The month of Muharram is an important month in the Hijri Calendar (Islamic calendar) and a significant one in the Iranian culture. This is a month full of key historical events, especially the 9th –Tasu’a- and the 10th –Ashura- are acknowledged yearly by many people in the world. These two days hold many memories for

Yaldā is the traditional Iranian celebration of the winter solstice – the longest night of the year. Observed widely throughout Iran’s history stretching back into pre-Zoroastrian times, Yaldā evolved into a treasured festival bringing the family together, and continues to be practiced by Iranians around the world. The ritual symbolizes the rebirth of light following

Cycling from Shiraz to Tehran 1st Trip   The video is about an unforgettable long trip with a Swiss cyclist group who had dreams of traveling to Iran for many years. They were fit and with a good health condition were ready to tackle this tour. The journey started from Shiraz which is near the

Mountain Biking in Shiraz & Persepolis This video is about the starting part of a 2 weeks cycling tour from Shiraz to Tehran through Alborz and Zagros Mountains. The tour was performed in April of 2019 for a group from Switzerland. They had a short cycling session in the city of Shiraz and after visiting

7 of Iran’s most famous UNESCO World Heritage sites   Iran has 26 UNESCO World Heritage sites as at August 2021, with 24 of them being cultural and 2 of them natural. The first UNESCO site in Iran, Tchogha Zanbil, was registered in 1979. The latest is the Cultural Landscape of Hawraman/Uramanat, registered in June

Cultural Landscape of Hawraman/Uramanat UNESCO World Heritage Site (Reg: July 2021)   Hawraman (also called Uraman) is the name of the historical valley located in the mountains shared between the two provinces of Kurdistan and Kermanshah in the west of Iran. Uraman is the Kurdish word for Hawraman which is pronounced Huraaman and generally in

Alfons Gabriel (1894 – 1976) was an Austrian geographer and travel writer who made several trips to Iran’s deserts. Gabriel wrote five books about his trips and findings. His book, Durch Persiens Wüsten (1935), has been translated into Persian. On his second trip to Iran in 1933 he crossed Dasht-e Kavir (the Central Desert) where

Sven Anders Hedin, the Swedish geographer, topographer, explorer, photographer and travel writer arrived by paddle steamer in 1886. He journeyed to Persia twice in 1886 and 1890. In 1887, Hedin published a book about these travels entitled Through Persia, Mesopotamia and the Caucasus. Sven Hedin is Sweden’s greatest explorer and adventurer of all time. He

Iran was known as Persia during the Silk Road period. It was the main ring of the chain from East to West. It was strategically placed for the Silk Road trade with several routes passing through Iran’s ancient and beautiful country. Nowadays, Iran is no longer considered so famous for the Silk Road route compared

Iran is a multi-ethnic country, made up of different ethnic groups who live in every corner of the land. There are also umpteen types of nomadic tribes living in the various regions of the Alborz and Zagros mountain ranges. They consist of Bakhtiari, Qashqai, Shah Savan (Ilsavan nomads), Mamiand, Boier Ahmadi, Khamseh, Behmaiee, Mamasani, Kord,