SearchTop 10 places to visit in Iran

Top 10 places to visit in Iran...
icedchai.com 03/09/2013 News

Keywords:#Alamut, #Allah, #Arab, #Assassins, #Bazaar, #Bazaar_of_Tabriz, #Esfahan, #Fire_Temple, #French, #Hafez, #Icedchai.com, #India, #Iran, #Iranian, #Kashan, #Khan, #Middle_East, #Naqsh-e, #Naqsh-e_Jahan_Square, #Persepolis, #Persia, #Persian, #Persian_Empire, #Qajar, #Shah, #Shah_Mosque, #Sheikh, #Shiraz, #Tabriz, #Tomb_of_Hafez, #Yazd, #Zoroastrian, #Zoroastrians

Experiencing Iran was for us mostly about interacting with Iranians and hearing what they have to say about their country, however during our stay we also discovered that Iran has a lot to offer both in terms of magnificent natural as well as historical sites.



Here’s our TOP 10 favourite places in Iran:


10. Historical Houses in Kashan
Enormous mansions that make it easy to imagine the true meaning of luxury in Iran during the Qajar era. This particular mansion Khan-e Tabatabei was built by a wealthy carpet merchant and consisted of over 40 rooms and 4 courtyards!

A courtyard of one of the historical houses in Kashan
A courtyard of one of the historical houses in Kashan


9. Shaking Minaret and the abandoned village at Khanrnaq
The minaret in the abandoned village of Khanrnaq (near Yazd) gained its name not without a reason. The mud bricks and wooden elements used in the construction process make it possible to actually shake it even nowadays! Do you know what is the best part? That you can actually climb to the top of it and shake it!
Warning: to climb the minaret you’ll need to go through a VERY narrow staircase so those of you with claustrophobic inclinations should probably be in charge of taking pictures from below :)

Waving from the top of the Shaking Minaret, Khanrnaq
Waving from the top of the Shaking Minaret, Khanrnaq

Abandoned village of Karnak
Abandoned village of Khanrnaq


8. Chak-Chak – the holy place of Zoroastrians
Chak-Chak is the place where the Zoroastrian religion was born. It was the main religion of Persia until the Arab invasion. Nowadays it has only a few thousand followers in Iran and the largest community of Zoroastrians currently live in India (known as Parsis).

In the Zoroastrian Fire Temple, Chak-Chak
In the Zaroastrian Fire Temble, Chak-Chak

Some people come to Chak-Chak looking for spiritual experience, others just to pose for a photo.
Some people come to Chak-Chak looking for spiritual experience, others just to pose for a photo.


7. Colorful Nasr ol Molk Mosque in Shiraz
You can see our ‘Photo of the Week’ and read more about it here.

Morning sun lighting up the interiors of Nasr ol Molk Mosque, Shiraz
Morning sun lighting up the interiors of Nasr ol Molk Mosque, Shiraz


6. Alamut Valley and the Castles of the Assassins
Great place for those who enjoy spending time in the mountains. Read more about this place in our post here.

Rapidly changing weather created an amazing spectacle of light in the Alamut Valley
Rapidly changing weather created an amazing spectacle of light in the Alamut Valley

Rain-carved lines on the slope of one of the mountains in Alamut Valley
Rain-carved lines on the slope of one of the mountains in Alamut Valley


5. The Bazaar of Tabriz
The largest covered bazaar in the world, divided into parts where you can buy famous Persian carpets, jewelry, spices and much more.

Bazaar in Tabriz - probably the best place to buy a persian carpets of all kinds
Bazaar in Tabriz - probably the best place to buy a persian carpets of all kinds

Light beaming through the holes in the ceiling of the Bazaar in Tabriz
Light beaming through the holes in the ceiling of the Bazaar in Tabriz


4. Ancient Persepolis
The well-preserved ruins of the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire that remained buried in sand till 1930s when they were discovered and excavated by French archaeologists.

The grand entrance to the Persepolis city complex
The grand entrance to the Persepolis city complex


3. The Tomb of Hafez in Shiraz
The best place to experience Iranian’s emotional attitude to poetry. Read more about it in our post here.

Witnessing strong emotional reactions at the Tomb of Hafez, Shiraz
Witnessing strong emotional reactions at the Tomb of Hafez, Shiraz


2. The Old City in Yazd
An incredible maze of narrow streets twining among mudbrick houses often topped with characteristic, impressive windcatchers (natural air conditioning towers).

Famous windcatchers in the old part of Yazd
Famous windcatchers in the old part of Yazd

Narrow winding streets in the Old City of Yazd
Narrow winding streets in the Old City of Yazd


1. Naqsh-e Jahan Square in Esfahan
Favourite of ours and many Iranian families who come there to spend their weekends gossiping, sipping tea and playing with their children in front of the impressive Shah Mosque, Ali Qapu Palace and smaller but splendid Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque.

Woman in chador strolling through the Naqsh-e Jahan Square in Esfahan
Woman in chador strolling through the Naqsh-e Jahan Square in Esfahan

Inside the Lotfollah Mosque at the Naqsh-e Jahan Square in Esfahan
Inside the Lotfollah Mosque at the Naqsh-e Jahan Square in Esfahan


While visiting all these places was really worthwhile, both Lavanya and I agreed that it’s a real shame that due to the current political situation in Iran so few travellers decide to come here. If only the Iranian government was more keen on inviting foreign tourists and creating a better infrastructure for them, Iran could easily become a favourite tourist destination in the Middle East.

Our subjective list of the best/most interesting places to visit in Iran....

Read more from Source »

Related articles based on keyword density
34 incredibly beautiful reasons to visit Iran - CNN.com...
edition.cnn.com 12/02/2016 Fun
By Barry Neild, CNN (CNN)With international sanctions on their way out, the world is running out of excuses not to visit Iran. One look at this colle...View Details»

Persian Inventions...
defence.pk 25/07/2014 History
SYSTEMS AND WAY OF LIFE • Protocol and Etiquette- rules of respect, cultured civilization, of order and harmony of everyday life. • Human Rights – 576...View Details»

Timeline of Iranian History from Ancient Persia to the Islamic Republi...
on-the-matrix.com 24/09/2015 History
Dynasty, Ruler or Event Begin End Birth of Zoroaster Sometime between 10th and 7th century BCE Achaemenian Dynasty Cyrus the Great 559 BCE 530 BCE F...View Details»

GLOBAL TOP 1000 WEBSITES 2016 – Ratak IT...
ratak.ir 16/03/2017 News
Ratak introduces global Top Websites of 2016 Data for table Top201702 1 1host2u.ir 1host2u.ir,Abarkooh,Armenia,Bahram 2,Bahram 3,Britain,Caesar,Carus,...View Details»

History of Iran: Safavid Empire 1502 - 1736...
iranchamber.com 18/02/2015 History
History of Iran Safavid Empire 1502 - 1736 By: Shapour Ghasemi After the disastrous invasion of Mongols, in the 1200s, migrated Turks and Mongolian t...View Details»


EOF