Chabahar to greet Monsoon with tourism festival

July 26, 2015 - 0:0

TEHRAN -- Iran's southernmost city Chabahar plans to hold a tourism festival named “Monsoon” in mid August.

The festival is named after a seasonal reversing wind accompanied by corresponding changes in precipitation and a rainy phase of a seasonally changing pattern.

The Monsoon wind begins to blow in Chabahar in the middle of August annually, Chabahar Free Zone’s Director for Tourism Affairs Saeed Rigi said in a press release on Thursday.

The two-week festival includes different sections for attracting more tourists to this southeastern port, he added.

The festival will hold competitions in Sand sculptures and on the Safarnama (Book of Travelers) by the 11th century Persian author and traveler Nasir Khusraw for participants, Rigi said.

“One of the main aims of the festival is to boost halal tourism industry and a section is allocated to this issue,” he announced.

Local cuisines, handicraft and traditional music performances will be offered at the festival, he said, adding that hotels, water sport activities and shopping centers offer services and goods with considerable discounts during the event.

""We mainly expect the citizens of Sistan and Baluchestan Province as well as residents of Kerman and Khorasan provinces to visit the festival,"" he said.

The Port of Chabahar, as the only Iranian port with direct access to ocean, has huge natural potential, and tourist, cultural and historical attractions. Also, since it has four-season climate, it is considered as one of the desired tourist places.

Chabahar is situated on the Makran Coast of Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan Province of and is officially designated as a Free Trade and Industrial Zone by Iran's government.

Chabahar is home to different natural and historical phenomena including Mangrove forest alongside the Gwater Gulf, picturesque beaches, which are suitable for many water sports and activities and Lipar Lagoon.

Mars or Martian Mounts, a type of badlands and symbols of the unique geo-morphological phenomena of Chabahar, Tis Fortress, Historical Port Village of Tis, Old Telegraph Building (Telegraphic Office), Banmasity Caves and Gwater Castle are other attractions of the region.

PHOTO: The Chabahar Beaches own one of the most scenic coastal areas in all of Iran (Photo: Nassir Soltanpur)