Chasing the Unexpected
One of the things that is often overlooked about Iran is that it is a huge country, and within its borders are a treasure trove of ancient sites and hidden wonders. Iran stands on ground that has been at the center of human history for many centuries, and the country itself reflects that. A trip around Iran can be a like a stroll through history itself, and while some places are well known, what makes this country so special are the unexpected wonders you can find around any corner.
That is perhaps the greatest charm that Iran has as a destination, it is so steeped in history that you can find landmarks to the past everywhere, From the palaces of Tehran to the amazing ruins of Persepolis, the birthplace of the Persian civilization itself, there are many famous places that are bookmarks in the development of human civilization, and all are unmissable on any visit, but it is the less well-known areas that catch you unexpectedly that really take you back in time.
For instance, walking through the streets of Shiraz, with the scent of jasmine all around, it is easy to imagine you have been transported back to the 16th century, where the Vakil Bazaar remains the same maze of narrow passages and vaulted ceilings it was back then. It is these experiences that really shine a light on the historical significance of the entire country, and the huge part it has played in the story of our world.
In a similar way, you may travel to Isfahan to visit the Imam Square and bazaar (known as Naqsh-e Jahan locally which means ‘map of the world’), a wonderous place that has been a trading post since the middle ages, where it was a central part of the silk road itself. However, as impressive as it is, and its place in history is unquestionable, it will be an evening stroll along the nearby Si-o-seh Pol Bridge that will probably be your fondest memory, mingling with the locals who take a walk along the river to relax.
That is Iran, a glorious mix of magnificent monuments to the history of the world, and the unexpected wonders that can greet you at any time. While the major tourist sites are great to see, it is these other experiences that you can just find as you explore that are the things that you will fondly look back on when thinking about your trip to Iran. That is perhaps the best way to approach this huge country, because when planning your trip, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the number of ‘must see’ places to visit. Instead of worrying about it, make sure you have time to wander, and chase those unexpected sights that you will never forget.
Iran truly has something for everyone, a country where old and new stand side by side, and something unexpected is around every corner. Visit Iran and take a journey that will make memories that last a lifetime.