Zurkhaneh: Traditional Sport for Heroes, Tehran

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Duration

4 Hours

Tour Type

Sports & Wellness

Private Tour

Location

Tehran

Overview

As an experience of a lifetime, visiting the rituals of traditional Persian heroic sport known as Varzesh-e Bastani in Iran will be an amazing thing to do. The sport is practiced in a place known as Zurkhaneh (literally, House of Strength). As the symbol of fairness and seniority, it has lots of totally unique rules.

For many centuries, these houses have been training athletes who used to act as the warriors in ancient Iran and neighboring countries. Before getting replaced by international wrestling, these traditional Iranian style gyms used to be the main places for wrestling.

In this tour, we show you a hidden part of ancient Persian culture in sports. While training and exercising, the athletes follow the live traditional song sang by their Morshed who sits at an elevated area. He also plays a drum and chants Persian poems.

There are certain rules for the visitors too. For example, the entrance’s height is low so that all individuals need to bow as a sign of respect when entering Zurkhaneh. There’s the main area of practicing of the athletes is a hexagonal place in the middle of the room with one-meter depth. Visitors’ seats are located around the main area and the whole experience will be a great memory of ancient sports rituals.

Tour duration is from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experiencing traditional sport of Persia as a spectator
  • Listening to heroic poems sang by Morshed
  • Getting familiar with the heroic stories from ancient Persia

Itinerary

Tour Location

Included/Excluded

All transportations
Pick up from your location in Tehran
Drop off at your location in Tehran
Professional English speaking tour guide
Entrance fees
Daily refreshments
Tips
Personal expenses
Any type of insurance
Meals

Theme

Iran Nights
Sports
Events
Activity & Experience

Destinations

Tehran

Important Notes

Things to know
- Most poems sang in the tour are from one of the greatest Iranian poets, Ferdowsi and his masterpiece Shahnameh. - The sport is only performed by men. - Wearing modest clothing is recommended due to the specialty of the atmosphere.
Cancellation policy
Up to 30 days prior to arrival: 5% From 30-20 days prior to arrival: 25% From 19-8 days prior to arrival: 50% From 7-2 days prior to arrival: 75% Less than 2 days or no show: 100%

FAQs

How long before a trip should I book?
In high season months like April, May, September, and October hotels, tours and driver guides will be sold out very soon. Hence, it is better to book your trip as soon as you can.
Can you provide the tour in other languages?
The default tour-guide for the tour is English-speaking. However, upon your request we can check the possibility to have a tour guide in another language.
Is it possible to book this experience with some of my friends?
Our private tours are held between one person to large groups. You can even choose your fellow travelers by scrolling down 'travelers' tab at the right side of the page.
Is it possible to stay for longer/shorter than the mentioned time?
Sure. The time is the usual time for the tour, but it can be arranged for being shorter or longer.

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