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  • 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.

  • 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.