October 2020

Fair Observer

Iran through the eyes of Polish travel writer Kamila Napora

Hafez tomb, Shiraz, Iran

“… I was invited to people’s houses for dinner, I was invited to join them in restaurants, and locals bought me Iranian dishes so I could try them out. It was one of the experiences I will never forget.”

July 2020

Irish Examiner

Personal Insights: From Kinsale to Iran and the human kindness I will never forget

We are in Balochistan; an area the size of France which is neither a country nor state, but a region that embraces the borders of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Seldom visited by tourists, it is a bleak, brown, arid, rocky desert and mountainous region; populated by millions of fiercely independent Baluchis, denied a nationhood by colonialists, who carved up their lands as spoils of war a century ago.

Tehran Times

Centuries-old windmills in eastern Iran restored

Some centuries-old windmills, locally known as Asbads, were rehabilitated in the oasis city of Tabas-e Masina, eastern province of South Khorasan.

Evening Standard

BBC’s The Art of Persia: A rare glimpse into Iran’s art and culture

Journalist Samira Ahmed was able to travel freely around Iran’s archaeological sites. By calling BBC’s three-parter The Art of Persia, as opposed to Iran, there’s a clear delineation between the country’s past and present, its pre-Islamic and Islamic cultures, and the time before and after it became an Islamic Republic in 1979.

June 2020

Businessweek

A Travel Writer Finds Surprise and Awe in Iran

Reading and writing about Iran could not prepare Pico Iyer for the warm, modern society that greeted him. “At every turn I was reminded why I’d been warned, as an American, to be ready for more sophistication than I’d know what to do with. When friends of friends swept me off to lunch at a cutting-edge arts complex, all the talk was of Daniel Day-Lewis and Antigone.”

April 2020

Scroll.in

Robert Byron’s classic ‘The Road to Oxiana’ is a landmark in travel literature.

The Road to Oxiana - Robert Byron

In a series of snappy journal entries, Byron narrates a journey he made in 1933, when he was all of 28 years old, through Iran and Afghanistan to reach the banks of the Oxus River. Byron’s abiding passion was architecture: his book is, fundamentally, a testament to the importance of Iran and Afghanistan from the standpoint of the world’s built heritage.

VICE.com

Behind the Scenes of the VICE Guide to Iran

Back in November 2019, a documentary crew of four, headed by VICE founder Suroosh Alvi, went to Iran. We were lucky enough to have no particular brief, so we took the opportunity to travel the length of the country at what we thought was a time of upheaval but what turned out to be the most peaceful that country has been ever since.

January 2020

AFAR

What You Should Know About Travel in Iran—and the Rest of the Middle East—Right Now

Jameh Mosque in Isfahan, iRAN

As tensions escalate after the assassination of Iran’s top general, we turned to travel experts for advice on visiting the Middle East right now. In short, don’t cancel anything just yet.

Los Angeles Times

What treasures might be lost in Iran if war happens?

Iran in 1998

I can tell you what I’ve been thinking about: two strange, wonderful weeks in 1998, when I got to explore that country, camera in hand, during a brief upswing in Iranian-American relations.

Along with countless lives, the global treasures I saw then are what’s at stake now.

December 2019

Payvand

Tribal tourism gives a chance to discover another face of Iran

Tribal tourism in IranFor both domestic and foreign travelers, tribal tourism is all about opening eyes to new places, traditions, cuisines, beliefs, and ways of life. Also called ethno-tourism, ethnic tourism or tribe tourism, it lays the ground for you to feel indigenous people by living with a nomad or rural family or enjoying an independent stay. However, as the name implies, it’s a trip for recreational purposes rather than being an expedition for anthropological research!

November 2019

New Zealand Herald

Iran’s Islamic architecture among Lonely Planet’s ‘Wonders of the World’

The muqarnas arch of the medieval portal of Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, famous for its stunning tiling, Isfahan, Iran.

This year, the guide is pivoting away from the well-trodden paths, selecting less famous man made wonders: the entwined tree bridges of Meghalaya in India, the intricate Islamic architecture of Naqsh-e Jahan in Iran, and the massive Buddhist temple of Borobudur in central Java.

Iran Front Page

Lut Desert Gorgeous Lake in Hottest Spot on Earth

The flooding which struck Iran’s southeastern Kerman province in early spring this year has created a beautiful lake in the heart of Lut Desert regarded as the hottest spot on earth.

October 2019

Asia Pacific Report

10 reasons why tourists must visit Iran

Some critics say that Iranian authorities since the 1979 Islamic Revolution spend far more and devote greater attention to the religious artefacts and buildings of Islam to the neglect of some historical sites. However, whatever the truth about that Iran boasts a never-ending range of impressive and attractive places to visit.

The tragedy is that not enough is known about the country’s cultural and historical wonders in the West because of the regime’s pariah political status and the refusal of many mainstream travel companies to run regular tours.

Associated Press

Afghan refugee’s ‘Dream’ coffee shop in Iran becomes reality

Afghan refugee's 'Dream' coffee shop in Iran becomes reality“Many think that Afghans are unable to speak Farsi with the Iranian accent or are illiterate,” Jafari told The Associated Press on a recent day at the café. “But when they come here, they see Afghan university students for themselves and get to know our culture and dialect better and it is very interesting for them. Here their false presumptions about us are transformed and Iranians and Afghans sometimes even make friends with each other.”

Tehran Times

The Swiss know Iran for its ancient civilization: Ambassador

Markus Leitner told ILNA in an interview The ambassador also pointed to photos that Georg Gerster (Swiss journalist and a pioneer aerial photographer) took from Iran’s landscapes and historical monuments in the 1970s, saying, “I think the photos of Georg Gerster, taken from the sky over Iran, have so far been shown in numerous exhibitions in Switzerland and elsewhere around the world, and it shows just how the Swiss people are interested in seeing Iran.”