When to fly
If you happen to take a flight to Tehran in May, your trip may coincide with the Tehran International Book Fair. This event draws around 500,000 people daily from across Iran to Tehran’s Grand Prayer Grounds, where the fair is held. The 10-day event is a celebration of Persia’s literature, history and science and brings together tens of thousands of books of every description.
Although there are December cheap flight deals to Tehran it’s not one of the best times to visit weather-wise, if you’re into digital art, it’s the perfect time as the Tehran Annual Digital Art Exhibition takes place. This event hopes to open a new window of opportunity to digital artists within Iran and create a serious and independent environment within which enthusiasts and researchers can come together.
It is advised not to travel to Tehran during the two weeks surrounding Nowruz, the ten days prior to Ashura and the month of Ramadan.
Iran’s great metropolis and capital city, Tehran is well worth a stop for visitors interested in learning about Persian history and modern Iran. Filled with museums, parks and welcoming locals, Tehran is the perfect introduction to the Middle East.
A vast contrast stands between the north and south ends of the city. The north is widely known for its affluence and modernity, while the south offers glimpses into traditional Iranian life. A trip to Tehran should include the Treasury of the National Jewels, the National Museum of Iran and Golestan Palace. Iran’s National Rug Gallery offers an expansive look at Persian rugs, while the largest collection of crown jewels awaits at the Crown Jewels of Iran.
Standing 45 m above the city, Azadi Tower has come to symbolize Tehran, and its square is a must-stop for photo opportunities. At Tehran’s Grand Bazaar, a seemingly endless array of aisles teems with exotic spices, colourful carpets and sparkling jewellery, beckoning shoppers to haggle hard for the best deals.
Throughout Tehran, lushly maintained parks and outdoor spaces welcome locals and visitors alike to find a moment of rest in the heart of this busy cosmopolitan city. Hundreds upon hundreds of these green spaces can be found amidst the high rises that define Tehran’s skyline, and it is in these parks where tourists can sit back and absorb the myriad of contrasts — modern and historic, rich and poor, nature and urban development — that make up Tehran.