Monday, January 22, 2018

Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMOCA)

Tehran, the great capital of Iran is a fabulous travel destination with a great verity of attractions from mountaineering routes and ski resorts to museums and charming Qajarid monuments. In Tehran, you can touch modern Iranian lifestyle and old Persian atmosphere at the same time.

Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMOCA) is a must see which will amaze any traveler and art lover who is visiting Iran. At first sight, the artistic exterior of this museum will catch your eye. Designed by Kamran Diba, this building shows a smart combination of modern architecture with old Persian architecture element like wind towers of Yazd.
Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Stunning rugs of Kashan

For many people, the word Iran represents the picture of colorful Iranian carpets with their eye-catching motifs and designs. The weavers in each city or even village of Iran, weave their own kind of carpets (kilims, rugs, etc.) showing the culture and legend of that specific area.

With ancient historical and cultural background, Kashan Rug is one of the finest samples of Iranian carpet and is known to be registered as an intangible heritage site by the UNESCO. Like many other Persian Carpets, Kashan Rug takes its name from the city of its origin. Kashan which is one of the top travel destinations in Iran is a desert city located in the heart of Isfahan province.

Kashan Rug.


Kashan Rug is usually known for its amazing designs like Lachak Toranj (Medallion and corners), showing a medallion at the center which is surrounded by four quadrant circles, and Tree Vase Design which pictures a beautifully twisted tree of life. Traditional colors like rich reds, blues, ivory, yellow and burnt orange complete the magic of beauty. Staring at dancing spirals and beaming floral motifs on a Kashan Rug will sweetly drown you in Persian dream. Carpet weavers in Kashan are still among the most active carpet producers in Iran and you can easily go to a carpet workshop which is really worth visiting while traveling in the historical city of Kashan.

Kashan Rug.


Saturday, January 20, 2018

Iranian Tea: An Offer That You Cannot Refuse



It is hard to imagine breakfasts, social gatherings, business meetings, or negotiations in the Grand Bazaars in Iran without the presence of a cup of tea. Did you know that along with the beverage itself, the preparation and consumption of tea is an integral part of Iranian culture and daily life?

Iran has always been famous for its strong black tea which is often supplemented with aromatic spices as flavor. Tea production is a major industry in the Caspian Sea area and a large part of its economy. Iranian tea or Chaee as it is called in Persian, is a black tea which is prepared in a very specific manner. Using a double tea pot, the bottom of the pot is filled with water which is set on the flame to boil. Meanwhile the top pot is filled with dry tea leaves, typically one small spoonful per drinker. When the water has reached a boil some of it is transferred to the top pot and the tea is allowed to steep for 15 minutes, but generally no longer than 30 to avoid bitterness. Traditionally, tea is served from a samovar. Literally meaning “self-boiler”, the samovar is used to keep water hot for prolonged periods of time through a fuel-filled pipe in the middle of the structure that heats the contents surrounding it. Iranian tea comes in a variety of subtle flavors, but its defining characteristic is its deep reddish-brown color, which tea-drinkers can choose to dilute with water depending on their preference.  

As far as where is the best place to enjoy tea in Iran? There is no one best place. While traveling in Iran do not miss the The World's smallest tea house in Tehran Grand Bazaar.

Iran has always been famous for its strong black tea which is often supplemented with aromatic spices as flavor.
The World's smallest Tea house in Tehran






Thursday, January 18, 2018

A Salt man in National Museum of Tehran



If you visit the National Museum of Tehran, you will probably see the showcase where the salt man is located. This salt man is one of a total of six mummies discovered in the Chehrabad salt mines, located on the southern part of the Hamzehlu village, on the west side of the city of Zanjan, in the Zanjan Province in Iran. In the winter of 1993, when the workers were excavating and extracting salt from a mine near the hills of this area, they encountered a corpse. By performing some experiments on the dead body of salt man, this result was obtained that the corpse dates back to 1700 years ago. Archaeological studies on the salt man show that due to the special arrangement of long-headed hair, the presence of gold earrings in the left ear, leather boots and texture of the cloth, the corpse was not a simple miner's worker, but a high-ranking person with a high social base. But the cause of his presence, death and death in the Chahar Abad salt mine remains unclear.  The salt man whose body appears in glass compartments, is one of the most important attractions of the ancient Iranian museum that is well worth visiting.



 
This salt man is one of a total of six mummies discovered in the Chehrabad salt mines, located on the southern part of the Hamzehlu village, on the west side of the city of Zanjan, in the Zanjan Province in Iran.
Salt man, National Museum, Iran

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Tourism and Birdwatching in Anzali Lagoon, Iran



Watching beautiful birds has been a common recreational activity among people across the world for decades and the enthusiasts regardless of their occupations or specialties do this healthy recreation.  Contrary to the public view, it is not necessary to be an ornithologist for birdwatching, only it is enough to have interest in nature, as beautiful and colorful feathers of a finch or singing of a blackbird affect every viewers or listeners. In the right place, and at the right time, birdwatchers can observe many types of bird as they pass through well-known migration spots. The Caspian Sea is one of the most important habitat areas for migratory aquatic birds. This sea is located at the geographical distribution center of the geese and ducks population, and each year there are more than 10-12 million different types of ducks and Goose, Swans and other birds are migrating there. Anzali Lagoon in Gilan province is one of the promising destinations for birdwatching tours in Iran. The natural and beautiful features of Anzali lagoon are its tulips and migratory birds such as swans, pelicans, ducks and other carnivores. Over tens of thousands of migratory birds pass this lagoon as well. The diversity of vegetation in the wetland has attracted migratory birds to Anzali lagoon. From the other beauties of Anzali Lagoon, white lotus can be noted which grants certain effects to this area. The most active seasons for birdwatching in tropical areas are spring and autumn during their migrations. Most species of birds can be seen in this seasons.

Anzali Lagoon in Gilan province is one of the promising destinations for birdwatching tours in Iran. The natural and beautiful features of Anzali lagoon are its tulips and migratory birds such as swans, pelicans, ducks and other carnivores.
Anzali Lagoon, Gilan provice, Iran


There is a growing trend of bird photography among birdwatchers. As a result, special bird photography trips are being developed. The knowledgeable tour guides of Uppersia, with the safety and satisfaction of travelers in mind, will accompany you and take this tour to a whole new level.