According to Ehotelat, there are many attractions in Iran, it is unlikely that it will be possible to visit everything in one visit. According to UNESCO, Iran ranks third in the world in terms of the number of monuments (after Egypt and Italy). Tehran, the capital of Iran, one of the largest cities in Asia, is the cultural and economic center of the country. Numerous museums, palaces, mosques and bazaars will attract the attention of even the most demanding tourist. Among the most frequently visited places in Tehran are the Takht-e Marmar Palace, Meydani-Imam Square, the buildings of the Majlis, the University and the old parliament of Moshir-od-Dole, the Alikapu Palace, the Qajar Shah-Fat-Ali Palace, the Niavaran Palace, the Shams-ol Emare Palace, Tokrol Tower, National Museum of Iran, Carpet Museum, Ganj Ali Khan Hammam Museum. etc. The city is also home to many amazingly beautiful mosques, the most revered of which is considered the “swinging minaret” Menar-e-Junban. It is also worth visiting the “Royal Mosque”, the Imam Khomeini Mosque, Motahari Mosque, Sheikh Abdul Hussein, Shah Abdul Azim. The rich history of Iran will not leave fans of ancient architecture disappointed. The pearl of the ancient Achaemenid empire, the city of Persepolis, was founded around the 6th-5th centuries. BC. It is noteworthy that during the construction of the city, hired workers were used instead of slave labor. The ruins of Persepolis are a palace complex with an area of 135,000 square meters. meters, the most famous part of the complex is the Aladan Palace with 72 columns. The royal tomb of Nakshe-Rustam is also located 5 km from Pesepolis. Not far away is the first capital of the Achaemenid Empire, the ancient city of Pasargada, covered with numerous legends associated with King Solomon. There is also the mausoleum of Cyrus. Worth visiting is the ancient city and temple complex of Durr Untash, built around 1250 BC. state of Elam. The city is also known as Choga-Zenbil. Here is the famous ziggurat, the royal palace and the royal tombs. The Persian adobe citadel of Arg-e Bam, located on the Great Silk Road, is also included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The fortress consists of buildings of various periods, the oldest of which, the Maiden’s Fortress, was founded in the 7th century. Unfortunately, the 2003 earthquake destroyed 80% of the buildings. The city of Soltania, founded in the 13th century, will delight visitors with exquisite architecture, as well as numerous historical buildings. The mausoleum of Oljeytu located here is an outstanding monument of Iranian architecture. Counts, that this mausoleum served as a model for the tomb of Timur in Samarkand, and the interior resembles the Taj Mahal. The ancient city of Tehte-Soleiman and the archaeological site of Bisotun are also included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Fans of the work of Omar Khayyam will be able to visit the elegant tomb of the writer, located in Nishapur. In addition to architectural sights, it is worth visiting the Iranian desert regions. A fascinating journey on camels or jeeps will allow you to feel the heat and harsh beauty of the desert. Ride a boat on an underground lake and enjoy the view of stunning stalactites in Ali Sadr Cave, one of the longest caves in the world. Also among the natural wonders of Iran include the Bishe and Shevi waterfalls, the Golestan nature reserve and the Tabriz mountains. For beach lovers, Iran can offer many seaside resorts, the largest of which is the island of Kish, located in the Persian Gulf. The ski resorts of Toshal and Dizin offer tourists numerous pistes of varying difficulty levels at a very reasonable price.
National cuisine of Iran
Food lovers will be pleasantly surprised by the variety of tastes and experiences offered by Iranian cuisine, one of the most ancient in the world. The basis of the diet is rice, which is steamed, sometimes with the addition of saffron or curry. Meat is also widely consumed, especially lamb, legumes, vegetables, and poultry. As a rule, dishes consist of rice, finely chopped vegetables, meat, and fruits in the most unimaginable combinations. Popular dishes include rice with meat and vegetables in nut sauce, sweet and sour rice with almonds, raisins and oranges, a rich selection of pilaf (with fresh herbs, with onions, raisins and lentils, with meat, etc.) In Iran, you can try an unusual cold kefir soup with mint, raisins and cucumbers. A variety of meat dishes, including kebabs, will amaze even the most sophisticated gourmets. Drinks in Iran include sweet strong tea, fresh fruit juices, homemade mast yogurt, and kefir, often with mint. The juices used in Iran are also quite unusual: for example, barberry, plum, pomegranate, etc. Alcoholic drinks are strictly prohibited in Iran, only local malt drink is consumed here, which tastes like beer. Iran is also famous for its fresh bread and desserts (mainly oriental sweets).
Iran has a fairly developed infrastructure. To move around the country, you can use a variety of modes of transport: planes, taxis, buses, trains and minibuses. Gasoline in Iran is inexpensive, so you can move around the country, even by taxi, at quite affordable prices. It is convenient to travel between settlements and cities by minibuses “savari”, which stop on demand. The bus network is very well developed, the only drawback is the low speed (maximum allowed 80 km/h). For long trips, you can use the super class buses, which offer drinks and snacks on board. A convenient and fast way to travel is trains, tickets can be bought online, on the Raja Passenger Trains website. Domestic flights are also quite inexpensive.