Afshin Majlesi


  • Travelers pose for a photo during their visits to the atmospheric Nasir al-Molk Mosque in Shiraz, southern Iran. 2019-07-16 19:20

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Iran travel sector: Ups and downs since U.S. reimposed sanctions

    TEHRAN – Last November, the Trump administration reinstated sanctions on Iran, mainly the ones that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, in order to batter Iran’s economy, however, according to official data, they have so far failed to lessen foreign arrivals to the Islamic Republic.

  • People visit Iran’s Kaldar cave, where a fossilized skull attributed to Homo sapiens, was unearthed. 2019-07-14 23:30

    Preliminary studies start on fossilized skull found in western Iran

    TEHRAN – Preliminary studies have been started on pieces of a fossilized skull, which was untethered earlier in western Iran. The skull is attributed to Homo sapiens.

  • People visit the 17th-century Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, one of the masterpieces of Iranian architecture in Isfahan. 2019-07-09 20:36

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Is Iran safe for Americans to visit?

    TEHRAN – The matter of security in Iran is essentially considered as a complex question for any U.S. citizen willing to visit the Islamic Republic.

  • Rare dovetail-joints found in UNESCO-tagged Pasargadae 2019-07-08 20:25

    Rare dovetail-joints found in UNESCO-tagged Pasargadae

    TEHRAN – Personnel of Pasargadae have recently found two rare dovetail-joints, which used to attach massive stone slabs, pillars and columns in the UNESCO World Heritage site that was once the capital of the Achaemenid Empire under Cyrus the Great (559–530 BC), who ordered its construction.

  • Worldwide Armenians to reunion at St. Thaddeus 2019-07-03 19:38

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Worldwide Armenians to reunite at St. Thaddeus

    TEHRAN – Hundreds of Christian worshippers are getting prepared to head for St. Thaddeus to observe a religious ceremony passed down from generation to generation.

  • People tour the Portuguese Castle of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf 2019-06-22 18:43

    Visit Portuguese Castle of Hormuz

    Where you may soak up silence while traveling through time

    TEHRAN – The crumbling Portuguese Castle of Hormuz Island, built in the early 16th century, is one of the last surviving monuments of the colonial rule in the Persian Gulf. It is now a tourism attraction where you can soak up the silence while traveling through time. For visitors it seems to be easy to imagine the hustle and bustle of Portuguese military forces five centuries ago!

  • A view of the restored Zein-o-din caravanserai in Yazd province, central Iran. 2019-05-31 19:34

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Caravanserais and time travel to forgotten ages

    TEHRAN – For many travelers to Iran, staying in or even visiting a centuries-old caravanserai, can be a wide experience; they have an opportunity to feel the past, a time travel back into a forgotten age!

  • People walk through the atmospheric Darband village in northern Tehran.  2019-05-18 22:56

    By Afshin Majlesi 

    Cool destinations to go if you need to escape the heat in Tehran 

    TEHRAN – If you can’t stand the heat in Tehran and want to take a break, don’t be disappointed!

  • People visit Badab-e Surt, a tourist destination in northern Iran. 2019-05-13 20:04

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Badab-e Surt: The rolling hills and lush landscape

    Sure, trips to Tehran, Isfahan or Shiraz are nice — but sometimes the best vacations come from traveling off the beaten path.

  • A review of Iran’s tourism in 1397 2019-03-18 21:56

    By Afshin Majlesi

     Solid growth: A review of Iran’s tourism in 1397

    TEHRAN – How Iran’s tourism industry has performed over the current Iranian calendar year 1397 (ending on March 20)? Well, according to data compiled by the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, it has experienced a solid growth.

  • Lipar, a small lake in pink 2019-03-17 10:30

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Lipar, a small lake in pink

    TEHRAN – Lipar, a small lake which usually turns pink, is an off-the-radar tourist destination in Iran, which has never been introduced completely!

  • Poets’ Mausoleum, a prime cultural destination 2019-03-11 22:20

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Poets’ Mausoleum, a prime cultural destination

    TEHRAN – Poets’ Mausoleum or Maqbaratoshoara is a prime cultural destination for travelers to Tabriz. It attracts a great number of Iranian and foreign visitors interested in literature and art.

  • A view of the UNESCO-registered Imam Square  2019-03-01 14:51

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Isfahan: Why it’s great to wandering about

    TEHRAN – Soaked in a rich history, Isfahan was once a crossroad of international trade and diplomacy in Iran and now it is one of Iran’s top tourist destinations for good reasons. 

  • Octavian Alimuddin in an undated photo 2019-02-13 21:53

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Many Indonesians want to visit Iran: envoy

    TEHRAN - Jakarta ambassador to Tehran said on Tuesday that many Indonesians want to visit Iran as he encouraged Iranians to visit the world’s largest island country.

  • Kashmir’s splendors, arts and cuisine come to Iran in exhibit 2019-02-06 10:06

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Kashmir’s splendors, arts and cuisine come to Iran in exhibit

    TEHRAN – The Economic Cooperation Organization Cultural Institute observed Kashmir Solidarity Day on Tuesday by hosting a walk-through exhibition, which showcases arts and cuisine as well as photos of natural beauties of the Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

  • People visit Menar Jonban, a tourist destination in Isfahan, central Iran. 2018-12-31 21:11

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Shaking minarets, enigmatic destination worth visiting once!

    For centuries Menar Jonban (“shaking minarets”), which is located in Isfahan, central Iran, has been a source of charm for Iranians and even foreign visitors because its dual minarets are really prone to vibrate!

  • Shab-e Yalda 2018-12-19 20:04

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Shab-e Yalda: A golden opportunity to come together

    For Iranian families and friends, Shab-e Yalda (Yalda Night), has long been a treasured time to come together and celebrate in honor of the longest night of the year!

  • A painting by the French architect Pascal Coste, who visited Isfahan in c. 1840, depicts the main courtyard and two iwans of the Imam Mosque. 2018-09-04 10:10

    Imam Mosque: Elegant, iconic and visually stunning

    With its perfect proportions and iconic blue-tiled mosaics, the Imam Mosque forms an elegant, visually stunning historical monument, which stands tall at the southern side of a massive square of the same name; the UNESCO-registered Imam Square of Isfahan in central Iran.

  • Khane-Irani tries to build empathy for simple folk styles of decoration in modern homes. 2018-09-01 17:41

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Feel “Iranian homes” in the hands of artisans

    A walk around the 30th National Crafts Exhibition

    In the Information Age when smartphones and social media are ubiquitous, people may sense a cozier atmosphere while connected to the Mother Nature.

  • View over Meybod, an oasis city in Iran’s Yazd Province 2018-08-09 09:42

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Meybod: Open-air museum of ancient watermills

    Some 50 kilometers north of Yazd, central Iran, lies the sprawling mud-brick city of Meybod, whose tourism officials are planning to internationally promote it as the “city of watermills”.

  • Iranian cyclist Hassan Khorashadi rides across the Lut Desert in an undated photo. 2018-08-07 08:22

    Iranian cyclist to defy hot desert, eying world record 

    TEHRAN – Iranian cyclist Hassan Khorashadi is slated to ride across Rig Yelan desert, deemed as one of the hottest spots on Earth, to try and set a Guinness World Record, Mehr reported on Saturday.

  • Iranian and Chinese nationals pose for a photo in the UNESCO-registered Imam Square of Isfahan, central Iran. The picture depicts Safavid-era Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in the background 2018-08-06 17:48

    Isfahan sets sights on more Chinese tourists

    TEHRAN – Isfahan province’s tourism department has recently formed a task force to look for ways to encourage and attract more travelers from China.

  • Historical tomb chambers found in southeast Iran   2018-08-02 10:53

    Historical tomb chambers found in southeast Iran  

    TEHRAN – Over 500 ancient tomb chambers have recently been found across the Mehdiabad-Oliya cemetery, which is located in Rigan county, southeastern Kerman province.

  •  Ancient mosque unearthed in southwest Iran 2018-08-02 10:30

     Ancient mosque unearthed in southwest Iran

    TEHRAN – A team of Iranian archaeologists have recently unearthed parts of an ancient mosque in Arjan, a historical region in the southwestern Khuzestan province.

  • “Mithra killing the Bull”, one of the loaned objects at Tehran’s Louvre show, which ended on March 5 at the National Museum of Iran. 2018-07-31 10:54

    Louvre show wraps up months of boom in Tehran museum visits

    TEHRAN - A momentous Louvre show came to an end at the National Museum of Iran on Monday.

  • A 1933 photograph of an excavation of the ruins of Persepolis in Iran. The bas-relief of a soldier from these ruins, which was seized at a Manhattan art fair last year, was ordered to be returned to Iran on July 23, 2018. 2018-07-25 18:37

    Prehistoric “Persian guard” on the way home

    U.S. judge rules return of Achaemenid-era relief to Iran

    TEHRAN – A U.S. judge said on Monday an Achaemenid-era (550-330 BC) bas-relief should be returned to Iran, where the object was originally stolen from some 80 years ago.

  • Anne-Sophie Rodet and Justin Lemire-Elmore ride a solar-powered tandem in Iran and en route their adventure from Lyon to Guangzhou. 2018-07-21 19:02

    Solar bikers traverse Iran en route from France to China

    TEHRAN – A North Vancouver-based couple Justin Lemire-Elmore and Anne-Sophie Rodet has recently toured parts of Iran along their adventurous itinerary commenced in mid-June in Lyon.

  • People swim in a natural pool in Cheshmeh-Ali, a historical site in southern Tehran, July 1, 2017. 2018-07-19 11:10

    Cheshmeh-Ali still dried out despite promises

    TEHRAN – Despite repetitive promises by Tehran subway authorities, Cheshmeh-Ali is still struggling to return to its heyday, when its popular pool was chock-full of inflow-water.

  • A view of Mt. Damavand and its natural landscape 2018-07-12 12:45

    Mt. Damavand facing hurdles to gain UNESCO World Heritage status

    TEHRAN –Iran’s cultural heritage body is still keeping an eye on possible inscription of Mount Damavand on the UNESCO World Heritage list though obstacles such as mining operations and land use change are still in place after nearly a decade.

  • A view of the Qareh Klise in northwestern Iran 2018-07-05 12:09

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Christian worshippers to make annual pilgrimage to St. Thaddeus

    TEHRAN – Hundreds of Christian worshippers from Iran, Armenia and other countries are heading for St. Thaddeus to observe an annual ritual and pilgrimage in the northwestern church from July 27 to 29.