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To be included on the World Heritage List, places should have outstanding universal value and meet at least one of the ten criteria explained in the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention which is the main instrument on World Heritage. What follows is a list of sites in Persia or Iran qualifying the measures required for being labeled as World Heritage Sites:
Iran UNESCO World Heritage Site
Naghsh-e Jahan Square

Meidan Emam, Esfahan (1979)

1_Meidan Emam, Esfahan (1979):Inscribed on the world heritage list, Naghsh-e Jahan Square is a public urban square in the center of Isfahan, a city located on the main north-south and east-west routes crossing central Iran. It is one of the largest city squares in the world and an outstanding example of Iranian and Islamic architecture.Built by the Safavid shah Abbas I in the early 17th century, the square is bordered by two-storey arcades and anchored on each side by four magnificent buildings: to the east, the Sheikh Lotfallah Mosque; to the west, the pavilion of Ali Qapu; to the north, the portico of Qeyssariyeh; and to the south, the celebrated Royal Mosque. Naghsh-e Jahan Square was at the heart of the Safavid capital’s culture, economy, religion, social power, government, and politics. Its vast sandy esplanade was used for celebrations, promenades, playing polo and for assembling troops. In short, the royal square of Isfahan was the preeminent monument of Persian Social-cultural life during the Safavid dynasty. It is truly breathtaking and one of the most fascinating city squares in the world. An evening stroll is a memorable experience.

Persepolis or Takht-e Jamshid (1979)

2_Persepolis or Takht-e Jamshid (1979) :The historic Persepolis or Takht-e-Jamshid (throne of Jamshid) represents the greatest successes of the ancient Achaemenes Empire as well as its final demise. The ruins you see today are a mere shadow of its former glory. The striking point about its architecture is not only about how grand or detailed it is but how delicately it was influenced by the construction art of nations from around the globe. Tiles were brought from Babylon, precious stones from India, Cedrus wood from Lebanon and Lydians and Greeks worked together with Persians to raise hundreds of columns to the sky.It was the sea of government of the Achaemenid Empire, although it was prepared for the receptions and festivals of the kings and their empire. The ensemble of its majestic approaches, monumental stairways, throne rooms, reception rooms, and annex buildings is categorized among the world’s greatest archeological sites, among those which have no equivalent and which bear witness of a unique quality and to a most ancient civilization. The most compelling part of the complex is the Apadana staircase. Rows of Persian nobles in formal clothing with headdresses that distinguishes them from the Medes in round caps are carved into the walls.

Chogha Zanbil (1979)

3_Chogha Zanbil (1979):A Ziggurat is a stepped pyramidal structure with a temple or shrine on top. Functioned symbolically as lofty bridges between earth and the heavens. The temples were known as “waiting rooms” where the priests and priestesses waited for the gods and goddesses to reveal themselves.This is an interesting facility which was sacral in nature and was discovered accidentally by oil seeking engineers who recognized that the hill is too squared, so you need to turn your imagination on to see it all. Definitely it is worth visiting this mud brick structure. This is a 3300 year old mud-brick Ziggurat of massive dimensions. Staring at this colossal structure in the middle of the desert makes all the inconvenience worthwhile. This is one of the wonders of the ancient world.

Takht-e Soleyman(2003)

4_Takht-e Soleyman(2003):Takht-e Soleyman is an outstanding ensemble of royal architectural residence, joining the principal architectural elements created by the Sassanians in a harmonious composition inspired by natural environment. The ensemble shows a striking example of a Zoroastrian sanctuary which is an exceptional testimony of the progression of a cult pertinent to fire and water over a course of around two and a half millenia. 

Pasargadae (2004)

5_Pasargadae (2004):The dynastic capital of Pasargadae was constructed by Cyrus the Great in the 6th century BC with contributions from different nations of the empire established by him. With its palaces, gardens, and the tomb of Cyrus the Great, it represented exceptional testimony to the Achaemenid civilization in ancient Persia. The “Four Garden” type of royal ensemble exemplifies the prototype of a Persian Garden. This grand architectural masterpiece consisted of several monuments constructed and used as ceremonial places for the King and his courtiers. It was also used as a place of pilgrimage during the following years as it became known as the Tomb of Mother of Solomon.The most glorious and beautiful masterpiece in Pasargadae complex ,is the tomb of Cyrus ,the great which is stand firm and stable during 25 centuries. The first European tourist who studied about pasargadae was Juzpe Barbaro from veniz who visited this place in 1474 A.D and his book proves that the tomb of Cyrus from that time was called Solomon Mother’s Grave. The structure itself is made up of two distinct parts:a seven-stepped rectangular platform covering an area of 156m,and a small 7.5m chamber with slanted roofs and walls of 1.5m in thickness.and it has 11m height The entrance door of the grave is situated to the northwest of the construction and is 75cm wide.

Bam and its Cultural Landscape (2004)

6_Bam and its Cultural Landscape (2004):Inscribed on the world heritage list,The property of Bam and its Cultural Landscape is located on the southern edge of the Iranian high plateau, in Kerman Province, in south-eastern Iran.The citadel, which contains the governor’s quarters and the fortified residential area, forms the central focus of a vast cultural landscape, which is marked by a series of forts and citadels, now in ruins.Arg-e Bam is the most representative example of a fortified medieval town built in vernacular technique using mud layers (Chineh), sun-dried mud bricks (khesht), and vaulted and domed structures.Bam is located in desert area, the existence of which has been based on the use of underground water canals, Qanāts, and has preserved evidence of the technological development in the building and maintenance of the qanāts over more than two millennia.The ancient city of Bam is an example of a walled city where life existed inside the walls and well-protected in the middle of deserts. People used to protect themselves against burglars and bandits this way.What makes Bam city unique is the fact that it had been inhabited for approximately 2000 years. It’s also known as the largest sun-dried brick made compound in the world. Make sure you certainly visit Bam so that it will remain in your memory for the rest of your life.

Soltaniyeh Dome(2005)

7_Soltaniyeh Dome(2005): Situated in the province of Zanjan, Soltaniyeh is one of the outstanding examples of the achievements of Persian architecture and a key monument in the development of its Islamic architecture.The octagonal building is crowned with a 50 m tall dome covered in turquoise-blue faience and surrounded by eight slender minarets. It is the earliest existing example of the double-shelled dome in Iran.This is the third largest dome in the world and it’s amazing, you should have a look at its foundation, the structure, design and architecture, and the story behind it which are all exciting. You can also ask the building’s guide to tell the story. You will find amazing patterns on the walls and ceilings of each floor.

Bisotun (2006)

8_Bisotun (2006): Inscribed on the World Heritage List, Bisotun is located along the ancient trade route linking the Iranian high plateau with Mesopotamia and features remains from the prehistoric times to the Median, Achaemenid, Sassanian, and Ilkhanid periods.
The principal monument of this archaeological site is the Bas-relief and Persian cuneiform inscription ordered for the first time by Darius I, when he rose to the throne of the Persian Empire in 521 BC.The Bas-relief portrays Darius holding a bow, as a sign of sovereignty, and treading on the chest of a figure who lies on his back before him. The figure represents the Median pretender to the throne whose assassination led to Darius’s rise to power. Darius overlooks nine representatives of conquered people, their necks tied. Above these thirteen people is a representation of the supreme god Ahuramazda. The inscription is written in three languages.The oldest is an Elamite text describing the king and the rebellions.This is the only known monumental text of the Achaemenids to document the establishment of the Empire by Darius I.Wold-famous Darius I Bas-relief carving it is about 60 meters above the road which represents Darius the first receiving chained supplicants, surrounded by inscriptions in three different lost languages. Bring binoculars to fully enjoy the beauty and splendor of the scene.

Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran (2008)

9_Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran (2008): The Armenian monasteries of Iran have borne continuous testimony, since the origins of Christianity and certainly since the 7th century, to Armenian culture in its relations and contact with the Persian and later the Iranian civilizations. They bear testimony to a very large and refined panorama of architectural and decorative content associated with Armenian culture, in interaction with other regional cultures: Byzantine, Orthodox, Assyrian, Persian and Muslim. The monasteries have survived some 2,000 years of destruction, both of human origin and as a result of natural disasters.Saint-Thaddeus, the presumed location of the tomb of the apostle of Jesus Christ, St. Thaddeus, has always been a place of high spiritual value for Christians and other inhabitants in the region. It is still today a living place of pilgrimage for the Armenian Church.

Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System (2009)

10_Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System (2009):It’s inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2009 and testifies to the heritage and the synthesis of earlier Elamite and Mesopotamian knowhow. It was designed and completed in the 3rd century CE for sustainable operation and is still in use today.It is a homogeneous hydraulic system rich in its diversity of its uses including urban water supply, mills, irrigation,river transport and defensive system.Shushtar is UNESCO World Heritage, due to its unique antique water regulation system. Water comes through canals, qanats or underground water canals, as it feeds a lot of watermills. This is the most spectacular part, but if you pass the surrounding fields you see the abundance of vegetables and fruits, though several miles away is dry and dusty. So then you will understand the ingenuity of those antique engineers. One of the few good things created by soldiers because during that time there existed Roman legionaries, soldiers of the unlucky Roman emperor Valerian who was defeated by the Sassanian King Shapur I then. Part of the whole systems are watermills and you can see one of them reconstructed. But you also have to see the bridges and canals in and close to Shushtar.And once you are there – do not miss the chance to see Choga Zanbil an impressive Elamite ziggurat about 30 km from Shushtar!

Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex (2010)

11_Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex (2010):Registered on the World Heritage List, Tabriz Grand Bazaar is one of the most important commercial hubs on the Silk Road.Tabriz and its Bazaar were already famous in the 13th century, when the town, in the province of Eastern Azerbaijan, became the capital city of the Safavid dynasty.The Historical Bazaar Complex of Tabriz, situated along one of the busiest east-west commerce roads, comprises of a number of interrelated, covered brick structures, buildings, and capsulated spaces for a variety of functions – commerce- and trade-related activities, educational social gatherings and religious activities.
It has expanded over the centuries into an extraordinary economic, physical, sociopolitical, and religious building complex,where specialized architectural constructions, purposes, occupations, and people from different subcultures are incorporated in a unique living situation.This lovely old Bazaar is an ideal market to shop at, so you would need a whole day to go through this Bazaar which has everything you can imagine; for instance, the carpet market is amazing and hand made woolen rugs are really cheap you will find and buy some good handmade leather shoes. And finally if you want to buy nuts, then this is the ideal place to buy nuts and dried fruit fresh walnuts, pistachios and various types of health seeds.

Sheikh Safi al-din Khānegāh and Shrine Ensemble in Ardabil (2010)

12_Sheikh Safi al-din Khānegāh and Shrine Ensemble in Ardabil (2010): Registered on the World’s Heritage List, Sheikh Safi al-Din Khānegāh and Shrine Ensemble was constructed as a small example city with bazaars, squares, religious buildings,public baths, houses, and offices.It was the biggest and most perfect khānegāh and the most outstanding Sufi shrine because it also bears the grave of the originator of the Safavid Dynasty.It has evolved into an exhibit of ineffable works of art and architecture from the 14th to the 18th century and a center of Sufi pious pilgrim’s journey.The Sheikh Safi al-Din Khānegāh and Shrine Ensemble in Ardabil is of prominent Universal Value as an artistic and architectural masterpiece and an outstanding representation of the basic principles of Sufism.The design of the ensemble became a prototype for innovative architectural expressions and a reference for other khānegāhs. Ardabil is a stopping point on the glorious drive from Astara on the way from Caspian Sea to Tabriz. This ancient town was an important location in the development of Shi’ism as a state-religion and in the development of mystical Sufism.

The Persian Garden (2011)

13_The Persian Garden (2011): During the Achaemenid age, Persian monuments conveyed concepts of the garden and of man’s dependence upon nature. The Achaemenid tradition of garden design continued through two forms of landscape expression: hunting gardens and planted courtyards. In ancient Mesopotamia, agriculture relied on above-ground irrigation systems, which could be repaired, expanded, and enlarged.To maintain their gardens and encourage agriculture, the Persians needed to develop irrigation systems which would work in this hot and dry climate. Open canals were not efficient in this arid region, but cultivation became possible by constructing many underground irrigation canals called Kariz or Qanat These methods were gradually applied by farmers and spread out all over the plateau of Iran.In the spring it’s like paradise, you can find lot’s of colorful flowers everywhere.

Masjed-e Jāmé of Isfahan (2012)

14_Masjed-e Jāmé of Isfahan (2012): Masjed-e Jāme’ of Isfahan is the most ancient Friday (congregational) mosque in Iran, situated in the historical center of Isfahan.The site shows a series of architectural buildings and ornamental styles of different periods in Persian Islamic architecture.The mosque became the example of a characteristic Islamic style of architecture.The pleasing thing is that each of the iwans is moderately well kept during the time it was built – so one iwan is moved in through brick columns to an area of a beautiful brick dome; another iwan uncovers Safavid tile works. In contrast is the evident Timurid winter praying room. You can turn the lights off here to spotlight the gypsum skylights. The exterior parts of the iwans are covered with tile works.

Gonbad-e Qābus (2012)

15_Gonbad-e Qābus (2012):The tower’s hollow cylindrical shaft of unglazed fired brick is a complex geometrical plan in the shape of a ten needle-like star to a cone-like roof.Two Kufic inscriptions commemorate Qābus Ibn Voshmgir, Ziyarid ruler as its founder in 1006 AD.Its conical roofed form became a prototype for tomb towers and other towers in the region, representing an architectural cultural exchange between the Central Asian nomads and ancient Iranian civilization.Looking somewhat like a rocket ship about to take off from its artificial hill, this mysterious tower is reputed to be the world’s tallest structure built exclusively of unglazed, fired brick and Iran’s earliest building bearing its own date.

Golestan Palace (2013)

16_Golestan Palace (2013): This place UNESCO has been registered as World Heritage Site in Iran. One can observe its perfect architecture which is a combination of traditional palace and traditional museum architecture. In fact, while you visit Golestan Palace, you should visit Shamsolemare because this place is so beautiful and it has so many fabulous art works, mirror works and the like; to illustrate, after you visit this palace you can visit the Bazar. In my opinion, Golestan palace is one of the most beautiful palaces. Would you like to enter dream world? I have a good offer for you, you should visit jewelry museum.A national gem with a little bit of insight into the luxurious lifestyle experienced by the Shahs before the Islamic Revolution. There are many parts to visit here and the magnificent mirror mosaic work is a site to behold. You cannot help thinking of all those broken mirrors! There is a restaurant here which is expensive by Iranian standards but the quality of food is good. It is busy so do not eat here if your time is limited.Make sure you climb up and down all the stairs so you will not miss anything. In the cistern room, there is a great collection of photos from 150 years taken by one of the Shahs who had visited Europe and was interested in photography.

Shahr-i Sokhta or or Burnt City  (2014)

17_Shahr-i Sokhta or or Burnt City  (2014):The historic site of Shahr-e Sukhte is the most important prehistoric city in ancient Persia and an integral place for Iranian prehistoric studies, especially about the southeastern region, and a liking point between Near Eastern civilization and that of the Indus Valley.

Susa (2015)

18_Susa (2015): Situated in the south-west of Iran, this region bears a collection of archaeological mounds protruding on the eastern flank of the River, besides Palace of Ardeshir, on the other side of the river. It encompasses residential, palatial and administrative structures. There are also several superimposed urban settlements there. This region is exceptional testimony to the Elamite, Persian and Parthian cultural traditions.

Cultural Landscape of Maymand (2015)

19_Cultural Landscape of Maymand (2015): The village shows the way of continuous life of humans throughout the history; those who had employed the most sophisticated natural facilities and utilized them in harmony with the surrounding natural environmentIf you locking for humans life at prehistory, go to Maymand. There is 20 families still live there In Maymand Village, Also there is a fire temple there.I recommend to Stay for a night, stroll and visit houses at night! It’s completely safe and awesome. You can sleep in your tent in the parking or rent a room, also there is bathroom and a shop.

The Persian Qanat (2016)

20_The Persian Qanat (2016): Qanats: Main shafts that were excavated to the permanent subterranean water level, usually at the base of hills or mountains, with slightly sloping tunnels which were constructed by workers who dug to where the water was needed.At approximately 50-foot intervals, shafts were dug to help remove a material and maintain the Qanat line. A Qanat taps water that has seeped into the ground and channels it via straight tunnels to the land surface. The major benefit of the Qanat is that its underground location prevents the evaporation of the water. The 11 Qanats representing this system comprise of resting areas for workers, water reservoirs and windmills. Qanats give testimony to the cultural traditions and civilizations in desert districts with arid climate.Moving down through its small opening, several layers of water channels and chambers were observed. Obviously, the site lies at the crossroad of three different Qanats, with the Zarch Qanat specifically powering the mill. It is also interesting to know that the temperature on the ground compared to the temperature down where the waters flow can fluctuate from 17 to 20 degrees Celsius, making it a wonderful refuge from the heat outside.

Lut Desert (2016)

21_Lut Desert (2016): Dasht-e Lut or Lut Desert is one of Iran’s two great deserts and is located between South Khorasan, Sistan and Baluchistan and Kerman Provinces. Here large amounts of sand are always moving forming unique sand hills which vary in shape every hour in the desert. So an attraction for you can be watching these beautiful paintings of nature. This desert is comprised of dried out kavirs.On July 17, 2016, eight new sites of global importance were inscribed to UNESCO’S World Heritage List including Lut desert. This desert is home to the the most arid and the hottest area of Iran and a part of it belongs to the hottest region in the universe (Shahdad Desert). It has a tremendously fluctuating temperature (freezing at nights but very blistering hot during the daytime). In other words, the ecological conditions of deserts in Iran are hardly tolerable during summer and winter seasons, but at the same time make this place worthy of being experienced. Its yardangs are described by UNESCO as ‘an exceptional example of ongoing geological processes’. You can also enjoy the fresh and clean air of this part of world on the planet Earth.You will enjoy to see many sand mountains and it will surely be a great experience to climb up to the top of mountain, wait and see sunset&moon rise at the same time.

The City of Yazd (2017)

22_The City of Yazd (2017): It is located at the heart of desert, 270 kilometers far from Isfahan near the Spice and Silk Roads. It testifies the use of limited resources for surviving in the desert. Qanat system I utilized to supply water to the city and draw it from underground resources. Its architecture is unique in the world as it is the only still living adobe city in the whole universe. The architecture of this city has been successful in evading the modernization trend in Iran which has destroyed many traditional towns. Yazd city has retained its Qanat Systems, traditional houses, bathhouses, Zoroastrian Fire Temples, synagogues, azure blue mosques, traditional districts, bazaars and historic gardens especially the famous Garden of Dowlat-Abad famous for the highest wind catcher in Iran.

Sassanid Archaeological Landscape of Fars Region (2018)

23- Sassanid Archaeological Landscape of Fars Region (2018): This includes few sites which in Iran we call it Sassanid path.Qal’eh Dokhtar, Ardeshir investiture relief, Victory relief of Ardeshir, Ardeshir Khurreh, Palace of Ardeshir, City of Bishapur, Shapur Cave, Sarvestan palace.

Caspian Hyrcanian mixed forests (2019)

24- Caspian Hyrcanian mixed forests (2019): Hyrcaian forests which stretches alongside of south Caspian Sea and northern slopes of Alborz mountain range. Hyrcanian forests host by two countries, Iran and Azerbaijan. The major part is located in five provinces of Iran. Alborz Mountain range is highest in the middle east area and absorb most moisture of Caspian Sea the make a specific area for the many large animals like Panther, Wild bar, Black and brown bears, badger, Golden jackal and  tiger which is not exist anymore. This jungle is also a rest place for the immigrant birds from North to south and vice versa.

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Iran has Planned to Ease Visa Issue for Several Countries such as Serbian Citizens

First, negotiations have been done to mutually waiver the visa requirement between Serbia and Iran:  

Following a meeting between the Foreign Ministry officials and the coordinating office of the governments of the two countries of Serbia and Iran, it was decided that the Visa requirements for the citizens of both countries of Serbia and Iran be removed. On the wake of this agreement between the two states visa rules will be mutually relaxed for the travelers of both nations. This is to accelerate the time consuming process of visa issuing for these two countries; thus making the tourism industry of both countries more active by receiving more tourists annually.  

Second issue concerning the visa requirement policy is related to the countries of America, Canada and England as explained below:

But among the good news mentioned above, the good news is that our agency works on behalf of Iran’s government and Tourism and Heritage Organization and has been granted the permit to admit travelers who have traveled with the aim of visiting Iran as pilgrim tourists from the three countries of America, Canada and Britain without the tour services. Thus the travelers who come from these three countries can travel to Iran but the requirement is that they must meet the three conditions mentioned below, and they are not forced by law to buy their hotels or tour guides from our agency.

They must be Muslims (Other religions are not allowed to use this kind of visa).

  1. They must be Shiite (The Sunnis are not permitted to use this kind of visa).
  2. They are only allowed to visit the cities of Tehran, Mashhad and Qom, if they are willing to travel to other cities in Iran, they must have requested for touristy visa with the same previous conditions before their travel to Iran (accompanied by tour guide and hotel reservation, etc.).
  3. They must make a group of at most 4 persons to hold the tour.


Third issue is related to the country of Russia and what had been planned during the negotiations and the agreements concluded between the two countries concerning the issue of Visa waiver plan:

The first phase of visa waiver plan was to be implemented during interactions and negotiations with the country of Russia which called for relaxation of visa procedures for people active in trade, science and tourism sectors, was enforced as effective in February 2016. The second phase was to set the logistics for waiving the visa requirements for group tours.The third and final phase is the implementation of a totally visa-free travel and it will be realized in the near future. Iran also issues visa on arrival at 10 international airports for citizens of more than 180 countries across the world.And the last issue is related to such mutual removal of visa requirements for citizens of other countries when traveling to Iran and Iranian tourists traveling to the destinations in those countries:

Namely, while Iran has mutually abolished the visa regime with Armenia and Georgia, such talks are underway with China, Azerbaijan and India.

Qeshm Island- Persian gulf

Persian Gulf-Qeshm Island Tour

Persian Gulf-Qeshm Island Tour

Qeshm is the largest duty-free island in the Persian Gulf, is renowned for its natural beauty, and more recently for its designation as a UNESCO Geo Park with its rocky coastlines that protects a mountainous and often beautiful interior. Qeshm Island is located a few kilometers off the southern coast of Iran (Persian Gulf), opposite the port cities of Bandar Abbas. The island like Kish is a free zone which means you do not need visa. The island has an abundance of wildlife, including birds, reptiles, dolphins and turtles. The island hospitalizes you with its friendly inhabitant.

It a magical place to stay some days relaxing near beach, taste local food, experience wearing local custom and hearing the great folk music. You have excursion to nearby islands like Hengam and Hormuz and witness the great Geo Park. Join us on this spectacular tour.

Best time to go: November, December, January, February

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Day 1: Arrival to Qeshm airport. Meet and greet by local guide. Check-in the hotel. Overnight Qeshm

Day 2:  After breakfast visit Chahkouh Canyon. The amazing rock formations were created by water running through the valley at various speeds, resulting in twisted formations, deep holes and narrow passages. This spectacular series of valleys has an outstanding view and a pleasant sound echo. Then visit Namakdan salt cave & dome, located on the west of the island. These incredible salt caves are worth a visit. The gate keeper will give you head torches to enter the caves. You will experience eating lunch in local homes where sea food is served for travelers.
After lunch take a boat to Hara Marine Forests (Mangrove Jungle). It’s a vast mangrove tree forest which houses a majority of immigration birds in special season. On the way back to Qeshm visit Laft village with its beautiful badgir (wind catching towers in Yazd) and old houses. There are ship making workshops which are very traditional and unique (UNESCO Intangible heritage). Overnight Qeshm

Day 3:  In the morning visit Hengam Island by boat. It is an Island in south of Qeshm. There you can see dolphins and you can get souvenirs from the local shops in the island. Visit Shib Deraz village to see turtles lay egg. Then Naz Island and stars Valley. Beautifully weird shapes in Stars valley show us the majesty of a beautiful nature. Overnight Qeshm

 **Please note that Stars valley is closed on Saturdays

Day 4:  In the morning you have an excursion to a rainbow Island of Iran(Hormuz Island), located just a bit south of Qeshm. It is famous as a colorful geological wonder island where there is a wide range of colorful sand. You explore the island via Took Took (a small local bike), the driver shows you around the island such as Portuguese castle and statue valley. There are local homes serving sea food for travelers. In the afternoon come back to Qeshm. Overnight Qeshm

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In the morning take a flight.


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Darbe Shazdeh Hotel Shiraz

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Address:Street 26, Keshavarz (Teimuri) Street, Isfahan Gate, Shiraz, Iran

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The traditional boutique hotel of Darb-e Shazdeh is located at the central part of Shiraz. This accommodation is a newly established. It has nine rooms and also has easy access to Zandieh Complex and downtown.

Each room is named in the Persian language. All these exquisitely-designed rooms have facilities such as air conditioning and heating systems, perfectly equipped bathrooms with bathrobes and showers, Wi-Fi, minibars, TVs with satellite channels, and safe boxes. The traditional architecture of the rooms along with their decorations have brought a unique ambiance to this superb boutique hotel. This place also has a nice and peaceful yard with a cozy coffee shop where you can have a relaxing stay, and spend some of the most memorable moments of your trip.

Staying at least one night in this amazing boutique hotel is highly recommended as one of your top things to do in Shiraz.



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Koomeh Bibi Seyed Restaurant in Abarkuh

Koomeh Bibi Seyed Restaurant

The traditional Koomeh Bibi Seyyed restaurant has been created to promote traditional customs and to revive historical atmosphere and old houses to cater for guests and tourists. This restaurant is a spectacular and unique place in Abarkouh locating close to Abarkouh Cypress tree. You can take a walk of less than 5 minutes to visit this place, too, as strolling in the narrow and thatched alleys of this area will please you as Punch. In addition to the taste of indigenous and local cuisine, familiarity with classical handicrafts and specialties of the region, Abarkouh’s intangible heritage can be touched at this place. This restaurant provides unique recipes and traditional dishes for all the travelers.  

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Yazd: 1st Mud Brick City in the World [Abarkouh]

TThe ancient town of Abarkouh is located in Yazd Province. Geographically, you can see Abarkouh on the way between Yazd, Shiraz and Isfahan, three main cities of Iran. This town was originally a desert one; thus, it has been constructed using elements of architectural designs of desert houses such as vaulted roofs and so on. But, the most noticeable construction element of desert cities in Iran is sun-dried brick or mud brick to make walls and houses. The green parts of cultivated lands in Abarkouh are the result of underground aqueducts (in Persian Kariz system) made by people and so the town has enough water to cultivate the lands and gardens. Moreover, the system of making wind towers especially for hot days of the year can be conspicuously observed in the buildings of the house.  At least a stop through this town is highly recommended to observe how the life is going on there and what monuments are still standing to attract travelers from inside and outside Iran to the ancient Abarkouh, including the famous cypress tree of this city.


Gonbad-e Ali (Dome of Ali)

Dome of Ali

Dating back to 11th century, this memorial is called Dome of Ali and is in fact the oldest structure of the town. You should drive to outskirts of the city, hiking to top of the hill to see one of the first tomb towers of Iran also to observe the whole city. Its unique architecture and design are among the beauties of this historical monument. Its octagonal shape and the dome-like form above, catches your eyes and this is where you can easily see the Kufic inscriptions on the monument. The materials used in the construction of this place are mountain rocks and Sarooj helping this monument to stand out upright after passing of so many years.

Cypress of Abarkuh

The enigmatic city of Abarkuh has at its heart one of the most ancient living creatures on Earth, that is a lofty and old cypress tree. This attraction is the most prominent spectacle worth visiting in this city in Iran. Just conceive that this tree is even older than the Christian Calendar and it existed on the Earth at the time when Jesus Christ had not been born yet. A Russian scientist and professor has estimated its age as 4500 years. This tree seems to be an eternal ever-green tree.

Aghazadeh Boutique Hotel

Aghazadeh Boutique Hotel

Constructed during the Qajar Dynasty, Aghazadeh Boutique hotel is built according to the ecological conditions of the town; thus, it has one of the loftiest wind towers of Iran in terms of diameter and it is one of the most beautiful houses in the desert city of Abarkuh. Nowadays, this house is restored both for the travelers to visit and to accommodate them to experience one of the most memorable, fascinating and relaxing stays inside Iran. So, a Yazd desert tour will provide you a chance to visit this house.

Koomeh Bibi Seyed Restaurant

The traditional Koomeh Bibi Seyyed restaurant has been created to promote traditional customs and to revive historical atmosphere and old houses to cater for guests and tourists. This restaurant is a spectacular and unique place in Abarkouh locating close to Abarkouh Cypress tree. You can take a walk of less than 5 minutes to visit this place, too, as strolling in the narrow and thatched alleys of this area will please you as Punch. In addition to the taste of indigenous and local cuisine, familiarity with classical handicrafts and specialties of the region, Abarkouh’s intangible heritage can be touched at this place. This restaurant provides unique recipes and traditional dishes for all the travelers.  

Ice House

Ice House

An outstanding architectural work built during Qajar era, is the ice house of Abarkouh. It was used to be filled with large glaciers made out of water, freezing during the cold nights of desert and in the outside streams of the fridge. Then, the ice was slid into the refrigerator in the large hole and this procedure was repetitive during the whole winter. Of course, some water was thrown inside the fridge and on the ice so that the ice masses could be squeezed together and condensed. The cone-shaped and thickened fridge made the room cool, froze the ice and prevented the ice melting in summertime. However, putting aside the architectural aspect, the ice house can be a symbol of human intelligence to save his life in hard times.


The Rudolstadt Music Festival

The Rudolstadt-Festival is a grand roots, folk and world music festival. It has been held since 1991 annually in Germany through the first weekend of July in Rudolstadt, Thuringia. During these 3 days and nights the musicians from all around the world get together to share their sounds of music and culture. Over 300 concerts on 20 stages took place in 2016 and hundreds of people enjoyed them.

This year as in 2019 their main focus is on Iran’s music. They are looking forward to welcoming Iranian musicians. Iranian rich traditional music, coming from Old Asian rich culture which has already had great influence on Western Asia music would make a great combination with world music and other genres. Popularity of Iranian music is finding its way to people’s heart and has its own audience all around the world.
And we (Iran Traveling Center) are here to make sure you get the necessary guidance if you are interested in attending the Festival. Our Local German Guide Service is the one you can count on.

Please fill out the form below if you are keen to participate in the 2019 Rudolstadt-Festival.

Visa On Arrival for Indians

Iran has started granting visas on arrival to Indian citizens since July 23.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran has recently informed that Indians who has already applied Visa through eVisa website or any valid agencies, will be able to obtain their visa at Iran’s international airports include Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport and airports located in cities of Mashhad, Shiraz, Isfahan, Tabriz, Ahvaz, Kish, Qeshm, Kerman, Uremia, Bandar Abbas and Bushehr.
This visa on arrival is not a typical visa on arrival since the Indian citizens must hold on to their invitation letter which they have already granted from the website directly or a valid agency.

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Ghalat Village

The village of Ghalat, located northwest of Shiraz, is a really splendid ancient virgin site to both visit and hike. Due to its favorable climatic conditions and undiscovered lovely hills and mountains, this site has attracted the attention of many visitors even from abroad. Foreigners can spend one or two days familiarizing themselves with rural life and traditions and delicious local foods of the countryside. They can get acquainted with the handicrafts of this place which are Melki (shoes woven by hands), Mashk (container made of animal skin) and handmade wooden objects used in daily life. You may also get familiar with the old customs and habits of traditional life of the people such as wedding ceremony customs or burial habits of the village. The village has remained intact especially the northern part of it and that is what attracts a swarm of travelers from the outside regions. You can go hiking on the green hills and valleys of this old village. There are cafes and coffee shop which serve you local foods of the village and where you can have a rest or relax in a relaxed atmosphere away from dust and exhaust pollution. You can also hike to reach the waterfalls of his village shining in the heart of the rocky mountains providing the water of this village.
The sky of this village covers the earth like a clean turquoise blue sheet that gives everybody a calming sense or feeling. In spring and summer you can sit on the roof of the cafes or restaurants of this small village and enjoy looking at the nature, the azure sky, mountains with snow covered peaks, and listen to soothing traditional Iranian music. Its falls are really marvelous as the nature is like a painting palette full of colors of orange, red, brown and yellow.

Reservation :

Sassanid Archaeological registered as the 23rd UNESCO heritage site

The Sassanid Archaeological Landscape of Fars Province on the list of World Heritage Sites has been inscribed by UNESCO. The related dossier has been submitted by the Iranian officials to the International Council on Monuments and Sites and the International Union for Conservation of Nature in July 2017. The attraction is also known as the Ensemble of Historical Sassanian Cities Ensemble which consists of Firouzabad, Bishapour, and Sarvestan in Fars Province. Based on the dossier, the ensemble represents the historical, cultural, political and artistic advances of the Sassanid time (224-651). It embraces a number of bas reliefs, the ruins of the city of Goor, Ardeshir’s Palace and Qal’e-ye-Dokhtar fortress.

The bas-reliefs of Sassanid era which are mostly carved near the main roads have been used to narrate historic events such as coronations, battle fields and so on. The main purpose has been to show the passer byes the glory and power of the royal families and courts along with their beliefs and traditions which are really majestic and worth a visit.

Little is left of the ancient Sassanian city of Gour (also spelled Gor or Gur): mainly a tower, visible from the highway, against the backdrop of mountains. This site is of major architectural importance, however, because originally the city was constructed as circular; it is important in the history of urban planning, and the scattered remains which therefore may not seem at all impressive in themselves are archaeologically fascinating to those with a special interest in urban archaeology. If you are visiting the nearby castle/palace of Ardeshir, it is worth making a quick side-trip to Gour.

The town of Firuzabad is located south of Shiraz. It dates back to 220 AD when the Parthians were defeated and Ardashir I, the first king of the Sassanid dynasty, became the new king of Persia. The ruins of his splendid place are just outside the ancient walled city with a view overlooking a small natural lake; this monument is both beautiful and historical and fascinating in terms of architecture. In fact, it is like a hidden gem.

Finally, the ancient Ghaleh of Dokhtar (fortress of girl) is free to see but you have to go up a few hundred steps. It is recommended to go early in the morning so you don’t get stuck in the heat of the day. It is a Sassanian castle built around 220AD during the reign of the first Sassanian king when he was still fighting the Parthian king. It has a big and great dome. It is a big castle and when you are on top, you can see how far down the castle actually goes. Some of the sections were reconstructed for tourism but it still is a great place.

Iran traveling center team expresses its congratulations to all the people of the planet Earth and especially lovers of Persian history, architecture and culture and hopes that this registration will open horizons for better preserving and excellence of Mother land of Persia and all its attractions.