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  • 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.

  • Tabiat Bridge 2020-12-20 19:42

    12 unmissable destinations in Tehran 

    Tehran is such a bustling metropolis that some travelers love to hate as many avoiding a stay there altogether en route to Iran's more popular tourist destinations. 

  • Another coronavirus casualty: how Iranians are preparing for the Yalda night? 2020-12-19 22:03

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Another coronavirus casualty: how Iranians are preparing for the Yalda night?

    Children chasing each other, mothers setting out dried nuts, pomegranates, and watermelons amongst other fine foodstuffs, and fathers watching a ball game amid all! Does it sound familiar?

  • Deputy tourism minister Vali Teymouri 2020-12-13 22:06

    By Afshin Majlesi

    ‘Iran heritage sites on way to be more tourist-friendly’

    Iran is to formulate and develop additional tourist-friendly policies to satisfy the needs and demands of domestic, and international travelers, deputy tourism minister Vali Teymouri told the Tehran Times on Sunday.

  • Why lodging at a caravanserai is a must-do in Iran? 2020-12-08 18:05

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Why lodging at a caravanserai is a must-do in Iran?

    Imagine a place so serene in the heart of the ancient Silk Road(s) where you can plunge into a forgotten age while staying for a day or two.You may conjure up the hustle and bustle of the merchants selling their goods, bargaining on prices, telling their long-lived journey to one another while their animals chew on hay amid massive portals, elevated load-bearing walls, rooms encircling the courtyard, a heavy-doored gateway, and the tranquility of the surrounding nature!

  • 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.

  • Virtual, actual or in between: deputy minister briefs on Iranian tourism during pandemic 2020-12-01 18:14

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Virtual, actual or in between: deputy minister briefs on Iran tourism during pandemic

    For a long time, guided excursions have been at the heart of travel, but like everything else, the coronavirus pandemic has upset such events, and many starting to go online.  

  • Hakim Mosque: elegant, iconic with perfect proportions 2020-11-28 18:33

    Hakim Mosque: elegant, iconic with perfect proportions

    TEHRAN - This elegant mosque, with its iconic blue-tiled mosaics and its perfect proportions, forms a visually stunning monument near the bazaar of Isfahan, one of the top touristic cities in Iran.

  • Students visit a giant model of the UNESCO-registered Imam Square at Tehran’s Miniature Garden Museum. 2020-11-24 18:17

    By Afshin Majlesi

    One-stop: see Iran attractions like never before

    If you are in Tehran and desire to get to know the cultural resources of the country at a glance, the Miniature Garden Museum is the right place for you to roam through.

  • A view of Narin Castle with a scenic vista of Meybod in the background 2020-11-23 10:47

    By Afshin Majlesi

    14 of the greatest castles, fortresses, and citadels in Iran

    Since antiquity, mankind has assumed the need to fortify properties to survive in an ever-changing world of invasion and conquest.Commencing from simple earthworks and wooden walls, fortifications were gradually evolved into complex, unconquerable imposing citadels.

  • Khan-e Tabatabaei: another superb mansion of amazing harmony, architecture 2020-11-20 21:03

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Khan-e Tabatabaei: another superb mansion of amazing harmony, architecture

    Built for a famous Iranian merchant of the 19th century, this elegant house is composed of several sections each decorated with various types of art and architectural features, such as stucco, mirrorwork, tilework, woodwork, and stained glass. The fully restored house is now open to the public.

  • Travel startups and efforts to survive coronavirus 2020-11-15 23:48

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Travel startups and efforts to survive coronavirus

    We are all aware of the impact of the novel coronavirus on tourism yet we know that the sector has proven giant, successful tracks of resilience before.

  • 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.

  • Ali-Asghar Mounesan 2020-11-09 21:21

    Mass, unplanned travels not approved: tourism minister

    TEHRAN –Mass, unplanned and irresponsible travels are not approved to take place during the coronavirus era, Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Minister Ali-Asghar Mounesan said on Monday.

  • Tribe tourism gaining momentum in Iran 2020-11-04 18:05

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Tribe tourism gaining momentum in Iran

    Tribe tourism, also known as ethno-tourism or ethnic tourism, lays the ground for you to feel indigenous people by living with a nomad or rural family or enjoying an independent stay.

  • Why rural tourism is important? 2020-11-01 19:49

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Why rural tourism is important?

    Let’s have a look at rural tourism as a globally important economic and socio-cultural phenomenon, seeing what is it all about?

  • 10 wonderful cultural sites in Iran you must see 2020-10-21 11:05

    By Afshin Majlesi

    10 wonderful cultural sites in Iran you must see

    Iran, one of the friendliest countries on Earth, was once the heart of the mighty Persian Empire which almost stretched from Greece all the way to China. And now, what we know as modern Iran is the inheritor of a land full of sites of high cultural values from corner to corner.

  • Tea tourism: experience the taste of a serene holiday 2020-10-19 22:38

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Tea tourism: experience the taste of a serene holiday

    If you are the type of person who is looking for new travel destinations that are peaceful, pristine, and perfect for a picnic with loads of indigenous culture, you may consider a tea tour for your next excursion.

  • Ten gorgeous mosques to visit in Iran 2020-10-17 18:01

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Ten gorgeous mosques to visit in Iran

    TEHRAN – Cascades of photogenic domes and minarets can be seen in every corner of Iran as inseparable elements of mosques some of which widely known as timeless benchmarks of the Islamic architecture.

  • Unmissable museum in northwest Iran 2020-10-11 21:43

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Unmissable museum in northwest Iran

    Holding thousands of works of art – from Persian, Mesopotamian, and Elamite antiquities to masterpieces by the Islamic-era artists, it’s no surprise that Azarbaijan Museum is known as the second major museum of cultural heritage after the National Museum of Iran.

  • A view of Rudkhan Castle in northern Iran 2020-10-06 23:01

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Rudkhan Castle: a blend of nature, history and culture       

    Iran is home to hundreds of prehistorical, ancient, and medieval castles, fortresses, and strongholds each boasting their own eye-catching architecture. One of the largest military ones, Rukhan Castle occupies an area of about 50,000 square meters.

  • Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Minister Ali-Asghar Mounesan (R) and his deputy for tourism Vali Teymouri are seen during their visits to the Tehran Times in downtown Tehran, October 3, 2020. 2020-10-04 21:56

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Iran sets sights on tourism rebound if coronavirus wanes, minister says

    TEHRAN – The Islamic Republic of Iran is developing necessary infrastructure in the realms of traveling, accommodation, and human resources as it eyeing to jumpstart travels whenever coronavirus restrictions ease, Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Minister Ali-Asghar Mounesan told the Tehran Times in an exclusive interview on Saturday.