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

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Trekking in Nahar Khoran Forest of Gorgan

According to old stories, this area has been one of the stopovers where the residents of Gorgan used to take a rest and have a meal on their way back to home from their long journeys and the relatives used to greet the travelers at this place. That is why this place is called Nahar Khoran, meaning a place for having lunch!

The trees and the bushes in Nahar Khoran Forest of Gorgan.
Nahar Khoran Forest of Gorgan in summer.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Is Kashan worth visiting?

It is said that central cities of Iran like Kashan, offer the most untouched Persian culture, tradition and architecture to visitors and travelers. With more than thousand years of antiquity, Kashan is one of the most amazing cities that must be visited while traveling in Iran. Here are some of the monumental and natural attractions that will amaze you in Kashan:

Fin Garden:

The beautiful and glorious Fin Garden is the valuable green gem that has been left in the heart of central desert from Safavid dynasty. Fin Garden is one of the nine Persian gardens that have been inscribed as a chain world heritage site by the UNESCO. The base of this garden is related to Buyid dynasty and other elements like the palace, the entrance, the bath, the tower and the fortifications are added to the garden during Safavid and Qajarid dynasties.

Fin Garden of Kashan, Iran.
Fin Garden of Kashan, Iran.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Carpet Museum of Tehran

Carpet weaving is one of the most amazing faces of Persian culture, legend and art. Considering the ancient weaving tools discovered in Lorestan in west of Iran, the antiquity of this artistic industry in ancient Iran is traced back to Bronze era! The oldest piece of carpet which is known to be weaved in Iran is Pazyryk carpet which is 1.83*2 meters with an advanced weaving technique (36 symmetrical knots in per 2cm). This carpet is named after the Pazyryk valley in Altai Mountains where this masterpiece was discovered from ancient graves hided under ice and snow for centuries. According to the results of Carbon 14 examinations and the adaptations of the patterns on this carpet and the patterns in Persepolis, Pazyryk is related to Achaemnid era (5th century B.C). The skillfully weaving technique of Pazyryk carpet proves a long history and experience behind this art.

The exterior of Carpet museum of Iran.
Carpet museum of Tehran. Iran

Monday, June 12, 2017

The wonderful trekking route from Asalem to Khalkhal.

Khalkhal is a mountainous town located 114 kilometers south of Ardebil in the northwest of Iran and offers a heavenly beautiful nature with a very rich flora and fauna and untouched natural landscapes. This town lies at the foothills of the Talesh Mountains. The mild weather during summer and spring attracts many mountain climbers and nature lovers.

If you are looking for a great nature destination in Iran, Khalkhal offers you a wonderful experience. The best route to Khalkhal is the picturesque Asalem road. This 70 km road offers stunning landscapes, rural cottages, green slopes and gives you access to the still uncovered land of Asalem through lush, cool forests, rocky areas, stunning countryside, fields covered in flower, misty valleys, waterfalls and lakes. Among the hot water springs in this area with high medical values, the best known are Khalkhal Suyee and Givi.

Uppersia suggests you to enjoy an unforgettable adventure through the forests and plains of Khalkhal during this summer and would be happy to arrange this nature trip for you.

The forests between Asalem to Khalkhal. North of Iran
Asalem to Khalkhal road. North of Iran

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Things to do and see in the wonderful city of Yazd.

Known as the land of sunshine and home of Zoroastrians in Iran, the lovely city of Yazd located in the eastern Iran is a city that you mustn't miss visiting when you travel to Iran. Yazd is one of the most amazing destinations in Iran for the travelers who are interested in architecture, photography, history and the untouched Persian culture.

The Zoroastrian heritage of Yazd takes the antiquity of this city back to pre-Islamic eras. The mysterious Tower of Silence, located 15 kilometer from Yazd, is an ancient construction over a hill that the Zoroastrians used to  put the dead bodies on, in order to keep the soil and water safe from any pollution.

Travelers visiting Silence Towers of Yazd.
Silence Tower of Yazd.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

4 things to do in Kerman

Kerman city has many attractions to offer which represent its rich culture and history, such as monuments, gardens, bazaars, deserts, etc. Another added charm is the landscape surrounding the city, a unique blend of desert and mountain in the background. Kerman was a very important city on the caravan routes of the East. Carpets, cumin seed and pistachio have been original productions of this city for many years.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Exploring Achaemenid heritage of Fars in a day

For many travelers, visiting Pasargadae, Persepolis and Necropolis is the main reason of traveling to Iran. This valuable Achaemenid heritage is located in the vast and ancient Fars province in the southwest of Iran. 


Being located 118 kilometers from Shiraz, the simple yet glorious Pasargadae is one of the most important monuments in Iran that has been registered as a world UNESCO site. Pasargadae is the tomb of Cyrus the Great, the Achaemenid king who ruled Iran from 559 to 529 B.C. This monument is a large stone-made room located on 6 stairs made with huge cubic stones. There are other wonderful remains around this tomb, like the ancient Pasargadae Garden which is known to be the oldest Persian garden. 


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Meet the kurdish nomads of Iran

The culture, the myths and the traditions of the nomads in every corner of Iran are so diverse that you might feel you have traveled to a whole new country by visiting each tribe. The meaningful dance of Qashqai nomads, the beautiful migration of Bakhtiaris through the mountains and canyons or the stunning handicrafts of Shahsevans are all magnificent traditions that will leave you wondered. The Kurdish nomads of Iran, known as one of the biggest nomadic populations in the west of Iran, have their own wonderful culture and customs. 

kurdish nomads
kurdish nomads

Saturday, June 3, 2017

El monte Dena; el hermoso símbolo de la naturaleza

El monte Dena está situado al sureste de la cordillera del Zagros y es unos de los picos más altos de esta cadena montañosa. Las alturas cubiertas de nieve, los glaciares y la abundancia de manantiales han sido las razones que su fauna y flora sean tan diversos. El pico de Dena siempre ha sido el centro de atracción para los alpinistas de Irán y de todo el mundo; Por lo tanto, Dena es una montaña bien conocida en el mundo.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The mysterious Zarivar lake

The beautiful and miraculous Zarivar Lake, located 3 kilometers from Marivan town in Kurdistan province, is one of the most wonderful natural gems in the west of Iran. Known as the biggest lake in the western, Zarivar has fresh water nourished by natural spontaneous fountains. That is why the locals believe that Zarivar is a mysterious lake. They also believe that there is a secret town in this lake!