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  • Tourist map of Damavand issued 2021-04-10 20:00

    Tourist map of Damavand issued

    TEHRAN – The first comprehensive tourist map of Mt Damavand, which is home to the tallest volcano in Asia, has been issued recently.

  • Photo captured by German telegraphist Ernst Hoeltzer (1835 – 1911) depicts a view of Ali Qapu Palace in Isfahan. 2021-02-12 22:27

    Ernst Hoeltzer and his shots of 19th-century Isfahan

    TEHRAN - Ernst Hoeltzer (1835 – 1911), who was a German telegraphist and photographer, who shot many photographs of the then Isfahan during his life and mission in Persia (Iran).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Discover top ten travel destinations of western Iran 2020-10-13 18:25

    Discover top ten travel destinations of western Iran

    TEHRAN – Although potential travelers to Iran are mostly fascinated by tourism delights of Isfahan, Yazd, and Shiraz, they are unaware that almost every corner of the ancient land is home to astonishing attractions such as dusty labyrinthine bazaars, centuries-old monuments, colorful landscapes, scorching deserts, snow-capped mountains, eroded volcanic plateaus, long-abandoned castles, ancient river valleys, enigmatic places of worship, and above all, hospitable and welcoming people.

  • A traveler looks at a massive rock-hewn tomb where a Persian Achaemenid king is laid to rest at the necropolis of Naqsh-e Rostam in southern Iran. 2020-08-22 20:34

    By Afshin Majlesi

    A peek into cemetery tourism in Iran

    Tourism is one of the fastest-growing phenomena in our modern world. It always makes new changes to have unforgettable experiences, to create new travel motivators, and to reach new markets. Such a trend results in new tourist spots which were unthinkable only a few years ago!

  • 20 wonderful, must-see cultural sites in Iran 2020-08-12 00:07

    By Afshin Majlesi

    20 wonderful, must-see cultural sites in Iran

    If you ask foreign visitors to Iran about the most characteristic future they discovered during excursions in the ancient land, the most possible answers may be somewhat like these: “It is the friendliest country on Earth with loads of warm-hearted welcome!”; “It is the jewel in Islam’s crown in terms of architecture”; “Being home to fascinating cultural heritage sites”; or “a land where echoes of ancient civilizations still resonate down through the ages!”

  • Discover Ghadamgah, a millennia-old place of worship embedded beneath rock cliff 2020-06-28 19:12

    Discover Ghadamgah, a millennia-old place of worship embedded beneath rock cliff

    TEHRAN – The creation of rock architecture across the Iranian plateau is influenced by the religious, geographical, and political atmosphere of their time.

  • A glance at a lavishly decorated house in central Iran 2020-01-22 19:02

    A glance at a lavishly decorated house in central Iran

    TEHRAN – Photos depict scenes of the extravagantly decorated Mollabashi (Motamedi) house in Isfahan, central Iran, on January 20, 2020.

  • Step into the ‘House of Hercules’ in western Iran! 2019-12-28 19:02

    Step into the ‘House of Hercules’ in western Iran!

    TEHRAN – Iran’s western Kordestan province is teemed with hundreds of historical sites, many of which well worth a visit. One of the most famous is the Caves of Karaftu, a series of chambers carved into a cliff facing a mountain. The caves are formed naturally but have been modified by inhabitants over the past centuries.

  • Ali-Asghar Mounesan in an undated photo 2019-12-25 19:17

    Iran to unveil national brand name for tourism

    TEHRAN – Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Minister has said that the national brand for tourism will be unveiled on February 11, 2020.

  • A view of Si-e Tir St. in downtown Tehran 2019-12-22 21:11

    Tehran’s tourist street to become more accessible for people with disabilities

    TEHRAN – A follow-up plan is being formulated to ensure Tehran’s Si-e Tir historical street and its surrounding museums, travel destinations and historical monuments will be more accessible for the physically challenged people.

  • Media help alter mental image of travelers towards Sistan-Baluchestan 2019-12-21 18:26

    Media help alter mental image of travelers towards Sistan-Baluchestan

    TEHRAN – Media have helped change the mental image of people towards Sistan-Baluchestan province, which was being shunned by many potential foreign and domestic travelers.

  • Swiss roamer roams the world in his ‘Land Roamer’ 2018-03-06 11:01

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Swiss roamer roams the world in his ‘Land Roamer’

    TEHRAN – As a Tehran Times correspondent, I was about to enter the office late last week when I bumped into an imposing camper-truck parked across from the bureau. It was plastered with phrases and vivid sets of drawings and pictures.