With all the political and safety issues surrounding Iran, a visit to this Middle-Eastern country seems fool-hardy. For some intrepid travelers, these very obstructions add an appeal of sorts. Synonymous with the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, Iran has enticed and bewitched travelers through the centuries. As one of the oldest cradles of civilization, Iran has piled layer upon layer of art, history and culture, offering countless surprises to those seeking to partake of its treasures. After the rumble that was the Islamic Revolution, dust has settled and Iran is ready to take its place among the must-see-before-you-die list.
International travelers are introduced to Iran by way of its capital, Tehran, a bustling metropolis of people moving in haste and of traffic and pollution testing the most resolute patience. Charming details, however, affirm that the traveler has indeed arrived in Iran: the small teahouses near the famous arches of Chubi Bridge, men smoking galyans (water pipes), sellers proffering hand-woven table cloths, the rich aroma of spice, the convoluted alleyways of the 16th century grand bazaar.
Architecture figures prominently in Iran. Isfahan, the former capital, takes pride with its stunning architecture of the Shah Mosque and the Royal Palace among the souks and tree-line boulevards. At the Imam Square, one of the largest plazas in the world, twin minaret edifice stands like armored sentinel. Sheik Lotfollah Mosque glitters with the kaleidoscopic mosaic tiles. But nothing compares to Persepolis, a sprawling network of ruins that echoes the grandeur of a former city-like complex, located near Shiraz.
Those who adore extreme sports can find action in the rugged mountainous rims, sprawling deserts, small, discontinuous plains along Iran's coasts. The peak of the Mount Damavand and Zagros can be a favorable haven of mountaineer who just loves some pure fun and wild adventure. The uninhabited deserts of Dasht-e Lut and Dasht-e Kavir invite the most rugged of travelers.
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Sikkim, a vertical land in India
One of the smallest states in India (which was slightly less than Friuli) had an independent history as far back as 1642, under the dynasty of kings Chogyal, Tibetan term translated from the Sanskrit "Dharmaraja" or "King defender of the dharma." In 1975, through a referendum, it became part of India. In the territory of Sikkim entirely mountainous and with only a few green houses ... Read full Blog post
An Aerial fiesta in Clark Pampanga
Its a party in the sky as multi colored hot air balloons piloted ny different pilots from various partso of the world participated in this annual gathering. As early as 5am, the 2,500 hectare aviation complex at Clar Economic Zone in Pampanga was already crammedi with excitement. Clusters of hot air balloon participants busily prepare their own balloons for liftoff as they need to take advantage of ... Read full Blog post
Laos seems like a long shot to become Southeast Asia’s next big thing. The food doesn’t win any prizes, the roads are severely potholed by frequent flooding and locals regard the prospect of increased tourism with a sunny indifference that exceeds even Mediterranean proportions. Laos is the least developed and most enigmatic of the three former French Indochinese states ... Read full Blog post