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  • Kashan is where you can dive into ancient Iranian culture   2022-01-10 17:55

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Kashan is where you can dive into ancient Iranian culture  

    TEHRAN – Atmospheric spaces, rosewater, textiles, rugs, delicious dishes, and above all, hospitable people are some famous examples to describe Kashan in central Iran. The delightful oasis city is famed for numerous architectural masterpieces, a photogenic bazaar, and many old traditional houses some of which transformed into cozy boutique hotels where sightseers may feel the traditional lifestyle.

  • What it’s like to meet 5000-year-old tree 2022-01-09 17:55

    By Afshin Majlesi

    What it’s like to meet 5000-year-old tree

    TEHRAN – At the age of almost five millennia, Sarv-e Abarkuh is a solid, tall tree still covering itself with glory, reaching 25 meters in height, 11.5 meters in width of its trunk, and 18 meters in circumference.

  • A view of Qa’leh Babak in East Azarbaijan province, northwest Iran. 2022/01/07

    By Afshin Majlesi

    10 incredible fortresses everyone should visit while in Iran

    TEHRAN – A bridge between eastern and western parts of the world, Iran is home to countless ancient fortresses which draw the attention of thousands of sightseers and researchers each year.

  • A delicate dance of communication 2021-12-15 18:27

    By Afshin Majlesi

    A delicate dance of communication

    While in Iran, you may pay a taxi driver the fare and he might sound confusing. The cabbie may say “Ghabeleh shoma ro nadaureh” (for you, it is free). You may think how nice and generous he is!

  • Sold! Iranian treasures went under the hammer in London auction 2021-12-11 21:35

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Sold! Iranian treasures went under the hammer in London auction

    TEHRAN – On December 8, two majestic royal gold plaques among other ancient Iranian treasures went under the hammer for hundreds of thousands of pounds at Christie’s in London.

  • Cultivation of tourism in the countryside 2021-11-28 18:59

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Cultivation of tourism in the countryside

    TEHRAN – In recent years, an increasing number of travelers are looking for something different such as spending a day in tranquil countryside, picking fresh fruits, watching rice grow, fishing by the seaside, eating traditional dishes, or even staying with locals.

  • Iranian, German archaeologists in search of clues about Achaemenid, Sassanid miners 2021-11-21 20:11

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Iranian, German archaeologists in search of clues about Achaemenid, Sassanid miners 

    TEHRAN – Teams of Iranian and German archaeologists have commenced a new season of excavation on an ancient Iranian mine, which has so far yielded a number of ‘salt mommies’, personal belongings as well as animal remains.

  • Discover enigmatic Lut Desert for soaking up the sun this winter 2021-11-19 17:52

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Discover enigmatic Lut Desert for soaking up the sun this winter

    TEHRAN – As the temperatures begin to drop, many avid vacationers seize the opportunity with open arms. On the one hand, winter is welcomed by skiers and snowboarders and on the other by those who want to escape the cold to soak up the sun.

  • Gold-plated limousine, world’s only Panther-Laser shine at Tehran museum 2021-10-31 21:18

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Gold-plated limousine, world’s only Panther-Laser shine at Tehran museum

    TEHRAN – Following years of restoration and renovation, Iran Historical Car Museum in western Tehran has reopened its doors to the public, featuring a magnificent collection of rare classic, vintage, sports cars, carriages, and motorcycles.

  • ‘Untold stories’ now available for you to re-discover majestic Isfahan 2021-10-26 18:26

    By Afshin Majlesi

    ‘Untold stories’ now available for you to re-discover majestic Isfahan

    TEHRAN – A selection of 200 “untold stories” about Isfahan is now available for you to re-discover the ancient city, which has long been nicknamed as “half the world”.

  • Hundreds of stone tools found at Iran Neanderthal site 2021-10-19 22:01

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Hundreds of stone tools found at Iran Neanderthal site

    TEHRAN – Hundreds of stone tools have recently been discovered at a Neanderthal site in western Iran.

  • What are expert prospects for tourism recovery? 2021-10-09 18:32

    What are expert prospects for tourism recovery?

    TEHRAN – Though international tourism has revealed signs of a rebound as some destinations eased travel restrictions over the past couple of months, the lack of international coordination and slow vaccination rates in several countries and regions suggest it may need a longer time to bounce back.

  • Messages were sent across the expansive Persian Empire (c. 550 – 330 BC) on the Royal Road, such as this section in Sardis, Turkey (Credit: Design Pics Inc/Alamy) 2021/10/08

    By Afshin Majlesi

    World Post Day: a brief history of postal service in ancient Iran

    TEHRAN - World Post Day is celebrated on October 9, the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union in 1874 in the Swiss capital, Bern. It is an occasion to recognize the invaluable contributions of postal workers and post offices to our societies all over the world.

  • Reissuance of Iran visas won’t cause a flood of tourists, expert says 2021-10-02 20:47

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Reissuance of Iran visas won’t cause a flood of tourists, expert says

    TEHRAN – In a response to some complaints, Iranian Tour Operators Association Director Ebrahim Pourfaraj has said the reissuance of Iranian tourist visas won’t trigger a flood of visitors to the country.

  • Iran tourism prepares for a comeback 2021-09-22 17:59

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Iran tourism prepares for a comeback

    TEHRAN – Iran considers reopening borders to foreign vacationers as its new tourism minister has said the government will soon scrap visa restrictions.

  • Of the 8,425 species of herbs identified in the country, 2,300 are medicinal. 2021-09-18 18:40

    By Afshin Majlesi

    How could ancient remedies lift tourism?

    TEHRAN - Recent decades have seen a growing interest in medicinal plants and the traditional knowledge of their usage to some extent that some believe the drugs of the future might come from the past.

  • Achaemenid workers paid silver for wages, study on clay tablets finds 2021-09-15 18:32

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Achaemenid workers paid silver for wages, study on clay tablets finds

    TEHRAN – A fresh study on inscribed clay tablets, which were used for the treasury archives of the Achaemenid Empire, has revealed workers of the mighty kingdom were paid silver coins for their wages.

  • Under one roof: 5,000 years of Iranian arts and culture that are still unknown to many 2021-09-12 21:54

    Under one roof: 5,000 years of Iranian arts and culture that are still unknown to many

    TEHRAN - Iran has been home to some of the greatest civilizations of both the ancient and medieval worlds, but these achievements are now little known outside the country.

  • The story of how ancient Iranians harnessed the power of wind 2021-09-11 18:59

    By Afshin Majlesi

    The story of how ancient Iranians harnessed the power of wind

    TEHRAN- The wind has been powering our world for thousands of years. Mankind harnessed it as a form of energy to propel boats as early as 5,000 BC. Later, simple wind-powered water pumps were used in China, and windmills made of woven-reed blades started grinding grain in Iran.

  • Window to the past: gigantic underground city is chock-full of untold stories 2021-09-11 18:56

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Window to the past: gigantic underground city is chock-full of untold stories

    TEHRAN – A massive underground city, which was once a defensive refuge in ancient times, is getting ready for public visits in central Iran.

  • Ideas for traveling to Iran in coronavirus era 2021-09-06 19:21

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Ideas for traveling to Iran in coronavirus era

    It goes without saying that the novel coronavirus has dramatically affected our lives and economy in nearly every corner of the globe. Its variants have even taken a bigger toll on traveling with an employment drop of millions.

  • File photo depicts people visiting the Achaemenid site of Ganjnameh in Hamedan before the  coronavirus crisis. 2021-04-07 20:03

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Six destinations to visit in Hamedan when travel opens up

    TEHRAN – It is more than a year since many countries around the world have imposed sweeping travel bans and advisories to stem the spread of novel coronavirus within their borders and beyond.

  • How Iranians celebrate new year in COVID times 2021-03-17 20:02

    By Afshin Majlesi

    How Iranians celebrate new year in COVID times

    It is for the second consecutive year that the novel coronavirus keeps families apart on eve of the Iranian New Year.

  • Steps Iran must take to become leading player in medical tourism 2021-03-09 22:42

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Steps Iran must take to become leading player in medical tourism

    As you are well aware, medical tourism is booming worldwide as about 20 to 24 million people are traveling for medical treatments annually. Factors such as increased care needs over longer lifespans, rising healthcare costs, and constant pressures on some insurance industries are reasons behind why some opt to travel abroad.

  • Hydro tourism on track to drive development in northern Iran 2021-03-02 21:36

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Hydro tourism on track to drive development in northern Iran

    TEHRAN – Over the past couple of years, various categories of hydro tourism have attracted the attention of potential investors across Mazandaran province, which is bounded by the Caspian Sea.

  • Ruins of majestic royal gateway unearthed near Persepolis 2021-02-08 21:05

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Ruins of majestic historical gateway unearthed near Persepolis

    TEHRAN – The ruins of a majestic historical gateway, built upon the order of Cyrus the Great, who was the founder of the mighty Achaemenid Empire (ca. 550 – 330 BC), have been unearthed near the UNESCO-registered Persepolis in southern Iran, Iranian researchers said on Monday.

  • Glimpses of bread making in Iran 2021-02-02 18:41

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Glimpses of bread making in Iran

    Since the olden days, bread has been the staple diet of the folks living in the semi-arid Iranian plateau. Traditional and ethnic Persian breads are famed for their strong flavor, quality, and diversity.

  • Gilan province expects to meet rural employment goals by fostering tribe tourism 2021-01-12 21:31

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Gilan province expects to meet rural employment goals by fostering tribe tourism

    TEHRAN – Gilan authorities expect to maximize sustainable employment of rural households by the means of expanding tribe tourism across the northern Iranian province.

  • Emerging niches, changing tendencies: travel prospects in 2021 and beyond 2021-01-02 20:02

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Emerging niches, changing tendencies: travel prospects in 2021 and beyond

    Ubiquitous hand-sanitizers, face masks, social-distancing floor labels, nasal swabs, and new customer-service protocols were not part of the travel experience before the coronavirus pandemic. Nowadays, they are a regular part of the routine. But for how long?

  • A view of Cantor Church in Qazvin 2020-12-31 00:48

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Qazvin: a city with fascinating churches, Armenian neighborhoods

    Besides serving as places of worship and religious services, churches are visited for their splendor and architectural beauty, their majesty and magnificence.