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IRAN HOLIDAYS   >   MIDDLE EAST


Provinces in Iran : Ardebil, Boushehr, Chaharmahal, East Azarbaijan, Esfahan, Fars, Ghazvin, Gilan, Golestan, Hamedan, Hormozgan, Ilam, Kerman, Kermanshah, Khorasan, Khuzestan, Kohkiloieh, Kordestan, Lorestan, Markazi, Mazandaran, Qom, Semnan, Sistan Balouchestan, Tehran, West Azarbaijan, Yazd, Zanjan

Iran is located in the Middle East, bounded to the north by the CIS and the Caspian Sea, the east by Afghanistan and Pakistan, the south by the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, and the west by Iraq and Turkey.

The center and east of the country is largely barren undulating desert, punctured by Qantas (irrigation canals and tree eases, but there are mountainous regions in the west along the Turkish and Iraqi borders and in the north where the Alburz Mountains rise steeply from a fertile belt around the Caspian Sea.

Capital City Iran : Tehran.


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Hotels / Guesthouses

 

 
Centrally located hotels ranging from small family run budget accommodation to world-class five star hotels.

Travel Agents / Tour Operators

  G Adventures
*   Iran - Discover Persia
Follow in pilgrims' footsteps and explore the history of old Persia and the spirit of the new Iran. Discover magnificent mosques, small mountain villages and colourful gardens, and gain deeper insight into this ancient land. Wander the streets of ancient capitals and desert cities and witness spectacular Zoroastrian temples.

  
Create your trip to Iran   -   Flight, Hotel and Car



Incoming Tour Operators

  Iran Paradise Tour and Travel Agency   -   based in Tehran
Package Tours, CIP, Visa en Hotel Reservation.
  Sito Tours and Travel   -   travel agency in Iran
Climbing Tours, Combinational Tours  Cultural Tours, Desert Trekking, Diving in Persian Gulf, Fishing Tours, Horse Riding, Hunting Tours, Mountain Trekking, Nature Tours, Nomad Tours, Religious Tours, Skiing Tours, Spas, Tailor-made Tours, etc.

Iran (Bradt Travel Guide) - ISBN 1841622893Travel Guides Iran / Related Books

Iran (Bradt Travel Guide)
Patricia Baker (Author), Hilary Smith (Author)
Bradt's Iran has both a cultural and historical focus. It not only covers world -famous sites such as Persepolis, but also delves into the lesser-known monuments and little-recognised figures of this vast and ancient land. Additionally, the guide covers clothing conundrums (women – buy a $20 manteau as soon as you arrive; men's shirts should not be garish) and taboos, including the intricacies of when and how to remove your shoes. It suggests what to eat and where to shop, including more serene alternatives to the country's boisterous bazaars. And, it advises, should you accidentally run up against the authorities, 'Women, forget all feminist scruples and cry.' The first and second editions of this guidebook were written by Patricia Baker PhD, an independent lecturer and researcher specialising in Islamic art, who died in August 2008. This edition is updated by her close friend and colleague, Hilary Smith MPhil, a guide and lecturer who first visited Iran in 1976 and has been returning regularly ever since.
Paperback: 304 pages; Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 3 edition (15 Sep 2009); ISBN-10: 1841622893; ISBN-13: 978-1841622897.

Iran (Lonely Planet Country Guide) - ISBN 1741042933 Iran (Lonely Planet Country Guide)
Andrew Burke
Paperback: 428 pages; Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 5th Revised edition edition (1 July 2008); ISBN-10: 1741042933; ISBN-13: 978-1741042931.

Mirrors of the Unseen: Journeys in Iran
Jason Elliot 
Paperback: 250 pages; Publisher: Picador; New Ed edition (20 July 2007); ISBN-10: 0330486578; ISBN-13: 978-0330486576.

Iran (Cartographia Country Maps)
Map: 2 pages; Publisher: Cartographia Kft (9 Jan 2009); Language English; ISBN-10: 9633529034; ISBN-13: 978-9633529034. 

Transportation / How do I travel to Iran

  Tehran Mehrabad Airport 

  Airline Tickets Iran / Bargain Flights

Iran (Cartographia Country Maps) - ISBN 9633529034  Raja Raja Passenger Trains Co.   -   Iran Railways
Travelling Routes, tickets, train schedules, etc.

  Valfajr Hasht Shipping lines
Several passenger shipping route [ a.o. Kuwait v.v. ]. See Iran Tourism

  Coaches: routes available to all parts of Iran. Buses depart daily to all corners of Iran, specially Jonub (south) station, the largest existing in Iran. See Iran Tourism

  Metro Tehran   -   virtual tour possible

  Maps International   -   Guides of Iran  
Mapsinternational.co.uk is one of the largest map shops online.
  Online Map Iran [ Uni Texas   -   Perry-Castaņeda Library   -   Map Collection ]


Links


  Iran Tourism   -   ITTO   -   Iran Tourism & Touring Organization  -  travel guide to Iran

  Salam Iran   -   embassy of Iran in Canada
News & Media, Tourism, Iran info, Culture & Religion, etc.

  Teheran   -   Capital City Iran   -   at the foot of the Alborz mountain range
The city has numerous large museums, art centers, palace complexes and cultural centers. Besides Persians there are Azeri, Armenian, Jewish and Afghani communities in Tehran. See City of Tehran.

  Qom   -   Governor of Qom
The region now called Qom province, located to the south of Tehran, has been inhabited by man since pre Islamic times.
Qom is another important holy city in Iran the holy shrine of Hazrate Masomeh is located in this city.  Islamic institutes of higher education called Madrasah, especially the one called Hawzeh-e-Elmiyyeh-e-Qom. Imam Khomeyni the leader of the Islamic Revolution and many other honorable Ayatollahs have educated and taught here.This Madrasah had a major contribution to the Islamic Revolution. Sowhan, a kind of candy made of flour, honey and pistachios is traditional candy of Qom.
  Semnan
  Sistan Balouchestan
This region / province borders Pakistan as well as Afghanistan and is known as the most unsafe area in Iran. Cities like Bam and Zahedan [ Pakistan border ]
  Teheran   -   province
  West Azerbaijan
  Yazd
  Zanjan.

  Abhar   -   city
  Arak   -   Heavy water production / Heavy water reactor
  Bam   -   earth quake in 2003.
Ancient City in South Iran, situated around 200 km southeast of Kerman. Citadel of Bam [Arg Bam] near the city of Bam. This building goes back some 2,000 years.
  Busher   -   NPP (Nuclear Power Plant)
  Fordow   -   uranium enrichment
  Gachin   -   uranium mine
  Hamadan
  Isfahan    -   Website city of Isfahan
The city with a wide variety of historic monuments is located on the important north-south and east-west routes crossing Iran. In ancient times it was one of the largest cities in the world. From 1050 to 1722 it flourished, particularly in the 16th century under the Safavid dynasty, when it became the capital of Persia for the second time in its history.
The Naghsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahan is one of the largest city squares in the world and an outstanding example of Iranian and Islamic architecture. It has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Isfahan has an uranium reprocessing / research centre.
  Karaj
Karaj, situated 20 kilometres west of Tehran, at the foothills of the Alborz mountains, is the capital of Karaj County, Alborz Province.
Karaj is mostly famous because of its academic and educational complexes along with tourist attractions.
  Mashad
Mashhad is the second largest city in Iran and one of the holiest cities in the Shia Muslim world. It is at the center of the Razavi Khorasan Province close to the borders of Afghanistan and Turkmenistan. In ancient time a major oasis along the ancient Silk Road. See Municipality of Mashhad.
  Nagsh-e-Rajab
  Naghsh-e-Rostan
  Natanz   -   uranium enrichment
  Persepolis   -   Persepolis Official Website
  Qom
  Saghand   -   uranium mine
  Shiraz
Shiraz was one of the most important cities in the medieval Islamic world and was the Iranian capital during the Zand dynasty (1747-79), when many of its most beautiful buildings were built or restored. Through its many artists and scholars, Shiraz has been synonymous with learning, nightingales, poetry, roses and, at one time, wine.
  Soltanieh
  Zanjan
  Tabriz   -   summer resort, capital city of East Azerbaijan Province
Tabrizis the fourth largest city and one of the historical capitals of Iran. Tabriz is located in a valley to the north of the long ridge of the volcanic cone of Sahand, south of the Eynali mountain.
Many monuments in Tabriz date back to the Ilkhanid, Safavid, and Qajar periods with the large Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex [ World Heritage Site in 2010 ]. See Municipality of Tabriz.

  Iranian coast
  Strait of Hormuz

  Golestan Palace Museum
The oldest of the historic monuments in Tehran, the Golestan Palace (Palace of Flowers) belongs to a group of royal buildings that were once enclosed within the mud-thatched walls of Tehran's Historic Arg (citadel).
The Arg was built during the reign of Tahmasb I (r. 1524-1576) of the Safavid dynasty (1502-1736), and was later renovated by Karim Khan Zand (r. 1750-1779).  Agha Mohamd Khan Qajar (1742-1797) chose Tehran as his capital.  The Arg became the site of the Qajar (1794-1925).Court and Golestan Palace became the official residence of the royal family.
The Peacock Throne of the Persian Shahs can be found in this palace.
  Iran Ski Federation Websitee  - 
Ski areas: Dizin Ski Area, Shemshak Ski Area, Ab Ali Ski Area, Darbandsar Ski Area etc.
  Iran Miras

  Niavaran Palace
The suburb of Niavaran is a summer resort in northern Tehran which attracted the attention of Qajar monarchs. Fath-`Ali Shah first created a lush garden here and had a small building erected in it as his harem's summer house. After him, Mohammad Shah had the building transformed into a simple two-sided upper house. After Mohammad Shah's death, Nasser-ed-Din Shah adopted the garden as his summer vacation spot and had a large palace built in it which was first called Niavaran Palace and later Sahebqaraniyeh Palace. During the Pahlavi period , all the buildings except the Sahebqaraniyeh Palace and the Ahmad Shahi Pavilion were demolished and the Niavaran Palace was erected in a modern European style north of Sahebqaraniyeh Palace.
  Sa'd Abaad Palace Museum 
  Salam Iran   -   embassy of Iran in Canada
News & Media, Tourism, Iran info, Culture & Religion, etc.
  Carpet Museum Theran   -   virtual tour possible
Carpet-weaving is undoubtedly one of the most distinguished manifestations of Iranian culture and art, dating back to the Bronze Age, but as the materials used in carpets including wool and cotton, decay into dust during the course of time, archaeologists couldn't make any special discovery during the archaeological excavations. What have remained for us from the early ages as evidence of carpet-weaving are nothing more than a few pieces of worn-out rugs.
Such fragments do not help very much in recognizing the carpet-weaving characteristics of pre-Seljuk period (13th and 14th centuries AD). Among the oldest pieces discovered are those found in Eastern Turkestan, dating back to the third till fifth centuries AD, and also some of the hand-weavings of the Seljuks of Asia Minor on exhibit in Ala'edin Mosque in Konya and Ashrafoghlu Mosque in Beyshehir, Turkey. These pieces attracted the attention of researchers earlier this century, and now they are kept in the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art in Istanbul and the Mowlana Museum in Konya.

Culinair  -  Iranian cooking / Recipes

  Iranchamber.com   -   recipes
  Persiancity.com   -   recipes

The Legendary Cuisine of Persia  -   Margaret Shaida
Persian cooking is very suited to the contemporary style of eating. Many of the dishes are vegetarian, and the marriage of sweet and savoury, such as grains and pulses sweetened with fruit and spices, makes for delicious meals. This book showcases a selection of these dishes.
Paperback 256 pages (August 30, 2000);  Publisher: Grub Street Publishing;  Language: English;  ISBN: 1902304608
New Food of Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies  -   Najmieh Khalili Batmanglij
The food of Iran is rich and varied and embraces some of the most sophisticated dishes to be found anywhere. This beautifully produced cookbook provides recipes for a wide range of mouthwatering creations for every occasion, from quick starters and snacks to robust, slowly cooked stews and exotic desserts. Readers may find some of the ingredients called for, such as angelica, barberries, unripe grape powder, sahlab, and quince blossoms, hard to find, but most staples are readily available at Middle Eastern groceries and well stocked supermarkets. There is much pleasure to be derived from merely looking at the stunning illustrations, which is reason enough to want to own this book
Mage Pub 01 December, 1992 Hardcover - ISBN: 0934211345

History of Iran

Independence: 1 April 1979 [ Islamic Republic of Iran proclaimed ]

The ancient nation of Iran was historically known to the West as Persia until March 21, 1935. The name was used in the West due to the ancient Greek name for Iran, Persis. Persia is used to describe the nation of Iran, its people, or its ancient empire. Iranians have always called their country Iran.

  Iran's History   -   Wikipedia
The name Persia [ The rise and fall of empires in Persia ], The first Persian state: Achaemenid Persia (648 BC -330 BC), Hellenistic Persia (330 BC-170 BC), Parthian Persia (170 BC-226 AD), Sassanid Persia (226 AD-650 ), Islam and Persia (650-1219), Persia under the Mongols and their successors (1219-1500), A new Persian empire: the Safavids (1500-1722), Persia and Europe (1722-1935), List of Kings and Emperors of Persia

  National Museum of Iran

  History of Ancient Near East   -   Mark Alan McDonald Website

Music, Art & Culture, Events in Iran

Predominantly Islamic; mostly Shi'ite, with a minority of Sunnis. Many Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians also live in Iran.

  Iranian Classical Music
Iranian classical music is modal and monophonic. The most serious interpretations generally consist of a melodic soloist (or sometimes, a duet) and often a percussion accompanist.
  Persianartmusic
  The Iranian - Music

  Culture of Iran

  Dideh Art
  Elahe Gallery   -   Art Galery in Tehran  -  abc-list Iranian artiists
  Iranian Cultural heritage Organization 
  Iranian Movies
  Kargah.com   -   Iranian Artists Website   -   many links
Iranian photography, Iranian painting, Iranian sculpture, etc.
  Saad Abad Art Gallery
Founded on January 14, 1999 in order to promote the Iranian national and native arts by means of facilitating the display of works of innovative artists who are inspired by the original Iranian tradition and heritage,and meanwhile create an environment to support the growth of artistic talents of noble Artists.
  Maremmat  -  Research Center for Conservation of Cultural Relics 
  Qom Cultural Heritage

The Art of Persian Music  -  Jean During, Zia Mirabdolbaghi, Dariush Safvat
The Art of Persian Music uses a multimedia, multifaceted approach to introduce the music and culture of Iran through its art. Persian music is as fine, subtle, and beautiful as a Persian carpet, and yet for the most part it has remained unknown in the West. It has unique aesthetic qualities quite different from Western music. It is monophonic, undramatic, and mostly solo, with rich modal variety and melodic subtlety--an intimate music of the spirit most appreciated by the initiated. This book provides the keys and definitions essential for understanding Persian music: its history, instruments, repertory, organisation, rhythms, and modes (or dastaghs). Through quotes and anecdotes by and about masters past and present, the reader can grasp the ethos, spirit, and philosophy of Persian music. Filled with exquisite illustrations of instruments and musicians from museums around the world, as well poetry and calligraphy, this volume will introduce the enthusiast both to the whole aesthetic of Persian art and the art of Persian music. Although it is based on the most recent scholarship, this book is intended for the general audience. All details superfluous to the general reader have been intentionally omitted. But The Art of Persian Music is not just a compilation from past sources -- it is full of new ideas and insights that illuminate the state of contemporary Persian music and reward both the layman and the specialist. Anthology of Persian Music, the 72 minute compact disc which comes with the book gives the reader and listener a taste of some musical styles, both rare and remarkable. Includes Audio-CD.
Hardcover 280 pages (June 1997);  Publisher: Mage Publishers, Incorporated;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0934211221


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