Favorite thing: Abyaneh is a beautiful village 70 km. to the southeast of Kashan. This is a village of living traditions, architectural styles, and probably the most interesting example of human adaptation to nature.
The village is compact, with narrow and sloped lanes, and houses located on the slope as if placed on a stairway. Here, the roofs of some houses used to serve as the courtyard for other houses higher up on the slope. There are a good number of Islamic and Zoroastrian buildings in the village, all worth a careful visit.
Located on the northwestern slope of Karkas Mount and 28 km distant from Natanz, Abyaneh enjoys a mild climate. The customs and traditions of the people as well as the buildings in Abyaneh afford a good picture of old Iran. The UNESCO has registered Abyaneh as a historical village.
Fondest memory: it was really wonderfulRelated to:
- Road Trip
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
It`s Abyane,unesco world heritage
Favorite thing: Go there,and Sure u will enjoy,its Abyane
Abyane? do u belive after 4 hours, with car,from Tehran,u can c a diffrant type of life,?
Fondest memory: i went to the village[abyane] near kashan and its was wonderful,,,,,time its stop and peopel live in the ancient houses and thay were very old fashion for clothes[safavi style],and its really well orgonize village with three difrant relegious[muslem.zoraster,khaneghahi]
and peopel ............,lets go visit there
its 70 km around Kashan city,
also in abyane u can c a forte from ancient time,a mitraism tempel[but now thay use it for mosqe]it called `heynze`,
really i enjoy there,its like time going back ,but peopel thay r more open mind than another village !
p.s.it would be beter to dont go there at holidays
ihave more information about there in my homepage[travelogues]Related to:
- Road Trip
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Favorite thing: Just ask someone "what do you think the Iranian landscapes will be like ?" You probably get the answer "desert, just a lot of sand". And indeed, there is a lot of desert in Iran. But there are other landscapes too!
Especially in the North, near the Caspian Sea, the climate is very moderate (it rains a lot) and there are a lot of green landscapes to admire.
And of course, there are mountains. Iran is not a flat country and it showsRelated to:
- Mountain Climbing
Favorite thing: This is the map of the Islamic Republic of Iran. In the map you can clearly see some important cities like Teehran the capital, Isfahan the UNESCO city, Mashhad the religious pilgrimage spot very important for muslims, and you can notice cities in the Persian Gulf like the ones that start with Bandar (that means port). Near Shiraz you can notice the ancient city of Persepolis.
Fondest memory: From the map you can see how rich in terms of landscapes Iran can be. In one hand, in the North of the country you have the views from the Ararat Mountain in the border with Turkey, after you have the Caspian Sea, The Gulf, The Oman Sea. You have mountains in Teehran with snow and desertic parts near the region of Afghanistan.
This map was taken from the Lonely Planet Website.
Flight over Iran
Favorite thing: Actually I haven’t been to Iran. Actually my foot didn’t step on its territory. According to VT rules I shouldn’t mark this country at my VT-map as the country I ever visited. But I decided to make an exception out of this rule. Three hours of flight over this country (one and a half hour on the way from Moscow to Dubai and one and a half hour back) made me think that I should build the separate page on Iran. Really, very often I made VT-pages about destinations where I had been for shorter time - even an hour or two. But these two flights over Iran I'll remember for a long time because of two reasons.
The first reason is brilliant views at the Elburz Mountains and the Damâvand volcano out of an airplane window. I want to share with you my photos and videos which I was lucky to take during this flight.
The second reason is a very friendly Pakistanian crew on the back way to Moscow whom we happily got acquainted, especially the captain of the crew.
That’s why I decided to construct this page with a dream to step on the Iranian ground one day and to continue this page like other pages which I'm planning to create after the trip to UAE.
You may watch my high resolution photo of Iran on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 27° 52' 40.54" N 55° 43' 21.56" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Iran bird eye.
What to Wear?
Favorite thing: By law, all females over the age of nine must wear a hijab. Signs in public show that you can wear either the hijab(scarf) or chador(tent like covering) in public places. Today the religious police dont roam the street looking for foreigners to punish. Even socks are no longer required and few people dont even look if you show your hairline and wear sandals. A long baggy shirt with baggy pants is fantastic for Iran (similar to shalwar Kameez in Pakistan) . Women must wear a chador when they visit shrines in Mashhad and Qom etc. The best advise for women is to show up in Iran with a long baggy shirt and pants and go immediately to the first bazaar your first day. You can buy a manteaux (long and comfortable rain coat (thin layered) ) from any Bazaari for $10 US and they are quite fashionable in Tehran an Esfahan. Walking around in the spring and summer with a bra or tank top covered by a manteaux is a great option.
Iranian visa fees
Favorite thing: Iranias visa fee varies for different nationalities.
I mention the fee for some countries, but remember that fees can be changed. In the other hand you will pay with your own currency in each country, but this list is based on US Dollar, so the real fee might be a little different.
Afhganistan: $30 - Armenia: $70
Australia: $50 - Austria: $50
Bahrain: $35 - Bangladesh: $27
Canada: $45 - China: $50
Croatia: $40 - Egypt: $20
France: $50 - Germany: $50
Greece: $20 - India: $50
Iraq: $41 - Italy: $45
Japan: $50 - Jordan: $36
Kuwait: $35 - Lebanon: $46
Lybia: $15 - Malaysia: $15
Mexico: $45 - Netherlands: $50
Nigeria: $40 - Pakistan: $20
Phillipines: $40 - Portugal: $50
Qatar: $35 - Russia: $75
Saudi Arabia: $35 - South Korea: $30
Spain: $50 - Srilanka: $15
Syria: $10 - Switzerland: $50
Tanzania: $15 - Thailand: $20
Turkey: free - UK: $65
UAE: $35 - USA: $65
** All applicants should add a $15 (money order) return postage fee.
source: Interests Section of Iran (USA)
Favorite thing: Unfortunately, Internet hasn't yet so developed in Iran and you can't find much information about Iran in Internet; and this includes Iran governmential organs too!
But anyhow they have recently tried to use internet and it benefits more than before.
At moment, some Iranian embassies abroad have their own website which although they're not mostly full informative but better than nothing at least.
Below is a list of them:
Hong Kong: http://www.iranconsulate.org.hk
India(New Delhi): http://www.iran-embassy.org.in
India (Heydar Abad): http://www.consulateofiran.com
South Africa: http://www.iranembassy-sa.org.za
Interests Section of Iran - Washington (USA): http://www.daftar.org/
Permanent Mission of Iran to the United Nations (USA) http://www.un.int/iran/
source: Website of Iran ministry of foreign affairs
Short Trip, Brief Information
Favorite thing: I didn’t spend enough time to explore Kish. But basically, what I experienced was quite all right. At Airport, there was only one telephone and one fax. You need to queue to get your turn. Patient is the key, as many wise man said. But I met the nice guys who quite friendly and quite helpful, when I desperately need to call to Dubai.
You need to get taxi to go out from airport. And the fare is not expensive. You can pay either with Dirham or Iranian Rial (IRR).
Not a lot of people I met in Kish speak good English. But I met quite a lot of people who visit Kish for change the visa. And they speak English and quite helpful. Unfortunately, as they are also tourist like me, they couldn’t help a lot for the direction.
Some of the signs I found are only written in Farsi language. If you can equip your self with a little basic Farsi (for survival) that would be a great help to survive.Related to:
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Times you should not travel to Iran !
Favorite thing: Regardless of weather conditions, I advise you to don't travel to Iran at:
1) Between September 15 to October 5. All schools and universities in Iran are closed for 3 months during the summer and they go open and running on September 22. In that period of time everybody is confused! all streets and shopping centers are crowded, all families are busy and etc. (FYI, we have about 18,000,000 students in Iran!) Can't you choose a better time for coming to Iran!?
2) Between March 15 to April 5. Yes, that's Iranian new year celebration that called "Norouz" (21th March), but it's a family-based celebration and no public programs. Almost all organisations and companies are closed, everybody is home or in travel, so all hotels/hostels are full, no ticket for bus, train and even airplane. There is a lot of readings you can find about Iranian Norouz of course, but it's not a good time for coming to Iran!
Favorite thing: There are no ATMs accepting foreign bankcards in Iran, and you can’t use travellers cheques. So, your only option is to bring cash.
I mostly brought 100 dollar bills, which was easy to change at banks (you will need your passport) or exchange offices. From the money exchangers on the street you will get a bad rate.
Banks close early in the afternoon and not all banks change money. If you ask in one bank they will hopefully direct you to the right bank.Related to:
People and Money
Favorite thing: Kish Island is most of popular place for people who wish to change the visa from UAE. There is no visa required to enter Kish. If you bought Kish Air ticket from Dubai to Kish, you will be given one free accommodation in Farabi Hotel. But you have to share with 6 other people in one room.
People and Language*
Mostly people are friendly. But language is our main barrier and it’s often creating misunderstanding, especially for direction and information. Very few local people speak English.
Currency and Money
Iranian Rial is coming with nominal paper 100, 200, 500,
1000, 2000, 5000, 10000, 20000.
When I was in Kish, I was puzzled because when I mentioned ‘Rial’, they mentioned ‘Tomans’. Later I knew that 10 Rials = 1 Tomans, and most people prefer to mention ‘Tomans’ to make the calculation easier.
Since many people come from UAE, people in Kish often charge you in Dirham. Almost everywhere I go, they are ready with Dirham. Although sometimes it’s quite interesting that I paid with Dirham and got change in Rial.
If you come from UAE, it is wise to bring as many 5 Dirham with you, since mostly charges are starting from 5 Dirhams (Taxi, telephone, food, etc)
Dollar is acceptable, but it is wise not purchase something with US Dollar. It will cost you much higher.
1.00 USD=8,867.00 IRRRelated to:
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Damavand Trek & Climb,
Favorite thing: The treasures of Persia have long attracted the intrepid traveler and it is with great excitement that we are on the forefront of leading climbs to this historic region. Our entrance into Iran elicits the warmth and long standing hospitality that is well known throughout the land. Although we often refer to the blend of climbing and culture in all of our trips, we dare say it is unrivaled in Iran.
Fondest memory: At 1997 , from the sprawling capital, Tehran, i went north to the towering Damavand, the highest peak in Iran. The Alborz mountains neatly cushion northern Tehran as we journey through stunning terrain en route to this beautiful mountain. Damavand can be climbed via a number of routes and weather permitting, i climbed by the Gezenak (north-east) route. The early part of the climb traverses many shepherds' fields, before embarking on the more strenuous slopes. The summit offers incredibly pristine mountain views with rough environs demarking east and west. From the north i peered across the lush green slopes which fall gently to the Caspian Sea. Following my summit, i descended the mountain via the northern route and spend a day relaxing on the Caspian coast.Related to:
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- Mountain Climbing
Ladies and gents - Cover up!
Favorite thing: Given's Iran's current climate and regime, you should remember not to expose more flesh than is necessary to avoid the wrath of the Revolutionary Guards who roam the street of Iran 'ordering ood deeds and stopping sins'!
Allowable flesh is face and hands for the ladies. For the men, it's heads, necks and hands.
Fondest memory: This coverup happens in public, but in private much more is shown. As a tourist you may never see that!
In general, people's minds and hearts are not as shrouded as their bodies have to be...
The Golestan Palace complex is all that remains...
Favorite thing: The Golestan Palace complex is all that remains of Teheran’s historical citadel, built at the time of Shah Tahmasb I in the Safavid period. It was reconstructed at the time of Karim Khan Zand and was chosen as the venue of the royal court and residence at the time of the Qajar Dynasty. Nassereddin Shah introduced many modifications in Golestan Palace buildings during his reign. The latest changes in the complex were made during the Pahlavi Dynasty, to adapt the Palace for the coronations of Reza Shah the Great and Mohamed Reza, as well as for state visits like the one of Queen Elizabeth II. For the coronation of 1967 several rooms were refurbished and some restored to a greater splendour, including the Grand Hall.
Enghelab Ave., Mousavi, Tehran, Iran
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