Afshin Majlesi


  • People visit mausoleum of Nader Shah, a legendary Iranian king and warrior, in Mashhad, northern Iran. 2018-02-21 13:21

    Visit Nader Shah’s mausoleum in Mashhad

    TEHRAN – The modest mausoleum of Nader Shah in downtown Mashhad is well worth a visit while traveling to the northeastern Iranian metropolis.

  • A poster of Mashhad-to-Karbala car rally 2018-02-17 19:49

    Iran automobile club to hold rally from Mashhad to Karbala

    TEHRAN – On February 23, the Touring and Automobile Club of Iran will kick-start a family car rally, which its detailed itinerary spans some 2,000 kilometers from Mashhad, northeast Iran, to Karbala, central Iraq.

  • A view of Tehran with the towering snow-capped mountains in the background 2018-02-17 19:48

    CHHTO to arrange special package tours

    TEHRAN – Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization is designing a range of promotional cheap package tours, which will be offered to Azerbaijan, Iraq and Turkey nationals in the span of March 16 to April 4.

  • Kashmir Solidarity Day marked in Pakistan embassy in Tehran 2018-02-05 19:14

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Kashmir Solidarity Day marked in Pakistan embassy in Tehran

    TEHRAN – The embassy of Pakistan in Tehran observed Kashmir Solidarity Day on Monday to express unity with the Kashmiri people who have long been struggling for self-determination in northern India.

  • Skiers pose for a photo in Dizin resort 2018-01-29 19:44

    Life in the mountains: Skiing in Iran

    TEHRAN – Iran has long been an international destination for avid powder chasers during winter, while - in total contrast - its arid and semi-arid climate reaches sweltering levels in summer.

  • An undated photo depicts Chinese travelers visiting Iran. 2018-01-24 20:21

    Chinese arrivals in Iran fall short of expectations

    TEHRAN – The number of Chinese tourists visiting Iran in 2017 fell short of expectations as just 80,000 of the total 100,000,000 outbound Chinese passengers traveled to Iran last year.

  • Campaign for proper handicrafts packaging unveiled 2018-01-04 13:08

    Campaign for proper handicrafts packaging unveiled

    TEHRAN – Isfahan’s cultural heritage chief on Tuesday called for a new look towards presenting handicrafts to foreign travelers as he initiated a campaign for designing elegant packs for handmade products.

  • People visit Imam Square, a UNESCO World Heritage in Isfahan, central Iran 2017-12-30 18:34

    Iran to scrap paper visas for all countries

    TEHRAN – Iran will stop issuing paper visas in favor of electronic ones for all countries by May 2018, said Hassan Qashqavi, the deputy foreign minister for consular affairs.

  • Towers of silence where antiquity meets modernity 2017-12-27 20:04

    Towers of silence where antiquity meets modernity

    TEHRAN – Towers of silence in central Iran are not any more dedicated to bones of the dead to get cleaned by vultures. In modern era, they are just peaceful destinations for domestic and foreign travelers.

  • Hurry up! Yalda is right around the corner 2017-12-20 15:51

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Hurry up! Yalda is right around the corner

    Children chasing each other; mothers setting out dried nuts, pomegranates and watermelons amongst other fine foodstuffs; and fathers watching a ball game amid all! Does this sound familiar? Well, this is a glimpse of the Yalda celebration in honor of the longest night of the year!

  • No link between departure tax and inland tourism: expert 2017-12-16 21:12

    No link between departure tax and inland tourism: expert

    TEHRAN – A tourism expert says a sharp rise in the departure tax does not necessarily lead to an increase of domestic travels due to the psychology of tourism that has not been taken in account.

  • Wax effigies are seen at the Rehnan historical bathhouse in Isfahan, central  Iran 2017-12-16 21:08

    Wider tourism scene projected for Isfahan

    TEHRAN – Isfahan authorities are seeking a wider tourism scene for the ancient city, which was once the seat of power in Persia and a top tourism destination now.

  • 13 new hotels under construction in Kerman 2017-12-13 20:24

    13 new hotels under construction in Kerman

    TEHRAN – A total of 13 hotels and apartment hotels are under construction across Kerman with the aim of buttressing the booming tourism industry in the southeastern vast province. 

  • Explore a microcosm of Sufism while traversing Iran 2017-12-13 20:17

    Explore a microcosm of Sufism while traversing Iran

    TEHRAN – Arrays of harmonious sun-scorched domes, well-preserved and richly-ornamented facades and interiors and, above all, an atmosphere of peace and tranquility have all made the Sheikh Safi al-Din Khanegah and Shrine Ensemble a must-see stopover for travelers to the city of Ardabil in northwest Iran. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A view of the Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site 2017-11-29 19:52

    Tabriz: An open-air museum of history, architecture

    TEHRAN - Soaked in history and dotted with splendid vibrant historical sites, Tabriz is one of top tourist destinations in Iran, drawing hundreds of thousands of foreign and domestic travelers each year. 

  • Photo depicts ruins of Na’el historic house in Isfahan, which was illicitly brought down to earth late on November 23, 2017. 2017-11-27 19:14

    Toughest penalty urged for vandalizers of historic house

    TEHRAN – An Iranian cultural heritage official has called for the heaviest punishment for those who demolished Na’el historic house in Isfahan, central Iran, late on Thursday.

  • Qasr-e Khorshid: A must-see tourist destination in northeast Iran 2017-11-27 19:05

    Qasr-e Khorshid: A must-see tourist destination in northeast Iran

    TEHRAN – Qasr-e Khorshid (literally ‘the Sun Palace’), is an 18th-century iconic monument which is currently used as a museum of anthropology in Kalat County, Khorasan Razavi province, northeast Iran.

  • International and domestic travelers pose for a photo during visit to a traditional pottery workshop in Tabriz, northeast Iran, while one of them is flashing a logo for the Tabriz 2018 event. 2017-11-25 20:23

    Tourism chief calls on private sector to assist ‘Tabriz 2018’

    TEHRAN – Iran’s tourism chief has called for a partnership between domestic travel companies and associated businesses to help organize ‘Tabriz 2018’, an event which marks the naming of Tabriz as the capital of Islamic tourism.

  • Tourists visit a Zoroastrian tower of silence and its adjacent fire temple in Yazd, central Iran. 2017-11-21 09:43

    Iran sets sights on expats to boost tourism

    TEHRAN – The Iranian tourism body aims to exploit “untapped potential” of expatriates who can prompt foreign nationals to visit the country.

  • A view of Masjed-e Agha Bozorg, a 19th-century mosque in Kashan, central Iran 2017-11-15 20:51

    Masjed-e Agha Bozorg: Gorgeous blend of Islamic, Persian architecture

    TEHRAN – Masjed-e Agha Bozorg (Agha Bozorg Mosque) is simply one of many top destinations in central Iran that lure not only the faithful but travelers and architecture buffs.

  • A view of Bisotun bas-relief carving, a World Heritage site in Kermanshah province, western Iran. 2017-11-13 19:49

    Quake harms historical sites in western Iran

    TEHRAN – A powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck western Iran late on Sunday, causing relatively minor damage to several historic and heritage sites in Kermanshah and Ilam provinces.

  • ‘Media should broaden outlook towards handicrafts’ 2017-11-05 08:21

    By Afshin Majlesi

    ‘Media should broaden outlook towards handicrafts’

    A senior official with the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization urges media to assume an extended role in promoting the “proper usage” of national handicrafts.

  • Tourism holds vast potential for Iran-Korea co-op: envoy 2017-10-30 19:18

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Tourism holds vast potential for Iran-Korea co-op: envoy

    TEHRAN – Seoul’s ambassador to Tehran says tourism holds vast potential for the growth of cooperation between Iran and South Korea though most of the potential is still untapped.

  •  A view of Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System, a UNESCO World Heritage in southwest Iran 2017-10-27 13:19

    Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System: A clue to human genius

    TEHRAN - Inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage list in 2009 as a ‘masterpiece of creative genius’, the Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System in southwest Iran is a destination for history buffs, nature lovers and travelers who eyewitness how the prehistoric yet homogeneous hydraulic system works.

  • A nomadic troupe performs an indigenous music in Sistan-Baluchestan province, southeast Iran. 2017-10-25 19:39

    15 Eco-lodges to open in southeast Iran

    TEHRAN – A total of 15 eco-lodges are about to open doors to travelers in Sistan-Baluchestan province, a booming yet untapped tourist destination in southeast Iran.

  • A paragliding athlete is about to fly across an oasis landscape in Yazd province, central Iran. 2017-10-24 09:19

    Yazd to host air sports tourism event

    TEHRAN – The rugged landscape of Yazd province in central Iran will play host to a four-day festival of air sports tourism, which will start on October 31.