Why travel to Iran?

Mention to relatives and friends that you are going to Iran, and the chances are that they will stare, pause, swallow and hesitantly ask : Iran?! are you sure?!!                                                                        


But the real face of Iran is completely different from what you get from western media. People who travel to Iran find themselves at the heart of an ancient civilization, history, culture,  and architecture and meet one of the most welcoming and hospitable nations of the world. 

Ancient sights

If you’re interested in learning more about the formation, rise and decline of the Persian Empire, making a journey to Iran will help you achieve this goal. The center of this ancient global power is at the heart of present Iran. Fars province offers plenty of valuable remnants of the antiquity where the emperors used to rule their vast territories. Persepolis is just one of such locations, which is one of the most famous Iran tourist attractions.

Iran has been a member of World Heritage Sights of UNESCO since 1978, with 15 sites already registered and 57 sites as tentative candidates.

World Heritage List

 
Tentative Sight list of Iran

Alisadr Cave
Arasbaran Protected Area
Bagh-e Fin (Fin Garden), Kashan
Bastam and Kharghan
Bazaar of Qaisariye in Laar
Cultural Landscape of Alamout
Damavand
Firuzabad Ensemble
Ghaznavi- Seljukian Axis in Khorasan
Golestan National Park
Hamoun Lake
Hegmataneh
Historic ensemble of Qasr-e Shirin
Historic Monument of Kangavar
Historic-Natural Axis of Isfahan City
Historical Ensemble of Qasr-e Shirin
Hyrcanian Forest (Caspian Forest)
Jame' (Congregational) Mosque of Esfahan
Jiroft
Kaboud Mosque
Kerman Historical-Cultural Structure
Khabr National Park and Ruchun Wildlife Refuge
Khorramabad Valley
Kuh-e Khuaja
Lut Desert (the vicinity of Shahdad)
Mangrove Forest (Harra Reserve)
Nasqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab
Persepolis and other relevant buildings
Qanats of Gonabad
Qeshm Island
Sabalan
Shahr-e Sukhteh
Shush
Silk Route (Also as Silk Road)
Susa
Tape Sialk
Taq-e Bostan
Tehran Historical – Cultural Axis (Golestan Palace)
The Collection of Historical Bridges
The Complex of Handmade Settlements in Iran (Maymand Village)
The Complex of Izadkhast
The Cultural Landscape of Uramanat
The Cultural-Natural Landscape of Ramsar
The Ensemble of Historical Sassanian Cities in Fars Province (Bishabpur, Firouzabad, Sarvestan)
The Historical City of Masouleh
The Historical City of Maybod
The Historical Port of Siraf
The Historical Structure of Yazd
The Historical Texture of Damghan
The Historical Village of Abyaneh
The Historical–Cultural Axis of Fin, Sialk, Kashan
The Natural-Historical Landscape of Izeh
The Sepulcher Towers (Gonbad-e Ghabous)
The Zandiyeh Ensemble of Fars Province
Touran Biosphere Reserve
Tous Cultural Landscape

Pioneers of architecture

Ancient Iranians have initiated their own styles in architecture according to the requirements dictated by the climate, rituals, usage, etc at this part of the world. The people who travel to Iran can see the historical mounds where the earliest inhabitants of Iranian plateau have built their settlements and temples since 8000 years ago.

Achaemenian and Sassanian palaces introduce grand edifices built for various purposes from accommodation and administration to worshiping and burials. A good number of such sights are in reasonable condition and offer breath-taking visits to the explorers of ancient architecture.

Some of the elements created for such structures were later used by Iranians in creating Islamic architecture in the Muslim world. Without those elements, there wouldn’t be any Islamic architecture evolved as it is today.

Variety of ethnic groups

When you take one or two weeks traveling in Iran, you will notice the variety of ethnic groups in Iran. Persians, Kurds, Azeris, Arabs, Balochis, Gilakis, Armenians, Assyrians, Turcomans, etc are among these groups. They have their own dialects, languages, etc and follow the traditions that are, at times, thousands of years old.

There are still some nomads living in Iran pursuing the same migrating models of their ancestors. You may happen to see them or ask your travel agent to organize such meetings with them during your tours to Iran. Qashqai, Bakhtiari, Shahsavan, etc tribes are living at different parts of Iran and a visit to Iran may bring about a meeting with them.

Birthplace of ancient religions

Iran is the origin of some of the ancient religions influencing various nations, religions, cultures, etc. Zoroastrianism, Mithraism and Manichaeism immerged in Iran. The worship of Ahura mazda, the Great God was carried out in Iran.

Today the majority of Iranians are Shiite Muslims. This branch of Islam is different from the majority of the Muslim world’s Sunnis. The reasons could be sought in the ancient history, culture and religions of Iranians.

 

Traveling to Iran isn’t just visiting a country. If you want to learn about the countries around Iran, their vernacular architecture, traditions and celebrations, architecture and arts, and so forth, Iran is the key. What you see here plus the impression you get from the Iranians in the streets will place a strong positive and rich impact in your mind and at your heart that you will not easily forget ...  That barbed wire on your path is your mind, Cut the wire and your path clearly find!