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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…

Eram Garden, Shiraz

The idyllic Eram Garden (Bagh-e Eram) in Shiraz is a striking location for visitors with a variety of plants as well as a historic mansion. Although the exact date of the construction of the garden is not clear, historical evidence suggests…

Soltaniyeh

The mausoleum of Oljaytu was constructed in 1302–12 in the city of Soltaniyeh, the capital of the Ilkhanid dynasty, which was founded by the Mongols. Situated in the province of Zanjan, Soltaniyeh is one of the outstanding examples of the…