Many visitors on their first trip to Iran are afraid they will have difficulties finding vegetarian food. This is based on the idea that Persian cuisine is based on meat, which is partly true. Yet, typical Persian cuisine includes a great variety of yummy vegetarian dishes, which combine vegetables, fresh or dried fruit and the most amazing herbs you’ve ever tasted.
Let’s have a look at Persian vegetarian cuisine and some of the best places in Tehran where you can find it.
When you’re going to a foreign country for the first time, it’s always good to get an idea of the people you’re going to meet there. This is particularly true for a country such as Iran, whose population is made up of various ethnic groups. Yes, they’re all Iranians but they come from different backgrounds, with their own culture and tradition. The people you’ll meet in Tehran for instance are very different from those living in the Kurdistan province.
One of the drawbacks of traveling to far away places is that you have to deal with different time zones. If there’s a significant difference between the time by your clock and the local time, you’re in for a couple of days during which you have to put up with the dreaded jetlag.
When you visit a foreign country, the trip is wasted if you don’t try the local cuisine, especially the desserts, all those fabulous treats that make life sweeter.
If you have a sweet tooth, prepare for a feast when you go to Iran as the country is famous for its Persian desserts.
Like all Iranian cuisine, the country’s favorite desserts bear the influence of the surrounding cultures and their gastronomy.
Here are just a few examples of delicious Persian desserts, just to tickle your appetite.
Most of the world’s populations have important holidays that correspond to the winter solstice. From the most ancient times, people attached great importance to the winter solstice, which brings the longest and the darkest night of the year. Modern religions have incorporated this special day, but gave it a whole new meaning. Christmas is very close to the winter solstice, for instance. The Iranians have Shab-e Yalda or Yalda night.
A trip to Iran is a wonderful opportunity for nature lovers to visit the country’s famous wetlands, many of which are registered with international conventions. There are over 80 internationally recognized wetlands or lagoons in Iran, covering 1,481,147 hectares, a huge territory where visitors can take their time to observe hundreds of species of splendid birds, not to mention the incredible variety of plants and exotic flowers.
Each of these lagoons is unique in its own way, but since you cannot visit them all, at least not in one trip, here are the most beautiful of them so you can schedule a visit during your stay.
If you want to understand a country and its people, you need to study their culture, and music is an important part of Iranian or Persian culture. Foreigners visiting Iran should use every opportunity to listen to authentic Iranian music. Obviously, like any other modern country, Iran has a great number of pop musicians, but the soul of its people is to be found in traditional music.
The term Persian music refers to two types of music – classical and folk music, and their origins can be traced thousands of years back. Both of them bear the influence of the Turkic and Arabic cultures surrounding Iran.
People traveling to a foreign country often schedule visits to its major cities or main tourist attractions. However, if you want to discover the real Iranian culture at its most authentic, take the time to tour some of its impressive villages. Some of them are truly unique and you’ll be making the kind of memories that last for a lifetime.
Just have a look at what these 5 most amazing villages in Iran have to offer.
Citizens of the United States will be able to obtain Iranian tourist visas if they travel to Iran as part of a tour. In the meantime, they must be accompanied by an approved tour leader. The itinerary of the citizens of them must be clear, such as accommodation, attractions to be visited, the exact date of arrival and departure, and in some cases the routes of travel must be mentioned.
Milad tower is also known as the Tehran Tower is one of the most prominent landmarks of Iran, located in the capital city near the Gisha neighborhood. It is a multipurpose tower standing at the height of 435 from the base to the tip of the antenna. It is also the tallest tower in Iran and in world ranking stands at number 6 as the tallest telecommunication tower.