- Khuzestan province
- Things to Do in Khuzestan province
- Hotels in Khuzestan province
- Activities and Tour in Khuzestan
Overview of Khuzestan province
Khuzestan Province, with more than 9000 years of civilization, located at the coast of Persian Gulf in the southwest of Iran and is the main producer of oil and gas in Iran. Khuzestan is the 5th populated city in Iran and many diverse subcultures such as Arab Natives, Bakhtiaris and Persians living in Khuzestan.
Due to the ancient history of Khuzestan, it is also being known as the cradle of civilization, so it would be predictable to expect many historical, architectural and cultural sights and landmarks in this fertile plain.
Beside the various ancient and historical monuments, Khuzestan also offers different types of climate and a variety of natural landscapes for travelers willing to visit especially in Spring.
To be able to put this ancient city into your itinerary, there will be many daily direct flights from Tehran and other cities to Ahwaz. First class asphalt roads are also available to connect this region to other cities. Trains are also accessible from Tehran to Ahwaz, the Capital of Khuzestan.
Best season to visit : Autumn and winter
Top Things to do:
- Moin -ol Tojar Caravanserai
- Sailing along Karoun (Karun) River
- Pol-e Sefid
Top Foods to try:
- Qalieh Mahi- A spicy, sour stew made with fish and herbs like cilantro, fenugreek and garlic, simmered to perfection in red pepper and tamarind sauce.
- Sambouseh or Samosa- A triangular, deep-fried pastry filled with spiced potato, onion and bell pepper.
- Emgesht –A rice dish consisting of salted fish with coriander, dill and raisins.
Some of Hotles in Ahvaz city:
Some of Hotles in Dezful city :
Some of Hotels in Shushtar city :
Afzal Traditional Hotel
Tabid Traditional Hotel
- Pol-e Sefid (White bridge): starting from the Khuzestan Capital, you can visit the 4th hovering bridge in the world called white bridge. This bridge is one of the Khuzestan attractions which is located on the Karun River and recommended to be visited at nights.
- Christians Catholic Church: the next Khuzestan attraction is the most active brick-made church located at Naderi street and many priests hold the congregation there.
- Dezful Water Mills: Water Mills of Dezful are registered as the national heritage and are among the precious attractions of Khuzestan. The historical water mills are an important part of water systems of the city. there are about 5 to 60 mills, some of which are under the old bridge, the others are under the new bridge. beside the Dez river and Dezful traditional bridge, made a touristic complex.
- Yaghob Leys Safari Tomb: This Tomb belongs to an Iranian King whose family ruled in Sistan. The monument located in 10 KM of Dezful and Beside this tomb, there are remains of Gundeshapur City. The conical tomb of this monument locating in a vast graveyard make it more eye-catching from distance.
- Ziggurat (Choqa Zanbil): Choqa Zanbil is located 40 KM far from Susa and is a temple of worship built by the great king of Elam, Untash- Napirisha, at the time of Elamites in 1250 BC. The precious monument of Choqa Zanbil was destroyed during Assyrian attack and hidden under the ground until the French archeologist specialized in ancient Iran, excavated it. This worship palace is a UNESCO World Heritage of Iran registered at 1979.the name “Ziggurat” means a multi-story or stair-shaped temple and the word “Choqa” means hills in local language of habitants.
- Apadana Palace: Apadana Palace in Susa is one of the famous attractions of Khuzestan which will be undoubtedly chosen by tourists to be visited. the admirable Apadana palace located in Susa, one of the oldest habitats in the world, built by the order of Darius the great archaemenid king in about 515-521 BC. This palace consists of a Pavilion, halls, catering palace as well as central yards. The interior walls of the building are the booms of shapes such as eternal army, dazzling bricks, winged lion and other outstanding carvings.
- Tomb of Prophet Daniel: Daniel Tomb is the burial of the Daniel, one of the prophets of the Israelites. The Daniel Tomb is located in Susa exactly in front of the Apadana palace, so at the same day you will be able to visit two of most popular Khuzestan attractions. The Daniel tomb is a popular tourist attraction, largely among Muslims and Jewish pilgrims. The conical building of this Tomb with the stunning mirror works, will surely grab anyone’s attention.
- Historical Hydraulic System: Shushtar is a city 90 KM far from Ahwaz and owes its fame for the hydraulic system located there. The Hydraulic System is a complex of bridges, dams, mills, canals and tunnels leading the water to be used in the cities. the primary construction of this system dates back to Achaemenes and completed by the Sassanid. Karun River is divided into two branches before arriving to Shushtar called “Gargar “and “Shatit”. the Hydraulic system built along the “Gargar” and its water leaded to the complex by three separated tunnels. The entering water is divided through the canals, make the wheels of mills moving and then falls in form of water cascades. So It is not an exaggeration when it is defined as “the masterpieces of civil engineering in the world.”
- Haft Tepe (Seven Hills): Haft Tepe, dates back to the fifth century BCE, located halfway of Susa and Choqa Zanbil, is another Khuzestan attraction which attracts the attentions of tourists and researchers. This vast archaeological site was discovered in 1908. A Royal Temple designed by the bronze plates and outstanding paintings is also revealed in the excavations at Haft Tepe which added more value to this attraction.
10 . Bamdezh Wetland Ahvaz
Bamdezh (Bamdej) Wetland is located 40 kilometers northwest of Ahvaz on the road to Shush. This permanent, sweet water wetland spans an area of 4,000 hectares. The area is home to over 40 different animal species including fox, jackal, wolf, hyena, marten, bat, hedgehog, frog, toad, turtle, gecko and snake. This wetland is also a popular bird watching destination. Its notable birds include Basra reed warbler, African scared Ibis, white-tailed lapwing, duck and Iraq babbler.