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  • Minister calls on travel agencies to design affordable packages 2021-09-04 21:59

    Minister calls on travel agencies to design affordable packages

    TEHRAN – Iranian tourism minister Ezzatollah Zarghami has called on travel agencies and tour operators to design affordable packages aimed to jumpstart domestic tourism when COVID-19 is less of major concern.

  •  A traveler enjoys tranquil Iranian desert. (Photo credit:  TasteIran / Amin Karimi) 2021-09-03 17:47

    Colorful destinations: what to do in every season in Iran?

    TEHRAN - If you’re thinking about traveling to Iran whenever the coronavirus is finally behind us, you might wonder what time of year is best.

  • Millennia-old Iranian village nominated for UNWTO label 2021-09-01 18:53

    Millennia-old Iranian village nominated for UNWTO label

    TEHRAN – Iran’s millennia-old village of Kharanaq has been nominated for the ‘Best Tourism Villages’ label, which will be granted to a selection of rural destinations by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

  • Lavish gifts: 10 souvenir ideas your family & friends will love 2021-08-29 19:00

    Lavish gifts: 10 souvenir ideas your family & friends will love

    TEHRAN - Tired of bringing home the same old magnets and postcards from your trips? On your next trip to Iran, bring home something they’ll (or you’ll) not only love but also be able to make good use of.

  • A view of the Constitution House in Tabriz 2021-08-14 22:02

    Tabriz: a perfect introduction to Iran

    TEHRAN - Tabriz is a big but relaxed city, filled with hospitable people and a UNESCO-listed bazaar to explore. It is the perfect introduction to Iran for sightseers crossing over the border from Armenia, or through the Gurbulak Bazargan border from Turkey.

  • Kashan: a living piece of history on the edge of harsh desert 2021-08-12 07:22

    Kashan: a living piece of history on the edge of harsh desert

    Kashan is home to many historical places, photogenic bazaars, mosques, madrasas, caravansaries, and centuries-old houses some of which transformed into cozy boutique hotels where you could experience the traditional life. 

  • Goharshad Mosque highly distinctive in terms of history, beauty, and architecture 2021-08-09 21:43

    Goharshad Mosque highly distinctive in terms of history, beauty, and architecture

    TEHRAN - The great mosque of Goharshad is an astonishing Islamic structure due to its age, architectural characteristics, and rich tile decorations.

  • Strolling around Zayandeh riverside 2021-08-09 21:41

    Strolling around Zayandeh riverside

    TEHRAN – Many travel insiders say there are few better ways to spend an afternoon than strolling along the Zayandeh River, crossing back and forth on the river’s bridges – or even meandering along the often empty riverbed itself.

  • Heydariyyeh Mosque: secrets of one of ancient places of worship 2021-08-08 18:32

    Heydariyyeh Mosque: secrets of one of ancient places of worship

    TEHRAN – Masjid-e (the mosque of) Heydariyyeh is a magnificent monument from the Seljuk period, presumably from the late 12th or early 13th century. There is a wonderful air of calm that surrounds the place of worship, which is located in the Bolaghi district of Qazvin, north-central Iran.

  • Golestan Palace: one of the top things to do in Tehran 2021-08-07 18:48

    Golestan Palace: one of the top things to do in Tehran

    TEHRAN - One of the top things to do in the Iranian capital is visiting the most magnificent historical monument downtown; the UNESCO-registered Golestan Palace.

  • Susa: get to know Iran’s legendary ruined city 2021-08-07 18:47

    Susa: get to know Iran’s legendary ruined city

    TEHRAN – Ancient Susa is one of Iran’s most treasured sights. The UNESCO-designated city, now flanked by the modern city of Shush, formerly belonged to the Elamite, Persian, and Parthian empires.

  • Friday Mosque of Sojas: different from what you have already seen! 2021-08-06 18:18

    Friday Mosque of Sojas: different from what you have already seen!

    TEHRAN - Full of mystic but modest in size and architecture, the Friday Mosque of Sojas was built sometime in the early 12th century during the Seljuk era.

  • Imam Mosque: elegant, iconic, and visually stunning 2021-08-04 18:48

    Imam Mosque: elegant, iconic, and visually stunning

    TEHRAN – Imam Mosque, with its iconic blue-tiled mosaics and its perfect proportions, forms an elegant, visually stunning monument at the southern end of a UNESCO-registered square of the same name in the touristic city of Isfahan, central Iran.

  • The collapsing mudbrick houses of Kharanaq, Iran. ( Johannes Zielcke / Flickr ) 2021-08-03 18:56

    Kharanaq: a deserted, crumbling but dreamy destination

    TEHRAN - Serenely situated in a remote valley about 70km north of Yazd in central Iran, is the deserted and crumbling mud-brick village of Kharanaq.

  • Iran attractions: marveling at ancient ruins of Persepolis 2021-07-27 21:26

    Iran attractions: marveling at ancient ruins of Persepolis

    TEHRAN - One of the greatest ruins of the ancient world, Persepolis is of such importance that many believe no trip to Iran would be complete without marveling at the Achaemenid ceremonial capital.

  • An exterior view of Laleh Kandovan Rocky Hotel 2021-07-26 19:50

    10 amazing and overlooked travel sites in Iran

    TEHRAN— For those wanting to get off the beaten track, Iran has a wealth of lesser-known destinations that rival the stunning beauty and historical significance of their more famous counterparts.

  • Amir Chakhmaq: a drop-dead gorgeous destination in central Iran 2021-07-25 19:47

    Amir Chakhmaq: a drop-dead gorgeous destination in central Iran

    TEHRAN – Having a unique imposing façade and tranquil atmosphere, the 19th-century Amir Chakhmaq Complex is one of the drop-dead travel destinations in central Iran.

  • A view of UNESCO-registered Arg-e Bam in southeast Iran. 2021-06-22 21:02

    10 Iran travel destinations you must see

  • Tourist map of Damavand issued 2021-04-10 20:00

    Tourist map of Damavand issued

    TEHRAN – The first comprehensive tourist map of Mt Damavand, which is home to the tallest volcano in Asia, has been issued recently.

  • Photo captured by German telegraphist Ernst Hoeltzer (1835 – 1911) depicts a view of Ali Qapu Palace in Isfahan. 2021-02-12 22:27

    Ernst Hoeltzer and his shots of 19th-century Isfahan

    TEHRAN - Ernst Hoeltzer (1835 – 1911), who was a German telegraphist and photographer, who shot many photographs of the then Isfahan during his life and mission in Persia (Iran).

  • Thieves’ Castle was once was home to a gang of robbers infamous for spreading fear and panic in the 19th century. 2020-12-02 22:38

    By Afshin Majlesi

    12 off-the-beaten-track destinations even Iranians don’t know about

    Welcome to some hidden gems you never thought to visit, but really should if you’re planning a trip across Iran.The ancient country is home to thousands of historic and architectural beauties on offer in famed cities like Isfahan and Shiraz, Tabriz, Kashan, Kerman, and Yazd in such a way that its diverse landscapes could be easily overlooked.

  • Explore celebration of colors and lights at historical Motamedi house 2020-11-13 14:34

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Explore celebration of colors and lights at historical Motamedi house

    The extraordinary Motamedi house is overstuffed with nearly all Iranian traditional decorations in such a way that one may say it’s a festival of colors and lights.

  • Discover top ten travel destinations of western Iran 2020-10-13 18:25

    Discover top ten travel destinations of western Iran

    TEHRAN – Although potential travelers to Iran are mostly fascinated by tourism delights of Isfahan, Yazd, and Shiraz, they are unaware that almost every corner of the ancient land is home to astonishing attractions such as dusty labyrinthine bazaars, centuries-old monuments, colorful landscapes, scorching deserts, snow-capped mountains, eroded volcanic plateaus, long-abandoned castles, ancient river valleys, enigmatic places of worship, and above all, hospitable and welcoming people.

  • A traveler looks at a massive rock-hewn tomb where a Persian Achaemenid king is laid to rest at the necropolis of Naqsh-e Rostam in southern Iran. 2020-08-22 20:34

    By Afshin Majlesi

    A peek into cemetery tourism in Iran

    Tourism is one of the fastest-growing phenomena in our modern world. It always makes new changes to have unforgettable experiences, to create new travel motivators, and to reach new markets. Such a trend results in new tourist spots which were unthinkable only a few years ago!

  • 20 wonderful, must-see cultural sites in Iran 2020-08-12 00:07

    By Afshin Majlesi

    20 wonderful, must-see cultural sites in Iran

    If you ask foreign visitors to Iran about the most characteristic future they discovered during excursions in the ancient land, the most possible answers may be somewhat like these: “It is the friendliest country on Earth with loads of warm-hearted welcome!”; “It is the jewel in Islam’s crown in terms of architecture”; “Being home to fascinating cultural heritage sites”; or “a land where echoes of ancient civilizations still resonate down through the ages!”

  • Discover Ghadamgah, a millennia-old place of worship embedded beneath rock cliff 2020-06-28 19:12

    Discover Ghadamgah, a millennia-old place of worship embedded beneath rock cliff

    TEHRAN – The creation of rock architecture across the Iranian plateau is influenced by the religious, geographical, and political atmosphere of their time.

  • A glance at a lavishly decorated house in central Iran 2020-01-22 19:02

    A glance at a lavishly decorated house in central Iran

    TEHRAN – Photos depict scenes of the extravagantly decorated Mollabashi (Motamedi) house in Isfahan, central Iran, on January 20, 2020.

  • Step into the ‘House of Hercules’ in western Iran! 2019-12-28 19:02

    Step into the ‘House of Hercules’ in western Iran!

    TEHRAN – Iran’s western Kordestan province is teemed with hundreds of historical sites, many of which well worth a visit. One of the most famous is the Caves of Karaftu, a series of chambers carved into a cliff facing a mountain. The caves are formed naturally but have been modified by inhabitants over the past centuries.

  • Ali-Asghar Mounesan in an undated photo 2019-12-25 19:17

    Iran to unveil national brand name for tourism

    TEHRAN – Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Minister has said that the national brand for tourism will be unveiled on February 11, 2020.

  • A view of Si-e Tir St. in downtown Tehran 2019-12-22 21:11

    Tehran’s tourist street to become more accessible for people with disabilities

    TEHRAN – A follow-up plan is being formulated to ensure Tehran’s Si-e Tir historical street and its surrounding museums, travel destinations and historical monuments will be more accessible for the physically challenged people.