Top 10 Best Places to Visit in Iran


10 Mashhad

Mashhad is a city in northeast Iran that is well-known as a religious pilgrimage destination. The enormous Holy Shrine of Imam Reza, with golden domes and minarets that are floodlit at night, is the focal point. The circular compound also houses the grave of Lebanese philosopher Sheikh Bahai, as well as the tile-fronted, turquoise-domed Goharshad Mosque from the 15th century. The Carpet Museum, which houses numerous unique items, is one of the shrine’s museums. Each year, around 1.5 million international tourists visit Mashhad, with Iraq accounting for 23% of all visitors. There are also additional attractions to see, including as the Mehdi Gholibek Hamam, the Nader Shah Mausoleum, and the Bzr-e-Rez market.

9 Qom

Qom is Iran’s seventh biggest metropolitan as well as its seventh largest city. Qom is the provincial capital of Qom. It’s around 140 kilometres south of Tehran. It has a population of 1,201,158 people according to the 2016 census. It is located on the Qom River’s banks. Thousands of pilgrims visit her tomb each year, which has been converted into a magnificent gold-domed shrine. Qom is located 147 kilometres south of Tehran, on the banks of the Rd-e-Qom (river) and the Dasht-e-Kavr. Apart from being a pilgrimage place, the city played an important role in the 1979 Islamic Revolution, since Ayatollah Khomeini made it his seat.

8 Kerman

Kerman is the capital of Kerman Province in Iran, and was once known as the satrapy of Carmania. It has an estimated population of 821,394 people in 221,389 households in 2011, making it Iran’s tenth most populated city. It is located in the Kavr-e-Lt desert to the south-west. Kerman City is the capital of the province of Kerman, which is located in the arid and semi-arid zones bordering the desert. The city’s centre is comprised of mud-brick structures, as well as an ancient and historic market. Baluchis from the east live in the city, which is a melting pot of diverse nationalities.

7 Kandovan

Kandovan is an old village in East Azerbaijan Province, northern Iran, located in the Sahand Rural District of the Central District of Osku County. It lies near the city of Osku, on the slopes of Mount Sahand. The hamlet had a population of 601 people in 2006, divided into 168 households. Of course, depending on one’s idea of what a city is, yet it deserves to be mentioned here because of its amazing stone architecture. Kandovan, 50 kilometres south of Tabriz, is still part of the East Azerbaijan Province. It is known for its magnificent houses that are carved into the hill’s rocks. Some of the houses date back over 700 years and are still in use as residences.

6 Tabriz

Tabriz is the capital of the province of East Azerbaijan in northern Iran. Tabriz Bazaar, a huge brick-vaulted structure offering carpets, spices, and jewellery, was once a significant Silk Road bazaar. The original turquoise mosaics on the entry arch of the restored 15th-century Blue Mosque have been preserved. The Azerbaijan Museum’s collections include anything from prehistoric artefacts to sculptures by Iranian artist Ahad Hosseini from the twentieth century. It also boasts a lot of ancient and magnificent landmarks, such as Tabriz’s Blue Mosque and the Rab’e-Rashidi University’s ruins. The Tabriz Bazaar, Constitution House, Quran Museum, Arg-e-Tabriz, and the Anglican cathedral are among the city’s other attractions.

5 Yazd

Yazd, also known as Yezd, is the capital of Iran’s Yazd Province. Esfahan lies 270 kilometres to the southeast of the city. The population was 529,673 at the time of the 2011 census, making it Iran’s 15th biggest city. UNESCO has designated Yazd’s ancient city as a World Heritage Site since 2017. Yazd is known as the “city of wind towers” for its traditional brocade, silk weaving, and distinctive architecture. Yazd is a hot and arid city located 270 kilometres southeast of Esfahan province. The location is sandwiched between two deserts: Dasht-e-Kavr and Kavr-e-Lt.

4 Sari

Sari, also known as Shahr-e-Tajan and Shari-e-Tajan, is the provincial capital of Mazandaran Province and the former capital of Iran, situated between the northern slopes of the Alborz Mountains and the southern shore of the Caspian Sea in northern Iran. Sari is Mazandaran’s biggest and most populated city. The Badab Sourt Natural Spring, as well as the city’s natural beauty and orange orchards, are well-known. Sari is home to a variety of tourist sites, including the Clock Tower in ‘Clock Square’ (Meidn-e-S‘at), as well as a number of ancient graves.

3 Shiraz

Shiraz is a city in south-central Iran that is noted for its literary past as well as its numerous gardens. The marble Tomb of Hafez, dedicated to the famous poet, is surrounded by a garden. The Mausoleum of Saadi, to the east, has the mosaic-tiled tomb of a 13th-century writer as well as an underground pool. Shiraz, with its massive gates, columns, and friezes, is a gateway to Persepolis, the ruined 6th-century B.C. metropolis to the northeast. The Arg-e-Karm—the fortress of Karm Khn—as well as the tombs of the renowned poets Hafez and Saadi may all be found in Shiraz. It is also close to Persepolis, a historic city that is easily accessible by bus from the city.

2 Isfahan

Isfahan is a city in central Iran with a reputation for Persian architecture. The 17th-century Imam (Shah) Mosque, whose dome and minarets are decorated in mosaic tiles and calligraphy, is located in the massive Naqsh-e Jahan Square. Ali Qapu Palace features a music chamber and a verandah overlooking the square’s fountains, and was erected for Shah Abbas in the late 16th century. The exquisite tiling of Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque is well-known. It is the country’s third-largest city, located 420 kilometres south of Tehran. And it was home to 1.4 million people. Esfahan is the gem of Iran, with a number of Safavid palaces, as well as exquisite mosques, squares, and other architectural elements.

1 Tehran

Iran’s capital, Tehran, is located in the country’s northwestern region. The Qajar dynasty’s seat of power was the central Golestan Palace complex, with its magnificent chambers and marble throne. Many of the Qajar rulers’ treasures are housed at the National Jewelry Museum, while the National Museum of Iran houses relics going back to Paleolithic times. The Milad Tower has a 360-degree perspective of the city. Tehran has an estimated population of 11 million people and contributes for more than 40% of the country’s economic activity. Park-e-Mellat and Park-e-Shahr are two of the city’s many parks. The palaces of Golestan and Niavaran are also located there.