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    Travelling in Turkmenistan: road stories #13 – from Ashgabat to Konye-Urgench

    Welcome to the 13th part of our Travelogue following us during our stay in Turkmenistan’s wierd and wonderful capital Ashgabat: enjoying the amazingly over-the-top architecture of one of the world’s most closed regimes. Then we strike north through the desert in a haze of attempted sleep and a landscape that featured nothing but sand …

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    Hitchhiking in Iran video compilation

    A quick summary of our month-long hitchhiking adventure in Iran. Was it difficult or easy? Did we have any problems? Check out the post to see a video covering our stay as well as a full directory of articles on Iranian culture, traditions and our travelogue.

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    How to travel in Iran independently if you are British, American or Canadian and not pay for a guide

    Most nationalities are welcome to travel in Iran independently but due to the recent regulations the citizens of the USA, Britain and Canada require an authorised guide at all times. Theoretically all Brits, Americans and Canadians must pay for the guide’s accommodation, transport and food or be part of an organised tour group. However, there is a way around it and you can easily backpack or hitchhike in Iran without booking a tour. Let us explain how it works…

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    How to get a Turkmenistan visa in Iran

    Picking up your Turkmenistan visa in Iran couldn’t be easier with our simple how-to guide. We tell you how to apply for the visa in Tehran and collect in Mashhad, with information on the documents you need, embassy opening hours, maps and a host of other useful information …

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    14 Observations on Iranian culture and society (part 2)

    This is the second part of the article in which we are discussing our subjective impressions on Persian culture. Have you met an Iranian person before? Do you agree with us? Which points are you most surprised by?

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    14 Observations on Iranian culture and society (part 1)

    Have you ever wondered what Iranian people are like? Are they really all terrorists? :) Here we have all the answers, discussing such interesting elements of Persian culture like Iranian hospitality, tarof, bakhshesh and many others…

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    Hitchhiking in Iran & Turkmenistan: road stories #12 – from Mashhad to Ashgabat

    Sit back and enjoy the 12th part of our Travelogue recording our stay in Iran’s holiest city Mashhad, where we partied like it was Iranian New Year (Nowruz) and our fateful decision to camp close to the border of Turkmenistan. Have you ever wondered what its like to pack up a tent in a hail storm? Also, featuring our attempt to get across the Turkmen frontier and on the capital of this strange and mysterious land …

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    Hitchhiking in Iran: road stories #11 – from Tabas to Mashhad

    In this edition of our travelogue a huge Nowruz (Iranian New Year) let-down in Tabas, a photo that could have been the source of some serious trouble of and a day of hitchhiking mistakes as we try to get to Iran’s second largest city, Mashhad …

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    Hitchhiking in Iran: road stories #10 – from Yazd to Tabas

    Introducing the 10th part of our Travelogue recording our stay in Iran’s oldest city Yazd and our quick hitchhike to Tabas: In this edition we explore the unique architecture of the hottest city in Iran and learn more about the ancient religion of Zoroastrianism. Then we get back into desert hitchhiking as we search out the town of Tabas and take a photo that would be the source of trouble a few days later …

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    Yazd Old Town, Iran – photo essay and tourist information (+VIDEO)

    Losing yourself in the maze of mud bricked kuches (lanes) of the ancient city of Yazd is one of the highlights of any trip to Iran. Explore the narrow winding alleys and search out the simple courtyards, covered walkways and ornately carved wooden doors that make it such an atmospheric place …

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    Hitchhiking in Iran: road stories #9 – from Shiraz to Yazd

    Introducing the 9th part of our Travelogue covering our stay in Iran’s most vibrant city Shiraz and our hitchhike to Yazd: Join us as we have the time of our lives in Shiraz, with videos of Iranian folk music by master musician Shahram. Also the highs and lows of visiting UNESCO sites and a hitchhike with a family, a bunch of truck drivers and budding tour guide

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    How to cook a Spanish seafood paella

    The 10th video in our Cultural Relay Project in which we teach an Iranian man in Shiraz how to make traditional Spanish Paella, a classic of Spanish cuisine given an Iranian twist!

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    How to cook Iranian Falafel

    The 9th video of our Cultural Relay Project in which we learn how to cook Iranian falafel from a masterchef in Shiraz. Learn how to cook this healthy, vegetarian dish which is popular across the Middle East with us …

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    Guest post: Best Places to Travel for Wildlife Photographers – by Harry Warre

    In this week’s guest post we discover the best places to travel for wildlife photographers with our new contributor, Harry!

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    Persepolis, Iran – photo essay and tourist information

    Founded in 518 B.C. as the capital of the Achaemenid Empire, the city of Persepolis (meaning the city of Persians) is one of Iran’s top tourist destinations and a breathtaking attraction. Despite being a shadow of its former self, the ruins of the structures that can be seen today still leave an indelible mark …

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    Hitchhiking in Iran: road stories #8 – from Isfahan to Shiraz

    Welcome to the 8th part of our Travelogue covering our stay in the beautiful city of Isfahan and our hitchhike to Shiraz: Want to see what happens when couchsurfing goes wrong? Or what a busman’s holiday looks like? Or perhaps the reason why we were looking at a selection of prostitutes shaking their arses on a mobile phone? Then read on …

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    Naqsh-e Jahan Square, Isfahan, Iran – photo essay and tourist information

    Naqsh-e Jahan Square (also known as Imam Square and formerly named Shah Square) is one of the greatest construction project in history. The magnificent UNESCO listed square is surrounded by four of Isfahan’s most important buildings and is a joy to behold …

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    The Bridges of Isfahan – photo essay and tourist information

    Some of Isfahan’s finest architecture spans the Zayandeh River, contributing to the breathtaking images already abundant in Iran’s prettiest city. The bridges of Isfahan, of which there are 11 in total, are a stunning example of urban and functional architecture and have become a symbol of the city.

    Explore with us the prettiest of Isfahan’s bridges!

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    Visiting a traditional textile printing workshop in Isfahan (+VIDEO)

    While in Isfahan, Iran we had a unique opportunity to visit a traditional textile printing workshop. Ghalamkar, the art of using wooden blocks to create pattern on cloth, is the oldest and most traditional textile printing method. It’s been used in Iran since ancient times and the way it’s done in the present day hasn’t changed for millennia. The factory worker was so kind and showed our camera how a table cloth is made. Check it out!

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    Imam Khomeini Mosque, Isfahan, Iran – photo essay and tourist information

    Imam Khomeini Mosque is without doubt a masterpiece of Persian design and arguably the finest example of Islamic architecture anywhere in Iran. Built under the direction of Shah Abbas it is famed for its use of seven-colour mosaic tiles and elegant calligraphic inscriptions. Let us take you around this most elegant of mosques …

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The Long Way Home – Travelogue

Traveller's Tips

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How to travel in Iran independently if you are British, American or Canadian and not pay for a guide

Most nationalities are welcome to travel in Iran independently but due to the recent regulations the citizens of the USA, Britain and Canada require an authorised guide at all times. Theoretically all Brits, Americans and Canadians must pay for the guide’s accommodation, transport and food or be part of an organised tour group. However, there is a way around it and you can easily backpack or hitchhike in Iran without booking a tour. Let us explain how it works…

Hitch-hiking guides

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Hitchhike from Zanjan to Tehran

Hitchhike from Zanjan to Tehran: Hitchhiking route with practical advice and information on where to stand, how long it will take and what to visit on the way. Helping you explore Iran, from unknown cities to the capital

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Hitchhike from Samsun to Trabzon

Hitchhike from Samsun to Trabzon: Hitchhiking route with practical advice and information on where to stand, how long it will take and what to visit on the way. All the inspiration you need to visit these two Turkish Black Sea destinations …

Travel Guides

Monuments InFocus

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Persepolis, Iran – photo essay and tourist information

Founded in 518 B.C. as the capital of the Achaemenid Empire, the city of Persepolis (meaning the city of Persians) is one of Iran’s top tourist destinations and a breathtaking attraction. Despite being a shadow of its former self, the ruins of the structures that can be seen today still leave an indelible mark …

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The Bridges of Isfahan – photo essay and tourist information

Some of Isfahan’s finest architecture spans the Zayandeh River, contributing to the breathtaking images already abundant in Iran’s prettiest city. The bridges of Isfahan, of which there are 11 in total, are a stunning example of urban and functional architecture and have become a symbol of the city.

Explore with us the prettiest of Isfahan’s bridges!

Culture & Traditions