they call Tabatabai House the bride of Iranian houses because of its unique beauty.
Around 1834, they decided to build this house. The architect of this building has completed the construction in 10 years.
3. Abbasid House
The Abbasid Historical House has been nominated for the award for the most beautiful Iranian-Islamic residential building.
It is one of the historical attractions of Kashan, known as the masterpiece of Iranian architecture. Today this house has a traditional restaurant and a pleasant atmosphere that you can enjoy.
They built the Abbasid historical complex between 1829 and 1832 during the Qajar period.
4. Boroujerdi House
The Boroujerdi House is a Qajar building located in the heart of the historical context of Kashan. A unique collection that dates back to 1863. Today, in addition to being a historical attraction, it is also the headquarters of the Kashan Cultural Heritage Office.
5. Kashan Grand Mosque
Kashan Grand Mosque is one of the oldest and most prominent historical monuments in the city. Surprisingly, its foundation stone is 800 years old.
This building was originally a fire temple and a place of worship for Zoroastrians. Then, it has become a mosque after Islam came to Iran.
6. Taj House
You can simply find Taj historical house in the heart of the old part of Kashan. It is one of the other houses of the Qajar era. This house was registered on Iran’s National Heritage List after restoration in 2004.
And today it is the Iranian Artists Forum and the anthropological museum of Kashan. In the museum, you will see maquettes that take you on a journey through history and evoke the atmosphere of life in the past.
7. Kashan Bazaar
This Bazaar is one of the prime historical Bazaars of Iran. Kashan Bazaar dates back to the Albuyeh dynasty (934 to 1062) and later to the Seljuk era. The famous Timcheh of Amin al-Dawla is located in this bazaar which is unique in terms of architecture and decorations. This bazaar houses more than 40 historical monuments, including Timcheh Amin al-Dawla, Mianchal Bazaar, Ab Anbar, mosque, school, and so on.
Another good news is you can find the best and highest quality Kashan souvenirs here.
8. Agha Bozorg Mosque
Aghabzorg is the name of a complex including a mosque and a school. Agha Bozorg Mosque is one of the most magnificent and beautiful buildings of the Qajar period in Iran. The structure and decoration of this mosque are very eye-catching and dazzles the eyes.
9. Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse
The historical Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse is one of the unique baths in Iran. Of course, because of its beautiful decorations and architecture. This bath has an area of more than 1000 square meters. And many tourists go for a visit.
10. Sialk Archeological Hills
First, Roman Gershman, a famous French archaeologist, discovered this hill in 1932. According to this archaeologist, Sialk is the oldest ziggurat among the 32 ziggurats in Iran and Iraq. Beyond everything, Sialk Hill, with 7,000 years old history, is one of the oldest prehistoric human settlements in Iran.
Attractions Around Kashan
1. Abyaneh Village
It is 83 km from Kashan. Abyaneh is a special village and one of the popular touristic sights of Isfahan province. It’s so absorbing that the inhabitants have preserved their traditional clothing and still have it on them as their daily clothes. Foreign tourists fall in love with this place.
The first thing that impresses anyone entering Abyaneh is the red-color houses of the village. The fascinating structures made of red thatch with white arches with wooden lattice windows catch your eyes, for sure.
3. Noshabad Underground City
It is 14 km away from Kashan. Noshabad Underground City is the greatest example of hand-dug architecture in the world. Amazingly, it is the largest historic underground city in the world. Noshabad City was, in fact, a military and defense structure.
The ventilation system, the entrances and exits, and the anticipation of all the defense needs in this underground city are astounding.
4. Marnjab Desert
It is 62 km away from Kashan. The Maranjab Desert, with its unique beauty, is one of the sights of Isfahan Province. It is funny that you can experience the pleasure of walking on the hot sands in the winter when it is cold everywhere.
One of the Abbasid caravanserais of Iran is located in this desert. Today, it is a traditional hostel. It makes it possible to experience staying in an old caravanserai in the heart of the desert. You can, as well, visit Aran Bidgol Salt Lake and the wandering island in it.
5. Abuzeydabad Desert
It is 39 km away from Kashan. Abuzeydabad desert was not well known. But in recent years, it has become popular among desert lovers. You can stay in Abuzidabad Caravanserai to enjoy the night sky.
Tabriz is the third-largest city in Iran. This city has a special place in the history, background, and economy of our country. There are lots of monuments to visit in this historic city. Tabriz is located in a province with many natural attractions, as well. The kind people of Tabriz speak Turkic. They have lots of awesome traditions and a very pretty dance style.
Let’s together check the Iran Tourism places in Tabriz:
Historical and Cultural Attractions to Visit in Tabriz
1. Tabriz Historical Bazaar
Tabriz Bazaar is one of the largest historical bazaars in the world. In this market, you have access to a wide variety of goods and products, from Tabriz carpets to various spices and medicinal herbs. I assure you, you will enjoy exploring this traditional market with its special atmosphere.
2. Tabriz Blue Mosque
It is one of the 4 blue mosques in the world that attracts attention with its unique azure tiles. The Blue Mosque, which is also known as the turquoise of the Islamic world, is one of the most important attractions of Tabriz. And a trip to this city is not complete without visiting it.
Arg-e-Alishah is the tallest brick building in Tabriz. It is one of the relics of the Ilkhanate period in this city as well. They also know that as Taq-e Alishah (Alishah Arch) or Arg-e Tabriz (Tabriz Citadel). The most important feature of the Alishah Citadel is its large arch. The arch has a width greater than Taq Kasra – Ctesiphon. So, with this feature, it is distinguished from other historical monuments of Iran.
4. Sa’at (Clock) Square
Clock square is the most famous historical square of Tabriz. It is one of the most notable symbols of this city, too. It is because of the municipal clock tower in the square that they call it so. By sightseeing in Sa’at Square, you can easily access various historical attractions such as the municipality building, Alisha Citadel, etc. Furthermore, you can visit and purchase in the city’s famous shopping centers such as Tarbiat Street, Tabriz Bazaar, etc.
5. Maqbarat-o-sho’ara or Tomb of the Poets
The Tomb of the Poets is the tomb of more than four hundred Iranian poets and writers. The most known ones are Master Shahriyar, Khaghani, etc. On top of that, with its interesting architecture and atmosphere, it is one of the cultural symbols of Tabriz.
Museums to Visit in Tabriz
1. Tabriz Municipality Museum Palace
in 1936 they started constructing the building of Tabriz Municipality. The building is 6500 square meters on a 9600 square meters land. It has three floors. This beautiful building has a clock tower with a height of 30.4 meters. Surprisingly, for the last 70 years, this clock has been ringing every 15 minutes. Tabriz Municipality Palace is located in the middle of the city in a square called Saat Square.
Inside the building, there is the museum. When you enter the museum, you will see objects belonging to the first municipality of Tabriz. There are valuable objects and documents that show the culture and art of the people of this city.
2. Azerbaijan Museum
Azerbaijan Museum is the largest museum in Tabriz and is also known as the second-best archeological museum in Iran. By visiting the Azerbaijan Museum, you can enjoy a unique collection from the Achaemenid period to the Qajar period.
3. Qajar Museum
They opened this museum in one of the famous houses of Tabriz, the house of Amir Nezam Garroosy. Qajar Museum is also one of the most beautiful historic houses in this city. In the Museum, you can see a variety of objects such as coins, old woven fabrics, musical instruments, weapons, documents, etc., and explore the past.
The Best Recreational Attractions in Tabriz
1. Shahgoli or El Goli
If you are looking for the main tourist and recreational attraction of Tabriz it’s Shah Goli. There are various sights and entertainments such as the delightful pool and the magnificent mansion, skating rink, mini-golf course, etc.
Besides, they have good facilities for tourists in this park to have a great time. . The pleasant atmosphere in El Goli is not comparable to any other place in Tabriz.
2. Eynali Mountain
Eynali Mountain is the second main tourist and recreational attraction of the city. And it is one of the most prominent mountaineering areas in Tabriz. The Tabriz cable car, zip line, and hot mud artificial lake are only a small part of Eynali’s sights and entertainment. Plus, it is good to know that Eynali Mountain is one of the best places in Tabriz to take a selfie with a very beautiful view of the whole city.
3. Shahriar Paved Pass
One of the best choices for shopping and sightseeing in Tabriz is Shahriar paved pass. The locals call it the Champs-Élysées of Tabriz. The shopping centers and luxury shops along with numerous cafes and restaurants have made this walking paved pass an attractive option to enjoy your time in this special city. Also, the beautiful lighting across the pass has made it an attractive option for sightseeing at night.
4. Baghlar Baghi Amusement Park
Baghlar Baghi is one of the parks of Tabriz. It’s the major amusement park in the city. There are lots of various recreational parts including a carousel, ranger, roller coaster, UFO, etc.
5. Laleh Park; Tabriz Commercial and Entertainment Complex
This complex is one of the best shopping centers in the city. It has become very famous as the largest, most modern, and most equipped commercial center in the northwest of the country. In this complex, in addition to access to a variety of goods and brands of the day, you can use different sections of this complex such as hypermarket, children’s joy park, food court, cinema, etc.
Food in Tabriz
Tabriz is a food paradise. one of the first things to do in Tabriz is to try Bonab Kebab, Kufteh Tabrizi, Dolma, Ash-e doogh, Qhorabieh, their traditional bread with butter, and trail mix. Of course, eating the most special street food of Tabriz, boiled potato and egg with butter and spices in El Goli Park is a must-try! Yummy 🙂
Important Attractions around Tabriz
1. Sahand Mountain
Sahand volcanic mountain is located in Maragheh city of West Azerbaijan province. This peak is 3707 meters high. Sabalan is particularly beautiful due to the abundance of flora, meadows, flowers, and pastures. That’s why they call it the bride of the mountains of Iran. The slops of this mountain represent a stunning view with the desert anemones and hyacinths growing on them. Surprisingly, the rare species of inverted tulips add to their spectacular beauty.
Native and migratory birds, numerous mammals, and rare and diverse aquatic species also live in this mountain. Further, Sahand Mountain is one of the main sources of agriculture, animal husbandry, and beekeeping in this region.
2. Payam Ski Resort in Marand
Payam ski resort is the oldest one in the northwest of the country. It is one of the sights of East Azerbaijan province in winter due to its cold weather and heavy snow. They opened the Payam ski resort in 1970 on 30-hectare land. And fortunately, since then every year lots of tourists and athletes visit this place to enjoy the skiing, recreation, and various sports competitions.
3. Kandovan Rocky Village
Kandovan is one of the few rock villages in the world where still the locals live. And it’s the same thing that makes it much more attractive, locals living in the rocky houses. The lifestyle of the people of Kandovan is different from many villages in Iran.
The climate, natural and mountainous environment of the village are other reasons to visit this amazing village.
4. Zonuzaq Village
The unique architecture of Zonuzaq is much the same as what you might have in mind of the stepped houses of Masouleh in Gilan. Or maybe the red houses of Abyaneh in Isfahan. Zonuzaq is the largest stepped village in Iran. In summer, the rooftops will be mind-blowing. Why? It’s all because of the apricots the locals put there to dry under the sun. This is the most famous and delicious feature of this village. 😀
5. Ushtabin Village
The historical village of Ushtabin dates back to the Safavid period. You can find it in Jolfa city. Ushtabin village is located next to the border river, Aras. They call it the Masuleh of Azerbaijan. The village is one of the sights of East Azerbaijan province with its unique stepped architecture and numerous historical monuments.
6. Saint Stepanos Monastery
The exact date of construction of Saint Stepanos Monastery is still shrouded in mystery. But the oldest documents go back to 649 AD. This monastery is a historic church in the heart of the mountains, on the south of the Aras River. It is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Saint Stepanos Monastery is the second most important Armenian church in Iran after Qarah Church (Saint Thaddeus Cathedral).
7. Zahhak Castle
Zahak Castle is one of the incredible historical castles of Hashtrud city. According to researchers, it is reminiscent of Shahnameh stories. Because Zahhak is a figure in Persian mythology.
This fort is one of the beautiful areas and sights of East Azerbaijan province. It’s a place that combines nature and history together. And finally, this historical monument dates back to the Parthian and Sassanid eras.
8. Urmia Lake
Urmia Lake is one of the most well-known natural attractions in Iran. This lake is the largest lake in Iran and the second saltwater lake in the world. It is an attractive destination for bird watching especially during the bird migration season. That’s when you can see different species of them there.
Unfortunately, By the first decade of the 21st century, the lake had begun to dry up. And it has lost about 88 percent of its area by now.
Shiraz is a city of gardens, flowers, and nightingales. It’s the city of poets, the land of lovers, the city of orange blossoms, and the city of love. And eventually, it is the city of sacred secrets, the city of Persian poetry and literature. Shiraz is one of those cities in Iran where there is a very happy atmosphere. Visiting this city brings you beyond-imagination peace and joy.
And as you might know, some of the best and most worldwide known ancient attractions of Iran are in Shiraz. Let’s see what is awaiting us in Shiraz. We’ll take a quick look at the Iran tourism place in this excellent city.
Historical Attractions to Visit in Shiraz
1- Zandieh Complex
Zandieh was a period in Iran’s history during which Shiraz achieved the best, most glorious buildings. They are all great symbols of Iranian architecture and art. One of the best examples of them in Shiraz is the Zandieh complex. You can find it standing out in the historical heart of this city. This complex includes Karim Khan Citadel, Kolah Farangi Mansion (Nazar Garden), Vakil Bazaar, Vakil Mosque, Vakil Bath, and Vakil Water Storage.
2- Nasir Al-Molk Mosque
Pink Mosque or Nasir Al-Molk Mosque is one of the most popular and top attractions of Shiraz. Besides, it has a great reputation among Iranian and foreign tourists. A mosque with unique and distinctive tilework and beautiful colorful windows. because of all this, they gave it the title of the second most beautiful mosque in the world.
3- Atiq Mosque
This historical mosque is the oldest mosque in Shiraz. Furthermore, it is one of the largest and most beautiful mosques in the world. The stone inscriptions in this mosque are valuable examples of calligraphy. You can find it in the same neighborhood as the Shah Cheragh shrine.
4- Quran Gate
Quran Gate is one of the famous historical gates in Iran. It is located at the entrance of Shiraz from Isfahan and Marvdasht. The clean garden near the Quran Gate multiplies the pleasure of exploring this attraction. At night it has a very beautiful appearance due to its unique lighting.
5- Tomb of Hafez
The tomb of Hafez, the great poet of Iran, needs no introduction. Its fame is worldwide. The unique and spectacular architecture of this tomb and its location in the middle of an Iranian garden has multiplied its charm.
There are various poetry readings going on next to Hafez’s shrine. Reading his words is so enchanting to those interested in the Persian language and literature.
6- Tomb of Saadi
Saadi’s tomb is located in the middle of a pretty garden. Similar to Hafez, Saadi was a great Poet. This tomb has its own charm with its beautiful and spectacular architecture. And especially with the poems that beautifully decorate its walls. But it’s not all. Except these, you can visit the fish pond, Saadiyeh Qanat, coin pond, etc.
7. Shah Cheragh
Shah Cheragh or the holy shrine of Imamzadeh Ahmad Ibn Musa Kazem is one of the top attractions of Shiraz. Annually it hosts many Iranian and foreign tourists, even non-Muslims.
The special and unique mirror work of this holy shrine, along with the architecture and the happy atmosphere has made this structure one of the popular attractions.
8. Saraye Moshir
Saraye Moshir or Saraye Golshan dates back to the Qajar period. You can find it on the southern end of Vakil Bazaar and its eastern corner. This house has become famous and popular among tourists due to its beautiful architecture, artistic tile work, and appealing atmosphere.
9. Kuchebagh-e Qasr Al-Dasht
Literally, Kuchebagh is the combination of two words garden and alley. And it means an alley that passes through gardens. All of them date back to the old times. Let me tell you Kuchebagh-s in Iran are more than amazing.
The experience of walking through these alleys, especially in spring touches your soul. One of the most beautiful of them is Qasr Al-Dasht Kuchebagh in Shiraz. The locals call it the Lungs of Shiraz. Because it has a different climate from other parts of the city.
10. Khan School
Khan School is a historical school, built during the Safavid period by Allah Verdi Khan. He was the ruler of Shiraz at the time. Most of the fame of this school is due to the teaching of the Iranian philosopher Mulla Sadra here. However, the architecture, decorations, and scientific importance of this school are also well-known.
During the heyday of the Khan School, it was considered the same as the top modern universities of our time. They taught a vast range of subjects such as philosophy, jurisprudence, literature, astronomy, arithmetic, geometry, geology, zoology, botany, and chemistry.
Spectacular Gardens to Visit in Shiraz
1. Eram Garden
Most probably the first garden every local will suggest you visit is the Eram Garden. This garden is among the 9 world-registered gardens of Iran on the UNESCO list. This garden captures the heart of every tourist with its heavenly atmosphere and beautiful design. It dates back to centuries ago.
The historical building inside it is also very exquisite. This building is full of lovely mirrorwork and tilework. And it just shows a corner of Shiraz’s art and architecture.
2. Narenjestan Ghavam Garden
Narenjestan Ghavam is another garden that has a very good reputation among Iranian and foreign tourists. This garden is a remnant from the Qajar era. And it has a pleasant and beautiful atmosphere.
Above all, the mansion inside it is famous for its unique plastering, traditional paintings, mirror work, brickwork, carving, mosaic, and inlay work.
3. Delgosha Garden
The oldest garden in Shiraz is Delgosha Garden. In the spring, the three thousand orange trees blossom. It is a superb fragrant scene that blows everyone’s minds. The garden has the style of old Iranian gardens. Plus its attractive lighting at night has made it a suitable option for night walks in Shiraz.
4. Jannat (Paradise) Garden
Jannat Garden dates back to the Qajar period. The big lush garden is full of pine and cypress trees. The lawn covers the whole garden. There are numerous fountains that give a pleasant coolness to this place.
5. Afif Abad Garden
Afif Abad Garden or Golshan Garden was one of the favorite gardens of Safavid kings. They used this place to spend their relaxing time in Shiraz. It’s a garden with a combination of architecture from the Achaemenid, Sassanid, Zandi, and Qajar periods. The garden houses a beautiful two-story building inside it, as well. In addition to all, there are two museums you can enjoy visiting; the military museum and Iran Ebrat Museum.
6. Jahan Nama Garden
Jahan Nama Garden is an elaborate and glorious garden dating back to the eighth century AH. It’s close to the tomb of Hafez. This garden is one of the oldest gardens in Shiraz. Inside it, there is an octagonal mansion with a brick facade.
Karim Khan Zand was the one who ordered to build the mansion. Luckily, it has remained intact to this day.
Museums to Visit in Shiraz
Due to its rich history and proximity to ancient attractions, shiraz has amazing museums such as:
1. Pars Museum
The first museum to visit in Shiraz is Pars. In a beautiful garden full of cedars, orange trees, and a mansion with completely Iranian architecture, there is this museum. There are lots of precious items in the museum such as pots and pottery. Needlework of Safavid and Zandi periods, old Qurans attributed to Imams. Also belongings of Karim Khan Zand, and so on. You can enjoy watching many more items belonging to different periods of time; from prehistoric periods to the Islamic period.
2. Persepolis Museum
In the Persepolis area, there is a museum representing items of the Achaemenid period. They are such as Persepolis inscriptions, bayonets, and arrows, gold studs, the inscription of the shrine of Xerxes, large pottery jars, and …
3. Shiraz Museum of Visual Arts or Contemporary Arts
In Forough Al-Molk House they set up the visual art museum. It’s a three-story building on 1020 square meters of land. If you are fond of contemporary works, here is the place for you. They display the Persian artists’ works in the field of calligraphy, painting, photography, visual arts, etc. This museum is also known as the Meshkin Fam (Black) Museum of Art.
4. Museum of Celebrities Or Zinat Al-Molk Historical House
Near Naranjestan Garden, there is an attractive historical building, Zinat Al-Molk House. Today, it is the Museum of Celebrities. In this museum, there are the statues and models of the great and famous people of Shiraz from ancient times to the present day.
5. Shah Cheragh Museum
This museum is a wide collection of various historical, religious, artistic, and cultural works. It includes more than eight thousand objects and more than three thousand manuscripts from prehistoric to contemporary periods. You can find this museum on the south side of the Shah Cheragh shrine.
6. Narenjestan Ghavam Museum
In Narenjestan Ghavam Mansion, there is this museum. The objects in this museum belonged to Arthur Upham Pope. He was a famous Iranologist who donated them for the public to visit.
7. Shiraz Water Museum
Inside the Vakil Water Storage building, if you ask for a museum you will find this one. This museum displays various models of water structures belonging to different periods. There are other water-related items, as well, which are totally interesting.
8. Haft Tanan Stone Museum
Haft Tanan literally means seven persons. And because of the tombs of seven unknown mystics in this place, they call it so. The museum is located in the southern part of the lush Haft Tanan Garden. The stones in Haft Tanan Museum belong to the third to eleventh centuries AH. These stones have a variety of Kufic, Thuluth, Tawqi, Nastaliq, and Naskh script decorations on them.
9. Museum of Natural History and Technology
It’s a museum with a variety of animal species, plants, and fossils in Shiraz. They established this museum in 1974 to raise the level of people’s knowledge about nature and animal species. This museum displays 2500 specimens of invertebrates, vertebrates, and 60 species of medicinal plants. Plus a variety of minerals, rocks, and fossils. Unexpectedly, among the fossils, there is a fossil of a fish that belongs to 70 million years ago.
10. Shapouri House
Shapouri House is one of the most beautiful mansions amongst a charming garden in Shiraz. This mansion belongs to the first Pahlavi period. It’s a combination of Iranian and European architecture. In this complex, the natural effects of the garden and the beautiful architecture of the building together have created a unique landscape.
Parks to Visit in Shiraz
1. Azadi Park
If you ask for the oldest park in Shiraz, you would hear; Azadi (freedom) Park or Shahr (city) Park. This park is more than 200,000 square meters wide. And they built it in 1965. An amusement park with equipment such as aerial trains, carousels, etc., an artificial lake, a theater, food stalls, bird nests, and fountains, are among the different parts of this park. And of course, you can sail on the lake.
2. Besat Park
It is one of the newly established parks in Shiraz. The park is close to Afif Abad Garden. Its charms are a mansion in the middle and a beautiful fountain. In this park, you will have access to sports facilities such as ping pong, and football. If you are a picnic fan, there are suitable spaces for picnics, too.
3. Derak Mountain Park
Derak Mountain Park is one of the largest parks in Iran. And as the name suggests it is lying down at the foot of Drak Mountain in the northwest of the city. It has a garden with 580 hectares, which has the largest zip line in the country. And as might be expected, its other entertainment and facilities include a bicycle track, children’s playground, amusement park, etc.
4. Kuhpayeh Park
While visiting the Quran Gate, you can visit this park also. Because they are close. It’s kind of the roof of Shiraz. If you climb up you can watch the Quran gate and Shiraz from above. besides the spectacular view of the city, this park looks amazing at night because of its beautiful lighting.
5. Luna Amusement Park
On the heights of this city near the Quran Gate, there is an amusement park with a pleasant and attractive atmosphere. In Luna park, there are lots of games to have a good time with some friends. Roller coaster, carousel, wind jumping, waterfall slide, electric car, jet ski, etc. are the games you can play.
6. Chamran Boulevard Park
On Chamran Boulevard in Shiraz, there is green space. This park is one of the popular places for walking and having fun in the city.
7. Iran Land Indoor Amusement Park
Iran Land Park is one of the largest indoor amusement parks in the country. In this amusement park, you can use more than 100 various and exciting games for every age group and create happy moments for yourself.
8. Bamou National Park
This protected national park is located 10 km from Shiraz. Bamou National Park is one of the most important habitats of the Persian leopard. After Golestan and Urmia national parks, Bambou has the third rank in the matter of animals and wildlife diversity.
Attractions around Shiraz
1. Persepolis Complex
At a distance of approximately 60 km from the center of Shiraz, we get to Persepolis Complex. A remnant of the Achaemenid Empire which is a familiar name to any history lover. The columns of Persepolis and the carvings and engravings of this city dazzle everyone and speak of the distant past of this land.
2- Pasargad Complex and the Tomb of Cyrus
From Isfahan,133 km to Shiraz, there is Pasargad Complex. This complex generally includes the Tomb of Cyrus the Great, Mozaffari Caravanserai, Private Palace, Audience Palace, Persian Gardens, and so on.
The tomb of Cyrus the Great is the most important and famous among the various parts. Many people are familiar with this ancient and historical site. They travel a long way to visit this place.
3. Naqsh-e Rostam
Somewhere among the mountains of Fars province, there is the historical Naqsh-e Rostam site. This place houses the oldest buildings, tombs, and inscriptions of ancient Iran. Around Naghsh-e Rostam, there are other historical areas that are an important historical source for understanding the history and civilization of Iran in the BC and early AD.
4. Naqsh-e Rajab
Naqsh-e Rajab is one of the most important and glorious cultural monuments of the Sassanid period, the last dynasty before Islam. It’s 2.5 kilometers away from Naghsh-e Rostam. And 5 kilometers away from Persepolis. The sculptures are unique and nail the viewer. Although Naqsh-e Rajab is less known among domestic tourists, the carvings of this site, surpass the ones in Naqsh-e Rostam.
Natural Attractions Around Shiraz
1. Dasht-e Arjan or Arjan Plain
Arjan plain is somewhere between Shiraz and Kazerun. While visiting this refreshing plain, you can also visit the beautiful Arjan lake, Cheroniz waterfall, nomadic tents, and local bazaars. Meanwhile, Arjan village is located nearby. Its old texture, its alleys, gardens, and mud houses are so charming and captivating.
2. Maharlou Lake
One of the natural and spectacular attractions of Shiraz is Maharloo Lake. It is only about 18 km away in the southeast of the city. They also call it the Pink Lake. The fascinating pink color of this lake is because of the growth of a special type of algae in its water. The view is unbelievably mesmerizing.
3. Tang-e-Bostanak, Bostanak Canyon
Tang-e Bostanak, also known as the Lost Paradise, is one of the most beautiful natural attractions around Shiraz. Throughout the year, many tourists travel to this area to enjoy its delightful nature. Plus, it is close to the most prominent historical and natural attractions in Fars province, which doubles the value of this region.
4. Margoon Waterfall
Margon waterfall is one of the spectacular waterfalls in Fars province. It is about 150 km from Shiraz. And relatively, it is easy to access. Margoon waterfall is the largest and highest spring waterfall (meaning the water source is a spring) in the world.
5. Raghez Canyon
The bride of the Canyons of Iran is the title of the wonderful Raghez Canyon. To see the extraordinary beauty of the canyon, you have to be ready for an adventurous and exciting journey. The pleasant sound of the waterfall, beautiful ups, and downs, swimming among the clear pools with the salmons are all among the fascinating and memorable moments of being in this mysterious canyon.
In the southeastern part of Iran, there is the largest province in the country, Kerman. It’s the province between the provinces of Yazd, South Khorasan, Sistan and Baluchestan, Hormozgan, and Fars. Kerman city is the capital of Kerman Province. This city has many historical attractions and for this reason, is one of the 5 historical cities of Iran.
Let’s continue our trip to see the top Iran tourist attractions in Kerman:
Top Attractions to Visit in Kerman
1. Fath Abad Garden
Fath Abad Garden or Biglerbegi Mansion belongs to the Qajar period. This garden was very prosperous once. That’s why its construction style became the model for the construction of the Shahzadeh Mahan Historical Garden. Currently, the Fath Abad Garden has been renovated. And the tree-lined paths, the large pond, and the eye-catching night lighting are its great features. You can also use the facilities such as a restaurant and a teahouse to make your visit more enjoyable.
Let me add that this garden is one of the largest and most diverse gardens in growing medicinal plants in Iran.
2. Ganj Ali Khan Complex
Ganj Ali Khan is a complex in the historical center of the city and next to the Grand Bazaar of Kerman. They built it during the reign of Ganjali Khan – one of the famous rulers of Shah Abbas. More importantly, this masterpiece of 11,000 square meters was built in the style of Isfahani architecture.
This complex consists of different sections such as hammam, bazaar, mosque, school, caravanserai, etc.
3. Kerman Grand Bazaar
Kerman Bazaar has the longest row among Iranian bazaars. It is a good place to buy souvenirs and handicrafts of Kerman if you wish. This bazaar contains more than 60% of the historical monuments of this city. So, not only can you enjoy shopping and eating delicious food, you can set your eyes on Iranian traditional architecture at any corner.
4. Jabaliyeh Historical Dome
According to some, this large octagonal dome made of stone and gypsum was a fire temple or tomb of a Zoroastrian. They also call it Gabri Dome. Some believe it dates back to the Seljuk period and others to the Sassanids. All this adds to the ambiguities about this place. Curiously, some say they used camel milk instead of water in its construction.
Today, this building is a stone museum.
5. Kerman Zoroastrian Fire Temple
The Zoroastrian fire temple of Kerman is the last fire temple of this province. This Fire Temple is also the Museum of Zoroastrian Anthropology. Without a doubt, it is the only anthropological museum of the Zoroastrian community in the world.
Unbelievably, according to the priests and historians, the fire in this ancient fire temple is the same sacred and pure fire of several thousand years that was transferred from the temple of Verhram in India to Iran.
6. Vakil Hammam (Bath)
They built Vakil Hammam in 1863, according to the style of Zandieh and Qajar architecture. In recent years, this bath has become a traditional teahouse. At present, guests are served with Kermani Faloodeh, tea, and a variety of drinks. In the other part of this bath, there is a restaurant that serves delicious local food.
7. Yakhdan-e Moayedi or Moayedi Icehouse
Yakhdan-e Moayedi, with its special architectural features and under the close supervision of ice makers, provided a part of the ice that people needed for a long time. You can learn more about examining the mechanism of ice-making and its storage for other seasons, in this old Icehouse.
8. Takht-e Dargah Gholi Beyg
Takht-e Dargah Gholi Beyg is the tomb of the head of the Afshar tribe, one of the rulers during the Safavid period. This place is one of the most beautiful historical monuments and sights of Kerman.
Gholi Beyg was the only famous person from the Afshar tribe whose name remained on the tongues for 150 years after Ganjali Khan.
9. Malek Mosque
Malek Mosque dates back to the Seljuk period (10th century). It is one of the most important historical mosques in Kerman and is the largest in the city. Malek or Imam Mosque is a four-Iwan mosque.
There are traces and signs of repairs in different historical periods. This mosque is still active as a religious center and is used for prayers.
10. Pardisan Park
Among the Sahib al-Zaman mountains of Kerman, there is a park with a man-made forest. It is the largest man-made forest in Iran. on holidays, many families go to this park for fun and entertainment. The mountains of this region are also a good place for climbers.
11. Qal’eh Dokhtar or Anahita Fire Temple
Dokhtar Castle, also the Old Castle, is located in the eastern hills of Kerman. This building dates back to pre-Islamic times. Clay and adobe are the only things they used to build it. This castle was the temple of ancient Anahita.
12. Kerman Grand Mosque or Mozaffari Grand Mosque
Mozaffari Mosque, known as the Kerman Grand Mosque, is a historic mosque with unique and magnificent architecture. It attracts the attention of any tourist. It dates back to 1349. They built this historical monument during the reign of Amir Mobaraz al-Din Mohammad Mozaffar. He was the head of the Muzaffar dynasty. However, in later periods, this structure went through extensions and repairs.
This four-Iwan mosque, which has a high entrance, porch, nave, mosaic tiles, etc. has been on Iran’s National Heritage List since March 3, 1961.
13. Kerman National Library
They built the National Library of Kerman during the first Pahlavi era, on Shahid Rajaei Street, Khorshid Street. This one-story brick building is located in the middle of a beautiful area full of cypress trees, ponds, and fountains.
14. Moshtaghieh Dome or the Three Domes
Gonbad Moshtaghieh or the Three Domes is located near the old cemetery of the city. This building dates back to the Qajar period. It used to be outside the city and next to the old cemetery. Today, however, it is located in an urban area. Moshtaghieh Dome is the burial place of Mushtaq Ali Shah, one of the famous Sufis of the 13th century AH.
He was the person who invented the fourth string of Setar (a traditional Iranian instrument). This string is now known as the Mushtaq string. In addition, other great personalities such as Kowsar Ali Shah Hamedani and Sheikh Ismail Herati are buried in this place.
Museums to Visit in Kerman
1. Holy Defence Garden Museum
Kerman Holy Defence Garden Museum is one of the largest garden museums of Holy Defense in Iran. The architecture of this complex is inspired by the Iranian and traditional architecture you can see in Kerman. In this museum, there are items to keep alive the memories of the war and the bravery of the men who sacrificed themselves.
2. Coin Museum
Making coins and printing banknotes has changed a lot since the beginning of their existence. And for sure, it has not always been as easy as it is today. Kerman Coin Museum is a place that shows you the process of these changes during history. You will learn a lot about Iranian coins in different eras, here.
3. Harandi Garden Museum
In the center of the city, there is a surviving building from the Qajar period, Harandi Garden Museum. You can see Iranian and non-Iranian architectural elements with a beautiful combination here. This complex consists of a garden, a central building, two museums, etc. The museums are the archeological museum and the museum of traditional instruments.
4. Kerman Sanati Contemporary Art Museum
In Kerman, on Shariati Street, there is a beautiful Iranian traditional door. The door leads you to Sanati Contemporary Arts Museum. The museum is full of rich and exquisite treasures of great domestic and foreign artists. Half of this museum is dedicated to the exhibition of works by Master Seyed Ali Akbar Sanati. And the other half is related to the works of 83 contemporary Iranian artists and 16 foreign artists.
Top Attractions around Kerman
1. Tomb of Shah Nematullah Vali Mahan
Shah Nematullah Vali was an Iranian poet and mystic (born in 1330). He created a new method in Sufism called the Nematullahi. It is one of the popular branches of Sufism in the present era. His tomb in the city of Mahan is a spectacular attraction in Kerman province. It’s a gathering place for dervishes.
In addition to its cultural value, this place has gone through the architectural effects of 6 centuries. Plus it has a relaxing and beautiful atmosphere.
2. Shahzadeh Mahan Historical Garden
Shahzadeh Mahan Garden is exactly looking at a miracle in the heart of the desert. This garden is one of the most dazzling attractions in Iran, with its soul-friendly atmosphere that gives you peaceful moments. Mahan Garden is of great architectural importance, as well.
3. Arg-e Rayen or Rayen Citadel
After Bam Citadel, Rayen Citadel is the second largest brick structure in the world. From the Sassanid era, just until 150 years ago people lived here. No ruler in history had been able to conquer Rayen. Proudly, it was an impenetrable fortress in the history of Iran. In terms of architecture, appearance, and used materials, it is so similar to Arg-e Bam. But, it is a quarter of Bam Citadel.
4. Arg-e Bam or Bam Citadel
In fact, Arg-e Bam was an ancient city with a large collection of tall and enclosed buildings. You can recognize the two heterogeneous textures of the city. One for the royalty and another for the public, each with its own building and function. The citadel is located on the Silk Road and flourished until 1850. But it is not clear why people left it.
Until December 26, 2003, Arg-e Bam carried the title of the largest brick structure in the world. But unfortunately, it collapsed due to a severe earthquake. And its reconstruction is still ongoing.
5. Darvish Khan Stone Garden
This garden consists of dry trunks on which stones are hung. They say a deaf and dumb man named Darvish Khan built it. The story goes on that he did so in the grief of losing his lands after applying a new law in 1962. This attraction is one of the mysterious phenomena of Iran.
6. Kalut Shahdad Desert
Kalut Shahdad Desert is one of the natural wonders of Kerman province. Unforgettable structures, when viewed from afar, are reminiscent of an ancient and desolate city.
Through the Kaluts of Shahdad, a soft wind whispers in the ear. And invites you to watch the dignity of the desert. If you are among the Kaluts at sunrise or sunset, only the words of praise will come into your mind. As the sun sets, the stars calmly find themselves turning the black sky into the most beautiful image in the world.
7. Simak Waterfalls
35 kilometers away to the north of Kerman city, in Kuhpayeh village, there are 13 different waterfalls in Simak. There is also a camp in this area. These 13 waterfalls are a suitable place for hikers, mountain climbers, and rock climbers.
If you want to climb these waterfalls, make sure you have enough skills and have the necessary equipment.
8. Sirch Ski Resort
Sirch Ski Resort is the largest ski slope in southeastern Iran. This track is located on the old Kerman-Bam road. And you can reach the resort after crossing the sirch tunnel.
9. Meymand Rocky Village
Meymand is a historical village that is famous for its mysterious rocky architecture. This village with an area of 420 square kilometers of human-dug houses is one of the most important villages in Iran and the world. Surprisingly, life is still going on in these houses. And its people have preserved many traditions of their ancestors.
10. Rageh Canyon
Rageh is a unique valley. When you enter it, it is as if you have stepped into an adventure movie. For millennia, the permanent river has carved rocks to create such beauty and grandeur. In the heart of the canyon, as you walk, you cross the cliffs and the water of the river.
If you stand on the top of the valley, as far as the eye can see is the pristine and peaceful lands. Many consider this miracle, paradise in the desert.
Yazd is the city of qanats and windcatchers. It’s the world’s first raw clay city. And the second living historical city in the world after Venice, Italy. The locals are famous for being calm, dignified, and hard-working people. These genius people had made it possible to live in the heart of the desert with their architectural skills. I’m talking about qanats and windcatchers. The first fulfilled their need for water and the latter cooled down their houses.
Ok now, let’s see some of the best Iran tourism places in Yazd:
Top Attractions to Visit in Yazd
In every corner of Yazd, an attraction is waiting to surprise you. And it will be very difficult to make one of them superior to the other; But the most significant of them are:
1. Yazd Grand Mosque
Yazd Grand Mosque or Jameh Mosque is one of the famous buildings in this city. In addition to religious features, it also displays architectural and historical features. You can see its tall and blue minarets from most parts of the city. The locals have great respect for this place.
2. Fahadan Neighborhood
A little beyond Yazd Grand Mosque, you see an alley that draws you to it. By taking every step a spectacular building or house shows up. Lari House, Alexander Prison, the tomb of the Twelve Imams, and so on are what you will find out in this Alley. The Allies are narrow and the mud walls are tall. Walking through these allies is really something.
3. Amir Chakhmaq Complex
Amir Chakhmaq Complex is one of the most famous tourist places in Yazd. And it is one of the historical squares of the country, which shines like a jewel in the old part of the city. This square, which has many attractions such as a bazaar, a mosque, and so on is a great option for walking around. Especially during the night, which offers a very beautiful view.
The most attractive part of this square is its three-story building, which catches the eye of any tourist before any other thing.
4. Saheb Al-Zaman Zurkhaneh
One of the places where you can watch the sport of Zurkhaneh and watch this world-registered ritual is Saheb Al-Zaman Zurkhaneh in Yazd. You can find it easily near Amir Chakhmaq Square.
5. Dowlat Abad Garden
Dowlat Abad Garden is a relic of the Afshari and Zandi eras. The green space, fruit trees, and beautiful flowers in the garden area have created a unique atmosphere. This garden includes the entrance mansion, porch and windcatcher building, Behesht Ain mansion and the Hall of Mirrors, Tehrani mansion, traditional reservoir, and Nasser Garden. The garden also has a high windcatcher, which is the tallest wind tower in the world.
Dowlat Abad Garden is also one of the night destinations in Yazd.
6. Yazd Fire Temple
Yazd Fire Temple is the place of keeping the Zoroastrian sacred fire. This fire temple dates back to the Pahlavi era. However, its fire has been lit for more than 1,500 years. In fact, the fire in the Zoroastrian fire temple of Yazd is one of the three ancient and sacred fires of the Zoroastrian followers of the Sassanid period. And it is still bright and blazing.
7. Khan Complex
Khan complex is one of the most beautiful historical complexes in Yazd. Yazd Khan Complex includes Khan Bazaar, Khan Bath, Khan Square, and School. It is a relic of the Qajar period. Located in the historical context of the city, this complex exhibits traditional and beautiful architecture to take in. Many parts of Khan Complex such as bazaars are still active and full of vibrant people.
Today, they turned te khan Bath into a traditional restaurant and teahouse. And many tourists love this place now.
8. Rostam Giv Ab Anbar
An Anbar is the same as a water reservoir. Rostam Giv Reservior belongs to the Qajar period around the year 1942. This reservoir has played an important role in providing water to the people in the past. The reservoir, as its name implies, was a place to store water. Water storage, especially in desert areas such as Yazd, has been very important.
9. Shesh Badgir Ab Anbar
Literally, Shesh Badgir means six wind towers. Therefore, they call it so because this Ab Anbar, a water reservoir, has six wind towers. This beauty dates back 180 years ago. This building is a relic from the Qajar era. This reservoir has 6 windcatchers, 3 of which are old and the other 3 are new.
10. Alexander’s Prison
Alexander’s Prison or Ziaieh School is eight centuries old. In 1234, Zia al-Din Hussein Razi built this school. Then in 1306, his sons completed it.
In this building, there is a well with a diameter of two meters in the middle of the yard, which leads to a crypt five meters deep. The dome of this building is 18 meters high, but unfortunately, a large part of its decorations have been lost. Some attribute the building to the time of Alexander the Great’s invasion, which was used as a prison and later they changed its use.
11. Yazd Clock Square
Also known as Vaqt-0l-Sa’at Square, is the oldest and first urban clock in Iran. Yazd Clock Tower is a brick building in the shape of a rectangular cube that has a clock on top of it. This watch is made by, Abu Bakr who was a watchmaker in Yazd during the Qajar period.
12. Yazd Old Town
In the Old Town, there are some of these structures left to watch and marvel at. You can see great defense strategies in their engineering. The Old town has been on Iran’s National Heritage list since 1973.
13. Davazdah Imam Tomb
The tomb of the Davazdah Imam (Twelve Imams), built during the Seljuk period, is the oldest building in Yazd. It is also the second most historic dome in Iran. The importance of the tomb is its architecture. Curiously, it is a brick dome, which is one of the masterpieces of Seljuk art. You can find it easily, next to Alexander’s Prison.
14. Naaji Garden and Mansion
This garden is a heritage of the Qajar period in this city. There is a spectacular mansion in Naji garden. Najafabad qanat on its way passes by this lush garden. Naji mansion has various sections to mesmerize you. In the past, people lived in this place. But fortunately, today, it is open for the public to visit and enjoy this beauty queen.
15. Malek-ol-Tojjar Historical House
Malek-ol-Tojjar Historical House is about 120 years old. This house has several rooms, each of which has its own unique features. You can see spectacular paintings, by Shirazi artists, on the walls and ceilings of most rooms. It took them 10 years to draw and paint them.
Today, this building is a hotel for tourists. And most importantly, it is the world’s first adobe hotel.
Top Museums to Visit in Yazd
1. Museum of Mirrors and Lighting
Yazd Mirror and Lighting Museum is the only specialized museum related to light in Iran. In this museum, you can see all kinds of tallow lamps, candles, oil burners, and electrical objects. The objects of the museum are made of pottery, glass, brass, copper, and bronze. The building of this museum is a mansion in the middle of the garden. The mansion dates back to the first Pahlavi period.
2. Lariha House Museum
The Lari House is one of the historical monuments and sights of Yazd. It welcomes many tourists from all over Iran and the world every year. The Lari House consists of 6 houses with special architecture for desert houses. You can find this beauty in the Fahadan neighborhood while exploring the old streets of the city. This house which is a museum now dates back to the Qajar period.
3. Yazd Water Museum
In Kolahduzha House, they set up a Water Museum where you can find various equipment for digging qanats, tools and instruments for measuring water volume, lighting equipment in qanats, and documents for buying and selling water and water distribution documents, etc.
4. Tehraniha House Museum
This old house dates back to the Qajar period, about 200 years ago. Today, it carries the title of the first museum hotel in the historical context of Yazd. They also call it “Fahadan Museum Hotel“.
5. Markar Museum
Markar complex is one of the most influential places in the contemporary history of Yazd. This complex is close to Markar Square and has been hosting the Markar Museum since 2012.
They also call it, the Museum of Zoroastrian History and Culture. So as the name indicates, it is an ideal place to learn about Zoroastrian history and rituals.
6. Yazd Car Museum
Classic Car Museum is one of the most interesting places in Yazd. It is an exciting destination for car lovers. Creatively, they are exhibiting handmade cars along with historically certified cars in this museum. The International Council of Museums (ICOM), 2017, introduced this museum as the most creative and innovative museum in Iran.
7. Stone Museum
Yazd Stone Museum is one of the most attractive places in Yazd, especially for those interested in certain types of stones. It is a specialized museum in the field of precious stones, of course. The museum collection includes 70 showcases and more than 150 specimens, among which you can see a variety of stones.
Natural Attractions to Visit in Yazd
1. Haft-e Tir Park
Haft-e Tir Park, with an area of 5.5 hectares, is one of the sights of Yazd. It is one of the oldest parks in the city. Most of the park trees are elm and pine. The park was originally a large, fruit-bearing garden that later became modern with the addition of trees.
2. Haftsang Desert Camp
Haftsang Desert Camp or Haftsang Nature Park is one of the most exciting sights of Yazd and is located in the northeast of the city. They opened it in 2017. Haftsang recreational services include safari, zip line, four-wheeled motorcycle, beach volleyball, and paragliding.
3. Quran Gate Desert
This desert is so close to the Quran Gate at the entrance of Yazd. The Quran Gate desert has good facilities for accommodation and entertainment. The most spectacular part of the Quran Gate desert is a wetland that has been created from the release of water from the Yazd wastewater treatment plant.
Here you can see all kinds of birds and reeds. Moreover, this wetland is a drinking place for desert animals. The length of this wetland is about 3 km and its maximum width is 1 km.
4. Abarkooh Ancient Cypress Tree
This tree is one of the oldest living organisms in the world. The perimeter of the trunk of this tree on the surrounding ground is 11.5 meters. The height of the tree is 25 to 28 meters. According to Russian scientist Alexandrov, the cypress is more than 4,000 years old.
Some legends also attribute the planting of this tree to Zarathustra or the son of Noah.
5. Shir Kuh Mountain
Shir Kuh is located in the south of Yazd city. This peak is one of the most prominent peaks in the world. The height of this mountain is 4075 meters and one day is enough to climb its peak. There are also springs of refreshing water on top of this mountain.
6. Nasrabad’s Nabati Cave
About 90 kilometers away from Yazd city there is Nabati Cave. In this cave, you can see beautiful natural columns of stalagmite and stalactite, as well as cauliflower crystals.
7. Bafgh Desert
Bafgh desert is one of the most amazing deserts of Iran and Yazd. They also call it the Dar Anjīr desert. In addition, this desert is one of the largest deserts in Iran with an area of approximately 750 square kilometers.
You can spend at least one night away from the crowds of the city in absolute silence and tranquility in the Bafgh desert and visit the unique sand dunes, swamps, and salt marshes of the desert.
Top Iran Tourism Places Around Yazd
1. Dakhmeh Zartoshtian or the Tower of Silence
15 km southeast of Yazd, there is The Tower of Silence. This building was a crypt or a Zoroastrian court. Zoroastrians, according to their religion and tradition, placed their dead in caves so that the vultures prey on them. Then they threw the remaining bones of the corpses into the big hole in the middle of the crypt. You can find this tower on a mountain in the Safaieh region of Yazd.
2. Kharānaq Village
Kharānaq village is located 85 km from Yazd. This village is more than 1000 years old. Inside the village, there is an old castle that until 20 years ago, people lived in it. To go on, there is a 17th-century minaret here. And a renovated caravanserai on the outskirts of the village offers you a nice stay for a reasonable fee.
3. Ashkezar Water Mill
A watermill was a machine used to grind wheat and other grains that worked at the speed and pressure of water. Ashkezar water mill is one of the largest mills in Iran belonging to the Safavid period.
The interior work, geometric patterns around the walls, the brickwork of the main mill area, and the courtyard of the Ashkezar water mill, have a unique delicacy. Above all, they built this mill in the heart of the desert which is an odd and unusual thing in the world.
4. Gonbad Aali or Aali Dome
The Aali Dome, also known as the Dome of Aali, is one of the buildings that has survived from the Seljuk period. Today, this building is the healthiest remaining building of that time. The structure of the dome is excellent, of stone and mortar. This dome was in fact the grave of Amir Amid al-Din Shams al-Dawlah Deylami.
5. Kharānaq Manar Jonban
Kharānaq Manar Jonban is one of the most spectacular minarets in the world. This structure is entirely made of clay. This moving minaret with its extraordinary architecture belongs to the Sassanid period. It is older than the famous minaret of Isfahan. You can move this three floors minaret by your hand pressure.
7. Zarach Qanat
Zarach Qanat in Yazd province is the longest qanat in the world. Anyway, it is 100 km. Other features of the Zarach qanat include the square shape of the mouth of its wells. Other counterparts have an elliptical or circular mouth. The history of digging such wells dates back to Zoroastrian times in Iran.
Qeshm Island is the beautiful jewel of the Persian Gulf. It is home to a collection of rocky, sandy, and muddy beaches. There are extensive historical, cultural, and archeological monuments here. Along with valuable geological heritage, that has made this island the only geopark in Iran and the Middle East.
So let’s hurry and continue our trip by visiting the top Iran tourism places in Qeshm:
Top Natural Attractions to Visit In Qeshm
1. Chahkooh Canyon
Chahkooh Canyon is so beautiful and unique that when you step into it, you feel like you have stepped on another planet. This canyon is the art of nature. The atmosphere here feels different and strange. In the canyon, the rocky walls are 100 meters high with amazingly weird shaps. This place inadvertently fascinates you with its majesty.
Chahkooh Canyon is one of the Seven wonders of Qeshm. It is also one of the main sites of Qeshm Geopark. You can find it in the western part of the northern coast of Qeshm Island, in the central part of the geopark.
2. Laft Historical Village
This village is one of the most beautiful sights of Qeshm. That’s why Laft attracts many local and foreign tourists every year.
It is because of its numerous historical and natural attractions such as eco-museum, ancient pier, Tala wells, beach, unique architectures, and the date gardens. This village is one of the oldest in Iran, on the shores of the Persian Gulf.
3. Hengam Island
Hengam Island is a small and spectacular island in the Persian Gulf that will simply amaze you. With its indigenous and traditional features, the island is home to unique beaches, playful dolphins, spectacular wildlife, endless seas, spectacular groves, limestone mountains, and fascinating bazaars, as well.
And of course, there is no hustle and bustle of the cities on the island.
4. The Valley of Stars
The Valley of Stars is a unique geological phenomenon. It is on the list of Qeshm’s Seven Wonders also. This valley is more than two million years old and dazzles the eyes of every viewer.
Such a miracle does not have many similar specimens in the world. The same thing makes it one of the most mysterious and interesting attractions. The pointed cones, huge columns, and high walls are the result of erosion caused by seasonal showers, surface waters, and hurricanes.
5. Hara Forest or Mangrove Forest
Moving through the waters of Hara forest, you will see green trees as if they grew in the middle of a pile of wood. Interestingly, these woods are actually the roots of the trees.
Surprisingly, the ends of the roots are facing the sky. These roots are capable of converting saltwater into freshwater. The same ability has helped them survive in these conditions for many years.
6. Naz Islands
Another seven wonders of Qeshm, are the Naz Islands. These small islands are one kilometer away from the coast. Surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Persian Gulf. The surprise is that you can walk this one kilometer to get to the islands without fear of drowning. But, to do so you have to wait for the sea level to go down.
7. Kharbas Cave
Kharbas Cave dates back to the Median period. This cave is located in the Zagros Mountains. Kharbas cave has a strange and mysterious architecture with short and long coral hills surrounding it. Its structure is similar to the caves of Azerbaijan, Kurdistan, Lorestan, Bushehr, Ahvaz, and Shushtar.
*Unfortunately, visiting this site is not allowed any longer.
8. Silver Beach
Silver Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the south of Iran. You can find it in the northwestern part of Hengam Island. The beauties of this beach fascinate the eyes of everyone.
The beach is paved with black and silver sand. Walking on the soft and shiny sands of Hengam Island and watching the beautiful waves of the azure Persian Gulf, feels like being in a dream.
9. The Sacred Fig Tree
The Sacred Fig tree of Qeshm, also known as the Lor tree, is one of the amazing plants of the tropics. And in Iran particularly, the islands of the Persian Gulf host this precious. This large evergreen tree has numerous aerial roots. Deliciously, its ripe, orange fruits are pleasant and edible. One of the most magnificent examples of this tree is living in the Tomsenati village in Qeshm.
10. Qeshm Salt Cave
Qeshm Salt Cave or Namakdan cave features an amazing collection of salt chandeliers, spectacular stalactites and stalagmites, and other attractive salt structures. This cave lies in the arms of the Qeshm salt dome and is 6.4 km long. With a distance of 90 km from the Qeshm city center, this cave is one of the most visited places in Qeshm.
11. Shib Deraz Village
In addition to its unique geological and tourism features, Shib Deraz is very busy and different from the surrounding villages. It is so because of having a port and being on the way to Hengam Island. One of the most important features of this village is the diversity of its animal and aquatic species.
12. The Roof of Qeshm
On the western part of Qeshm Island, there is the roof of Qeshm. These high parts of the island are of limestone and the slopes of sandstone, marl, and silt. In fact, these heights are semi-high plateaus that form a large area of the island. They have become one of the natural tourist attractions of Qeshm. Because they let you enjoy the beautiful view of the mangrove forests and the northern shores of the Persian Gulf from above.
13. Kaseh Salakh Area
Kaseh Salakh on the south coast of Qeshm Island includes an area of 35 square kilometers. Unexpectedly, there is no vegetation in this big area. This part of the island is spectacular due to its healing sulfur spring and several thousand small and large cone-shaped hills. These hills are the result of erosion over time.
Top Historical Attractions to Visit In Qeshm
1. Guran Dam
In Guran village, there is a dam of the same name, dating back to the first Pahlavi dynasty. Some experts and archaeologists believe that the foundation of this structure belongs to the Achaemenid era. And its crown dates back to the Sassanid era. Freshwater is one of the features of this dam. That’s why it is very important and valuable among the residents.
2. Portuguese Fort
In the early 16th century, a sailor named Alfonso Alberkerk ordered the construction of a castle in the northern part of Qeshm Island. Now, we know it as the Portuguese Fort. A few columns, a reservoir, and a watchtower are the only things left of this castle.
3. Bibi Water Reservoir
Bibi Reservoir is one of the oldest on Qeshm Island. It is over two centuries old and is still in use by the local people. The architecture of this historical monument is interesting and spectacular in its kind.
4. Historical Cemeteries in Qeshm
On Qeshm Island, there are several cemeteries. Each of them has an ancient history and shows the antiquity of this part of the country. In many of these cemeteries, there are graves that are several centuries old. The cemetery of Kousha village has a history of about 12 centuries. The cemetery of Tourian has a history of about 10 centuries. And finally, the cemetery of Tomsenati village dates back to 9 centuries ago.
5. Tala Water Wells
Tala wells are a creative example of rainwater storage architecture. 366 wells in a place where even modern advanced machines can hardly drill are amazing. These wells are the reason that people could live in Laft. You can find Tala wells between the main mosque of Laft village and Naderi historical castle.
6. Bibi Maryam’s Tomb
Bibi Maryam’s tomb, in the village of Tomsenati, dates back to the eighth century AH. In the building, you can see the features of Seljuk architecture. The dome is made of marine corals and the inside is covered with shell lime. The short door of the tomb also opens to a large cemetery with cactus flowers planted on its graves.
7. Qeshm Noopak Crocodile Park
Crocodile Park or Noopak Park is the first and largest crocodile park in the Middle East. The Noopak complex is the source of zoological information on crocodiles in the country. Moreover, it is the first and only crocodile breeding and maintenance center in the Middle East.
8. Qeshm Shipbuilding and Repair Company
Qeshm Shipbuilding and Repair Company is located near Guran Port. In fact, it is one of the most interesting attractions on the island. It is also the Guran Traditional Maritime Open Museum.
9. Zeytoon (Olive) Park
Qeshm Olive Park has a pleasing design with gazeboes in every corner. It is close to City Center Mall. Additionally, it has leisure, cultural, and sports facilities, four-dimensional cinema, a skating rink, bike paths, a football field, a coffee house, coffee shop, and a beautiful beach to enjoy.
10. Qeshm Global Geopark Museum
Qeshm Geopark Museum is one of the most complete wildlife museums in Iran in terms of biodiversity. It includes more than three thousand specimens of animals in an area of 1000 square meters.
One of the features of this place that distinguishes it from other museums in the country is that more than 95% of its specimens are native. In the end, let me add that part of the museum is dedicated to the island’s handicrafts, including works by Qeshmian women artists.
11. Qeshm Island Aquarium
Golden Butterfly Aquarium, or Qeshm Island Aquarium, is one of the most interesting places in Qeshm. It is near the important shopping malls on the island. With an area of 1000 square meters, this aquarium includes 180 species of aquatic species in the world. Some of the rarest fish in the aquarium include angelfish.
*Unfortunately, visiting this site is not allowed for now.
12. Negin Sahel Diving and Marine Recreational Center
This center was selected as the SSI diving center of Germany in 2016. In this center, they hold all stages of diving classes from beginner to teacher training courses. Offering marine recreation facilities is another service of Negin Sahel diving center.
13. Hamoon Recreation and Tourism Complex
This Complex is one of the largest entertainment complexes on the island. It has a variety of recreational facilities such as a boating pier, natural aquarium, and cycling track. Popular activities in this complex include beach sports, horseback riding, jet-skiing, boating, and water skiing.
14. Khalo Saleh Museum
Khalo Saleh Museum is the first private museum on Qeshm Island. They set up this museum in 2009. The museum collection consists of 355 pieces with complete identity cards. They include utensils, tools, and equipment for agriculture, animal husbandry, fishing, navigation, shipbuilding, and clothing.
15. Nakhoda (Captain) Ali Museum
This museum is the second personal museum on the island, which was opened in 2009. Captain Ali collected all the objects of this museum from the lovers of culture and art of the region. Agriculture and fishing tools, utensils, and jewelry are among the items of this museum. Near the wells of Tala, in the historic port of Laft you can visit this museum.
16. Direstan Anthropology Museum
In this museum, there are 120 pieces of objects. They are in the form of manuscripts, agricultural and naval tools, local clothes, utensils, and tombstones dating back more than 400 years. The oldest piece in the museum is a pottery jar that dates back to 6 centuries ago.
17. Qeshm Traditional Bazaar
Qeshm’s traditional bazaar is not only a suitable place for shopping but also it is a bed to touch the indigenous culture of the island people. Numerous market entrances lead to different rows and passages. In this bazaar, you can buy all kinds of clothes, handicrafts, jewelry, and food souvenirs. Beyond everything, let’s mention its reasonable prices and proximity to the city center and Shahid Zakeri pier.
18. The Dargahan Old Market
Among the numerous shopping malls on the island, Dargahan Bazaar is the destination for most tourists. The variety of goods and their reasonable prices have made this market one of the best shopping options.
19. Qeshm City Center Mall
You can find City Center Shopping Mall in Hormoz Park, by the sea, and in the new and southern part of the city. The modern design of this market, the large open space, and the beautiful view of the sea, Lark, and Hormoz Islands make it more special and spectacular for the visitors.
There are lots of other malls to explore on this island. They are all close and you can find them easily.
Qazvin is one of the largest cities in Iran and the capital of Qazvin province. This city was the capital of the country for 57 years during the Safavid era. For this reason, it has many historical buildings and museums. This city is the great capital of Iranian calligraphy, as well. Qazvin is located at the crossroads of the northern and western provinces of the country. Although many tourists may have passed through the city on their way, most of them miss its tourist attractions and sights.
So let’s see what Qazvin has in store for us as Iran tourism places to explore.
Historical Places to Visit in Qazvin
1. Qazvin Bazaar
Qazvin Bazaar is one of the historical sights of the city. They built this bazaar during the Safavid era as the capital of this city. During the Qajar period, they developed the bazaar and added several caravanserais.
The most important parts of this bazaar are Al-Nabi Mosque, Sa’d al-Saltaneh Caravanserai, Vazir Serai, Haj Reza Serai, Razavi Serai, and many more. This historical monument has been on Iran’s National Heritage List since December 26, 1977.
2. Al-Nabi Mosque
The Prophet’s (Al-Nabi) Mosque in Qazvin is located on the south side of Imam Khomeini Street, in the direction of Qazvin Bazaar. They still hold congregational and Friday prayers there. However, tourists can also visit it. The area of Masjid al-Nabi is about 14,000 square meters. It has wide courtyards and naves, and its architecture is unique in its kind. They built this mosque during the Qajar period, by the order of Fath Ali Shah.
This historical monument has been on Iran’s National Heritage List since December 6, 1961,
3. Rafi Church
Rafi Church dates back to the first Pahlavi period in Iran. You can find this church on Taleghani Street. It is located on the site of a school with the same name. This school has long been an educational and worship complex for Armenians living in Qazvin. The altar of this brick church is located on the east side.
In this church, in addition to the public ceremonies related to the Armenians, they hold special rituals, as well. These rituals are regarding Saint Mary that coincide with the Grape Festival in August (August). During which the Armenian cultural associations visit the church.
4. Russian Church
Russian church in Qazvin is also known as Cantor (or Kantur) Church. This building is the smallest Orthodox church in Iran and the third smallest church in the world. Kanto in Russian means headquarters or center. They built it during the occupation of Iran by the Russians during the Second World War. Some also call it the “Bell Tower”.
Upon entering the churchyard, you will see two tombstones, one belonging to a Russian pilot and the other to a Russian engineer who died in Iran. They say the owner of this building was Master Hossein (an architect), who later became known as Hossein Kantur.
5. Qazvin Jameh Mosque, Qazvin Grand Mosque
People also call Jameh Mosque, Atiq Grand Mosque, or Kabir Grand Mosque. Anyhow, it is one of the largest mosques in Iran. According to the narratives, it is the oldest mosque in Iran, as well. Originally, when they started building this mosque, it was on the remaining site of a fire temple from the Sassanid era. They constructed it in a four-Iwan-style mosque. During the Mongol invasion of Iran, they destroyed some parts of the Grand Mosque. But happily, they repaired it very soon.
This historical monument has been on Iran’s National Heritage List since December 6, 1961.
6. Sardar Bozorg Water Reservoir
They built the Sardar Bozorg (General Commander) water reservoir in 1813 in the Rah-e-Rey neighborhood of Qazvin city. This well-known reservoir is the largest single-dome reservoir in Iran and even in the world. This building has a tall brick dome with skylights all around it.
The two brothers who were the founders of constructing this reservoir were commanders of their time during Fath Ali Shah. That’s why they call it so.
This historical monument has been on Iran’s National Heritage List since September 29, 1976.
7. Aminiha Hosseiniyeh
The Aminiha House or Hosseiniyeh is one of the beautiful and grand historical houses in the city. this charming house dates back to the Qajar period. Haj Mohammad Reza Amini, one of the merchants of Qazvin, built it in 1859.
This mansion has three halls and two courtyards (north and south). The halls are built parallel to each other, from east to west, and between two courtyards. The ceilings of the halls have awesome paintings, mirror works, wooden decorations, and so on. The water reservoir, basement, pantry, and warehouse are other parts of this mansion.
8. Sa’d al-Saltaneh Caravanserai
Sa’d al-Saltaneh Caravanserai is the largest indoor urban Serai in Iran. They built it during the Qajar period (late reign of Nasser al-Din Shah Qajar). Chaharsooq is the most valuable part of this building. The vertical intersection of two rows has created this beauty which has a large tiled dome on top of it. On the four sides of the dome, there are four semi-domes with decorations and skylights that make the space look bigger.
This house has an area of more than 6.2 hectares. Today, many parts of this house have been renovated and improved and are under the supervision of the Iran Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization.
This historical Serai has been on Iran’s National Heritage List since August 1, 1978.
9. Alamut Castle
Alamut Castle is one of the tourist attractions of Qazvin and one of the most important historical castles in Iran. It is an ideal place for those interested in history and archeology. The fort was the seat of Hassan Sabah, the founder of the Ismaili and anti-Seljuk government in the 5th century AH.
In deed, he became famous for his military activities. Alamut Castle is not only a spectacular historical attraction but it has beautiful nature that attracts any tourist.
10. Imamzadeh Hossein
Imamzadeh Husseinwas the son of Imam Reza, who died in 817. It is one of the most important shrines and places of interest in Qazvin. And it has always been since the beginning. According to the narrations Imamzadeh Hussein died in this city on his way to Merv while crossing Qazvin. That’s why they buried him there.
Today the shrine is fascinating and the lighting at night is mesmerizing.
11. The Entrance of Aali Qapo
In fact, the entrance of Aali Qapo was the entrance of the Aali Qapo mansion in the past. Unfortunately, the mansion has been destroyed. This historical monument dates back to the Safavid period in 1545.
The mansion included a complex, Sa’adat Abad, which Aali Qapo entrance is currently the only standing part of the whole complex.
12. Darb Kushk Gate
These days, before entering any city, we see a green sign by the roadside that greets us. But years ago, when people entered or left the city, they passed through enchanting gates. these gates were masterpieces of art and elegance.
In the old days, there were fences and gates around the city of Qazvin to keep it safe. In the middle of the third century AH, this city had seven gates through which people passed.
The number of gates in the Qajar period reached 9, which were connected by fences. One of these gates was Darb Kushk Gate which is still standing still.
13. Sepah Street
Sepah Street is the first designed street in Iran, which was built during the Safavid period. It was the time Qazvin was the capital of the country. Today Iranians know this street as “the first modern street in Iran.” Today, this street is among the sights of Qazvin.
14. Kharraqan Towers
The architecture of Iranian towers was sometimes in the form of a cylindrical and independent near the walls of cities or castles. The city of Qazvin is a mirror of Iran’s history. It hots many valuable buildings representing the history of Iranian architecture.
Kharqan towers are one of the sights of Qazvin, located one kilometer from the Hesar Armani village. You can find the towers in a large area, standing a short distance from each other. Apparently, they are similar in many ways. But the East Tower is older than the West one.
15. Sardar Mosque and School Complex
Qazvin religious schools have always had a special place in the religious and cultural history of the country. Many famous religious scholars from all over the country came to be in the company of the teachers in the schools of this city. Sardar Theological School, with its unique Iranian-Islamic architecture, is reminiscent of the Qajar period.
This complex is one of the most beautiful religious schools and places of interest in Qazvin. You can find this outstanding piece of art at the end of Tabriz Street.
16. Hamdallah Mustawfi Shrine
Hamdallah Mustawfi Shrine belongs to the Mongol dynasty, which is about 7 centuries old. He was a writer, historian, and author of History. One of the unique features of the building, which is made in the style of Azeri architecture, is its turquoise and conical dome. Plus, there is an inscription that introduces Mustawfi’s fathers and their works.
This historical tomb has been on Iran’s National Heritage List since February 11, 1980.
17. The Safavid Garden Complex
The Safavid Garden complex or Sa’adat Abad Garden is the Cultural Garden of Qazvin. It belongs to the Safavid and Qajar periods. With an area of more than 6 hectares, this complex starts from the Aali Qapo entrance at the beginning of Sepah Street and ends at the Chehel Sotoun Palace.
By visiting the Safavid Garden, you can visit the remnants of the Safavid, Afshari, Zandi, and Qajar periods, all together. Some of the buildings in this complex are Naderi Mansion, Pahlavi Mansion, Qajar Mansion, and Chehel Sotoun Palace. This garden has been on Iran’s National Heritage List since March 18, 2008.
Museums to Visit in Qazvin
1. Qajar Bath
Amir Gooneh Khan Qajar Qazvini built the Qajar Bath in 1647. He was one of the commanders of Shah Abbas Safavid. Originally they called this bath the Royal Bath. This Hammam is one of the oldest and largest baths in Qazvin. It has an area of about 1045 square meters. There are separate parts for men and women in the bath.
Today, they have turned this bath into an anthropological museum. This historical monument has been on Iran’s National Heritage List since August 1, 2005.
2. Chehel Sotoun Palace Museum
Chehel Soton Palace Museum or Shah Tahmasb Kolah Farangi Mansion is one of the most important historical monuments in Qazvin. This amazing structure dates back to the Safavid era. You can find it in the center of the city, in Azadi Square (Sabzeh Maidan). It is said that this building is the only remaining mansion of the royal palaces of Shah Tahmasb’s time. Today, they keep paintings related to the Safavid period in this museum.
This historical monument has been on Iran’s National Heritage List since 1956.
3. Sepahdar Garden Mansion
At the end of West Palestine Street in Qazvin, there is Sepahdar Garden Mansion. This mansion is one of the historical houses related to the Qajar period. This house belonged to Mohammad Vali Khan Tonekaboni, nicknamed Sepahdar A’zam. He was one of the famous men of this period. Today this house is an agricultural museum. According to the narrations, they constructed this between the years 1905 and 1910. You can see the construction of this building is inspired by Qazvin Chehelston Palace and the large guest house of Qazvin.
This historical monument has been on Iran’s National Heritage List since March 24, 1998.
4. Qazvin Municipality Mansion
Qazvin Municipality or the current Baladiyeh Museum belongs to the Qajar period. You can find it on Qazvin Shahrdari (Municipality) Street. The entrance of the building is two steps higher than the yard and comes in the form of a porch and has 6 columns.
This mansion changed its use to Baladiyeh Museum after the restorations. Among the works on display in this museum are Saddle Horse, Sadr al-Ulama (the first mayor of Qazvin) typewriter and radiograph, administrative correspondence, letters sent by the people, and so on.
This historical monument has been on Iran’s National Heritage List since February 17, 1999. Unfortunately, visiting inside this building is only possible during Nowruz.
5. Qazvin Museum
You can find the spectacular Qazvin Museum on the east side of the Safavid mansion. In this museum, there are precious objects related to different historical periods. Some of the objects on display belong to the third and first millennia BC.
Other objects are related to the Islamic era from the beginning to the contemporary era. Most of these objects are bronze and pottery. From the Islamic period up to the contemporary era, you will face historical doors. The doors on display all belong to the same area. These wooden doors are so charming and eyecatching.
Natural and Cultural Attractions in and around Qazvin
1. Traditional Gardens of Qazvin
Qazvin traditional gardens are a collection of gardens, which are spread in the southern half of Qazvin city. These traditional gardens are more than a thousand years old and are the green relics of our ancestors in this region.
The area of these gardens is more than 2500 hectares and in the past, they surrounded the city. Because these gardens are irrigated in the traditional way, that is, submerged in water, they call them traditional gardens.
2. Ovan Lake
Ovan Lake is one of the pristine natural lakes of Iran in Qazvin province. It shines like a beautiful jewel in the mountainous and pleasant climate of Alamut. Because of the proximity of the lake to Tehran, it is a suitable place for one-day nature tours. Furthermore, it hosts hundreds of domestic and foreign tourists annually.
3. Zargar Village
Have you ever heard of a village in Iran whose people are of European descent and are fluent in languages other than Persian and local Iranian languages? Zargar village is one of the sights of Qazvin where its people speak Romani other than Persian and Turkish. There are many legends and narrations about the origin of the villagers and how these people got close to the capital of Iran, which are very remarkable. They call Zargar Village the strangest village in Iran.
4. Barajin Forest Park
Barajin Forest Park is one of the most popular places in Qazvin. It’s two kilometers north of the city. In this park, you can see the city of Qazvin from above. This forest park, which has been considered a recreation area for the people of Qazvin for a long time, is a suitable place to spend leisure time and enjoy the pleasant weather of the foothills. The flow of the Arnazak River also doubles the beauty of the park.
5. Garmagalou Canyon
Garmagalou Canyon consists of two parts, a narrow part and a wide one in the middle. The length of the valley is about 600 meters. There is a river flowing at the bottom of the valley. To get to the valley you need to go to Gazorkhan (or Masoudabad) village.
6. Varchor Waterfall
Near Razjerd village, there is Varchor waterfall, one of the sights of Qazvin. This waterfall is located 6 km east of Razjerd village. Its height reaches more than 30 meters and it’s surrounded by huge rocks. The same thing has given special beauty to this waterfall.
7. Sialan Mountain
Sialan is the name of a mountain whose peak is located on the border of Mazandaran and Qazvin provinces. It is one of the mountaineering destinations and tourist attractions of Qazvin province.
This mountain overlooks the Rudbar region of Alamut from Qazvin province to the south. And on the north side overlooks the Do-Hezar valley of Tonekabon city in Mazandaran province.
Rasht City is a combination of sea and forest with rich history and civilization of Iran. A city that was the birthplace of great people like Mirza Kuchak Khan Jangali. This city is the destination of millions of tourists, annually. Rasht, the capital of the evergreen province of Gilan, is located near the Caspian Sea. Meanwhile, its dense forests will blow your mind away.
Rasht Traditional Bazaar is a must-visit. And Gilak people are full of joy and hospitality! The reputation of this city has gone beyond the borders. And UNESCO has introduced Rasht as the most creative city in terms of food and taste.
Let’s take a look at the Iran tourism places in Rasht and around it.
Historical Iran Tourism Places in Rasht
1. Rasht Municipality Square
They built Rasht Municipality Square during the early reign of Reza Pahlavi (1926-1942). This complex includes the Municipality Palace, the Post Museum, and the old building of the Iran Hotel. This building and its clock tower are the symbols of the city.
Today this area is paved and no vehicles are allowed. Therefore, you can walk around peacefully and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere going on around. On the other hand, you can go shopping, and taste the local street food while enjoying the soft weather and the beauty of historic buildings around. This square has been on Iran’s National Heritage List since December 17, 1977.
2. Municipality Palace
They built Municipality Palace between 1908 and 1927 on the west side of Shahrdari Square. Its architecture is inspired by the architecture of St. Petersburg. The Armenian-German architect, Artem Sardaraf, who lived in Rasht was in charge. Since then, this building has been the municipality building of Rasht.
3. Iran Hotel
Iran Hotel belongs to the Pahlavi period. You can find it on the north side of the municipality Square. It occupies 1800 square meters. This building has been on Iran’s National Heritage List since March 16, 2000.
4. Rasht National Library
Rasht National Library is the first national library in Iran. You can see this building at the entrance of Alam al-Huda Street, next to the Rasht Municipality building. This collection started its work in 1935. And now has 150,000 volumes of printed books and 1750 volumes of manuscripts.
5. Post Office Mansion
One of the historical monuments of Municipality Square is the Post Office Mansion. This mansion is located on the north side of Shahrdari Square. It belongs to the first Pahlavi era. Its total area is 1930 square meters and has an L shape with 4 floors.
They built it between 1932 and 1934. This building has been on Iran’s National Heritage List since 2001.
6. Rasht Grand Bazaar
Rasht Traditional Bazaar includes the big square, the small square, the caravanserais, and so on. The architecture of the caravanserais and arches in Rasht Bazaar are among the attractions of this lovely bazaar. There are a variety of fresh local delicacies in the bazaar. On top of all, you can feel the smell of fresh fish and a variety of native vegetables all around.
7. Kolah Farangi Mansion
Kolah Farangi Mansion is a polygonal structure. The same thing creates a beautiful appearance and prevents the uniformity of its exterior. From the outside, it looks like the building has three floors, while from the inside it has four floors. Around the building, on the first and second floors, there are 18 wooden pillars that support the roof and balcony of the second floor. The room on top of this mansion is octagonal and has windows that give you a 360-view of the garden.
8. Emamzadeh Hashem
Emamzadeh Hashem is one of the most important attractions in Gilan province. It is close to Raht. You can see this shrine, at the highest point of a village with the same name. During the First World War and the uprising of Mirza Kuchak Khan Jangali, this monument suffered a lot of damage. However, they renovated the building. But the old texture of the shrine was lost. The complex has a bazaar, guest house, mosque, parking lot, park, library, and a clinic. All these facilities extend from the foot of the mountain to the summit.
9. Tomb of Mirza Kuchak Khan
Mirza Kuchak Khan Jangali, known as Sardar Jangal, is one of the prominent figures in the history of Iran. He died in 1922. You can find his tomb in the cemetery of Suleiman Darab. The architecture of this tomb was inspired by the architecture of Gilan province and Islamic architecture.
It occupies an area of 40 square meters with a height of 9 meters. To built this tomb, they mainly used bricks, tiles, pottery, and wood, which are all local materials. The combination of the tomb with the green space of the old trees around the building is fabulous.
10. The Tomb of Dana-ye Ali
The tomb of Dana Ali is the tomb of a well-known mystics of this city. The locals have a special devotion to this mystic and his tomb is one of the sights of Rasht. Dana-ye Ali’s tomb is only 92 square meters. Bricks and iron are the materials they used to construct the building. However, to decorate it, they have used marble stones and awesome tile works. The dome of the tomb is in the shape of a dervish hat. And in fact, its architecture is much like the dome of Sheikh Zahid Gilani, located on the outskirts of Lahijan.
11. Mosalla Square
Mosalla Square or Toshiba Square is one of the oldest squares in the city. In this big square, there is the Great Mosque of Rasht, Mosalla. They started building Mosalla in 1983 on a piece of land with an approximate area of 4 hectares and 10,000 square meters of infrastructure. Finally, it was ready and open to the public in 1991.
12. Abrishami Traditional House
You can find Traditional Abrishami House on the southeast side of Siqalan Square (Basij Square), at the end of Shaeri Alley. This house is one of the remnants of the Qajar period. Abrishami House belonged to the sheriff of Rasht during the reign of Nasser al-Din Shah. In 1940, Haj Mirza Ahmad Abrishami bought this house. Thus, from then on they called it Abrishami House. This house is built on a piece of land with an approximate area of 2,000 square meters and 650 square meters of infrastructure. The main building consists of 2 floors and each floor has 8 rooms.
This house has been on Iran’s National Heritage List since 2001.
13. Mirza Kuchak Khan Jangali’s House
Mirza Kuchak Khan Jangali’s house is located on Soheil Dabiri Street. Today it has become one of the sights of Rasht. They renovated this house in 2002 in the style of local architecture. The area of this delightful wooden house is 300 square meters and consists of 2 floors. Each floor has four rooms, a porch, and two stairs on both sides of the house.
14. Alam al-Hoda Street
They built Alam al-Hoda Street in 1932 in order to develop and beautify the city. This street connects the squares of Municipality and Sabzeh Meydan, which are among the oldest squares of Rasht. Alam al-Hoda Street is paved and no cars are allowed. It is 275 meters long and 27 meters wide.
There are lots of elegant shopping stores along this street that you can enjoy either shopping or window shopping.
15. Lat Caravanserai
Lat Caravanserai, also known as Shah Abbasi Caravanserai, is one of the sights of Rasht, located 30 km south of the city. Although they did not find any inscription in the serai, according to the historical texts, this building dates back to the year 1830. The complex includes a square courtyard and seven rooms. The materials they used in the construction of the caravanserai are bricks and mortar.
16. Qadiri Traditional House
Qadiri House is one of the surviving buildings from the Pahlavi era. It has a wooden structure. The exterior of Qadiri House is of pottery, and its doors and windows are of Russian wood. You can find Qadiri House on the eastern side of Sabzeh Meydan. This building is on Iran’s National Heritage List, as well.
17. Shahpour High School
Shahpour High School, which today operates under the name of Shahid Beheshti High School, belongs to the Qajar period. This school is the first high school in Gilan where there is an amphitheater, laboratory, and other facilities. This school has been on Iran’s National Heritage List since December 17, 1977. And today it is one of the sights of Rasht.
Museums to Visit in Rasht
1. Gilan Rural Heritage Museum
Gilan Rural Heritage Museum is one of the most attractive sights in Rasht. Because this museum is a great place to learn about the architecture, culture, lifestyle, local food, handicrafts, clothing, etc. of the locals.
There are 28 traditional houses in this museum. Anyway, you can also see other rural spaces such as paddy fields, chicken nests, etc. inside the complex. In short, Gilan Rural Heritage Museum will be an unforgettable experience for you.
2. Rasht Museum
Rasht Museum consists of two sections: anthropology and archeology. The anthropology section consists of reconstructed scenes from the life of the people and the native statue of Gilan. Meanwhile, the archeological section of the museum is dedicated to the archeological objects and artifacts discovered in different parts of Gilan, especially the Marlik Hills in Rudbar, Talesh, and Deylman, etc. Furthermore, there is an ancient cemetery and a collection of tombstones in this section.
Parks and Gardens to Visit in Rasht
1. Mohtasham Garden
The magnificent Mohtasham Garden dates back to the Qajar period. Today, they also call it the City Park. This garden hosts tourists and residents of Rasht. In addition to amenities and sports facilities, Kolah Farangi Mansion is also located in the heart of this beauty queen. Moreover, the Goharrood river, passing by the garden, has added more charm to this place.
2. Mellat Park
Mellat Park is one of the oldest gardens of Rasht. The locals call it Siah Bagh (Black Garden). The trees in this park are mainly old. After redesigning and reconstruction, they opened this garden in 2000, as Mellat Park. This park with its old trees has an area of 12 hectares. Above all, there are suitable amenities such as sports fields, prayer halls, and public sports facilities.
3. Sabzeh Meydan Park
For the first time during the reign of Muzaffar al-Din Shah (1853-1907), the ruler of Rasht began gardening and planting trees in this area. And he named it Sabzeh Meydan. This square is one of the most famous ones in Rasht. This nostalgic square host old, stout trees and pigeons that are always present in the green photographs of the square.
On non-rainy days, many people from the city gather in the square and spend their free time chatting and playing. This park with an area of 29,700 square meters has an attractive and lovely green space to enjoy.
Natural Attractions to Visit in and around Rasht
1. Saqalaksar Lake
Saqalaksar Lake is known as the cleanest lake in Iran. Therefore, with its beautiful and charming nature, this lake has won the hearts of many travelers. You can find it in a village 15 km south of Rasht. Next to this village, the Saqalaksar mud dam has created a lake in a forested area that attracts tourists from far and near. The height of the lake is 64 meters above sea level. It is about 600 meters long and 500 meters wide. The rainfall and surrounding springs supply the water of this lake.
2. Saravan Lake and Forest Park
Saravan Lake with its beautiful green scenery can create a different boating experience for you. Do not forget your camera while boating. Recording the beauties of Saravan Lagoon is one of the best moments of this tour.
After enjoying Saravan Lake, you can walk in the beautiful forests and enjoy the pristine nature around Saravan Lagoon. The roads of Saravan Forest Park are wide and you can drive through the forest. If you move to the east of the forest park, you will reach Sefidrood and Siahroud rivers. These rivers are suitable for a relaxing picnic.
3. Eynak (Glasses) Lagoon
Eynak Lagoon is the largest urban lagoon in Iran and Gilan province. They call it so because it looks like glasses in aerial photos. This wetland is one of the important tourist areas and places of interest in Rasht. Its circumference is 12 km and its water zone is 44 hectares. And finally, its coastal and land area is 163 hectares.
4. Saravan-Fooman Road
Saravan-Fooman road is one of the tourist places in Gilan province. This time, when going to the north of the country, before reaching Rasht, choose the left-hand road that goes to Fooman. Aside from the unparalleled greenery, if you reach this road in autumn or winter will be awesome. Especially if you get there in the early morning hours, you will experience a dream while you are wide awake. You can see the morning the fog sitting on the dull brown of the trees against the blue sky.
5. Anzali Lagoon
Anzali Lagoon is one of the natural and freshwater lagoons of the country. And it is one of the most beautiful water landscapes in the region. Perhaps Anzali Lagoon is mainly known for its lotus. This attractive plant spreads in this lagoon and creates a very fascinating view. Moreover, this lagoon is a hatching ground and a destination for rare and migratory birds.
6. Masouleh Historical City
Masouleh is a historical and touristic city that looks like a village. As you might know, it is popular for its outstanding stepped architecture. Masouleh is the first living historical city in the country, whose name is on Iran’s National Heritage List. The foggy atmosphere of Masouleh plus its heavenly nature, along with the historical and cultural effects of this city makes it an awesome destination.
Walking in the Masouleh traditional bazaar and buying delicious souvenirs and handicrafts are experiences that you will never forget.
7. Qaleh Roudkhan Castle
Qaleh Roudkhan Castle is a place that gives you the opportunity to experience both history and nature. A historic castle in the heart of nature that has experienced lots of ups and downs during different periods of time and yet stands still. Maybe if I tell you the number of stairs of Rudkhan Castle, you will hesitate to visit this spectacular monument. But if you just take a look at the photos of Rudkhan Castle no doubt you will climb up more than 1000 steps to get up there.
8. Asalem-Khalkhal Road
Starting this route from the city of Asalem, first, the winding roads covered with forest trees will be in front of you. Away from Asalem and after about an hour’s drive, you will be surrounded by lush plains and you will see amazing views. Perhaps this is why this road is known as one of the most beautiful roads in Iran. And they call it the most dreamy forest route in the country. This fabulous scenery will surprise you along its 70 km length.
9. Gisum Forest Park
In Gilan province, around Rasht, visiting Gisum Forest Park is one of the choices in hand. It is where you can drive through the soaring trees on the way to reach the shores of Gisum. It’s a blast to watch the point where the forest and the shores of the Caspian Sea get together.
Semnan is one of the desert cities of Iran, which is located in the south of the Alborz mountain range. If you plan to travel to Mashhad from Tehran, you will pass through this quiet city. In addition to the tourist attractions of the Lut desert in the south of Semnan, you can enjoy the lush nature and its pleasant climate in the north and northeast of the province. Also, due to the historical nature of this city, it has many spectacular ancient monuments that indicate the antiquity of Semnan.
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Here we are focusing on Iran tourism places of Semnan city. And also we are going to learn about other attractions in the province that has the same name 🙂
Historical Tourism Places to Visit in Semnan
1. Semnan Grand Mosque
Semnan Grand Mosque is the oldest and most important historical and Islamic mosque in the city. This work belongs to the third century AH. But it has spread in the Seljuk, Ilkhanid, and Timurid periods. According to studies, they built the original mosque on the ruins of a fire temple.
The mosque is built in the style of Azeri architecture. Thus, it has a courtyard, a large porch, and three naves on the north, south, and east side of the large porch. Moreover, this mosque has the oldest minaret that can move.
2. Arg Gate Square
In 1868, with the visit of Nasser al-Din Shah to this place, he ordered the construction of the northern gate. This gate is the only remnant of the magnificent citadel of Semnan. The gate has two views, south and north. Anyhow, the northern view is more attractive. The charm of the northern view is due to the beautiful patterns and drawings, colored tiles depicting the battle of Rostam, and the white demon.
This building is located in Arg Square at the intersection of Taleghani and Sheikh Fazlollah Nouri streets.
3. Semnan Traditional Bazaar
Semnan Bazaar and Sheikh Ala Al-Dawlah Bazaar belong to the Qajar period. You can find this bazaar on Imam Street. This traditional bazaar is designed in the style of ancient Iranian architecture with brick roofs. You can see the architecture of desert buildings obviously.
The market is divided into north and south parts. In the northern bazaar, there are three old baths, 5 mosques, 4 caravanserais, and 254 shops.
The historical monument of the bazaar belongs to the seventh and eighth centuries AH. However, unfortunately, we lost a large part of it due to the construction of Imam Street.
4. Soltani Mosque or Immam Mosque
If you are interested in Iranian Islamic art, civilization, and architecture, you will fall in love with this four-Iwan mosque. They built Soltani Mosque during the reign of Fath Ali Shah Qajar.
This mosque has four entrances. The northern and eastern entrances are more attractive due to the beautiful Muqarnas. On the north door, there is an old azure inscription with the names of the architect, tile maker, and so on. Upon entering the mosque, you can see a shallow pool and the chambers of the scholars around it. The beautiful tiling and stucco adorned with verses from the Qur’an dazzle your eyes.
5. Taheri’s House
Taheri’s House is a historical building with the style of Qajar and early Pahlavi houses. You can perfectly see the desert architecture in this building. This building is located in the Esfanjan neighborhood, southwest of Semnan city.
Clay, wood, and mortar are the materials of this house. It has different sections such as water storage, kitchen, porch, maid’s room, basement, two courtyards, winter room, summer room, and windcatchers.
6. Torabi Historic House
Torabi House is one of the valuable houses in the historical context of the city, in the Kohan-Dezh neighborhood. This building dates back to the Qajar period. Torabi House consists of two parts, north and south. They built these parts on two sides of the central courtyard. The southern part of this building follows the architectural style of the Safavid period. And the northern part belongs to the Pahlavi period.
One of the unique features of the Torabi House is the existence of Sabat which probably dates back to the Safavid period. Sabat is a unique architectural feature of desert regions. One of the functions of Sabat is to create shade from the burning sun. And the air inside the Sabat is cooler than the outside. However, in winter, this structure has a warmer atmosphere than the outside.
7. Ali Ibn-e Jafar Shrine
You can find this Shrine on Shahid Rajaei Street. It belongs to the Safavid-Qajar period. This holy shrine has a dome, a porch, and two large halls. The tomb is decorated with marble and its beautiful shrine was designed and built by Isfahani artists.
8. Kalantar (Sherief) House
Kalantar House belongs to the Qajar period. It belonged to the sheriff of the time. That’s why they call it so. However, now it serves the public as a restaurant. They also call this traditional house Badgire (windcatcher) Mansion or Rajabi House. Badgir Mansion has seventeen rooms, an old bath, water storage, and a pool house.
Upon entering the courtyard, the hexagonal pond, small ornate gardens, beautiful brick walls, stained glass windows, and traditional tables give a special look to the central courtyard that attracts you.
9. Sheikh Ala Al-Dawlah Bazaar
Sheikh Ala Al-Dawlah Bazaar, also known as the Bazaar of the Dead, is one of the sights of Semnan. This bazaar starts from the southeast of Imam Street and continues to the old Alamdar Cemetery, on the west side of Imam Square. This bazaar belongs to the Patriarchal period. And a person with the same name built it. Although they repaired the bazaar during the Qajar period, over time, it lost its popularity.
This monument has been on Iran’s National Heritage List since July 1, 1996.
10. Naghsh-e Jahan Serai
Naghsh-e Jahan Serai is one of the structures in the renovated fortress. This caravanserai dates back to the time of Fath Ali Shah Qajar’s son. He was the ruler of Semnan during the reign of the Qajar dynasty. In 2004, they turned this building into Naghsh-e Jahan Serai which is a traditional bazaar. This complex currently has 60 shops and three traditional restaurants (indoor and outdoor).
11. Sookan Forest Park
Not a historical place but let’s discuss this one here. Sookan Park is the largest forest park in Semnan. You can find it on Semnan-Damghan road, in front of Semnan University. Due to its convenient location in the city, this park welcomes travelers from Mashhad who cross the Semnan road.
There is a zoo, a bird garden, a prayer hall, facilities for setting up tents, a toilet, a parking lot, a CNG station, and a cafeteria.
Museums to Visit in Semnan
1. Natural History Museum
The Museum of Wildlife and Natural History of Semnan is one of the most interesting places in the city. That is so if you enjoy learning about natural history. The first part of the museum collection is dedicated to natural history. So it includes prominent and valuable specimens of siliceous remains of plants and animals of previous periods of the earth. These items are in the form of fossils.
The second part of the museum is all about biodiversity. Therefore it includes the body parts of five categories of vertebrates in the province. These items are in different forms such as skin, horns, skeleton, skull, and taxidermy.
2. Koumesh Coin Museum
If you are fond of historical coins, old stamps, and various exchange tools, Koumesh Coin Museum can be very attractive and entertaining for you.
This museum is one of the sights of Semnan and is the only specialized museum in this city. The museum collection includes pieces such as stamps and commodity exchange instruments.
3. Amir Garden and Mansion
Amir Mansion is another historical house in Semnan city, on Bagh Ferdows street. This building belongs to the Qajar period, as well. This mansion was located next to the great garden of Amir Azam (one of the most famous rulers of the time). That’s why they called the mansion and garden, Amir. You can see Safavid architectural principles in the construction of this building which has an area of about 3,000 square meters. The mansion consists of two gardens and a residential house that has public, private, and semi-private spaces.
Today this garden mansion is a National Heritage and is currently an anthropological museum.
4. Hazrat Bath
The Hazrat or Pahneh Hammam belongs to the Safavid and Qajar periods. You can find it next to the Grand Mosque, Imam Mosque, and Semnan Bazaar. This bath is one of the buildings of the ninth century AH. This Hammam has been on Iran’s National Heritage List since December 20, 1974. In 1995, after the renovation, this building became a local anthropological museum that hosts many tourists annually.
Iran Tourism Places around Semnan
1. Shahmirzad Town
On the 28 km north of Semnan, there is a small town with a wonderful climate and nature. They call it the lost paradise in the desert. This town is 3000 years old. Furthermore, it was known as the most prosperous city of Tabarestan.
Shahmirzad has many walnut trees. By walking along the tree-lined path, not only can you enjoy the view of the beauty, but also you can choose from a variety of pickles and desserts to taste.
A large walnut tree dating back to the 13th century has spread its roots in the ground of this town. The locals call it Kaman-e Rostam. Walking in the alleys of the gardens with the sound of birds and the flow of water is enjoyable. In addition, the historical castle, Shir Qaleh, is located 5 km northeast of Shahmirzad. This fort was built to protect the fork of the Silk Road.
2. Saroo Castles
30 kilometers to the northeast of Semnan, in the Kalateh Saroo neighborhood, there are the Saroo Castles. The castles date back to the Pishdadian and Kiyanid periods. These castles were impregnable due to the difficult access route and the dangerous precipices.
During the rule of the Parthians and the generals of Tabarestan, these forts were among the most important bases. Also, for more than two centuries, Saroo castles have been one of the important centers of the Ismailian.
3. Abbasi Lasjerd Caravanserai
Lasjerd Caravanserai is a remnant of the reign of Shah Abbas I, during the Safavid era. So the architecture of this caravanserai belongs to the Safavid period, a coherent concept, and the maximum use of the least space.
The caravanserai has a rectangular shape, made of materials such as stone, gypsum mortar, brick, and so on. The yard is 36 meters long and 31.5 meters wide.
The caravanserai has two porches with a large courtyard with 24 rooms around it. You can find the two beautiful porches of the caravanserai on the east and west sides of the building.
4. Mirak Delazian Hills
Mirak Delazian hills, also known as the ancient sites of Mirk and Delazian, are located 10 km southeast of Semnan. This complex consists of eight hills, several hundred meters of distance from each other. Based on the explorations, the antiquity of this region is related to the new Paleolithic and post-Paleolithic periods. This unique ancient site is on Iran’s National Heritage List since October 1, 2001.
5. Monastery of Ala Al-Dawlah Semnani
Sheikh Ala Al-Dowleh Semnani Monastery dates back to the Patriarchal period. It is one of the sights of Semnan in the Sufi Abad village. The tomb and monastery of this famous mystic are relics of the architecture of the late seventh and early eighth centuries AH. The detailed structure of the tomb consists of two parts. The main part of the building has a square shape. In fact, in the past, there was a huge dome on this part. But now only a southwest corner of the mausoleum is remaining. The second part is the high Iwan of the tomb, which faces east.
6. Zavaghan Jameh Mosque
Zavaghan Mosque is one of the historical and old buildings left from the Patriarchal period. You can find it in the Zavaghan neighborhood, between local farms and gardens. The materials used in the mosque include brick, plaster, stone, and raw clay. Unfortunately, now, only the tall arch of the Iwan and the brick decorations with small and large nested squares is left of this unique structure. It has been on Iran’s National Heritage List since June 16, 2002.
7. Qasr-e Bahram Caravanserai
A little further from Garmsar city, there is an old stone path called Sangfarsh (paved) road. This path was once a passage for caravans and passed through Isfahan, Kashan, and Garmsar. In the middle of this route, there is a caravanserai that, after many years, still attracts many enthusiasts.
After the restoration, hosts tourists so that they could also experience the pleasure of spending the night in the desert. This caravanserai belongs to the Sassanid period. They say Shah Bahram Sassanid or Bahram Gour built this serai. And later on, Shah Abbas Safavid rebuilt it.
8. Shah Abbasi Carevanserai Complex
Shah Abbasi Caravanserai Complex in Miandasht city is the largest caravanserai complex in Iran. This complex includes three Serais; One belongs to the Safavid period and the other two caravanserais date back to the Qajar period.
It has a central courtyard that is octagonal. And the buildings inside it are made of bricks.
9. Ahovan Caravanserai
You can find Ahovan stone caravanserai in the cold region of Ahovan, 42 km east of Semnan. The building of this caravanserai is made of stone and mortar. And it dates back to the fifth century AH. According to the evidence, this caravanserai has been very important in the past. At present, only the surrounding walls and part of the large entrance corridor are left of it. The central courtyard of the caravanserai is rectangular and has 26 rooms.
10. Salt Mine Of Garmsar
The salt mine in Garmsar city in Semnan province is a unique beauty with special features. This mine is located in a detour on the Qom-Garmsar road. The mine is surrounded by shallow pools of water due to rain. The green color pools next to the white color salt walls create such an outstanding view.
A bit further away, you can see a large number of fabulous colorful salt domes that have formed around the mine. When you go inside the mine, the space is a little dark, so be sure to use a flashlight. The interior consists of nested tunnels with very high salt columns and ceilings.
11. Mojen Waterfall
35 km northwest of Shahroud and in the city of Mojen, there is a less-known and beautiful waterfall, Mojen Waterfall. A waterfall with a height of 12 meters, in the heart of two huge rocks. This waterfall originates from the springs at the top of Mojen valley and consists of several small and large waterfalls.
Some of these waterfalls are completely located in the heart of the mountain. So to get to them you will need special mountaineering and rock climbing equipment. But the main part of Mojen waterfall is the first of them that you can access by walking in the middle of the valley and crossing the river and enjoying its beauty.
12. Abr (Cloud) Forest
Shahroud Cloud Forest is one of the most famous and beautiful natural attractions in Iran. In fact, it has become very famous for the ocean of clouds that surrounds it at different times of the year. Shahroud Cloud Forest is one of the oldest Hyrcanian forests and has rare and unique species of plants and animals. Above all, its amazing scenery attracts many tourists and nature lovers every year.
It’s an area of 35,000 hectares, which is a continuation of the lush forests of the north of the country. Its fame is for the cloudy ocean that surrounds it. This is where the earth and the sky meet; The clouds embrace the trees and sometimes the earth seems to be riding on the wings of the sky.
13. Opert Ridge
Opert Ridge is a region with spectacular scenery and scenic nature that can be counted on for holidays and leisure. It is especially a good choice in the warm seasons. This ridge is located on the border of Mazandaran and Semnan provinces. Additionally, it connects the southernmost point of Mazandaran province to the northernmost point of Semnan province.
Opert is the confluence of mountains and forests, which amaze every tourist with its pleasant climate, lush and pristine nature, and its springs and plains. Due to the high altitude of the Opert, the rain clouds coming from the green province of Mazandaran usually stop on the northern slope. Then they pour. That explains the green and lush northern side of the ridge. But the southern side, which receives no rain, is usually yellow and dry.
14. Qalebālā Village
Qaleh Bala is a stepped village, 140 km south of Shahroud city, near Khartouran National Park. Khartouran National Park is known as Africa in Iran. That’s why people call this village “The Gate to Africa”. Seeing this village may remind you of the beautiful Masouleh. The difference is one lies in the heart of the desert and the other in a green area.
This is an attractive area for tourists and photographers; In the northeast of the village, there are sand dunes and in the southwest, there are salt fields. And somehow, each of them has provided favorable conditions for the growth of certain plants.
15. Rig-e Jenn Desert
Many people travel to desert areas but Rig-e Jenn Desert is different from all. Please remember if you are going to visit this place you should be a professional nature lover. And ask for an expert guide.
Anyhow, Rig-e Jenn Desert is one of the mysterious regions of Iran. And it has its special excitement along with its mystery. Although you need to be careful with this one, it provides you with the beauties of desert areas such as hills and sand dunes and the starry night sky.
16. Parvar Protected Area
You can find Parvar Protected Area of Semnan province in Mahdishahr city. This area includes a large part of the Aras and Hyrcanian forests. This region has a permanent river that originates from the summit of Nizwa. Parvar Protected Area has three climatic zones: forest, mountainous, and semi-desert. You will face villages, a variety of animal species, and historical monuments, as well.