It has a treasure of attractions: ancient Persian monuments, Silk Road caravanserais, world-renowned museums and art galleries in the bustling capital of Tehran, and the splendid Safavid gardens in Esfahan that encircle some of the world’s most beautiful mosques, adorned with mesmerizing turquoise tile-work.


The word is out: Iran is an absolute gem. More than ever since 1979, many travelers are making their way to the Islamic Republic these days, and there’s little wonder why.

With beautiful landscapes and rich tapestry of ancient cultures and religions, Iran is highly welcoming and easy on the wallet (though you can only use cash), offering you a very nice destination to visit. Stretching from the Persian Gulf to the Caspian Sea and from Turkey to Pakistan, it encompasses spectacular deserts capes even more desolate than the American Southwest, snowcapped peaks, fertile valleys and lush forests.

It has a treasure of attractions: ancient Persian monuments, Silk Road caravanserais, world-renowned museums and art galleries in the bustling capital of Tehran, and the splendid Safavid gardens in Esfahan that encircle some of the world’s most beautiful mosques, adorned with mesmerizing turquoise tile-work.

Much like its 3000-year-old qanats, an ingenious network of irrigation tunnels, Persia’s sense of heritage runs deep, we can say it is the greatest of civilizations.

Loitering the ruins of majestic Persepolis, one of history’s greatest capitals, it’s hard not be impressed with the wealth and glory of the once-mighty Persian Empire. In Shiraz, City of Poets and heartland of Persian culture and sophistication, visitors and tourists from near and far pay their respects to the ornate tomb of Hafez (whose lines are often held in greater honour than those of the Qur’an), while in Yazd, home to one of the Middle East’s best-preserved medieval bazaars, a flame said to have burned for 1500 years flickers on in the Zoroastrian Fire Temple.

Mingling with pilgrims in sacred Mashhad’s Haram complex, you will wonder at the dazzling, tiled Tomb of Imam Reza, Shi’a Islam’s eighth Imam.

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