Situated at the base of the Alborz mountain range, the bustling metropolis of Tehran is a cosmopolitan city which is emerging as a popular Middle East tourist destination. While Tehran is often criticised for having slow traffic and smogs, those who are willing to look beneath the surface will discover that the city has welcoming locals and a wealth of attractions.
Tehran is served by Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA) which is situated about 20 miles away Tehran and is Iran’s principal gateway. On average, a flight from London to Tehran will take between 8 hours and 20 hours. Travellers heading to Tehran will have to make at least one connection on the way. Common stops include France, Doha and Dubai.
What to Do in Tehran
Tehran is home to more than 150 museums and galleries. While it is highly improbable that you will be able to visit all these while on holiday in Tehran, the Carpet Museum and The Museum of Crown Jewels are not to be missed. The Carpet Museum is one of the most unusual and fascinating museums in the city and is home to an extensive collection of antique carpets. The Museum of Crown Jewels is tucked away in the basement of the national bank and showcases a some of the most priceless and stunning jewels in the world.
Golestan Palace (Rose Garden Palace) is one of the most popular attractions in Tehran and is a must-visit when on holiday in Iran’s capital. The palace is the oldest monument in the city and used to be the Royal residence of the Qajars. The complex is open for the public to explore and consists of a number of halls, palaces, galleries and museums. After exploring the buildings, be sure to take a walk around the finely manicured gardens around the buildings.
There are some great shopping opportunities in Tehran. Indeed, the Tehran Bazaar is an attraction in its own right. The bazaar dates back around a thousand years and here you can purchase a whole range of products such as carpets, jewellery and clothing. In addition, there are a number of restaurants and eateries scattered throughout the bazaar. Tehran is a great place to purchase discount computer software and equipment. Popular places to purchase computer wares include Paytakht Computer Complex and the computer bazaar on the corner of Enghelab Ave
Due to Tehran’s fortunate location at the foot of the Alborz Mountains, hiking is a popular pursuit while in holiday in Tehran. There are a number of trails which lead up to the summit. Of all the routes, the Darband routes offer the most direct path. If you fancy heading up to the mountains you can take the Tochal Telecabin to the Mount Tochal. The mountains are covered in snow for up to eight months a year, making them great for skiing.