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Khar-Turan National Park or Touran Wildlife Refuge, Iran

Khar Turan National Park or Touran Wildlife Refuge is the second largest biosphere reserves  of Iran located in south-east of Shahrood, Semnan province of Iran.

The nature of the region as well as the biodiversity in this part of Iran contain diversity of flora and fauna, valuable genetic resources.

In 1972, this region was identified as a protected area under the control of the Department of the Environment of Iran and in 1976, Touran region received the title of biosphere reserve by UNESCO.

Khar Turan is home to one of the largest populations of the critically endangered Asiatic cheetah. There were about 12-15 of these charismatic cats in the National Park area.

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9-Day Iranian Culture and Heritage Tour

As the 17th-century capital of the Safavid Empire, Isfahan was one of the world’s greatest cities – architecturally striking, wealthy beyond imagining, and politically powerful with Europeans, Ottomans, Indians and Chinese came to its court – the heart of a vast Persian Empire that stretched from the Euphrates River in present-day Iraq to the Oxus River in Afghanistan. Indeed, its grandeur inspired the rhyming proverb, Isfahan nesf-Jahan (Isfahan is Half the World).

Today you’ll join our expert guide to begin your exploration of the city, starting with some of the centuries-old, still elegant bridges that span the Zayandeh River. The 14th-century Shahrestan Bridge, for example, evokes the greatest aqueducts of ancient Rome and is the oldest bridge in Iran.

Continue your exploration in Isfahan at another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Simple at first glance, but wondrous in its rich detail and bold design, the Masjed-e Jamé is another masterpiece of Iranian architecture, covering nearly 5 acres in the heart of this historic city. This is one of the oldest congregational mosques in the country, and its construction and embellishment over the past twelve centuries illustrate a number of important periods in Islamic architecture.

Next up is Chehel Sotun. Set in a landscaped and forested park in front of a tranquil reflecting pool, this graceful pavilion was built by Shah Abbas II for entertainment and court receptions. Entering through a portico with twenty slender wooden columns, you’ll discover soaring halls embellished with frescoes, paintings and mosaics; the Hall of Mirrors is especially breathtaking!

This afternoon, your exploration continues in Imam Square. This 17th-century site is one of the largest public spaces in the world. Here in the square, you’ll visit the 17th-century Shah Mosque, revered as a masterpiece of Islamic architecture and easily recognized by its magnificent tile-work and soaring cupola and minarets. In the Ali Qapu Palace, you’ll marvel at its beautiful music rooms and the balconies where Safavid kings would sit to enjoy the polo matches unfolding in the square below. You’ll end your day exploring the Qeisarieh Bazaar that surrounds Imam Square. With hundreds of local vendors that specialize in traditional arts and crafts, it’s a wonderful place to shop for pottery, enamel, jewelry and delicately inlaid board games.

Later, we take you to Kashan, the city of textiles and ceramic productions.

Overnight: Standard Hotel
Single Room Available
Included Meals: Breakfast

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Forget Casablanca – Discover Olsabelanga

Olsabelanga or Olsabelangah  is a beautiful mountain village located in Masal region of Gilan, Iran, on the southern side of Masal County located 1800 meters above sea level. Wooden houses are all built in old traditional way Wooden.

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The Olsabelangah village does not have electricity connection, so the generator has to be used only if it is necessary.

Olsabelanga is a perfect place for nature lovers because it offers incredible views with majestic rangelands, colorful mountains and impressive peaks.

Aside from the picturesque surroundings, the travelers are drawn by the peaceful setting and quiet laid back attitude.

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11-Day Travel to Persia — Iran’s Cultural Treasures

The treasures of Iran tour reveals and uncover the fabulous insight into life in modern day Iran. We explore one of the most surprising and fascinating land you have ever visited.

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Travel with Intrepid

Travelling to Iran with Intrepid is a 30-minute interview with Intrepid travellers who share their experiences after recently travelling to Iran. This podcast will provide tips and insights about travel in Iran including dress code for men and women, considerations when organising your visa, issues with money exchange and accessing cash, as well as our highlights.  

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Once shunned by tourists, Iran now a popular destination

TEHERAN • For all of Iran’s attractions – breathtaking scenery and numerous World Heritage sites, among other things – there are plenty of downsides to vacationing in the Islamic republic.

Alcohol is forbidden. There is very little nightlife, at least in public. All women, including visiting foreigners, are obliged to wear a headscarf.

None of that has changed, but suddenly, Iran is a booming destination for Europeans seeking an adventurous vacation. Even tourism from the United States is picking up, industry insiders say.

“I knew Iran only through the image the government presents in the media,” said Ms Magali Magnim, 33, a video technician from Lyon, France. She and two friends have been in Isfahan, one of Iran’s most historic cities, as part of a three- week tour. “But everything is so different from what I expected.”

What surprised her was that it felt safe. “Here on the streets, I feel more safe than in France,” she said.

For many tourists, a trip to Iran was always more than just a holiday. It was a journey into the unknown, with a frisson of danger added.

For decades, news coverage of the country was overwhelmingly negative, led by such topics as the Islamic revolution and the hostage crisis of the late 1970s; the death sentence issued against British writer Salman Rushdie; the crackdown on protests in 2009 and accusations that its leaders were trying to build a nuclear weapon. For outsiders, Iran has been a dark and scary place.

What was often lost was the other side of Iran: its ancient history, its young and open-minded population, its food and culture. Following the nuclear agreement, which led to the lifting of most sanctions and a reconnection to the world, the sharpest edges seem to have been taken off. Long suspicious of foreigners, Iranian officials – led by President Hassan Rouhani – are now welcoming them.

How many Western tourists are visiting is hard to gauge accurately. Officials say more than 5.2 million tourists visited last year, and that more are expected this year. But that counts the millions of Shi’ite pilgrims that visit annually.

Opening the country to tourists is part of Mr Rouhani’s carefully planned outreach to the West, aimed at cementing ties after the nuclear deal. Iranian visa policies were already quite simple, with Europeans able to obtain one on arrival. After the nuclear deal, the government extended the tourist visa to three months from two weeks. Americans and Britons are treated differently, and permitted to travel the country only in guided tours.

Every breakthrough in the tourism sector is widely celebrated. Hotel development, in the deep freeze in the years of isolation, has kicked in, with three new properties in Teheran since 2015 and more planned.

Ms Magnim and her friends have found a way around the problem of hotel room shortages by using social media as their guide. Through a website called Couchsurfing, they spend their nights in the houses of Iranians who want to meet foreigners. “When you stay in people’s homes, you get to know the real culture,” Ms Magnim said.

The number of Iranians offering beds and couches to crash on has mushroomed in recent years, to over 36,000 from virtually nothing, the Couchsurfing website reports.

Mr Reza Memarsadeghi, 43, who studied philosophy in Canada and returned to Iran to take care of his ailing father, is now known as the “Godfather of Couchsurfing”, having hosted more than 1,000 foreigners in his parents’ basement.

But mixing with foreigners is already suspicious, to Iran’s hardliners at least, and having hundreds sleep over is too much even for those seeking better ties with the West. In August, Mr Memarsadeghi was arrested and charged with making “propaganda against the Islamic republic”, for hosting Western men and unveiled Western women who were mingling. He is awaiting trial. Still, he wished that even more foreigners would come to Iran.

“It’s all about people meeting people, that will change the world.”


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Iran Silk Road Tour: Travelling Through The Desert

In this unique Iran Silk Road tour you will be of the very few people who gets to travel across the one of the most important parts of cell growth on and off the camel just like Iranians in ancient times.

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