Tehran Travel Guide | Tehran Attractions | Things to Do and see in Tehran
Tehran is the biggest city of Iran and it is the capital of this country. Tehran is the 25th overpopulated city in the world that from the north leads to the mountainous areas and from the south leads to desert area, so the climate of the city is different from its north parts. North of the city has cool and dry weather and south of it has hot and dry weather. The structure of the city is a great combination of tradition and modernity. Tehran is an old authentic city that was called " Rey city" in the past. Rey city is now located in the south of Tehran. Tehran has old monuments, splendid mosques, magnificent buildings, great parks and also modern buildings. Although Tehran is not known as a historical city, it has a lot of attractions that are worth seeing.
Where to stay in Tehran?
You should not be worried about the place to stay in Tehran, because this city has many hotels. Homa, Esteghlal, Persian Azadi and Espinas are the most famous and expensive hotels in Tehran. Shahr,Marlik, Parsa,and Olympic are affordable hotels. If you want to stay in a cheap hotel, Mina,Apadana and Bolour can be good choices for you.
What to eat? Where to eat?
In spite of other cities of Iran, Tehran doesn't have any special local food. Different kinds of foods are common in Tehran that you can eat them in famous restaurants of the city like Nayeb that has several branches, Alborz and Raftari. There is also another nice restaurant in Tehran grand Bazaar which name is " Moslem" where you can eat the most delicious Iranian food especially Tahchin. Neshat, Zeytoon, Khatun and KFC restaurants are good choices for those who interested in eating fast food. If you like to eat your food in a luxurious restaurant, we recommend you to go to Divan restaurant in Fereshteh st. and Tamasha restaurant in Milad Noor shopping center.
Beverages ( soft drinks )
Tehran like other cities of Iran does not have any special drink, but the city has a lot of nice cafes. For example Naderi cafe which is one of the first cafes of Tehran and it is believed that cafe-glase was introduced to people of Tehran by Naderi cafe, Gol-e Rezaieh cafe restaurant that was the meeting place of Sadegh Hedayat and Forough Farrokhzad, Masoudieh palace cafe, Lamiz coffee, Iranian artists home cafe restaurant, Cinema cafe and Azari traditional cafe which is a 140-year-old monument and registered as cultural heritage of Iran.
What do we buy from Tehran?
Although souvenir is a part of Iranian culture, Tehran does not have any special souvenir. Some people think that the new things that are not found in other cities of Iran are souvenirs of Tehran. The new things that persuade people from different cities to travel to Tehran can be considered as Tehran's souvenirs. Tehran grand Bazaar, Tajrish Bazaar, and Crystal Bazaar of Shoosh are the most popular and important shopping centers in Tehran. Tandis, Tirajeh, Milad Noor, Palladium, Goldis, Vanak and Diamond are also the most famous modern shopping centers in Tehran.
Tochal complex is located at the end of Velenjak Street and about 3 kilometers from Tajrish Square in Shemiranat quarter. The entrance of this complex is 1830 meters higher than the surface of sea. After passing a road, in the height of 1910 meters, the first tele cabin station is located.
Tangeh Savashi or Tangeh Vashi is a touristic location and is 1 kilometer from Firuzkuh Village. This village has a soothing weather in the summer and many tourists visit it in the summer. The most exciting part of the trip could be walking in the middle of a river, situated in a stone valley.
This garden is one of the monuments remained from the Qajar Era which was established by Jafar Khan Kashani. A post office and the ministry of foreign affairs are near this garden. This garden and its nearby buildings were built by the order of Reza Pahlavi and it was done by the financial help of the Germans.
This shrine belongs to one of the descendants of Imam Hassan. It is located in Ray city, south of Tehran. This shrine dates back to the third century and is one of the famous pilgrimage places for Iranians.
This cave is near Azadbar and Kohneh Del villages. It is 65 km from Tehran. The opening of Yakh-Morad Cave is on a mountain in that area and the path to the cave is sloppy and after walking on this path you will see a frozen spring on the ground.
Gebri Castle is located in the South-East of Ray City. This monument is 2000 years old. Its area is 3000 square meters and was built during the Sasanian Era. The towers and the ramparts were destructed due to erosion and today only the lengthy and high walls made of adobe and mud still stand.
Golestan Palace is a complex of buildings located in Arg Square in Tehran. The buildings of these palaces have been constructed in different times.
The name of the palace was taken from the name of a hall in an exterior building of the palace which is also called Golestan.
Niavaran Palace is located in Niavaran Garden and is the main palace in Niavaran Complex. This complex was constructed by the order of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and the construction lasted 9 years. Niavaran Palace has the area of 9000 square meters and is two and a half storeys high.
Sa'dabad Complex is located in the north of Tehran and is 300 hectares in area. It has a soothing weather because 180 hectares of it is natural forest, spring, aqueduct, gardens, greenhouse, a river and streets full of trees and flowers.
Sepahsalar Mosque is one of the biggest mosques in Tehran. This mosque is together with a school that has the same name. After the Chaharbagh School in Isfahan, this school and mosque are the biggest and most prestigious Islamic monuments in Iran.
Bibi Shahr Banu is the name of a shrine in Ray City (Shahr-e Ray). According to the available inscriptions and the belief of people, Shahr Banu is the wife of the third Imam of Shiite, Imam Hussein, and the mother of the fourth Imam of Shiite, Imam Sajjad.
Tehran Bazaar is an old bazaar located in the center of Tehran City. This bazaar is in Molavi Street, Mostafa Khomeini Street, 15th Khordad Street and Khayyam Street.
There are two entrances of the bazaar in 15th Khordad Square and Sabze-Meydan Square. One of the main pathways to Tehran Bazaar is the Louti Saleh passage.
Shibili Tower dates back to the 4th and 5th century and during the Seljuq Dynasty. This tower has the landscape of the whole town.Shibili tower had a simple octagon shape, then in the next era it got the architectural style of the Seljuq artists and had brick work done on the tower.
Bahram Fire Temple, also known as Ray Fire Temple, dates back to the Sasanian Era and is located in Ray City (Shahr-e Ray). 12 kilometers South East of Ray city toward Varamin, on the high hills of Ghal'eh Noe Village, there remains the ruins of the palace or the fire temple.