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Where to Travel in Iran based on your Personality

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Note: This post was published in November 2018 and now has been updated for more accuracy and comprehensiveness.

After reading this article you will know where to go, what to see, which food you should eat and many other things to do in Iran.

1. Classic Traveler

Need a traditional guided trip? Do you think these kinds of travels are less stressful? Do you Search for a trip full of history and art?

If yes, so you may be into organization and stability. Iran has more than 3000 years of history, including ancient Achaemenes and Islamic history.

Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz, Kashan, Bam, Kerman, Kermanshah, Yazd are the best cities to visit many ancient Iran archaeological sites and also World Heritage Sites selected by UNESCO. Here you can find 15 days classic tour of Iran.

 

2. Gallery and Museum/Artsy Travelers

Never realize how time passes by while you are in a museum? Nothing is more appealing than spending time in an art gallery?

Iran has lots of museums. If you enjoy watching what researchers have found from ancient times, there are stunning destinations for you.

A trip to one of the most beautiful cities in Iran makes you feel good. Isfahan (which is also unofficially known as “Half of the world”), Shiraz (city of poems), Tabriz (Qajar’s second capital) Yazd (an incredible mixture of beauty and spirituality), Kashan and Tehran are most beautiful cities in Iran and have many museums worth spending time. You can also find art galleries demonstrating contemporary art in these cities.

Reza Abbasi museum, the treasury of national jewels and carpet museum are some of the great museums in Tehran.

3. Architectural Lover

Iranian architecture is one of a kind! The both ancient and Islamic styles are found here. If you are into architecture you shouldn’t miss these destinations:

Zoroastrian and Persian styles like what we can see at Chogha Zanbil, Susa, Ecbatana, Tomb of Cyrus the Great, Anahita Temple, and Sassanid Rayen Castle are located in Shoosh, Shiraz, Kangavar, Rayen.

Islamic styles like Jameh Mosque of Nain and Jameh Mosque of Isfahan, Chehelsotoon, Ali Qapu, Agha Bozorg Mosque, Shah Mosque, Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque in Naqsh-i Jahan Square are located mostly in Isfahan, Nain, and Kashan.

Besides, you can see Qanat (an old system of water supply from a deep well), thatched house, Badgir (wind-tower), thatched house as traditional Persian elements in Tabas, Garmeh, Yazd, Gonbad, Khorasan.

4. Budget traveling

Do you prefer to save money in your pocket rather than spending for a five-star hotel? Today Most of the young people love to travel and do adventure and Try to spend less.

If you are seeking for an economic vacation, you can plan a trip to Iran. Get your backpack ready and book your ticket to Iran. Why? Because Iran’s currency which is Iranian Rial is about 15 times cheaper than USD and Euro. This huge difference makes Iran a low budget destination for many young travelers and backpackers to experience a very different country with less spending. You can easily spend around 20$ a day, still don`t miss a thing and enjoy the food, safe and comfortable transportation and even buy something as a souvenir.

Public Transportation fare in Tehran (the capital) is less than 20 cents. You can have delicious food by spending around 1-3$ (it covers the spectrum between Falafel and Kebab). You can spend time in a coffee shop ordering coffee and enjoy the environment by spending around 2$. These prices are even cheaper in minor cities. More far from big cites cheaper prices, in some rural areas of southeast Iran, you can stay in local lodges for 4$ including breakfast!

If you haven`t planned your economic adventure in Iran yet, we have some recommendations for you:

Cities like Zahedan, Zabol, and Khash located in Sistan and Balochestan province are recommended for tight budget plans. In these cities you can see people walking around with the traditional clothes which is magnificent. Also, there are many castles in this area. The Mud volcano is also one of the unique attractions of the region which has therapy effects.

Visiting Qeshm Island can be truly memorable. The canyons, Mangrove forests and star valley are some of the amazing attraction of this mysterious island.

Kordestan province also has great nature and beautiful cities like Sanandaj and Marivan which worth visiting while traveling Iran.

5. I don’t want traveling like a tourist

Do you prefer to experience local cultures? Visiting local people and communicate with them?

Iran has many different ethnic groups which include Persians, Kurds, Lurs, Arabs, Baluchs, Turkmen and Turkic tribes. Each of these groups has a rich culture of food, music, ceremonies and etc.

We strongly suggest you stay at Local guesthouses ( Eco-lodge, called Boomgardi in Persian). Local guesthouses are mostly old houses repaired and repurposed as tourists’ accommodation. There are many of these local guesthouses in most cities and you can experience living in a house with local architecture, local food and meeting people. You may try traditional clothes and get familiar with traditions and customs.  You will have the chance to know each ethnic group better by living inside these local guesthouses. Find a list of them here.

This also can be a chance to support the locals’ culture, encouraging them to save their heritage and help rural economies.

Iran has many regions where you can experience a rural lifestyle. South and eastern south of Iran are good destinations for this purpose. Since these areas are less known even for Iranian tourists, they remained untouched and, most interesting Locals like to host you as a guest and show you their daily routine.

Here comes a list of where you can find each ethnic group in Iran.

Lurs: Lorestan, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, Khuzestan, Isfahan, Fars, Bushehr and Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad provinces.

Arabs: Khuzestan Province

Baluchs: Sistan and Baluchestan province

Turkmen: provinces of Golestān and North Khorasan.

Turkic tribes (include Qashqai people, Khorasani Turks, Afshar people, and Qarai Turks): Fars, Khuzestan and southern Isfahan, North Khorasan, Razavi Khorasan, and Golestan provinces

Persians include the Mazandaranis and Gilakis: Tehran province, Isfahan province, Fars province, Alborz province, Razavi Khorasan, South Khorasan, Yazd province, Kerman province, Bushehr province, Hormozgan province, Markazi province (Arak), Qom province, Semnan province, Qazvin province, Hamadan province, North Khorasan, Khuzestan province, the northern half of Sistan and Baluchistan (Zabol), the southern and western half of Golestan province and also Mazandaran and Gilan provinces. Kurds: Kordestan province, West Azerbaijan province, Kermanshah, Ilam provinces, and  North Khorasan province

Staying with Nomad people (Bakhtiari, Qashqai, Shahsavan) will let you experience the feeling you can’t find anywhere else.

6. Altruistic Traveler

Want to help others on your trip? Making the world a better place to live calms you down the most and makes you feel you’re a better person? You are an Altruistic traveler. So you will enjoy service trips:

Sistan and Baluchistan, South Khorasan, and Kurdistan, are where you can help others and also perceive the local sense by visiting rural areas and village life.

7. Nature Lover, Eco-tourist, Adventurist, sport style

Do you love nature? Do you prefer adventurous trips that harm nature less than others? You are an Eco-tourist. This kind of tourists Love thrilling activities and Want to be immersed in the great outdoors. You never stop moving! Love to stay Active!

You are an extreme traveler and should definitely visit all natural wonders here in Iran:

Desert trekking and camping, Desert safari, off-road at Garmeh village, Mesr village, Bayazeh village, Tabas, Badroud, Maranjab. Described in more details at no. 8

Visit the Iranian UNESCO Geopark, Hara Marine Forests (Mangrove forests), Crocodile farm, Namakdan Salt Cave at Qeshm Island;

Learning how to dive at city and villages at the seaside of Persian Gulf;

Dark craggy mountains of Alborz Mountain, Alamut Valley and visiting Ovan Lake at Qazvin Province, Alamut;

Rudkhan Castle, interconnected houses in Masule village in Fuman city;

Visit Shiraz Canyon, Falak-ol-Aflak Castle, Bisheh Waterfall, Gahar Lake in Zagros Mountain: Lorestan province, Khoram abad city, Douroud city;

Hiking Alborz and Zagros Mountain range, described in more details at no. 9

Do Rafting at Zayandeh Rood River, Haraz River, Sefid Rood River, Arvand Rood River, Sirvan River described more at no. 10

Go skiing at downhills at Dizin, Shemshak, described in more details at no. 10;

 

8. Desert

Are you one of those people who can’t take their eyes off the mysterious world of stars at night? Do you like finding constellations in the sky?

Most of the tourists traveling to Iran, come to visit famous deserts in Iran. How about you?

The major part of Iran is desert. In the past cities and villages in the areas has their own culture. You can stay in these cities and experience the life of the desert. Riding a camel, walking on yellow sand hills while watching the magnified shadow of yourself.

For having such experiences, you can go to Maranjab or Mesr. You can stay in the guest houses with historical architecture. Other cities and villages in the deserts are Matin Abad, Zaman Abad, Mahan, Meybod, Ardakan and Tabas.

If you like camping, there are some places like Matin Abad where you can set up your tent safely or you can stay in one of the ready erected tents. Find a desert and salt lake tour here.

9. Hiking, trekking

Can’t resist the temptation to hike every pick you see on the road? Enjoy visiting nature while hiking the mountains?

Did you know that Iran has two mountain ranges? Zagros and Alborz mountain ranges are located in Iran and many cities are built around them.

Alam Kooh is a great choice if you wanna go for a rock climbing. Sabalan (Ardabil province, 4811m), Alamkooh (Mazandaran province,4851m) and Azadkooh (Mazandaran province, 4395m) are some of the most popular destinations for climbers.

Damavand is the highest peak in Iran (5610m). To climb Damavand, you need to be prepared mentally and physically.

It might be interesting to know that Tehran, as a metropolis with population of 12 million, is located very close to Alborz mountain range and you can reach the hill side and enjoy hiking only 30 minutes from the city center. In Isfahan also you can hike mount Sofeh and enjoy the view when you reach the top. You can also hike mountains around Tabriz, Sanandaj and Shiraz.

 

10. Rafting, skiing

Do you like to add more excitement to your journey? Are you looking for a unique experience?

Rafting can be an unforgettable episode of your trip to Iran. Nothing would compare the excitement of river rafting while enjoying the view of forest around you.

There are some rivers in Iran where you can enjoy rafting. Zayanderud close to Isfahan during spring is recommended. You can also go rafting Haraz River in Mazandaran province. There is also a river proper for rafting in Karaj. It’s not far from Tehran and you may go there while staying in Tehran.

Moreover, if you like skiing you can try it in different ski resorts around Tehran. Tochal, Dizin, and Shemshak resorts are proper for snow skiing, no need to mention that winter is the season!

11. More Luxury and business style travel

Do you prefer to lie on a bed at a five-star hotel and Enjoy fascinating interior and exceptional services? Or do you travel to Iran for your business goals and need time to relax and stay concentrated on your work?

You might have heard that there is no chained-brand hotel in Iran. But you can still find five-star hotels in big cities of Iran which offer you services according to the world standards (exclude serving alcoholic drinks). Cities like Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz, Mashhad, and Tabriz are ready to host you for your luxury vacations and business meetings.

12. Tech and Startup guys

Are you a techie who follow businesses and startups news? Is it interesting to know about the startup ecosystem in Iran?

Yes! Iran is really booming in this area! And Tehran as the capital is the best place to get updated in brand new businesses and the startup community of Iran. Many IT events and exhibitions are held in Tehran and, moreover, many incubators and accelerators support startups and help them to grow and improve their business. FINNOVA, DMOND and AVATECH are a few of them.

IranbyBit (More about our business) is also a fin-tech startup which is providing services for travelers to Iran, services like booking hotels, Hostels and local lodges and also tours with offering new payment methods.

13. Shop Lover

Many people like to shop. If you never get enough of shopping and window shopping, we have a lot of bazaars! Some never end!

There are destinations a shop lover may like: Iranian carpets, Termeh, Mina Kari, and Khatam Kari are made with Iranians artistic passion and will always help you remember how fabulous your trip was.

Visit great Bazaar of Tehran, Tabriz Bazaar, Vakil Bazaar in Shiraz and Reza Bazar in Mashhad, to buy souvenirs and handicrafts.

14. Harmonious Traveler

Need a journey full of “Me time” and looking for a place to relax?

If you need your “me time” back, you are a harmonious traveler. If you care about peace all the time and you might feel a responsibility to others, so you may need a journey for retreatment.

There is a handful of choices in Iran for relaxing and seeking the meaning.

Staying in a desert and being away from all the buzz in the crowded cities can be a touching experience for you. Being alone with your thoughts and feelings is more possible in the deserts where there are no distractions.

To relax and feel healthier you can also experience Salt cave in Qeshm Island, get water therapy in Sarien Ardebil, and Sabalan, use Mud volcanoes in Chabahar and Sistan va Baluchestan.

If you like to experience Islamic style beaches, two islands of Persian Gulf, Kish Island and Qeshm Island and also Caspian Sea coast at Ramsar city, “Chaloos”,” Namak Abrood”,” Bandar Anzali” city have lots of spots. (More about the dress code, tip no. 4)

15. Traveling for Medical Reasons

Did you know Iran is one of the most rewarding destinations for Medical and health tourism?

You can take a trip to Iran for low-cost medical treatment. Highly experienced and skilled doctors make Iran one of the popular destination for medical tourists. Many people each year choose to come to Iran for different medical purposes such as rhinoplasty, plastic surgery, eye surgery etc.

These are the places you should go:

Gandi hotel hospital and Moheb Mehr Hospital in Tehran, Mehr Hospital in Mashhad, Namazi hospital and The Central Hospital of Shiraz in Shiraz, they are cheap and have great medical facilities for Rhinoplasty (Nose Job), Plastic Surgery, Weight Loss, Cosmetic Dentistry, Cardiology and Medical Dentistry.

 

16. Family trip

Are you planning a trip for your family? Do you want your children to enjoy the trip as much as you?

The good news is that you can find many family-friendly destinations in Iran.

Iranians love children. You can see this in a day walk through the city. If you plan to stay in local guesthouses (Boom Gardi) you can let your children feel free and discover the place by themselves. They might end up finding some friends while playing (and yes, it`s safe).

Good news for family travelers, a brand new experience, staying at a museum, a journey to puppets world, a flashback to childhood, all in one fantastic place in the heart of “Kashan” historical city. If you are willing to being familiar with Iranian toy history and watching especial Iranian puppet shows or play gracefully and freely as a little child by your own or with your children, It would be the best option for you, a museum and a traditional guesthouse and hostel all in one historical house named Puppet & Toy Museum Guesthouse

17. Gastronomy Tourist

Do you call yourself a food lover? You are a gastronomy tourist. No matter you are a meat lover or seafood fan, you can get the best of them in Iran.

Rice, meat, vegetables, nuts, and herbs are Iranian main dishes combinations. Saffron, dried lime and other sources of sour flavoring, cinnamon, turmeric, and parsley are used in Iranian dishes.

Kebab, Khoresht (Stew), Polow, are some of the main courses of Iranian food.

You can go south to taste new kinds of spicy and fried food. None of them? Are you a meat-lover? Go west and eat the best of meat dishes there. If you are into seafood you will love those incredible foods in Coastal areas of Iran north and south!

(Find a Persian Food Tour here)

 

18. Vegetarians

If you are a vegetarian and have a plan to visit Iran, don’t worry at all.

However, going out to eat can be tough in Iran for vegans as veganism but there are some vegan restaurants in Tehran, the capital, and at other major cities.

Although, you could find so many traditional foods that are vegetarian. As Iranian cousin has a wide range of variety, it can cope with everyone’s taste and desire.

First of all, there are so many foods made of eggplant. Kashke bademjan, a popular meal made all over the country and made of eggplant, whey, fried mint, and onion.

Mirza Ghasemi, an especial food originally for the north of Iran but cooked everywhere in the country. It is made of eggplant, tomato, garlic, and egg.

Another category is kuokuo, an Iranian egg based fast food. It is made of potato, flour, and egg. It can also contain fresh vegetables instead of potato. Falafel is another Iranian fast food originally for the south of Iran which is popular and you can find it in every corner of the streets. Samboose from the south, made of potato, herbs, onions, and spices. If you like spicy foods, then you’d better buy some from vendors in the south.

The other popular recipe is especial soup called Aash. It literally has everything on it! Different beans, vegetables, noodles, and whey. Each city has exclusive Aash which is worth to try.

In the soup category, there are also some traditional foods like Eshkeneh and Kale joosh. You may find them in some lodges in small cities.

The last category is for Plow. Plow means rice and is considered anything with rice. It can be Adas polow, which is lentil rice; loobia polow, beans with rice or even Shirin polow, sweet rice with pistachio, almond, cinnamon, and sugar.

If you visit Iran, don’t miss these delicious foods and If you couldn’t find any of them, just ask your host or the restaurants to easily cut the meats out. As Iranians are known as their hospitality around the world, they won’t let you get disappointed.

Khalvat guesthouse, a 100-year-old mansion is the first and only accommodation in Iran which is vegan friendly, and it is located in Isfahan.

19. Offbeat Traveler

Do you often search for meaning? The offbeat traveler you are; you can have the most of the Iranian’s spirituality.

Iran’s religious pilgrims will give you a new taste of Eastern historical mysticism.

So you must take a trip to Bastam, Yazd, Mashhad, and Qom (Islamic), Jolfa in Isfahan (Christianity), Chakchaku (Zoroastrian) and Pir Shaliyar (Mithraism and Zoroastrianism).

Travel Tips for Iran

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Tip no. 1:

Do not rush into money exchange at your arrival!

In the airport, there will be fixers that would come to you to offer money exchange, transportation, and accommodation. The rates are not real and the transportation and accommodations are illegal and unsafe. We recommend you to simply ignore them and use the official airport taxi, use Tap30 or Snapp two online taxi services in Iran (like Uber) or using Airport Pick up services.

Tip no. 2

Where to exchange my money? What is the exchange rate in Iran? What is Iran’s currency?

Iran’s currency is Rial with the currency code of IRR
All these banknotes and coins are published based on Rial but people do the daily economic chores with Toman. Toman is an unofficial currency which equals ten Rials.
Just remember whenever you get confused put your hand on the last zero of the banknote or coin that you are holding, and you will see the value of it in Toman.

The exchange rate in Iran:
There are two different exchange rates in Iran: 1. The official government rate and 2. The market rate. The official government rate is always lower than the market rate.

Check for rates offered by independent currency authorities (mid-market rates):

https://bonbast.com

Where to exchange your money?
1. Try finding shops that work with the free market rate. (licensed exchange shops around the Ferdowsi sq. Tehran)
2. other way is using Travel Debit Cards. With this card you pay for the card and the money in it which is loaded based on the market rate.

Tip no. 3
How to use metro (subway) from IKA airport to the city of Tehran?

Many of travelers ask how to use metro to get city of Tehran from IKA airport, here it is:

The IKA Airport’s metro (subway) station is located right opposite the airport, accessible via a pedestrian tunnel. Keep it in your mind the subway train are working from 6:10 am to 8:10 pm and they transfer passengers every 80 minutes. But since most the arrival flights got landed during nights, using metro is not available and also not suggested.

If you still want to use it you can buy tickets at the station; price is like 75000 rials (1 dollar = 130000 rials) at the current moment (2 June 2019).

Tip no. 4
General Dress code in Iran: Women must cover their hair and men cannot wear short pants.

False beliefs about Iran dress code:

False True
Women must wear a long dress remember that wearing a coat or Manteau is not mandatory but you cannot wear a T-shirt and also wearing a 3/4 sleeve is common.
Women cannot wear makeup or shiny nail colors Makeup is actually part of inseparable Iranian women routine
You cannot wear jeans jeans are very popular especially among young boys and girls
Men must wear long-sleeved shirts wearing T-shirts is really normal but not sleeveless ones
Everyone wears dark and black clothes all the time nowadays most people tend to wear colorful dresses
Wearing sandal is not possible It’s common in summer then bring one pair with yourself
Women always keep wearing scarfs even at home not at all, but don’t forget that you cannot take it off in public places. BTW in parties, most girls don’t wear scarfs and even have short dresses. Then bring some nice and suitable clothes in case you get invited, whatever you normally wear at parties in your own country.

Tip no. 5
When is the best time to travel to Iran?

Many people from other countries considered Iran as a vast sunny desert. Good news for Heliophile type of people is, Iran has two main desert and several cities are built in the vicinity of those deserts. Therefore, they have sunny hot days with chilly nights. Those who love desert trekking and safaris can find their paradise in the central desert of Iran, the south and southeast. The best time to visit deserts is autumn and early spring due to boiling hot summers and freezing winters. Visiting south and southeast is possible in winter as well.

That’s not the whole story. Iran is a four-season country with a wide range of climate conditions. For those Chionophiles who love visiting cold snowy places or go skiing, we offer Tehran ski resorts, the west and the northwest of Iran. Skiing and other winter sports obviously are possible in winter but even in summer days, you would enjoy the cold breeze of those places.
In addition, the west part of Iran has a mountainous climate with freezing cold winters. The best time to visit west part (Kermanshah, Yasouj, Shahr-e Kord, Sanandaj, Hamedan, and Lorestan) and their tourist sites is spring and summer.

There is even more. In case you enjoy a humid climate, you can visit the north of Iran include Mazandaran, Gilan and Golestan provinces. Moreover, Persian Gulf islands like Kish and Qeshm has sultry weather with great beach recreations. The best time to travel there is autumn, winter, and early spring.

To sum up, high seasons for Iran include early spring and autumn in order to visit the most famous cities, but in terms of being more adventurous, you can visit Iran on other seasons and explore more untouched areas with great climate.

The list will be continually updated

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Vegetarian Foods in Iran!

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Vegetarian Foods in Iran!

Post from Saboktar By Maryam Raha

If you are a vegetarian and planning to visit Iran, the food might be one of your biggest concerns. Many people suppose that Iranian food is all about Kebabs, so finding yummy Iranian vegetarian foods is a big deal while traveling in Iran. However, this idea is not true!

Don’t worry about being a vegetarian while traveling to Iran! Be sure that you might gain weight in Iran but not lose even a gram!

First tip: Know Iranian food and get the part you can have!

First of all, I should say that Iranian general cuisine is a combination of rice with a stew called Khoresh. Different stews have different mixture of beans, herbs, vegetables and meat, chicken or fish. People usually have the stews as a sauce for the white rice.

To be honest, although these stews are mostly non-vegetarian, trying them is a part of your Iranian cuisine experience. Therefore as a help, some restaurants cook the meat and chicken separately and just add it to stew when they are serving it. As a result, you can easily order your stew meat/chicken free!

What are famous Iranian vegetarian foods that you can find in restaurants?

1. Falafel kebab, cheap and yummy!

Falafel kebab is one of the Iranian vegetarian foods that you can find almost in every street in Iran. This food is really cheap in Iran and you can find a tasty falafel sandwich! Moreover, most of the falafel kebab restaurants are self served so you can fill up your sandwich with as many falafels and sides as you like! Don’t miss trying pickles with your falafel.

2. Aash, a green herbal soup!

In Iranian cuisine we have a variety of herbal green soups which are called Aash. Aash Reshteh is one of the most popular Aash that you can find almost everywhere in Iran. This Aash is a mixture of noodles and herbs and a top up special whey. So if you are vegan, don`t forget to ask it whey free.

3. Kashk bademjan and Mirza ghasemi, tastes like heaven for eggplant lovers!

If you are an eggplant lover, you should definitely try these two foods. Mirza Ghasemi, a local food for north of Iran is what I always have in my pocket to impress my non Iranian friends! Smokey eggplant plus garlic, tomato and egg are what make Mirza Ghasemi a super yummy vegetarian food! What If you are vegan? just ask it without eggs!

Another especial eggplant base food that you should not miss in Iran is Kashk Bademjan. This food is actually a mixture of eggplant, whey and fried onion!

4.Baghali Ghatogh, faba (fava) beans meal!

If you travel to Rasht or its surrounding, you can enjoy Baghali Ghatogh in most of the restaurants. This food is a famous mixture of fava beans, dills and eggs and you can have it with rice or bread.

5. lentils soup, pinto beans meal! (Adasi, Loubia)

These two meals are similar to plain dhal and Iranian people usually have them for breakfast. Both of the foods are vegan and really nutritious.

6.Adas Polo, (lentil rice)!

Polo in persian means rice. There are plenty of mixed rice recipes in Iranian cuisine and Lentil rice -Adas Polo- is one of the best ones. Iranian people serve Adas Polo with fried dates, fried sultanas and minced meet. Therefore, You can easily order it without minced meat as the meat is not cooked with the rest of the food.

7.Kuokuo! A new veggie patty!

If you are a burger lover and you feel like missing the burger experience since you are a vegetarian, kuku is probably a food for you. Kuku is a mixture of herbs or potato with eggs. It goes very well with salad or pickles.

Although vegetarian diet is not that much common in Iran, there are some restaurants or cafes which serve only Iranian vegetarian foods. Hence if you are looking for some more Iranian vegetarian foods, ask for these cafe or restaurants. I`m sure that they will add some new tastes to your journey!

If you are a food lover and specially a vegetarian one, you should definitely travel to Rasht in North of Iran. This city has recently joined to UNESCO creative cities network for its creative cuisine. Therefore, if you are planning to go to North of Iran and visit Caspian Sea, you will be delighted with the food there, vegetarian and non-vegetarian.

To sum up,  traveling as a vegetarian to Iran might seem like a challenge at first, but it won’t be a big deal. Just don`t worry and  give it a try and add some more vegetarian foods to your recipe book!

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Travelling to Iran during Ramadan

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Ramadan (called Ramezan in Iran) is the ninth month of Islamic calendar. The most important ritual Muslims do in this month is Fasting, Which means refusing to eat or drink anything from dawn to sunset. Moreover, they try not to commit sinful acts like lying, getting angry or doing harm to other people. It is said in the Quran that every good deed you do in this month is considered more valuable.

Do’s and don’ts in Ramadan

Eating and drinking in public places is forbidden and illegal during this month. That being said, if police catch you eating on the street you might get arrested. Rules are usually not so tight for foreigners and you might be able to get away by apologizing and telling them you didn’t know about the rules. However it’s best to go by the rules in order to respect the country’s customs. You should also be aware that smoking in public places is also forbidden during Ramadan.

Most of the restaurants are closed during the day and the only food you can get is cold snacks. But you don’t need to worry about eating as all the hotels serve food and even if you are not staying in a hotel you can eat in the restaurant. Also, all the supermarkets are open and you can get whatever you need if you want to cook some food for yourself.

Travelling in Ramadan

You can easily travel around Iran in Ramadan and there’s nothing to worry about. It’s good to know that most of the restaurants on the roads are open during the day. That’s because a traveler who’s away from his home can not fast So… anybody who’s out on the road needs something to eat!

Pros and cons of travelling during Ramadan

If you are a food lover, it might be better for you to consider another time to travel to Iran. Although most of the restaurants and eating places open up after sunset, some good old restaurants, especially those located in old Bazaars, just serve food for the lunch and they’re closed throughout Ramadan. In my recent trip to Tabriz, I missed trying “Dizi” (a traditional Iranian food) in Tabriz’s great Bazaar because of Ramadan as it is served only at noon.

Ramadan is in spring for these years. That being said, you should be OK with tolerating the heat while wearing more clothes than usual and also not being able to drink water when you’re out on the streets.

The good thing about travelling during Ramadan is that most of the people get out in the streets after sunset and so the cities are so lively at night. Of course you can’t call it a nightlife if there is no alcohol or clubs but anyways… Some eating places and Cafe’s will be open throughout the night.

 

The other good thing is that Iranians don’t often travel during Ramadan so It’s somehow a low season here and the touristic places will be less crowded. You can also get cheaper accommodation.

What to eat in Ramadan

Muslims have two main meals when they fast. The first one is served right before dawn. You better make yourself full as that is the only thing you’re gonna have for the next 10-15 hours if you’re fasting. They call this course “Sahari” in Iran. The second one is “Eftar” which is served after sunset. Its common to break your fast with dates, tea and some bread. The main course and some deserts will follow it.

If you’re travelling to Iran during Ramadan don’t miss out trying these special deserts:

Zoolbia Baamieh – You can find this super sweet candies only in Ramadan

Halva – Made of flour, oil, sugar, rosewater and saffron

Shol-e- zard – Made of Rice, sugar, rosewater and saffron

What to do in Ramadan

If you are a kind of traveler who prefers digging into local people’s life instead of hitting museums, then I recommend you to go through special rituals of Ramadan along with Muslims.

Attend an “Eftar” ceremony

If you’re lucky enough to be a guest in a traditional Iranian family, you will love having “Eftar” with them. You might be wondering about how to find such a host. Not that difficult with Iranian’s hospitality. You can just ask people to join them if they’re holding an “eftar” gathering. Iranians love having guests and showing them the customs. Don’t be shy to ask!

Qadr nights

Muslims believe that the first revelation of the Quran was sent down to Muhammad on 19th, 21st or 23rd of Ramadan. That’s why they gather in mosques or in their homes, staying awake the whole night reading the Quran and saying special prayers. You can hit some mosque to see the ceremony.

The Muslims also believe that  Ali (The first Imam of Shia Islam) was killed on 21st of Ramadan and there is also a special grieving ceremony in mosques on that night.

During these days (19th to 23rd of Ramadan) some places like shopping centers might be closed. Although only the 21st of Ramadan is a national holiday, the whole period is kind of a holiday. You might want to consider this if you’re setting your dates for travelling to Iran in Ramadan.

Eyd-e-fetr

The last day of Ramadan is a holy day called “Eyd-e-Fetr”. Muslims should not fast on this day and usually celebrate it by having some guests for the lunch. There is a special prayer for this day and a lot of Muslims go to mosques to attend this. If you’re interested, you can go to main mosques to see this ceremony. Eyd-e-fetr is also a two-day national holiday in Iran.

Qods day’s rally

The last friday of Ramadan is called Qods day in Iran. On this day some people attend a rally in support of Palestine in the main streets. You might have seen it covered in western media and you might be interested to see it for yourself.

Ramadan maybe not really the best time to travel to Iran. However, if you’ve set your plans or you are on a long journey and have to pass Iran in a certain time you can sure find some ways to make the best out of your trip.

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Where to travel in Iran based on your personality

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Want to take a trip to Iran? Need some advice for travel to Iran?

Here are some travel tips for Iran matching your personality type!

 

  1. Classic Traveler

Need a traditional guided trip? Do you think these kind of travels are less stressful? Do you Search for a trip full of history and art? If yes, so you may be into organization & stability. Iran has more than 3000 years of history, including ancient Achaemenes and Islamic history.

Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz, Kashan, Bam, Kerman, Kermanshah, Yazd are the best cities to visit many ancient Iran archaeological sites and also World Heritage Sites selected by UNESCO. (Book accommodation in Isfahan here)

  1. Architectural Lover

Iranian architecture is one of a kind! The both ancient and Islamic styles are found here. If you are into architecture you shouldn’t miss these destinations: Zoroastrian and Persian styles like what we can see at Chogha Zanbil, Susa, Ecbatana, Tomb of Cyrus the Great, Anahita Temple, Sassanid Rayen Castle are located in Shoosh, Shiraz, Kangavar, Rayen.

Islamic styles like Jameh Mosque of Nain and Jameh Mosque of Isfahan, Chehelsotoon, Ali Qapu, Agha Bozorg Mosque, Shah Mosque, Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque in Naqsh-i Jahan Square are located mostly in Isfahan, Nain, and Kashan.

In addition, you can see Qanat (an old system of water supply from a deep well), thatched house, Badgir (wind-tower), thatched house as traditional Persian elements in Tabas, Garmeh, yazd, Gonbad, Khorasan. (Book accommodation in Yazd here)

 

  1. Nature Lover, Eco-tourist, Adventurist

Do you love nature? Do you prefer adventurous trips that harm nature less than others? You are an Eco-tourist. This kind of tourist Love thrilling activities and Want to be immersed in the great outdoors. They are a wild traveler who should definitely visit all natural wonders here in Iran:

Desert trekking and camping Desert safari, off-road: dashte kavir, kavire lout, Garmeh village, Mesr village, Bayazeh village, Tabas, Badroud, Maranjab.

Visit the Iranian UNESCO Geopark, Hara Marine Forests (Mangrove forests), Crocodile farm, Namakdan Salt Cave at Qeshm Island,

Dark craggy mountains of Alborz Mountain, Alamut Valley visiting Ovan Lake at Qazvin Province, Alamut

Rudkhan Castle interconnected houses in Masule village in Fuman city

See Shiraz Canyon, Falak-ol-Aflak Castle, Bisheh Waterfall, Gahar Lake in Zagros Mountain: Lorestan province, Khoram abad city, Douroud city. (Book accommodation in Alamut Valley here)

 

  1. Sporting Style

You never stop moving? Love to stay Active? You are an extreme traveler. There is a trip for you, too. you will have a memorable experience and feel much more active!

Hiking Alborz Mountains: Mt Damavand

Learning how to dive: Persian Gulf (Book accommodation in Persian Gulf coast here)

Rafting: Zayandeh Rood River, Haraz River, Sefid Rood River, Arvand Rood River, Sirvan River

For skiing: downhills at Dizin, Shemshak

 

  1. Discovering Local Cultures, Different Life Style Experience

If you are interested in visiting different local cultures Iran has many different ethnic groups which includes Persians, Kurds, Lurs, Arabs, Baluchs, Turkmen and Turkic tribes.

Persians include the Mazandaranis and Gilakis: Tehran province, Isfahan province, Fars province, Alborz province, Razavi Khorasan, South Khorasan, Yazd province, Kerman province, Bushehr province, Hormozgan province, Markazi province (Arak), Qom province, Semnan province, Qazvin province, Hamadan province, North Khorasan, Khuzestan province, northern half of Sistan and Baluchistan (Zabol), southern and western half of Golestan province and also Mazandaran and Gilan provincs. Kurds: Kordestan provinceWest Azerbaijan province Kermanshah and Ilam provinces North Khorasan province

Lurs: Lorestan, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, Khuzestan, Isfahan, Fars, Bushehr and Kuh-Gilu-Boir Ahmed provinces.

Arabs: Khuzestan Province,

Baluchs: Sistan and Baluchestan province

Turkmen: provinces of Golestān and North Khorasan.

Turkic tribes (include Qashqai people, Khorasani Turks, Afshar people, and Qarai Turks): Fars, Khuzestan and southern Isfahan, North Khorasan, Razavi Khorasan, and Golestan provinces

Staying with Nomad people (Bakhtiari, Qashqaee, Shahsavan) will let you experience the feeling you can’t find anywhere else. (Book accommodation in Yazd province)

 

  1. Harmonious Traveler

Need a travel full of “Me time” looking for a place to relax? Need medical care?

If you need your “me time” back, you are a harmonious traveler. If you care about peace all the time and you might feel a responsibility to others so you may need a travel for retreatment.

Did you know Iran is one of the most rewarding destinations for Medical tourism and health tourism?

You can take a trip to Iran for low-cost medical treatment. Highly experienced and skilled doctors makes Iran one of the destination for medical tourists.

These are the places you should go:

Gondi hotel hospital and Moheb Mehr Hospital in Tehran, Mehr Hospital in Mashhad, Namazi hospital and The Central Hospital of Shiraz in Shiraz, they are cheap and have great medical facilities for Rhinoplasty (Nose Job), Plastic Surgery, Weight Loss, Cosmetic Dentistry, Cardiology and Medical Dentistry.

To relax and feel healthier you must experience Salt cave in Qeshm Island, get water therapy in Sarien Ardebil and Sabalan, use Mud volcanoes in Chabahar and Sistan o Baluchestan.

If you like to experience Islamic style beaches, two islands of Persian gulf, Kish Island and Qeshm Island and also Caspian Sea coast at Ramsar city, “Chaloos”,”Namak Abrood”,”Bandar Anzali” city have lots of spots.

 

  1. Gastronomy Tourist

Do you call yourself a food lover? You are a gastronomy tourist. No matter you are a meat lover or seafood fan, you can get the best of them in Iran.

Rice, meat, vegetables, nuts and herbs are Iranian main dishes combinations. Saffron, dried lime and other sources of sour flavoring, cinnamon, turmeric, and parsley are used in Iranian dishes.

Kebab, Khoresht (Stew), Polow, are some of main course of Iranian food.

You can go south to taste new kinds of spicy and fried food. None of them? Are you a meat lover? Go west and eat the best of meat dishes there. If you are into seafood you will love those incredible foods in Coastal areas of Iran north and south!

If you are vegetarian we suggest you to try “kashk-e bademjan”,” Mirza Ghassemi”, “Falafel”, and “āsh”.

(Book a Persian Food Tour here)

  1. Altruistic Traveler

Want to help others in your trip? Making the world a better place to live calms you down the most? Makes you feel you’re a better person? You are an Altruistic traveler. So you will enjoy service trips:

Sistan and Baluchestan is where you can help others and also perceive the local sense by visiting rural areas and village life.

 

  1. Offbeat Traveler

Do you often search for meaning? The offbeat traveler you are, you can have the most of the Iranian’s spirituality. Iran’s religious pilgrims will give you a new taste of Eastern historical mysticism.

So you must take a trip to Bastam, Yazd, Mashhad and Qom (Islamic), jolfa in Isfahan (Christianity), Chakchaku (Zoroastrian) and Pir Shaliyar (Mithraism and Zoroastrianism)

 

  1. Shop Lover

Many people like to shop. If you never get enough of shopping and window shopping, we have a lot of bazars! Some never end! There are destinations a shop lover may like. Iranian carpets, Termeh, Minakari and Khatamkari are made with Iranians artistic passion and will always help you remember how fabulous your trip was.

Visit great Bazar of Tehran, Tabriz Bazar, Bazar Vakil in Shiraz and Bazar Reza in Mashhad, to buy souvenirs and handicrafts.

 

  1. Artsy traveler

If you feel better when you get to share your artistic passion with others you are an artsy traveler and you would most enjoy to a destination which has a rich artistic history and would cheer you up and make you aware of your unknown feelings. A trip to one of the most beautiful cities in Iran, Isfahan, which has the second name “half of the world” makes you feel good.

Isfahan (which is also unofficially known as “Half of the world”), Shiraz (city of poems), Tabriz (Qajar’s second capital) Yazd (an incredible mixture of beauty and spirituality), Kashan, Tehran are most beautiful cities in Iran.

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Using metro (subway) from Tehran to IKA airport

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How to use metro (subway) from Tehran to IKA airport?

Many of travelers ask how to use metro to get IKA airport, so recently I try it be myself and want to share my experience here.

First, from all the stations in Tehran metro you need to get Shahed-Bagher Shahr metro station (Line 1) in this station from 7:15 am to 7:15 pm there is a metro to the airport every 80 minutes.

The ticket price is 7500 Toman for now. From Shahed station you need to change the train at the next station (Namayeshgah Shahr e Aftab) and then after about 20 minutes you will get at the airport.

During the night after 7:15 pm to 9 pm there is taxi and bus line from Shahed station to the airport. The taxi price (a shared taxi) is 6500 Toman and the bus price is 2500 Toman. (Rial or Toman?)

After 9 pm the best option is to use Snap (the online taxi in Iran).

Have a great time in Iran

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tehran metro

IranbyBit pitch at Silk Road Startup Event in Tehran

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IranbyBit” presented a pitch at Silk Road Startup Event which was held on Sunday 21, OCT, 2018 in “Tehran” at “Amirkabir University of Technology”. Silk Road Startup is the first International conference, aiming to show case the Iranian startup scene to the world.

In this event, all startups had 4 minutes to present their pitch to jury team and audiences and then 3 minutes to answer the jury’s questions.
Setare Shabanipour founder of “IranbyBit” presented IranbyBit pitch and all the guests and judgement team were very interested in what IranbyBit does in Iran. “IranbyBit” is a travel service provider, offering a wide range of budget services for solo travelers, adventurers, backpackers and all kinds of travelers to Iran who seek the real wonderful local experiences. From “IranbyBit” team, Setareh Shabanipour (Founder), Ziya Sadr (Bitcoin research and development manager), Kiana Fariborzi (Content provider), Saeed Nasiri (Web administrator) and Nima Behkar (System software developer) took part in this conference.

The competitors in this conference are from some big cities in Iran. This Startup Tour was held in Tabriz, Kerman, Shiraz and Mashhad before and the competitors presented their pitch for referees, guests, panelists and other competitors. The best candidates have been selected to go to the next level. Yesterday, the event was held in Tehran and the jury Included: David Braun (Manager and Founder at DASHR), Ekaterina Matveeva (Founder at Amolingua), Babak Tadayyon (Lyan Capital Management) , Bahar Yarmohammad (Head of Investmend at Noava Co.), Radman Rabii (Head of training and commodities at Turquoise partners) and Kamran Khoshi (Co-Founder at Zowragh)

12 startups presented their pitch yesterday, and 8 remained competitors are going to present their pitch today.
On 22, OCT, 2018 at the end of “Tehran Event” the jury is going to give the vote and select 2 candidates from Tehran to go to the next level and make them ready for the final event with competitors from other cities, which will be held in Kish Island in January 2019.

 

 

IranbyBit at Silk Road startup event

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IranbyBit will present its pitch at Silk Road startup event on sunday OCT, 21, 2018. Silk Road startup is the first international gathering in Iran to showcase the local startup ecosystem.

Silk Road Startup is organizing the 2nd series of pitch competitions around Iran with the aim of tracking the country’s top startups. 270 applicants have registered for the pitch competitions, of which over 53 have been selected to pitch in front of a team of the local and international jury in 5 cities of the country. Selected startups will be invited to attend workshops on pitching prior to the local events in each city.

This year Silk Road Startup’s Road Trip events were held in the cities of Kerman, Shiraz, Mashhad, Tabriz and Tehran. Overall the events attracted +1400 attendees from all around the country.

Special Offer in Hamedan

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#Special_Offer : 

World tourism organization has announced that due to holding “international seminar on harnessing cultural tourism through innovation and technology and 40th UNWTO Affiliate members plenary session” in Hamedan province,Iran from 12 to 14 November, all of the hotels and accommodations in Hamedan have special offer. 

The host has offered 30% discount for the event hotels in Hamedan as can be seen in the General information note.

Dinner and launche will be free for all the participants for the duration of the event.

Below, you can see the full Note of this announcement:

“The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is pleased to inform you that the Plenary Session of the UNWTO Affiliate Members will be held from 12 to 14 November 2018 in Hamedan Province, Islamic Republic of Iran, at the kind invitation of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran. In line with previous sessions, the 40th Plenary Session of the Affiliate Members will provide the ideal setting for participants to discuss the annual programme of work and to establish partnerships and joint initiatives around new and existing areas of work. 

In conjunction with the Plenary Session, UNWTO and the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization are co-hosting the International Seminar on Harnessing Cultural Tourism through Innovation and Technology. The main aim of the International Seminar is to address the role of innovation and technology in the development of cultural tourism and in enhancing destinations’ competitiveness and attractiveness. Technology and innovation, including information and communication technology (ICT), serve as enablers of the sustainable development of cultural tourism whereby improving governance, enhancing profitability, and competitiveness along with preserving intangible and tangible cultural resources.

In this regard, the seminar will provide a platform to further discuss these important topics through panel debates and the sharing of good practices. Additionally, it will explore the fundamental contribution of innovation to fostering cultural tourism in Iran – a country endowed with rich cultural heritage and legacy of the remarkable Persian civilization .”

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For booking your accommodation in Hamedan now, please visit our page : https://iranbybit.com/accommodations/

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10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Iran

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1) Unique ancient & historical sites:
“ legendary history & civilization “

  • Iran is home to the world’s oldest living civilization with historical and urban settlements dating back to more than 7,000 BC. The southwestern and western part of the Iranian Plateau contributed to the traditional Ancient near East with the Elamite Civilization, from the Early Bronze Age. With more than 1000 historical attractions, Iran has 24 World Heritage Sites.

2) Incredible Architecture:
“Visit the fundamentals of all Architectural styles in the world “

  • Persian buildings vary from peasant huts to teahouses and gardens, from pavilions to “some of the most majestic structures the world has ever seen.” Iranian architecture features a great variety, both structurally and aesthetically, driving from a variety of traditions and experiences.

3) Rich Museums:
“The land of golden Rhytons, Glorious Cups, Civilized statues“

  • Boasting one of the world’s most ancient civilizations, Iran has numerous museums that offer a rich insight into thousands of years of national art and culture. With some more than 70 years of activity. The National Museum of Iran contains 300,000 objects in an area more than 20,000 squares meters. In addition to being the country’s; largest museum of history and archaeology, It ranks as one of the world’s most prestigious museums in terms of grandeur, scale, diversity and quality of its huge monuments.

4) The Lowest Tourism Cost in the World :
“The Highest Gains With the Lowest Costs “

  • For the third time, Iran has been chosen to the latest Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, published by the World Economic Forum (World Economic Forum), as the most affordable foreign tourist destination. Iran price competitiveness rating is 6.66, placing it first in the world.

5) Hospitable & Affectionate People:
“Experience the real sense of hospitality which never experience elsewhere”

  • If anything, all that Iranian can be accused of is excessive hospitality. So, when traveling to Iran, beware of innocent looking situations, which could turn into one of your life experiences. Kind of walking into the Twilight Zone. The Iranians are of such an affable nature as to warm your heart and make travel more off beat.

6) Health tourism:
“Experience expert physicians & inexpensive services”

  • Iran offers a wide range of treatment facilities through an extensive network or highly equipped hospitals (around 850 hospitals), and rehabilitation centers with reasonable costs or beauty surgeries. A cost analysis procedure shows that treatment costs in Iran are much lower in comparison to developed countries. Moreover, Iran has some of the most important hot spring spa centers in the world, attracting millions of visitors each year. The spas are famous for their therapeutic value.

7) Iranian handicrafts and handmade arts:
“Art of Our Hands Will Shine in Your Eyes”

  • Iran has been the center of civilization for at least 7000 years. Iranian art has also one of the richest art heritages in world history. It encompasses many sub fields, such as the following: Calico (Ghalamkar), Gerechini, Local music instruments (Tar, Setar, Dotar, Kamancheh, etc.), Silver Work, Woodcarving, Engraving (Ghalamzani), Inlaid work Miniature, Tiling, Stone carving, Brickwork, stucco and Tile panels, Embroidery, Marquetry, Potteries, Metal working, Mina-Kari, etc.

8) Magic Of Iran’s Nature (#Eco_tourism potentials):
“The land of the Red Springs, Green Summers, Yellow Falls, & White Winters”

  • Iran is a country with a dazzling variety of natural attractions, including mountains, lakes, caves, forests, rare plant, and animal species, mineral waters and numerous islands on its southern and northern beaches. All of these attractions have made Iran a favorite destination for sightseers. Considered as one of the world’s top five countries in terms of biodiversity; Iran is home to 519 bird species, 172 mammal species, 199 reptile species, 20 species of amphibians, 173 species of fish and 9000 distinctive plant species.

9) Delicious Foods
“Tasty foods enshrined in the aura of history”

  • The existence of various ethnic groups in Iran, alongside its rich culture, has made Iranian cuisine highly diversified. There are over 400 different kinds of food and sweets in Iran. The ingredients are generally cereals, grains, vegetables, and proteins.

10) Visit the land of four seasons and the migration of nomads:
“Iran : a world inside a country, a kaleidoscope of colour, a legendary mountain path!”

  • Iran is one of the few countries with four distinct seasons each year. Traveling to Iran in different seasons means encountering distinctive and divergent scenes and adventures. The North of Iran is covered with evergreen forests and borders a grand lake (Caspian sea) supporting a moderate climate. The south is bounded by the Persian Gulf, with a hot and humid climate, dotted with enchanting and glamorous Palm Forests.
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P.s :

“IranbyBit” team is here to connect you to local people, with providing Eco-tourism based services such as introducing Iran’s tourist attractions to you and providing the aim of booking fantastic accommodations and most comfortable ecolodges in every corner of Iran which you are able to pay by cash or Bitcoin. We do our best to help you experience all of these amazing journeys in the best way to make an unforgettable memory for you in Iran, in addition to help improving the economy of local community, preserving natural resources, increasing awareness of people around the world about our beautiful 4-seasons land & probably this friendliest country in the world and finally to walk through sustainable development and an earth that would be a better place to live for everyone…

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