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  • A view of Abyaneh tourist village in central Iran 2017-12-10 09:08

    Tehran-Badrud tourist train makes debut

    TEHRAN – A train boarding 163 domestic passengers made its maiden excursion from Tehran to Badrud, central Iran, on Thursday.

  • A view of Shah-Abbasi caravanserai in Rey 2017-12-09 20:53

    Rey’s Shah-Abbasi caravanserai restored

    TEHRAN – A six-month rehabilitation project has brought a Shah-Abbasi caravanserai back to its former glory in Rey, a historical city in Tehran province.

  • A general view of Rab’-e Rashidi in Tabriz, northwest Iran 2017-12-09 20:53

    Iran seeks World Heritage listing for Rab’-e Rashidi

    TEHRAN – Iran’s cultural heritage body keeps an eye on possible inscription of the ruins of Rab’-e Rashidi, an educational complex dating back to the 14th century, on the UNESCO World Heritage list by 2025.

  •  An interior view of Cafe Naderi in downtown Tehran 2017-12-09 20:52

    Cafe Naderi maintains integrity with big dose of nostalgia

    TEHRAN – Any move to split or transform premises of the nostalgic Cafe Naderi, an erstwhile hangout for intellectuals and literati in downtown Tehran, has been thwarted.

  • pir-e shaliar 2017-12-09 10:56


    Colorful Iran: Pir-e Shaliar ritual in Kordestan

    The Pir-e Shaliar ritual is annually held in Uramantakht village, western Kordestan province, from January 21 to February 19.

  • sofreh 2017-12-09 10:55

    Sofreh: meal serving custom in Persian style

    TEHRAN – In every language and culture, there are some untranslatable words and terms which do not have equivalents in other languages. ‘sofreh’ in Persian language is in this category.

  • Kaveh Madani (2nd L) and Erik Solheim (2nd L) 2017-12-09 08:05

    Iran proposes regional center for SDS assessment

    TEHRAN — An Iranian environment official Kaveh Madani has proposed establishment of a regional center for sand and dust storm assessment in the Middle East.

  • Wintry weather causes car pileups, injures 25 2017-12-09 07:58

    Wintry weather causes car pileups, injures 25

    TEHRAN — Slippery roads, bad weather conditions, and low visibility led to two multiple car pileups in the early hours on Friday, leaving 25 injured.

  • Mohammad Ali Esfahani 2017-12-08 20:25

    By Marjan Golpira

    Iranian entrepreneur leading an online exotic plant store

    With grand aspirations of becoming a successful entrepreneur, Mohammad Ali Esfahani has ventured into the field of commerce by operating a unique online store that offers exotic carnivorous plants, for sale.

  • Iranian horse-riding game, kamancheh arts win world heritage status 2017-12-08 15:08

    Iranian horse-riding game, kamancheh arts win world heritage status

    TEHRAN – Iran’s "Chogan, a horse-riding game accompanied by music and storytelling", won the UNESCO world heritage status on Thursday, while “the art of crafting and playing with Kamancheh” gained the tag jointly with Azerbaijan.

  • Asiatic cheetah/ Photo by Ali Mohammadi 2017-12-07 15:15

    DOE proposes $375,000 budget for cheetah conservation

    TEHRAN — Iran’s Department of Environment (DOE) has presented a 15-billion-rial (nearly $375,000) budget proposal to Budget and Planning Organization for Asiatic cheetah conservation plans.

  • Retired cooks partake in Tehran food festival 2017-12-07 15:13

    Retired cooks partake in Tehran food festival

    TEHRAN — Retired cooks took part in a food festival dubbed “food and colorful tables” at Tehran’s Milad Tower on Tuesday.

  • A view of the restored Zeinoddin Caravanserai in Yazd, the 16th-century structure has been turned into a tourist lodging. 2017-12-06 20:24

    Photo exhibit to recall Silk Road caravanserais

    TEHRAN – An exhibition of photographs depicting centuries-old caravanserais will open its doors to the public in Tehran on Saturday.

  • A view of a Golestan Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage in downtown Tehran 2017-12-06 20:23

    Centuries-old Indian offerings on show at Golestan Palace

    TEHRAN – A collection of exquisite Indian offerings to monarchs and courtiers of Qajar era [1785 to 1925] is on display at the UNESCO-registered Golestan Palace in downtown Tehran.

  • An Iranian artisan makes a piece of mat board. 2017-12-06 20:21

    Qeshm to host intl. mat-weaving workshop

    TEHRAN – An international workshop on professional mat-weaving skills opens today in the Persian Gulf island of Qeshm.

  • professor of engineering seismology Mehdi Zare 2017-12-06 16:53

    No link between recent quakes across Iran: seismologist

    TEHRAN — Recent earthquakes hitting provinces of Kermanshah, Tehran, Kerman, Bushehr and Gilan are not connected to each other, professor of engineering seismology Mehdi Zare said.

  • ga griv 2017-12-05 15:49

    Colorful Iran

    ‘Ga griv’ by Bakhtiari nomads

    Ga griv, which literally means weeping, is a kind of elegy recited by Bakhtiari nomads, a southwestern Iranian tribe, and a subgroup of the Lors.

  • herbal tea 2017-12-05 15:13


    Soothing and relaxing with herbal teas

    Iranian grandmothers always have a cabinet in their homes full of herbal teas as remedies for different diseases, especially for relaxation and soothing. Here are three herbal teas, which are good for relaxation and are remedies for sleep deprivation.

  • korsi 2017-12-05 11:52

    Korsi: pleasant warmth for family gathering

    TEHRAN -- Not a long time ago, korsi was found in nearly all Iranian houses during cold seasons. With the change of lifestyle, korsi is not a houseware anymore these days.

  • Migratory birds 2017-12-05 11:48

    Migratory birds flocking to Karun 

    The first flock of migratory birds including ivory gulls, herons, and cormorant, have flown to the Karun river to winter in southern Iran.   Every year with the onset of cold seasons many migratory birds wing their ways to tropical areas near the Persian Gulf and the wetlands located in southern Iran which supply them with adequate food and warmth.

  • Falak-ol-Aflak fortress in Khorramabad, western Iran, is lit at sunset 2017-12-05 10:13

    Falak-ol-Aflak steady and in good condition: official

    TEHRAN – No physical threat poses Falak-ol-Aflak, a historical fortress in western Iran, as a wave of recent reports on social media hinted that the ancient brick structure has been partly hurt, a cultural heritage official said on Sunday.

  • Intl. event to celebrate Tabriz 2018 concurrent with Noruz 2017-12-05 10:11

    Intl. event to celebrate Tabriz 2018 concurrent with Noruz

    TEHRAN – An international event will be held concurrent with Noruz - the Iranian New Year in March 2018 – to celebrate ‘Tabriz 2018’, marking the naming of the city as the capital of Islamic tourism in 2018.

  • A poster for 2018 FITUR tourism fair 2017-12-04 20:56

    Iran to highlight tourist attractions at FITUR

    TEHRAN – A total of 22 Iranian travel-associated businesses and tour operators will promote handicrafts, traditions and tourism potentials of the country at the 38th FITUR tourism trade fair, which will be held in Madrid, Spain, from January 17 to 21.

  • A general view of the Burnt City, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Sistan-Baluchestan Province, southeast Iran. 2017-12-04 20:49

    Over 60 prehistoric tombs identified in Burnt City

    TEHRAN – A total of 66 burial chambers have recently been unearthed in the Burnt City, a weighty UNESCO World Heritage site in southeast Iran.

  • World Cup provides special opportunity to introduce Iran 2017-12-04 20:47

    ‘World Cup provides special opportunity to introduce Iran’

    TEHRAN – The 2018 World Cup in Russia will provide a special opportunity for Iranian tour and travel agencies to introduce the country’s tourist attractions.

  • mayor 2017-12-04 20:46

    Golestan province has its first-ever female mayor

    TEHRAN – Gelalak Beigizadeh has been appointed as the first-ever female mayor in the city of Maraveh Tappeh, northern Golestan province.

  • تشدید بحران انسانی در یمن‎ 2017-12-04 18:31

    Iran calls on Yemeni groups to hold dialogue

    TEHRAN - Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Sunday that the Yemeni groups should hold dialogue and prevent foreign interference.

  • An endeavor to overcome stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS 2017-12-04 08:24

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    An endeavor to overcome stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS

    TEHRAN — Removing the stigma attached to the HIV/AIDS is what the society must pursue in order to break barriers to successful HIV prevention, care, and treatment.

  • Asiatic Cheetah/ Photo by Ali Mohammadi 2017-12-03 20:20

    By Farnaz Heidari

    International Cheetah Day: Let’s save the fastest beauties

    Asiatic Cheetah which is considered to be a sleek and beautiful cat throughout history is the fastest land-animal that can accelerate from 0 to 96.6 km/h in under three seconds.

  • Mustafa Prize 2017 2017-12-03 20:07

    Atomic chief Salehi says Iran preparing to take the lead in recognizing Muslim scientists

    Iranian and Turkish scientists awarded Mustafa Prize

    TEHRAN - In the 2017 Mustafa Prize ceremony, held at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall on Sunday, two Muslim scientists from Iran and Turkey received the prestigious prize for their pioneering achievements.