Hormuz is an elliptic salty island in the Persian Gulf, eight kilometers from Bandar Abbas on the mainland. The island has an edible type of soil used by the locals to bake fish and bread, and make pickles, jams, and sauces.
“Gargur” is an old style of fishing native to the southern shores of Iran. These are nets woven into basket-like structures, initially using wood from palm trees and narrow galvanized wires. They are lowered into territorial waters at a depth of 16 miles once every ten days to catch fish.
The women of Varzaneh have earned their city the name the whitest town of Iran for wearing an unusual long white veil from head to toe. Apart from having easy access to cotton, this also helps them to counter the extreme summer heat of the desert. These are a couple of reasons why wearing a white ‘chador’ has become a tradition in this town.
The season always begins in October and runs for forty days. The areas where fishing is permitted in Hormuzgan are west of Hormuz Island up to the Tola area of Qeshm Island, and from the Sirg area up to Hormuz Island. An estimated one-thousand and 600 tons of shrimp is fished here annually.
Kharturan National Park is the main habitat of the rare Iranian cheetahs. They live in an area measuring over 1.4 million hectares, making this the largest biosphere reserve in Iran and the second largest biosphere in the world.
Farbod is an adorable seal living in the Caspian Sea. He was entrapped and injured in the fishing nets a few days ago, but was released on the eastern shores of the Caspian Sea, near Bandar Torkman in northern Iran after treatment.
‘Bachukheh’ is a traditional wrestling sport with its own championship games. The 10th Bachukheh Wrestling Competitions have just taken place in Arkan village near Bojnurd, northeastern Iran. This is one of the most important local wrestling matches in Iran with Greater Khorasan as its birthplace.
The St. Stepanos Monastery is one of the most ancient churches in the world built back in ninth century. This beautiful landmark is located about 17 km northwest of Jolfa city, East Azarbaijan Province in northwestern Iran.
Imam Mosque located on the Square of Persia is one of the most important historical mosques in Isfahan which was built during the Safavid Era and is one of the most important buildings of the Islamic architecture of Iran.