Ready to see a new place, but don’t know exactly where to go? Maybe Iran is not the first country to come to your mind, but why not? Whether you travel for culture, food or adventure, Iran will be an awesome choice. It is number 11 in the world by UNESCO heritage sites. Seventeen largest country in the world. Home to 81 million people, and famous for its rich culture, history, literature and architecture. You will find everything, from breathtaking scenic rural hinterlands to old Persian monuments in Iran. Read the article to see which adventure fits your fancy.
Iran has always been a fascinating destination for those who wish to know more about the orient. For them, it is like a mysterious place full of wonders where they can immerse themselves in new places. From mighty mountains to unspoiled forest, from caves and deserts to cultural-historical monuments, from rich cultural background to kind, caring and hospitable people, from delicious cuisine to traditional healthy drinks, and so many other things which can be the sources of inspiration for those who wish to seek novel experiences. So, if you are a thrill-seeker, check out this roundup and plan your next trip. See which one is in your priority list for coming to Iran. Whether you seek to experience Iran’s landscapes, or you wish to know more about rich Persian culture, the cuisine or the people.
1) Heaven on Earth: Breathtaking Views Worth the Effort
Iran might not have the amazing beauty of James Bond Island or the picturesque village of Ballintoy, or Croatia, Morocco, Iceland and Northern Ireland where Game of Thrones was filmed, but it has varied, epic, pristine landscapes, pastures, deserts and jungles in lesser-known areas. The awe-inspiring mountains, especially Damavand & Zagros, sultry jungle wilderness like Alangdarreh & Hyrcanian forests, breathtaking waterfalls and ponds like Margoon & Shadeganand, vast mighty barren deserts like Dasht-e Lut, incredible southern islands like Hormoz, Qeshm and Kish with their rich nature are just some of the examples. Here is National Geographic recommended sites in Iran. And you can also read about Iran’s top hiking trails.
2) Epic Classical Monuments: A Taste of Old Persia
Iran is also well-known from cultural point of view. Persian culture and heritage, one of the oldest and richest in the world, has always been the star attraction for those who are more interested in culture, literature, history and anthropology. Places like Cultural Landscape of Maymand, Golestan Palace, Persepolis, Tchogha Zanbil, the old houses in Yazd, Tehran and Kashan, like Tabatabai House, Carvansarays like Zein-o-Din Caravanserai etc. are some of the examples. Here is the UNESCO list of Iran’s registered heritage. Visiting the literary monuments like tombs of internationally popular literary figures, Hafiz, Saadi, Ferdowsi, etc. is the next opportunity to go deep to the roots of Persian cultures & thoughts.
3) Iranian Cuisine: Best Things to Eat in Iran
Iran is a multi-cultural country with an amazing variety of local foods. Apart from the common food you can find in all restaurant like different kinds of kebab and chicken, there are so many different local, home-made cooks which are truly worth trying. Here is a list of some of these food which we urge you to give them a try when you are in Iran.
4) Hospitable People: Iranian’s Open Heart to their Guests
Yes, that’s right. You’ll never feel alone in Iran. Iranians are super kind & caring especially when it comes to their guests. They love to share their drinks, meals and everything they have with their guests. They prepare the best of what they have for their guests since they do believe ‘guests need to be cherished’. It feels like being in a different world. Everywhere you go, you meet lovely faces, kind smiles and generosity. So, it is no surprise when according to Lonely Planet “Iran’s greatest attraction could just be its people”.
I’ll come to Iran again; this time I’ll come for the people.
People here don’t owe me anything. I went everywhere with an open heart and people opened theirs to me. I just want to make it clear: there are many smart, kind and genuine people here. Don’t trust the news about Iran blindly.
I don’t know how I can describe Iranian people to my people … they’re unbelievable … they’re kind, hospitable, and CARING. Yes, yes, caring… it’s the best adjective describing Iranians.