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Iran Things to Do

  • Aramgah- e -Hafez - Tomb of Hafez-

    Shiraz Things to Do

    An iranian adage says that a house must have two thins a Quran and a Hafez's book. Hafez is loved and followed in Iran just as a modern celebrity and I was really curious to visit the Mausoleum. We spent here about one hour but if I could chose I would have spent there all afternoon, it's one of those places where you just sit down get a tea cup,...

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  • Bazaar- e- Bozor

    Esfahan Things to Do

    This is one of the oldest and biggest Bazar of all Iran. The corridors are connected by small domes opened at top so that the light can come in. Oldest areas of bazar, the ones near the mosque, are 1000 years old but the big part have been built more recently in XVII century. You can access the bazar from many points but the main gate is the...

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  • Shah e- Cherag Mausoleum

    Shiraz Things to Do

    In this wonderful Mausoleum rests Sayyed Mir Ahmad, one of the 17 borthers of Imam Reza. Sayyed was killed here in 835 d.c. The first mausoleum was built on its tomb but most of what we see today has been added starting from the Qajar period. Inside the many mirrors give a shining effect to the all rooms. It seems that non muslims cannot enter, but...

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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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  • Arg e Karim Khan – Citadel-

    Shiraz Things to Do

    The fortress built during first years of Zand dinasty, dominates the centre of the city. It was a part of the complex that Karim Kahn wished to build in opposition to the power of Esfahan. There are 4 circular towers in the fortress, they are 14 meters high and one of them, the southwestern one is pendent. Inside the fortress there is a nice...

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  • Aramgah-e Sa'adi - Tomb of Sa'adi

    Shiraz Things to Do

    Abu Mohammad Sharaf-o-ddin Moslehebne Abdollah known of Sa'di of Shiraz he renowned Iranian poem , was born in 606 A.H in an "all theologist Clan". He grew up in Shiraz , and founded the literary school of Shiraz, by creating invaluable works such as Boostan ( lit Garden ) and Golestan ( lit.Rose garden ) as well as odes and lyric ghazals. His...

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  • Bagh -E- Eram

    Shiraz Things to Do

    Bagh-e Eram - or else Eram Garden - is the most famous Persian garden in Shiraz. It is a large botanic garden famous for for its cypress trees - one in particular (the tallest one) is very unique; it is said that it can reach heaven; for this reason this garden is also known as the Garden of Paradise. Apart from the trees, Bagh-e Eram is...

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  • Masjed e-Vakil Mosque

    Shiraz Things to Do

    The portal is adorned with majolica tiles and the inside courtyard is surrounded by small portics and recesses also decorated with tiles. The prayer room is 75 meters high and 36 meters large and the roof is supported by 48 columns. Inside the prayer room there is a very nice mihrab of 14 steps all obtained by one block of marble coming from...

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  • Hammam e- Vakil

    Shiraz Things to Do

    This bath is near the Vakil Bazar, it was made by Karim Khan Zand in Zandieh period and it is now considered as the most progressive architectural example of its period. Today the bath is a sort of antropological museum with many wax statues indicating varios sides of social life in 18th century in Iran. Ticket 150000 rials

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  • Daytrip -Persepolis

    Shiraz Things to Do

    Fars a county steeped in history and culture , the cultural capital of Iran ,has embraced a myriad of historical sites . actually fars is the cradle of Achamanid and Sasanid dynasty Persepolis the glorious capital of Achamanid is just 50 km away from Shiraz toward north . Maiden castle ,the first sign of Sasanid dynasty is just 60 km southward...

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  • Naranjestan e Ghavam -Qavam House-

    Shiraz Things to Do

    The building known as Narajenstan e Ghavam is a part of the Ghavam complex and was designed and used as birooni ( to receive people out of the family circle). The complex built betwen 1879 and 1886 was the domicile of Governor's Court of Fars during the Qajar period. It also includes Zinat al Mulk house, designed and used as andarooni(the home...

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  • Tours

    Shiraz Things to Do

    In case you have a little time in Shiraz and u have the least interest in nature give it a chance ...this is one of the greatest activities u may do there . the tour start in Lost paradise , an exquisite natural garden laid in a valley with a fascinating stream in the middle . u may climb up along the river to reach a beautiful village called...

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  • Nasir al - Mulk Mosque

    Shiraz Things to Do

    This mosque built at the end of the XIX century has some really awesome decorations made by an unusual dark blue majolica tiles. But the most impressive area is the winter prayer room, with its wonderful coloured windows and the coloured majolica tiles. Try to come in the morning so you can enjoy the show of the light going through the coloured...

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  • Khaju's Mausoleum

    Shiraz Things to Do

    Next to darvaze Quran you can find Khaju’s mausoleum. Khaju is a Kermani poet from whom Hafez has inspired a lot. The tomb, a gallery, two coffeehouses some bas-reliefs and a cave is what u can find there. There is also a good view of the city from there. But mind your steps, the stairs are made of stone and have got really slippery in time.

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  • Afif Abad Garden

    Shiraz Things to Do

    The Afif Abad Garden is a nice and relaxed garden very much off the beaten path, in the posh Afif-Abad discrict of Shiraz. It is also known as Golshan Garden and it is one of the oldest in town. There are beautiful lawns and flowers and an interesting two-storey Safavid mansion. The mansion was built by by Mirza Ali MohammadKhan Ghavvam II, but...

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  • Darvaze Quran -Qoran Gate-

    Shiraz Things to Do

    Qor'an Gate (Darvazeh Quran) is an interesting sight located right outside Shiraz town - basically it's the first sight that one sees when arriving. This gate, which is 60 years old, stands where a 1000 years old gate once used to stand. The original gate would have a room on top of it - containing two hand-written Qu'rans - and a road running...

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  • Jahan Nama Garden

    Shiraz Things to Do

    Very near Tomb of Hafez is Jahan Nama Garden. It is a walled garden and it has recently been restored. In the centre is an 18th century house and from the house is four avenues going out in each direction to the walking path going around the garden. It was already dark when I visited, people were slowly strolling round or sitting on benches talking...

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  • Hammam 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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  • Daytrip - Naqsh e Rostam

    Shiraz Things to Do

    The Sassanian dynasty that followed Darius's Archaemenians also left their mark at Naqsh-e Rostam in the form of huge rock carvings of their kings, gods and triumphs through the 3rd and 4th centuries AD. These sit below the tombs, carved into the cliff face in quite high relief, and whilst some are rather worn, others are in excellent condition.

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  • Daytrip -Ghalat-

    Shiraz Things to Do

    Ghalat a city at 30 west of Shiraz .the city is located at the hillside of Sorkh mount . there exist quite a vast space of garden on around the village.around the spring the melting of the snows on the mountain creates .and the city is composed of two parts : old and new village . the remnants of church , castle , mosque and public bath of the...

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  • Madrasa -e- Khan

    Shiraz Things to Do

    In 1615, Imam Gholi Khan founded the serene Madrasa-e-Khan theological college for about 100 students. The nimpressive portal at the entrance has beautiful and unusual type of stalactite moulding indside the outer arch and some intricate mosaic tiling with much use of red.

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  • Daytrip -Kazerun-

    Shiraz Things to Do

    Kazerun , a city located at south west of Shiraz used to be home to Sassanian capital ,the magnificent city of Bishapur whose structure and architecture was unique in the old era . Mainly build by stone ,the city is somehow a museum of architecture of almost 700 years of life . the city established at 224 a.d by Shapur the second Sassanian king. it...

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  • Haft Tan

    Shiraz Things to Do

    (haft: seven, tan: body, person) Haft-tan is a small garden with seven graves in it. No one knows whom these graves belong to, but the general belief is that they were seven Dervishes who used to live there. Now there is a collection of old tombstones in the garden. There is also a workshop for making Setar a Persian musical instrument. The...

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  • Karim Khan-e Zand Boulevard

    Shiraz Things to Do

    Karim Khan-e Zand Boulevard is the main street in Shiraz and it runs through the city from northwest to southeast for more than 2 km. Along this street you will find banks, exchange offices, shops, a cinema, eateries and much more. Many of the hotels in Shiraz are situated by Zand Boulevard, or near it.

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  • Bagh-e-Delgosha - Delgosha Garden-

    Shiraz Things to Do

    Bagh-e Delgosa means Garden of the Heart’s Delight. It is delightful, but not the best garden in Shiraz. I remember there was a lot of orange trees in the garden, and the water channels where painted blue. The garden is situated in the northeast of the city, near the Tomb of Saadi, so it can be visited on the way back from there. The house standing...

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  • Gahvare-Ye-Did

    Shiraz Things to Do

    (gahvare: cradle, did: view, div: giant!; kuhpaye: foot of a mountain) Gahvare-ye-did is an observation post on one of the hills next to Shiraz-Esfahan road. Now it is in a park and a staircase is built, so that people can easily go up there. There is a good view of the city from there, especially at night. Shah-Shoja’s mausoleum is in this park.

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  • Pars Museum

    Shiraz Things to Do

    The Pars Museum of Shiraz is a museum and tourist attraction in Iran's Fars Province. The octagonal building was where royal guests were hosted during the Zand dynasty of Iran. It is also where Karim Khan Zand is buried. There is only 1 building and no much to see inside. Can skip for tight budget. Admission: IR3,000 (May 2008).

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  • Jame’-e-Atigh Mosque

    Shiraz Things to Do

    (Jame’: principal, atigh: ancient) This is the oldest mosque in Shiraz and dates back to 9th century. The nicest thing about this mosque is a cube shaped building in the center of the courtyard, which is called ‘Koda-Khaneh’ (khoda: God, kaneh: house, a house of God). It is an imitation of Kaba in Mecca. It was a place where pilgrims could...

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  • things to do

    HiMy name is Mohamad. I live in Iran, in a small town located in the west of Iran. As i go to school(university i mean :D ) there in Tehran I should remove and go over there in a few weeks.Since I've never been out of my country, I have no idea how getting a visa for going to Iran could be hard (or maybe easy ;)) but i can share my information...

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  • Watch Iranian rituals and street theater

    One of the important aspects of tourism in each country is its cultural features such as local traditions, feasts and rituals. Iran is quite rich in its cultural qualities, customs and religious rituals. Iran, as a Moslem country, has many religious ceremonies and rituals rooted in Islam. While there are many old customs originating in...

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  • Persepolis

    Persepolis is a must-see in Iran. was the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire during the Achaemenid dynasty (ca. 550-330 BCE). Persepolis is situated 70 km northeast of the modern city of Shiraz in the Fars Province of modern Iran. In contemporary Persian, the site is known as Takht-e Jamshid (Throne of Jamshid) and Parseh. The earliest...

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  • Imam Mosque, Isfahan

    The Imam Mosque stands in south side of Naghsh-i Jahan Square.Built during the Safavids period, it is an excellent example of Islamic architecture of Iran, and regarded as the masterpiece of Persian Architecture. The Shah Mosque of Esfahan is one of the everlasting masterpieces of architecture in Iran and all over the world. It is registered along...

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  • Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque

    The glorious Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque is one of the architectural masterpieces of Safavid Iranian architecture.The mosque was built in 1615 by the orders of Shah Abbas I of the Safavid dynasty. The architect finished construction of the mosque in 1618. The mosque was used as a prayer hall as well as a lecture hall. Oviously in 1618 there were no...

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  • Day 7 Ali Sadr or Alisadr Caves

    Before my trip, my work mate, who's parents are Iranian, told me that her mother had said that I HAD to visit these caves as they were very special. So I was pleased to see that this was on my itinerary.The caves are considered to be one of Iran's main tourist attractions. It is located between the cities of Tehran, Qom and Hamadan, so is in reach...

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  • Day 7 Takht-e - Suleyman to Bijar and...

    Our journey to Bijar took us past an old caravanserai. These places of rest were introduced by Shah Abbas the Great in the 17th Century. His idea was that there would be such places throughout Iran for merchants and traders etc to be sure of a place to sleep and eat for themselves and their animals. They were also places where trading and business...

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  • Day 6 - Ispanjan village

    I think I'd misinterpretted my LP, when it read that here, 2 mosques share 3 minarets. I thought that this meant that they were joined. As far as I could see as we drove by, one mosque had 2 minarets, and the one further along the street had 1. However, it could be that there was another mosque hidden from street view, sharing a minaret or two!We...

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  • Damâvand volcano

    Mount Damâvand is a dormant volcano and the highest peak in Iran. It is located in the middle Elborz Range about 70 kilometres northeast of Tehran. It is the highest point (5610 m) in the Middle East and the highest volcano in Asia. It has a special place in Persian mythology and folklore in Zoroastrian texts and in Persian poet Ferdowsi...

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  • Qeshm and Abu Musa Islands

    Our flight went on over Qeshm and Abu Musa islands in the Persian (Arabian) gulf. Qeshm is an island situated in the Strait of Hormuz off the south coast of Iran and east of the Persian Gulf and about 180 kilometers from the UAE. The island is 135 km long.Abu Musa is a 12 sq.km island in the eastern Persian Gulf, part of a six-island archipelago...

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  • Elburz Mountains

    Alborz, also written as Alburz or Elburz is a mountain range in northern Iran stretching from the borders of Armenia in the northwest to the southern end of the Caspian Sea, and ending in the east at the borders of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan. In Russian transcription we call it Elburz and we often confuse it with the Elbrus which is a volcano...

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  • Qazvin - Day 2

    Day 2 and Guide Number 2 - Majid, who was to be with me for the next 6 days. After breakfast, I checked out of Hotel Mashad, and we set off through Tehrans 'rush hour' traffic, heading for Qazvin, Masouleh and Rasht, before reaching Bandar-e- Anzali, where we were to stay for the next 2 nights. Qazvin is well worth visiting, to see the stunning...

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  • Day 7 - Hamadan

    After visiting the Ali Sadr Caves, we set off for Hamadan, where I was to stay for the next night. I was feeling a bit sad, as I'd be saying Good Bye, to Majid, also a bit apprehensive, as I'd be meeting my new guide, also called Majid, who I was to spend the next 12 days with.Arriving in Hamadan, I was quite impressed, it looked like an...

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  • Day 7 Takht-e- Suleiman - Throne of...

    A short drive from Zendan-e-Soleiman, we arrived at this Unesco World Heritage Site. It was once known as Azergoshnasb, and was important as the Spiritual centre for followers of Zoroastrianism in the 3rd Century AD. This was the main religion of Iran until the Arab Conquest. Followers, believe their omnipotent and invisible god, is represented as...

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  • Day 5 Shabil

    Although I'd hardly slept - it was quite cold, and I couldn't get comfortable, the early morning view of Mount Sabalan woke me up. There was a whisp of cloud across the top. A few more tents had appeared overnight. Today was Friday, (the holy day) when many Iranians head to the countrysideWe took down our tents, and headed for breakfast at one of...

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  • Day 4 Shabil - Camping and PALS...

    Refreshed, but now a bit chilled from my bathing - Majid had a bowl of warming soup ready for me at a nearby shack. The white coloured broth was Ash Dugh - yogurt soup- yogurt, water, dill? and beans, which we ate with flat bread. Dugh is the yogurt and water drink flavoured with mint, that I'd first tried in Tehran -(which felt like a lifetime...

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  • Day 3 Bandar-e-Anzali

    After a shower and rest, we headed for the fish market - it was mid afternoon, so most of the stalls had closed. We would return next morning to buy some fish to grill later. Next stop was a mobile phone shop. Although I'd been able to use my phone in Tehran, I was having problems now. Majid had advised me to buy an Irancell Sim card, and said that...

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