It’s better to know a little bit about the history of Iran If you are planning to travel to Iran. The present Iran is a part of the land that Iranians, over a thousand years before Christ, chose to settle down in. Even though there are archeological remnants found that indicate the existence of prior civilizations in that land, as old as tens of thousands of years, before the arrival of the Arians, the race that is considered as the permanent inhabitant of this area started living in there about seven thousand years ago.
Iran’s Ancient Civilizations Are Varied
The archeological findings in various parts of the country and the cities discovered from different periods of human history, found in each and every corner of this country, together, amount to such diversity that one can call Iran the myriad of ancient civilizations. Yet, the archeological research is still in progress and the ancient cities and civilizations are still being explored and investigated and, for this reason, one should always expect the discovery of new archeological findings in this endlessly vast land. The glory of the architecture and city-planning of the ancient Iranian empire, found in Persepolis and Pasargadae, whose founders declared the first manifesto of human rights in the entire history, the nine to six thousand year-old civilization found in Susa and Shushtar, the seven thousand year-old civilization found in Silk Hills of Kashan, the five thousand year-old civilization of the Burned City in Zabul, and many more historical sites scattered all around this country, can take its visitors thousands of years back within the history.
The subtlety of the ancient Iranians in city-planning and the design of unique systems such as ventilation, watering, sewage, transport, insurance, taxation and the like leaves any visitor astonished. This is to the extent that, on occasions and in certain cases, the subtleness and insight of the ancient Iranians are often regarded more highly than that of their contemporary fellow engineers and architects. The remnants of the cities, palaces, temples, constructed with massive stony constructs, grand brick-made monuments and palaces, built in want of any of the modern equipment of the day, objects, items, and statues with a history that goes well over 5 thousand years, and also ancient inscriptions and epitaphs perplex the tourist who travels to Iran.
Iran’s Tourist Attractions Are Varied
The interiorist architecture style found in Kashan, holding a priceless treasure behind the seemingly ordinary, plain, and modest walls, the cellars and wind-catcher or airways found in Yazd – the first brick-made city in the whole world – rising against the heat of the desert, squares, mosques, and historical bridges found in Isfahan, joining the earth and the sky in the horizon, the stony pillars and columns of Persepolis and Pasargadae rising heaven high, boasting the glory of Iranians' architecture and civilization. The spectacular garden-residences of Shiraz and the sonnet recitation ritual of the lovers amidst the orange fragrance at the tomb of mystic and eloquent Farsi-writing poets, caravanserais that remind one of the tales of One Thousand Nights (also known as Arabian Nights) and that of a journey on the ancient Silk Road, from whose velvet-soft sky lets one raise hand and touch the flickering stars.
Being drowned in the outmost beauty of the carpets and jewelry, taking a walk in the historical bazars, with their perplexing roof design and maze-like structure, reminding one of the magical labyrinths, and the matchless spiritual tranquility and inner peace of a part of Muslim population in the most highly and beautifully pattered and well-lit shrines to be found in the entire world, and experiencing a stay in dark nomadic tents, are all but a small portion of the attractions that have turned this land into popular destination for all kinds of tourists from all over the world and have made them want to travel to Iran.
Just as brick-and-stone visage of the ancient cities of Iran, with their unique architecture, portrays a single-standing profile of the history of the ancient civilizations of this land before the eyes of the tourists, the tasteful artistic use of color and pattern in the following historical periods of the country, too, have managed to create such sight-luring works that can make sure their visitors would never forget the memory of their counter with such beautiful images and patterns enriched with original color bases and motifs. Colors and images and motifs and patterns that have been used in the different aspects of Iranian art and architecture, from the mirror work and tiling of the palaces, mosques, temples, and shrines to the Iranian silken carpets, all are immensely pleasant to the eye, and are manifest in the colorful dresses and costumes of the Iranian various ethnic groups and nomads, along with their worthwhile handicrafts such as enamel and marquetry.
Iran has a High Potential in Tourism Industry
Iran is a four-seasoned country, and while travelling Iran from its north to west, east, or south, one can at once behold mountains, deserts, jungles, and seas as found elsewhere in either of four seasons separately. While Lut Desert is known as the hottest and the most arid zone on the earth, Rasht is known to be the "city of silver rain" owing to its frequent all-season rains. As much as Iran’s deserts' awe-inspiring dunes and steep banks and the experience of hiking at the heart of these deserts can attract many adventurists to travel to Iran, the passion for swimming in the therapeutic mineral springs of Sar'ein in Ardebil lures some groups of tourists and nature-wanderers to the southwest of the country. Some others travel to Iran to enjoy the singled out spectacular landscapes of the north and others go there with the hope of skiing on the snowy heights of Alborz and Zagros Mountains or to ascend to the peak of Damavand. The beautiful scene of the Lilium Lebedouriis, or Iranian Lily, the most unique nightly reflective flower in the entire world, is so tempting that seduces many a nature-admirers to travel to Iran.
Iran is also an ideal destination for medical purposes. The existence of state of the art medical services along with incomparably low medical expenses has convinced many to travel to Iran every year for being benefited from certain medical services such as dentistry, infertility treatment, cosmetic surgeries, organ transplant, and traditional medicine, and, in addition to regaining health, enjoy the beauties of this country and the hospitality of its people.
Visiting the glory of multi-millennia old civilization of Iran, made of brick and clay and stone, and the joyful play of color and light in its traditional architecture would be doubly pleasant if you find out that foreign tourists and visitors have come to know Iranians as the most hospitable and friendliest people throughout the globe.