About Gilan

In the north of Iran, bordering on Caspian Sea, there is an ever-green land called Gilan. The archeological excavations suggest that there were civilized people living in this part of Iran since 7 thousand years ago. For those travelers who travel to Gilan from warm and arid parts of the world, this area with its dazzling numberless rivers, jungles, basins, and coasts is but the very Promised Land that God speaks of in Bible.


Gilan Tourist Attractions

The tourist attractions of Gilan mostly consists of matchless landscapes of nature and folkloric culture. The Caspian shore and the international pond of Anzali are among the most popular natural tourist attractions of Gilan and the memory of riding a boat on Anzali Pond and crossing through its dense reed bed, especially in the season of water lilies being flourished all over there, will certain cherish the thoughts of anyone who travel to Gilan. The spiral stair-shaped Masouleh Village is another attraction of note found in that area and is considered as a life-size mirror reflecting the folkloric culture of the locals of there. It is certainly a view that a tourist could hardly ever forget to see the houses constructed with climate-based materials one of whose roofs being literally the yard of another all placed in the middle of picturesque forest.


It is worth mentioning that Gilan is also the natural habitat of a unique ornamental flower called Liluim Ledebourii growing solely in Gilan's summits and, every year, in the season of its blossoming, many passionate and nature-admiring tourists come travel to Gilan and set off for the counties of this region from anywhere in the world simply to see this unique luminescent plant. The ever-green diamond of Iran is not all about nature is also rich in history and civilization. Rudkhan Castle, with some thousand years of civilization, is considered as the most highlighted historical tourist attraction of Gilan. It has been reconstructed and renovated about 600 years ago and thanks to its being placed in a Gilanian picturesque of a mountainous forest, looms out as one of those mysterious castles and palaces described in Arabian Nights and indeed attracts many tourists to itself from every corner of the world.

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Gilan Foods

Thanks to the rich diversity of culinary culture of this area, that is, Gilan, it is rightfully one of the most exciting food and culinary art tourism destinations. The center of Gilan Providence, Rasht, has been registered in UNESCO's Network of Creative Cities for its exemplary food culture. High-variety, delicious, and differing foods and dishes of this area, along with the Subatan County Nomads, who live in wooden cottages, together, shape up some of the spectacular and attractive aspects of the local culture in Gilan.

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Gilan Weather

Gilan is one of the rainiest regions of Iran to the extent that its center, Rasht, has come to be known as the City of Silver Rains. Mild short winters and humid summers are main climate features of this region. Its economy is agriculture-based and rice, tea, and olive are considered its most important agrarian products.


Gilan People

Gilanese are very kind and hospitable, known for their tender and artistic temperament. This is in fact such a dominant characteristic among them that many of the highly regarded figures of art of Iran have emerged from this region. Generosity, however, is another positive trait of these people. Contrary to the inhabitants of the central Iran, these people are very extrovert to the extent that this extroversion is clearly discernable in their architectural style and culture in general. The dress code and outfit of the people of this region, quite contrary to their center-dwelling country fellows, is not rigid and strict. Traditional houses are not separated from one another by walls but rather through fences and thus you can hardly witness any tall walls raised for creating secluded interiority and private spaces.

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Among various parts of Iran, Gilan can fairly be distinguished as the least gender-biased area, neither inclining towards a matriarch or patriarch social structure. Here, women play an active key role in both economic and social life and enjoy relatively equal rights same as their male counterparts to the extent that such equality can be easily noticed in their customs and dresses. They are thus not confined to the limits of the private household space and can actively participate in economic and agricultural activities shoulder by shoulder of the male inhabitants of the region and, consequently, manifest their undeniable presence in the affairs of the quotidian life.


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