Kavir National Park in Varamin

Kavir National Park in Varamin 1389/7/1

his national park is to the west of the central desert of Iran and east of the ‘salt Lake’. This area in general has a valuable flora and fauna reserves as well as a variety of wildlife. Ancient, historical monuments such Shah Abbasi caravansary (Bahram Palace) and the remnants of Haram…

Kavir National Park, Iran

Kavir National Park, Iran 1389/7/1

Kavir (Desert) National Park is a 400,000-hectare (1,000,000-acre) protected ecological zone in northern Iran. The park is located 120 kilometers south of Tehran and 100 kilometers east of Qom, and it sits on the western end of one of Iran’s two major deserts, the Dasht-e Kavir (Sand Desert). The…

Kavir National Park

Kavir National Park 1389/7/1

Kavir National Park Kavir National Park is a protected ecological zone in northern Iran. It has an area of 4,000 square kilometers (1,500 mile²). The park is located 120 kilometers south of Tehran and 100 kilometers east of Qom, and it sits on the western end of one of Iran's two major deserts, the…

Rig-e Jenn

Rig-e Jenn 1389/6/17

Rig’e Jenn is a vast area of sand dunes in the middle of Dasht'e Kavir, Iran's central desert. It's located in the west and southwest portions of Dast'e Kavir, south of Semnan, southeast of Garmsar, north of Anarak and west of Jandagh. It was not traveled by caravan travelers, which believed it was…

Rig-e Jenn

Rig-e Jenn 1389/6/17

The Rig-e Jenn is a vast area of sand dunes in the middle of Dasht-e Kavir, Iran's central desert in the border region of the Semnan and Isfahan provinces. It was not travelled by the oldcaravan travellers, who believed it is a place where evil spirits live. Even today some in the neighbouring towns…

The Kavir salt desert

The Kavir salt desert 1389/6/17

Quoted from: George Curzon, Persia and the Persian Question, vol. 2 Yezd and Kerman both stand, as has been seen, on the outskirts of a desert, and north of both, for league upon league, extends the appalling waste that has here stamped upon deserts Persia the imprint of an eternal desolation. From…

Food and Drinks

Food and Drinks 1389/6/17

Standards of food hygiene are mostly satisfactory in all categories of eating-houses, except for Iranian sausages which can cause stomach problems. In general most Iranian cooking is healthy and nutritious, and you shouldn't have much problem in keeping to a balanced diet. At street stalls it is advisable…

Camping

Camping 1389/6/17

Camping in Iran is still in its infancy. Several large cities have a stretch of land with collective tents rented upon which campers and individual caravan owners can stay. These are available in Tehran, Esfahan, and Tabriz and several other towns in the Caspian region. Elsewhere, campers should avoid…

Accommodation

Accommodation 1389/6/17

Hotels, despite being often in short supply in Iran, range from the first-class to grimly spartan. Opulent or luxury hotels are mainly available in large towns and provincial capitals. However, cheap and cheerful establishments are found in nearly all towns throughout Iran. The newest hotels in cities…

Customs, Entry and Exit Regulations

Customs, Entry and Exit Regulations 1389/6/17

Visitors from Turkey and some other countries holding valid passports are given a three-month visitors' visa in entry. But this is subject to change; so, please ask your travel agents for current requirements when booking. All other nationalities must obtain the necessary visas from one of the diplomatic…

Work Hours

Work Hours 1389/6/17

BANKS: open 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday to Wednesday and 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Thursday (close on Friday). BUS COMPANY OFFICES: at the terminals in larger cities open daily from early morning until the evening more or less without a bread. However, in smaller towns they keep shorter, less regular…

Climate and Clothing

Climate and Clothing 1389/6/17

Broadly speaking, the further south you go the warmer it becomes. With the exception of the Caspian watershed, both sides of the Zagros range, and that of the Orumieh Lake basin, the country has probably in no part a yearly rainfall exceeding 33 to 36 centimeters and throughout the greater part of central…

Language

Language 1389/6/17

Persian (Farsi) is a member of the Indo-Iranian sub-family of the Indo-European languages, and the official language of the government and public instruction and is the mother tongue on more than half of the population. It is used and understood by nearly all Iranians and millions of Persian-speakers…

Money Matters

Money Matters 1389/6/17

CURRENCY: For currency restrictions, see CUSTOMS AND ENTRY REGULATIONS. The monetary unit in Iran is the Iranian Rial, internationally abbreviated into RI or Ris. There are 100 "dinars" to the Rial. 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 250-Rial silver alloy coins are in circulation as well as bank notes for…

Public and Religious Holydays

Public and Religious Holydays 1389/6/17

1. NOW ROOZ March 21st New Year's Day Businesses are on holiday for 5 days. The school holidays continue until: 1. Sizdah be-dar April 2nd, 13th day of now Ruz. On this day everyone stays out of doors thus repulsing evil according to an ancient tradition 12th Farvardin Islamic Republic Day April 1st…

Communications

Communications 1389/6/17

POST: The Islamic Republic of Iran Post Company has 209 central post offices which supervise all the 275 urban and 1, 153 rural post offices, 225 urban post booths and 1,974 post office representative units. The company provides many of the internationally available post services. The inter-city letter…

Tourist Information Offices

Tourist Information Offices 1389/6/17

Each sizable town or tourist goal has its own Tourist Information Office on the spot. These are invaluable sources of information, from maps to local hotel lists and other miscellaneous items. The personnel (often English speaking) are extremely helpful. They don't recommend restaurants or make hotel…

Travelig Around Iran

Travelig Around Iran 1389/6/11

AIR: Iran has an excellent airline network. The only real problem is booking; many of the more popular routes such as Tehran-Mashhad, Tehran-Ahwaz, and Tehran-Esfahan or Tehran-Shiraz are full up weeks or even months ahead. So don't waste time on arrival: as soon as you know where you are going and…

Driving

Driving 1389/6/11

To take your car into Iran, or in order to drive in Iran you will need: • International driving permit or your national driving license; • Car registration papers. • Nationality plate or sticker. • Red warning triangle. • A set of spare bulbs and some basic spare parts. DRIVING REGULATIONS:…

Car Hire

Car Hire 1389/6/11

The renting of a self-drive car is, like anywhere else, the most pleasant solution for the independent-minded tourist who dislikes being held down to a price time-table. It can be a costly solution, especially in Iran where distances are very great. For details, consult many of the capital's travel…

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