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Tehran

Tehran is the largest city and urban area of Iran, the second-largest city in Western Asia, and the third-largest in the Middle East. It is ranked 29th in the world by the population of its metropolitan area. 

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Tehran is the 32nd city to become the capital of Iran and the city considered the heartbeat of the country. With its nearly 13 million inhabitants, Tehran is a modern metropolis with a traditional side known for welcoming different cultures, ethnicity, and nationalities into its loving arms. Tehran may be the city of high-rise buildings, chic restaurants, gardens, graffiti art and lights that shine brightly in the dark of the night but it’s the warmth and hospitality of its inhabitants and the diversity of its lifestyle that forever captures the hearts of visitors.

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Best Time to Go

Generally the best time to visit Iran is during the spring and autumn. There are ideal temperatures across most of Iran from March until May and then again from late September to early November.

Unesco Sites

Golestan Palace

ATTRACTIONS

Atbin art gallery was founded in the summer of 2000 with the idea and objective of promoting young Iranian talents in the fields of visual arts. Believing in the creative potentials, outstanding power of imagination, pureness, technical capacity, and authenticity of sensuality of this new generation; this gallery has been responsible of holding up 270 solo and group exhibitions in Iran and abroad by the end of 2015. The taste we generally follow is a combination of innovation and a kind of beauty with a touch of decorativeness. We believe art is to give pleasure most of the times and sometimes a knock of awareness. We have the hope of presenting the true essence of Iranian visual arts through the eyes of wise young talents of this country and by presenting rare and fine pieces from masters of Iranian modern art.

We have long tried to keep Atbin a nice, welcoming, warm & cozy place for our supporting audiences, trusting customers, collectors and artist friends.

Azadi Tower, Built in 1971 to commemorate 2500 years of the Persian monarchy, this iconic tower fuses elements of Sassanian, Achaemenid, and modernist architecture. Literally meaning “Freedom Tower,” the ivory-coloured, Y-shaped building is situated in a park in east Tehran and features a well laid out underground museum. Though not as tall as the Milad Tower, it nevertheless boasts fantastic views of the city from the top floor.

Golestan Palace,

The oldest of the historic monuments in Tehran, the Golestan Palace (Palace of Flowers) belongs to a group of royal buildings that were once enclosed within the mud-thatched walls of Tehran’s Historic Arg (citadel).

The Arg was built during the reign of Tahmasb I (r. 1524-1576) of the Safaviddynasty (1502-1736), and was later renovated by Karim Khan Zand (r. 1750-1779).  Agha Mohamd Khan Qajar (1742-1797) chose Tehran as his capital.  The Arg became the site of the Qajar (1794-1925).Court and Golestan Palace became the official residence of the royal family.During the Pahlavi era (1925-1979) Golestan Palace was used for formal royal receptions.  The most important ceremonies to be held in the Palace during the Pahlavi era were the coronation of Reza Khan (r. 1925-1941) in Takht-e Marmar and the coronation of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (r. 1941-deposed 1979) in the Museum Hall.In its present state, Golestan Palace is the result of roughly 400 years construction and renovations. The buildings at the contemporary location each have a unique history.

Milad Tower, also known as the Tehran Tower with its height of 435 m (1,427 ft), is the tallest tower in Iran, and the sixth tallest telecommunication tower in the world. It consists of five main parts, including the foundation, transition (lobby) structure, shaft, head structure and the antenna mast. The lobby structure consists of six floors. The first three floors consist of 63 trade units, 11 food courts, a cafeteria, and a commercial products exhibition which is supposed to be 260 m2 (2,800 sq ft). The first and second floors underground consist of official and installing sections and data center. The ground floor is devoted to the entrance and visitors reception.
The shaft is a concrete structure which is 315 m-high (1,033 ft) from the ground floor. In three different sides of it, 6 elevators are used to transfer the visitors to the head of the tower at the speed of 7 m/s (0.0070 km/s), and there is an emergency staircase exists at the fourth side.
In the top floors of the tower, fire-immune areas were built as a refuge zone, a closed observation deck, a cafeteria, a public art gallery, an open observation deck, a revolving restaurant, telecommunication floors, a VIP restaurant, mechanical floors, and a sky dome.
Saturday – Friday: 09-21 
Valiasr Street is a tree-lined street in Tehran, Iran, dividing the metropolis into western and eastern parts. It is considered one of Tehran’s main thoroughfares and commercial centers. It is also the longest street in the Middle East. Valiasr Avenue is the main Shopping street in Tehran and whole Iran. Many foreign chain stores have branches on this street like Benetton Group (3 stores), Reebok, Adidas, etc. Many important shopping centers of Tehran are located on the Valiasr street like the Tandis Center (located at the most northern point of the street at Tajrish Sq.), the Safavieh Mall, the Eskan Shopping center and much more. Many luxury jewelry and accessories stores like Rolex, Tag Heuer, etc. are located on this street. Furthermore, hundreds of other local stores are located at Valiasr.

Tabiat Bridge, is the largest pedestrian overpass built in Tehran, Iran. The 270-metre bridge connects two public parks—Taleghani Park and Abo-Atash Park—by spanning Shahid Modarres avenue, one of the main highways in northern Tehran. The word Tabiat means “nature” in the Persian language. The bridge was designed by Leila Araghian. It has won several awards, including the Popular Choice Prize for Highways & Bridges from the Architizer A+ Awards, a global architectural competition based in New York.

MUSEUMS

Azadi Tower Museum, The entrance to the tower is directly underneath the main vault and leads into the Azadi Museum on the basement floor. The black walls and proportions of the building are austere. Heavy doors open onto a crypt with subdued lighting issuing from showcases, each containing an object. Gold and enamel pieces, painted pottery, marble, miniature, and paintings are located among black marble walls. A concrete mesh forms the ceiling. Approximately fifty pieces have been selected, each representing a particular period in Iran’s history.

Moghadam Museum, beyond the hubbub surroundings of central Tehran stands a scenic old house recently renewed into a splendid museum. As soon as one step inside the entrance vestibule of the house, suddenly the daily mechanical life fades away. The walls do not allow the surrounding commotion to enter the private enclosure of this house known as one of the most valuable houses in the world.
The house once belonged to Mohsen Moghadam, the youngest son of Ehtesab-ol-Molk, Tehran’s mayor during Nassereddin Shah’s rule. It came to be known as such in the 1950s and 60s when Professor Arthur Upham Pope, the American art historian, wrote an article entitled “Survey of Iranian Arts” in Sepid-o-Siah magazine about this unique house and its valuable historical objects. From Sunday – Friday : 9:00 – 16:00
Except Mondays and Religious Holidays

The Music Museum of Iran is located in Tehran, the capital and largest city of Iran. Enjoying an area of approximately 3,650 meters, the three-floored museum is founded to preserve the national musical heritage.

The Holy Defence museum remembers the eight-year Iran-Iraq War. Inside is a gallery of gruesome photos, weapons, letters and documents from the war. The Museum of the Holy Defence remembers the eight-year Iran-Iraq War. Inside is a gallery of gruesome photos, weapons, letters and documents from the war. Outside, along with a line-up of tanks and missile launchers, is a battlefield complete with bunkers, minefield and sound effects recorded from the actual war. Well worth a look.

Address: Vanak square, across from Taleqani park, Tehran Province  Sunday to Thursday:08-12 pm, 13-17 pm On Friday: 11-17

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Glassware Museum is a building in which glass and clay works are on display is situated in a garden spread over 7,000 square meters and was used by Qavam himself until 1953 CE. The building which house Glassware and Ceramic Museum of Iran was built 90 years ago upon the order of Ahmad Qavam (Qavam-ol-Saltaneh), the premier of Qajar King Ahmad Shah as a personal lodging (residence-cum-office). The building in which glass and clay works are on display is situated in a garden spread over 7,000 square meters and was used by Qavam himself until 1953 CE.
 

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Later, the building was sold to the Egyptians as the new location for the Egyptian Embassy and remained in their possession for seven years.
However, it was sold in 1976 and turned into a museum jointly by Iranian, Austrian and French architects. The museum was opened in 1980 and was registered on the National Heritage List in 1998. The main establishment of the museum that occupies an area of 1,040 square meters is a two-storey octagonal building with suspended pillars and a basement. It is situated on the entrance side of the premises. The architectural style of the building is a combination of Iranian style and European architecture of the 19th century. The first floor is connected to the second one by Russian style wooden stairs.
Parts of the walls in the basement are decorated in traditional style with big tiles. Double windows have been used in the architecture of the building instead of a terrace. Wooden doors have been installed behind the window panes to regulate the light and temperature of the interior. The exterior and interior of the museum include decorations such as brick works, plaster works, mirror works and inlaid works.

The glass and clay works that are on display at the museum is among the rare collections in Iran. It comprises clay pots dating back from the 4th millennium BCE up to the present time as well as glass works from 1st millennium BCE up to the contemporary era. European glass works, belonging to the 18th and 19th centuries, are also parts of the collection. The collection is on display in six halls and two entrance halls in separate sections depicting different historical eras and subjects.

Address: si-e-tir, Jomhori Street, Tehran Province Tuesday to Sunday: 09-17 Closed on Religious Holidays and Monday

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SaadAbad Museum, With an area of more than 110 hectares, at the foot of the Alborz ranges, north of Tehran, It was first the summer residence of Qajar kings, and then turned into Reza Shah’s summer residence following expansion and annexation of some other quarters.
On various occasions, villa-palaces and mansions were erected on the beautiful range among aged cypresses and aspens, in almost the vicinity of the remnants of aged and weather beaten Qajar mansions the facades of which were constructed in bricks. In the course of time, they numbered 18, each in a different architectural style and technique. After the Islamic Revolution, palaces were changed into museums in a suitable way to represent the finest works of art from Iranian and non-Iranian artists to a large number of visitors.

Green palace

It is the first palace built in the complex during Pahlavi dynasty by Reza Shah’s order. The building is called green palace because of the color of its facade. The palace is a very nice museum of Persian arts like mirror marquetry, carpets, and illumination and plaster work. It was served as Mohammad Reza’s private palace where some private meetings were held before the Islamic Revolution.

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Nation’s palace

In two stories, different small and large rooms were served as residence and office of Reza Shah Pahlavi and his son. Rooms were used as sitting room, waiting room, reception hall, dining hall, and bedroom. There are some works of art like figurines and chinaware are kept in showcases. Furniture, chandeliers, and paintings are European made. There are four big murals painting the subjects of which are Iranian myths.

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Nations’ museum

This collection consists of various works of art purchased from other countries and represents the civilizations of pre-Islam Iranian, African, Indian, far east, Eskimos, Mayas and contemporary arts of Iranian as well as non-Iranian artists.

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Fine arts museum

The major part of the paintings in this collection are the oil paintings of Safavid, Afshar, Zand, and Qajar periods collected by Mohammad Reza Pahlavi’s last wife, Farah, from an English collector called Harold Emmer. The paintings have been arranged on 3 floors: 1) First floor, teahouse painting by contemporary Iranian artists, 2) second floor, various historical periods paintings mentioned above, and 3) Third floor, European works presented to Farah or bought by her.

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Behzad Museum

This museum is devoted to the miniatures painted by Hossein Behzad (1895-1968) who made a revolution in Iranian painting. Studying European art and being inspired by Kamal-ed-din Behzad and Reza Abbasi, he introduced a new style of a miniature on paper, hard paper or fiberboard. This style is purely Iranian, but it has kept on with its contemporary spaces and changes of art in universal art schools.

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Abkar Museum

The miniatures in this museum are works of a 20th-century artist called Klara Abkar who had her particular style in painting. Her source of inspiration was the rich Iranian literature and mysticism. Her works take the visitors to a world of spirituality and a poem-like or light-music-like harmony that give everyone’s eyes peace and tranquility.

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Mir Emad Museum

The main subject of this museum is the most prominent post-Islam Iranian art namely calligraphy. On paper and parchment, there are plenty of various calligraphic styles of writing belonging to 10th to 19th centuries. Mir Emad, himself, the most well known 18th century’s calligrapher, has been introduced by his works. In some cases, some calligraphy-related arts like illumination, painting, etc are exhibited.

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Museum of Anthropology

The lifestyle and customs of Iranians through the history are displayed from the cultural perspective. In a vast area and of two floors, various objects are exhibited like tools for irrigation, agriculture, husbandry, fishing, and hunting as well as agricultural documents, clothes, lighting tools and handicrafts.

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Military Museum

 the objects of the museum are displayed on two floors. The military uniforms of Achaemenians up to the present time are exhibited. The weaponry on display consists of some unsophisticated ones used in the ancient times until the firearms periods. Part of the history of Iraqi-imposed war against Iran (1980-1988) is also exposed to visitors. Visiting this complex of palaces can serve as an introductory step to be familiar with various historical, cultural and artistic aspects of Iran.
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The miniature park is regularly visited by tour groups of schoolchildren, students, families and domestic sightseers and it’s also a destination for foreign travelers more or less.Spanning 2.9 hectares in area, Miniature Garden Museum was launched in 2014 by the Tehran Parks & Green Space Organization of the Tehran Municipality. It is home to giant models of thirteen Iranian historical sites that have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Some visitors say the miniature park provides ample opportunities for people who are not able to traverse the country on tours of these heritage sites. “One of the key characteristics of the ensemble is that its replica models have entirely been designed and constructed by domestic sculptors and artists,” he said, adding the museum is home to some 70 to 80 species of floras and plants that are endemic to the country and it also embraces a permanent photo gallery showing variety of real shots of Iran’s UNESCO sites.

Special Revolving Restaurant Milad Tower

One of the largest revolving restaurants over 276 meters high is located at Milad Towers atop, at the sixth floor of the head structure, which can accommodate 300 persons. The restaurant is ornamented with an exquisite painting from Shahnameh which helped the place to be awed by its beauty. The restaurant consisted of two stationary and rotating platforms. The rotating platform revolves around the stationary part one round per hour which enables patrons to enjoy a panoramic view.

Parkway Restaurant

Parkway restaurant offers a variant menu of delicious and authentic Chinese, Japanese, Thai and other East Asian dishes. This restaurant also has a noodle and Dim Sum Bar. Parkway is a two ­story restaurant with a very artistic and beautiful interior design and decoration along with a chic, modern and luxurious setting. What makes visiting Parkway restaurant an unforgettable experience is an eye ­catching view of Tehran’s Parkway Bridge and gorgeous luminous nights while dining with family and friends.

Kenzo Restaurant

Kenzo is Japanese Restaurant located in the heart of Tehran, Capital of Iran. Our variety of elegant dining spaces and dishes to choose from make it easy for Kenzo to be able to entertain and impress.

Divan Restaurant

For modern Persian cuisine in splendid and stylishly modern surroundings, look no further than Divan, the Monsoon Group’s latest offering to Tehran’s dining scene. The restaurant interior is dominated by a stylish black and white theme with cool turquoise accents, modern and colorful Persian artwork and beautiful, contemporary lighting – and above all, stunning views of the breath-taking Alborz Mountains in the distance. Dine on a starter of crispy beef piroshkis – a baked or fried stuffed bun – with barberries and herbs, followed by an entrée of crispy duck house stew with walnuts, pomegranate molasses, and orange marmalade. Alternatively, try one of Divan’s recommended dishes like its oven-roasted quail in a lemon marinade served with couscous.

Kakh Restaurant

Luxury restaurant  with great atmosphere

Shemshak is a village in Iran with a popular ski resort. It is situated to the north-east of Tehran in the Alborz mountain range. Shemshak is the second largest ski area in Iran after Dizin and came into operation in 1958. It includes two ski lifts, three dish teleskis and two Hammer teleskis. The slopes lie at an altitude of 2550m to 3050m above sea level. The resort includes two main slopes each with a chair lift that apex at the top and several lifts. There are also lighting facilities for night skiing. Shemshak has classically catered to more advanced skiers while Dizin has drawn Beginner and Intermediate Skiers. The slopes are quite steep and many of the runs are mogul runs. Shemshak is conveniently situated just about 55 minutes drive from Tehran, 10 km from the middle-slope parking of Dizin and 5 km from Darband-Sar ski resort. Shemshak is compact enough to get around on foot, although the main village road is a little steep and can get covered in ice and mud. Good footwear is advised. Shemshak is far less crowded than Dizin, although is smaller and caters more to more advanced skiers (and some snowboarders). Fresh weather, as well as the closeness of the region to Tehran, are the main reasons to attract many foreign and local tourists. You will enjoy an interesting ski until midnight by the lightened spectacular scene.

Shemshak
Dizin is one of the largest Iranian ski resorts in the Alborz mountain range, near Tehran and also the city of Karaj. It was established in 1969. The ski season in Dizin lasts longer than in European ski resorts, from December to May, due to the resort’s high altitude. The highest ski lift reaches 3,600 m (11,800 ft), making it one of the 40 highest ski resorts in the world. Dizin ski amenities include two hotels, 19 cottages and five restaurants, villas and private apartments around the Dizin ski resort accommodate thousands of people every year. Dizin is situated in the mountains of Alborz and is 45 miles of Tehran and 50 miles of Karaj, Iran.
The installation of ski-lifts at Dizin dates back to 1348 on the Iran calendar which includes three tel-cabins, two ski-lifts, seven dish tele-skis and one Hammer tele-ski, the lowest point of the region is 2650m, while its highest point is 3600m (which equates to 11,811 feet above the sea level).
The ski activity in Dizin complex is not confined to the only winter season. There are many other springs, summer, and fall activities. The snow quality at Dizin is fantastic powder and rivals that of many European and Rocky Mountain snow areas. It was first opened under the reign of the Shah of Iran in 1969.

4-Day Skiing Tour, Dizin resort from Tehran

Ghazali Town affiliated with the Islamic Republic of Iran broadcasting Services and covering an area of 10 hectares, the complex was established in 1971, partially simulating old Tehran. It comprises various state and historic buildings; streets, and places of more than 100 years ago decorated by Italian decorators, particularly Gianni Cortina. The exterior decoration of the structures and locations imitates that of the original ones using extant pictures. The complex comprises three sections: I ) Laleh Zar Avenue, the Municipality, and Old Toopkhaneh (modern Imam Khomeini) Square: 2) The ancient districts of Tehran such as Ood-e lajaan, Paamenar, and the Bazaar; 3) The reconstruction of the environment the Sarbedaran movie picture was being made. In future, other structures such as the old Tehran Police Building, the Shahi Bank, the ancient Post and Telegraph Office, the Baharestan Square, arid the old Majlis (Parliament) will be added tothe complex.

darbandsar ski
Darbandsar Opened in 1982, Darbandsar Resort is a private resort located approximately 50 kilometers North of Tehran and ideally situated at the center or Iran’s major skiing community. With the support from our private investors, Darbandsar Resort has made significant investments in infrastructure in order to provide an unparalleled experience for our guests.  Our long-term vision is to be a year-long resort destination and provide a broad base of activities and events for individuals, families, corporations, and institutions.
For the first time, starting the Summer of 2015, Darbandsar Resort will host guests during the off-ski season.  We look forward to serving and engaging our guests with a variety of outdoor activities, providing them with a unique dining experience at our new mountain-top restaurant & café while also providing a respite from Tehran’s Summer heat.  Our mission is to ensure that all of our guests, whether you are a skier, mountaineer, camper, company affiliate or an institution, that your experience at Darbandsar Resort is positive, safe and memorable.

Tochal Complex is Very Close to Metropolitan Tehran and in the north, There is a beautiful mountain which name is “Tochal “. Thre ridgeline is 12 km long ! the highest peak is 3933 meters high.  There is a cabin from Tehran which goes to the pass of the summit ( 3900m) and ends in Tochal ski resort. Tochal base is also a place for recreational activities. Zip line, Bunjee Jumping, Rock climbing and many restaurants are working in the base of the summit. Mount Tochal sits in the mountain range to the north of Tehran, with its peak reaching a staggering 3,993 meters. An excellent challenge for mountaineers, trails set off from Darakeh and Velanjak, with tea houses staggered along the way. If you lack the time or inclination for the trek, a tele-cabin service will take you all the way up the mountain for a reasonable fee. The top of the mountain also has a small ski piste, with equipment available to rent. Not as impressive as Dizin or Shemshak ski resorts, but ideal for a quick afternoon getaway. Tochal Complex consists of many recreational and sports facilities. Tochal Telecabin is probably the world’s longest gondola lift lines with a length of 7500 m. The project started in 1974 and has been open to the public since 1978. It starts at the Velenjak valley in the north of Tehran at an altitude of 1900 m. and ends at the last station at an altitude of 3740 m., near the main ridge of Mount Tochal. This gondola lift is used for accessing ski resorts and other recreational centers on the mountain. Beautiful landscape, mountain fresh air and a multitude of fresh water springs add to the freshness of the area. With upgrading the safety standards of tale cabin lines, families and sportspeople can enjoy the tel-cabin ride and other facilities with joy and pleasure.

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The gondola lift has four stations: Station 1 is at an elevation of 1900 m. and located at the beginning of Velenjak Valley (end of Velenjak Street). Parking, inns and some other facilities are available. Station 2 is at 2400 m. and has very limited facilities. Station 5 is at 2935 m. There are a restaurant and a rescue center. This station is in the middle of one of the ski slopes which is open only in mid-winter but rarely used. This station is also accessible through several climbing paths like Shirpala shelter, Osoon valley, and Palang-chal shelter. In order to get to Station 7, you have to change here. Station 7 is at 3740 m. and very close to the Tochal main ridge. It is the last station of the gondola lift. This station is in the middle of the Tochal ski slope. The Tochal main peak is a 30-minute walk from this point. This station is also reachable from Hezar-Cham climbing path from Station 5.

The main ski slopes are located in Station 7: Peak: This slope starts from the foot of Tochal (at 3850 meters) and ends at the hotel (at 3550 meters). The length of the slope is 1200 meters and is a very suitable slope. There is one Doppelmayr chairlift and one teleski improvised in this ski slope, for transferring skiers. Because of the height of the ski slope in station 7 (more than 3,500 meters above sea level), similar to the Alvares Ski Resort in Sabalan, Azerbaijan, Iran, these slopes are covered with snow for more than 8 months of the year. Also, a Half Pipe is available for customers of this ski slope. Western Foothill: This slope is located on the western foothill of the Tochal Mountain and the unique views of the surrounding mountains have given it a spectacular manifestation. The length of the ski slope is 900 meters, the peak having 3,750 meters height, and its lowest spot (Tochal Hotel) is 3550 meters high. A Poma chairlift is built on this slope for skiers.

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Affiliated with the Islamic Republic of Iran broadcasting Services and covering an area of 10 hectares, the complex was established in 1971, partially simulating old Tehran. It comprises various state and historic buildings; streets, and places of more than 100 years ago decorated by Italian decorators, particularly Gianni Cortina. The exterior decoration of the structures and locations imitates that of the original ones using extant pictures. The complex comprises three sections: I ) Laleh Zar Avenue, the Municipality, and Old Toopkhaneh (modern Imam Khomeini) Square: 2) The ancient districts of Tehran such as Ood-e lajaan, Paamenar, and the Bazaar; 3) The reconstruction of the environment the Sarbedaran movie picture was being made. In future, other structures such as the old Tehran Police Building, the Shahi Bank, the ancient Post and Telegraph Office, the Baharestan Square, arid the old Majlis (Parliament) will be added tothe complex.

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Darakeh is a neighborhood located north of the provincial capital of Tehran, Iran. It is near Evin and Velenjak. It is a popular hiking area that attracts many tourists, with a population (As of 2005) of 1,000,000. If you are a mountain person and love a good trek or hike then head to Darakeh, a village in the north-eastern part of Tehran where several trails into the mountains will leave you spoilt for choice. All the trails are dotted with gurgling streams and gushing waterfalls brought to life mostly by melting snow. 

 

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If all that hiking and the long trek leaves you tired and in need of some breathing space then by all means stop, look around and take in the beauty of the landscape. You can also kick off your shoes, perch yourself atop some rocks and dip your feet into the cool water. The tingling sensation that runs through your body is just the thing to make you feel alive! While you are in Darakeh, do take the opportunity to experience life in a Persian village. Tea is a favorite drink in Iran and the trails of Darakeh are dotted with tea houses where you can rest, sip on some black tea sweetened with sugar cubes and just sit back in the warmth of tea rooms covered with Persian carpets in warm colors like red and maroon with black. If you are in Darakeh during spring you can take your pick from one of the most delicious, fresh and colorful fruits of the season – shahtoot, or mulberries. The mulberries are large, dark, sweet, plump and delicious. Early morning is the best time of the day to start out for Darakeh, so leave early before the sun rises too high in the sky. Should you decide to go early and on a Friday, you will find that you are not alone in your quest for natural beauty and in your desire to get away from the big city as several hundred of city dwellers from Tehran will also be in Darakeh enjoying some hiking and spending time in natural settings.

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Oushan-Fasham (locally called Oushoun-Fasham) lies in Roudbar-e Qasran District, Shemiranat County. Oushan-Fasham-Meigoun (also called Qasran) is a garden city 25 kilometers north east of Tehran en route Lashkarak Road. Fasham is the center of Qasran. There are many orchards in the area, and though the weather in spring and summer is mild, it is cold in winter since Fasham is located in the foothills of the Alborz Mountains. There are three ski resorts in the area. The recreational areas include Igel, Ahar, and Shekarab en route to Oushan, as well as Emameh Village en route to Fasham. Further north from Fasham Junction, the villages of Routeh, Zaigan (also called Zagoun), Lalan (Laloun), Abnik (also called Ounak), Garmabdar, Janastoun are located on the right side of the road, and Meigoun, Darbansar (also called Negin-Zibaye-Qasran), and Shemshak on the left side of the road.

DARBAND was formerly a village close to Tajrish, Shemiran, and is now a neighborhood inside Tehran’s city limits. It is the beginning of a very popular hiking trail into the Mount Tochal, which towers over Tehran. A chair lift is also available for those not interested in hiking. The Persian word “darband” means gateway or door of the mountain (“band”, a variation of “vand” and “fand”, meaning mountain).

Darband has a suitable climate all year round and sees heavy snowfall every year. The initial start of the trail at Darband is about 250 meters long and is dotted with a number of small cafes and restaurants. These are quite popular and are busy in the evenings, as locals and tourists alike visit the many hooka lounges (locally called qavekhane sonnati) along the trail. Darband is a highly visited tourist attraction in Tehran. The Darband River passes through this village.

Darband

Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport

(IATA: IKA, ICAO: OIIE), also known as Tehran-IKIA or IKIA, is the main international airport of Iran, located 30 kilometers southwest of the city of Tehran, on a 13,500-hectare (135 km2) site. It was intended to replace Mehrabad International Airport, which is in the west of the city. The airport, operated by the Iran Airports Company, is the home base of Iran Air, Meraj Airlines, Mahan Air, Iran Aseman Airlines, Qeshm Airlines, Taban Air, and Zagros Airlines. As of June 2016, Imam Khomeini International Airport serves 49 passenger airlines, 7 charter airlines and 6 cargo airlines operating over 850 of weekly flights connecting Tehran to cities in over 40 countries and territories worldwide. Imam Khomeini Airport is accessible from Tehran by car, taxi via the Tehran-Qom Freeway. An airport access road connects the freeway to the airport terminal. An extension to the southern part of Line 1 of Tehran Metro for IKA airport is currently under construction. As of 2013, Iran had 319 airports which made Iran the 22nd country in the world with most airports.

Airlines & Destinations

AirlinesDestinations
Asian AirlinesAthens
AeroflotMoscow–Sheremetyevo
Air ArabiaSharjah
Air Asia XKuala Lumpur–International
Air AstanaAlmaty
Air FranceParis–Charles de Gaulle
AlitaliaRome–Fiumicino
Ata AirlinesBaku, Tbilisi
AtlasGlobalAdana, Istanbul–Atatürk, Izmir
Austrian AirlinesVienna
AZALJetBaku
BelaviaMinsk–National
British AirwaysLondon–Heathrow
Caspian AirlinesDamascus, Dubai–International, Isparta, Najaf, Sulaimaniyah
Cham WingsDamascus
China Southern AirlinesBeijing–Capital, Ürümqi
Corendon AirlinesAntalya, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
EmiratesDubai–International
Etihad AirwaysAbu Dhabi
Fly BaghdadBaghdad, Najaf
Fly DubaiDubai–International
GermaniaBerlin–Schönefeld
Iran AirAmsterdam, Ankara, Baghdad, Beijing–Capital, Beirut, Cologne/Bonn, Damascus, Dubai–International, Frankfurt, Gothenburg–Landvetter, Hamburg, Istanbul–Atatürk, Karachi, London–Heathrow, Milan–Malpensa, Mumbai, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Paris–Orly, Rome–Fiumicino, Stockholm–Arlanda, Tashkent, Vienna
Iran Air ToursSeasonal: Adana, Doha, Dubai–International, Isparta
Iran Aseman AirlinesDubai–International, Istanbul–Atatürk, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen, Kabul, Mazar-i-Sharif, Sulaimaniyah, Tashkent, Yerevan
Iraqi AirwaysBaghdad, Najaf
Kam AirKabul, Mazar-i-Sharif
Kish AirNajaf
KLMAmsterdam
Kuwait AirwaysKuwait City
LufthansaFrankfurt, Munich
Mahan AirAlmaty, Ankara, Athens, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Beijing Capital, Beirut, Copenhagen, Dammam, Delhi, Dubai–International, Düsseldorf, Erbil, Guangzhou, Isparta, Istanbul–Atatürk, Izmir, Kabul, Kiev–Boryspil, Kuala Lumpur–International, Kuwait, Milan–Malpensa, Moscow–Vnukovo, Munich, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Saint Petersburg, Shanghai–Pudong, Yerevan
Meraj AirlinesAnkara, Baghdad, Isparta, Istanbul–Atatürk, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen, Izmir, Kuwait, Moscow–Vnukovo, Najaf, Saint Petersburg, Sochi, Yerevan Seasonal: Antalya, Dubai–International, Konya, Varna
Oman AirMuscat
S7 AirlinesDomodedovo International Airport
Pegasus AirlinesIstanbul–Sabiha Gökçen Seasonal: Adana, Alanya, Gaziantep
Qatar AirwaysDoha
Qeshm AirlinesBaghdad, Dubai–International, Istanbul–Atatürk, Izmir, Najaf, Sulaimaniyah
Taban AirAstrakhan, Delhi, Dushanbe, Istanbul–Atatürk, Izmir, Najaf Seasonal: Batumi, Kiev–Boryspil, St Petersburg, Tbilisi
Tajik AirDushanbe
Wings of LebanonBeirut Airport
Thai AirwaysBangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Turkish AirlinesIstanbul–Atatürk, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen, Konya
Ukraine International AirlinesKiev–Boryspil
UM AirlinesKiev–Boryspil
Zagros AirlinesBaghdad, Isparta, Izmir
Armenia Air companyZvartnots International Airport
Cobalt AirKuwait International Airline, Larnaca International Airport
 Bulgaria Airline Seasonal: Varna Airport
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Tehran Mehrabad International Airport

(IATA: THR, ICAO: OIII), also known as Tehran-Mehrabad, is an airport that serves Tehran, Iran. It was the primary airport of Tehran in both international and domestic passenger traffic but has been replaced by the new Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport for most of its international traffic.  Mehrabad, however, is still by far the busiest airport in Iran in terms of passenger traffic and aircraft movements, handling 13,617,094 passengers in 2014. It is capable of handling wide-body aircraft such as the Boeing 747 and Airbus A340-600. The airport was first time used as an airfield for aviation club planes in 1938.

Airlines & Destinations

AirlinesDestinations
Ata AirlinesAhwaz, Ardabil, Kish Island, Mashhad, Shiraz, Tabriz, Urmia
Atrak AirBandar Abbas, Bojnord, Kish Island, Mashhad, Shiraz
Caspian AirlinesAhwaz, Mashhad, Sanandaj
Iran AirAbadan, Ahwaz, Ardabil, Bandar Abbas, Birjand, Bushehr, Qeshm Island, Isfahan, Kermanshah, Khorramabad, Kish Island, Lar, Mashhad, Rasht, Sari, Shiraz, Tabriz, Urmia, Yazd,Zahedan
Iran Air ToursAbadan, Ahwaz, Ardabil, Bandar Abbas, Chabahar, Isfahan, Kermanshah, Mashhad, Rasht, Shahrekord, Shiraz, Tabriz, Urmieh, Yazd, Zahedan
Iran Aseman AirlinesAbadan, Ahwaz, Ardabil, Asalouyeh, Bam, Birjand, Bandar Abbas, Bojnord, Bushehr, Gachsaran, Gorgan, Qeshm Island, Ilam, Isfahan, Kermanshah, Kish Island, Khoy, Lamerd, Lar,Mashhad, Rafsanjan, Ramsar, Rasht, Sabzevar, Sahand, Sanandaj, Shiraz, Tabriz, Urmieh, Yasouj, Yazd
Iranian Naft AirlinesAbadan, Aghajari, Ahwaz, Dezful, Isfahan, Kharg Island, Mahshahr, Yazd
Kish AirAbadan, Ahwaz, Asalouyeh, Bandar Abbas, Hamadan, Isfahan, Kish Island, Mahshahr, Mashhad, Qeshm, Shiraz, Shahrekord, Tabriz
Mahan AirArdabil, Asalouyeh, Bam, Bandar Abbas, Birjand, Bojnord, Dezful, Gachsaran, Ilam, Jiroft, Kerman, Kermanshah, Khorramabad, Kish Island, Mahshahr, Mashhad, Qeshm, Rafsanjan,Rasht, Sari, Sanandaj, Shahrekord, Shahrood, Shiraz, Sirjan, Tabas, Zabol, Zahedan
Meraj AirlinesBandar Abbas, Dezful, Kermanshah, Kish Island, Mashhad, Qeshm Island, Shiraz, Tabriz
Qeshm AirlinesAbadan, Ahwaz, Bandar Abbas, Chabahar, Isfahan, Kish Island, Mahshahr, Mashhad, Qeshm Island, Sanandaj, Shiraz
Taban AirAhwaz, Isfahan, Khorramabad, Kish Island, Mashhad
Zagros AirlinesAhwaz, Isfahan, Mashhad, Kish Island, Shiraz, Sirri Island

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