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Last updated : Nov 2009
Iran Travel Guide
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'The land of beauty, with 2,500 years history'

Travel warning

Travelling to the borders of Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan is strongly advised against. Western visitors have been the target of kidnaps by armed gangs in south east Iran. To travel overland to Pakistan is very unwise. Since 2002, there have been numerous violent attacks on, and violent demonstrations outside, British Embassy compounds in Tehran, and the possibility of further incidents cannot be dismissed. Demonstrations and similar large gatherings in public places should be particularly avoided.

Situated in the Middle East, Iran is bounded by Turkmenistan and the Caspian Sea, the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Gulf of Oman, Iraq and Turkey. Iran's middle and eastern region is mainly barren desert with mountainous areas in the west. Tehran, the capital, is fundamentally a modern city, but the best of the old has been preserved.

The Shahid Motahari Mosque has 8 minarets, from which the city can be viewed, and the Bazaar is 1 of the world's largest. More traditional towns, such as Rey, Varamin, Qazvin and Shemshak are easily accessible by car from Tehran.

Tabriz Town is famous for its renovated blue mosque constructed in 1465. The covered Qaisariyeh Bazaar dates back to the 15th century. The Golden Triangle is the name commonly given to the region surrounded by the old cities of Hamadan, Kermanshahan and Khorrambabad. For many centuries the Silk Road passed through the stunning rolling countryside of the region. Local dishes include morgh polo (chicken and pilau rice), and chelo khoresh (rice topped with vegetables and meat in a nut sauce).
Useful travel links
Iran Iran Touring and Tourism Organisation
Lonely Planet Guide to Iran from lonely planet