(Persia Digest) - In the spring, the greenery and freshness of the plains, ancient monuments, mountainous heights, agriculture, and animal husbandry on the margin of Karun River branches and beautiful rural roads in Khuzestan Province are more attractive than other seasons of the year.

Khuzestan is a province in the southwest of Iran and is historically one of the oldest regions of the Iranian plateau; its history of human habitation and the formation of the Elamite civilization here date back to 2700 BCE and 3rd millennium BCE respectively. Khuzestan is surrounded by the Zagros Mountains in the north and east. Moving towards the center of the province, the altitude of these mountains is reduced, giving way to hills.

Two-fifths of the total area of the Khuzestan Province is mountainous and three-fifths of it are plains. Karun (the largest and only navigable river in Iran), Karkheh (Iran's third longest river) and Dez River are in this province.

Historic and cultural monuments, including three UNESCO World Heritage registrations, the virgin nature, and the beautiful ethnic cultural attractions have made Khuzestan one of the most sought after poles of Iranian tourism.


Photos: Ismail Baratvand / Fars

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