The REAL Iran – in Photos

Many travellers returning from Iran make it their personal mission to debunk the various misconceptions that people hold about this country.

“Iran is dangerous.”
“It’s a backward and oppressive country.”
“There is nothing to do/see there.”

And the most infuriating question of all… “Are you planning to come back a terrorist?”
Oh, goodness! Previously, I’ve written an article about why travellers are flocking to Iran (read it here) and the gist of it is that Iran is not what you might expect. 
In this piece, I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

Here’s what you can ACTUALLY find in Iran.

Mosques with facades that are breathtaking 👇

Sheikh Loftollah Mosque Isfahan Iran

Sheikh Loftollah Mosque Isfahan Iran
Sheikh Loftollah Mosque in Isfahan

Agha Bozorg Mosque Kashan Iran
Agha Bozorg Mosque in Kashan

and interiors that are just as beautiful. 😍

Pink mosque Isfahan
Pink Mosque in Isfahan

Shah mosque Tehran Iran
Shah Mosque in Tehran

Sheikh Loftollah Mosque Isfahan Iran
Sheikh Loftollah Mosque in Isfahan

Grand palaces,

wind chamber Golestan Palace Iran
Wind chamber in Golestan Palace

Historical houses,

Tabatabai House Kashan Iran
Tabatabai House in Kashan

Abbasi House Kashan Iran
Abbasi House in Kashan

and massive bazaars that you can get lost in.

Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex
Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex

Grand Bazaar Tehran Iran
Grand Bazaar in Tehran

Grand Bazaar Tehran Iran
Grand Bazaar Tehran Iran
Vakil Bazaar in Shiraz

Let’s not forget the beautiful ceilings (look UP!)

Bahar Narenj cafe in Jolfa Iran
Bahar Narenj cafe in Jolfa, the Armenian Quarter of Isfahan

Pink Mosque Shiraz Iran
Pink Mosque in Shiraz

And bridges that light up at night.

Si-o-Seh Pol (The Bridge of 33 Arches) Isfahan Iran

Si-o-Seh Pol (The Bridge of 33 Arches) Isfahan Iran

Si-o-Seh Pol (The Bridge of 33 Arches) in Isfahan

Iran is home to 21 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

UNESCO Persepolis Iran

UNESCO Persepolis Iran
Including Persepolis, the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire

And magnificent historical cities!

Imam square Isfahan Iran
Imam Square in Isfahan

Yazd Iran
Sunrise view in Yazd

On the landscape front, there are deserts,

Varzaneh desert


Lush greenery,

Maku Iran
In the mountains near Maku

Masuleh Iran
Feeling free in Masuleh

Starry skies

Varzaneh desert Iran
Night skies in Varzaneh

and even snow!

Tehran Iran
Snowy mountains just a short drive to the north of Tehran

Aah, road trip views like these! 😍


Iran is where the food is as delicious as they look 😋

Iranian Kebab
One of the many versions of Iranian kebab!

Halim bademjan Iran
Halim bademjan, an eggplant dip with lamb and yoghurt

and where teatime is (almost) all the time!

tea Iran

Most importantly, in Iran, you can find the most hospitable locals

Me with Alireza (middle) and his friend Hosein (right). I stayed with Alireza and his family in Hamedan for four fabulous nights!

Walking around the city with Ali, our friend from Isfahan

My lovely hosts in Rafsanjan

and tourists who are having the best trip of their life!

Golestan Palace, Tehran

The pictures in this piece are shot by myself (@dinamalyanaand my travel buddy (@nurmanizee). Find more photos of Iran on our Instagram! 

Also Read: 25 Fun Things to Do in Iran on Your First Visit 

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