Zurkhaneh: Traditional Sport for Heroes, Tehran

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4 Hours

Tour Type

Nomad & Culture

Private Tour




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.


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


Tour Location


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 Free
Personal expenses
Any type of insurance


Iran Nights
Activity & Experience

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%
Flexible itinerary
As a private tour, the itinerary can be modified upon your request.


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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Very Good

Patrick patz

10/07/2021 06:05

Zurkhaneh exercises

Athletes do push-ups and whirl rapidly with rhythm of zarb, which is known as 'charkh'. They swing a pair of mil (wooden clubs) above their shoulder, do press-up with sang (metal shields), and swing kabbadeh, bow made of iron with metal rings and coin-like pieces hanging from its body, above their head during exercise.

Olga petrovich

05/16/2021 14:04

Zurkhaneh Iran

Great experience! A knowledgeable guide made all the difference in our private guided tour. The correspondence in the arrangement and planning was efficient and Mehdi made sure we were well informed.

heidi holmes

04/18/2021 07:08

Iran Local gym

We spent amusing hours in this traditional gym. they did some local exercise along with traditional drums (kinda traditional music to rhythm them). no complaint. thanks my tourguide
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