Why you should visit Iran now?
Iran is a country blessed with extraordinary historical sites, a colorful and diverse culture, exquisite landscapes, amazing architecture and the most hospitable people on earth. Iran is unfortunately misunderstood by false propaganda . Here are some reasons you should travel to Iran now:
1- Iran is safe
All of the mainstream media outlets portray Iran as an unsafe country, somewhere that you’ll be at risk if you visit.The mainstream media is wrong. The Iranian people are so friendly and helpful. They want you to have a great time.
The locals know what the media says about them and what a lot of the world thinks of their country, and the people just want to show that they are nice, generous people.
Theft against tourists is very rare and even the Religion Police (secret police) tend to leave tourists alone. Just be careful around the bazaars and crowded places for pick pocketing. There are some areas of Iran that are no-go zones, such as the borders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq, so do your research and talk to locals if you’re thinking about going anywhere near them.
2- Iran has an old history
Iran is home to one of the oldest civilizations. When it comes to history of Iran, Most people think of the Achaemenid Empire and sites such as Pasargadae and Persepolis , but there are sites such as Tepe Sialk in Kashan, Ecbatana in Hamedan, and Susa and Chogha Zanbil in the Khuzestan province which predate this period. Iran is home to one of the world’s oldest continuous major civilizations, with historical and urban settlements dating back to 7000 BC !
3- Iran has amazing architecture
Whether you’re marveling at the tiled domes and ceilings of mosques or exploring the historical houses of Kashan, strolling through the ancient bathhouses or discovering the mechanism behind the windcatchers, the architecture in Iran will keep you enthralled. Persian buildings vary from peasant huts to tea houses and gardens, pavilions to “some of the most majestic structures the world has ever seen. In this architecture,there are no trivial buildings; even garden pavilions have nobility and dignity, and the humblest caravanserais generally have charm.Iran so far has 24 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a lot of more sites are yet to be registered.
4- Iran has cultural diversity
Culture of Persia, is one of the influential cultures of the world. Iran is considered as one of the cradles of civilization. Iran has dominant geo-political position and due to that it has heavily influenced cultures and peoples as far away as Italy, Macedonia, and Greece to the West, Russia and Eastern Europe to the North, the Arabian Peninsula to the South, and the Indian subcontinent and East Asia to the East. Iran is culturally and ethnically diverse with each region having its own traditions, customs, and in many cases, language. As you travel from Azeri-Turkish speaking Tabriz in northwest, to Kurdish speaking Kordestan down to the nomadic tribes around Shiraz all the way to the Arab-influenced southern port cities and islands and everywhere else in between, you’ll discover the various cultures and people that make up the collective Iranian identity.
5- Iran has natural beauty
Most people think Iran is just a desert country, but it’s again as false as all the other propaganda about this beautiful country. From lush green forests to plunging waterfalls, to caves and hot springs, the country’s topography is about as varied as its ethnic diversity. Between its caves, forests, canyons and valleys, the island of Qeshm seems to be all inclusive with some of the most breathtaking, unspoiled, and often mysterious natural wonders.
6- Iranian handicrafts are art
Iranian art has one of the richest art heritages in world history and has been strong in many media including architecture, painting, carpet weaving, pottery, calligraphy, metalworking and sculpture. Each province, city, village, and sub-culture have their own handicrafts. Yazd has the beautiful Termeh, Shiraz has the “city carpets,” the Qashqai have the “nomad carpets,” Isfahan has Persian copper handicrafts, and so on.
7- Iranian food is delicious
Iran’s culinary culture has historically interacted with the cuisines of the neighboring regions, including Caucasian cuisine, Turkish cuisine, Levantine cuisine, Greek cuisine, Central Asian cuisine, and Russian cuisine. Through Mughal dynasty, aspects of Iranian cuisine were also adopted into Indian cuisine and Pakistani cuisines.Typical Iranian main dishes are combinations of rice with meat, vegetables, and nuts. Herbs are frequently used, along with fruits such as plums, pomegranates, quince, prunes, apricots, and raisins. Characteristic Iranian flavorings such as saffron, dried lime and other sources of sour flavoring, cinnamon, turmeric, and parsley are mixed and used in various dishes.
From Mirza Ghasemi to Ghormeh Sabzi, the heavy presence of aromatic herbs makes Iranian cuisine appetizing and addictive. A dish of “chelow”, white rice, with kebab is called “chelow kabab”, is considered the national dish of Iran. “Kabob koobideh” is a signature Persian grilled meat dish made with ground lamb/beef or a combination, grated onions and spices and it’s widely popular!
8- Iran has hospitable people
People from Iran are some of the most genuinely hospitable people you’ve ever met.To Iranians, hospitality has a much deeper meaning. They never want anything in return, they just want to show you a good time and hope that you’ll spread the word back home that Iran is a safe place to visit. They suffer from all the fuss spread in the world against them. According to them a guest is God’s friend and even a tourist is respected by most of the Iranians as a guest !
If you still have doubt about traveling to Iran and are confused by all the stereotypes made by mass media, then you can read about the experiences of all the other tourists who visited Iran and fell in love with it . For one example you can read this article by ” We are travel girls”