Iranians score the highest number of rhinoplasty in the world. It has become a kind of fashion and craze for Iranians especially among the youths. It does not matter if their nose has a problem or not or it is beautiful or not, they have to do it because their fiends have done it!
All around Iran, each city has something to offer as souvenir. Some cities but have a lot to offer and you face a very long list which makes it difficult to choose. Isfahan is one of such cities and surprises the tourists.
Gaz is one of the many souvenirs of Isfahan not only for foreign visitors but also for Iranians. It is a Persian nougat made of a kind of sap and with ingredients like pistachio, almond, saffron and rose water. Such mixture and the traditional way they make it have made Gaz of Isfahan the best one in Iran and respectively in the world.
With new modern and gigantic shopping centers and malls growing rapidly everywhere in Tehran, still Bazaar has remained one of the important centers of trade for Tehran and even other cities. Grand Bazaar of Tehran is about 10 km long and is located in the southern Tehran.
Azadi is the largest stadium in Iran and among the largest stadiums in the world. Iranians are great fans of football and it is the sport that is always being followed by youths, even football from other countries.
Azadi was called Ariamehr before the Islamic revolution. It officially has the capacity of 100000 people and is said to be the most intimidating stadium in Asia for the high level of noise when it is full. Most national and important matches are played in Azadi, matches like Esteghlal vs. Piroozi.
Zinegan is a very beautiful cave in Ilam. Actually it is a strait or as some people call it; an open cave. The temperature difference between inside the cave and outside is surprisingly so great that its second name is Paradise Cave.
In summer the difference reaches 20 to 30 °C. The cave is said to be 6 km long with several halls, vestibules and many stalactites and stalagmites. There is plenty of water in the cave that in some parts you have to walk through water and get wet.
In the winter of 1993 while working in a mine, workers found a skeleton of a white haired and bearded man. He was the first of the 6 natural Persian mummies found up to now. He was found in Chehrabad salt mines in Zanjan Province.
The skeleton was damaged in the mining works. He had been 37 years old and 175 cm high when died. He had long hair and beard and a gold earring in his left ear. Archeologists believed he was 1700 years old and belonged to the beginning of Sassanid Empire. Despite this exceptional finding, mining continued till the second Salt man was found in 2004, accidently again.
There are a lot of stories about Darake and Darband (two famous places in north of Tehran which Tehrani people used to go for dining, mountain climbing and smoking Ghalioon or Shisha.). Well, they are connected to the capital Tehran and so we are fed up with hearing their name too much.
They ARE beautiful indeed, but actually there is another special place about 1000 km far from that Darband and Darake can't even compete. Fortunately/unfortunately few Iranians know it. Yes, it is Shamkhal, the paradise in Iran, in Khorasan.
Located in the center of the city, the Bazaar of Tabriz is one of the oldest bazaars of the Middle East and the largest covered bazar in the world. This spectacular structure consists of several sub-bazaars and has different economic and cultural spaces.
Although numerous modern shops and malls have been established recently, the Bazaar of Tabriz remains the economic heart of the city and northwestern Iran.
Bazaar in Iran is used for some of the important religious ceremonies too. The most famous one is Day of Ashura while merchants cease the trade for about 10 days and religious ceremonies are held inside the Bazaar. Like other bazaars in the Middle East, there are several mosques constructed behind the bazaar.