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Iran in Pictures

By Vassi Koutsaftis | January 10, 2019

Iran is one of my favorite places to travel—and to take photographs. The people I’ve met there are some of the most hospitable I’ve ever encountered, the landscapes are diverse and stunning, and the monuments are gorgeous. There is absolutely nothing to worry about when visiting Iran: I feel extremely safe traveling there, even around some of the most remote areas of the country. Looking back over my Iran sightseeing pictures, I’ve selected a small number to share that capture some of what makes the country so special.

Girls dressed in pink head scarves at Persepolis, Shiraz, Iran.
New friends at the iconic archaeological site Persepolis, near Shiraz—a place locals visit, too!

Agha Bozorg Mosque, viewed through an archway, Kashan, Iran
The beautiful Agha Bozorg Mosque, built in the late 18th century and located in Kashan, almost midway between Esfahan and Tehran.

The expansive ruins of Persepolis, outside of Shiraz, Iran
Persepolis, capital of the Achaemenid Empire (550–330 BCE), where the earliest ruins date back to 515 BCE. What a wonderful place to visit! I have been there multiple times and never get tired of seeing it.

Dancers in far eastern Iran, close to the Afghan border.
Dancers I encountered in far eastern Iran, close to the Afghan border.

Trekking in Iran, en route to Alam-Kuh, the second highest mountain in Iran.
Trekking to Alam-Kuh, the second-highest mountain in Iran. It’s a great trek, and I had the trail all to myself!

An old hammam that has been transformed into a restaurant in Yazd, Iran.
An old hammam that has been transformed into a restaurant in the UNESCO-acclaimed town of Yazd.

Artisan at work in Esfahan, Iran
An artisan at work in the Esfahan bazaar.

Cavernous salt mines, near the Caspian Sea, Iran.
I discovered these cavernous salt mines last year while driving down from the Caspian Sea after a visit to the desert. I always like to look for something new in the places I go, and if you have a good guide something new always appears.

A waiter walks through a busy teahouse in Esfahan's bazaar, Iran.
A look inside the best teahouse in the Esfahan bazaar.

Mountains in the Eastern Kurdistan region of northwest Iran.
Mountains in the Eastern Kurdistan region of northwest Iran.

Four Baloch children, Iran.
I came across these Baloch children while traveling in the arid and mountainous Balochistan region of Iran. Baloch people account for about two percent of Iran’s population. They practice Islam and are predominantly Sunni. There is a Baloch tradition of mothers singing lullabies to their children, which has been important in passing on knowledge from generation to generation.

Naqsh-e Jahan Square with fountain, Esfahan, Iran.
Naqsh-e Jahan Square, Esfahan, also referred to as Shah Square or Imam Square. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is another place I never miss on every visit to Iran. Some of the most breathtaking beauty of Iran is right here in this square!

A mural painting inside the Hasht Behesht, a 17th-century palace and pavilion, Esfahan, Iran.
A mural painting in the Hasht Behesht, an elegantly decorated palace and pavilion in Esfahan whose name translates to “the Eight Heavens” in Persian. It was built in the 17th century by order of Suleiman I, the eighth shah of Iran’s Safavid Empire.

Merchant in northern Iran.
Merchant in northern Iran.

Iran's Lut Desert (or Dasht-e Lut), a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world's driest and hottest places.
The Lut Desert (or Dasht-e Lut), in southeastern Iran, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (since 2016) and one of the world’s driest and hottest places. It’s a salt desert basin 300 miles long and 200 miles wide where the land surface temperature has reached 159.3 degrees Fahrenheit—the hottest recorded on the planet.

Interior of Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, set on Naqsh-e Jahan Square, Esfahan, Iran.
Inside the sensational Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Esfahan.

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Vassi Koutsaftis is one of our best-loved and most-experienced leaders. He has been traveling in Asia for more than 35 years and has been leading treks since 1986. He has been named Best Cultural Guide by Outside magazine and Top Travel Specialist for Tibet by Condé Nast Traveler. More of his photography can be found on his photography website.

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