Top 12 things to do in Tehran

Tehran the city surrounded by snowcapped Alborz mountains is a mix of modernity and traditions.It’s a mix of fast and slow life together.

Top 12 things to do in Tehran

“The heart is a
The thousand-stringed instrument

That can only be tuned with
Love.”
― شمس الدین محمد حافظ / Hāfez-e Šīrāzī,

Top 12 things to do in tehran

Me and Zahra

As the great Iranian Poet, Hafez Said Tehran is all about Love.
Love which you will receive from local Persian families and love which you will get from delicious Persian food.This love which you will take back as memories for the rest of your lives.
I would have never made it to Iran if it was not for my local friend Zahra who made sure I fall in love with IRAN.

So here are top 12 things to do in Tehran

Top 12 things to do in Tehran

1.)Azadi Tower

Top 12 things to do in Tehran

Azadi tower

The first thing you see when you reach Tehran is the Azadi tower.
The 148-foot tall tower which was built in 1971 full of white marbles is the symbol of Tehran and also marks your entrance to the city of Tehran

2.)Irany chai

Top 12 things to do in Tehran

Irany chai

Alcohol is Banned in Iran but Chai is not.
I’m an avid tea lover and Irani chai holds the first place in my tea list.
The Persian Tea is deep reddish-brown color and is always accompanied by saffron sugar crystals on a stick called Nabat.
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The tea is brewed in a kettle for around 40 minutes and then served in a small Persian tea glass.
From the first morning prayers to the 10 pm TV news, Tea is served all day long .Persians love their tea and Its a big part of their culture.

3.)US Embassy in Tehran

Top 12 things to do in Tehran

Closed US Embassy

In 1979 a group Iranian students stormed US embassy and took around 60 hostages.The embassy has been shut since then and name currently given to the compound by many Iranians is “den of espionage”, and “nest of spies”.
Do you know that there are only 3 countries in the world which don’t have a US consulate or embassy, Iran is one of them.If you are not aware then you should watch Hollywood movie name “ARGO ” .

4.) The Grand Tehran Bazaar

Top 12 things to do in Tehran

Grand Bazaar

It is the oldest bazaar in the city and dates around 4000 BC, however, no one really knows when the bazaar first appeared.It has everything mosque, banks, guesthouse and hundreds of shops.It was very crowded as Nowruz{The new Year in Iran} is in few weeks somewhere in the month of march.

Vendors really don’t mind you clicking pictures as they are too busy selling their goods.Some are curious and actually like to be in your camera frame

5.)Darband

The Persian word Darband means door to the mountain.Darband is located in the hills of northern Tehran.It is filled with cafes,restaurants,magicians,food stalls and a beautiful waterfall which flows through all of these.The whole place is like Bollywood movie set.

Top 12 things to do in Tehran

Darband

This is a place for everyone, you can smoke a ḡalyān{sheesha}, have a cup of chai or eat some delicious Persian food.Open till 3 in the morning, the place is get away from the city life to the wild nature.I have never seen a place like this in my life and it is unique in its own way.This is my favorite place in Tehran.

This is surely one of the top 12 things to do in Tehran.

6.)Imamzadeh Saleh

Top 12 things to do in Tehran

Imamzadeh Mosque

The Imamzadeh Mosque is one of the most popular Shia Shrines in Tehran.The Mosque is named after Imamzadeh Saleh who was the son of the Twelver Shiite Imam, Musa al-Kadhim.The shrine dates back to 13th century.It’s located in tarjish square in north Tehran infact very close to Darband.

Zahra said to me that “All wishes come true” and one of her’s was that i come to IRAN:)

7.)Lavashak

Addicted is the only word comes to my mind when I thick about Lavashak.So what is Lavashak?

Top 12 things to do in Tehran

Lavashak

Its Persian fruit preserve made up of dried apples, plums, peaches, apricots and cherries.All these fruits are cooked into thick sauce and then dried for few days.The Result is Lavashak.
It’s a favorite among the Persian kids and I too have become addicted to it.What I really like about it is its sweet and sour taste.It surely wakes up your taste Buds.
Eating Lavashak is also one of the top 12 things to do in Tehran.

8.)Milad tower

Top 12 things to do in Tehran

Milad Tower

To get the best panoramic views of the Tehran head to Milad tower.
Also known as Borj-e-Milad, it is the 6th tallest tower in the world.I like the revolving restaurant up here.
It’s a surely one of the top 12 thing to do in Tehran.

9.)Golestan Palace.

Top 12 things to do in Tehran

Golestan Palace

Just a few meters from bazaar is the magnificent Golestan palace.It represents the rich Persian architecture.It is also known as the palace of flowers because of so many colorful flowers on the palace walls.It was built under the Qajar dynasty in the 17th century.

10.Persian Donuts

Pirashki

Pirashki

Pirashki as it called in Iran is sweet donuts mostly sprinkled with cinnamon.The best Pirashki is found in the smallest bakeries all over Tehran.
It’s the perfect side dish to have with Irani Chai.

11.)Parks

Beautiful Persian girls

Iranian Girls in park

There are lots of parks in Tehran but mellat park is a  favorite of mine.Its a great place to see the daily life of Persian people.A picnic spot for families or date spot for young couples, this park is beautiful and has a great vibe.

12.)People of Iran

“Are Iranians really as nice as people say?”
“Absolutely, YES!”

Iranian People

Me and Faraneh

This is the hardcore truth the world should know.Even before visiting Tehran I was invited by at least 3 local families to stay at their home.From the moment I landed in Iran, I was helped by various people right from the immigration officer to the taxi driver.It just takes 3 minutes to start a friendly conversation with Iranians and in no time you were invited to their homes for tea and lunch.
You really don’t need to book a hotel in Iran, all you have to do is stand on a street for few minutes and soon a local family will invite you to their home.Iranians are the most hospitable people in the world and it is only the discrimination of the western press that stops the world to visit them.

persian Family

Pooneh (My Host ) with her friends

Things people think about Iran:
Some people think they are Arabs, no they Are Persians.
The World also think there is Terrorism, well you will hardly hear it in news that a bomb goes off in Iran.
Some think Iranians hate the west, well they don’t But some do hate America and for certain reasons.
To witness the culture and hospitality of Iran you have to make a trip there once in your life.I bet it will change your perception for Good

من ایران را دوست دارم

I love Iran

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