• Foreign travelers pose for a photo during their stay at Arg-e Radkan, a traditional inn in Radkan Village, Khorasan Razavi province. 2018-01-06 20:04

    Iran allocates $600m to develop rural crafts, tourism

    TEHRAN – The Iranian administration has approved a bill allocating 24 trillion rials (some $600 million) to empowering rural areas and small towns in arenas of handicraft-associated jobs, ecotourism and hospitality industry.

  • Sar-e Aqa Seyyed 2017-12-25 10:08

    A mountain village built on rooftops

    Sar-e Aqa Seyyed is a village in Chaharmahal-Bakhtiyari province, western Iran. Earth-colored houses are stacked on top of one another so that the roof of one house forms the pathway for the next.

  • Villages of Vardij and Varish 2017-12-12 17:00

    Villages of Vardij and Varish

    Vardij and Varish villages are two tourist spots located in the mountainous Kan district, northwest of Tehran. Deep valleys, lush gardens and fresh air are among the distinctive features of the rural area. Gradual erosion of rocks in the region has shaped some unusual forms known to people as “rocky ghosts”. Nearly 450 households live in the two villages. IRNA/ Abdollah Heydari

  • Potters carry their handicrafts in Kalpourgan village, southeast Iran. 2017-11-23 12:08

    Kalpourgan to celebrate becoming world village of pottery

    TEHRAN – Kalpourgan, a village located in southeastern Iran, will be named a world village of pottery in a ceremony which is scheduled to be held on December 14.

  • A view of Masouleh, a touristic village in northern Iran 2017-09-13 19:27

    Masouleh dossier at final stage for UNESCO tag

    TEHRAN - The process of compiling an all-inclusive dossier for possible inscription of Masouleh, a historical village in northern Iran, has entered its delicate final phase, a cultural heritage official says.

  •  An undated photo shows some troglodyte homes carved out of noticeably eroded rocks in Kandovan village, northwest Iran. 2017-09-05 08:31

    Iran makes leap forward in UNESCO inscription of Kandovan village

    TEHRAN – Iran’s heritage body seeks to remove obstacles for possible inscription of Kandovan village, northwest of the country, on the UNESCO World Heritage list, so as to comply with the UN organization’s requirements and criteria for assuming the privilege.

  • Darreh Khazineh 2017-08-28 09:37

    Darreh Khazineh a tourist hub in western Iran

    People cross an elevated suspension bridge that spans Darreh Khazineh, a steep canyon in western Iranian Lorestan province, August 26, 2017.

  • An undated photo shows foreign travelers at Tavasolian eco-lodge in Natanz, Ishafan province 2017-08-19 19:58

    Iran considers rustic charm to buttress tourism sector

    TEHRAN – Iran seeks to make the best use of its rich rural landscape as an approach to promote its budding tourism sector with pinpointing over 5000 villages with considerable tourism potentials across the large country.