Article by: Ehsan Niroumand, the founder & guide at Persian Walk Free Tour
Photos by: Annukka Sakkinen, Ehsan Niroumand & Malek café
There are countries which are less known to travelers and need to be discovered. Iran is a great example of them. A unique and ancient country in Asia. But many people will still ask: "Why should I travel to Iran???"
Maybe you assume that due to sanctions Iran is not a developed country and Iranians are living in the 19th century and travel with outdated vehicles. But contrary to the popular belief, we are one of the most developed countries in Asia.
In addition to that, there are many convincing reasons for traveling to Iran, here are some of them:
Imagine for a New Year’s holiday you travel to Iran. You decide to stay for 2 weeks and like many others traveling here, you chose the classical cultural route of Iran. But suddenly someone tells you about some other fascinating activities in the country. Would you like to go skiing? And then explore some deserts or go swimming in the nice tepid water of the Persian Gulf? Or wander in some unique forests? Or maybe climb up mountains that are above 4000 meters?
Then you might ask surprised "is it possible now?" The answer is obviously yes!
Now you know that you are in an enchanting country offering you many adventures.
Iran is considered one of the most ancient countries in the world, amazing you with its 7000 years of history. You will be intrigued by the unique and exquisite culture, history, cuisine, architecture, etc. throughout the country. Also, the hospitality of ordinary people is really bold here, something that you’ve never experienced before. We recommend you touch it personally to understand what you have gained by walking the path less traveled.
You can travel by plane, car, bus and train to visit the country. You can easily buy tickets online and travel everywhere that you wish.
Additionally, accommodations like hotels, hostels, and eco-lodges can be found in many places. You can easily find and reserve them by internet or on the telephone.
Other facilities of modern life are also available when you travel. For example, we have our local internet taxi app like Uber called Snapp. You can access this app in most cities of Iran.
Last but not least there are great foods and drinks. Although alcoholic drinks are banned in the country, you have a variety of choices for other kinds of drinks, which have been consumed by Iranians for centuries. Sweet drinks with local herb extract are so popular here.
Iranian’s foods are very special and delicious. Iranians spend a lot of time in the kitchen for cooking, because that’s an essential part of their life. "The food was so yummy, that I almost ate my fingers” is an Iranian proverb about delicious food.
Tehran, the two-centuries-old capital city of Iran is the most modern city of Iran. A metropolitan city with a population of more than 10 million. A city with many historical sites; museums, palaces, cinemas, mountains, parks, restaurants and anything which you need. You can read our “Things to do in Tehran” article for more information.
Although many people just stay there for a short time, Persian Walk suggests you read the “Why spending longer than a day in Tehran is worth your while" blog to show you the hidden gem of Iran. Many people start their travel from Tehran and it makes a good opportunity for us to introduce our beautiful capital city to them. In our daily walking tours, we show you the daily life of Tehran’s people and talk about the history of Iran, Tehran and lots of essential points for the rest of your travel and explore the heart of the old city and its great bazaar. You can find more about our tours here.
Many travelers know Isfahan or Esfahan as one the most attractive cities of Iran reflecting the glamorous time of the Persian empire. There are many attractions that you can visit there and get familiar with this unique city. There is a famous saying among Iranians about this city: "Isfahan, half of the world." When you walk there, you find yourself in historic vibes which have tons of new and enchanting surprises for you. You can read the "Top 10 Things to do in Isfahan" blog to get familiar with the best attractions of the city. Persian Walk also offers walking tours in Isfahan. You can be amazed when you explore the city with our local professional guides.
After reading this article if you are interested and you want to go to Iran but you don't know where to start or if you have questions about tours or Iran feel free to contact Ehsan via [email protected] to get more information.
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