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Abadan is a city of major importance due to its oil and refining industry. There are no particular tourist sites of interest. Abadan (Persian: آبادان‎) is a city in and ...
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Ahvaz, one of the hottest places in Iran with temperatures regularly reaching 50C, was heavily damaged during the Iran-Iraq War. The most interesting sites is the tomb of Daniel dating ...
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Kermanshah is the largest city in western Iran, best used as a base for exploring surrounding sites. Places of interest include: Tagh-e-Bostan and Bisotun ...
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Mostly destroyed by the earthquake in 2004, the mud brick fortress citadel has been rebuilt to a degree. The original walled citadel at the edge of Bam, dated back at ...
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Iran’s main port on the Persian gulf. There is little to see here but one can experience the normal hustle and bustle of a seaport and there is, of course, ...
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In contrast to the rest of Iran, which is flat, dry and arid, the Caspian region is mountainous, green and humid – very reminiscent of south east Asia. The people ...
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Chalous, situated on the Caspian coast, is a popular holiday resort for Iranian holidaymakers. Chalous is surrounded by beautiful green mountain scenery ...
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Popular with the Tehran ‘jet-set’ Dizin is one of the two main ski resorts in the Alborz Mountains just an hour and a half’s drive north of Tehran. The skiing ...
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In the last decades historians and archaeologists, using specific geographical references in the book of Genesis as evidence, have come to believe that the Garden of Eden is the area ...
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“He who has not see Isfahan has not seen half the world,” goes the famous Persian proverb. The magnificent Naghsh-e-Jahan square is the most celebrated sight in Iran. Once a ...
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Kashan is an oasis town famous for its beautiful Fin Garden, Agha-Bozorg mosque & House of Borujerdi, where a velvet-weaving workshop exists. With 183 historical buildings registered as national heritage, ...
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Kerman is a desert city renowned for its mosques, theological school and the fabulous Ganj-Ali-Khan bathhouse, where massive rose marble slabs acted as windows, hundreds of years ago when the ...
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Situated in the Persian Gulf and with a climate similar to that of Dubai, the beautiful island of Kish (pronounced “quiche”) lies only a two-hour flight south of Tehran. No ...
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Mashad (Place of Martyrdom) is an important place of pilgrimage for Shi’ite Muslims around the world. It is the final resting place of their eighth profit, Reza. Although the shrine ...
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Ten miles from Persepolis, Naghsh-e-Rostam has spectacular examples of masterful stonework friezes. 12-metre-high tombs of the three great Achaemenian kings were hewn into the massive rocks overlooking the plains, bearing ...
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Previously called Rezaieh, Orumieh is famous for its lake, which is a milder version of the dead sea. People bathe there to reap the benefits of its many minerals. The ...
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Originally founded by the great Achaemenian king Darius I in 522 BC, ancient Persepolis was to be the centre of the largest empire the world had yet seen. Building was ...
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Founded in the 3rd century BC, Qazvin rose to its splendour under the reign of Safavid Shah Tahmasb I. It became the capital when Tabriz was considered too exposed to ...
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Qom hosts the holy temple of Hazrat-e-Masumeh with its shrine to Fatima (the sister of the eighth Shi’ite Imam) making it the second most sacred city in Iran. It is ...
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Rasht, situated on the Caspian Coast has little in the way of interesting architecture, but it is an excellent base for exploring the surrounding areas. From here, you can visit ...
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Sanandaj is the capital of Iranian Kurdistan and one of the centres of the Dervish/ Sufi faith. The people are extremely friendly, and although there are not a lot of ...
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Shemshak is one of the two main ski resorts in the Alborz Mountains just an hour and a half’s drive north of Tehran. Smaller than Dizin it appeals to the ...
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Shiraz, with its wide, tree-lined avenues, warm climate and easy-going inhabitants, is a pleasant place to linger. City of roses, nightingales and learning, and where the eponymous grape is said ...
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Tabriz the capital of Iranian Azerbaijan, although now an industrial and commercial centre, has several sites of interest including the magnificent Blue Mosque, the 15th century church of St. Mary ...
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The gateway to Iran, most visits will start and end in the capital city of Tehran. A bustling, busy city it is worth spending a day or two here to ...
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Yasuj is one of the main nomadic centres of Iran. The town itself is not pretty but very colourful. The bazaar and shops are crammed full of colourful clothes. This ...
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On the border of two deserts, the Great Salt Desert to the north and the Great Sand Desert to the south, Yazd is an extraordinary place famous for its myriad ...
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Zahedan is the last town in Iran before crossing into Pakistan. It offers little historical interest and should only be used as a stopover point to Pakistan. Visitors are advised ...
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Zanjan is a relatively uneventful town, but is a necessary stopover when travelling to the Takht-e Soleiman (Solomon’s throne). Built around a small lake on a hilltop, are the remains ...
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