Travel to Iran and visit Iran is very exciting
We dress quickly, eager for the day ahead. We have treasures to visit Iran : many are UNESCO World Heritage sites, including a building so beautiful it has been known to move visitors to tears.
Then there are heavenly gardens and sumptuous palaces to stroll through and ancient bridges to cross, followed by hunting out antiques and exquisite handicrafts in row after row of boutiques.Iran is having a moment.
Last year British Airways resumed direct flights between Tehran and Heath-row, and this week the country announced a 30 per cent increase in annual visitor numbers. Iran has made a comeback on the travel scene in recent years, being listed as one of the hot spot destinations, and certainly with good reason. And although it may not rank as high with some travelers as it does with others, here’s our case for visiting Iran at least once in your lifetime.
Many of the new visitors are young backpackers from Europe and Asia, drawn by Iran’s history and culture. The most popular destinations include the ancient cities of Esfahan and Shiraz. It’s also home to Persepolis, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
8 Reasons Why You Should Visit Iran At Least Once in Your Lifetime
ore than twenty of most important UNESCO HERITAGE SITES are in Iran and because Iran has four season whole of year you can travel there.
With new rule of government some years ago more than 80 countries people can travel to Iran without visa and get their visa on arrival. In other side Iran is very cheap and one of most middle-east countries, just with 2 EURO you can get a big set of fast food including drink or pay only 5 EURO for complete of dishes and main courses.
Iran is lovely country and full of historical and cultural items with many exciting tours, so you can make your best amazing vacation.
trip to Iran is safe
are some of the major worries that people have when thinking about travelling to Iran.
The recent rise of groups such as ISIS have heightened those fears. However, Iran represents one of the safest places in the Middle East to travel to.
Some areas of the country, particularly close to border areas with Afghanistan and Iraq, the Baluchistan province are seen as areas of higher risk by Western government and are generally not recommended as a travelling destination.
Those who travel to Iran tend to report that they feel most unsafe as a pedestrian, as particular norms that are followed in many western countries such as cars stopping automatically at pedestrian crossings are not generally adhered too in Iran.There is also gender segregation of public transport.
Following these laws will mean women will generally have no issues when it comes to safety.
The people and hospitality
Iranians are renowned for their hospitality and as a visitor you will be invited to many people’s houses for dinner or lunch.Iran is one of those countries that likes to please its guests. Such a country wide hospitality is difficult to imagine,Iran tends to get a lot of bad press, but somewhere in the mix, the good word about Iranian hospitality somehow got out.
It’s not only the remains of Persepolis, mosques of Esfahan, and wind-catchers of Yazd that have drawn travelers in, but also that unshakable curiosity about this renowned hospitality. This centuries old tradition has only intensified in recent years, solidifying that initial curiosity for travelers, and leaving a lasting impression much stronger than any tourist attraction ever could.
Iranian people: You can see it everywhere – from shy smiles, to curious questions about where you’re from, Iranians are welcoming to visitors and are generally happy to see travelers coming.
In traditional hotels and houses, they’ll treat you like family and you might even be invited for a homemade meal, just from a person on the street! No wonder Couch surfing is so popular there. I haven’t tried Couch surfing in Iran myself, but have heard the only potential ‘threat’ is that a host might be too friendly and might want to accompany you everywhere. What a threat, right?
This isn’t as forward as it may seem in other countries and is generally a sign of respect to the guest. There is, however, no obligation to accept such offers.
The history of Iran, commonly also known as Persia in the Western world, is intertwined with the history of a larger region, also to an extent known as Greater Iran, comprising the area from Anatolia, the Bosphorus, and Egypt in the west to the borders of Ancient India and the Syr Darya in the east, and from the Caucasus and the Eurasian Steppe in the north to the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman in the south.
Iran is home to one of the oldest civilizations. Most people immediately think of the first Persian Empire and sites such as Pasargadae and Persepolis, and while Persian history largely takes shape from this time (550-330 BC), there are sites such as Tepe Sialk in Kashan, Ecbatana in Hamedan, and Susa and Chogha Zanbil in the Khuzestan province which predate this period.
This article covers the history of Iran and the Iranian peoples from the prehistoric period up to the Arab conquest in the 7th century ad. For the history of the succeeding periods, see the article Iran. For a discussion of the religions of ancient Iran, see Iranian religion.
Through its complex cultural past and occasional turbulent political environments, Iran’s architecture has achieved its own distinct vernacular. Monumental mosque design reflects the religiously affiliated architecture of the past but contemporary architects in Iran are concerned with defining their place in non-secular design.
Contemporary Persian architecture, shown in this list of projects, news, and firms, shows an aesthetic connected with its spiritual past, trying to find its place in the future.
Whether you’re marveling at the tiled domes and ceilings of mosques or exploring the historical houses of Kashan, strolling through the ancient bathhouses or discovering the mechanism behind the windcatcher, the architecture in Iran will keep you enthralled. And although it’s mostly the older structures that lure visitors in, Iran has seen the construction of some impressive modern buildings and apartments in recent years that will have visitors questioning whether this is the Iran they’ve heard about in the news.
Iran is home to one of the oldest civilizations on Earth, where turquoise-domed mosques, glittering palaces, and the tombs of long gone poets reveal the mysteries and intrigues of the ancients. Yet beneath the footprints of man lies an even lesser known, wilder Iran, brimming with remarkable geologic formations, ancient forests, and overgrown monuments that nature has reclaimed as its own.
Iran is commonly thought of as a vast desert country, but it has a plethora of other natural beauties as well.
From lush green forests to plunging waterfalls, to caves and hot springs, the country’s topography is about as varied as its ethnic diversity. Between its caves, forests, canyons and valleys, the island of Qeshm seems to be all inclusive with some of the most breathtaking, unspoiled, and often mysterious natural wonders.
Iran has seen an increase in the number of annual visitors over the past few years, and the lifting of economic sanctions is sure to attract even more. Home to one of the oldest civilizations, Iran has no shortage of sites to see. When it comes to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it boasts an impressive 19 registered cultural sites.
To be included on the World Heritage List, places should have outstanding universal value and meet at least one of the ten criteria explained in the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention which is the main instrument on World Heritage.
Palaces, bazaars, places of worship, ancient water systems, and remnants of the great Persian Empire dominate this list. The Culture Trip explores the top 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Iran.
From exquisite mosques to stunning feats of engineering, Iran boasts twenty-one UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including 20 cultural and one natural. While they are scattered around the country, you can easily cross off six by visiting the areas in and around Shiraz and the Khuzestan province. For those interested in Persian culture, there are also a number of intangible cultural heritage elements in Iran that are worth exploring during your stay.
The Iranian World Heritage Sites listed by UNESCO cover a wide range of various types of properties from examples of engineering, architecture, city planning, etc to bazaars, sets of buildings, etc. The UNESCO list includes:
- Historic City of Yazd (2017)
- The Persian Qanat (2016)
- Susa (2015)
- Cultural Landscape of Maymand (2015)
- Shahr-i Sokhta (2014)
- Golestan Palace (2013)
- Gonbad-e Qābus (2012)
- Masjed-e Jāmé of Isfahan (2012)
- The Persian Garden (2011)
- Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex (2010)
- Sheikh Safi al-din Khānegāh and Shrine Ensemble in Ardabil (2010)
- Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System (2009)
- Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran (2008)
- Bisotun (2006)
- Soltaniyeh (2005)
- Bam and its Cultural Landscape (2004)Pasargadae (2004)
- Takht-e Soleyman (2003)
- Persepolis (1979)
- Tchogha Zanbil (1979)
- Meidan Emam, Esfahan (1979)
Romantic Persian gardens and poetry
the gardens of Iran. Pictured in my mind’s eye were the celestial paradises of the Koran in which flowers bloom, fruit ripens, and man and beasts live in harmony.
I pictured the romantic gardens of Persian poets – “The rose has flushed red, the bud has burst, and drunk with joy is the nightingale,” wrote the 14th century poet Hafez.
Persian gardens of myth and literature existed long before Cyrus the Great, founder of the Achaemenid Empire, incorporated gardens into his 550 BC capital, Pasargadae. We visited Pasargadae on a day that demonstrated one of Iran’s harsh climatic extremes; a bitter wind blew through the open plain on which Cyrus built his city.
Parks are plentiful throughout Iran, even in the megacity of Tehran which surprisingly has a lot of green spaces. This love of the outdoors perhaps stems from the past when the elite ensconced themselves in lavish private gardens such as Fin in Kashan, Eram in Shiraz, and Shazdeh in Kerman, which are a few that make up UNESCO’s collective listing of Persian gardens.
The tombs of poets Hafez and Saadi are also surrounded by immaculate landscaping and pools of cascading water, providing the perfect backdrop to recite some romantic poetry.
Cultural and ethnic diversity
Iran is culturally and ethnically diverse with each region having its own traditions, customs, and in many cases, language. majority of the population of Iran (approximately 67–80%) consists of Iranic peoples.
The largest groups in this category include Persians (who form the majority of the Iranian population) and Kurds, with smaller communities including Gilakis, Mazandaranis, Lurs, Tats, Talysh, and Baloch. Even Iranians who travel domestically will find themselves experiencing a bout of culture shock.
As you travel from Azeri-Turkish speaking Tabriz, to Kurdish speaking Kordestan down to the nomadic tribes around Shiraz all the way to the Arab-influenced southern port cities and islands and everywhere else in between, you’ll discover the various cultures and people that make up the collective Iranian identity.
Can Americans travel to Iran ?
US citizens will have to have their itinerary and tour guide approved beforehand. Sticking to the itinerary is part of the conditions of visa approval, so sticking to the itinerary and the instructions of the tour guide will ensure that there are no problems.
The Iranian government is highly sensitive for historical and political reasons of any foreign involvement in the political process, in particular this applies to the United States. Avoiding political demonstrations and making any public political statements is another way to avoid any trouble.
Here we look at what all the fuss is about – to explain why more travelers than ever are setting their sights on this beguiling Middle Eastern nation. There are heavenly gardens, sumptuous palaces and centuries-old bridges to stroll through, and Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque simply takes your breath away.
Visa wait time for US citizens has been reduced to only two weeks, a government official says–reports Tehran Times.
Otherwise, Iranians will be keen to demonstrate their hospitality to US citizens and will offer to host them for lunch or dinner. Hostility towards particular actions of the US government, doesn’t stop the people of Iran having nothing but the warmest feelings for Americans themselves.