Nezami Ganjavi

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Jamaloddin abu Mohamad Elyas bin Yusuf ibn zaki ibn Muayid, also known as Nezami Ganjavi was born 535 AH in Ganjeh and died 607-612 AH, Iranian poet and storyteller, his Tomb located on the western border of the city of Ganja.

He was Expert in literary sciences, astronomy, Islamic science, Jurisprudence and Arabic language. His poetry has been translated in many different language. We don’t have enough information about his biography; however, his father was peasant, but he owned several farms and orchards.

According to one of his lyrics, khosrow and Shirin; the first wife was bondswoman, when Nezami finished his book (khosrow and Shirin) his son died when he was 7 years old. He lost his 2nd wife when he was writing another chapter of his book which was named Lili & Majnoon and lost his third wife in short time.

He spent all his life in Ganje which is currently in Azerbaijan. His famous works are: khamseh (translated into 5 treasures), khosrow and shirin, lili and majnon, seven bodies, eskandar-nameh (scriptwriting). He was the founder of difference scprit which is called shakinama (saghinama) that after him other poets such az Hafez followed his poetry.

Among all his masterpiece lyrics, Lili and majnon, has been translated into other languages such as German, French, English, Russian, Armenian, etc.

Soltaniyeh Dome

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Soltaniyeh dome is one of the marvelous historical sites of Iran that has listed as a world heritage site in 2005 which dates back to Ilkhanid period.

This monument has been built by order the eighth ruler of this dynasty Uljayto who has been converting to Islam and it took them 10 years to build such an extraordinary monument in order to have burial place. The height of this building is about 48.5 m and has been constructed in to an octagonal shape that either of each face is about 17 m length.

The whole building constructed in three floors generally such as Domed hall, praying room & cellar. The purpose of having such an enormous monument in this area is, the King Uljaito has been impressed by visiting tombs of Persian kings in south of Iran and decided to have similar monument for himself. This idea dates back to when he has not been converted to Islam.

According to history of this era, before this monument was finished, king Uljaito traveled to Iraq and visited religious sites of Muslims and got very impressed of those holy places. Therefor he converted to Shiite and decided to bring those graves to Iran in order to run pilgrimage trips for Shiite Muslims and started decorating inside the tomb by glazed tiles and bricks. However, he was stopped by Ayatollahs not to dig out tombs and he was very upset for such a decision and later on he covered all previous decoration by stucco and plaster.

Afterwards he decided to have this property for his tomb again by designing better architecture that has been the combination of Iranian art & Turkish. In this period, he was planning to have his tomb In basement of this monument, in the place where it is called cellar which is located in south of this property.

Originally this hall is connected just with an stairs to the main hall and archaeologists are of the opinion that this hall was better designed because of having tomb of the king, however, there is no document to prove this. The last part of this property is Praying room that is just aside the entrance which is designed in rectangular shape. It is very popular to visit its ceiling which contains three arches with Moqarnas that are well designed by Iranian artists. Around the ceiling just under the arches some verses of Quran have been carved.

External decoration is very impressive and brings the attention of everyone to go through the building especially on balcony of this monument which enables to have spectacular view of this region including this castle, old town as well as other monuments that are very close to this site.

As travel consultants we would highly recommend to visit such an impressive site in morning and take 2 days to visiting Zanjan and Soltaniyeh or even it is possible to visit this area on the way of Hamedan.

Ceramic Museum

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There are always top secret places to visit in Tehran especially when it comes to walking tour, you would be exposed to different types of museums. One of the most beautiful museums of Tehran is in 30 Tir Ave which is a specialty ceramic museum of Iran that has been built in in early 20th century by Mr. Qavam 1st who the was the prime-minister in Qajari period.

It has been used as his own property and office till early 80s that has been taken by Egyptians as their own embassy. In early 90s this building was taken back as on Iranian building and Iranian architectures with cooperate with Austrians changed the function of the complex to a museum by decorating external and internal views.

The current complex contains three different departments:

  • Pottery
  • Glasses
  • Crystals

There are several priceless objects to present in either of these sections that have been collected from different cities and spots of Iran. Let’s get acquainted with collections in each department:

Glasses:
all items and objects of this section are from one & two millennium BC till contemporary period, however, some of these are actually gifts from overseas or as samples for doing the same tact and arts in Iran.  

Potteries:
In this section, you will be exposed to several potteries from ancient Persia till 20th century that have been collected from different locations. Some of these are glazed, gold and some are perfectly painted by several stories such as Iranian stories or Europeans. In fact, the most important cities that all of these are collected are Rey, Qazvin, Gorgan and Neyshabour.

Crystals:
from late 15th century glassblowers of Europe started making glasses that are called Venice style that are quite similar to crystal stones because of having no color. Therefor in some areas of Czech Republic artists started making different types of glasses that are all painted. They started exporting these items from early 18th century to whole Europe.

As a travel consultant we would highly recommend to take a walking tour of Tehran in order to get acquainted with local businesses and museums better that all come from ancient Iranian culture.  

Azerbaijan Museum

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One of the most common activities to do in Urmia is Azerbaijan Museum which is located in city center and presents several objects that have been discovered from all over Iran.

There is no doubt that Azerbaijan Museum is a great treasure to protect and display several priceless items from 7000 years till 19th century. It’s been opened from 1967 and brings attentions of everyone to visit such a marvelous place especially those are looking for a great place to study about ancient civilizations, here is the right choice.

People are of the opinion that this museum is the 2nd largest archaeological museum of Iran in terms of having over than 26000 objects but due to lack of room to display, most of the are stored. However, staff of museum strongly believe this could have been considered as a tact of preserving items. Although it has two floors to present most of the items but staff prefer just to preserve them better by storing them and showing some of the highlights of museum such as those three largest cuneiform.

As a travel consultant we would highly recommend everyone to take a look at this great museum in the morning in order to have sufficient time to explore different and exciting items of this museum.

Urmia Friday Mosque

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There is no doubt that one of the most beautiful historical sites of Urmia is Friday Mosque that’s also known as Rezaiyeh Mosque which dates back to 14th century in Ilkhanid period. Although archaeologists are of the opinion that this building was originally a fire temple its function was converted to a Mosque after Islam came through Persia.

There is not sufficient documents about this Mosque but people strongly believe that original building has been ruined and a mosque was built over the ancient temple that looks like a Seljuk monument from Architectural Point Of view.

Currently the oldest part of this Mosque is its Mehrab that dates back to 14th century but other places might have been built later in Ilkhanid era. This mosque does have a domed Hall which is absolutely stunning in terms of Architecture & stucco working and praying room which has 40 leaning pillars that are all made by stone.

It was a tradition in old days to build a Mosque nearby Bazaar that anyone could go to pray with ease especially this mosque had three Accessible gates to Bazaar. As a travel consultant, we would highly recommend to take a guided tour of Urmia and stay for few days in this religion in order to get acquainted with local culture, tradition in addition to historical sites especially this Mosque in the morning by taking a short cut from ancient Bazaar.

Qeshm Island

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Welcome to National Geo site of Iran. Qeshm is the largest island of Persian Gulf that is located across Bandar-e Abbas harbor. This is known as the largest Island of Gulf by having 135 km length toward Hormuz straight and about 37 km width toward Oman coast, however, it is about 180 km away from UAE.

Best time to Travel:
It’s always important to know the best time of traveling to any destination that as a traveler it enables us plan better and go better. In Qeshm Island the average temperature would be 27 degrees from Oct till late March and in June or July this may vary up to 46 degrees. This can be the reason that many travelers prefer to visit this Island in this time of the year.

Life style & Inhabitants:
This island contains several towns and villages and based on last census in 2016 the population of whole island is about 120000 people. It is well noted that most of locals are in fishing industry, trading with Arab countries in another side of gulf, and even some of Iranians have invested in this island by building hotels, or other infrastructures in tourism.  

History:
There are several evidences and documents about existence of living in this Island back to Paleolithic period. However, the name of this Island has been changed several times in history especially when Islam came through ancient Persia. In 2nd century AD it has been named as Alexandria. There are some records about the existence of this Island back in Sassanid that has been called Abarkawan too. What makes this Island very fascinating in ancient days is, it has been playing an important role in trading between Iran, Africa, India and Asia mostly based on their own products, however, other traders took Silk Route.

Things to do in Qeshm:
We are very pleased to inform everyone that this Island is one of Iran’s world Heritage sites because of having the largest Geo Park in center of this enormous Island and brings everyone’s attention to visit. We would like to provide briefly some information about this island to enjoy better.

Historical sites:
It has been very important spot for many European countries especially Portuguese that have built castles and still very well preserved.  There are few decent items are existed in such a castle that are worth visiting.

Natural sites:

In another hand Qeshm Island is the home of adventurous and those who are interested in visiting unique and untouched places. Therefor we would highly recommend trekking tours in Stars Valley, Chahkouh Canyon, Kharbas Cave, Salt Cave, as well as its central Geo Park. There are more exciting places in this Island such as Naz beach which is quite amazing in terms of level of water, Turtle beach as well as Alligators protected zone.

Apparently those who are looking for a unique destination, would like to visit most amazing spots in Whole Island, Known as Hormuz tiny Island that is very well known for its colorful hills and mountains that makes everyone fascinating. What makes this spot very particular is, there is no vehicle yet and everyone has to travel by tiny boats and explore everywhere on foot.

Here it is highly recommended to adventurous people and bird’s watchers, to visit Harra forest that hosts the mangrove plants and different types of local birds that would stay here mostly from Oct till Feb yearly. This has a great potential to be visited for those who are studying on Iranian types of Birds.

Accommodation:

This island has been a unique place and relatively recently locals or other Iranian citizens started building hotels in such a Island especially in Qeshm city. Apparently there are not wide-range of hotels in any class but surprisingly improving.

If you are looking for having a comfortable accommodation in such a city we would highly recommend to stay in Eram hotel, Arta Hotel, Irman hotel, Khalije fars hotel.

Restaurants:
Traveling to such an Island makes everyone feeling seafood is the most amazing and fresh food as all locals are experts in providing delicious foods. We would highly recommend to take a look at Toranj Restaurant, Naeem place for delivery foods, Delshodegan Restaurant, Shabhay-e Talai, Etc.

As travel consultants we would highly recommend to visit this island from Oct till late March and spend about 3 to 4 days to explore every single corner by having sufficient time.

Tomb of Hafez

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Where is the news of union with you, that I will give up my life
I’m a bird from the paradise that will arise to become free from the traps of the world.

Khaje sham ul Din Mohamad, also known as Hafez is one of the most well-known poets of Persia who lived in 14th century AD. He was born in Shiraz, however, his dad was from a town in east of Esfahan and his mother was from Shiraz. He was taught religion by his dad and started learning Quran and memorizing all verses of this holy book. This is the reason he was called Hafez because in Farsi anyone who memorizes items and is able to recite by heart is called Hafez.

He was also interested in poetry as it was quite well-known in Iranian history, however, there were several intellectual poets in previous centuries. He started learning Iranian literature by and became very popular in lyrics. What makes him different among all poets is, his poetry that everyone needs to know literature as there is simple meaning of his verses as well as deep meaning that only those who are experts in Farsi grammars would tell.

He never left Shiraz even for a single trip to any particular destination as he was of the opinion that Shiraz is the best spot on earth and used to live in place that today is his tomb which was called Musall garden. It’s been mentioned that he started Cheleh Neshini when he was 60 as a type of Sufism because Shiraz in 13th & 14th centuries was one of the hubs for dervishes and they all went through tiny caves on Mt Chehel Maqam or Baba Kouhi in order to purifying their soul for 40 days.

He became very popular among locals and made several followers. They all came to meet him at his garden to learn about religion, literature as well as Sufism. This even helped him a lot when he passed away at his place and was buried at this garden due to ignorance to be buried in public cemetery by rules and locals because of discussing about wine and other drinks, however, he meant a holy drink.

His tomb:
He was buried by his followers in his garden and back them the tradition was to just separate graves of Sufis among graves of ordinary people by providing two tiny pillars on the top and button of grave instead of having graffiti or calligraphy in regards to the person. Later on several kings and rulers who got acquainted with him, decided to pay respect to him by building a proper construction and either of each lasted for a short period of time until early 20th century especially in Pahlavi Era, Reza Shah invited several architects from all over the globe to design a proper building that respect the Hafez character. Finally in this competition a French architect Andre Godard became the legend to design such as holy mausoleum.

He was struggling to use different elements of Persian Architecture in his pattern such as tiny arches on walls, pools and gardens that represent old Persian garden. Or even he used few more items in designing the tomb by building 8 pillars that represent his living century based on lunar calendar as well well-designing the dome which represent the religion of him.

He was also interacting with locals and literature men in order to find out the masterpiece lyrics of him for decorating the whole complex especially on corridors, on entrance, ceiling and walls. As travel consultants we would highly recommend everyone to visit this marvelous tomb of poet has been alive among locals for 700 years.

 

 

Blue Mosque

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Blue Mosque of Tabriz (locally called Masjed-e Kaboud), the only outstanding monument from QaraQuyunlu dynasty.

There is no doubt that one of the outstanding monuments of Tabriz is Mozafarieh Mosque that is also known as Blue Mosque which dates back to 15th century AD and has been built by a local governor who was called Sultan Jahanshah QaraQuyunlu.

It has been built by order of the Jahanshah under her daughter’s control and original construction included main entrance, praying room and cemetery room for royal family. However, the whole construction was badly damaged by earth quakes several times in history. Nowadays it is very well known for its typical tiles work as well as curly decorated pillars which makes this mosque very unique.

By entering this mosque, the first hall is the lobby of the mosque which is called Hashti in Islamic architecture. This prevent strangers seeing directly inside of the mosque. This looks like a bit different than other mosques of Iran due to having long snowing season. This is the reason all spaces of mosque are covered and connected to each other such as praying room and cemetery room which is located in southern flank.

This hall is very well known for dark blue & turquoises tiles that have glued on alabasters. In this hall there are several tiny arches that are decorated by verses of Quran in Kufic and Sols calligraphy that are all done by a local artist who was named Mohamad Ibne Nemat allah. The earlier records about this mosque refers to travel notes of Tavernier who was one of the European Travelers back in 17th century  which is mostly about its tiled dome, entrance as well as its courtyard that has been existed until 18th century.

In southern domed hall or cemetery room, in down stairs there are three graves that people are strongly of the opinion that these are tomb stone of king, his wife and daughter, however, there is no inscription on neither of them but very well decorated.

As a travel agent we would highly recommend to visit this outstanding mosque in the morning in order to take extraordinary shots of these domed halls from outside as it has superbly done tiles works, stuccoes as well as bricks that catches eyes of all visitors. Although it has been damaged by earthquake back in 16th century and just its entrance is left from original building it is still top ranked site of Tabriz in architecture point of view.

Alisadr Cave

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Ali Sadr Cave is the largest water cave of the middle east that is very well-known for its extraordinary and unique stalagmites & stalactites that are quite rare around the globe. This cave has been located in north of Hamedan in Alisadr village.

There is no that one of the most beautiful water caves of the world is Alisadr cave that brings the attentions of several domestic and foreign tourists from all over the world. Scientists are of the opinion that history of this cave dates back to second geological period which is approximately about 200 million years ago.

It is well noted that this cave has been untouched till 1960s and just locals used its water for their own daily usage till a team of mountain climbers visited this cave and used this spot for their own activities by tubes.

It was slightly getting very popular among locals and suddenly reported in 1967 as a natural site by Iran’s Tourism Board. There were several teams of experts, investors and mountain climbers came to this spot in order to excavate this cave and found out there were several routes of visit that were all quite unique for study.

However, locals strongly believe there are three different caves in this region and all are internally connected but nobody has reached the end of this cave yet. At some point the excess water of the cave flows out in the form of fountains but when there is shortage of water, the impacts of its fluctuations is evident on the cave walls.

The depth of water may vary from 14 meters in different parts to few meters. The amount of water flowing into the cave comes from rainfalls, underground springs and outflows.

The height of the cave’s ceiling may vary from few meters to 10 meters, however, there are several new routes that are quite high and untouched that people would be very fascinated by visiting these enormous stalagmites and stalactites.

Even at some point people need to be very physically fit to cross over the lines and go forward. As a result, it is highly recommended to take a day trip of this gorgeous water cave and enjoy visiting its beauties by having sufficient time to explore all available routes.

Anahita Temple

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Welcome to Anahita temple which is one of the outstanding temples of Parthians and known as the 2nd largest stone building of Iran. Anahita is remained from ancient days of Iran and is located in Kangavar. According to history of this are, there were several sacred places in this complex in order to respect to religion especially for four elements of life.

Religion in all over ancient empire of Iran has been affected by Islam and this affected on many temples and building that there are sufficient evidence about the usage of each building and details of architecture. However, archaeologists found enough documents that this building dates back to Persian Empire that later on, Parthians built their own town on ruins of Persian city which was called Kangiar and in Sassanid it didn’t lose its value especially by Khosrow Parviz.

Nowadays this complex is on top of hills with 32 m height in center of Kangavar that looked pretty similar to Persepolis that has been by Darius I. Because of similarities in construction of entrance staircases. This complex is vast and it is very difficult to believe this was only one temple because of having several monuments in every single corner. some are from ancient days and some of them are remained from early Islamic periods on ruins of ancient city.

In ancient Iran, Especially in Sassanid many people were of the opinion that there were several gods and goddesses for every natural agent such as Anahita as a goddesses of water. Although this complex has been exposed to several attacks and damages in history by human or natural agents, it still is one of the most well-known spot for several domestic and foreign tourists to visit.

From architecture point of view as it is mentioned above, the whole complex is on top of a hill with 32 m height which has an square plan and the length of each side is about 209m and 18 m height regarding the height of columns. It is well noted that all this complex has been built by pieces of stones that are all brought to this spot from local mines as well as rivers along the city.

In every side of main building there are water channels that led water toward the center of main hall. Apparently it was all supplied in a little pool for religious program at certain time of the year. In southern flank of this complex, place where archaeologists are of the opinion that, this is the main entrance toward the whole complex, length of stairs are about 154 m. Along the stairs there are several pillars with height of 3.5 m that none of them has a particular decoration or patterns which represents Ancient Style of Iranian Architecture that has been used in Pasargadae as well as Persepolis or even Susa.

There are several stories about the complex that has been made by researchers, historians as well as travelers that all were similar in few points such as Iran and west were trading with each other by taking Silk Route and either sides could have used different styles of architectures.

Unfortunately aside from all its importance and beauties, this is not listed as one of MUST-DO items in travelers bucket’s lists and even locals had used its stucco works and mortar for their own construction.

As a result, we would highly recommend to visit such a magnificent complex by taking a day trip from either Hamedan or Kermanshah in order to visit the 2nd largest stone building of Iran that has been playing an important role in Iran’s ancient history.

Baba Taher

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Baba Taher Oryan Hamadani was one of the most well-known poets of Persia who lived in 11th-century as he was born in Kurdish-Lurish family that is called Lak. He produced all his poems in local dialects and this is the reason people are highly engaged with his poems.

According to L.P Sutton he has probably mentioned all his words, including Most traditional sources in Luri dialect, while the name commonly applied from an early date to verses of this kind Fahlaviyat. Unfortunately little is known of his life and all we know is about he was born in a Kurdish-Luri family and lived in Hamedan.

He was known by the name of Baba Taher-e Oryan (The Naked), which suggests that he may have been a wandering dervish. The dates of his birth and death are unknown because it was not quite common in past to provide such a info even on tomb stone and this is transferred by heart to next generations.

Stories about his life may vary from 5th century AD till 11th. People are of the opinion that he used to live in 11th century AD then, it would make Baba Taher a contemporary of Ferdowsi, Avicenna as well as Omar Khayyam. Or the other study says;  he lived between 1000 and 1055, which is unlikely.

It is said that Baba Tahir lived for seventy-five years. Rahat al-sodur of Ravandi, whose work was completed 603/1206, describes a meeting between Baba Tahir and the Seljuk conqueror Tughril (pp. 98–99). At the time when Baba Tahir lived in the 10th century, there were great changes occurring in the development and growth of literature and art. Medieval artists and poets in Persia were greatly respected and valued and had the right to express their thoughts freely.

Baba Tahir’s poems are recited to the present day all over Iran accompanied by the Setar, the three stringed viol or lute. This style of poetry is known as Fahliyat and it is very ancient. The quatrains of Baba Taher have a more amorous and mystical connotation rather than philosophical. Many of Baba Taher’s poems are of the do-Bayti style, a form of Persian quatrains, which some scholars regard as having affinities with Middle Persian verses.

Attributed to him is a work by the name Kalemat-e qesaar, a collection of nearly 400 aphorisms in Arabic, which has been the subject of commentaries, one allegedly by Ayn-al-Qozat Hamadani. An example of such a saying is one where Baba Tahir ties knowledge with gnosis: “Knowledge is the guide to gnosis, and when gnosis has come the vision of knowledge lapses and there remain only the movements of knowledge to gnosis”; “knowledge is the crown of the gnostic, and gnosis is the crown of knowledge”; “whoever witnesses what is decreed by God remains motionless and powerless.”

His current tomb, has been designed by Mohsen Foroughi who was one of the most well-known architect Iran back in 20th century and it is located near the northern entrance of the city in the middle of square, surrounded by flowers and winding paths. The structure consists of twelve external pillars surrounding a central tower. It was constructed in 1970.

Arghavan Gorge

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Iran is one of those countries that you can travel anytime of the year in terms of weather that leads travelers to unique & untouched destinations that everyone will be exposed to beautiful historical buildings. We will endeavor introducing to you another natural location of Ilam province that lies down at the foot of Zagors Mountain, Arghavan Gorge.

It’s located in north east of Ilam at the foot of Zagros Mountain that is very well known because of its forest of Oak trees as well as Purple trees that catches the eyes of everyone. Apparently this is one of the reasons of Nomads who set up tents in this region. It is well noted that name of this area is gorge that remind a very narrow path but in fact it is a valley of Purple trees which is quite enormous and extraordinary valley.

Visiting this region enables everyone to visit its wildlife such as Squirrel, bears, deer’s as well as Rabbits by its river. There is a place where there are several Purple trees and we would suggest young couple to take this tour and enjoy the atmosphere of this forest.

This region is very well known for trekking and having a trail in a day and people can join with ease. In this trail what makes everyone very pleased is plants variation which is very stunning and particularly is grown in this region in summer time.

Having this trek in one of our company’s suggestion while everyone visits Ilam province in order to get acquainted with Kurdish Nomads, Plantation as well as its wildlife.

Raziyaneh Gorge

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If you are looking for having an adventure trip to Iran, you should really come to visit Ilam province where it is very well known for its geo tourism potentials and unique nature. One of the most breathtaking spots & geological phenomenon in this province is Raziyaneh Canyon that its name has come from name of local tree which is very similar to fennel tree and is grown in this area.

This stunning canyon has lied down on the road of Ilam to Dar-e Shahr nearby Chenar Bashi village and has been founded in late 2016 by Iranian Environmental Office and registered as a national Natural site of Iran, however, this spot has been known just locally many domestic and foreign tourists had seen this already.

There are several reason and discussion about this location and how it has been created but the most impressive ones is due to movement of tectonic plates has made such an extraordinary gap and valley as well as erosions of river make non-geometrical shapes. Apparently this river was not existed and was just underground water reservoir but after this movement has turned to be a river which flows along the canyon.

We would highly recommend to stay in Ilam province for few days at least and have this chance to explore the most of highlights of this province such as Raziyaneh Canyon which would take few hours to visit.

Delgosha Garden

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Let’s get acquainted with Delgosha garden of Shiraz that is a MUST SEE. Shiraz has always been an important spot for any traveler and they have all mentioned in their notes about the beauties of Shiraz especially its gardens that are all marvelous.

In Qajar period especially in 19th century Shiraz has been always in the center of attentions of Monarchs in terms of having a decent relaxing trip in its garden. Because of this reason, one of the most famous kings of this period, Naser Al Din Shah ordered to redesign one of the gardens of Shiraz that has been built during Zand period in the east of Shiraz and named it Delgosha that is translated into Refreshing Garden. However this garden is from ancient days of Persia people are of the opinion that the golden age of this garden dates back to Qajar period.

Its pattern and design represent ancient Persian Garden style by having the monument is the center of the garden and having four quarter gardens in the sides. Apparently one of the most important reason of this garden is its orange trees that all are blooming in spring as well as its fountains that makes a very authentic atmosphere for visitors.

Building itself has a particular design that catches everyone’s attention to it by having only one entrance from western face which leads people toward main hall. This hall has been decorated by stucco, mirrors and paintings however nothing much left from old days. Its hidden rooms in upstairs are amazing that either of these rooms have a spectacular view of mountain or garden.

Unfortunately in past decades due to lack of maintenance has already been damaged a lot and not too much details left. Although preservation takes a bit longer than usual people are of the opinion that this garden is one of the MUST SEE of Shiraz.

Eram Garden

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Let’s take a look at Eram Garden that is one of the loveliest gardens of Iran and represents ancient Persian garden style and registered as a world heritage site. There is no doubt that one of the most beautiful spots in Shiraz is Eram garden that dates back to early 12th century during Seljuk. Name of Eram comes from ancient Persian language which has been translated to Heaven in English translation.

Shiraz has been chosen always as summer capital in terms of its pleasant weather and several monarchs were of the opinion that this garden was just the right place to stay along Silk Route countries. This was the reason that it had been chosen as summer capital in Seljuk periods till Mongolians invaded Iran in 14th century however, for a little while it was preserved by Shiraz mayor but unfortunately it was damaged very harsh.

There are not enough information about this garden in following centuries especially in 15th & 16th centuries. Due to tribal issues in north of Shiraz, this garden was not well maintained and was sold several times among Nomads or even it was given as a wedding gift from a family to one another until 19th century that by order of King Naser, also known as Naser al Din Shah Mr. Nasir Al Molk who was one of the merchants of Shiraz bought this garden from nomads and well sorted out all tribal issues in order to preserve the Shiraz treasure.

Since then it has become one of the most important & largest garden of Iran in order to host all excellencies of Iran or from any European countries all around the year for especial occasions. All locals or even mayors of Shiraz decided to have mostly an orchards however, in late 20th century when this garden was sold to Shiraz University, the idea of preserving was changed into having a botanical garden instead, which has today a decent collections of flowers, trees as well as plants.

What makes visiting this garden very especial is visiting Sarv-e Naz tree that is one of oldest and prettiest cypress trees of the garden which is stood nearby the pool in front of the main building. It attracts many travelers from all over the world to have a pleasant visit and enjoy the atmosphere of the garden as well as its flora variation.

We would highly recommend to visit this garden in spring when all trees and flowers are blooming which provides a nice feeling by walking in different paths randomly. You may believe or not that this garden is one of the loveliest places of the around especially for Valentine’s Day.

All activities to do in two weeks trip to Iran

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Iran is one of untouched countries around the world that people might ask themselves how much time we need to visit Iran? Or can we cover most of the highlights or not however seems this country is vast and we have to expect long drives too.

It is always an important question how much time we really need to visit Iran and should not be in rush. People usually visit Iran in 2 weeks and mostly for first trip prefer to visit Tehran for 2 days, Kashan for 1 days, Esfahan for 3 days, Yazd for 2 days, Shiraz for 3 days as well as Kerman for 3 days that are located in classic route of visit. This will allow them to visit small cities and villages in between to get acquainted with Iranian culture and traditions.

People might get concerned how to start/finish their trip. We would suggest to everyone to take a look at Iran Map and find out Shiraz and Tehran and it is noticeable that most of mentioned cities are located between them. This may help them to start from Shiraz (which very much depends on flight availability too) and finish trip in Tehran or the other way around that we call this type of trip as an Open Jaw Trip.

In another way traveling to an untouched country, would expect us to include as many sites as possible in our program however what we hear from abroad before arrival is that we have to visit historical sites and beautiful architectures in major touristy cities such as Naqsh-e- Jahan Square of Esfahan, Persepolis of Shiraz, or old district of Yazd as well as beautiful Persian gardens but apart from these places, we would highly recommend to meet its amazing people that are very hospitable and very warm welcoming to foreign tourists.

Many of us have heard already about quality of Persian Cuisines as this is one of the most well-known types of food around the world. This varies from any village or city to one another. Apparently one of the most popular foods is Kebab that is cooked in different ways in every region. Or we would highly recommend to have Qorm-e Sabzi as one of our national dishes.

Apparently the only difficult part of trip would be traveling from anywhere to one another that may take a while as Iran is one of largest countries in middle east but even this allows everyone to enjoy visiting wonderful sceneries and extraordinary landscapes along the road.

As a result, traveling to Iran would allow everyone to meet one of the most hospitable people of the world as well as being exposed to several cultural items.

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