Yazd, one of the most ancient cities in the world, is shining like an almond in the center of Iran. This city is well known for its traditional architecture, delicious foods, sweets and unique handicrafts.

Some structures in Yazd such as wind towers (a kind of air conditioner which works without electricity and makes the weather of inside cool), bricked ice storage and some other else are the symbol of a desert city. Among the other precious buildings we can name Jame mosque- which has very tall minarets- or Amir chakhmaq Complex. If you take a walk in some districts like Fahadan you will see some nice traditional houses which have been built maybe hundred years ago.

Something which certainly surprises you is to breathe and walk in the nice weather of a beautiful garden at this desert city. Dowlat abad Garden with the tallest wind tower, is among those nine gardens registered in UNESCO, leaves no doubt for you to visit it.

Since Yazd was definitely a Zoroastrian center during Sassanid times, you can visit some structures related to that period like “fire temples” and “tower of silence”. The city is still the residence of many Zoroastrians.

If you come to Yazd, you won’t ever forget the taste of Qottab and Baklava as its traditional sweets and Sholeh as its yummy food. If you stroll in bazaar, you can find Terme and Sharbafi – some special and beautiful clothes- and also potteries which are the unique handicrafts which they could be great souvenirs for your darlings.

Shiraz, Land of Blossom

Shiraz, the city of blossoms and poems is located in south of Iran, neighboring with Yazd and Isfahan from north, makes it desirable city for every tourist.

From long time ago Shiraz was selected as the capital of Iran by different governors. Achaemenid chose Pasargadae by Cyrus the great as one of their capital and later Darious the great ordered to build Persepolis in Marvadasht as their ceremonial capital. Both sites are inscribed by UNESCO. Many years later, after Islam Karim Khan Zand, the founder of Zand dynasty selected this enchanted region as his political capital.

Karim Khan which is known as the Vakil-al Roaya erected numerous monuments. Karim Khan Citadel where he governed through the country, Vakil complex which consists of bathhouse, bazaar and mosque are among the outstanding one.

Eram Persian Garden is one of those nine gardens that is registered by UNESCO and attributed to Seljuk era is the perfect garden to get you familiar with the structure of Persian gardens and enjoy the beauty of indigenous and nonindigenous plants. Beside this famous site, Afif Abad and Golshan gardens are other gardens in Shiraz that are worth to visit.

Shiraz also is the land of preeminent poets, Hafez and Sa’di. Mostly every night lovers of poem and Hafez gather and read verses of his precious book. Sa’di tomb which is designed by the well-known Iranian architect, Mohsen Foroughi, is another tourist site to visit in Shiraz and enjoy the best of it.

As Fars is a reach land in terms of beauty and historical buildings, variety of food and ethnic dishes makes it richer. Faloodeh shirazi, kind of local ice-cream, alongside Kalam polo (mix of white cabbage and rice) are on the top choices of everyone who wish to taste the true flavor of this region.

Fars is a valuable land with art-work from various eras, pre-historic to the historic time and post-Islam, so it offers sites with regarding to each visitor’s taste.


Iran Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (IFTGA) Signs an Agreement with HAMRAHVAS

Iran Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (IFTGA) Signs an Agreement with HAMRAHVAS
The 17th World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA) Attendees will enjoy easy access to telecommunications system in Iran. With the aim of facilitating communications within participants’ sojourn in the country, they will be offered the following service: Tourism Sim card package (prepaid) including Internet access

Food & Beverage

Foods are interesting individually and when they are served with the appropriate drink, they are more delicious. Stunning variety of culinary makes it possible for everyone to choose the right food according to taste.

Iranian foods are different from the North to the South even you can taste different kind of fishes with various savor which is shown that Caspian Sea in the North and Persian Gulf in the South have completely different ecosystems.

Iranian main courses are comprised with rice. As a lunch or as a dinner, rice with other foodstuffs is the most important Iranian course. In every small and big restaurants, at all small and major cities, a plate of rice is served with your request.

Kebabs are on the list of every tourist who wants to visit Iran. Different kinds of Kebabs cook in various part of the country. Bakhtiari Kebab, Chenjeh Kebab, Bonab Kebab and Loghmeh Kebab are among the most delicious ones. If you are lucky enough, you can eat each of them in its original city.

Next amazing Iranian food is stew. Colorful stews are categorized into a wide range and mostly are served with rice. You can have the best of them at Qazvin, Yazd and Tehran.

It is common to eat Dizi on holidays in Iran when all members of family gather together and enjoy a healthy delicious food. Dizi usually serves with onion, Sangak bread (a kind of bread which is baked traditionally only in Iran), fresh vegetable and pickles. In every city you can enjoy the best Dizi. Do not miss it.

These are the main traditional dishes of Iran which are mostly served with Doogh (mix of yogurt, water and mint) as a local beverage. This traditional drink can be served as a healthy beverage with meals. Whenever Dizi is served, Doogh is counted as an inseparable beverage.

Aromatic group of beverage are distilled liquids which have medicinal and therapeutic properties.

Iranian desserts are noticeable too. Shole Zard (mix of rice, Saffron and sugar), Baghlava Yazdi (kind of traditional sweet), Shir Berenj (mix of rice and milk) and traditional ice-creams like Faloode and Saffron ice-cream are on the top of the list.

It is good to mention that alcoholic drinks and any kind of wine and beer is forbidden in Iran and according to the Islamic rules, no bacon, ham, smoked pork are served in restaurants. So, do not look for any of them, instead enjoy an Iranian one! Keep in touch with us, to read more about traditional dishes in each city.


Zanjan, Ilkhanid capital

Tranquil city of Zanjan located about 300 km northwest of Tehran with a population of 300000 people. Soltanieh is a great city, situated in the province of Zanjan, the capital of llkhanid dynasty during the reign of Oljaytu King who commissioned Soltanieh Dome and made several modifications to it. Uljaytu, brother of Ghazan Khan, the former Ilkhanid king, founded royal citadel of Soltanieh with numerous mosques, schools, guesthouses and surely the turquoise dome of Soltanieh that in comparison to other structures that demolished time by time is still standing.

UNESCO registered world heritage site of Soltanieh is a well-known structure in the world in terms of having the biggest brick dome, the design of which inspired Filippo Brunelleschi to build the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral in Florence.

Historic castle of Behestan in Mahneshan village is worth to visit. You can also visit Katalekhor cave as this mysterious 7-story cave that only 3 of them has been discovered. This limestone cave is known for its stories, stalactites, crystal structure and beauty. It has been proved that Katalekhor cave is connected to Alisadr cave in Hamedan. Chalapi Ughlu Tomb and Dashkasan temple are among the top tourist attractions located around Zanjan.

The city of Zanjan itself is well-known for Rakhtshoykhaneh (laundry) building where people used to wash their clothes. It was built during the Pahlavi era which in a crowded district was accessible to everyone. Today, it has been turned into a museum.

Zanjan Anthropology Museum, formerly the Zolfaghari House, is where four Salt Men have been exhibited. The building was built during the Qajar era and later turns into the Museum. The salt mummies were found in the salt mine near Zanjan.

After a half day excursion, you can stroll through the Zanjan Bazaar and enjoy buying various handicrafts such as Klim, copper crafts, Jajim and handmade knives.

Various kinds of dishes like Aash, which is a soup that typically consists of beans and noodles, should not be missed while visiting Zanjan.

Translated by: Mahtab Kheiri

Edited by: Maryam Javaherinia


There are so many types of souvenir ideas in Iran, as a vast country, as it offers multitudes of gift ideas to tourists. When you are traveling to Iran do not miss the chance to strolling through winding bazaars and buy a piece of Iranian art as a souvenir.

The handicrafts, among various types of Iranian arts, reflect the ancient history and national identity of Iran. Iranian handicrafts have both aesthetic and practical dimensions. The variety of Iranian handicrafts makes every tourist to buy a valuable handmade product from each corner of Iran.

The first and the most important handicraft of Iran that you can buy with different pattern from mostly everywhere are carpets. The variety of patterns is rooted in distinct art of carpet weaving in different parts of Iran. This art has been changed from rural products into an advanced industry. Herati, Paisley motif, Lachack & Toranj and special nomadic designs are among the famous patterns. You can find other similar handicrafts like Klim, Rug, Jajim and Gabbeh in most old bazaars of Iran. Traditional printing, clay and handmade dishes, miniatures, enamel and glazed potteries and textile production besides Termeh, the soft woolen fabric, copper and brass utensils can be offered as the souvenirs. Surely, you can find the appropriate handicraft according to your taste.

Alongside handicrafts, Nuts are the other souvenirs on the top. Hazelnuts, peanuts, almonds and especially pistachio are among favorites. Local sweets and cookies in various cities are acceptable by every traveler who admires sweet souvenirs.

Traditional clothes are other attractions in Iran that are interesting for everyone. Colourful clothes with local designs are worn mostly by villagers. Common clothes of women are long skirts, scarves and bright blouse and men usually wear trousers with long-sleeved shirt. There are places in most of villages that you can try these clothes and take photos. You can also buy the appropriate clothes for yourself.

Tehran, heart of Iran

The commercial heart of Iran always welcome tourists from all over the world. Tehran is located in the center of Iran, at the foothills of Alborz Mountains. Having had the main airport of the country, Imam Khomeini, Tehran is known as the first entrance for many visitors to Iran.

The capital of Iran also has another airport mainly for domestic flights. Mehrabad is a great place to jump off to other cities in Iran.

Several splendid museums, galleries, ancient palaces, beautiful parks, restaurants and kind people make Tehran worth to visit. At the north of Tehran you can take a walk to Sa’adabad Complex with more than 12 palaces that are different from each other. Most of these palaces date back to Pahlavi time, the dynasty who ruled over Iran till 1977, one year before the revolution. Niavaran complex is another historic place that let you get familiar with Pahlavi family.

At the center of Tehran, we encounter two noticeable museums, carpet museum and contemporary art museum. A few kilometers away, around Khomeini Sq. Iran National Museum, is the first point of the many travelers for starting their visit to Iran. Near this fantastic museum, Abgineh, the museum of ceramic and glassware is located in 30-Teer St. catches the eyes of every visitor.

The Qajar king, Naser-o-din Shah ordered to build the Sun building, the tallest building of Tehran (1785-1925) at that time. Later as Tehran became modern the structures of buildings have been changed and the Sun building known as the symbol of Golestan palace. The colorful palace which is visited by tourists as the Qajar dynasty palace. By leaving the palace you can stroll in the Grand Bazaar of Tehran and eat at one of those famous restaurants in this district.

The  latest  and  the  largest  capital  of  Iran is  attached  with  traffic.  So, when you are  in Tehran considers that you may stuck at traffic for several minutes more than the common time, so you need to leave your place a few minutes sooner for not being late at your favor destination.

Regarding to the rule of capital, Tehran is the main educational center in Iran. Prominent universities of country are located in Tehran, so Tehran welcomed bunch of enthusiastic students each year. Alongside educational center, Tehran is known as the center for international exhibitions that are held in the country and is hosted many people from all over the world.

The facade of Tehran is becoming colorful during New Year, when everyone is ready for the New Year and two weeks holiday. You can see how people try to celebrate Nowruz, vacuum everywhere, buy new clothes and enjoy their holidays by traveling to different part of the country. As well, Iranians celebrate New Year, they visit their relative, and the oldest member of the family gives gift to the younger members.

Tehran has always something to present. Visit this city step by step.


Full charter flight to cultural ambassadors devotes

Full charter flight to cultural ambassadors devotes

In line with the tourist guides Convention that can be mentioned as one of the most important tourism events, there was a concern about the support of airlines for Tehran routes to Shiraz and Shiraz to Yazd. Finally, one of the airlines devoted full charter flight to cultural ambassadors.
During the last week, there were several meetings between the airlines and the Convention Secretariat. Finally, on January 2nd, a memorandum of understanding was signed between IFTGA and Meraj airline to carry out flights for 17th World Convention of tourist guides.
According to this memorandum of understanding, an airbus 300-600 for full charter flight was devoted to cultural ambassadors of more than 40 countries.

Count Down Begins to the Most Significant World Tourism Event in Iran

Count Down Begins to the Most Significant World Tourism Event in Iran

The “2017 WFTGA Convention”, Presenting Iranian Humanity and Hospitality…

By: Mina Mehdinia

The Convention Confirmed Seminar, The Deep-rooted Alliance Showcase

The wrap-up meeting held on the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts & Tourism Org. auditorium, on 26 Dec 2016, to finalize the process and report the developments.

Less than one month, Iran will proudly host 400 tourist guides from 45 countries. The Convention acts as an occasion to introduce Iran worldwide and IFTGA ambassadors will well done it.

Morteza Rahmani Movahed, deputy head of the Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Org. fully cares the Convention, said in his speech: “Great workout is coming, hence our responsibility to protect it is on the rise day after day. Definitely the participants will talk years about Iran’s attractions and Iranian etiquette and hospitality”. “Tourist guides play an important role in the tourism industry and the Convention is the fruit of their mission. To touch the goals, governmental establishments support the convention”, he added.

“Wholeheartedly, all sections should have a hand in this national event, avoid opposition or hostility and warmly work to get the result”, Rahmani Movahed emphasized.

The 2017 Convention executive secretary, Mohsen HajiSaeed said in the 26th Dec seminar: “70 percent of the specialists assured that Iran selected in a most befitting manner. Fighting against Iranophobia and encourage people to travel Iran are the main purposes of us in this Int’l event”.

He also explained the goings-over through the Convention and added: “Thanks to the attempts of Iran’s tourism Org., Mr. Taleb D. Rifai, UNWTO Secretary General, will attend in the day of opening. All details are checked but still we need to get help from the airlines and linked agencies”.

Pre-tour, convention and post-tour’s planning were also clarified with the presence of Director Generals of Tehran, Zanjan, Hamedan, Yazd, Fars and Isfahan Tourism organizations. The mentioned provinces are involved in the planning which will be held on Jan 25th – Feb 6th.

“High quality facilities, standard services and competitive capacities would be the achievement of the Convention”, stated Ali Baqer Ne’mati, director of the Promotion and Marketing Office at Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization.

Registration for the event has started and over 300 foreigner and 111 domestic guides are in the list totally. Almost 250 Iranian Visa Codes are issued till now, 203 are accepted and others are on the process. With no trouble the invitees will get the airport visa.

The event will absolutely lead to show the exact peaceful face of Iran to the world. Collaboration between the organizers controls every details. Full security and safety provide to the Convention guests from the start point to the last step, alongside with best sightseeing tours and conferences awaits them.

Additionally, the 2017 WFTGA Convention’ poster was unveiled during the conference.

In the last part, executive members and the Head, Arash NoorAghaee, negotiated about the rest of the route.

Taleb Rifai Attends WFTGA 2017 Convention

Taleb Rifai Attends WFTGA 2017 Convention

Taleb Rifai Attends WFTGA 2017 Convention

We hereby inform you that Sir. Taleb Rifai, the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization, is going to attend “World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations” (WFTGA) 2017 Convention. It should be mentioned that it is the achievement of submitting a request by “Iran Federation of Tourist Guide Associations” (IFTGA) simultaneous with being fully supported by “Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization” (ICHTO). We are rightly proud to announce that Sir. Taleb Rifai is one of the speakers at WFTGA 2017 Convention  opening ceremony.

Taleb Rifai Attends WFTGA 2017 Convention

Taleb Rifai Attends WFTGA 2017 Convention