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Mobile Phone and Internet in Iran

Mobile in Iran

Mobile Phone and Internet in Iran – Local simcard are resemble in Iran so you don’t need to use roaming services, also mobile Internet works fine within the populated areas.

You can buy a prepaid simcard for 150,000 rials (~ 4USD) and you need to register it in the government office. You can ask at the phone shop you are buying the card from for the nearest office or ask him to register.

MTN Irancell

Irancell is the second largest mobile phone network operator of Iran. It is 49% owned by the South Africa-based MTN Group.

Mobile Phone in Iran – The registration process

The registration process is tedious and might take easily over an hour. You need to be patient and it is best to bring a friend who speaks Farsi.

Bring your passport, and you will be required to leave a copy of your fingerprint and pay a service charge of around 20,000 rials.

The cost of calls and texts is reasonable and phone top-ups can be easily purchased from convenience shops anywhere in Iran.

Which Cellular Company?

We recommend you to use MTN Irancell which is the second largest mobile phone network operator of Iran.

Irancell geographical coverage of IranIrancell geographical coverage of Iran

Irancell geographical coverage of Iran

It is 49% owned by the South Africa-based MTN Group. They offer Prepaid, Postpaid and the Mobile data (3G and 4G). You can get an Irancell sim right at the airport on arrival.

Internet in Iran

The Internet is widely available, though be aware that some sites may be blocked and the connection may not be very fast; Hotmail is particularly slow.

Hotels generally have Wi-Fi and in most towns and cities it will be reasonably easy to find cheap internet access.

Do note that Facebook is officially blocked, but the young and creative have their ways around it. Some internet cafés in larger cities have Facebook on their PCs.

Alternatively, ask an Iranian friend to help. Some smaller hotels in Iran still have a fax machine as opposed to email or a website. In this book we supply a fax number when there is no email address or website available.

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Overnight Desert Safari in Central Desert of Iran

Iran Desert Tour Map for Overnight Desert Safari in Central Desert of Iran

Iran Desert Tour Map for Overnight Desert Safari in Central Desert of Iran

Iran desert tour offers you a real adventure into the magnificent Iranian desert landscape and the unique sands of Iran.

Only a few hours drive from bustling metropolis of Tehran, there is a large ‘Desert of Iran‘ lying in the middle of the Iranian highlands.

The Central Desert of Iran or as it is locally known, Dasht-e Kavir, is home to beautiful, astonishing villages such as Mesr where attracts many visitors who embrace the traditional lifestyle that has been practiced for centuries.

Traditional yet renovated houses are where tourists stay for a relaxing night, while camel riding, desert trips, and sight seeing will excite you during the day.

Living in the Iran desert, has its own unique life style where you will witness how local people protect their houses against moving sands and survive on water as found in deep wells.

The Iran Desert, is quiet like few places are. It’s tranquil setting, free from the bright lights of a city, attracts astronauts and photographers from across the world to observe the night’s sky in all its beauty.

If you wish to make a memorable trip to Iran, we highly recommend SURFIRAN’s Central Desert tour.

Iran Desert tour includes

  • Return transportation from Tehran to all the villages located in the Iran Central desert.
  • 2 nights stay at a local traditional guest-house, a tour leader, ticket entrance to museums.

Itinerary for visiting Desert of Iran

Day 1: The night before day 1, our group will depart Tehran at 11pm. Arrival and checking in to the Jandagh traditional guesthouse, having breakfast within walking distance of beautiful gardens.

After having lunch and a short break, we will drive to Grameh village and visit its Palm gardens and wetlands followed by camping by firelight and dinner.

Day 2: Breakfast and then a drive to Mesr village while visiting sand hills, gathering around a fire at nighttime and drinking tea from a wood fired oven.

Then a drive back to the traditional residence in the evening and dinner.

Day 3: Breakfast and check out from the hotel. Then a visit to local gift shops and souvenirs.

Departure to the city of Naein, visiting its grand mosque and museum. This will be followed by lunch at Naein Caravanserai followed by an easy drive to Tehran with a short stop at Qom for a snack. Estimated arrival time to Tehran is between 9pm to 11pm.

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Chabahar: Where Spring is Everlasting

Chabahar is one of the untouched historic and natural tourist destinations of Iran which due to it being seen as an oasis within the desert, it attracts many visitors from Iran throughout the year. If you would like to visit one of the best kept secrets of Iran, join SURFIRAN and we will take you on a once in a lifetime trip.

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Top Five Countries You Should Have In Your Travel List

Planning to visit Armenia? Check out our Armenia Travel Guide video and see top most Tourist Attractions in Armenia.
(Photo: Social Bubble / Youtube Screenshot / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyX08kPA9A0)

Travelling is essentially the act of discovering brand new places. However, it seems that people tend to travel to the same places over and over again. While there is nothing wrong with going back to the same places time and time again, sometimes where you need to go is somewhere you have never seen before.

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Also, there are so many countries which most certainly deserve a lot more travelers but are yet so underrated. Look no further for Yahoo New Zealand featured a list of countries which deserve to be visited more by travelers:

1. Armenia

Aside from being known as the first country to formally adapt Christianity, Armenia also used to be synonymous to discord too. Ever since the Soviet Union disintegrated, there have been countless skirmishes in the country especially near its Karabakh border.

However, Armenia is currently as safe as can be; not to mention, as beautiful and as rustic too. Many of the churches found in Armenia are incredibly well preserved. You can also find ancient monasteries and temples as well as spas which dot this country’s hills – giving you an extremely scenic view.

2. Nicaragua

If you’re the type to want a beach vacation, Nicaragua is definitely a place you should take a trip to. Nicaragua is bordered by both the Pacific and the Caribbean; if that is not enough to make you pack your bags and immediately check this place out, I’m not sure what is.

If beach is not your thing, Nicaragua still has something for you. Rio San Juan, a largely rural area in Nicaragua is recently opened up as a prime eco-tourism destination. With nature parks and eco-lodges in the area, you are certainly bound to be one with nature while you’re here.

3. Nepal

For adventurous travelers, Nepal is definitely one of those places included in their bucket list. It certainly isn’t off the radar as well; on the contrary, it actually attracts quite a number of tourists every year because of Mount Everest, which ultimately adds to its appeal. However, because of a recent earthquake, those who visit Nepal have lessened considerably and declined in number.

Currently, Nepal is still as exhilarating as can be and people who seek adventure are being welcomed by back here. Safety shouldn’t be an issue now and you are free to reach for the heavens in this thrilling country.

4. Iran

To some, Iran might be an unforgiving place – since there are some dangers left and right and there are several factors which make the country even inaccessible. However, because of a nuclear deal which made Iran accessible, travelling to this country is now easier than ever.

There are 19 UNESCO World Heritage sights you can find in Iran – from the stunning ruins of Persepolis to Isfahan, which features rose gardens and intricately painted tile facades, you will never run out of things to see in Iran.

5. Kosovo

Kosovo is a country that is not only relatively unknown to the world, it is also just became a country and proclaimed its independence in 2008. Despite having a history of war, Kosovo is not only an incredible country to travel in, it is also pretty cheap and especially benefiting for independent travelers.

Other countries which made the list are: Uzbekistan, Albania, Timor-Leste, Georgia and Tunisia.

National Geographic which created the list also features a very detailed overview of the different places and places you should definitely not miss should you decide to visit these places.

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Iran: Last Frontier of Travel

Rife with political instability and security concerns, the Middle East may not be a top holiday destination for most travelers. Add to that the western media’s affinity for exaggeration and the entire Mideast might even seem like a dangerous place to visit.
To dispel fears and paint a more accurate picture of the region, Australian travel website traveller.com.au has published an article introducing the Middle East’s must-see countries. What follows is an excerpt on Iran.
Iran is fast becoming a hotspot. If you’d heard that even a year ago you’d assume we were referring to conflict – but no. Iran is fast becoming a hotspot for tourism. This is, after all, one of the most misunderstood countries on the planet, a beautiful, culturally rich nation where the genuine, warm greetings you receive become almost overwhelming. Iranians are a lovely people who’ve been the victim of political circumstance, though as relations with the US improve that will hopefully become a thing of the past.

 Friendliest People
“Iranian people are literally the friendliest people you’ll meet anywhere,” says Anthony Ham, editor of Lonely Planet’s Middle East guide, and an expert on travel in the region.
“The hospitality that I’ve experienced there is quite extraordinary. People are genuinely pleased to see you, and they genuinely go out of their way for you.
“The first time I did the Iran guidebook a few years ago it was actually very difficult to research restaurants, because people kept inviting me into their homes. It was very hard to actually go to a restaurant. Iran is a fabulous country, and at the moment it’s largely safe.
“You’ve got Persepolis, which is an ancient Persian city near Shiraz,” Ham says.  “There’s Isfahan, which is quite possibly the most beautiful city I’ve ever seen, with its blue-tiled mosques and arched bridges. There’s also Tabriz, with its heritage-listed souk, and Yazd is another beautiful old city.”
If you are wondering whether or not you should visit, the answer is in a word: yes. “Iran is still one of the last frontiers of travel, in the sense that it changes the way you think about the world when you’re there,” Ham says.  “You think you know about the Middle East, but then you go to Iran and people are just knocking you over with their hospitality.”
If you had to visit only one site, it would have to be the Naqsh-e-Jahan Square; a world heritage site in Isfahan, which is a meeting place for an entire city; a walled area surrounded by mosques and bazaars, teahouses and restaurants that is abuzz with activity every evening.

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photographer documents the architectural details of ceilings in iran

photographer documents the architectural details of ceilings in iranphotographer documents the architectural details of ceilings in iran

feb 23, 2016

photographer documents the architectural details of ceilings in iran

photographer documents the architectural details of ceilings in iran
(above) ceiling of hazrat-masoumeh mosque in qom, iran
all images courtesy of mehrdad

an instagram photographer is taking viewers on a visual journey through the history of iranian architecture and design. m1rasoulifard captures the structural and artistic intricacies of iran’s most significant places of worship and cultural complexes, from the jāmeh mosque — one of the oldest still standing in the country — to the chaharbagh school, both in the city of isfahan.

as home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations, iran is recognized for its ancient architectural wonders, whose often modest façades hide complex mosaic motifs and richly detailed ornamentation within. throughout the photographic series, the artist highlights the vibrant patterns extending along the diameters of domed ceilings, and the intricate network of symbols spanning across surrounding walls. the abstract captures and their cropped compositions seek to accentuate the labyrinthine geometries and meticulous tiling innate to iran’s architectural record.

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifard
ceiling of hazrat-masoumeh mosque in qom, iran

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifard
sheikh lotfollah mosque in isfahan, iran | 400 years old

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifard
ceiling of jāmeh mosque of isfahan, iran | 900 years old

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifard
ceiling of sheikh-lotfollah mosque in isfahan, iran

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifard
ceiling of jāmeh mosque of isfahan, iran | 900 years old

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifard
ceiling of shah-e-cheragh mosque in shiraz, iran

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifard
ceiling of chaharbagh school in isfahan, iran

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifard
ceiling of sheikh-lotfolah mosque in isfahan, iran

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifard
ceiling of hazrat-masoumeh mosque in qom, iran

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifard
ceiling of hazrat-masoumeh mosque in qom, iran

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifard
sheikh lotfollah mosque in isfahan, iran | 400 years old

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifard
ceiling of shah-e-cheragh mosque in shiraz, iran

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifard
ceiling of jāmeh mosque of isfahān, iran | 900 years old

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feb 23, 2016

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photographer documents the architectural details of ceilings in iran

photographer documents the architectural details of ceilings in iranphotographer documents the architectural details of ceilings in iran

feb 23, 2016

photographer documents the architectural details of ceilings in iran

photographer documents the architectural details of ceilings in iran
(above) ceiling of hazrat-masoumeh mosque in qom, iran
all images courtesy of mehrdad

an instagram photographer is taking viewers on a visual journey through the history of iranian architecture and design. m1rasoulifard captures the structural and artistic intricacies of iran’s most significant places of worship and cultural complexes, from the jāmeh mosque — one of the oldest still standing in the country — to the chaharbagh school, both in the city of isfahan.

as home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations, iran is recognized for its ancient architectural wonders, whose often modest façades hide complex mosaic motifs and richly detailed ornamentation within. throughout the photographic series, the artist highlights the vibrant patterns extending along the diameters of domed ceilings, and the intricate network of symbols spanning across surrounding walls. the abstract captures and their cropped compositions seek to accentuate the labyrinthine geometries and meticulous tiling innate to iran’s architectural record.

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifard
ceiling of hazrat-masoumeh mosque in qom, iran

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifard
sheikh lotfollah mosque in isfahan, iran | 400 years old

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifard
ceiling of jāmeh mosque of isfahan, iran | 900 years old

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifard
ceiling of sheikh-lotfollah mosque in isfahan, iran

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifard
ceiling of jāmeh mosque of isfahan, iran | 900 years old

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifard
ceiling of shah-e-cheragh mosque in shiraz, iran

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifard
ceiling of chaharbagh school in isfahan, iran

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifard
ceiling of sheikh-lotfolah mosque in isfahan, iran

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifard
ceiling of hazrat-masoumeh mosque in qom, iran

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifard
ceiling of hazrat-masoumeh mosque in qom, iran

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifard
sheikh lotfollah mosque in isfahan, iran | 400 years old

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifard
ceiling of shah-e-cheragh mosque in shiraz, iran

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifard
ceiling of jāmeh mosque of isfahān, iran | 900 years old

nina azzarello I designboom

feb 23, 2016

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One-Day Tehran City Tour – SURFIRAN

Tehran is home to roughly 14 million people. It’s a distinctive part of both ancient Persian culture and modern history, a political stronghold and the heart of the Middle East. Let us tell you why you should visit this extraordinary place before it’s too late.

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