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There is a lot to see in Iran. It is one of ten most popular tourist destinations. Iran without exaggeration can be called a unique place on the planet. It harmoniously combines rich culture, ancient history, amazing architecture and breathtaking nature, abundant rainforests and lifeless desert, mountain ski resorts in the north and sunny beaches in the south.

Iran, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, until 1935 known as Persia, is a country in Southwest Asia. The capital of the country is Tehran. In the west it borders Iraq, in the north-west - Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkey and the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, in the north - Turkmenistan, in the east - Afghanistan and Pakistan. Iran is washed by the Caspian Sea, the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman of the Indian Ocean. The total area of Iran is 1.6 million square kilometers; the population is 78 millions people. The official language is Persian.

Iran’s climate is mostly arid. The terrain of the country consists of mountains, which surround interior highland plains.

The national currency is the Iranian rial. Cards generally are not accepted in Iran, even the major ones; but you can pay in US dollars, pounds or euros or exchange currency at banks or exchange offices.

If you are interested in the history of the ancient East, Iran is a place which keeps 5 thousand years of history. Here you can see the ruins of ancient Persepolis and Pasargadae, ancient inscriptions and tombs of the Achaemenid kings, the fantastic Taj Mahal in Agra, stunning Golestan Palace, the former residence of the Qajar dynast, Jameh Mosque, the biggest mosque in Iran. Most women undoubtedly would like to visit National Jewels Museum, where you can see more than 50 thousand various precious stones. In Yazd and Tabriz you will be able to immerse into the atmosphere of the old Persia: noisy and bright bazaars, majestic ancient mosques and palaces, winding narrow streets and rose gardens. Do not miss the chance to visit a real oasis village – Garmeh, located around a spring in a desert; to buy a Persian rug and to smoke a narghile.

Mehrabad International Airport (THR), the primary airport of Tehran

Mashhad International Airport or Shahid Hashemi Nejad Airport (MHD) serves flights to 57 destinations.

Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA) is the main international airport of Iran.

Shiraz International Airport (SYZ) the largest airport in the southern part of Iran.

Kish International Airport (KIH) situated on Kish Island.

Ahvaz International Airport (AWZ) serves regional international destinations.

Isfahan International Airport (IFN)

The most popular diving destination in Iran is Kish Island. In its warm waters you fill see beautiful corals, inhabited by lots of marine creatures. On the southeast side of the island there is a dolphin park, where you can see not only dolphins, but also cactus garden, butterfly garden, bird garden, silkworm compound, orchid garden, artificial rain forest, and a volcanic mountain. Off Kish coast you can explore the wreck of the Greek ship, a cargo steamship built in Scotland in 1943 and sunk in 1966. Not far from Kish Island there is Hengam Island, whose waters boast bright soft corals and rich fauna, which includes jack fish, rainbow fish, fusiliers, angel fish, sting rays, bat fish, lobsters, and dolphins.

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