Places to Visit in Tehran (part II)
Exploring this fascinating metropolis will transport you on a journey through more than 250 years of Iranian history, from the glittering Golestan Palace and the Grand Bazaar to the symbol of this city, Azadi Tower.
Darband: Located north of Sad Abad Garden, about 1700 meters above sea level, Darband is the beginning of one of the main paths hikers take to climb to the Alborz mountains. During the Qajar era, this beautiful place was chosen as favorite residence by members of the royal family.
Darband is a tourist attraction for both Iranians and tourists who want relax and enjoy local food, tea and hookah with a beautiful view. In summer the weather is pretty nice in Darband and not as hot as in Tehran city. As many people from Tehran and surroundings head there with their families, it gets pretty crowded on friday. If you want some peace and quiet, we suggest you go during the week.
You might see guys carrying cages with birds and folded papers on the side
of the cage. They are called "fall gir", it means fortune tellers in Iran. Basically the bird picks one of the folded papers and whatever is written will reveal what is in your mind, what to expect from your future and all the
things we always wish to know in advance.
If you can't hike, chairlifts will take you up.
Revolution Square: "Meidan Enqelab" and its streetThis crowded square was originally named "24 Esfand Square" after Pahlavi's birthday. It used to display his statue in the middle. After the Iranian Revolution the statue of Shah was removed and the name was changed into Enqelab/Revolution Square.
It's one of the busiest squares in Tehran because it is close to Tehran University and lined up with bookshops and trendy coffee shops where students like to hang out. Do enjoy some tea and cake in some of these laid-back coffee shops to gain energy while exploring the historical places of Tehran.
Artists' Garden:Lovely park devoted to local artists. Located in the city center, Artists’ Garden also has a theater hall and season markets selling handicraft and artwork. If you are tired of the widespread kebabs, you can have a nice alternative lunch at the vegetarian restaurant cafe within the park.
Saad Abad Complex and Green Palace :Counting some eighteen palaces belonging to the Qajar and Pahlavi kings, Saadabad is a cultural and historical complex. It covers one square kilometer and is located in the north of Tehran. The complex was first built and inhabited by the Qajar king in the 19th century. Reza Shah Pahlavi resided in Sad Abad Complex in the 1920s, while his son, Mohammad Reza, moved there in the 1970s. After the 1979 Islamic Revolution the complex was turned into a museum.
Address:50, Kamal Taheri St., Za'feraniyeh, Vali'Asr Ave.
Spring and summer (March 20th to September 20th): open daily except
religious holidays, 9 am-6,30 pm, last entry 5 pm.
Autumn and winter (September 21st to March 19th): open daily except religious holidays, 9 am-5 pm, last entry 4 pm.
Niavaran Palace :The 9000-square-meter complex of Niavaran Palace was originally built in the 19th century during the Qajar
dynasty. Later, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi built and renovated many parts of this palace to use it as residence of the royal family during all seasons except summer.
The ground floor of Niavaran Palace Iranian displays an exquisite collection of handmade Persian carpets including the artistic portraits of kings and famous figures from Achaemenid and Qajar times.
In the second floor there are the statue of Buddha and stone carvings from
the 3rd century AD alongside a collection of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi's
personal and military clothes, while along the stairs of second floor the
decoration is a beautiful painting from Karim Khan's palace.
In addition to old and contemporary artwork, in Niavaran Palace you can have a clue of the luxurious life led by the royal family, you can see the kids' toys in their room, Farah Diba's clothes still hanging on the wardrobe, even her nail polish. On the dining room, the lavish table is set as if guests were about to arrive. Farah was the queen of Iran, the wife of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
Part of Niavaran Palace complex are also a tea house, a museum and a park.
Address:Northeastern Tehran, District 1, Niavaran Square.
Opening hours:Daily except national holidays 8 am-5 pm.
Tajrish Bazaar:One of Tehran's oldest bazaars is located in northern Tehran.
Less touristy and crowded than the Grand Bazaar, Tajrish Bazaar is packed
with pretty good quality shops. Do here your shopping if you like to take your time. You can find stuff such as handicrafts, copper and clay pots, varieties of pistachios, pastries, saffron, spices, pickles "Torshi" and fresh fruits.