Experiencing Iran was for us mostly about interacting with Iranians and hearing what they have to say about their country, however during our stay we also discovered that Iran has a lot to offer both in terms of magnificent natural as well as historical sites.
Enormous mansions that make it easy to imagine the true meaning of luxury in Iran during the Qajar era. This particular mansion Khan-e Tabatabei was built by a wealthy carpet merchant and consisted of over 40 rooms and 4 courtyards!
The minaret in the abandoned village of Khanrnaq (near Yazd) gained its name not without a reason. The mud bricks and wooden elements used in the construction process make it possible to actually shake it even nowadays! Do you know what is the best part? That you can actually climb to the top of it and shake it!
Warning: to climb the minaret you’ll need to go through a VERY narrow staircase so those of you with claustrophobic inclinations should probably be in charge of taking pictures from below :)
Chak-Chak is the place where the Zoroastrian religion was born. It was the main religion of Persia until the Arab invasion. Nowadays it has only a few thousand followers in Iran and the largest community of Zoroastrians currently live in India (known as Parsis).
You can see our ‘Photo of the Week’ and read more about it here.
Great place for those who enjoy spending time in the mountains. Read more about this place in our post here.
The largest covered bazaar in the world, divided into parts where you can buy famous Persian carpets, jewelry, spices and much more.
The well-preserved ruins of the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire that remained buried in sand till 1930s when they were discovered and excavated by French archaeologists.
The best place to experience Iranian’s emotional attitude to poetry. Read more about it in our post here.
An incredible maze of narrow streets twining among mudbrick houses often topped with characteristic, impressive windcatchers (natural air conditioning towers).
Favourite of ours and many Iranian families who come there to spend their weekends gossiping, sipping tea and playing with their children in front of the impressive Shah Mosque, Ali Qapu Palace and smaller but splendid Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque.
While visiting all these places was really worthwhile, both Lavanya and I agreed that it’s a real shame that due to the current political situation in Iran so few travellers decide to come here. If only the Iranian government was more keen on inviting foreign tourists and creating a better infrastructure for them, Iran could easily become a favourite tourist destination in the Middle East.