For those who are planning to go to Iran, here is my top things to do and see there. And if you are not planning to go there, have a look at my previous post where I explain why you should definitely go to Iran.
It is only my opinion so please look for other sources of information before you organize your trip 🙂
1 – Isfahan and its gorgeous Imam square
- Visit Naqsh-e Jahan Square also known as shah square or imam square-1602. The square contains two mosques, a palace, and the bazaar. The square is the largest historical public square in the world after Tiananmen Square in Beijing and it is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. The square is surrounded by buildings from the Safavid era. This a very popular place for locals to picnic on Friday and holiday evenings. It is also surrounded by the Bazaar.
- Take a taxi to the south of the city to Soffeh Mountain and catch a telecabin up for IRR60,000 or go bowling at one of the bowling allies in the city underneath the telecabin station
- Walk along beautiful Zayanderood river and enjoy well maintained parks and historic bridges on the ways.
2 – Maranjab desert and its wide range of landscapes
- Go on a tour with a guide to discover the many landscapes of this desert (dunes, salt lakes…)
- Camp in the desert and admire the beautiful starry sky
- Visit the caravanserai
Feel free to contact Ashkan and Mehdi for off-road adventures
3 – Shiraz and the near archaeological sites (Persepolis, Naqsh-e Rustam and Naghsh-e-Rajab)
- Visit the archaeological sites (Persepolis, Naqsh-e Rustam and Naghsh-e-Rajab)
- Have a look at Hafez Tomb, Saadi Tomb, Narangestan Qavam and Nasir al-Mulk Mosque (built during the Qājār era, the mosque has extensively colored glass in its facade, and other traditional elements such as panj kāseh-i (five concaves) in its design).
- Have a walk in Eram Garden
4 – Yazd, its historic neighborhoods and the zoorkhaneh rituals
- Have a look at Masjid-e Jame, Atashkadeh and Amir Chakmakh mosque
- Watch a Zoorkhaneh ritual or Varzesh-e Pahlavani, (near Amir Chaqmaq Square 18:30). A fascinating performance of Persian ancient “heroic sport” which is a combination of martial arts, strength training and aerobic to the rhythm of traditional Persian singing and drumming. The sports centre (which alone is a fascinating building) is located in one of the side streets near Amir Chaqmaq Square. Ask around and everybody will show you the direction. It’s a popular show among tourists and the rooms fills up with them so come earlier to secure a place. If you’re into this kind of performances / sport, come even earlier (at 5pm) to watch the warm-up without any other tourists present 40000
- Walk around in the historic neighborhoods and relax in the parks
- Hike up in the beautiful mountains of Yazd and enjoy a spectacular view of the city
5 – Kashan and its traditional houses
- Visit Boroujerdi ha Residence, Tabatabaie Residence, Tabatabaie Residence and Abbasian House. Gorgeous traditional Houses with several courtyards and wind towers.
- Vist Sialk Hill, the remains of an ancient city, with the world’s oldest zigurat, dating to the 3rd millennium BC. The oldest settlement in Sialk dates back to more than 7000 years ago. The site is still under excavation. The remains of people who used to live there can be seen
- Visit beautiful rose gardens in the suburbs of the city and see how traditional methods for rose water production works during spring season
6 – Go skiing in Dizin
Just to be able to say “I once went skiing in Iran.”