Top Reasons to Visit Iran now — What Makes Iran Special
You’ve been pondering, mulling over, thinking about it, even planning, yet you still haven’t booked your trip to Iran. You don’t even know why, maybe holidays for you are synonymous with beach so you head to Thailand, maybe you think spices are only available in India, or maybe you think ancient history can only be experienced in Rome.
Whatever has been keeping you from booking that flight, here are our reasons why you should visit Iran as soon as possible and overcome all of your doubts.
Is it safe to visit Iran? Whether you travel alone or in a group, whether you are a woman or a man, or whether you arrive day or night time, Iran is a very safe country.
Your wallet will love you for it
It’s easy to keep costs low when venturing to Iran. A glance at lodging prices will assure you that there are affordable accommodations no matter where you go or what your needs are.
Transportation is cheap as well – taxis are cheap, and public transportation is even cheaper. If ask me, one of the reasons why you should travel to Iran soon is to go before the crowd gets too big!
Hospitality and Relaxed Atmosphere
Never judge a book by its cover. Never could that be truer than with Iran. When you hear the word Iran you could automatically think of nuclear weapons and axis of evil etc, but the opposite is true. Iran is the country of warm hospitality, and not just because “welcome” is possibly the most popular English word there, but because it’s an essential feature of their culture. Whatever city or province you go; friendly locals will be a great part of your Iranian journey. Besides the unique and wide range of real and original nomads (not gypsies) all over Iran with different costumes, cultures, living styles and languages is another attraction.
The World’s Richest Breadth of Culture and History world Iran has a long history of over 10,000 years and a culture that is as rich as the history. Hardly in need of any introduction, is Persepolis possibly Iran’s most famous ancient site, even though not the only one? From ancient Persia to modern Iran, from the Achaemenid Empire to the Sasanian era, from the Safavid period to the Qajar dynasty, to finally the Pahlavi family and the Islamic Revolution, Iranian history is as stormy as it gets, and traveling all around you can soak in every period and delve into the nation’s tangled past. If this is not a reason to visit Iran, I don’t know what is.
Most Impressive Architectural Wonders
Iran’s huge and numerous ancient architectural sites exceed other countries for size and number, from the glorious Persepolis, to Qanats, to Mosques, to palaces, to prehistoric excavation sites and mounds; and in the present towers, dams, bridges, tunnels, and many other feats of infrastructure.
Be it a mosque, a palace or a bazaar, Iranian buildings are finely decorated and glow with ornamental elegance. Pastel colors gracefully interact with bright hues, tapering minarets and seemingly ubiquitous domes outline the landscape. Whether you are inside or outside a building, the elaborate architecture is definitely something tourists marvel every time they visit Iran.
Each province, each city, each village has their own handicraft. In Yazd you will certainly buy beautiful termeh, handwoven silk and wool fabric (and baklava sweets), in Isfahan tiles and blue decorations, in Tabriz (and everywhere else) carpets of all sizes, colors and patterns. Wherever you travel in Iran, rest assured that you’ll get back home with the loveliest of gifts.
Aside from the usual tasting kebabs found throughout the region, there are many other delights to discover. Sitting on the floor in an old restaurant, you can savour the taste of a camel steak with rice spiced in all kinds of flavours. From pistachio to black tea, from saffron to kebab, from Mirza Ghasemi to Ghormeh Sabzi, the heavy presence of aromatic herbs makes Iranian cuisine appetizing and addictive.
While there are national dishes that you can find everywhere, like herb stew Ghormeh Sabzi, there are others that are exclusive, or at least typical from a particular region, such as the aforementioned eggplant-based Mirza Ghasemi, typical from Gilan province, or too meaty Dizi a national treat, typical from Ardebil.
Tasty soups and stews, sweetly spiced pilaf rice, traditional Iranian ice cream. Your taste buds will not be upset!
Nature and wildlife
Although Iran is a dry country in average, here you can find rich jungles and rain forests. It is the land of sun, sea and sands. We have endangered animal and botanic species like Persia Panther, Crocodile and a real and complete 4 season climate in Iran. While during March in Yazd people use air-conditioners to cool their houses, just 40 km away, people sleep by heaters to warm their houses.