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Kaloots ( kaluts) of Shahdad

Shahzad is a city located near Kerman, just at the edge of the Lute desert.  Because of its location, the climate is very hot, with long, hot summers and short, mild winters. Near this city, approximately forty kilometers away, Kaloots can…

In Iran, and loving it

"Shuma Hindu hasthi, Shuma Hindu hasthi? (Are you Hindu?)" shriek two young girls from a distance. This first question thrown at me as soon as I land at the Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran leaves me completely baffled. Why on earth do they…

Is it safe to travel to Iran?

For those who visit Iran for the first time, their perception about this country should change drastically. With its long-running disputes with the US and the resulting sanctions by the Western superpower, one might presume that the Iranian…

8-day Iran tour delighted Y. student

A 4 a.m. phone call rousted well-traveled Brigham Young University student Anthon Jackson from bed. The substance of the call made it impossible to go back to sleep. Iran had granted him a visa to cover a government-sponsored tourism…

Persepolis

The surviving ruins of Persepolis today are a mere shadow of Persepolis' former glory. It was founded by Darius I in 518 BC and was added to by the subsequent kings over a period of about 150 years. In its heyday the city spread over an…

Quran Gateway, Shiraz

The Quran Gateway is the entrance to Shiraz, the capital of Fars province in southern Iran and is one of the most beautiful and historical monuments in the country. It is located near the gorge of Allah-o-Akbar and is flanked by the Baba…

Yazd Grand Mosque

The Grand Mosque of Yazd province is one of the most beautiful historical monuments and unique tourist attractions in central Iran. The Jame Mosque (Friday Mosque) which dates back to the 14th century, is located in the heart of Yazd city,…