Nine million travelers visit Mashhad in Noruz

April 2, 2023 - 17:36

TEHRAN – Over nine million travelers and pilgrims visited Mashhad, which is home to the shrine of Imam Reza (AS), during the two-week Noruz holidays, a local official has said.

Noruz holidays have brought a total of 9,228,414 pilgrims to the holy city, Hojjat Gonabadi explained on Sunday.

Over six million overnight stays were also recorded during the period mentioned, the official added.

Back in February, Khorasan Razavi’s Governor-General announced that Mashhad was expecting to host some ten million pilgrims and sightseers on the Noruz holidays.

“Based on the estimates, we are preparing to welcome about 10 million pilgrims during Noruz,” Yaqubali Nazari said.

Each day, Mashhad, which is the capital of Khorasan Razavi province and Iran’s holiest and second-largest city, welcomes thousands of domestic and international tourists.

The number of foreign travelers to Mashhad, one of the holiest places for Shia Muslims, jumped 311 percent during the first half of the last Iranian year, compared to the same period a year earlier, according to the director general of Khorasan Razavi airports.

In August 2020, the spiritual tradition of pilgrimage to the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS) was registered on the National Intangible Cultural Heritage list by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts.

According to available data, some 37 million Iranian pilgrims and travelers visited Mashhad during the first ten months of the Iranian year 1398 (March 21, 2019- March 10, 2020). Of whom some eight million came by road, six million by rail, 3.8 million by air, and 18 million by private cars.

During Noruz, when schools and most businesses and workplaces are closed, millions of Iranians grasp the opportunity to go from one place to another.


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