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East & west Azerbaijan, Ardabil, Zanjan and Qazvin TaleshProvince

The historical and ancient land of Azerbaijan is birthplace of one of the oldest civilizations of Iran plateau. Azerbaijan, has several tourist attractions, not only for its natural, geographical and mountainous features (Sahand and Sabalan mountains), but for having famous valuable thermal springs and rich mineral water springs like Sar'ain, Bostan-abad, Ghotursoo, and especially shores of Orumyeh lake. Sar'ain thermal spring, one of the most important water therapy centers of Iran, is located 20km .far from Ardebil, the capital city of Ardebil province. The water of these thermal springs, with sulfuric and other mineral compounds, is amongst the first treatments have been discovered by mankind for his illnesses.

Orumyeh lake, with its wonderful and famous islands like Ghoyoon-Baghi (Kaboodan), Arezoo, Ashk-daghi and Espier, having beautiful natural views as well as its water and sludge therapy virtues, is amongst the tourism attractions of Azerbaijan.Soltanieh-Zanjan The cities like Golmankhaneh, Sefid-Gonbad, and Rahmanloo, lcated on The coasts of Orumyeh Lake, are equipped with anchorage and accommodation as facilities  well.

The cities of Azerbaijan including Tabriz, Orumyeh, Ardebil, Maragheh, Khoy, Marand, and Mahabad hold several worth-seeing historical sites. The most important historical sites of Azerbaijan are: kabood mosque, Jame’mosque , Citadel , Bazaar , and Ilgholi promenade in Tabriz; Sheik Safimausoleum and Azam mosque in Ardebil; Babak castle in kalibar (Ahar township); Maragheh observatory and rotating tower; Pol-Dokhtar and Ghaleh Dokhtar (old bridge and castle) in Myaneh; Tatavoon church (black church) in Makoo; Shams Tabriz tower in Khoy; ancient hill and village of Hasanloo close to Naghadeh; and Takht-e-Solayman 45km .

North-east to Takab , all together are unique and very interesting from architectural point of view . The handicrafts of Azerbaijan, especially carpets, are very reputable.

In Zanjan province there are also several historical monuments like Soltanieh Evan-Qazvindome, Washhouse building , Sang Ezhdeha (dragon stone) , and bazaar which have considerable artistic and architectural importance.

Qazvin city, which was the capital city of Safavid in last centuries, holds interesting historical buildings and vestiges. Alamoot castle the refuge and base of Hasan Sabah the leader of Ismailieh movement, is located in the mountains of Qazvin province.

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Hamedan, Kermanshah, Kurdistan, and Ilam Province

Hamedan city, the foundation of which dates back to Medes time 700BC. holds several worth-seeing places. The most important of these sites are inscriptions of Gangenameh, Shir Sangi, Tomb of Ester and Mardkhay , Alavian dome , Bu-Ali Sina (Avicenna)and Babataher Tombs. There are in the suburb of Hamedan many natural eye-catching places including famous caves of Ali-Sadr, Ghaleh Joogh, and Hizadj.

Alisadr Cave of Hamadan

One of the interesting-to-see places in Hamedan is Lalejin village. This village is the center of pottery and ceramics industry. Many pottery workshops are active in this village producing diverse earthenware vessels in different design and colors.

Kermanshah province, holding its own old cities like Kermanshah, Ghasr-e-Shirin, Paveh, Songhor, Islamabad, and Crend, is one of the most ancient centers of Iranian civilization. The historical monuments of Tagh-Bostan, Bisotoon, and Moaven-Ol-Molk mourning place in Kermanshah; the famous Anahita temple in Kangavar; and remained historical vestiges in Ghasr-e-Shirin and Sare’Pole’Zahab are very worth seeing. In the regions of Bistoon, Tagh-e-Bostan, and Dalahoo (Rijab), there exist large calcareous springs. In Rijab (Dalahoo), the calcareous thermal spring has created some calcareous ponds on its bed, which totally have a very spectacular landscape.

Kurdistan mountainous land, with its cities of Sanandadj, Saghez, Bijar, Marivan,Tagh-e-Boostan Ghorveh, and many worth-seeing and memorable sites. Among these places, it can be pointed out to jame’mosque, Sanandadj museum, zivieh, and kaftoo cave close to Saghez. Kurdistan is one of the important centers of handicrafts in Iran. Its products are coarse carpet, wooden and turnery products, needlework, crocheting, and spangling clothes, which are of a high demand.

The ancient land of Ilam (Elam), is a very old territory. Ilam city, with other cities of Ilam province like Mehran and Dehloran, due to historical link with the ancient land of Mesopotamia (between two rivers), hold interesting monuments, including the remains of the old cities in the valley of Dehloran city and Sarab Galan Shiran, which relate to Sassanide time.

Bahram Choobin bridge Shirin and Farhad arch, Choobin Mountain passes, and four arches belonging to Sassanide time are amongst important monuments of this region.

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Tehran Province

Tehran City, with a relatively short history, holds interesting monuments and worth-seeing places. Tehran once was a village in suburbs of the city of Ray, after ruining by The Mongols, developed gradually and was selected as capital city of Iran in the reign of Agha Mohammed Khan Ghajar in the late 18th century AD. Most of historical buildings in Tehran are constructed in Ghajar time. The most important worth seeing places of Tehran are:

Sherin Emam Khomaini

Museum of Royal Jewels in National (Melli) Bank which the famous diamond Daryaye Noor (the sea of light) along with jewels and crowns of Iranian kings are kept there.

Bazaar of Tehran as the largest commercial center of the country with several caravansaries, old buildings, Imam mosque, Motahari   (Sepahsalar) mosque-school.

Golestan Palace with its internal and external quarters aggregates.

Shrine of His Holiness Abdol-Azim in Shahr Ray.

Museums of Iran Bastan (archeology), carpet, Reza Abbasi (art), Abgineh, Decorative Arts, palaces of Niavaran, Saad-Abad and Golestan that hold a treasury of invaluable art works.

Which hold a treasury of invaluable art works.

Today, the face of Tehran City, as the largest metropolitan area of the country, with its physical expansion and diversity of roles, is completely changed. The most important centers of higher education, administration, military, politicy, Tehran economy, communication, and commerce are in Tehran. The summer countryside around Tehran, especially those around Lar, Karaj, and Latian dams with the valley of Jajrood and Karaj as well as winter amusement places of Dizin, Shamshak and Ab-Ali, suitable for winter sports, compose recreational areas of Tehran. The accommodation facilities of Tehran, with different classifications respond to all needs of tourists with different tastes.

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