Ostan-e Fars Travel Guide

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Shiraz

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Takht-e Jamshid (Persepolis)

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Firuzabad

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Naqsh-e Rostam

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Pasargadae

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Pasargad

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Dasht-e Arzhan

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Zeyn od Din

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Takht-e-Jamshid

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Kazerun

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Shiraz

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  • Bazaar e- Vakil

    Shiraz Things to Do

    The first thing I remember about this bazar was a man pushing a hand cart stopping behind us and politely asking if we could let him pass. I have this memory as in Tehran as I have written, the same hand cart men seemed to gain points if they hit people. So this is not just a difference betwen the two bazars but betwen the two cities. The Shiraz...

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  • Aryo Barzan

    Shiraz Hotels

    This is the only international standard hotel we stayed in all our Iranian trip. It is a modern four...

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  • Bath house of Arg e Karimkhani

    Shiraz Things to Do

    Inside the citadel, on the south eastern corner of the courtyard there is a small door that leads to this bath house, try to not miss it as it is may be the most interesting attraction inside the citadel, apart the courtyard.The simple plasterwork decorations on the walls of this hammam, shows the love of flowers and nature, things that always...

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Takht-e Jamshid (Persepolis)

  • Empty shops

    Takht-e Jamshid (Persepolis) Tourist Traps

    There are shops before entering Persepolis and some of them sell postcards, book, there is even a post office where to buy stamps.If it is a sunny day and it probably is as it does not rain often in this area, you will probably find shops empty. Just give a look at the small square where shops are and you'll find guys playing volleyball or...

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  • Gate of all Nations

    Takht-e Jamshid (Persepolis) Things to Do

    This is the first building that you meet entering the site and it is impressive.It was a grand hall, that was a square of about 25 meters long with 4 columns and the entrance on the western wall.Two lamassus, bulls body with a head of a man with beard stanf by the western entrance, and another two with wings and persian head, stand by the eastern...

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  • Darius Palace

    Takht-e Jamshid (Persepolis) Things to Do

    Behind the Apadana there is the Darius palace. With a rectangular plant and a central court surrounded by columns it is adorned with relieves showing the king still fighting against monsters. Through the Tryplion you had access to the imperial apartaments and there was a secret corridor that brought to the harem.

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Firuzabad

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  • Qashqa'i nomads

    Firuzabad Things to Do

    Along the road to Firuzabad it is possible to see the Qashqa'i nomads, iIt's easy to recognize them as the women wear colorful dresses and scarves.They represent one of Iran's minorities and while a good part of them live no longer a nomadic life, you can still see some of them roaming in the Fars Province.As I saw them, I asked the driver if they...

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  • Sassanian basreliefs

    Firuzabad Things to Do

    On the way from Qal'eh-e-Dokhtar to Ardeshir Palace, the driver will show you two different sites where it is possible to see two examples of sassanian bas-reliefs.The first one reminds of Naqsh-e Rajab bas-riliefs, while the second one, located near a dam, shows a war scene apparently.

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  • Qal'eh-e-Dokhtar

    Firuzabad Things to Do

    Maiden's Palace is usually the first site you will find in the trip from Shiraz. It is located on a rocky hill (be prepared for a steep climb), who overlooks a canyon.This fortress was built in the Sassanian period, 209 AD, under Ardeshir I. It has three levels but you can barely notice the difference because a good part of the construction has...

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Naqsh-e Rostam

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  • Naqsh-e Rostam

    Naqsh-e Rostam Things to Do

    Naqsh-e Rustam is an archaeological site located about 12 km northwest of Persepolis, in Fars province, Iran. Naqsh-e Rustam lies a few hundred meters from Naqsh-e Rajab.The oldest relief at Naqsh-i Rustam is severely damaged and dates to c. 1000 BCE. It depicts a faint image of a man with unusual head-gear and is thought to be Elamite in origin....

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  • Taxi to Persepolis, Naqsh-e Rostam,...

    Naqsh-e Rostam Transportation

    I took a day trip by taxi from Shiaz to Persepolis, Naqsh-e Rostam, Naqsh-e Rajab, Pasargadae. The taxi is arrnaged by Anvari Hotel in Shiaz. It costs IR450,000 per car (May 2008). We started out at 7:30am and went back to hotel at 2pm. The whole duration time included about 30 mins sight-seeing in Pasargadae, 20 mins in Naqsh-e Rostam, 10 mins in...

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  • Naqsh-e Rajab

    Naqsh-e Rostam Off The Beaten Path

    Naqsh-e Rajab is a tiny archaeological site about 5 minutes from Persepolis... it's so tiny that it really takes a few minutes to visit it, there are only two masin bas reliefs and some rockface inscriptions, one opposite the other.The most striking, the one in the picture, is that of 'Shapur's Parade'. The king, on horseback, parades to celebrate...

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Pasargadae

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  • Tomb of Cyrus the Great

    Pasargadae Things to Do

    The most important monument in Pasargadae is the tomb of Cyrus the Great. It has six broad steps leading to the sepulchre, the chamber of which measures 3.17 m long by 2.11 m wide by 2.11 m high, and has a low and narrow entrance. Though there is no firm evidence identifying the tomb as that of Cyrus, Greek historians tell us that Alexander III of...

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  • Pasargadae

    Pasargadae Things to Do

    Pasargadae was a city in ancient Persia, and is today an archaeological site and one of only five of Iran's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. According to the Elamite cuneiform of the Persepolis fortification tablets the name was rendered as Batrakataš, and the name in current usage derives from a Greek transliteration of an Old Persian Pâthragâda...

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  • Taxi to Persepolis, Naqsh-e Rostam,...

    Pasargadae Transportation

    I took a day trip by taxi from Shiaz to Persepolis, Naqsh-e Rostam, Naqsh-e Rajab, Pasargadae. The taxi is arrnaged by Anvari Hotel in Shiaz. It costs IR450,000 per car (May 2008). We started out at 7:30am and went back to hotel at 2pm. The whole duration time included about 30 mins sight-seeing in Pasargadae, 20 mins in Naqsh-e Rostam, 10 mins in...

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Pasargad

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  • Cyrus the great Tomb

    Pasargad Things to Do

    The first places you saw after come to Pasargad is Cyrus the great tomb, very nice and greatful tomb, but it made very simply, All original people like and love Cyrus the great.

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  • Pasargad zendan soleyman

    Pasargad Things to Do

    The stone tower known as zendane SoleimanThis structure which dates from the early achaeneid period , was originally a square stone tower almost identical to the well preservedbuilding known as the ka'bah of zoroaster at Naghs e Rostam . It measured 7.25 * 7.23 meters at the base and 14 meters and reached a height of 14 meters . on the northwestern...

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  • Cyrus Tomb

    Pasargad Things to Do

    The most important monument in Pasargadae is the tomb of Cyrus the Great. It has six broad steps leading to the sepulchre, the chamber of which measures 3.17 m long by 2.11 m wide by 2.11 m high, and has a low and narrow entrance. Though there is no firm evidence identifying the tomb as that of Cyrus, Greek historians tell us that Alexander III of...

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Dasht-e Arzhan

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  • Music

    Dasht-e Arzhan Nightlife

    After dinner the local men entertained us with playing the flute. I was very impressed with how they could make the one instrument take on several different types of sound, from the hauntingly sad to the joyous and cheerful.

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  • Traditional food

    Dasht-e Arzhan Restaurants

    Dinner was provided for us: a beautiful eggplant khoresh (a type of stew made with lamb and eggplant – very tasty), with boiled eggs for the vegetarian. There was of course mountains of rice as well as the beautiful Iranian bread, and for afters we had melon.

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  • No song and dance

    Dasht-e Arzhan Nightlife

    We spent the early part of the evening sitting around the camp fire, playing music on Reza’s mobile phone (singing is not allowed in public in Iran for women, so no song around the camp fire unfortunately. Dancing in public is not permitted for either sex.) We did have quite a laugh though, even without alcohol, singing or dancing. When it got too...

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Zeyn od Din

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  • Bull's eye!

    Zeyn od Din Things to Do

    The next morning was equally as relaxing as the previous afternoon had been, and we whiled away some time by playing darts. A small dart board had been mounted in one of the alcoves and anyone could play. I think David won in the end. As you can see from picture five, not everyone was good at even hitting the board!

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  • Look out for wild animals

    Zeyn od Din Warnings and Dangers

    This mangy animal head scared the life out of a couple of us in the evening. It was on the wall just where the steps lead to the roof, and I didn’t see him until he appeared in the corner of my eye just as I was walking up the stairs. In the dimly lit evening, he looked particularly spooky, but I didn’t like the look of him too much in the broad...

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  • The real camel caravan

    Zeyn od Din Things to Do

    The next morning we got up early and climbed to the roof of the caravanserai and looked out over the desert scene spread below us. There is the distance was a pair of camels, and that really just completed the scene and made me feel like I really was on the Silk Road.

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