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Where to go in Iran (part 2)

 

6. Birdwatching

Location: Cities along the Caspian Sea in north and Persian Gulf islands in south as well as some spots inside the country.

Best time: May and October to March

Major spots: Miankaleh peninsula, Fereydoon Kenar lagoon, Kani Brazan, Qeshm Island, Anzali lagoon, Zaribar Lagoon, Meighan Wetland

Bird Species: the endemic Iranian Ground-jay, Caspian Tit, Sind Woodpecker, Hypocolius, Iraq Babbler, Plain Leaf Warbler and Caspian Snowcock.

Iran’s position as an ornithological crossroads is evident in the diversity of migrants which pass through the country. About 540 species of birds, in which 340 species of them are migratory birds, live in Iran during the immigration season of birds and make it one of the best destinations for birdwatching with all year-round possibilities for observing.

7. Architecture

Location: Isfahan, Shiraz, Khuzestan, Yazd, Kashan and Kerman

Best time: Spring and autumn

Elements: Iwan, gardens, fountains and pools and domes

Highlights: Persepolis, Nasir ol molk mosque, Naqsh-e Jahan square, Chogha Zanbil, Fin gaeden, Golestan palace

With a history of thousands of years, Iranian architecture has appeared as a variety from peasant huts, teahouses and garden pavilions to some of the most beautiful and majestic structures the world has ever seen. from at least 5000BCE to the present, Iranian architectural style is divided into two categories: Pre-Islamic or Persian style and Islamic one.

The pre-Islamic era manifesting in construction of spectacular cities used for governance and inhabitation (such as Persepolis and Susa), temples made for worship and social gatherings (such as Zoroastrian temples), and mausoleums erected in honor of fallen kings (such as the burial tomb of Cyrus the Great).

 

Medieval Iran has witnessed the emergence of some of the most beautiful wonders of Islamic art and architecture. These wonders mostly emerged during the Safavid dynasty, when Isfahan was the capital city of Persia. Naqsh-e Jahan square and all the buildings surrounded the square are remains of that era which made Isfahan as the most frequented city of Iran by travelers.

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8. Tasting Persian Food

Location: All the cities has it’s own culinary which could be amazing but cooking courses are mainly take part in capital, Tehran.

Highlights: Ghorme Sabzi (the herbal stew with the piece of meat), Dizi or Abgoosht (the combination of different beans, tomato and meat), Tahdig (Crunchy fried rice which can be mixed with potato, bread and much more things), Tahchin (the mixture of rice, chicken, eggs and saffron which make a cake), Bastani (Iranian ice cream), Faloodeh Shirazi (rice noodles), Doogh (the white sour and salty drink).

Thanks to the over 2,500 types of foods and 109 types of beverages, bread and sweets, Iran has the high potential to be your next destination to taste how a trip could be delicious!!!! Taking a short gastronomy journey through Iran makes you to say Wow because of the variety of the dishes, beverages and so on.

Some Iranian food are traditional which are only available in specific cities like Biryani or Beryanee of Isfahan but the rest like Kebabs and stews are found in all over the country.

Here’s the main points you should know about Persian culinary:

  • The main part of nearly every tables is rice. There’s a great combination between the Persian rice and different kind of stews, Kebabs or even some fruits like cherry.
  • Alcoholic drinks are forbidden in Iran
  • Iran is the country of bread. Bread is the main element of every meals. Some of them are Taaftoon, Barbari, Sangak and Lavaash
  • Street Foods are existing in Iran like many other countries but not during the nightlife. The best place for tasting street food is in Si Tir street in Tehran and Lashkar Abad street in Ahvaz.
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9. Ziarat

Location: Mashhad, Qom, Shiraz, Qazvin, Shoush, Ardebil, Gonbad Kavous

Highlights: The holey shrines of Ali ibn Musa al-Reza, The shrine of Hazrat Masoumeh and the tombs of Daniel the Prophet, the Prophet Haqqiq, the Prophet Qaddari, Ishmael, Prophet Joshua, Prophet Khaled bin Sanan Abbas, the Prophet Shia, Prophet Hajji, Prophet Mordecai, Prophet Qadir, Prophet Rubil, Salam

Iran, dating back thousands of years, holds many historical and religious monuments, and many prophets and religious elders have lived in the country, and today their tombs are a religious and religious destination for people from Iran and other countries around the world.

the tomb of the eighth Shi’ite Imam Ali ibn Musa al-Reza is located in Mashhad, making the city the religious capital of Iran. The shrine of this imam is of global value and every year millions of Muslims from all over the world travel to Mashhad for a variety of worship. The shrine of Hazrat Masoumeh, the dear sister of Imam Reza, also hosts Ahlul-Bayt lovers and is the center of Iranian religious universities and theology.

In addition to sacred sites and religious monuments, there are many religious rituals and ceremonies in Iran, each of which can bring a great deal of religious tourists to Iran.

 

10. Literature

Location: Shiraz, Hamedan, Mashhad, Qom and Tabriz

Best time: Spring

Highlighted poets : Hafez, Sa’di, Mawlawi, Ferdowsi, Attar , Khayyam, Ahmad Shamloo, Forough Farrokhzad, Mehdi Akhavan-Sales, Nima Yooshij, Sohrab Sepehri and…

Iran is famous for its storytellers and poets whose masterpieces are still on shelves around the world such as the ecstatic poems of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi (Molana or Mawlawi), 13th-century Persian mystic and dervish.

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You can also read Divan of Hafez to laud the joys of love and wine along with the Shirazi poet to feel the ecstasy of divine inspiration. Divan-e Hafez had a great impact on Iranians’ lives and his works can be found in almost every Iranian home.

If you are interested in heroic stories, do not miss the Shahnameh, means the book of kings, a long epic poem written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi who created a monument of Persian poetry and historiography in 50,000 couplets.

In case you want to wander through Iran’s contemporary poetry, works by Ahmad Shamloo, Forough Farrokhzad, Mehdi Akhavan-Sales, Nima Yooshij, and Sohrab Sepehri are suggested which are mostly in a recent poetry style called Sher-e No or Sher-e Sepid (means new poem or white poem), following no strict regularity of the rhyme and meter scheme of classical poetry.

 

11. Medical

Location: Shiraz, Tehran, Mashhad

Highlighted hospitals: Moheb Kowsar Hospital, Rasoul Akram Hospital, Royan Hospital, Shiraz Central (MRI) Hospital, Razavi Hospital, Treata Hospital

Medical tourism in Iran has witnessed a growing trend in recent years due to the low-cost treatment in consequence of the sharp decline of Iranian currency and some of the world’s highly experienced and skilled doctors, modern and private healthcare facilities. Some of the advantages and disadvantages of doing your treatment in Iran are:

Advantages:

  1. high-quality customer services
  2. The affordable treatments
  3. A wide range of tourist attractions.
  4. Experienced and skilled surgeons
  5. Professional service providers (medical tourism companies in Iran) preparing the ground for high quality treatments.

Disadvantages:

  1. Difficulty in financial transactions
  2. Denial of international health insurance by Iran healthcare organization

 

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