Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The magical sound of Dotar.

The ancient land of Khurasan (also spelled Khorasan) covering eastern Iran is home to a big share of Iranian literature, art and culture. Many of great Iranian poets like Ferdowsi, Khayam and Mehdi Akhavan Sales, who is a legendary contemporary poet in Iran, have been grown in the sunny land of Khurasan. Besides literature and poetry, Khurasan is the provenance of fabulous folkloric music. Listening to lullabies and traditional pieces of music in Khurasan is one of those unique experiences that any traveler should be lucky to have while traveling in Iran.


Having traveled through the time since thousands of years ago, Dotar (Dutar) is the most fabulous instrument of Khurasani music which is played by the local music masters like Haj Ghorban Suleimani in different cities of Khurasan province including Torbat e Jaam, Neishabour, Ghouchan, Shirvan and etc. The deep and magical sound of Dotar and folkloric songs including old mythical stories sang by vocal masters with their strong and emotional voice, offers the unforgettable sound of Khurasani music which is the oral conveyor of Iranian culture.


Monday, November 20, 2017

Kandovan Rocky Village



Visiting a traditional village, where people follow traditions to honor the past, is one of the highlights of a trip to Iran .As soon as you arrive at a village, excitable kids call out “salam”, elders take the time to shake your hand and you may receive generous offers to stay for a meal. Get ready to start a trip into picturesque Kandovan village, where is famous for its most unique feature. This is a place where houses are not built on a mountain, but within a mountain. An interesting aspect about this rocky countryside is the fact that the rock acts as an energy efficient material, keeping the house cool during summer and warm during winter. This is why most of the inhabitants here do not use heaters or air conditioning systems. Gorgeous Kandovan is an extraordinary ancient village in the province of East Azarbaijan, near the city of Tabriz, Iran. With its at least 800 years existence, this remarkable place is inhabited by few people and offers scenic beauty for its travelers. With homes carved inside rocks, some of them 700 years old, the Kandovan village is said to have been partially formed by volcanic remains from a strong Mount Sahand eruptions hundreds of years ago. If you are sick of the big cities, Uppersia suggests you to check out this small provincial town that would definitely breathe back life to your travels.

Gorgeous Kandovan is an extraordinary ancient village in the province of East Azarbaijan, near the city of Tabriz, Iran.
Kandovan rocky village,Tabriz,Iran

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Visiting Tehran Grand Bazaar

Tehran Grand Bazaar is a historical roofed bazaar located in the heart of modern Tehran, the chaotic and stunning capital of Iran. According to historical documents this bazaar was founded during Safavid dynasty and developed to the current form during the kingdom of Mohamad Shah and Nasereddin Shah during Qajarid times.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Weightlifting: A Perennial Favorite Sport in Iran



Besides being an international sport, weightlifting is a training technique for athletes in other sports. Long popular as a competitive sport in Egypt, Turkey, and Japan, weightlifting became increasingly popular in Iran after 1930. Centuries before Islam, Persian athletes fused spirituality and strength training in a practice called Varzesh-e-Bastani, the legacy of which may still persist. The sport of Weightlifting consist of four age group divisions, fifteen weight classes and two lifts. Both lifts, the snatch and the clean and jerk, involve taking a barbell from the ground and lifting it overhead. The weight of each competitor’s best snatch and best clean & jerk are added together for a total, and the person with the highest total in his or her weight class wins. Hossein Rezazadeh, a two-time Olympic champion, four-time World Weightlifting champion, and five-time Asian champion, is widely regarded as one of the greatest weightlifters of all time. Since old times in Iran, lifting athletes in every city were known as chivalrous and heroic figures. A shining example of this matter is Kianoush Rostami, who has put his gold medal up for auction to raise money for the victims of 12th November earthquake in which left at least 500 people dead in Iran and Iraq.

Kianoush Rostami, has put his gold medal up for auction to raise money for the victims of 12th November earthquake
Kianoosh Rostami one of the greatest weightlifters of all time.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Iranian Termeh Textiles.

Looking for a nice and unique souvenir to take home after your travel to Iran? A piece of Iranian handicraft always seems to be the best idea. Among the handicrafts, Persian textiles especially Termeh with its stunning designs and ancient background is the representative of Persian art in form of colors and motifs.

Red Termeh textile with paisley forms. Iran
Termeh textile. Iran

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Siraf archaeology tour of Uppersia.

With warm sunny climate, scenic beach landscapes and historical heritages reminding old Persian tales, the ancient Siraf Port (also called Taheri Port) is a wonderful winter getaway in Bushehr Province of southern Iran. Join Uppersia on Siraf archaeology day tour and visit the unique beauties of this southern port during winter, when central and northern cities are spending cold and foggy days:

Siraf port. Bushehr,Iran
Siraf Port. Bushehr,Iran

Monday, November 13, 2017

Wrestling :One of the Oldest and Most Enduringly Popular Sports in Iran


Wrestling is one of the most well-known sports that has been held in different forms since ancient times. On the vast continent of Asia, the sport of wrestling has always been popular among the tribes, but the prevalence of this sport in Mongolia - Japan, Iran and India - is still higher than in other parts of Asia. As the history of wrestling in Iran dates back to Safavid and Zandieh era, there are almost no tribes and villages and cities in Iran that are not familiar to this sport. Because of those sports' roots in the pre-Islamic Varzesh-e-Bastani tradition, Iranian might do particularly well in wrestling competition.Since old times in Iran, there have been wrestling and lifting athletics in every city and town who were known for their heroic and helpful ego, therefore wrestling has always been connected with morality and positive athletic behavior.

As the history of wrestling in Iran dates back to Safavid and Zandieh era, there are almost no tribes and villages and cities in Iran that are not familiar to this sport.
Wrestling :One of the Oldest and Most Enduringly Popular Sports in Iran