(Persia Digest) - Iran is a large country with different climates. Its four seasons make it a beautiful, varied land with a myriad of different places to visit in any one season. On the Iranian calendar, May 20 is Iran Tourism and Iranology Day.
Historically, Iran is like a museum, full of articles from various periods of time, buildings, and ruins. There are caves that early humans lived in, ruins from ancient Persia, from the Median and Achaemenid era to the Parthian and Seleucid era, until the post-Islamic era.
If you want to see a country at any season of the year and enjoy a variety of activities at little cost, book your trip to Iran, and see the four seasons simultaneously in the north, south, east, and west.
Iran is home to many poets, authors, and mystics whose mausoleums and memorials attract tourists interested in world culture. In any corner of this land from Shiraz to Hamedan, Nishapur to Bastam, and Kharghan to Mashhad, there lie great Iranian scholars of literature and mystics with bosoms filled with poetry and wisdom. Iran has one of the greatest literary heritages in the world. Going to the mausoleums and homes of these poets or mystics, you can discover the path on which literature and mysticism have moved through history.
Shiraz, known as the city of poetry, embraces the mausoleums of Sa’di and Hafez, the great Persian poets. Their mausoleums are designed using Iranian garden architecture, with tall cedars and streaming waters, inviting passers-by and visitors to take a deep breath and embrace the moment with the richness of Persian literature.
Mashhad is home to the shrine of Hakim Abolghasem Ferdowsi, the poet who composed the Shahname; a book full of Iranian heroes. Next, to Mashhad lies Nishapur, home to Omar Khayyam, the famous Persian scientist, mathematician, philosopher, astrologist, and poet whose worldview has fascinated millions of people worldwide. Khayyam’s poems open a realistic world before your eyes where seizing the moment is the order of the day. In fact, the slogan of Persia Digest, seize the moment, is borrowed from Khayyam.
The cities of Bastam and Kharghan are close to Semnan and are home to the great Iranian mystics Bayazid Bastami and Abolhasan Kharghani. These masters of literature and mysticism have many fascinating stories for you.
Hamedan holds the memorial of the great poet Baba Taher and the world-renowned scientist Avicenna. Both of these figures had their own impacts on the poets and scientists who came after them with their wise words and the books they authored.
If you desire to see ancient Persia, Kermanshah, a city in the west of Iran, has a lot to offer you. There is Behistun, a mountainside with inscriptions from the Median and Achaemenid and Seleucid era. You can find Taq Bostan, a historic site with rock reliefs of the Achaemenid era. You can also travel to Shiraz and visit the ruins of Persepolis. Built by the Achaemenid kings, Persepolis brings you to the splendor of Persia. There is also the fire temple of Azargoshnasp, the oldest Persian temple, which is located on top of a mountain near the city of Tekab.
The remains of post-Islam Iran are also intriguing. You can find Isfahan with its myriad buildings from the Safavid era, with high ceilings and arches of its mosques and Iranian and Islamic impressions, as well as the Naghsh-e- Jahan Square, which is a good host to lovers of Islamic art.
Tehran, the capital of Iran, has many historic buildings at the heart of the narrow alleys, dating back to the Qajar and Pahlavi era. It gives a person tranquility and solace to see these old buildings, full of time, within the modern environment of Tehran. The Masoudye Mansion, Golestan Palace, Hasan Abad Square, Ghazzaghkhani Complex, Moayer al-mamalek School and Mosque, National Garden, Ferdows Garden, and the Sa'dabad and Niavaran Palaces are all historic sites in Tehran. There are many museums in Tehran, such as the Museum of Glass and Ceramic, the Museum of Jewelry, the Plant Garden Museum, the Darabad Wildlife Museum, the Time Museum, the Iranian Cinema Museum, the Peace Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Arts.
The natural landscape of Iran is full of less-known places with unique scenery and climate. You can experience the four seasons in such different parts of Iran as in deserts, mountains, jungles, and rivers. The provinces of Guilan and Mazandaran are located on the Caspian Sea, with distinct fauna and flora in their seaside, mountains, and jungles. One of the most attractive tourist destinations in Iran, is the Chalus road where tourists can see, all throughout their path, beautiful scenery.
The deserts in Iran are also unique. They account for one fourth of Iran, and most prominent of them are Dasht-e- Loot and Dasht-e- Kavir. Peace and quiet are abundant in deserts. In Iran, deserts are perfect for stargazers, because of the brightness of their starry nights and clear sky. Ab Anbars (water reservoirs) and canals are spectacular places to be found in the heart of deserts.
Iran, with its four-season geography, welcomes you at any time of the year for a memorable visit.