Destination Information for Iran
Despite a reputation for political unrest and religious conflicts, Iran is a surprisingly rewarding country for travellers. Those who go out on a limb and take a trip to this diverse and beautiful country, will see people and places that are at a stark contrast to newspaper images of war and violence. With deserts, forests, mountains and valleys, the country formerly known to the Western world as Persia, is a land of stunning landscapes and a complex history. The modern capital, Tehran, is located towards the North, close to the Caspian Sea. To the West, Hamedan is one of the oldest cities in the world and the capital of the ancient Medes.
Iran experiences extreme temperatures during summer and winter, especially in the Northeast. Most visitors find that the high season from March to May makes for the most comfortable weather. If you’re in Iran to discover culturally significant places and sights, there’s plenty to choose from, ranging from churches and palaces to ancient cities with museums and mosques in abundance. Those planning to explore the fascinating landscape can wander through the dense forests of the North or the desert basins such as the Dasht-e Kavir in the East. Trekking with camels, a safari by jeep and camping out under the stars will provide a unique experience for travellers.