One of the unique things about Mashhad is that it’s surrounded by fascinating landscape, only minutes outside the city. The stark landscape north of Mashhad is dotted with endless hills, lonely villages and gorgeous rocky outcrops. The area is known for its wild cherries. Winters are relatively mild in the plains. The snow stays on..
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Bagh-e (Garden of) Akbarieh (or Akbariyeh), ancient home to the rulers of the area, today is the site of two museums, in Birjand, the capital of South Khorasan province, in northeast Iran. The garden is one of nine in UNESCO’s “Persian Garden” collection. Ali Torkzadeh with Saeideh AjilchiAli & Saeideh plan their Iran roadtrips from..
The dusty alleys behind the Birjand’s bazaar contain architecture of the days gone by. A quiet stroll at night made me nostalgic in this capital of South Khorasan province, seldom visited by foreign tourists. As it always happens when touring Iran’s old alleys, I wondered why a people would abandon such symmetrical beauty for the..
To millions of Iranians it’s a symbol of purity. To its conservatives it represents the critical bulwark against indulgence, and to a lot of Westerners it epitomizes misogyny. I can’t think of a piece of clothing more controversial, misunderstood and misrepresented (particularly by non-Iranians who judge without knowing the social and historical context) than the chador (CHAW-door)…