Tehran is the capital of Iran and one of the country’s main destinations. A trip to Iran must include travel to Tehran where travelers can find some of Iran’s most important museums, monuments, and palaces.
Cradled at the foot of the Alborz mountain range, the city of Tehran is a sprawling metropolis whose uninterrupted expansion advances in each cardinal direction from the heart of downtown. Established over 200 years ago as the 32nd capital of the Persian Empire, today Tehran is emblematic of Iran’s blend of tradition and contemporary in all facets of life. Whether riding a metro to shop at the Grand Bazaar, which predates the 16th century, or taking the time to drink tea in the middle of the bustling city, the people of Tehran find their own balance between the old and the new.
Tehran is home to a wealth of cultural gems for tourists to explore for themselves. Step into 18th Century Qadjar grandeur as you enter Golestan Palace, known as Rose Garden Palace, an architectural splendor and UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the heart of downtown Tehran minutes away from the Grand Baazar. Explore Sa’dabad Palaces Complex and Niavaran Palace Complex to see the personal residences of the Pahlavi Dynasty before the Revolution and converted to cultural museums. Other museums include Bagh-e Ferdows, a summer residence used by the Qadjar dynasty that serves as a museum that features and preserves Iranian cinema, The Carpet Museum of Iran, The National Jewelry Museum, the world’s largest collection of jewels for public display, and Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art whose vast collection features a diverse array of Persian artists as well as Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. For those interested in the history behind Iran’s 1979 Revolution, why not organize a trip to the the Former American Embassy or Den of Espionage and step back in time during your travel to Tehran?
For those who love food, Tehran is packed with flavors that will tempt and tease every appetite. Walking down the streets the smell of fresh lavash bread baking in stone ovens entice passersby. Mouthwatering Shishlik (lamb kabob) and other traditional kabobs can be found roasting over pit coals in restaurants and parks around the city. Trade the loud traffic in the city for outdoor restaurants furnished with takhts (raised beds adorned with carpets and pillows for you to eat and rest on) in Darband a small village at the entrance to the Alborz mountain range. Whether dining in a traditional kabob house, picnicking in a park or sampling foods and spices at the bazaar, the city is packed with distinct foods and flavors that will entice anyone who travels to Tehran.
In close proximity to Tehran's Historic Bazaar, this Qajar era architectural masterpiece is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a must see during any tri READ MORE