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Searching for Iran, Through Pictures

Bar Liberty manager and photographer Dominic Xavier travelled throughout Iran, documenting its people and places. The result is a new book and exhibition that looks to challenge Western perceptions of the country. -Broadsheet 12/7/21

Iran imposes restrictions on unvaccinated in new COVID plan

The Iranian government has launched a "smart protocols" plan that will impose some restrictions on those unvaccinated against COVID-19, as it aims for the country to learn to "co-exist" with the coronavirus. The plan was rolled out on Monday across the country, where a fifth deadly wave of the pandemic has been contained but concerns remain over another spike in infections, according to the health ministry. -Al Jazeera 12/6/21

Photos: Opening of Tochal Ski Resort in Tehran, Iran

These photographs show the Tochal Ski Resort in Tehran, which has been reopened and is ready for winter sports enthusiasts. -Mohammad Reza Bolandi, ISNA 11/26/21

Iran visitors must be vaccinated or COVID-free, official says

Inbound passengers must provide proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test to enter the Islamic Republic of Iran, the head of the safety and quality assurance department of Imam Khomeini International Airport City has announced. In line with the latest instructions of the Ministry of Health, all non-Iranian travelers older than 12 years of age entering the country must show a negative coronavirus PCR test result, issued at most 96 hours before arrival, along with a complete vaccination certificate. -Tehran Times 11/24/21

Kish Island ready to host Qatar World Cup spectators

The Iranian island of Kish in the Persian Gulf is ready to host Qatar World Cup spectators as well as participating teams, the head of the Association of Kish Hoteliers, has announced. The proximity of Kish to Qatar and the lower cost of staying on this island make it possible for spectators and teams to stay here during the World Cup, which will be held from November 21 to December 18, 2022, ISNA quoted Masihollah Safa as saying on Monday. -Tehran Times 11/23/21

Photos: Autumn in Alvand, Alangdareh Park

This photo album depicts Alvand Mountains slopes which have become colorful in autumn in Hamedan Province, western Iran. It also shows Alangdareh Park, Gorgan, northern Iran. -Adel Bakhoda & Ahmad Riahi Dehkordi, IRNA 11/9/21

Iran sets new rules to resume foreign tourist arrivals

Iranian officials have announced new rules for foreign tourists interested in visiting the country, CHTN reported on Monday. As of October 23, direct and indirect entry and exit of nationals of Iran and other countries (both groups and individuals) from/to air and land borders are no longer restricted by presenting a valid vaccination card and following protocols approved by the Ministry of Health, the report added. -Tehran Times 10/27/21

The 'rainbow island' most travellers don't know

With ochre-stained streams, crimson-hued beaches and enchanting salt caves, Iran's Hormuz Island is a geologist's Disneyland. "You should get a taste of this soil," said Farzad Kay, my tour guide on southern Iran's Hormuz Island, as we stood at the foot of a ruby-red mountain that loomed majestically over the shoreline, engulfing the beach and waves in a crimson shadow. I approached his suggestion with some trepidation, as I was yet to understand this mysterious, mineral-laden landscape. -Misbaah Mansuri, BBC 10/25/21

YAZD: Masterpieces of Iranian architecture

Yazd is an ancient Iranian city that has an arid climate in different seasons of the year. Desertification and the problem of water shortage led to the building of gardens that show the creativity of architects of the city. These gardens, which boast beautiful buildings, are the masterpieces of Iranian architecture in the heart of the desert. These large and forest-like gardens were mostly used in periods such as the Medes, Achaemenids, Sassanids, and Parthians. -Baharak Roshanbakhsh, ISNA 10/15/21

Iran to lift visa restrictions to revive pandemic-hit tourism sector

Iran's new tourism chief said the government will soon scrap visa restrictions, a plan that the struggling tourism sector has been desperately waiting for to get back on its feet amid the coronavirus pandemic. -Al Monitor 9/22/21

Iran Air's Interesting Airbus A330 Diversion

Yesterday morning, an Iran Air A330 on its way to Hamburg entered a holding pattern waiting for the heavy fog parked over the airport to lift. However, a little over one hour later, the plane lifted back up to 30,000 feet and took off for... Milan. How come? -Linnea Ahlgren, Simple Flying 9/8/21

Millennia-old Iranian village nominated for UNWTO label

Iran's millennia-old village of Kharanaq has been nominated for the 'Best Tourism Villages' label, which will be granted to a selection of rural destinations by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Embracing a labyrinth of streets, tunnels, passageways, and impressive buildings such as a tiny mosque, a shaking minaret, and an old caravanserai, Kharanaq is sometimes referred to as a photographer's dream. The village is situated in Ardakan county of Yazd province. -Tehran Times 9/3/21

A Local's Guide to Iran

Creative director Mehrdad Mzadeh on why you need more than a day to explore Tehran. Mehrdad Mzadeh is creative director and cofounder of Studio Shizaru, the Tehran- and L.A.-based design practice behind some of Tehran's hippest spaces-incorporating Iran's ancient aesthetics in fresh, contemporary ways. -Sarah Khan, Conde Nast Traveler 9/1/21

Coronavirus: Iran tightens travel restrictions to keep Delta variant at bay

Iran's Civil Aviation Organization (CAO) has announced new travel restrictions to the Islamic Republic, banning visitors from coronavirus hotspots in a bid to keep the highly transmissible Delta variant at bay. On Sunday, Mohammad Hassan Zibakhsh, the CAO spokesman said that all flights to and from Brazil and Uruguay have been suspended due to the latest decision of the National Headquarters for Coronavirus Control. -Tehran Times 8/10/21

Why Traveling Off The Beaten Track In Iran Is So Rewarding

Iran is an incredible country to explore. It is an ancient land bursting with time-honored civilizations, deep history, and rich culture. Regardless of the tense political situation, Iranians love to see tourists in their country and they are some of the most hospitable you will ever find in the world. -Aaron Spray, The Travel 7/30/21

Photos: Breathtaking scenery of Masal located in Gilan, Iran

Masal is the second highest city of Gilan Province, located in the North of Iran. Northern regions of Iran feature green cities and villages with pristine lands and outstanding beauty that make visitors feel they are in a new world. People living in Masal are of Talish ethnicity and speak in Talyshi Language. The nearby areas of the city also feature breathtaking scenery. -Pouria Pakizeh, ISNA 6/22/21

Iran's most beautiful hotels

Cultural heritage, great food and... boutique hotels? Some people travel to Iran for its history -- the 24 UNESCO World Heritage sites in the country, for starters. Others go for the living culture -- the great food and legendary day-to-day hospitality that regular travelers rave about. Thomas Wegmann is a little different. For him, the most striking thing about Iran is its hotels. Not grand seven-star hotels, either, but small, boutique properties run by families -- while being absolutely cutting edge. -CNN 6/7/21

From historic boutique houses to secluded oases

The world's first book about hotels in Iran reveals the country's charming, beautiful and welcoming places to stay. Persian Nights - Amazing Boutique Hotels & Guesthouses in Iran is authored by traveller Thomas Wegmann. 16 hotels and guesthouses are showcased in the book, from Tehran in the north to Qeshm Island in the south. 'I didn't think that Iran had so many charming boutique hotels with beautiful rooms,' Wegmann revealed. -Daily Mail 5/20/21

Photos: Andaj Village during spring

Alamut is the name of a region in Iran's Qazvin province in which a beautiful village called Andaj is located. The village, surrounded by rivers and beautiful rocks, is one of the popular tourist destinations in this region. -Hadis Bagheri, ISNA 5/5/21

Photos: Asad Khan Fortress in SW Iran

Asad Khan or Malekan fortress dates back to more than 1400 years ago. The 200-hectare, two-story high fortress is located on top of a high mountain near Andika County, Khuzestan Province, southwestern Iran. -Ahmad Riahi Dehkordi, IRNA 4/29/21

Photos: Historical Shush Castle in Khuzestan

The ancient city of Shush, located in Khuzestan Province, has many historical monuments. Shush Castle, dating back to over 120 years, is one of the most attractive historical sites in the Province. The castle features some historical materials such as the bricks of the palace of Darius the Great and bricks with cuneiform carved on them. In the beginning, French archeologists used the castle to protect discovered artifacts and conduct research into them. The castle attracts many tourists from all over the world annually. -Seyed Hamed Mousavi, ISNA 4/26/21

Photos: Tombs of Iranian poets Sa'di, Hafez during Norooz holidays

The tombs of Sa'di and Hafez in Shiraz, two famous poets of Iranian poetry and literature, are two of the top tourists destinations in Iran. Every year the tombs are visited by a great number of enthusiasts and tourists during Persian New Year holidays. -Amin Berenjkar, Mehr 3/25/21

Photos: Spring in northern Iran

The greenness and beauties of spring in Iran's Mazandaran Province. Mazandaran is located along the southern coast of the Caspian Sea and in the adjacent Central Alborz mountain range, in central-northern Iran.-Ehsan Fazli-Osanlu, IRNA 3/24/21

COVID-19 inflicts $1.1B in losses on Isfahan's tourism

The tourism industry of Isfahan province has suffered a loss of some 48,000 billion rials (about $1.1 billion at the official rate of 42,000 rials per dollar) since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, a provincial tourism official announced on Sunday. 3/15/21

Photos: Beautiful Ashti Konan Alleys in Bushehr

Ashti Konan alleys, meaning reconciliation alleys, are found in different historical cities of Iran. Ashti Konan alleys are narrow passages in which people pass each other from a very close distance. When two people, who have argued, pass each other in these alleys, there is a high chance for them to patch up their differences and become friends again. The reconciliation alleys of Bushehr Province feature beautiful historic houses and bougainvillea flowers commonly called paper flowers. -Parisa Jofrei, ISNA 3/9/21

Photos: Magnificent Bonud beach

Although Asaluyeh city, located in Bushehr Province of Iran, is known for its natural gas refineries at the South Pars gas field, it also boasts beautiful tourist destinations. Bonud beach is a tourist destination in Asaluyeh, one of the most pristine areas of Iran. -Parisa Jofrei, ISNA 3/1/21

Food (and wine) for the soul: Darioush winery keeps busy in the pandemic

It was a heady moment walking up to Darioush Winery for a first actual, not virtual, meeting in months. Even the tasting tent, billowing lightly the wind, seemed to be waving a welcome now that guests can return - outdoors for now - to Napa Valley wineries. -Sasha Paulsen, Napa Valley Register 2/26/21

Photos: 'Valila' village in Savadkuh County, N. Iran

'Valila' is a village in Kaseliyan Rural District, in the Central District of Savadkuh County, Mazandaran Province, Iran. -Havva Ahmadi, Mehr 2/26/21

Photos: Breathtaking scenery of Meighan Wetland in central Iran

Meighan Wetland in Markazi province is one of the most important wetlands in Iran, and its diverse wildlife and desert nature have given a special effect to this wetland. -Behnam Yousefi, Mehr 2/17/21

Bandar Khamir on its way to become sustainable travel destination

The southern Iranian port city of Bandar Khamir, which has recently joined the UNESCO Network of Learning Cities, seeks to be a sustainable travel destination. Situated in Hormozgan province and bounded by the Persian Gulf, Bandar Khamir is the only city located on the coasts of the Khorkhoran Wetland, one of the largest and most important marine environments in Iran. 2/12/21

Photos: Khuzestan, Iran's unique haven for birds

The southwestern province of Khuzestan is the most diverse region in terms of different bird species, its unique and pleasant climate, as well as rich natural habitats have turned this province into a paradise for rare and endangered species of birds. 1/11/21

Photos: Winter time in Akhlamad, Northeastern Iran; Mashad

The village of Akhlamd in Chenaran county, located 80 kilometers from Mashad, is a touristic and recreational village with beautiful waterfalls the tallest one which is 85 meters high and has a multi-thousand-year history. Chenaran County, Khorasan Razavi Province, Iran. Jan 9, 2020. -Amirhossein Sajedian, IRNA 1/11/21

Photos: Dahaneh Gholaman in eastern Iran

Dahaneh-e Gholaman is a town located 57 km from Zabol in the northern areas of Sistan and Baluchestan province. Italian archeologists discovered the town in 1959. The town is named after a natural canyon, where slave traders brought African slaves into Iran for sale. -Hamed Gholami, IRNA 12/31/20

Photos: Winter snow blankets Tabriz

With the new wave of cold weather entering Iran from the western borders, the northwestern city of Tabriz has been whitened by snowfall. -Mina Noei, Mehr 12/28/20

Iran extends traffic curfew to lower-risk areas to sustain virus decline

Iran is extending a night-time traffic curfew to 330 lower-risk cities and towns in an effort to sustain a recent decline in the number of new coronavirus infections and deaths, state television reported on Saturday. The Health Ministry said 134 people had died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, the lowest since Sept. 13, taking total deaths to 54,574 in the Middle East's worst-affected country. -Reuters 12/27/20

Photos: Forests of Sari in winter

Mazandaran province boasts spectacular scenery because of forests near the Caspian Sea. The beauty of the province reaches its peak in late autumn and early winter. These photographs show the beautiful scenery of Chahardangeh and Dodangeh districts of Sari city. Tourists will watch forests cloaked in thick dawn mist, hear birdsongs, the sound of rivers, and the sound of leaves rustling as they visit these tourist destinations of Mazandaran at the beginning of winter. -Mostafa Kazemi, ISNA 12/23/20

Photos: Rooftops come to life again in Yazd

Most people living in the historic city of Yazd used the rooftops of their traditional houses for resting in the cold night air in summers. Gradually, fewer houses were built with the same rooftops as those in traditional houses because of changes in the construction and people's lives. But, people and tourists have become more interested in spending time on the rooftops of traditional houses in Yazd city. -Baharak Roshanbakhsh, ISNA 12/15/20

Photos: Kalut Javan, a beautiful lake in desert

Tourists are surprised as a lake has appeared beside the hottest land surface in the world, the Lut salt desert (Dasht-e Lut), located in Iran. The lake is called Kalut Javan and has become a favorite destination for the visitors of Kerman province. Located near Shahdad city, the lake has been surprisingly nestled into the dunes. -Sare Tajalli, ISNA 12/10/20

Photos: Autumn in thatched alleys of Yazd

combination of green, orange and yellow leaves has created the best shows of autumn colors in the thatched alleys of Yazd, central Iran. -Majid Dehganizadeh, Mehr 11/19/20

Photos: Attractions of Kish Island in southern Iran

Life on this island has existed for a long time as it was the center of pearl hunting of India and Mesopotamia during the reign of the Achaemenid Empire, and many merchants visited the island at the time. -Nasrin Faegh, ISNA 11/13/20

Kashan: City of Culinary Delights

Kashan is a beautiful town in the central Iranian province of Isfahan with a very long history and numerous natural and ancient tourist attractions, including its culinary. -IFP 11/12/20

IRAN: Track-laying of Chabahar-Zahedan railway begins

The track-laying operation of Chabahar-Zahedan railroad from the Chabahar side was started on Wednesday in a ceremony attended by Iranian Transport and Urban Development Minister Mohammad Eslami. The project was inaugurated during a visit of the minister to the southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan Province in which he inaugurated several other port and maritime projects as well. 11/6/20

Pictured: The incredible ever-burning 'fiery mountain' that locals use as a handy barbecue

The inferno hillside, called Tashkooh, is located in Iran's Khuzestan province - near the city of Ramhormoz. The constant inferno is caused by natural gases combusting as they rise up and escape sulfur-rich soils. Visitors are drawn to the hillside and it's not uncommon to see people using the flames for cooking food. -Mail Online 11/6/20

For Tourism in Iran, It Wasn't Supposed to Be Like This

Iran has many enticements for the intrepid foreign traveler. With its culture and history, its cuisine and its arts, Iran is a highly desirable destination. But for many throughout the world, Iran's negative portrayal in the media has a major impact on how it is viewed. For the past forty years, Iran has been depicted as a rogue state, an international pariah, and a land of religious fanatics chanting "Death to America" and "Death to Israel." -Kyle G. Olson, Bourse & Bazaar 11/5/20

Photos: Eye-catching beauties of Mazandaran Province in northern Iran

Located along the southern coast of the Caspian Sea, Iran's Mazandaran Province, with its natural beauty and marvelous landscape, attracts millions of travelers all year long. -Ehsan Fazli, IRNA 11/5/20

Photos: Spectacular beauties of Anzali in northern Iran

Bandar-e Anzali is a harbor town on the Caspian Sea, close to Rasht, Gilan province, in northern Iran. This photo album depicts some eye-catching views of the Anzali Wetland and Anzali Port. Anzali Wetland is one of the most significant and largest natural habitats for wildlife. -Mohammad Moheimani, IRNA 11/2/20

Photos: Sar Agha Seyed Village in Southwestern Iran

"Sar Agha Seyed" is a village located 45 kilometers northern Kuhrang County of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province, Iran. Its architect is similar to Masuleh of Gilan Province where houses have been built into the mountain with a stairway structure. -Ahmad Riahi Dehkordi, IRNA 10/23/20

Photos: Khor, brilliant village in desert heart

Having beautiful nature, sunflowers, and hidden colorful opals, the Khor village of Khusf county in Iran's South Khorasan Province shines like a jewel in the heart of the desert. -Mohsen Noferesti, Mehr News Agency 10/22/20

A peek into pristine places of Kish Island

Traveling to islands and coastal cities have always been fascinating for tourists. Amongst the Persian Gulf islands, Kish is the more luxurious and developed. Except for its unique nature such as waters and shallow beaches, the tourist attractions of this charming island are due to its rich historical background as well as kind and hospitable people. -Tehran Times 10/21/20

Photos: Ittihadiyeh House in Tehran

The garden house belonged to Amin ul-Sultan, the prime minister of Nasser al-Din Shah, Muzaffar al-Din Shah, and Mohammad Ali Shah Qajar. The house was bought by Haj Rahim Ittihadiyeh after the death of Amin ul-Sultan. Over time, this historic house was dilapidated and ruined. Now it is owned by the Tehran Municipality and is being renovated. -Davoud Ghahrdar, IRNA 10/6/20

IranAir launches first flight to Germany after six months

Iran's flag carrier, Iran Air, has resumed flights to Germany after more than six months of hiatus due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Iranian Embassy in Berlin, the airline operated its first direct flight to Germany on Saturday, after the route was closed in mid-February 10/5/20

Juergen Teller's Visions of Iran Are Now On View in Berlin

The German photographer Juergen Teller needs no introduction, let alone in W, where his loose, playful, high-exposure portraits have been featured on innumerable covers over the years. Earlier this year, with the fashion industry stalled by the pandemic, Teller directed his attention toward a body of artwork that is far more personal than his frequent campaigns and editorial spreads: the 15,000 iPhone images Teller took with his girlfriend and creative collaborator, Dovile Drizyte, during a 12-day trip through Iran last year. -Cassidy George, W Magazine 10/2/20

Photos: Superb scenery of Olesbelangah village

Olesbelangah village is located in Masal City of Gilan Province. Most of the residents of Olesbelangah are from Masal city and they stay in the village during summer. Although the village boasts breathtaking scenery during autumn, few tourists visit this place at this time. Olesbelangah village is situated in the highlands of Talish Mountains at an altitude of 1,489 meters. -Pouria Pakizeh, ISNA 9/29/20

Turkish Airlines resumes flights to Tehran after six months halt

Following months of ups and downs, Turkey's flag carrier Turkish Airlines resumed its flights to Tehran on Saturday after six months of suspension over the COVID-19 pandemic. Although according to the schedule, 31 flights per week were to be carried out to Tehran, Shiraz, Tabriz, Isfahan, and Mashhad, now there will be only seven flights per week between Tehran and Istanbul, Alireza Majzubi, an official at Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport announced on Saturday. 9/28/20

Kashan, home to architectural wonders, labyrinthine bazaars

A photo collection depicts variety of architectural wonders such as atmospheric houses, covered labyrinthine bazaars, public bathhouses, madrasas, caravanserais, mudbrick wind-towers, cisterns, Persian gardens and boutique hotels scattered across the oasis city of Kashan. Many travelers opt to bypass Kashan on their journeys between Tehran, Isfahan and Yazd, to visit its must-see destinations on the edge of one of the most beautiful deserts in central Iran. -Samira Nazari, Tehran Times 9/16/20

Only 74 international travelers visit Iran during spring

The number of foreign travelers to Iran has drastically plunged due to the global coronavirus pandemic as the Islamic Republic registered only 74 visits during the spring season. "Iran's [inbound] tourism came to almost zero and the country had 74 foreign tourists in the first three months of this [Iranian calendar] year (started on March 20), due to corona outbreak," Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Minister Ali-Asghar Mounesan in a televised interview late on Tuesday. 8/27/20

Photos: Dovecotes of Mazrae Gavart Village

Mazrae Gavart is a village located in the east of Isfahan Province. There are old dovecotes in the village, known as Borj-e Kabootar in Persian, which means Pigeon Tower. Over two thousand pigeons live in a dovecote of Mazrae Gavart Village, while some of them used to be home to nearly 20,000 pigeons. -Saman Khoshpeyman, ISNA 8/21/20

Darak, where desert meets sea, added to Iran's National Heritage list

The coastal village of Darak in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan has recently been inscribed on the National Heritage list, CHTN reported. Located between the two important port cities of Chabahar and Bandar Abbas, Darak is one of the few places in the world where the sea and the desert meet. Darak or Darag in the local language means settling along the sea. 8/18/20

Photos: Sunflower fields of Gildagh

Farmers of Golidagh District, located in Maraveh Tappeh County of Golestan Province of Iran, use hundreds of hectares of their farmlands to grow sunflowers. Golidagh is a mountainous region in which sunflowers grow very well due to ideal conditions. As a result, most of the farmlands of the region are used to grow sunflowers in spring and summer. -Mohammad Qajar, ISNA 8/13/20

Fath-Abad Garden; a glamorous tourist attraction in Southern Iran

Fathabad Garden (Biglar Beigi Mansion) is located about 25km from Iran's southeastern city of Kerman. It enjoys very outstanding ornaments including patterns which historians believe have been also used in Shahzdeh Garden in Mahan. The garden has not been registered as a "Persian Garden" by the UNESCO World Heritage, but is still a mesmerizing tourist attraction in the heart of Iran's world known deserts in southeast of the country. -Abouzar Ahmadizadeh, IRNA 8/7/20

British embassy in Tehran resumes processing visas

The British embassy in Tehran in a Twitter message late on Monday announced it has resumed processing visas for Iranian applicants. "We are pleased to announce that the Tehran Visa Application Center reopened yesterday (Sunday) to provide British visa services. Visa applicants now need compliance with health protocols to keep themselves and the visa application staff healthy," the message read. 7/29/20

Mud volcanos of Golestan, Iran

A mud volcano is a landform, consisting of one or several volcanic craters, that continuously erupts a mud-like substance. Some experts think that mud volcanos are related to volcanic activities, but most scientists believe that the phenomenon emerges as a result of a non-volcanic activity. These photos have been taken from a mud volcano located in Golestan Province of Iran. -Mohammad Ghajar, ISNA 7/17/20

Photos: Reza Abad desert, a tourist resort in northeastern Iran

Reza Abad desert, located 70 kilometres from the city of Shahroud in Iran's Semnan province, is among the most beautiful desert areas in central and eastern Iran. The nomadic town of Reza Abad is located next to the desert. -Amin Rahmani 7/10/20

Iran is beautiful: Lar National Park in photos

Mount Damavand is not considered a simple mountain for Iranians. Being the highest peak in Iran with the height of 5,671 meters, is not all the greatness of Mount Damvand among Iranians because the Mount has a special place among Iranian mythology and culture and is the symbol of endurance and invincibility. Lar National Park, located in the foothills of Mount Damavand in Mazandaran Province, is a nature reserve which boasts different plant and animal species as well as glorious weather and impressive scenery. -Pouria Pakizeh 7/9/20

Mount Damavand Day: The iconic mountain is grappling with environmental issues

Mount Damavand, the highest peak in Iran, is located northeastern Tehran, but today, it is facing many environmental problems and challenges. Environmental enthusiasts believe that with the inclusion of Damavand National Day in the official calendar of the country, more attention should be paid to this unique natural phenomenon, while unfortunately no action has been taken so far. -Faranak Bakhtiari 7/7/20

Photos: Visiting source of Iran's longest river

Situated in Chaharmahal-o-Bakhtiari Province, Kuhrang spring is the source of Zayandeh Rud, Iran's longest river. The untouched nature of the area and the presence of nomads are also encouraging tourists to have this site on their mustsee destinations. -Pantea Nikzad, Mehr 7/7/20

Discover Ghadamgah: A millennia-old place of worship embedded beneath rock cliff

Ghadamgah is a millennia-old subterranean temple that was repurposed to be a mosque. The temple is said to be a place of worship where the ancient Mithraism rituals observed before the advent of Islam. The place of worship, which sometimes is referred to as a cave, is situated at the upstream of Ghadamgah's graveyard, near Badamyar village, from environs of Azarshahr in the northwestern West Azarbaijan province. 6/30/20

A Travel Writer Who's Seen It All Still Finds Surprise and Awe in Iran

Our burly driver in the baseball cap kept his eyes on the road as my unfailingly suave guide, Ali, chatted away. We'd barely left the holy metropolis of Mashhad, in northeastern Iran, on our way to the small, ancient town of Tus, and already Ali was discoursing on flowers and mystics and philosophers and empire. Other than a quick hello, our driver, perhaps 60, said not a word. It would be almost an hour before we reached our destination: the quiet tomb of Iran's beloved chronicler, Ferdowsi. -Pico Iyer, Bloomberg 6/29/20

Tabas Geopark in Iran moves closer to possible UNESCO registration

An extensive dossier, which is an essential prerequisite for possible UNESCO inscription of a site, has almost been completed for the gigantic Tabas Geopark, which is situated in east-central Iran. "Tabas Geopark can be the largest geopark in terms of the area because the whole county of Tabas is the largest county in the Middle East (West Asia). Given the [historical, natural and geological] values of this county, we decided to consider the whole county as the geopark," said Alireza Amrikazemi, who is a UNESCO assessor. 6/25/20

PHOTOS: Howz-e Soltan Salt Lake in Qom, Iran turns red

Howz-e Soltan Salt Lake is located in Qom Province of Iran. Because of heavy rainfalls, more tributaries fed the Lake in spring and as a result, the water level of Howz-e Soltan Salt Lake increased. The rapid growth of algae in the Lake that react with the evaporation of water, turned Howz-e Soltan Salt Lake red. The algae produce beta carotene during the reaction so that the water of the Lake turns red. -Ahmad Zohrabi 6/23/20

PHOTOS: Eye-catching beauty of Lar National Park in Mazandaran, Iran

Lar National Park is a protected area in Mazandaran Province and Tehran Province, in northern Iran. The 30,000-hectare park which is in the Central Alborz mountain range, at the foot of Mount Damavand has stunning beauty in late spring and early summer. 6/23/20

Photos: Pink-colored Maharloo Lake in Shiraz, Iran

Maharloo Lake with an area of 600 sq. km is situated on the outskirts of Shiraz, southern Iran, and is a perfect stopover for tourists and nature lovers. Duo to high evaporation rate, the lake's bed has been covered by salt. The color of Maharloo Lake turns pink because of the activity of special algae. The algae grow rapidly in the salty water and cover the surface of the Lake. -Mohammadreza Dehdari 6/17/20

Iran, Iraq reach initial deal on building 354km highway: Minister

Iran's minister of transportation says an initial deal has been reached with the neighboring Iraq to build a long highway that would ease traffic across the border and would help boost trade between the two neighboring countries. Mohammad Eslami said on Wednesday that the 354-kilometer highway would connect the city of Mehran on the western Iranian border to the holy city of Najaf in central Iraq. 6/11/20

Photos: Aladaghlar (Rainbow) Mountains in Iran

If you are looking for a natural place to be amazed, you should take a trip to Zanjan Province in Iran and see the colorful Aladaghlar Mountains. ''Ala'' in Azeri Turkish language means colorful and ''Dag'' means mountain. The Aladaglar rainbow mountains and hills are tucked into the northwest of Iran, 25 kilometers in the northeast of Tabriz between Ahar and Khajeh. Along the road of Ahar-Tabriz, the landscape begins to switch step by step. -Amin Rahmani 6/3/20

IranAir to partially resume international flights on May 14

Iran's flag carrier Homa, known internationally as IranAir, is to partially resume its international flights after a two-month hiatus that came over the new coronavirus pandemic. Homa said in a Monday statement that its flight to the Dutch capital Amsterdam will resume on May 14. The airline said the resumption had been made possible after gaining the required approvals from health authorities in the Netherlands. -Press TV 5/12/20

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