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Iran honeymoon

Your honeymoon in a country as old as history itself and as beautiful as the eyes can perceive

Iran, Persia, Pars, you have heard them all, a country as old as the history itself and as beautiful as the eyes can perceive. Here you can visit glorious ancient structures like Persepolis, you can visit most amazing natural beauties like Harra mangroves, you can climb high mountains like Alborz, or just have a cup of tea in Hafiz Garden, you can swim in the Caspian Sea, or if you want to swim in the winter season why not do that in Kish Island, where you can do your shopping too. In Iran you will experience different cultures and religions, with hospitability you have never seen before.

Ecotourism

persepolisEco and adventure tourism are concepts on the rise in the international tourism industry. Iran is a country with very diverse nature, mountains, lakes, caves, forests, exclusive animal and plant species, various water springs and much more like the several islands in the south and shores of the Caspian Sea in the north. All these make Iran the favorite country for those interested in experiencing something new, amazing and unforgettable.

Ecotourism is a new trend and phenomenon and because of the natural attractions and scenery and untouched areas of the country of Iran, it is even more important than the concept of tourism. The extensive land of Iran which includes the vast part of the Iranian plateau has provided various climatic conditions as well as different ecosystems and beautiful scenery which offer a unique opportunity for eco tourists.

Considering the rich natural properties of the country, we hereby draw your attention to the following wonderful contrasts existing in Iran: The range of temperature in different parts of Iran differs a great deal, while it is freezing in mountainous areas of north and west it can be very hot in southern areas. Even more interesting is the difference of temperature, at the same time, in two areas close to each other, which provides such conditions that enable people to go skiing on Zagros mountains, then in an hour, go to the southern areas, to the beach of the Persian Gulf for swimming and water skiing.

There are about 10,000 species of plants, 516 of wild birds (almost equal to the number of birds and plants species of the whole of Europe), which undoubtedly draw the attention of every specialist and animal lover. These species including some precious and rare species like Siberian Crane, Falcons, Imperial Eagle, Dalmatian Pelican and some other mammals have the same importance and attractions so that among the 160 species of mammals, regardless of Asiatic Lion, which used to live in the central parts of Iran, and Caspian Tiger which was extinct not long ago (every now and then there are stories from locals about Caspian tiger still being around), are good indications of Iran’s great biodiversity that one can see the Persian Fallow deer which was thought to be extinct, Asian Cheetah which is really in danger of extinction, Persian Wild Ass, Asiatic Black Bear, and three species of Gazelle. Of course all these animals need more protection to survive. It is also worth noting that the Persian Gulf of Iran is the habitat of the biggest mammal in the world (Blue Whale).

Attractions

Sport Tourism

The weather in Iran varies a lot in different areas at the same time that allows visitors to exercise almost any kind of sport activities any time of the year they wish. Swimming and other water activities in south in winter season or skiing in the north at the same time is possible. With so many mountains in the country, hiking and climbing can be a sport activity done any time of the year. These are just some examples of sport activities provided for tourists.

Religious Tourism

Cities like Mash’had, Qom and Isfahan offer unique opportunity to religious visitors. But apart from famous shrines and mosques in these cities, there are countless other wonderful religious attractions with amazing background all over the country, pre-Islamic shrines and temples, churches, cathedrals and Islamic attraction from all periods, beautifully decorated mosques, mausoleums, houses and much more in every possible corner of this vast country.

Nowadays Iranians associate Qom with a religious city and economy is based on religious tourism. Archeologists believe that civilization of this region dates back to the new Stone Age and many articles found in Ghomrud area confirms it. The plains and the hills to the south west have been among the most important places where Arian tribes used to live. In this province castles, residential areas and graveyards belonging to the Arian tribes have been found.

The second largest holy city in the world, Mashhad attracts more than 20 million tourists and pilgrims every year, many of whom come to pay homage to the Imam Reza shrine (the eighth Shi'ite Imam). It has been a magnet for travelers since medieval times. It is said that the rich go to Mecca but the poor journey to Mashhad. Thus, even as those who complete the pilgrimage to Mecca receive the title of Haji, those who make the pilgrimage to Mashhad – and especially to the Imam Reza shrine – are known as Mashtee, a term employed also of its inhabitants. It is thought that over 20 million Muslims a year make the pilgrimage to this city. Mashhad is best known for its beautiful pilgrimage shrine of Imam Reza. The shrine was built on the site of the village of Sanabad, where Imam Reza died in 818 AD (some sources say 817). Imam Reza, the eighth Shi'ite Imam, was born in Medina in 765 AD and was widely known to be a person of both extraordinary scholarship and saintly qualities. One, close to the Dome, upon Naderi balcony in the southern section of Sahne Enqelab and the other far in the northern section of Sahne Enqelab on Abbasi balcony. Shaykh Bahai's tomb is located between this Sahn and Sahne Azadi. Gowharshad Mosque is one of the most reputed in Iran and is situated adjacent to the Holy Shrine of Imam Ridha.

Museum of The Quran, this museum is located in the vicinity of the Astaane Quds museum. It contains precious manuscripts of the Glorious Quran attributed to the Holy Imams and some gilded manuscripts. It was opened in 1364 H. The oldest manuscript attributed to the Holy Imams is in kufi script on deer skin belonging to the First century AH.

Imamzadeh Yahya,Yahya was Zaid's son and grandson of our fourth Imam Sajjad [a] His mother Raiteh was the daughter of Abi Hashem Abdullah ibne Mohamed Hanifah. He was born in 107 H. and as his life was threatened by Umayyads, he migrated from Kerbala to Madaen and from there to Khorasan. He was martyred at the age of 18 in Jowzjan in 125 H. His tomb is on the Sarakhs road 50 kilometers from Mashhad and one kilometer from Miami village.

Handicraft

Iranians have always admired noble life. While holding to simplicity, they would also want to live in a beautiful environment and to be in touch with beautiful objects. This mindset has contributed to the creation of various handicrafts for use in every-day life.

Iran’s traditional arts have survived the passage of time to the present day. At times, Iranians have inspired artists of different nations. Next time when you present a perfume bottle to a friend or loved one, remember that the history of your gift goes back to Iranian artists who would create elaborated perfume bottles for nobles.

There are approximately 320 Iranian handcrafts, some of them have 9,000 years of historical background. These include various textile arts, metalwork, pottery, woodwork and leatherwork, among others.

Iranian handicrafts fall into the following categories:

I. Textile Arts such as traditional braiding and the production of hand-woven textiles like carpets, druggets, and traditional Gilim, Gabbeh and Varni etc.

II. Metalworking and traditional chiseling III. Pottery and ceramic arts

IV. Glass blowing V. Wood-working, Mo'arraq, Monabbat etc.

VI. Leather products VII. Jewelry and related arts

gastronomy of iran

Gastronomy

Iran with its diverse culture and nature can offer visitors endless variety of exotic and delicious dishes. Everyone has heard of kebabs, but different kinds of kebabs are just the tip of an iceberg when it comes to finding desired flavor and taste. Iranian food is of great variety; however, there is not much choice in the menus of the restaurants. Having a guided trip makes it easier to have different sorts of food, as the guide can order a specific kind of food before arriving at the restaurant.

The Iranian main dish usually includes rice, meat or some kind of sauce with meat, with additional bread, yogurt, soup, and vegetables. Iranians prepare the rice in a way other than other Asian countries. The yogurt is not sweet, but most of the time sugar can be added to sweeten it. There are different kinds of soup available. The vegetables are served with a mixture of different herbs. Iranian bread is flat, and of great variety. Different sorts of flat bread, baked in traditional ways are available as well as rolls and baguettes.

The primary food in classical Persian cuisine is rice, delicately prepared with herbs and nuts, sumptuous rice dishes are served in assorted variations. The main dish served in restaurants through ut Iran is the kebab. The standard chelo kabab is a long thin strip of meat or mince served with a mound of rice or with bread and grilled tomatoes. Kabab Barg is a thinner and more variable in quality. The most common version is Kababe Kobideh made out of minced meat.

One of the prizes of Iranian cooking is fesenjan, a meat stew made with pomegranate juice, walnuts, eggplant and cardamom. Qormeh Sabzi is rather bitter stew made from lamb, various vegetables and dried lime. If you have a sweet tooth, try some delicious and refreshing paludeh in Shiraz, chewy gaz from Isfahan or many delicious products made from honey, particularly in north-western Iran. Also Iranian tea which made with samavar is also famous. Teahouses in all cities serve saffron tea which is the special tea of Iran.

Source: www.tourismiran.ir

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