Iran Highlights




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General Information

Although tourism declined significantly, since the removal of some sanctions against Iran in 2015, tourism has increased a little. Tehran, Isfahan and Shiraz remain the 3 major tourist hubs, but Iran has a lot more to offer for those who travelling by car. The majority of tourist visiting Iran are Muslims visiting the pilgrim sites in Mashad and Qom. For this reason, domestic tourism in Iran is the largest in the world. Poor image, unstable regional conditions, weak advertising all are reasons for people to avoid visiting Iran. However, for us Iran and Pakistan both were surprise countries with some of the nicest people we met during our years of travel around the world.

Used to be called Persia is the second largest country in the Middle East. Iran is home to the oldest civilizations in the world. In 1963 with the help of the USA and the United Kingdom the white revolution started with the Shah of Persia. This resulted in land reform, industrial growth and woman’s rights. However, in 1979 due to widespread dissatisfaction and unrest against the monarchy which resulted into the Islamic republic. In the 1980’s a war between Iraq and Iran. Iran is a major supplier of Natural gas and has huge oil reserves. Iran also holds 22 UNESCO World Heritage sites, which is the third largest in Asia and 11th largest in the world.