As Iran has taken a push to increase inbound tourism, the Guardien Magazine introduced the top 10 destinations in Iran. The magazine looked at Iran's top destinations from ancient cities and beach resorts to modern capital and skiing destinations.
Persepolis (Takht-e Jamshid) was the first historical place that the Guardian was talked about it. It was the capital of the Achaemenid Empire and one of the world’s most magnificent ancient sites, which was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO.
Amir Chakhmaq Square was built in the 9th-century in Yazd. Yazd, the desert and UNESCO city is famous for its windcatchers (ventilators), which is located in the middle of Iran and is the centre of Zoroastrian culture. The view of a windcatcher, the cupolas of the bazaars and a minaret in Yazd province.
Eram garden (Garden of Paradise) is a typical Persian garden, located in Shiraz. This waterway leads to the historic house of Qavam. Shiraz is the city of love and Persian poetry and home to many touristic sites including the tome of Hafez, a well-known Persian poet from the 14th century. Saadi is another celebrated poet of the 13th century which is also buried in Shiraz.
The 9th-century shrine of Imam Reza in Mashhad city is suaitable for evening prayers and photography. The city in east Iran close to the border with Afghanistan is a popular destination for religious tourists and pilgrims. The shrine of Imam Reza, the Shia's eighth imam, is the largest mosque in the world. Mashdad is also home to the tomb of Ferdowsi, the Persian poet of the national epic of Shahnameh.
Shemshak ski resort is about 35 miles from Tehran where Iranians take a break from skiing. Shemshak and Dizin resorts are situated at the foothills of the Alborz Mountain range close to the capital. They are favourite getaways for wealthy tourists and Tehranis during spring and winter time.
An Iranian woman dressed in a chador go inside Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Isfahan city. The city is well known as 'Half of the World' which is perhaps Iran’s best known touristic city. Naqsh-e Jahan Square, a square at the centre of the city, is also a UNESCO's world heritage site.
Dome of the mosque in Hamadan. The capital of Iran’s Hamedan province called Hegmataneh is one of the oldest cities in the world. Iranian scientist Avicenna known internationally is buried here.
The view of Tehran with Milad Tower at sunset. The Iranian capital is a modern metropolis which also boasts a number of palaces belonging to the Qajar, Pahlavi dynasties and dozens of museums.
Visitors look at an artwork by Victor Vasarely at Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Art. It has the finest collection of modern art anywhere outside Europe and the US, boasting works by Jackson Pollock, Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, Edvard Munch, René Magritte and Mark Rothko. The carpet section of Tehran's Grand Bazaar.
Men and women jetski together at Kish, a resort island in the south of Iran in Persian Gulf. The inhabitants of the island, a free trade zone surrounded by shopping malls and tourist attractions, consider their island as a sort of experiment for the future of Iran.
Sunset on a beach at Ramsar, a popular resort on the Caspian Sea.