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Iran is a vast nation of great natural beauty and rich history. Because of its beautiful natural setting, a lively and interesting environment we can offer our nature loving tourists a no of magnificent and outstanding tours which are unique and can be organized in a wide range of different itineraries to cover the beauty of the whole country at very competitive prices. themselves in here. A visit to Margoon Waterfall, Anzali Lagoon (West Caspian coast) Miankaleh Lagoon (East Caspian coast), Qeshm island Mangrove forest in Persian Gulf will fulfill your tour of Iran. At present there are 10 National Parks & 41 Protected Region in Iran. The total area encompassed by these Protected areas is approximately 7.9 million hectares (about 19.75 million acres) about 4.8% of the total land area of the country - tehran attractions: S'ad-Abad palace complex in the north of Tehran is a huge area of peaceful gardens with no less than 18 palaces scattered through them. Some of the buildings served a ceremonial function whilst others are surprisingly domestic in their scale. Now they are all museums of one sort or another. It's just as well they never seem all to be open, to visit the whole complex would be a most daunting task! Just go and enjoy the gardens, they are beautiful at any time of the year, and visit one or two of the museums that are open. The gardens are open all year round from 0800 -1900. Address: Kamal Taheri Street, Zaferanieh Green Palace in the S'ad-Abad park was built for Reza Shah in 1925, and was used as a summer palace. Despite the very evident grandeur of the place, it still was clearly a home. It's quite touching to see the bathroom for example, with a shaving stand and small mirror. The family dining room is an intimate room, as is the study. The dazzling, glittering bedroom is literally the jewel of the place - it's like standing in the middle of a diamond. Open every day 0800-1800 Open every day until 1800 hours. Address: S'ad-Abad Palace complex, Zaferanieh If you want to see all the National Museum has to offer, you really should aim to visit it twice. Like all the world's great museums, there is so much to see and absorb, one visit just does not give you time to do it justice. The millenia of Persian history and culture are all represented here in a stunning array of artifacts and major treasures. Pre-historic items give way to the ceramics bronzes, gold and terracotta figures of the Achemanian and Sassanian periods. Huge reliefs and columns topped with double-headed beasts from Persepolis are on display along with coins, jewellery and other small, domestic items. The museum is open every day except Tuesday from 0900-1200 and 1300-1600 Address: Tir Street, Iman Khomeini Ave for sale somewhere in the labrynthine maze that is the Tehran Bazaar. With over 10km of narrow alleyways lined with shops and stalls selling everything from a button to the richest gold; khans and open spaces; stairs that lead down to bustling basement restaurants; people pushing past people; bicycles and donkeys; porters bent double with the load on their back; the sights and the sounds and the smells that come at you; whole rows of fabric stalls - some stocked only with rolls and rolls of black, others exploding with gaudy colour - it's a dazzling, bewildering maze and you could stay there for hours. for sale somewhere in the labrynthine maze that is the Tehran Bazaar. With over 10km of narrow alleyways lined with shops and stalls selling everything from a button to the richest gold; khans and open spaces; stairs that lead down to bustling basement restaurants; people pushing past people; bicycles and donkeys; porters bent double with the load on their back; the sights and the sounds and the smells that come at you; whole rows of fabric stalls - some stocked only with rolls and rolls of black, others exploding with gaudy colour - it's a dazzling, bewildering maze and you could stay there for hours. Address: The main entrance is off Sabzeh Maidan This is also known as the National Museum of Iran and is the biggest and most important in the country. My favourite exhibits included 7,000-year-old clay pots, cunieform tablets, a pottery cow from 1250 BC, a beautiful bronze statue of a Parthian prince and the preserved remains of the Salt Man of Zanjan. Open 9am -1pm, 2pm-5pm every day, except Tuesday. Address: Emam Khomeini Avenue This museum houses a beautiful collection of korans and illustrated books, as well as carpets, textiles, coins etc, from the Islamic period. My favourite exhibits included a ninth century koran, sixteenth century illustrated books and a wooden mosque pulpit from Fars, made in 1369. Open 9am-1pm, 2pm-5pm every day, except Tuesday. Address: Emam Khomeini Avenue sorkh ghaleh toroud..ON FIROUZKOOH it's located on the road which connects "firouz kooh" to "semnan" and it has a unique views and awesome nature .i recommend to any body to check it out ! sorkh ghal-e- means red castel. and you can see this castel here. so it is beautiful. isn't it ? ski slope in tehran skiing in the mountains in iran is must do if you are in iran. you have many possibilities to skiing or snowboarding in the dizin resort or other resort. there is too long when you haven't doreit alot but it's worth. you can see many nice people in these places who are very friendly. last date that i was there was february 2002. dont miss it ! the suburb of niavaran is a summer resort in northern tehran which attracted the attention of qajar monarche.fath-ali shah first created a lush garden here . there is charming place with impressives views. the niavaran palace situated in foot of the mountains,less than 20 minutes from the center of city. Address: north of tehran other city: Shiraz is World-famous as a historical city. Shiraz was one of the most important cities in the medieval Islamic world and was the Iranian capital during the Zand dynasty (1747) Located at entrance of the city of Shiraz, the beautifully built Darvazeh Qor'aan, was the place where two huge Qor'aan, know as the Hefdah-man Qor'aan were kept. All who entered or left the city had to pass through Darvazeh Qor'aan, thus passing underneath the two Holy Qor'aan. Most Muslims believe that if a man walks on the Holy Qor'aan before he sets out in a trip, he will safely return home. The two Qurans are presently kept in the Pars Museum. Hafezieh is situated northeast of Shiraz, and is the grave-site of the Persian, poet, Hafez, nicknamed "Lessan-ol-Gheib", and a place of pilgrimage for his admirers. These admirers --Goethe, the great German poet was one-- have flocked around his poetry, pondering on its meanings. Despite the passage of centuries, Hafez's poetry is as relevant today as ever. guilan: The coastal plains of the Caspian Sea, with more than 600 kilemeters length, mountainous slopes and beautiful towns and villages, kind and hospitable people, are some of important recreational regions of Iran. there are numerous cities and tourism centers with necessary facilities like Talesh, Bandar Anzali, Rasht, Lahijan, Ramsar, Chaloos, Nowshahr, Babol, Amol, Sari, Behshahr, Gorgan, and Gonbad-Kavoos.In addition to recreational characteristics of the Caspian Sea coasts, there are other worth-seeing places. Among them, the existence of the historical sites in the cities of Rasht, Fooman Lahijan, Gorgan and Gonbad Kavoon may be pointed out. In the cities of the Caspian Sea coastline, different wooden, Bamboo, and mat-like products are supplied in huge quantities. Vast fields of rice, tobacco, tea, oleaginous seeds, cotton, and citrus orchards along with beautiful wooden houses, have created a very interesting social life and livelihood which is worth-seeing for every tourist. Hamadan is of considerable importance historically. MADAN Located 336 kms west of Tehran, Hamadan is a city of great antiquity, the foundation of which is attributed to a king of the Medes, dating back to 700 BC. In Ecbatana, the ancient name for Hamadan, there was a majestic palace containing 7 castles encircling each other successively. The palace was called Hagmetaneh. The Achaemenid, Parthian and Sassanian kings had palaces in the city. In the Seljuk period it was the National capital for 50 years. Being on the roads to the western areas of Iran, it has been of high commercial importance in the recent centuries. ALAVIYAN DOME Belonging to the Alaviyan family, this dome dates back to the Seljuk period and is very similarto the Red Dome of Maragheh (a city in Azarbayjan-e Sharqi). The dome, under which there are two tombs, its exterior is covered by superb turquoise tile-mosaic and its interior has plasterwork being of considerable beauty. GANJNAMEH n the slope of Mt. Aivand, 5 kms from Haniadan, there are two petrogrphs written in cuneiformcharacters, dating back to the Aehaemenid era and belonging to Darius the Great and Xerxes. MAUSOLEUM OF IBN-E SINA Being very similar to the Tomb Tower of Gonbad-e Kabus, it is the resting-place of Ibn Sina (Avicenna), the great Iranian philosopher. The museum and library of this complex is of great attraction. MOSALLA HILL o the east of Hamadan lies a hill on which there are the relics of a castle going back to the Sassanian age. On the slope of the hill stands a stone lion 2m long, 1 15 m wide and 1.20 m high, belonging to the Parthian period. MAUSOLEUM OF ESTRU MARDKHAY t is the Mausoleum of Esther, the Jewish queen of Susa (Xerxes wife) and her uncle, Mordecai.The monument has Islamic architecture. Each tomb is encircled by an antique wooden BOX. The unique blue tiles of Isfahan's Islamic buildings, and the city's majestic bridges, contrast perfectly with the hot, dry Iranian countryside around it, Isfahan is a sight you won't forget. Not only is the architecture superb and the climate pleasant, but there's a fairly relaxed atmosphere here, compared with many other Iranian towns. It's a city for walking, getting lost in the bazaar, walking in beautiful gardens and meeting people. The famous half-rhyme Isfahan nesf-e-jahan (Isfahan is half the world) was coined in the 16th century to express the city's grandeur. There's so much to see that you'll probably have to ration your time and concentrate on must-sees such as the Imam Mosque, a magnificent building completely covered in Isfahan's trademark pale blue tiles; This mosque is situated to the south of Naqsh-e-Jahan square. built in the reign of shah Abbas, tile work and architecture of this Mosque is amazingly superb. Its minarets Are 48 meters high. Naghsh-e-Jahan (world picture) Square, one of the largest town square in the world. The Chehel Sotun Museum and Palace, a marvellous seventheenth century pavilion and a great place for a picnic; this palace is another building dating back to the Safavid period, built amidst a vast garden covering an area of 67000 sq m. The building has a veranda with 18 pillars and a large pool in front of it. Being mirrored in the still water of the pool, the pillars create a beautiful view. The wall painting in the interior of the building is superlative in their kind.Ali Qapoo Palace Situated to the west of Naghsh-e-Jahan Sq. belongs to the Safavid period. It was used for the reception of the Ambassadors and envoys from other Countries. Ali Qapoo is a six-storied plasterwork and paintings of which are extremely impressive. and the Vank Cathedral, the historic focal point of the Armenian church in Iran. Taking tea in one of the teahouses under the bridges is also an essential part of the Isfahan experience. Isfahan is about 400km (250ml) south of Tehran. Several flights make the trip daily. There are buses, usually overnight, to Tehran, Shiraz and other domestic cities. The express train between Isfahan and Tehran might be a preferable alternative to sitting all night on the seat. Isfahan Cities... Being a province of great antiquity kerman contains numerous monuments dating back both to pre-Islamic and post-Islamic periods. It is located in the south-eastern Iran and covers an area of 180,000 sq. kms. Kerman is bounded on the north by yazd and Khorasan, on the east by Sistan va Baluchestan, on the south by Hormozgan, and on the west by Fars. The central and western areas, being mountainous, are cold in winter and mild in summer. The western and eastern parts containing vast areas of desert have long hot summers and short mild winters. The Lut Desert, lying north of the province, plays a significant role in the climate. The two ranges of mountains stretching from northwest to southeast from the central mountains of Iran. The mountain-ranges of Kuhbanan, jebal-e Barez and shahsavaran, and the mountains of Chehel Tan, bid Khan, Davaran and jupar are of more importance. Mt. Jupar (4100 meters) lying to the southeast of the provincial, attracts many people. Interested in mountain and rock climbing, wildlife rich in variety and being in the vicinity of Mahan (a town with many attractions) have great appeal for visitors. The lowest elevation in Iran is Shahdad district, located in the northeast of Kerman province. Most of the rivers of the province are seasonal. The largest permanent river is the Helil Rud, originating in the Baft mountains and flowing southeastward to Jazmurian Marsh. Qanant, an irrigation water source is tapped and the water channelled down through a series of tunnels to the earth's surface, has been widely used for supplying some areas with water from the distant past. sirjan region, located in the eastern Kerman, takes in a seasonal salt lake bing of considerable attraction. The Kavir-e Lut, an immense desert located in the northeast of the province, has its own appeal. The mineral springs of Abareq and Dah Sheykh, near the cities of Bam and Baft respectively, with suitable facilities for bathing, can be used all the year round. The province mainly consists of steppes and semiarid plateaus covered by brown or chestnut-colored soil that supports gtassy vegetation. Thorny shrubs from the ground cover of the steppes. Tagh trees (belonging to the goosfoot family) and tamarisks also grow on these areas. Wild fruit trees such as Persian turpentine trees and almond are found in mountainous regions enjoying mild climate. Wildlife is rich in variety. Cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, wild boars, wolves, jackals, foxes, rabbits, gazelles, mouflon, ibex, and the Iranian wild ass which is threatened by extinction, are among mamals living in the province. Wildlife sanctuaries have been established in Kerman, notable among them are the protected areas of Mahru'iyeh and Khabr va Ruchun. The vast majority of the people living in Kerman are Muslims. Persian is the dominant language, spoken in a stylish Kermani dialect. Tribal life is also found in Kerman; notable among them are the protected areas of Mahru'iyeh and Khabat va Ruchun. The vast majority of the people living in Kerman are Muslims. Persian is the dominant language, spoken in a stylish Kerman; the following tribes are of more importance: Ayineh, Shams ad-Dini and Afshar. Bam Bam is a city of great antiquity,200 kms south-east of Kemran.Dates,citrus fruits and henna are the most important crope cultivated in Bam.Dating fom 2000 years ago,it was city of Bam.called Arg-e-Bam,are of great attraction. Bazar, Shahr babak Khuzistan The Land Of Palms Situated in the south-west of Iran, this province covers an area of 64236 sq kms.Ahvaz: Dating back to the second millennium BC, Ahvaz, the largest city of the province, is one of the most ancient cities of Iran. The historical monuments are numerous, of which the remains of a bridge, near the present suspension bridge and the catacombs in the eastern part of Abvaz belong to the pre-Islamic period. The mausoleum of All ebn-e Mahziyar-e Ahvazi in Khorratn Kooshk and the mausoleum of Hazrat-e Abbas in the village of Seyyed Abbas-e Abd oI-Khan having two lofty minarets and a dome covered with beautiful tiles are among historical Islamic monuments.The Karoon, the largest and the only navigable river in Iran flows through the city and divides it into eastern and western districts. The governmental and business sectors are largely centered in the western district.Having a mild climate in winter and in early spring, Ahvaz attracts a large number of visitors each year. There are recreational facilities such as rowing and motor boats on the Karoon. Bazaar, beautiful banks of the Karoon and palm groves are among places worthwhile seeing. Abadan: Situated 115 kms south-west of Ahvaz on the Arvand Rood (Arvand River), Abadan is a leading economical centre in Iran. Rich mineral resources contribute to the importance of this major port. At night, the lights mirrored in the water of the river afford an impressive sight. Khorrarmshahr: This leading port which stands at the confluence of the Karoon, the Tigris and Euphrates, plays a significant role in the economy of the province. A spur line links it with the Trans-Iranian Railway. Local bazaar, vast palm groves and the fishing boats on the river are very sightly. The distance between Khorramshahr and Alivaz is 128 kms by land and 168 kms by the Karoon River. The weather is mild in winter and muggy in summer. Bandar-e Mahshahr: It is the second greatest port in Iran, used for the export of oil and natural gas. The petro-chemical industry has contributed to the importance of this town. The coastal area, particularly at fig ht,is very sightly. Dezfool: It is located in the north of the province, 150 kms distant from Ahvaz. The earliest evidence of man found on the hill of Chogha Mish, 40 kms south-east of Dezfool to the 6th millennium BC. This city was probably built in the Sassanian period. Of the monuments belonging to the Sassanian period are the palace of Karkheh, 18 kms south-west of Dezfool and the remains of a bridge across the Dez River. The architecture of the palace is of high interest to visitors. The historical monuments belonging to the Islamic period are Jame’ mosque (9th century) and the relics of ancient mills. The restaurants serving regional foods are among other attractions of Dezfool. Mashad: The provincial capital of Khorassan, Iran's largest province, is itselfThe nations second largest city. It is also Iran’s holiest city and a place of pilgrimage For Shi'ite Moslems from all over the world. Khorassan, one of Iran's most important provinces both geographically and historically,once included parts of Afghanistan,Tadjikestan, Turkomanistan and Uzbakistanunder the entity of the Greater Khorassan. Itis also the cradle of the Persian (Farsi)language and the civilization of eastern Iran,and the homeland of many great Iranian poets, writers and scholars.Khorassan s most recent history is associated with the Afshar Dynasty and its founder Nader Shah Afshar. truly is one of the most magnificent religious centers anywhere in the world. TOOS: Iran’s greatest epic poet Ferdowsi, TAEIBAD: The border crossing point from Afghanistan into northern Iran which contains one of the finest Timurid structures in the country. The Maulana Mosque and Shrine were built in the early 15th century, probably under Shahrokh, the fourth son ofTamerlane, to honour the remains of Sheikh Aain-al-Din, a local mystic who died several centuries before. ROBAT-E-SHARAF: One of the oldest and most elaborate caravanserais, a masterpiece of Seljuq architecture, built about 1120 AD. The trade routes of the twelfth century have shifted, leaving the splendid structure standing alone among low hills north east of Mashad. The complexity of Robat-e-Sharaf suggests that it may have been used by the Seljuq rulers as a temporary residence. KHWAF: The villagers of southern Khorassan have developed through the centuries an efficient device for harnessing the desert wind to grind their grain into flour. Khwaf was an important center during the 10th century A.D., famous for its fruits and silk. Besides the wind mill, another place of interest in Khwaf is the Khargerd Madrasseh built during the reign of Shahrokh about 1444-45, still retaining some fine tilework.

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