Iran is one among my favourite worldwide places that I’ve visited. It is home to 1 of the oldest civilisations on the planet. It has assorted landscapes, spectacular architectures, lovely mosaics, good historic previous, and delicious meals. The individuals are the nicest and their hospitality often shocked me. That’s why I visited Iran twice: in 2011 all through my 1-month backpacking journey throughout the Heart East, and never too way back in 2017 with my beloved husband. Will I am going to Iran for the third time? I positively will! There are nonetheless many untouched places I’ve by no means been. Travelling for 15 days spherical Iran won’t be enough, although it is sufficient to get to know the nation a little bit greater.

EDITED: Some people requested me: what if I don’t have 15 days? I might say, the minimal time to journey spherical Iran will be 7 days 6 nights, which signifies that it is worthwhile to skip every Abyaneh and Kerman. You probably can take the identical previous journey loop: Tehran – Isfahan – Yazd – Shiraz – Tehran. One different completely different is to do a counter-clockwise journey loop: Tehran – Shiraz – Yazd – Isfahan – Tehran. I’d counsel staying in Isfahan and Shiraz for a minimal of two nights each. For the alternative cities, you could each do a day journey (and take a night bus/observe throughout the night time) or hold a night.

Anyway, proper right here’s the whole itinerary of our go to to Iran. A further detailed publish for each metropolis is in progress. Hold tuned for future posts 🙂

Day 1 – Arrival in Tehran

Our AirAsia flight from Kuala Lumpur to Tehran arrived at 12 AM. We utilized for a visa on arrival, which took about an hour sooner than the visas had been lastly on our arms.

Study further: Vital Data to Making use of for an Iranian Visa

Since we arrived after midnight, there are no completely different transportation selections accessible other than taxis. We took a taxi for USD 20 — pretty expensive in case you ask me! We had been too drained to bargain though, so we took the availability in the long term.

On our first transient night, we stayed on the Persian Hostel for USD 15/particular person for a mattress in a 24-bed dormitory.

Day 2 – Tochal, Tehran

As we received right here proper right here throughout the winter season (February), we decided to go to the snowy Tochal of the Alborz Differ. The mountain fluctuate is so close to Tehran you might see it from most components of the city all through clear days. It’s moreover quite simple to get proper right here as you merely have to go to Tajrish by metro and take a taxi for a couple of minutes.

Mt Tochal

Dinner with Hoda and Ali

We spent the complete day at Mt Tochal. The preliminary plan was to ski nevertheless the local weather wasn’t so good. It was like a blizzard! So we ended up merely chilling at a restaurant located at Station 5. The value of going to the ultimate station using the gondola was 380,000 rials (USD 11.7).

Study further: Visiting Tochal: A Mountain that Looms over Tehran

We received right here once more down from Tochal by 3 pm and went straight to fulfill our host. You in all probability have time, spend an hour or two by exploring the Tajrish Bazaar and the shut by Imamzadeh Saleh Mausoleum. Tajrish is a lovely house and it’s one among my favourite districts in Tehran!

Our CouchSurfing hosts, Hoda and Ali prepared dinner for us and we had a lovely time talking about many points, along with Iranian cultures.

Study further: 24 Hours in Tehran: By the use of the Eyes of Locals

Day 3 – Uncover Tehran

Golestan Palace

No matter being a busy and polluted metropolis, Tehran continues to be good to uncover. There are numerous parks, palaces, and bazaar that one can dive into. My favourite and most-worth-to-visit place is certainly the Golestan Palace. Spend simply a few hours proper right here and admire its very good tiles, mirrors, chandeliers, fountains, and yard.

Study further: 5 Good Areas to Uncover in Tehran, Iran

Entrance for foreigners:

  • Admission: 150,000 rials
  • Main Hall / Mirror Hall: 150,000 rials
  • Completely different 8 buildings: 80,000 rials per developing  (USD 2.5)

Grand Bazaar

Visiting Golestan Palace isn’t full with out hopping over to the well-known Grand Bazaar subsequent door. Get misplaced throughout the bazaar and you could be amazed by what yow will uncover! Don’t overlook to fashion a number of the real native meals scattered throughout the bazaar.

Study further: 4 Native Consuming locations You Should Try in Tehran, Iran

Former US Embassy

After lunch, we spent simply a few hours with our host Hoda and the model new native associates that we met. We moreover went to the Former US Embassy to see some fascinating propaganda partitions.

Inside a strolling distance from the embassy, there’s a up to date art work exhibition on the Iranian Artists Dialogue board. We went there to take a look and it’s fascinating to see that so many Iranians are literally on this! Their art work sphere is correctly supported by the locals, not like these in Malaysia or Indonesia, as an illustration.

Study further: Surviving Tehran: A Wise Backpacker’s Data

Initially, we had been about to search for a hostel to stay for a night as we all the sudden decided to stay for yet one more night in Tehran. Nevertheless our native pal, Mostafa, insisted that he would uncover anyone who can host us. Inside the night time, we had been delivered to his associates’ house. Despite the fact that they may talk little English, they welcomed us and made sure we had been cosy. We had one among primarily essentially the most memorable events in Iran!

Study further: 24 Hours in Tehran: By the use of the Eyes of Locals

Day 4 – Kashan, Abyaneh, Isfahan

We took a good early bus from Tehran to the city of Kashan, a small metropolis located inside a transient 3-hour drive from Tehran. Our basic operate of going to Kashan is to go to Abyaneh. To make our life easier and to keep away from losing time, we decided to hire a info which will carry us to Abyaneh and drop us off in Isfahan for USD 50. I contacted the data I found on-line, made some preparations, and he picked us up in Kashan.

Particulars in regards to the info is likely to be found proper right here: A Day Trip to Abyaneh: Iran’s Most Gorgeous Historic Village

Fin Yard

Our first stop was the Fin Yard, a ravishing yard located in Kashan. It is the oldest surviving yard in Iran, which incorporates a pair of 400-year-old cypress timber and water fountains with very good architectural wonders. The 2 pavilions have glamorous painted ceilings, with water flowing by technique of the underside flooring. The doorway ticket was a bit an extreme quantity of and I wasn’t glad that we wanted to pay 200,000 rials (USD 6.2) per particular person for this!

Abyaneh

Abyaneh is a stunning historic village located between Kashan and Isfahan. I didn’t go to this village as soon as I went to Iran in 2011. So I made a resolution to go there this time. I’m so glad we managed to go proper right here. It is essentially the most beautiful village I’ve ever been! Moreover it’s one among my favourite panorama view that I can uncover in Iran to this level!

Study further: A Day Trip to Abyaneh: Iran’s Most Gorgeous Historic Village

By 5 pm, we reached Isfahan. Our CouchSurfing hosts had been Mohsen and Shekoofeh, who hosted us for the next few days on this metropolis. They launched us to the Imam Sq. and Khaju Bridge at night. We moreover went to the mall to buy SD enjoying playing cards as we had been working out of them! Every nook of Iran is picturesque, so we positively need further SD enjoying playing cards!

Day 5 – Imam Sq., Isfahan

We started our day visiting the Imam Sq., the place we had been “swarmed” by school children who wanted to take footage with us. It’s an infinite sq. that has flip into a foremost picture of Isfahan. That’s what Isfahan is often recognized for. Spend a little bit of time by merely sitting there and people-watching. You might be shocked that locals would actually come to you and say good day. Who’s conscious of, you could be making new associates?

Imam Mosque

The Imam Mosque was our subsequent go to. That’s one among my favourite mosques in Iran. Related to what I did on my earlier journey to this mosque, I sat throughout the heart sq. of the mosque, having enjoyable with the serene and peaceful feeling of this mosque.

We sat there for pretty a whereas and that’s after we bumped into Mohammed, a stranger who rapidly grew to grow to be our pal. He was with a Malaysian CouchSurfer and we decided to tag alongside after that. He outlined the whole particulars of the mosque, which I am going to embody it in my future publish. The doorway ticket for foreigners is type of expensive: 200,000 rials (USD 6.2)

Isfahan Bazaar & Sofrekhane

Sofrekhane

We had lunch on the Naqsh-e Jahan Standard Banquet Hall or usually referred to as Sofrekhane. Positioned throughout the bazaar, this restaurant has a ravishing inside. Phrases can’t describe how beautiful it is so listed beneath are some footage:

We ordered a must-try standard Isfahani meals, referred to as Biryani. Isfahani Biryani won’t be the equivalent as a result of the one that you simply simply uncover in India. It’s not served with rice. It comes with an infinite bread, gadgets of brains, and minced meat. It’s primarily essentially the most delicious and my most favourite dish in Iran! I merely LOVE it!

Chehel Sotoun

After lunch, we went to Chehel Sotoun, truly “Forty Columns”, which is a palace used for leisure and receptions by the Savafid kings.  The pavilion solely has 20 columns, nevertheless due to the water reflections, the column is assumed to have “forty” columns as a substitute. It is a beautiful palace, nevertheless sadly, works had been nonetheless in progress to revive a number of the damaged work and ceilings. Related to the Imam Mosque, the doorway costs 200,000 rials (USD 6.2)

Late at night, we had a barbeque with our host Mohsen and Shekoofeh at their condominium. With our help, they prepared chelo kebabs (hen kebabs) and grilled the kebabs at their balcony. Iranians love their kebabs a lot, don’t they? I just like the home-made kebabs, tastefully coated with saffron and completely different spices that are not so frequent in Southeast Asia. We had such a good time with Mohsen and Shekoofesh that we didn’t actually really feel like leaving their house the least bit! He even suggested us that we would hold for one month if we really want. Hahaha. Our hold in Isfahan would not be the equivalent with out them!

Day 6 – Armenian Quarter, Isfahan

Siosepol Bridge or 33 Bridge

After another delicious breakfast with Mohsen and Shekoofeh, we went to the 33 Bridge, the longest bridge on the Zayandeh River. Mohammed, whom we met yesterday, accompanied us all by way of the day.

Vank Cathedral

From the bridge, we walked to the Vank Cathedral, a well-known Armenian cathedral in-built 1606 for the Armenian refugees affected by the Ottoman Wrestle. The construction design of the church is a mixture of Armenian and Iranian design. It has a golden inside view, which was spectacular and well-kept. The entry ticket costs 200,000 rials (USD 6.2) for foreigners.

Lunch on the Bastani Standard Restaurant

After spending simply a few hours on the cathedral, we went once more to the Armenian Quarter and had late lunch on the Bastani Standard Restaurant, one different well-known restaurant on the Isfahan Bazaar at Imam Sq.. We ordered another biryani, as I merely could not get enough of it!

Khaju Bridge

Inside the night time, we went to the Khaju Bridge as soon as extra to fulfill Mahdi and his family. My journey mates and I used to stay at his house all through our journey in 2011. We had a quick dialog and took some footage. The partner gave us a correctly packed meals to eat on our bus expertise to Yazd. It was such a nice gesture — Iranians always blow me away!

Completely different Areas of Curiosity

As we spent most of our time talking to the locals, we skipped a number of the needed places, just like the beautiful Ali Qapu Palace located throughout the Imam Sq. (entrance: 200,000 rials or USD 6.2 for foreigners).

If I had been to go proper right here as soon as extra, I might most probably spend yet one more night in Isfahan and go to Varzaneh for a day journey (or hold there for a night) to see the beautiful desert.

Day 7 – Yazd

Our plan was to go to Yazd with a night bus so as that we are going to save time and money. Nevertheless our host Mohsen insisted that we stayed for a further night; thus allowing us to have rest sooner than starting our day in Yazd. At 5.45 AM throughout the morning, we took a bus to Yazd, passing by technique of a vast desert with a backdrop of a snow-capped mountain fluctuate. It was a ravishing journey.

We arrived in Yazd at 11 AM. A driver from the hostel, that was organized by Mohammed yesterday, picked us up. After that, we spent most of our fairly day with Jamileh, a girl I met on my earlier go to to Yazd, as well as to her dad and mother.

Study further: Yazd: Learn the way to Get the Most Out of Your Go to to an Iranian Tatooine

Dowlat Abad Yard

Jamileh dropped us off on the historic Dowlat Abad Yard. Inbuilt 1747 all through the Zand dynasty, the yard hosts the tallest wind tower in Iran, embellished with vibrant mosaic house home windows that replicate gentle throughout the morning. Is it worth paying 150,000 rials for this? IMHO, I don’t suppose so. There’s not a lot you’re able to do or see throughout the yard anyway.

Entrance ticket:

  • Foreigner: 150,000 rials
  • Native: 30,000 rials

Amir Chakmaq Difficult

We received right here once more to the earlier metropolis of Yazd to uncover the Amir Chakhmaq Difficult and the small alleys of Yazd. Then we had an reasonably priced nevertheless delicious dinner at a humble kebab stall located beneath the Amir Chakhmaq minarets.

To not level out that this historic developing seems to be like further beautiful throughout the night time! The colourful gentle and the water fountain in entrance of it make the minarets look further dramatic.

Completely different Place of Curiosity

In case you aren’t going to Kerman, then a go to to the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence in Yazd is a ought to. It is a place the place Zoroastrians uncovered their ineffective to the vultures, as they contemplate that earth is pure and it should not be polluted with human corpses. It costs 80,000 rials (USD 2.5) for a foreigner to enter. You probably can attain the place by taxi for 100,000 rials or yellow bus for 50,000 rials.

Day 8 – Yazd & Mahan, Kerman

Exploring Yazd

Our first train throughout the morning was to go to a carpet retailer, the place had been would possibly go to its rooftop with out price. The rooftop was very spacious and the view was AMAZING! You may probably see 36o diploma view of Yazd with a snow-capped mountain on one facet, and desert mountain on the alternative facet. I like how the wind towers improve the complete metropolis into a novel Tatooine-like earlier metropolis. Spectacular is the phrase I can inform you!

Study further: Yazd: Learn the way to Get the Most Out of Your Go to to an Iranian Tatooine

We moreover explored the small alleys of Yazd (as soon as extra! Coz I could not get enough of it!!) and the Jame Mosque. You may want to pay to enter the mosque, nevertheless by hook or by crook we entered from the once more and no one actually guarded.

Zoroastrian Hearth Temple (Atashkadeh)

The Hearth Temple is a must-visit temple if you end up in Yazd. That’s the place we’ll research further with regard to the historic monotheistic religion of Zoroastrian. There are nonetheless a handful of Zoroastrians on the planet, along with in Iran and India. For them, fireside and water are the climate of purity. The temple hosts the hearth which is believed to have been burning since 470 AD. The doorway ticket is type of low price: 80,000 rials (USD 2.5).

Off to Kerman

After visiting the hearth temple, we decided to go to Kerman earlier. We took a bus to Kerman at 4 pm and met our pal Amir who launched us to Mahan. We didn’t know what to anticipate out of this go to and that’s when Amir laid out the plans for us. It turned out that he had organized some actions for our hold in Kerman with out price! On excessive of that, we obtained to stay at his beautiful customer house in Mahan, the place we had been the first guests. We could not be happier!!

Day 9 – Mahan, Kerman

We had been picked up by our info Mahmood throughout the morning to go to two basic factors of curiosity in Kerman. The data was provided with out price by our pal Amir — it was our lucky day!

Shah Nimatullah Wali Shrine

Shah Nimatullah was a Sufi Grasp and poet from 14th and fifteenth centuries. He is revered by Shi’a as a saint. Due to this fact, his shrine, which was constructed 5 years after his lack of life and located merely subsequent to our guesthouse, grew to grow to be a pilgrimage web site. The shrine superior consists of a yard, a mosque, and his tomb. Sadly, the doorway worth of 150,000 rials (USD 4.6) is expensive.

Shazdeh Yard

I have been to a couple gardens in Iran. On my earlier go to to Iran, I went to a few of them in Shiraz and on this journey, I visited the yard in Kashan. I’ve to say that, as compared with these gardens, nothing had been as beautiful as this particular yard in Mahan. Shazdeh Yard has a highly effective water cascade attribute, which allows the water to flow into from the upper ends in course of the lower ends. The water itself comes from the shut by mountain. It’s astonishing to know that the water flows with out the need of mechanical water pumps.

Entrance ticket:

  • Foreigner: 200,000 rials (USD 6.2)
  • Native: 30,000 rials

After visiting the two factors of curiosity, we decided to stay in our room and sleep the complete day! We didn’t have enough sleep these few days, so this was our time to have a complete rest. It was primarily essentially the most stress-free second ever since we arrived in Iran per week previously.

Day 10 – Kerman

After complete day of resting the day prior to this, we started our busy train as soon as extra. This time, we had been picked up by our guides, Mostafa and Kiyana to uncover Kerman.

Ganjali Khan Difficult

This Safavid-era superior was named after the governor of Kerman, Ganj Ali Khan beneath the Safavid rule. The superior consists of a bathhouse, a caravanserai, a school, and a bazaar (amongst completely different points!). The bazaar is the longest bazaar in Iran and it’s selling standard gadgets, not just like the one in Esfahan.

Entrance to the bathhouse:

  • Foreigner: 150,000 rials (USD 4.6)
  • Native: 25,000 rials

Hammam-e Vakil Chaykhaneh

That’s actually a commonplace tea house which was as soon as a hammam (bathhouse). It had a nice surroundings, with keep standard music participating in throughout the background. It was the proper place to get ourselves recharged as soon as extra!

Moshtagh Ali Shah Tomb or Moshtaghiye

Moshtagh Ali Shah was an 18th-century Sufi mystic. He is additionally referred to as a musician who launched the fourth string on the setar, an Iranian standard three-stringed guitar. Sadly, he was stoned to lack of life throughout the Jame Mosque by the religious people after catching him singing some verses of the Qur’an to the tunes of his setar. Constructed all through the Qajar interval throughout the nineteenth century, Moshtaghiye hosts the tombs of foremost Sufis, along with Moshtagh Ali Shah.

Jame Mosque

Jame Mosque

Positioned shut to the bazaar, Jame Mosque is the precept mosque of Kerman. As compared with completely different mosques in Iran that I’ve visited, it has some distinctive choices: a clock on the excessive of the iwan and beautiful tile works. Related to the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Esfahan, Jame Mosque would not have minarets.

Tower of Silence

One of many highlights of our go to to Kerman was positively the Zoroastrian Tower of Silence. Related to the one in Yazd, that’s the place the place they laid their ineffective to be launched to the vultures. In distinction to the one in Yazd, though, this place is located on a hill with a 360-degree view and it is nearly completely deserted! There have been no vacationers and there have been nonetheless some human bones lying spherical. We’d even uncover a human tooth proper right here.

I’ve to say, that’s by far my most favourite place I’ve ever been to in Kerman. Palms down!

We decided to stay on the Akhavan Lodge in Kerman so that we would go to Rayen and Kaluts. To my info, they supply the simplest and least costly private tour in Kerman. With solely USD 45 per taxi, we had been able to go to Rayen and Kaluts. Bear in mind that the hole between these two places are very far and I don’t truly perceive how the made money out of this.

Day 11 – Rayen & Kaluts

Early throughout the morning, our taxi driver from the Akhavan Lodge picked us as a lot as go to Rayen and Kaluts. To start out with, we wanted to go to Bam, nevertheless after attempting on the before-and-after-the-earthquake {photograph}, we decided to skip Bam and go to Rayen as a substitute.

Rayen

The medieval mudbrick metropolis of Rayen is believed to have existed since 1,000 years previously. It was positioned on a commerce route, the place high-quality textiles had been traded. In distinction to Bam which was completely destroyed, Rayen was very well-preserved. The citadel of Rayen appeared “too good” that it didn’t actually really feel medieval the least bit. It was an unbelievable experience to uncover every nook and cranny of this medieval metropolis, though. We’d even climb to the best of a developing to see the complete view. It was positively worth paying 150,000 rials (USD 4.6) for the doorway ticket!

Kaluts

Kaluts, in some other case usually referred to as the Lut Desert, is the world’s hottest place, with a temperature which will attain as extreme as 70 ranges celsius within the summertime. Moreover it is likely one of the driest places on the planet. To go to Kaluts, we handed by technique of a mountain cross, coated with full snow and inside few hours, we had been on the most popular place on earth! Very good, isn’t it?!

We managed to see the sunset at Kaluts, nevertheless I need I’d spend further time proper right here sooner than the photo voltaic disappears. I moreover wanted to take footage of the celebrities, nevertheless the total moon lit up the darkish sky, so I used to be not able to take appropriate starry footage.

Off to Shiraz

After the complete day exploring Rayen and Kaluts, we lastly arrived at our resort at spherical 8pm. We had dinner on the resort and I in truth suppose that it was not good the least bit. I ate an extreme quantity of kebabs to know the excellence between the delicious ones and horrible or not up to date ones. Those that they served on this resort had been positively not up to date. It was not low price too :(.We took an 8-hour night bus to Shiraz

Anyway, after dinner, we took an 8-hour night bus to Shiraz. Bye, Kerman! You’ve been treating us so correctly!

Day 12 – Shiraz

Persepolis

Upon arriving in Shiraz, our info, Peyman, picked us up at spherical 9 AM to go to one of many highlights of our journey: Persepolis, the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire. The particulars of the bas-relief and the carvings had been mind-boggling! It’s onerous to perceive the ruins of Persepolis with out having a info who has a vast info of this house. The tales behind the vary and multiculturalism of the normal Achaemenid Empire impressed me primarily essentially the most.

Study further: Exploring Iran’s Persepolis & Necropolis: The Spectacular Legacy of the Achaemenid Empire

  • Entrance:
    • Foreigner: 200,000 rials (USD 6.2)
    • Native: 30,000 rials
  • Tour info:
    • Value: USD 45 (most 4 people)

Naqsh-e Rustam

We moreover went to the Naqsh-e Rustam, in some other case usually referred to as Necropolis, the place the 4 tombs belonging to the Achaemenid kings are carved out of the rock face.

By 2 pm, we reached our hostel, Golshan Standard Hostel throughout the centre of the city. We had lunch at an reasonably priced standard restaurant deep throughout the bazaar. After that, we booked a observe ticket to Tehran at one of many journey corporations throughout the metropolis.

Study further: Exploring Iran’s Persepolis & Necropolis: The Spectacular Legacy of the Achaemenid Empire

Tomb of Hafez

From the centre of the city the place our hostel was located, we decided to stroll all the best way during which to the Tomb of Hafez. It was a protracted stroll, nevertheless we beloved it as we would uncover every nook of the city. Hafez is a well-known Persian poet that has an infinite have an effect on to Iranians’ on a regular basis lives. It’s said that every Iranian private a e e book of Hafez. That’s how needed he is! The tomb itself is located inside a pavilion with a ravishing ceiling.

The entry ticket was over costly, though! For such a small place, it’s the equivalent worth as Persepolis, which is 200,000 rials (USD 6.2). I don’t understand how they merely put these prices!

Day 13 – Shiraz

Nasir al Molk Mosque

We wakened early throughout the morning to go to the Nasir al Molk Mosque. The mosque has lovely vibrant glass house home windows that replicate gentle throughout the morning. The gentle reflection creates this beautiful vibrant gentle over the tightly woven Persian carpet. To see this reflection, it is worthwhile to come proper right here throughout the morning (until 11 am). The sooner the upper as a approach to steer clear of a bunch of organised excursions which will disturb the serene surrounding.

Entrance ticket:

  • Foreigner: 150,000 rials (USD 4.6)
  • Native: 4,000 rials

Completely different Areas of Curiosity

There are numerous places you might go to in Shiraz, along with the beautiful Eram Yard. I went to this yard in 2011 and I nonetheless suppose that Shazdeh Yard in Mahan is further beautiful.

There are moreover Shah Cheragh MausoleumVakil Mosque, and loads of completely different places. I might counsel visiting places in several cities (occasion, Imam Mosque in Esfahan) as they are much greater than these in Shiraz.

Put together to Tehran

After having lunch at another low price and random eatery throughout the bazaar, we checked out of our hostel and took a taxi for 150,000 rials to the observe station. Our observe departed at 5.40 pm and it was a actually clear and comfortable sleeper observe! I imagined the observe to be super earlier, nearly Soviet-like observe, which I took all through my 2011 journey. This looks as if a VIP observe expertise!

  • Taxi to coach station: 150,000 rials (USD 4.6)
  • Put together ticket to Tehran: 635,500 rials per particular person

Day 14 – Tehran

We arrived in Tehran throughout the morning after 16 hours on the observe. Our operate to return to Tehran so early was as a results of we wanted to hike Mt Tochal (as a substitute of taking the costly gondola). Sadly, it was raining for the complete day, so we decided to look at proper into a worth vary resort and hold indoor as a substitute. We would have liked to cancel the hike due to the unhealthy local weather.

Inside the night time, we went to go to Hoda and Ali, who hosted us 2 weeks previously. We talked and laughed until we didn’t realise the time! We missed the ultimate observe/metro and wanted to take buses (BRT) to return.

Day 15 – Tajrish Bazaar & Departure

On our last day in Tehran, we went for purchasing in Tajrish Bazaar. The bazaar is much a lot much less crowded than the Grand Bazaar so I’d uncover the problems I wished peacefully. Nevertheless it is smaller than the Grand Bazaar and I am not sure if the value is costlier, or cheaper than these yow will uncover throughout the Grand Bazaar.

Our flight once more to KL was throughout the night time and we decided to go by metro to the station closest to the airport, which is the Kahrizak metro station. From proper right here, we took a taxi for 200,000 rials (USD 6.2).

Funds Summary

For our 15-day journey in Iran, we spent a full of USD 1200 (USD 600 per particular person!), not along with the flight tickets (AirAsia ticket costs further RM 1,200/USD 279 per particular person return). We didn’t try to prohibit our payments, significantly for our meals. So we would positively carry the worth down! Moreover, remember that we persist with locals (CouchSurfing) more often than not, slicing the costs of lodging for a lot of our hold in Iran. A few of the ticket entrances in Kerman had been paid for as our associates insisted on paying.

While you go to Iran, you will realise that almost all of your payments are primarily for the lodging, attraction visits, and transportation. To me, factors of curiosity are people who might explode your pockets. So that you simply gotta be careful and plan correctly on what to go to, as a substitute of visiting all the factors of curiosity!

*Prices below are per particular person till in some other case mentioned.

  • Visa & Journey Insurance coverage protection: ~USD 100 (or USD 50 per particular person)
    • Visa:
      • Indonesian: EUR 45
      • Malaysian: Free for 14 days hold or a lot much less. In some other case, pay EUR 15
    • Journey insurance coverage protection: EUR 14
  • Transportation: USD 91 per particular person
    • Inter-Metropolis Transportation: 1,995,000 rials (USD 62) per particular person
      • Tehran to Kashan by bus: 320,000 rials
      • Isfahan to Yazd by bus: 310,000 rials
      • Yazd to Kerman by bus: 320,000 rials
      • Kerman to Shiraz by bus (8 hours): 410,000 rials
      • Shiraz to Tehran by observe: 635,000 rials
    • Intra-city Transportation: USD 57 (or USD 28.5 per particular person)
      • Taxi from IKIA to Tehran: USD 20 per taxi
      • Completely different metropolis taxis for 15 days: USD 37 per taxi
  • Sights: 3,010,000 rials (USD 93) per particular person
    • Tehran
      • Mt Tochal: 380,000 rials or USD 11.7 (gondola/telecabin to the Station 7)
      • Golestan Palace: 150,000 rials or USD 4.6 (entrance) + 150,000 rials (Mirror Hall)
    • Kashan/Abyaneh
      • Fin Yard: 200,000 rials (USD 6.2)
      • Abyaneh: 50,000 rials
    • Isfahan
      • Imam Mosque: 200,000 rials (USD 6.2)
      • Chehel  Sotoun: 200,000 rials (USD 6.2)
      • Venk Church: 200,000 rials (USD 6.2)
    • Yazd
      • Dowlat Abad Gardens: 150,000 rials (USD 4.6)
      • Zoroastrian Temple: 80,000 rials (USD 2.5)
    • Kerman/Mahan (other than Rayen, all factors of curiosity in Kerman had been free — due to our pal!)
      • Shah Nimatullah Holy Shrine: 150,000 rials (USD 4.6)
      • Shazdeh Yard: 200,000 rials (USD 6.2)
      • Ganjali Khan Difficult Bathhouse (Hammam): 150,000 rials (USD 4.6)
      • Moshtagh Ali Shah Tomb: ?
      • Jameh Mosque: ?
      • Tower of Silence: Free
      • Rayen: 150,000 rials (USD 4.6)
      • Kalouts: Free
    • Shiraz
      • Persepolis: 200,000 rials (USD 6.2)
      • Necropolis: 200,000 rials (USD 6.2)
      • Nasir el Molk Mosque: 150,000 rials (USD 4.6)
      • Hafez Tomb: 200,000 rials (USD 6.2)
  • Tour info/tour corporations: USD 140 (or USD 70 per particular person)
    • Fin Yard & Abyaneh: USD 50 (most 4 people)
    • Kaluts & Rayen: USD 45 (most 4 people)
    • Persepolis & Necropolis: USD 45 (most 4 people)
  • Lodging: USD 154 (or USD 77 per particular person)
    • Persian Hostel: USD 15 per dormitory mattress
    • Dalan e Behesht Standard Lodge & Restaurant, Yazd (double room with shared bathroom): 600,000 rials/night (USD 19)
    • Akhavan Lodge, Kerman: USD 40/night (double room with private bathroom)
    • Golshan Standard Hostel, Shiraz: USD 45/night (double mattress room with private bathroom)
    • Asia Lodge, Tehran: USD 35/night (double room)
  • Meals: USD 200 (or USD 100 per particular person)
    • On widespread, we spend spherical 300,000 rials per particular person for a meal in a restaurant
    • In a a lot much less fancy eatery, it could probably worth 150,000 rials per particular person or a lot much less, counting on what you order.
  • Others (USD 200)
    • SIM card: 150,000 rials + 400,000 rials (USD 17) for a 10GB package deal deal for 30 days
    • SD enjoying playing cards at a mall in Isfahan: 450,000 rials per 32 GB SD card (USD 14)
    • Souvenirs