Tourist & Resident Guide to Iran

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Ice Pack Tehran

Ice Pack is an extremely popular chain store selling ice-cream products, donuts, snacks and hot and cold drinks. Ice Pack was founded by Babak Bakhtiari and began life in Niavaran in Tehran and now has over 200 stores across Iran with franchises in Iraq, the Emirates, Malaysia, Kuwait, Syria, Thailand, UK, Venezuela and Turkey.

Ice Pack
No. 249, next to Saderat Bank, opposite Ettehad St., after Tehranpars intersection, Damavand Ave., Tehran, Iran.
Tel: +98 (21) 77341842

Ice Pack Tehran

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Images of Masjid-e-Jamkaran Qom

Enjoy these photographs of Masjid-e-Jamkaran in the holy city of Qom, Iran.

The Masjid draws pilgrims from all parts of Iran as well as other countries.

Masjid-e-Jamkaran Qom Iran

The Masjid was built in the year 393 AH (1003 by the Gregorian calendar) by Hassan Bin Maslah by the order of Imam Madi (A.S), the Twelfth Imam of the Shia Isna Ashari (translated as followers of the Twelve Imams) Muslims.

Masjid-e-Jamkaran Qom Iran

The mosque is an architectural masterpiece which celebrates Persian art in every corner.


The mosque is a fifteen minute drive from Qom and the best way to reach the mosque is to take a taxi from outside the Roza-e-Masooma-e-Qum complex.

Masjid-e-Jamkaran Qom

Images by Mariam Noronha.

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Monday, November 01, 2010

Iran Weather Forecasts

A useful source of detailed weather information in English for Iran is the Iran Meteorological Organization's website

The site has forecasts for Iran's cities, satellite images, weather for road journeys and climate statistics.

Iran Weather Forecasts

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Jameh Mosques

مسجد جامع

The most important mosque in a town or city in Iran is called the Jameh or Friday mosque (masjed-e jameh).

People gather for prayers here at noon on Fridays and to listen to the Friday sermon.

Jameh Mosque Qazvin

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Caspian Hostel

Brand new hostel (villa) in a peaceful location 15km from Mahmud Abad in Caspian Sea. (Less than 4 hours drive from Tehran).

Caspian Hostel Iran

Rustic design, fully furnished, balcony, barbeque, private garden, wooden fireplace.

500 meters from the beach and near 3 national parks (Noor, Sisangan and Chamestan).

Caspian Hostel Iran

Available recreational facilities: ATV, Bicycle Round trip transportation from Tehran is also available.

Contact Dave: caspianhostel[at]gmail[dot]com

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Weather in Esfahan

At this time of year Esfahan is slightly cooler than the capital Tehran. There is very little rainfall as a rule in August. Most rain occurs in the winter months of December and January.

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Popularity of Persian Calligraphy

Persian calligraphy is increasingly popular in tattoos and designs for clothing, jewelry and other fashion accessories.

In ancient Persian tradition calligraphy of poetic phrases was often combined with graphic motifs.

Persian Calligraphy, Iran

A number of tattoo parlors in the west specialize in both Persian and Arabic script and there are also Facebook groups for fans of the art. Persian calligraphy now rivals Chinese and Japanese characters in popularity with people wanting a graphic and meaningful tattoo.

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Monday, May 31, 2010

Buying A Persian Carpet

Persian Carpets

Persian carpets are produced in seven main cities in Iran: Tabriz, Mashhad, Qom, Kashan, Nain, Esfahan and Kerman.

Persian Carpet

Carpets make for excellent souvenirs from any trip to the country.

Persian Carpet

This month we offer our readers advice on buying and maintaining a Persian carpet.

Persian Carpet
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Friday, April 30, 2010

Iran Slideshow

See a slideshow of Iran to quickly and easily navigate to a blog entry on Iran from IranVisitor

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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

People You Think You Know

I am making a documentary movie about Iran, its culture and it's relationship to the West through an intimate portrait of one Iranian family in the diaspora.

You can watch web episodes I've made here and learn more about my goals from my fundraising page here.

It would be wonderful if you could help me spread the word about my fundraising drive in any way you can, Alborz Kamalizad

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Books on Iran Slideshow

See a slideshow of recommended books on Iran, including books on Iranian history, culture, Tehran and travel.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Imam Khomeini Airport Arrivals & Departures

Imam Khomeini Airport (IKA), Tehran
IKA opened in 2004 and now almost all international flights have been transferred here from the old Mehrabad Airport in downtown Tehran, which still is the main domestic flight hub.

Aeroflot, Ariana, Emirates, Etihad, Gulf Air, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airways are some of the major international airlines flying into IKA.

IKA is situated about 30km south of Tehran on the highway to Qom. With no public transport system yet in place, the only way to get there is by private taxi (120,000 Rials+, 1hr, Tel.: 021 88738855)

There are banks in the airport to change your currency into rials.

Flight information is provided by FlightStats, and is subject to the FlightStats Terms of Use.

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Saturday, January 30, 2010


The Baseej or Basij means "Mobilization" and is volunteer militia founded by Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979.


Their numbers are open to debate and range from around 400,000 to over a million strong. The Baseej have a presence in most large Iranian cities and towns. Becoming a member of the paramilitary force allows for various state benefits including exemption from military service and possibly a guaranteed spot at a college or university.

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