Photo exhibition “world leaders and Iranian Cultural Heritage”

There are various and exquisite albums in the Sa’d-Abad Museum of Royal Albums and Documents. Some of which show the magnificence and glory of Iran’s cultural heritage. In some of these albums, a collection of photos from a number of Iranian world leaders has been gathered.

For the occasion of the Cultural Heritage Week and the World’s Museum Day, several of these images are exhibited in one of the museum’s venues.

Considering the importance of the historical collection of Persepolis and its drilling during the first Pahlavi period, as well as the visit of most important political figures of the world from this historic site, a collection of pictures of the first Pahlavi hits is also featured in this collection.

This historic collection is open to visitors from May 19 until the end of June 2018 at the Museum of Royal Albums and Documents located in the Sa’d-Abad  Complex.

Rosewater Festival in Kashan

Every year during the second half of May, festival of Rose and Rosewater is being held in Kashan. Many people from different parts of the country and abroad visit Kashan, the hub of Mohammadi Rose in Iran.

In early May, the scent of rose spreads all over Kashan, such as Qamsar, Barzak and Niasar. The season for picking rose and preparing rosewater is from early May to mid-June. Every year, so many tourists from different parts of the world visit Kashan for this traditional ceremony.

Rosewater is made from the sweet-smelling Mohammadi Rose (Damask Rose). It is used in various dishes and sweets. It is also used as a perfume by Muslims. Although modern factories have been constructed, a large part of rosewater production is carried out traditionally in gardens and homes.

The people of Qamsar collect roses, boil them in special pots and collect their vapors in beautiful containers. It is a matter of pride for the city that each year, the most sacred place on earth, Ka’ba in Mecca, is washed with rosewater supplied by Qamsar.

Qamsar becomes colorful with the arrival of spring. Its beauty is doubled when rosewater ceremony commences and its hospitable people play host to millions of people who love Nature, traditions and Qamsar’s rosewater.

Mohammadi Rose (Rosa damascene or Damask rose) is among the most important roses in the world and among the most famous plants.
Because of its extraordinary fragrance and diversity, this flower is planted in many parts of the world. The flower has applications in food, medicine and perfume industries.

Gol Ghaltan

One of the traditional rituals of Semnan, which is a hundred years old, is the National and Religious Gol Ghaltan Festival (literally meaning rolling in flowers), which is held annually in May in Damghan City. Gol Ghalltan has been registered as the first ritual of Semnan province.

At this festival, women in the family roll their newborn babies in flowers, believing that it keeps them fresh and healthy. In early morning, women bath the baby, then put him/her on a white bed sheet full of flower pedals and roll the baby while waving the sheet to and fro. Four female members of the family hold four corners of the sheet and recite religious songs marking the dignity of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

Every year tourists and visitors from many parts of the country travel to Damghan City to visit this festival and let their babies participate.

Fourth International ECO – Silk Road Food Festival

Zanjan will host 13 countries from the 1st to the 3rd of May in 2018 at the Fourth International ECO – Silk Road Food Festival.

Competitors from 13 countries including the Republic of Azerbaijan, China, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Bulgaria and Turkey have applied to partake in the event.

Food as an attraction takes the tourists closer the life of the local people, also, food is rooted in the civilization and the beliefs of people in every region and in fact, it is a kind of revival of long-standing traditions in different areas especially in the Silk Road area, which we hope will be able to revive.  

The main focus of the festival is food, but various workshops and traditional handicrafts exhibits associated with cooking and sightseeing excursions are amongst side section programs embedded in the timeline of the event.

On a high plain, surrounded by stark, eroded hills, Zanjan also makes a base for wider explorations with the architectural wonder of Soltaniyeh, the subterranean delights of the Katale-Khor caves, colorful mountains and the UNESCO-registered Takht-e Soleiman ruins are nearby.

Music Museum of Isfahan

In a beautiful lush street in the old Jolfa neighborhood of Isfahan, away from all other famous and well-known attraction, exists the new music museum.

This small museum, is more than just a show room of musical instruments, it is in fact “the love letter to the rich musical heritage of Iran”. It was organized in the year 2015 by indigenous Isfahani musicians; Mehrdad Jihouni and Shahriar Shokrani. This museum represents more than 300 samples of instruments from all over Iran, and what’s amazing is that the appearance of many of them has not changed with what we see in paintings and old miniatures in the historical sites of Isfahan.

All the beautiful old instruments are gathered and exposed in the luminous boxes placed on the white walls of the museum. Explanations in Persian and English are provided for each box and instrument and the exciting thing is that visitors can hold and play some of these musical instruments that are less valuable than others.

This museum has won two awards in the short time it has been opened. It was recently awarded as the best private museum in Iran by the International Museum Council (ICOM).

This museum is the first private music museum in Iran, with two halls called National Hall of Fame and Local Hall of Fame, which includes a very diverse collection of Iranian instruments. Visitors can enjoy the live music being played in a part of this museum.

The visit to the Music Museum of Isfahan to a group of tourists ends with a small heartfelt performance of traditional music and Persian poetry by Iranian professors.

While only a few years passed since the opening of the Isfahan Music Museum, the views and opinions in regard of the satisfaction and amazement of the foreign tourists are incredible and has turned this museum into one of the main attractions of Isfahan.

The foodie traveller … in Tehran’s Grand Bazaar

In Farsi, tah means bottom, while chin suggests the idea of layering; tah-chin is the unpretentious, crusty rice layered with chicken that has absorbed every last drop of the warm saffron and melted butter lying at the bottom of the pan. The result is a slice of saffron goodness that is crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside and usually covered in fresh pistachios and sour barberries, which complement the sweetness of the moist, buttery rice.

Hidden in the meandering alleys of the Iranian capital’s Grand Bazaar, behind the screaming street traders selling dried figs, raw pistachios and brightly coloured hijabs, Moslem is on the first floor of a dull-looking building and, although popular with Iranians, it remains largely unknown to the growing number of foreign tourists. No one there speaks English, so I ask my neighbours in the queue if they can help me out.

Trek the Lut desert

The Dasht-e Lut desert, one of the Earth’s hottest and driest places, is a (hardy) trekker’s dream, with incredible rock formations, sand dunes, salt plains and the Valley of Meteorites – imposing landscapes that enchanted Marco Polo and, 700 years later, Wilfred Thesiger.

Valley of the Assassins

A walking tour based around the eponymous 1934 travelogue by the explorer Freya Stark, showcasing the greener side of Iran, traditional villages, the castles of the “assassins” and Alborz mountain hikes. The trip includes a stay with the Shahsevan nomadic tribe, a visit to Tabriz’s blue mosque and Unesco world heritage bazaar.

Climb Mount Damavand

It takes four days to reach the summit of the country’s highest mountain, a 5,671-metre volcano. Base camp is two hours from Tehran, making Damavand one of the most accessible 5,000-metre-plus mountains in the world. If all goes to plan, this seven-day trip includes two days’ recovery in Larijan’s thermal spring and Tehran.