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  • People visit the mausoleum of Bu-Ali Sina (Avicenna) in Hamedan, west-central Iran. 2023-01-29 18:36

    By Afshin Majlesi

    In Hamedan, ancient monuments and gigantic in-cave lake await

    TEHRAN – From the dramatic sceneries to countless cultural sites, and from archeological sites to the largest in-cave lake on the planet, Hamedan offers a variety of destinations for history buffs, sightseers and nature lovers.

  • 2023: ten top places to visit in Iran 2023-01-02 20:11

    By Afshin Majlesi

    2023: ten top places to visit in Iran

    TEHRAN - A new year means a fresh perspective. When planning trips across Iran in 2023, you may consider this formula liberally.

  • Rig-e Jenn: the bizarre land of elves! 2022-12-30 19:45

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Rig-e Jenn: the bizarre land of elves!

    TEHRAN – Whoever named it Rig-e Jenn, may have been deeply troubled by ghosts and the devil there in the heart of the Iranian plateau.

  • It’s not a Yalda celebration without pomegranates 2022-12-20 18:58

    By Afshin Majlesi

    It’s not a Yalda celebration without pomegranates

    TEHRAN– Children running around, mothers set out trays of delicately cracked pomegranates, bowls glittering with their ruby-red seeds and elders take turns reading verses from illustrious Persian poets. Sounds familiar? If so, you’ve seen a glimpse of the Yalda celebration in honor of the longest night of the year.

  • An occasion to celebrate life in Iranian heights 2022-12-10 19:06

    By Afshin Majlesi

    An occasion to celebrate life in Iranian heights

    TEHRAN - International Mountain Day on December 11 may be a delicate invitation for us to find harmony with nature and benefit from a wealth of fresh experiences along the way.

  •  Source of inspiration: Iran’s Pahlevani and Zoorkhanei rituals 2022-12-04 18:22

    By Afshin Majlesi

     Source of inspiration: Iran’s Pahlevani and Zoorkhanei rituals

    TEHRAN– So far, a wide variety of Iranian elements have gained a place on UNESCO’s list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity aimed at protecting the cultural achievements of mankind.

  • Sightseers tour Stars Valley on Qeshm Island. The spectacular site features a series of majestic gorges and canyons formed over centuries by erosion. 2022-11-25 18:06

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Eight awe-inspiring natural wonders for your bucket list

    Apart from symmetrical mosques, eye-catching mansions, and magnificent ruins, Iran’s diverse and dramatic landscape reveals a wealth of unspoiled scenery that will surprise nature lovers.

  • Pomegranate and its great reverence in Persian culture 2022-11-22 18:10

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Pomegranate and its great reverence in Persian culture

    TEHRAN - The pomegranate enjoys great reverence and importance in Iranian culture, religion, art, and tradition. It often symbolizes abundance, blessings, and fertility.

  • 12 travel destinations for nature lovers 2022-11-09 18:11

    By Afshin Majlesi

    12 travel destinations for nature lovers

    TEHRAN— Reconnecting with nature has been shown to offer many mental and physical benefits, not to mention the pleasure of being surrounded by beautiful scenery. The majority of potential travelers to Iran usually think of big cities like Tehran, Isfahan, Yazd, and Shiraz, or ancient monuments like Persepolis or the Jameh Mosque of Isfahan.

  • Tehran talks raise awareness of traveling to Sri Lanka 2022-11-08 19:08

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Tehran talks raise awareness of traveling to Sri Lanka

    TEHRAN—On Monday, Colombo’s embassy in Tehran hosted a two-hour meeting on traveling to Sri Lanka, highlighting colorful destinations and traditions of the island country.

  • How did ancient Iranians make ice before freezers? 2022-11-07 16:55

    By Afshin Majlesi

    How did ancient Iranians make ice before freezers?

    TEHRAN– Nothing says summer like a glass of slushy lemonade. Thousands of years ago, ancient Iranians used a clever physical method to keep their drinks cool in hot, arid climates.

  • OANA great opportunity to end Western media monopoly 2022-10-24 19:22

    By Afshin Majlesi

    OANA great opportunity to end Western media monopoly

    60 media directors and editors-in-chief from 35 countries attend the OANA meeting in Tehran

    TEHRAN—Media experts from Asia and Oceania discussed threats and opportunities for journalism at the 18th Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies General Assembly, which began on Monday in Tehran.

  • In Gilan, splendid backdrops, old sites and new food beckon 2022-09-23 18:44

    By Afshin Majlesi

    In Gilan, splendid backdrops, old sites and new food beckon

    TEHRAN – Gilan offers picturesque landscapes ranging from forested cliffs to sandy beaches, and is known for its rich cultural heritage, local dishes, and most of all, its hospitable people.

  • On Iranian islands, long walks, bike rides and amazing sceneries 2022-09-13 18:08

    By Afshin Majlesi

    On Iranian islands, long walks, bike rides and amazing sceneries

    TEHRAN—Sun-kissed beaches in a wide-open blue sky, rich cultures and untouched pockets of wilderness are just a few alluring characteristics of the Iranian islands.

  • Want a once-in-a-lifetime experience? Head to Iran during Muharram 2022-07-30 20:24

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Want a once-in-a-lifetime experience? Head to Iran during Muharram

    TEHRAN - For avid travelers, sightseers, and even researchers, who take a fancy to feel extraordinary scenes or a first-hand cultural experience, now is the time.

  • File photo depicts an archaeologist working beside an urn-like tomb in southern Iran. 2022-07-06 18:49

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Oil drilling reveals cemetery with giant urn-like tombs in southwest Iran

    TEHRAN – An ancient cemetery bearing urn-like tombs has accidentally been discovered in an oil drilling project off the river Karun in Ahvaz, southwest Iran.

  • Expert hails find of ‘Bronze Age’ petroglyph in southern Iran 2022-06-06 21:26

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Expert hails find of ‘Bronze Age’ petroglyph in southern Iran

    TEHRAN – A cultural heritage expert says a petroglyph recently discovered near Davan dates back to the Bronze Age, adding it may provide an extraordinary insight into the prehistoric life across the southern Iranian village.

  • Please do touch! Exhibition for blind opens in Tehran 2022-05-23 19:15

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Please do touch! Exhibition for blind opens in Tehran

    TEHRAN – An exhibition aimed at the visually impaired has opened in downtown Tehran, inviting visitors to touch replicas and enjoy pieces they would normally only read or hear about.

  • A breath of fresh air! 7 pretty villages around Tehran 2022-05-15 20:10

    By Afshin Majlesi

    A breath of fresh air! 7 pretty villages around Tehran

    TEHRAN -  Teeming with life, bright lights and fantastic places to visit, the Iranian capital is the country’s beating heart but its real soul may be found in nearby villages.

  • One of pioneers in the use of clean energy, Iran eyes World Heritage tag for its windmills 2022-04-24 18:31

    By Afshin Majlesi

    One of pioneers in the use of clean energy, Iran eyes World Heritage tag for its windmills

    TEHRAN – Five years after being added to UNESCO's tentative list of World Heritage properties, Iran’s collection of ancient windmills is still not prepared for a final assessment.

  • Explore Dalijan’ bizarre underground phenomenon 2022-04-09 18:46

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Discover awe-inspiring cave in Delijan’s wilderness

    TEHRAN – Some 15km northeast of Delijan in central Iran lies a vast cave known for its charming popcorn-like appearance inside.

  • A close-knit Polish family enjoys being together while visiting the atmospheric Jameh Mosque of Yazd on October 10, 2019. 2022-03-12 18:42

    By Afshin Majlesi

    How Iran tourism may improve battered image?

    TEHRAN – A hidden gem and a backpacker’s dream, Iran holds vast potential as a holiday destination with stunning landscapes, numerous World Heritage sites, and above all, its hospitable people.

  • A foodie paradise where it’s not just food on the menu   2022-02-21 18:40

    By Afshin Majlesi

    A foodie paradise where it’s not just food on the menu  

    Nowadays, a soaring number of travelers are looking for something different like spending all day in a tranquil landscape where you can hike up mountains in the thick mist of the morning and picnic by waterfalls in the shadow of jagged rocks in the afternoon.

  • Social distancing: 8 resorts where the slopes are less skied 2022-02-12 18:29

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Social distancing: 8 resorts where the slopes are less skied

    TEHRAN – As you may know, Iranian land is covered with chains of jagged, low, or towing mountains some of which are comparable with those in the Alps.

  • How’s Iran adventure on two wheels 2022-02-09 18:50

    By Afshin Majlesi

    How’s Iran adventure on two wheels

    TEHRAN - Cycling is a marvelous way to see and experience Iran whether you want to find a leisurely ride with scenic lookouts or challenging routes to test your cardio.

  • From left to right, a photo combination depicts the rocky village of Kandovan, the UNESCO-registered Bazaar of Tabriz, and Shahgoli Park as some gorgeous travel destinations of Tabriz, northwest Iran. 2022-02-07 21:41

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Prime destinations: top 10 places to go in the city of Tabriz

    TEHRAN – Once a buffer between empires, Tabriz is now turned into a bustling metropolis filled with scenic destinations.

  • Deputy tourism minister Ali-Asghar Shalbafian, who is encircled by exhibitors, visitors, and reporters, tours the Isfahan pavilion at the 15th Tehran International Tourism Exhibition, January 29, 2022. 2022-01-31 13:18

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Isfahan pavilion thrills visitors with free tours of untold stories

    TEHRAN – In a different approach, visitors to the Isfahan pavilion at the 15th Tehran International Tourism Exhibition are offered free-of-charge virtual tours with the help of skilled guides who put the spotlight on the untold stories of the ancient Iranian city.

  • Visiting Iranian nomads triggers chance for time travel! 2022-01-30 21:09

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Visiting Iranian nomads triggers chance for time travel!

    TEHRAN – Sometimes, the hustle and bustle of modern life make us run away to a different lifestyle, where we may quell our anxieties.

  • Time to restart? Tehran tourism fair kicks off amid virus concerns 2022-01-29 18:51

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Time to restart? Tehran tourism fair kicks off amid virus concerns

    TEHRAN – Early on Saturday, doors of the 15th Tehran International Tourism Exhibition opened to people as a mounting wave of coronavirus puts high hopes of travel insiders in the hand of fate.

  • 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.