Earlier known as Persia, Iran is a Middle Eastern country that has one of the largest natural gas supplies in the world. Home to an abundant reserve of Persian art and precious jewelry from the bygone era, this country holds much importance in terms of its rich cultural past and a happening economic scenario. Enjoy visiting Tehran – the capital of Iran, and Isfahan, Mashhad, Shiraz, Kish, and Tabriz, while touring around this country. Catch a glimpse of the Isfahani architectural style at Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque and the towering Milad Tower while touring around Isfahan.
Best time to visit Iran
As Iran has hot and dry climatic conditions, the best time to visit will be during March to May and then from late September to early November. Spring and autumn seasons are generally considered the ideal time to visit Iran. Traveling to certain regions of Iran is prohibited, so a thorough research about the security situation is required, before visiting the country.
Flights to Iran
Now fly from Indian cities to the international airport of Iran, Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport, conveniently with the flight services offered by top international airlines like Air France
, Air India, and British Airways
. There are very few direct flights to Iran and almost all the major airlines have stopover points at Abu Dhabi, Dubai, or Istanbul. Within the country, you can travel to different places by the means of taxis, buses, and minibuses.
Where to stay in Iran
You can opt to stay in the capital city of Tehran, while in Iran. Accommodation facilities are availablefor around INR 5,000. Choose from a range of luxury, mid-range, and budget hotels to stay that offer facilities like spa, swimming pool, gym, and restaurant. Several hotels are also available in Isfahan for a night stay at INR 3,500.
Must-visit places in Iran
The cities of Tehran, Isfahan, Mashhad, Shiraz, Kish, and Tabriz offer lots to see and explore.
Tehran has a huge collection of royal jewels and Persian art in its many museums. The must-visit places in the capital city of Iran include National Jewelry Museum, Reza Abbasi Museum, Carpet Museum, Azadi museum, and Milad Tower.
The ruins of Persepolis which was built over 2500 years ago, is a must-visit place in Shiraz. Eram Garden, Qur'an Gate, and the tombs of Hafez and Saadi (famous Persian poets), are among the many attractions worth visiting in this city.
Isfahan, which was once the capital city of Persia, is now home to beautiful monuments and ancient mosques. Top attractions include Naqsh-e-Jahan Square, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Khaju Bridge, Vank Cathedral, Shah Mosque, and Jameh Mosque of Isfahan.
Must-buys in Iran
Persian rugs are Iran’s most famous produce. With intricate designs, unique weaving method and superior quality, these carpets have managed to become hugely popular across the globe. Tabriz, Kerman, Mashhad, Kashan, Isfahan, Nain, and Qom are the main centers that manufacture rugs. The exotic food items you can buy from Iran include many varieties of dry fruits, saffron, and Iranian sweets like ‘Gez’ and ‘Sohaan’. Also, shop for ‘Termeh’ fabric, trench coats, and scarves from the local markets. To shop for gold/silver jewelry studded with gemstones, visit the jewelry shops in Mashhad.
Eating out in Iran
Herbs, fruits, veggies, rice, and meat are the essential ingredients of Iranian cuisine. Indulge in the flavors of Iranian Kebab, Sweet Pilaf, Sholezard, and Ash-e anar while staying in Iran. Rice dishes are made with spices, herbs, dry fruits and nuts, and served with meat preparations and fresh veg salads. Doogh - a drink made of yogurt, and Sherbet, are two of the favorite traditional drinks of the Iranians.
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