The beautiful and spectacular city of Lahijan(Rasht), with its ancient history, and wonderful natural landscapes is one of the most beautiful tourist areas in the north, which attracts many travelers at different times of the year, especially Nowruz days and summer days.
Lahijan is known as the Bride of Gilan, the land of fragrant tea and the city of orange blossoms. The city is built on flat and plain land that seems to be due to the sediments left by the rivers of Gilan. It is interesting to know that this city was conquered by “Öljaitü” at the beginning of the 8th century AH. And in the year 705 AH it was the seat of the Kar-Kiya dynasty.
Let’s have a quick look at the top places to see in Lahijan, together;
1.Sheytan Kooh and the Waterfall
In the eastern part of Lahijan city, there is one of the most beautiful mountains in the north of the country, Sheytan Kooh.
There is an artificial waterfall falling down this mountain which is supplied by the Lahijan artificial lake. Sheytan Kooh waterfall flows down from the mountain and has created a very spectacular view and a spectacular area. There is also a stairway with 70 steps from the side of the waterfall to the top of the mountain that is so charming and beautiful. It is so enjoyable to climb up the stairs that pass through the trees.
2.Lahijan Artificial Lake
Under the slopes of Sheytan Kooh Mountain, there is one of the most attractive tourist attractions of the city, Lahijan Artificial Lake. This beautiful lake covers about a 17-hectare area with a depth of nearly four meters. This lake was once a water reservoir for irrigating rice fields in the past.
One of the beauties of this artificial lake is the small island in its center. Previously they called the island “Mian Poshteh”. This island is connected to the southern part of the lake by a relatively long concrete bridge. This area of Lahijan dates back to Shah Abbas Safavi‘s reign. He was the one who ordered to build it. This place is so popular among tourists and the locals.
3.Bameh Sabz (Green Roof) and Lahijan Cable Car
Among other tourist spots and places of interest in Lahijan is “Ahrar Cable Car“. This cable car is part of an amusement park established on top of the Sheytan Kooh mountain, Bam-e Sabz.
The cable car was established in 2004 with 2 stations, 5 masts and 33 cabins. The first station is in Bam-e Sabz amusement park. They call the second station, Taj Khoros (Rooster Crown). While riding the cable car you can watch beautiful views of the green heights and the city.
Moreover, there are handicraft stalls and food places, and coffee shops in these two stations.
4.Lahijan Traditional Bazaar
Lahijan Traditional Bazaar is located in Chahar Padeshah Square, West Kashif Street. This market is full of color, smell, and taste. According to the local people and tourists, this is the best place to meet their daily needs. On your trip to Lahijan, you can buy a variety of colorful foods, local aromatic vegetables, local eggs, fish, and olives from here.
5.Lahijan Akbariye Mosque
Akbariyeh Mosque is one of the historical buildings and tourist attractions located in southwest of Lahijan city. This building is one of the valuable and important heritage of the country. According to its own marble inscription, it dates back to 1823 during the reign of “Fath Ali Shah“. The architecture and decorations are beautiful and artistic and admirable, as well.
Parts of this mosque are nearly a century old, and the old mosque. Some architectural experts consider this mosque to be similar to Hagia Sophia in Turkey.
One of the tourist attractions in Lahijan city is a natural phenomenon, Talab-e Soostan or Soostan Lagoon. It is like a piece of heaven. It is interesting to know that this lovely lagoon is surrounded by magnificent trees. Furthermore, it is full of fresh water in winter and autumn. There are also lots of swamp plants and reeds in and out of the lake.
This place is the habitat of various birds and aquatic animals due to its favorable climate, favorable vegetation, and freshwater. One of the features of this wetland is the very beautiful access road with extraordinary views that has made it so popular.
7.Tomb of Kashif al-Saltaneh (Tea History Museum)
Another tourist attraction in Lahijan city is the Mausoleum of Mohammad Mirza Qajar Qavanlu, nicknamed Kashif al-Saltaneh, one of the educated and high-ranking men in the country. They built his tomb on the tea hills in Lahijan according to his will. And Today, the renovated building has become a “Tea History Museum”.
Kashif Al-Saltaneh was a famous tea farmer. He is the first person who popularized tea cultivation in Iran, and for this reason, he is called the father of Iranian tea.
The Tea Museum consists of a two-story main hall, a tower, and two office spaces, north and south. On the ground floor of the collection hall, there are documents of the late Kashif Al-Saltaneh, tea, and tea-drinking items. The second floor is dedicated to showcases and anthropological items.
8.Lahijan Adobe Bridge
In the west of Lahijan city, in a neighborhood, Pordeh Sar, there is a historical structure that dates back to the Kar-Kiya dynasty time. This historical bridge is 50 meters long, 4 meters 50 centimeters wide, and 11 meters high. They built the bridge with adobe bricks.
In fact, this adobe bridge is the renovated form of the ancient stone bridge dating back to the year 1854.
9.Lahijan Golshan Bathhouse
Golshan Bathhouse is another tourist attraction and sight-seeing in Lahijan, which belongs to the reign of “Fath Ali Shah Qajar“. You can find it in the northeast corner of Vahdat Square. It is said that this historical monument had many ponds in the past, of which no trace remains. Also, the building of the bathroom has a polygonal plan, which is made of clay, lime mud, and local red bricks. Unfortunately, parts of this historic mosque have been destroyed due to the construction of the street, the square, and the expansion of the city.
10.The Historical Sheikh Zahid Gilani Shrine
The Tomb of Sheikh Zahid Gilani is another historical monument in Lahijan city. They built it on the slope of a mountain. “Sheikh Tajuddin Ibrahim“, known as “Sheikh Zahid Gilani” is one of the famous mystics and dervishes.
It seems that the king ordered the construction of this tomb after having a dream. The mausoleum is made of two square and rectangular rooms that are adjacent to each other. The most beautiful part of the mausoleum is its pyramid-shaped dome, which is built with eight cracks and a steep slope. And the surface of the mausoleum is decorated with yellow, blue, white, and black tiling and traditional and floral motifs. Also, the parts around the dome and other parts of the building are covered with clay.
11.Lahijan Amirkalaye International Wetland
Amir Kalaye International Wetland, which is also known as Shale Kal, is one of the sights of Lahijan, in the northern part of the city. This wetland has an area of 1,230 hectares and an average depth of 1.85 meters. The interesting and unique thing about this wetland is that despite being located one kilometer away from the sea, it is one of the few wetlands with fresh water.
One of the beautiful plants that grow in this wetland is the sea pistachio. This plant has a green cap and its tiny green seeds are used in traditional medicine due to their medicinal and therapeutic properties. The white lotus is also one of the other natural beauties of the Amirkalaye Lagoon.
In winter, this international wetland is a place for thousands of migratory birds and also a habitat for 11 different fish species.
12. Lahijan Grand Mosque
Among the other ancient buildings and religious tourist attractions in Lahijan city is the “Jame Mosque” of this city. You can find it in the vicinity of another historical monument, “Chahar Padesha shrine”. It seems that this old mosque dates back to the Kar-Kiya dynasty period. And “Kia Sultan” was the one who ordered to build it in 1487.
They say that they built this mosque in the place of old fire temples. And they renovated it in the years 1952 and 1991. It is interesting to know that in this mosque, there is a well that, according to the quotes and traditions of the past, Imam Hassan (a.s.) drew water from it to perform Wudu. Therefore, people throw money and gold into it and light a candle on its edge so that their wishes come true.
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