Travyde Travel and Discovery Guide to Iran

Explore Travyde's curated travel and discovery guides to 76 destinations in Iran!

Iran
Masouleh
Kish Island
Zahedan
Qazvin
Tehran
Tabriz
Sanandaj
Rasht
Karaj
Qeshm
Bushehr
Bandar Abbas
Sari
Shushtar
Babol
Bandar Torkaman
Shiraz
Matin Abad
Kerman
Nishapur
Abadan
Esfarayen
Sepidan
Qom
Kermanshah
Mahan
Abshare Margoon
Urmia
Zanjan
Arak
Mashhad
Torbat Jam
Hamadan
Kashan
Isfahan
Kazeroon
Borujerd
Takab
Yazd
Damavand
Ardabil
Takestan
Sabzevar
Behshahr
Shemshak
Ghaemshahr
Pasargad
Bojnourd
Kandovan
Rayen
Ray (Iran)
Ramsar
Masjed Solayman
Khorasan
Varamin
Mahallat
Abadeh
Aran va Bidgol
Khorram Abad
Firouzabad
Ahvaz
Hormuz
North Khorasan
Shahdad
Dizin
Babolsar
Yasouj
Tafresh
Bam
Gorgan
Nurabad (Lorestan)
Izeh
Ilam
Qayen
Tchogha Zanbil
Bajgiran
Iran is a large country between the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, and the Caspian Sea. Iran can be considered part of the Middle East. However, it is also very much a part of Central Asia. Iran, the wellspring of one of the world's great civilizations, is a country of striking natural beauty and gorgeous tiled mosques. Its landscape is incredibly varied. Its recent history has been tumultuous. Once the seat of the mighty Persian Empire, today’s Iran is a complex place of searing beauty with its shapely domes, mosaic-clad minarets and arched madrasahs set against a brilliant blue sky. With a culture that prizes hospitality above all, the people of Iran pride themselves on being friendly and warm to travelers, wherever they are from. There are too many places that you can visit while in Iran: Isfahan the jewel of Iran art and architecture, Shiraz, the cradle of oldest empire and beauty of south, Yazd a hidden pearl in the heart of Iran central desert with its friendly people and Zoroastrian heritage ...etc. You’ll find each place in this land has its own distinct personality and offers its own mysteries and beauties for you to explore.1

Quick Facts

Population

80,840,713 (July 2014 est.)

Major Cities

TEHRAN (capital) 7.19 million; Mashhad 2.592 million; Esfahan 1.704 million; Karaj 1.531 million; Tabriz 1.459 million (2009)

Climate

mostly arid or semiarid, subtropical along Caspian coast

Languages

Persian (official) 53%, Azeri Turkic and Turkic dialects 18%, Kurdish 10%, Gilaki and Mazandarani 7%, Luri 6%, Balochi 2%, Arabic 2%, other 2%

Ethnic Groups

Persian 61%, Azeri 16%, Kurd 10%, Lur 6%, Baloch 2%, Arab 2%, Turkmen and Turkic tribes 2%, other 1%

Religions

Muslim (official) 99.4% (Shia 90-95%, Sunni 5-10%), other (includes Zoroastrian, Jewish, and Christian) 0.3%, unspecified 0.4% (2011 est.)

Terrain

rugged, mountainous rim; high, central basin with deserts, mountains; small, discontinuous plains along both coasts

GDP per Capita

$12,800 (2013 est.)

National Symbol

lion

Shared Borders

Afghanistan 936 km, Armenia 35 km, Azerbaijan-proper 432 km, Azerbaijan-Naxcivan exclave 179 km, Iraq 1,458 km, Pakistan 909 km, Turkey 499 km, Turkmenistan 992 km

Country Scorecards

Quality of Life

is a ranking of the generalized standard of living in a country.

Purchasing Power

is a ranking of how many goods can be purchased with the an unit of the country's currency.

Consumer Price Index

is a ranking of the prices of a generalized basket of common goods.

Safety

is a ranking of how safe the country is for both travellers and locals.

Pollution

is a ranking of the amount of pollution and its effect on humans and nature.

Healthcare

is a ranking of quality and availability of healthcare services.

Budgeting for Iran

Average Monthly Disposable Income After Tax431.31USD

Food and Drink

Inexpensive Meal5USD
Midrange Meal for Two20USD
McDonalds Combo4.07USD
Domestic Beer, 0.5L8USD
Imported Beer, 0.33L5USD
Coke/Pepsi0.48USD
Midrange Wine35USD
0.33L Bottled Water0.26USD
Water, 1.5L0.4USD
Milk, 1L0.89USD
Bread, 500g0.48USD
Apples, 1kg1.33USD
Oranges, 1kg1.24USD
Rice, 1kg2.39USD
Cappucino2.3USD
Cigarettes, Pack3USD

Transportation

Public Transportation, 1 Ticket0.2USD
Public Transportation, Monthly15USD
Gas, 1L0.31USD
Taxi, Start0.41USD
Taxi, 1km0.3USD
Taxi, 1hr wait4.88USD

Misc Expenses

Prepaid Mobile, 1min0.04USD
Internet, 6mbps, per month55.87USD
Levis Jeans58.46USD
Summer Dress, Zara/HM50.85USD
Nike Shoes110.78USD
Leather Shoes, Men76.77USD

Highlights of Iran

Suggested itineraries for Iran

The 2 Most Popular Cities in Iran

Tehran

Tehran (also spelled Teheran) (Persian: تهران), is the capital city of Iran. A bustling metropolis of 14 million people, it is situated at the foot of the towering Alborz mountain range.

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Tehran by travelpotato 1 By: travelpotato
Tabriz

Tabriz is the capital of East Azerbaijan province, in the Azerbaijan region of Iran. It is an ancient city with a history going back about 4,500 years. Archeologists have found evidence for this in digs near the Blue Mosque.

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Tabriz by panoramio 2 By: panoramio