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10 Reasons to travel to Iran

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Few countries in the world carve such a deep, lasting impression on a traveler as Iran does. As one of the oldest civilizations in the world, Iran has more than you expect to see and experience. You can find a huge number of historical monuments, cultural attractions, local bazaars, and amazing sites in this ancient  country. Whether you enjoy walking through the old districts of the town, or spend a few hours in an authentic café, or even passionate about spending a few days with nomads, Iran offers all. Here, we are going to briefly give you the reasons why you should visit Iran. A trip to Iran is full of unexpected experience but one thing is certain: you won’t return home quite the same after the trip!

 

Why travel to Iran ? 

As a country blessed with numerous historical sites and monuments, a colorful and diverse culture, and fantastic landscapes, Iran is one of those charming destinations that have more than enough to lure a healthy dose of tourism. Unfortunately, the country has suffered from international political tensions that has prevented it from being the treasured destination it has the potential to be, but despite its tarnished reputation, Iran can offer a unique travel experience, especially for those who love ancient history. Iranian people are warm and eager to share their country and heritage with visitors. Iranian cuisine is remarkable, and ... It is cheap to travel to Iran! 

Reasons to travel to Iran

1Ancient sights of Iran 

In case one is interested in learning more about the cradle of civilizations, about formation, rise and decline of the ancient Empires, making a journey to Iran will help achieve this goal. The center of an ancient global power called Persian Empire is at the heart of present Iran. Fars province of Iran offers plenty of valuable remnants of the antiquity where the emperors used to rule their vast territories. Persepolis is just one of such locations, which is one of the most famous Iran tourist attractions.

Silk Road
The name of Silk Road takes our mind back to the ancient times, as well as the thought of what a valuable commodity was carried along this long way. That is only the material dimension of this historic path. In a deeper point of view, we find that the road was originally a passage for cultures, dialects, and traditions of ancient Eastern civilizations that the road has passed through their lands. Iran is a part of this ancient road with its rich cultural footprints, ancient civilization, vast land, and variable climate and geography. Visiting the most important part of the famous Silk Road, the Caravan routes, fascinating Caravanserais of Iran with an opportunity to accommodate in them would be an amazing experience for sure! 

2Iran's UNESCO World Heritage List

Iran has been a member of World Heritage Sights of UNESCO since 1978, with 15 sites already registered and 57 sites as tentative candidates.

  1. Naqsh-e Jahan Square of Isfahan 
  2. Persepolis
  3. Gulistan Palace
  4. Tchogha Zanbil Ziggurat 
  5. Susa 
  6. Takht-e Soleyman
  7. Bam and its Cultural Landscape
  8. Pasargadae
  9. Sultaniyeh dome of Zanjan 
  10. Bisotun
  11. Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran
  12. Historic city of Yazd 
  13. Shahr-i Sukhteh 
  14. Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System
  15. Sheikh Safi al-din Khānegāh and Shrine Ensemble in Ardabil
  16. Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex
  17. The Persian Garden
  18. Gonbad-e Qābus
  19. Masjed-e Jāmé of Isfahan
  20. Caspian Hyrcanian Forests 
  21. Persian Qanat 
  22. Sassanid Archaeological Landscape of Fars Region
  23. Lut Desert 
  24. Cultural Landscape of Maymand
  countries with most world heritage sites

3Hospitable People 

Mention to relatives and friends that you are going to Iran, and the chances are that they will stare, pause, swallow and hesitantly ask : Iran?! are you sure?!!
But the real face of Iran is completely different from what you get from western media. People who travel to Iran find themselves at the heart of an ancient civilization, history, culture,  and architecture and meet one of the most welcoming and hospitable nations of the world. The local people in Iran, particularly in the rural areas, are some of the kindest and most hospitable people of the world. Whether you’re invited into a local’s home for a traditional meal or just simply wander the streets and encounter children playing, you’ll surely be touched by the warmth of the locals.

Variety of ethnic groups in Iran
When you take one or two weeks traveling in Iran, you will notice the variety of ethnic groups in Iran. Persians, Kurds, Azeris, Arabs, Balochis, Gilakis, Armenians, Assyrians, Turcomans, etc are among these groups. They have their own dialects, languages, costumes and follow the traditions that are, at times, thousands of years old. There are still some nomads living in Iran pursuing the same migrating models of their ancestors. You may happen to see them or ask your travel agent to organize such meetings with them during your tours to Iran. Qashqai, Bakhtiari, Shahsavan, etc tribes are living at different parts of Iran and a visit to Iran may bring about a meeting with them.

 

4Good Food  

Just take a look at the vast map and geography of Iran, you will find out where the origin of this unique food variety is! The food alone can be reason enough to travel to Iran because Persian Cuisine is one of the world’s finest. The combination of most Iranian dishes is rice, meat, and salad, often served with a side of fresh herbs, cheese and yogurt. While traveling to Iran, you will be welcomed by a wide range of delicious delights including some of the most popular Iranian dishes such as Kebabs, Stews, Smoked fish, Samboose, Felafel, Shrimp, Ash. Saffron ice cream which blink at you! 

 Iranian Food

5Rich History 

Iran is the land of history and culture. Iranian history is very interesting not only because of Pasargadae, Persepolis, or Chogha Zanbil and many other ones registered in the UNESCO World Heritage List, but for being one of the cradles of civilization. A cradle of civilization is a location where civilization is understood to have independently emerged; such as Ancient Iran Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, China and India

Birthplace of ancient religions
Iran is the origin of some of the ancient religions influencing various nations, religions, cultures, etc. Zoroastrianism, Mithraism and Manichaeism immerged in Iran. The worship of Ahura mazda, the Great God was carried out in Iran. Today the majority of Iranians are Shiite Muslims. This branch of Islam is different from the majority of the Muslim world’s Sunnis. The reasons could be sought in the ancient history, culture and religions of Iranians. Traveling to Iran isn’t just visiting a country. If you want to learn about the countries around Iran, their vernacular architecture, traditions and celebrations, architecture and arts, and so forth, Iran is the key. What you see here plus the impression you get from the Iranians in the streets will place a strong positive and rich impact in your mind and at your heart that you will not easily forget ... That barbed wire on your path is your mind, Cut the wire and your path clearly find!
 

 

6Safety in Iran 

Perhaps the most important question that crosses the mind of travelers interested in eastern countries and especially in the Middle East, is the destination's safety. Iran is a special middle eastern country with a wide range of natural features and different cultures. Therefore, due to its tourism potential, Iran is considered as a great destination for foreign visitors. But is Iran really safe to travel?

Due to global political issues and negative media propaganda against Iran, there are many negative opinions about this country all over the world and many tourists forget the fact that all these arguments are between governments, not the people.

As mentioned above, one of the most important factors that has always attracted visitors is the Iranian hospitality. So you can experience the reality by traveling to Iran. Don't listen to what the mainstream of western media says about Iran. Travel to Iran, and enjoy a few thousand years of culture and civilization alongside hospitable people.

 

7Amazing Landscape 

If visiting ancient monuments and the beautiful historical mosques of Iran are not enough to satisfy you with Iranian excursions, you should definitely visit the country's unique natural wonders which will leave you with a world of adventure and good memories, from high mountains to low deserts and from dense forests to exotic springs. Learn more about Iran's Natural Attractions 

 Iran Landscape

8Divers Climate 

From ancient times, Iran has been called "The four season land". It's still the same today, as you can experience a completely different climate traveling from place to place within the country. You can experience snow skiing in ski resorts around Tehran, and a few hours later you can walk in the desert of Mesr under the scorching sun or drink a cup of tea on the Caspian coast under the torrential rains.

What is the best season to visit Iran?
Everyone would say that the best time to visit Iran is from end of March to early May and from mid-September to early November. However, we suggest: at any time you like!

How come? It depends on what you wish to see and do in Iran. Iran offers thousands of interesting places with mild climate that can be visited any time of year. Thanks to the geographical diversity of Iran, all seasons have their own attractions. you can experience all kinds of climate during any season in Iran.

It's not recommended to visit the south of Iran in the mid-Summer time. We wouldn’t recommend visiting Iran’s northern areas during mid-Winter time either. The temperature will be extremely hot or cold in these places for most people.

 

9World's Most Affordable Destination 

According to the latest Travel and Tourism Competitiveness report published by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Iran has been chosen as the most affordable foreign tourist destination, for the third time. This biennial report surveys 136 countries in 14 different categories and shows how well these countries could deliver sustainable economic and social benefits through their tourism sector. 

Food and transport are super cheap in Iran! You might find that the most expensive things you will spend money on are the entrance fees to monuments, while the actual price is only about 4-5 Euros.

 

10 Architecture 

Ancient Iranians have initiated their own specific styles in architecture according to the requirements dictated by the climate, rituals, usage, etc at this part of the world. The people who travel to Iran can see the historical mounds where the earliest inhabitants of Iranian plateau have built their settlements and temples since 8000 years ago. Achaemenian and Sassanian palaces introduce grand edifices built for various purposes from accommodation and administration to worshiping and burials. A good number of such sights are in reasonable condition and offer breath-taking visits to the explorers of ancient architecture. Some of the elements created for such structures were later used by Iranians in creating Islamic architecture in the Muslim world. Without those elements, there wouldn’t be any Islamic architecture evolved as it is today. 

Whether you’re amazed by the blue ceramic domes of mosques or exploring the historical houses of Kashan, strolling through the innovative Iranian ancient bathhouses (Persian Hammam) or discovering the mechanism behind the wind towers in deserts, the architecture in Iran will keep you enthralled. 

 
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