It is very difficult, not to fall in love with a place like Iran. Don’t be influenced by the negative things that you hear about Iran; just visit this beautiful place and see for yourself. I covered Iran in 2 parts –
1st week – We covered the beautiful landscapes of northern Iran along Tabriz – Urmiyah Lake – Maku – Jolfa (Armenia/Azerbaijan border) – Albroz mountains – Qazvin – Caspian coast and Tehran.
2nd week – Covered the southern and central part from Shiraz – Persepolis – Yazd – Bafq- Esfahan – Tehran.
Watch out for the must visit places in Iran marked by “♦♦♦♦♦ Highly Recommended”
Iran Travel Photos:
A family praying at Imam Reza Shrine, Mashhad
Turkey Border, Bazargan
Tabriz Grand Bazaar – one of the oldest and world’s largest indoor bazaar. ♦♦♦♦♦ Highly Recommended
Salt Lake Urmia. My favorite place in Iran before I saw Persepolis ♦♦♦♦♦ Highly Recommended
Saint Stepanos (Armenian church), Jolfa
Ali, our driver/guide/fiend relaxing after a hard day’s drive
On the way to Masouleh
Along the Alamut valley
Somebody’s dessert maybe somebody’s lunch, at Soltanieh
Ramsar, Caspian coast
Ramsar, Caspian coast
The Chalus – Tehran road is one of the most scenic routes in Iran. Though it is a amazing experience to travel through this route in any season, autumn would be the best time with variety of colors on display. A beautiful lake along Chalus – Tehran road. ♦♦♦♦♦ Highly Recommended
2nd Leg of Iran covering Shiraz – Persepolis – Yazd – Esfahan
Arg-e Karim Khan (Citadel of Karim Khan), Shiraz
Vakil Mosque, Shiraz
Persepolis ♦♦♦♦♦ Highly Recommended
Going to Iran and not visiting Persepolis, is a crime. Now, I am not much into architecture or history but if you ask me which was the best place in this trip, it has to be this. My friend, Masood told me that the first time his father took him to Persepolis, he was so captivated by the beauty of this place that he cried. I thought he was exaggerating. But after 5.5 hours, I believed his story. That’s how beautiful this place is. Even 5-6 hours seemed short and I didn’t feel like leaving.
The Equestrian vicroey of Hormozd II, Naqsh-e-Rostam
Tomb of Cyrus, Pasargadae
On the way to Yazd
Zoroastrian Fire temple, Yazd
Bafq Desert ♦♦♦♦♦ Highly Recommended
Sunset at Bafq desert is something that shouldn’t be missed. It was an amazing experience to sit in the perfectly shaped sand dunes and enjoy the sunset.
Fire Temple at Chak Chak, Yazd ♦♦♦♦♦ Highly Recommended
The fire temple at Chak Chak (Pir-e Sabz) is considered to be the holiest in Zoroastrianism. Usually, non-Zoroastrians or non-Parsis are not allowed inside a fire temple. But there were no priests here and people were allowed to enter. What makes this place a must visit, is it’s location. Perched on a mountain, it is surrounded by beautiful landscapes.
Landscape surrounding the fire temple at Chak Chak
Esfahan (Isfahan) ♦♦♦♦♦ Highly Recommended
I don’t like to visit cities and usually try to avoid it in my itinerary. But Esfahan turned out to be an exception. Just like most of the Iranian cities, Esfahan in evening lights looks like a different place altogether. And the beautiful monuments and structures just makes the city look stunning in night.
Chehel Sotoun Palace
Khaju bridge, Esfahan ♦♦♦♦♦ Highly Recommended
Visited this place thrice in two days that I was in Esfahan. Don’t miss the sunset from this place. Never thought cities could captivate me so much.
Naqhsh-e-Jahan Square, Esfahan
A grand reception at Tehran airport for the returning Iranian contingent from Incheon Asian Games