Iran as old as history itself inherits one of the most ancient civilizations
of the planet. Throughout the years, its culture has influenced different
parts of the globe from the Nile River to the heart of Europe. For many
years, people from all over the world have traveled the historic trade route
of Silk Road, marveling at the varied glory of the Persian Empire's great
To visit Iran is a unique experience, the experience of being in the cradle
of a great culture and civilization. Boasting three millennia of recorded
history, Iran enjoys a great legacy of ruins and hallowed stonework. The
Iranian style of architecture is distinctive and creative. Persepolis and
the rare impressive edifices of Isfahan as well as the Air Traps of the
central desert region are the hallmarks of the Iranian unique architecture.
If you simply want to walk in the footsteps of some history's most
outstanding figures, this historic land is blessed with some of the best.
Along with its splendid history and culture, Iran is a diverse land and has
a great variety of geographical environment which offers a sense of paradise
for all of the nature lovers. Iran's climatic diversity is such that some
tourists can enjoy winter sports in the mountains while others can bathe in
the warm waters of the southern shores, both within a few hours drive from
the main cities. If you are lucky enough to fly into Iran, be sure to ask
for a window seat, you might be surprised by what you see.
The most noticeable highlight of Iran is its people; Iranians are well known
to be warm and amiable. Travelers continuously recount tales of unexpected
kindnesses, of hands extended in friendship, of the gregarious, hospitable
and generous Iranians.
What is universal in Iranian character is the enjoyment of the cadences of
poetry read aloud, their wonderful food, and their admiration of natural
beauty. It could be said that Iran is a nation of poets and poetry is still
venerated to this day. Art is the permanent gift that Iranians have given to
the history of the world.
Have the time of your life in this ancient land, get delightfully lost in
the bazaar in Shiraz, Kerman and Kashan, drink tea in the courtyard of a
traditional Chaykhune (teahouse) or join the crowds for an evening stroll in
Tabriz. In the process, you will come to appreciate the atmosphere that
makes Iran so distinctive. So pack your bags and soak up the history, the
subtle cultural shifts and the hospitability.
Official Name: the
Islamic Republic of Iran
Former Name: Persia
Capital City: Tehran
Major Cities: Karaj,
Mashhad, Isfahan, Shiraz and Tabriz
Official Currency: Iranian
Official Language: Persian
Official Religion: Islam
Time Zone: GMT/UTC
International Calling Code: +98
Internet TLD: .ir
A large country strategically located in the Middle East region, between the
Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, and the Caspian Sea; Iran is situated both
in the northern hemisphere and east of Greenwich meridian on 25-40 degree
lat and 43-63 degree long .
It is bordered by Iraq to the west, Turkey, Armenia, and Azerbaijan to the
northwest, Turkmenistan to the northeast, Afghanistan and Pakistan to the
Tehran, the capital city of Iran,
is located on the slopes of the Alborz Mountains at an elevation of about
1210 m (about 3960 ft) in northern Iran. It sits at the foot of the
magnificent Mount Damavand Mt. the tallest mountain in Iran.
The 18th largest country in the world in terms of area at 1,648,000 sq km
(land: 1.636 million sq km, water: 12,000 sq km), Iran is slightly larger
than Alaska and about the size of United Kingdom, France, Spain and Germany