Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Sarein; a chilly summer destination in Iran.

Although many travelers believe that summer is not a good time for traveling to Iran and all the cities spend very hot days during this season, there are cool and charming cities which make you a fabulous summer vacation in Iran!
Being located in the Ardebil province in the northwest of Iran, the small and beautiful Sarein (also spelled as Sareyn or Sar Ein) is one of those chilly cities. Sarein is located only two hours from the great Sabalan Mount and enjoys the cool breeze and the fresh air at this high land. Vivid blue sky, honey bee farms, green plains and white wooly fat sheep grazing on the pastures are the amazing and peaceful landscapes you will enjoy on the road to this town.

peolpe in the hot springs on the plains of Sarein, Ardebil.
Natural hot spring of Sarein, Ardebil.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

The expressive dance of Qashqai nomads.

One of the most wonderful faces of Qashqais lifestyle is their traditional dance which is more like a metaphoric and cultural show. Qashqais are one of the biggest nomadic populations of Iran, classified into different tribes living in the west and southwest of Iran mostly in Fars province. Qashqais’ tribal life, their migration, their festivals and handicrafts are the alive presentation of pure culture and tradition. Qashqais life is connected with the nature around whether in terms of agriculture and animal husbandry or the legends and artistic aspects including the motifs on their carpets and the movements while they dance. Qashqai women are strong women who take as big responsibilities as the men do.

Dance of Qashqai women.
Qashqai nomads, Fars-Iran.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Iran to change national currency into Tomans!

One of the interesting things that the first time travelers to Iran face, is that Iran has two currencies. Iranian Rial which is the national currency and Toman which is used by the public for daily purchaces and deals. One Toman equals 10 Rials and this have caused fun confusions for the travelers and even Iranians. You might have also experienced such confusions while traveling in Iran.


Now, the central bank of Iran has decided to change the national currency to Tomans. This will cause a raise in the value of Iran currency and a stop to all the mistakes! :)

Iranian cash.
Iran currency changes into Tomans.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The glorious Soltaniyeh dome.



Soltaniyeh Dome of Zanjan is absolutely one of the masterpieces of Persian- Islamic architecture which is inscribed as a world heritage site by the UNESCO. This fabulous structure, built in 10 years from 1302 to 1312 B.C is the grave of Oljaito, the Ilkhanid king.
The ornaments in Soltaniyeh Dome.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Yazd named as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Yesterday (July 9th), the historical city of Yazd known as the bride of Persian cities and the city of sunshine, got inscribed as a world heritage site by the UNESCO, as the first Iranian city and the 22nd Iranian historical site which has been inscribed by the UNESCO so far. Even for me as an Iranian, Yazd is the most charming city with the purest oriental mood among the cities of Iran and I don’t know any person who has visited Yazd without falling in love with its mythical serenity and culture.

travelers visiting the old texture of Yazd, Iran.
Travelers visiting old texture of Yazd, Iran.



Saturday, July 8, 2017

Fun activities to enjoy around Neor Lake.

Neor, the biggest lake of Ardebil province, is laid on the heights of northwestern Iran and is one of the best refugees from the summer heat in Iran. The beautiful lands in northwest of Iran offer a pleasant and fresh chill to nature lovers. With 210 hectares width, the water in the beautiful Neor Lake is supplied by the numerous sweet water springs around it and the aromatic herbs around the lake like mints, buttercup, clover and etc. make the whole atmosphere fragrant and fresh. Many bird species live around this lake and the good thing is that hunting is forbidden in this area. Neor Lake is a wonderful place for different nature based activities:
 
The mountaind around Neot lake and the cloudy sky.
Neor Lake, Ardebil-Iran.

Fishing

This lake is home to different types of fish like the unique Rainbow Trout. A fun and exciting fishing competition is held around Neor Lake every year during September.

Biking

Biking on the flat plains and breathing the peaceful and clean air around Neor Lake is an experience that might not be reachable anywhere during summer.

Horse riding

The strong and healthy horses nurtured in this area and the vast lands lead to an amazing horse riding experience around Neor Lake.

Winter sports

As the winter arrives, Neor Lake is frozen and the hills are covered with snow. At this time, this area changes into a wonderful hangout for winter sport lovers like the skiers and patinage players.

There are many more fun activities that can be done around Neor Lake like, boating, trekking, photography, and having a tasty fresh fish kebab.


biking around Neor Lake. Ardebil-Iran
Biking around Neor Lake, Ardebil-Iran.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Why you should visit National Museum of Iran?

National Mueum of Iran or the Museum of Ancient Iran is the oldest museum of this country founded on 1937. This building is designed by Andre Godard, the French architect and the exterior of this building resembles the glorious Sassanid monument named Tagh e Kasra.

National Museum of Iran hosts the most complete and fabulous collection of ancient objects like potteries, coins, textiles, statues and jewelries related to pre-Islamic eras like Elamite, Medes, Achaemenid, Parthian and post-Islamic dynasties, exhibited in two separate buildings. 

The arcs on the exterior of National Museum of Iran
National Museum of Iran.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Old Persian houses

Persian architecture shows Iran’s amazing art, philosophy and traditional beliefs. According to the introvert and intimate spirit of Iranian people, old architectures used to build their houses with a simple appearance on the outside, while inside the buildings and their intimate spaces used to be built so detailed. 

Persian architectures used to build monuments of each city considering a technique called “vernacular architecture”. For example, in desert cities like Yazd and Kerman, soil and mud and straw are used in building houses, in mountainous cities like Kermanshah, buildings are mostly stone made, while in northern cities, wood is widely used.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Canyoning in Iran

So, you have visited enough of historical and cultural monuments during your summer trip to Iran? Have you spent plenty of time in Iran’s cities, meeting people, walking in the streets and specially experiencing Iran’s hot sunlight? There are some more adventurous activities that can be done in Iran, especially during summer! 

Iran is a mountainous country with peaks more than 5000 m height. Damavand, on the north of Tehran, with 5671 m height is the first one. After that, come other peaks like Alamkooh with 4848 m height, Hezar, 4465 m height, Zagros with 4421 m height and many more peaks spread all over Iran in different provinces.

Canyoning in Iran
Canyoning in Iran

Tirgan or the ancient festival of water on the first day of summer

Ancient Iranians used to hold different festivals to add some happiness and enthusiasm to their lives. Every season was started with a special festival like Mehregan Festival at the first of autumn, Yalda at the first of winter and Norouz on the first day of spring. According to the calendar, on the first Day of Tir (June 22), which is the fourth Iranian month, the sun is at its highest level and shines more warmly than any other time of the year. This day is the longest day and as a consequence the warmest day of the year! 

Kids pouring water on each other, Water Festival in Iran
Water Festival, Iran