Landscapes of Persia

Exploring the diverse landscapes of Iran

Welcome

Introduction

Persia was internationally renamed in 1935 to Iran, The Persians have always called their region The land of the Arians, from which the name Iran/Aryan comes (read more). Historically, Iran has always been the local name for that region for millenniums, but later under subsequent Greek influence became internationally known as Persia (named after the province of Pars in Iran from where the Achaemenid Persian Kings and Queens ruled over half the known world.) On 21 March 1935, the ruler of Persia, King Pahlavi I, officially requested all foreign governments to no longer refer to Iran as Persia and it nearly took 25 years (until 1959) for the entire world to officially recognize and use the local term Iran. Iran is a wide country in southwest/central Asia neighboring the Caspian Sea with landscapes that vary remarkably at different seasons. All southern borders of the country end to the shores of the Persian Gulf and Sea. Iran lies in a continental climate with great diversities and it has almost all the climates of the world in a single vast country with regions with different temperatures even at a specific period of time: Temperatures ranging from as low as minus -18°C in the north upto +50°C in the south.

It is a land of unique landscapes such as limpid water springs, Pomegranate orchards, pistachio gardens, rows of Lombardy poplars, decampment of nomads in different seasons, cheliferous nights, rocks, mountains, endless high and low lands, extinct volcanoes, luxuriant forests of Alborz mountain range, and coastlines of the Caspian sea are among the eye-catching and memorable landscapes of Iran’s nature which leaves unique memories in the minds of tourists.
Southern Persia:  Maryam Beach, annual temperature of 26°C all year long

Kish Island - Maryam Beach
Southern Persia:  Kish - A Resort island part of the Province of Iran

Kish Island - Persian Gulf 1
Southern Persia:  Kish Island - Dariush Grand Hotel

Kish Island - Persian Gulf 2
Southern Persia:  Ocean View of The Persian Gulf

Kish Island - Persian Gulf 3
Southern Persia:  Bird’s-eye view over the Kish Island

Kish Island - Persian Gulf 4
Southern Persia:  Another bird’s-eye view over the Island

Kish Island - Persian Gulf 5
Southern Persia:  Kish Island - Dariush Grand Hotel at Night

Kish Island - Persian Gulf 6
Southern Persia:  Mythical twin-headed statues, similar to the ones found in Persepolis

Kish Island - Persian Gulf 7
Eastern Persia:  Waterfall of the Canyons

Waterfall of Canyons
North West of Persia:  Amir Kabir Dam in Karaj near the capital city of Tehran

Karaj - Amir Kabir Dam
Eastern Persia:  Shomal Roads to the North of the Country

Roads to Shomal from East
Eastern Persia:  The Ancient Mountain Village Above the Clouds

Village Above the Clouds
Central Persia:  Isfahan - Chaharbagh Avenue Covered in Snow

Isfahan - Chaharbagh Avenue (Winter)
Northern Persia:  The beautiful Mazichal Forest Village

Shomal - Mazichal Forest Village
Northern Persia:  The Allmut Valley, Near Gilan Province

Shomal - Allmut Valley
Northern Persia:  Telecabins of Ardabil Province, Near Gardane Heiran

Shomal - Telecabins of Ardabil Province - Near Gardane Heiran
Northern Persia:  The Mysterious Forests of Gilan Province

Shomal - Forests of Gilan
Northern Persia:  Gilan & Mazandaran - Beautiful landscapes of Kamarposht

Shomal - Kamarposht, Mazandaran
Northern Persia:  Gilan & Mazandaran - The Colorful Amol Mountains

Shomal - Amol Mountains
Northern Persia:  Gilan & Mazandaran - Dohezar Valley, Tonekabon

Shomal - Dohezar Valley
Northern Persia:  Gilan & Mazandaran - Kapourchal Lake

Shomal - Kapourchal Lake
Northern Persia:  Gilan Forests in Wintertime

Shomal - Gilan Forests (Winter)
Northern Persia:  Gilan Cabins in the Woods in Wintertime

Shomal - Cabins in the Woods (Winter)
Northern Persia:  Mountain Forests of Golestan Province in the Winter

Shomal - Mountain Forests of Golestan Province (Winter) 1
Northern Persia:  Mountain Forests of Golestan Province in the Winter

Shomal - Mountain Forests of Golestan Province (Winter) 2
Northern Persia:  The Colorful Gorgan Landscapes

Shomal - Gorgan Landscape
Northern Persia:  Gorgan Rice Fields during Fall

Shomal - Gorgan Rice Fields
Northern Persia:  One of many Lake Villages of Shomal

Shomal - Lake Village
Northern Persia:  Landscapes near Ramsar City

Shomal - Landscapes of Ramsar
Northern Persia:  Colorful Landscapes of Shomal during Fall

Shomal - Landscapes of Shomal 1
Northern Persia:  Colorful Landscapes of Shomal in the Summer

Shomal - Landscapes of Shomal 2
Northern Persia:  Gilan & Mazandaran - Ancient Village of Masule

Shomal - Masule Village
Northern Persia:  The Forests of Mazandaran during Fall

Shomal - Mazandaran Forests during Fall
Northern Persia:  A Caspian Sea City of the Mazandaran Province

Shomal - Mazandaran Province - Capsian Sea City 1
Northern Persia:  Another Caspian Sea City of the Mazandaran Province

Shomal - Mazandaran Province - Capsian Sea City 2
Northern Persia:  The Valley of Mazandaran Province

Shomal - Mazandaran Valley
Northern Persia:  Neka County in Mazandaran during Fall

Shomal - Neka County in Mazandaran
Northern Persia:  Paradise of Mazandaran

Shomal - Paradise of Mazandaran
Northern Persia:  Peach Blossoms in Shomal

Shomal - Peach Blossoms
Northern Persia:  Ramsar River of the Poets

Shomal - Ramsar River
Northern Persia:  The Ramsar Valley

Shomal - Ramsar Valley
Northern Persia:  One of many Rice Paddies in the Gilan Area

Shomal - Rice Paddies in Gilan Area
Northern Persia:  Rice Paddies in Shomal

Shomal - Rice Paddies in Shomal
Northern Persia:  Rice Paddies in Talesh Area

Shomal - Rice Paddies in Talesh Area
Northern Persia:  The Relaxing Roads of Shomal

Shomal - Roads of Shomal 1
Northern Persia:  The Mountain Roads of Shomal

Shomal - Roads of Shomal 2
Northern Persia:  The Relaxing Roads of Shomal

Shomal - Roads of Shomal Mountains
Northern Persia:  The Serab Landscapes in Springtime

Shomal - Serab Landscape
Northern Persia:  Shomal - Mazichal - Village Above the Clouds

Shomal - Mazichal - Village Above the Clouds
Northern Persia:  Sobatan Ardebil Village Above the Clouds

Shomal - Sobatan Ardebil
Northern Persia:  Telecabins of Namakabrood in Chalous

Shomal - Telecabins of Namakabrood in Chalous 1
Northern Persia:  Bird’s-eye view of the Telecabins of Namakabrood in Chalous

Shomal - Telecabins of Namakabrood in Chalous 2
Northern Persia:  The Zagros Mountains

Shomal - Zagros Mountains
Southern Persia:  The Bloody Forest during Fall

Joonoob - Bloody Forests
Southern Persia:  Dasht-e Lut, One of the largest salt deserts in Kerman

Desert - Dasht-e Lut 1
Southern Persia:  The hottest land surface on Earth is located in Dasht-e Lut, T=70.7 °C

Desert - Dasht-e Lut 2
Southern Persia:  The Great Kavir Desert

Desert - Kavir Dasht 1
Southern Persia:  The Great Kavir Desert

Desert - Kavir Dasht 2
Southern Persia:  Khuzestan - Ahvaz - Sefid Bridge

Khuzestan - Ahvaz - Pol-e Sefid
Southern Persia:  The Palm trees of the Canyons

Desert - Near Canyons
Central Persia:  Pear Orchard of Shiraz city of the Persians

Shiraz - Pear Orchard
Western Persia:  The Sanandaj Landscapes

Sanandaj - Kordestan Landscapes 1
North-Western Persia:  Badab-e Surt: Travertine terraces are red due to iron carbonate

Badab-e Surt 1
North-Western Persia:  The Colorful Badab-e Surt meets the Valley frontier

Badab-e Surt 2
North-Western Persia:  The Colorful Badab-e Surt during night-time

Badab-e Surt 3

Western Persia:  The Sanandaj Landscapes

Sanandaj - Kordestan Landscapes 2
Western Persia:  The colorful landscape of Iran during spring

Iran - Landscapes
Western Persia:  Urmia in the Azarbaijan Province of Iran

Urmia in Azarbaijan Province

Tehran

Capital City

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Tehran:  The busy capital city of Iran, population exceeds 12 million

Tehran - Bird’s Eye City View
A Closeup of the Tehran Skylines and Communications Towers (435 meters high)

Tehran - Skyline Picture
Entrance to the City from the Tehran Airport

Tehran - Entrance to the City
King Memorial (Azadi) Tower is the symbol of Tehran and marks the entrance to the city

Tehran - King Memorial (Azadi) Tower
Park-e Saie - built on the slopes of a hill in a small canyon-like setting

Tehran - Saie Park
A View of the Lake of Park-e Saie in Tehran during Spring Time

Tehran - Park Lake
The Evin Blocks, Not to be confused with the notorious Evin prison

Tehran - Evin Blocks
Tehran City Night Lights

Tehran - Night Lights
Lightning over Northern Tehran the administrative Center

Tehran - Night Shot (Thunderstorm)
Communications Tower, Tehran’s tallest building. 435.5 meters

Tehran - Milad Tower
The Subway Metro of Tehran

Tehran - Metro

Ski Resorts

Ski Travel and Tour in Iran

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Iran is a popular skiing destination in Asia, not only for the local skiers, but also for people from around the world. The things which have made skiing in Iran popular are the high altitude of its ski resorts, the long lasting skiing seasons, and the powdery snow that can be found there. There are a lot of ski resorts in Iran, many of which have been located in the Albors Mountains, thus near around the capital city of Tehran.

Iran is a mountainous country, and its highest peak reaches a towering 5,671 meters (higher than just about any hill in Europe). And where there’s elevation, there’s usually plenty of pow: up to 7 meters (275 inches) of light, dry snow are reported each season.
Damavand:  The highest mountain in Persia. You will see it when you fly into Tehran

Iran Ski Tours - Damavand
You probably haven’t heard much about skiing in Iran! Well, there’s this place called Dizin. The snow is always light, dry, champagne powder. You can really rip in it. And, The advanced runs are awesome. I’ve skied all over the U.S., but this place has a special feel to it. Not to mention 3000 feet of vertical, way up above the tree line. Bowls, bowls, and more bowls. This place rocks, baby! Just whip out your super-sidecuts or your fatties and indulge. No Aspen glitz or glamor. Skiing the way it should be.
There are 16 ski resorts in Persia, 3 of which rank among one of the best in the world

Iran Ski Tours 1
Dizin:  The most popular and largest ski resort in Iran

Iran Ski Tours 2
Tochal:  Offers one of the highest ski lifts in the world, 8 km (5 mile)

Iran Ski Tours 3
Light, dry, champagne powder snow even during spring and summer

Iran Ski Tours 4
Freestyle Skiing in Mount Damavand during Summertime

Iran Ski Tours 5
Iranian Youngsters at Dizin Ski Resort

Iran Ski Tours 6
A Portrait at Tehran Dizin Ski Resort

Iran Ski Tours 7
Skiing in Iran has a ways to go in terms of international recognition

Iran Ski Tours 8



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