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Tehran, Capital of Iran

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A July 2005 trip to Tehran by baroudeur2004

Golestan Palace Photo, Tehran, Iran More Photos
Quote: Visiting prestigious palaces, walking through romantic parks, and an encountering the much dreaded Guardians of the Revolution.

Tehran, Capital of Iran

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Overview

Hammourabi stele Photo, Tehran, Iran
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Tehran is the capital of Iran and an incessantly growing city of several million inhabitants (11 million according to the last census, but it seems that there are much more people than that). The city is divided in two main parts: the mainly fundamentalist South Tehran where all the cheap hostels are located, and the more liberal North Tehran where middle and high class families live and where the top-end hotels are. If you want to see the liberal Iranians, go to North Tehran and you will see women dressed with the last fashion clothes and barely covered. The main historic sites are in South Tehran and some museums are in the southern part of North Tehran. The best ...Read More

Mosaferkhune Mashad

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Hotel | "Mashhad Hostel"

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I had arrived into Tehran late at night and I was looking for a cheap hostel near the Golestan Palace. The taxi driver drove me to Mashhad Hostel in West Amir Kabir Avenue, in South Tehran. Mashhad Hostel is a cheap hostel for budget travellers (around 40,000 - 50,000 IR (4-5 euros) for one single room. Double rooms are not much more expensive). It is clean and discreet. The front rooms are very noisy during the day but at night, there is no traffic outside so you can sleep quietly. The back rooms do not have windows but are much quieter. I was given a tiny room lacking decor but with a/c (only during the night), no covers were provided but it is very hot so I did not need it e...Read More

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Mosaferkhune Mashad
Amir Kabir Avenue
Tehran, Iran

Jamshidieh Park

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Attraction

Jamshidieh Park Photo, Tehran, Iran
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I had met a great open-minded Iranian guy living in Tehran and I had wanted him to show me where young Iranians spend their evenings. My Iranian friend then found no better place than Jamshidieh Park in the Niavaran district of North Tehran, just at the base of the Kolakchal Mountain in the Alborz range. For your information, it is not easy at all to reach by public transport from South Tehran hostels (where most backpackers stay). The best way is to take a taxi (expensive because it is a long way, expect to pay at least 80.000 IR, 7 euros for one way) or to go with an Iranian acquaintance. Entrance is free and photography is allowed everywhere provided you remain discreet beca...Read More

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Jamshidieh Park

Tehran, Iran

Golestan Palace

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Attraction | "The Golestan Palace"

Golestan Palace Photo, Tehran, Iran
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Only a 10-minute walk from West Amir Kabir avenue where most cheap hostels are located, the Golestan Palace is the oldest of the historic monuments in TehranThe Palace is open everyday from 8:30am to 5pm (closed on Sundays and Thursdays) In 2005, there was a double tariff at the entrance: 4000 IR for Iranians, 40,000 IR (4 euros) for foreigners, including the use of your photo camera). The Iranian government was talking about suppressing the double tariff system when I was there (some other places in Iran had already abolished that system), so it might cost you less now to visit it. The Golestan Palace (Palace of Flowers) belongs to a group of royal buildings that were once enc...Read More

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Golestan Palace
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Tehran, Iran +98 21 311-3335
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I had met Moshen, a lovely Iranian guy through a chatting website and I had decided to meet him since he seemed trustworthy. He was a graphic designer student about to finish his studies and we quickly became friends after I arrived in Tehran. Moshen showed me the main sights of Tehran with his car during my three days in Tehran and introduced me to his family living in a spacious modern flat in a middle-class neighbourhood in North Tehran. I learnt later that Moshen's father was a strong supporter of the Shah and disliked the current Islamic Regime because it failed its ideals. That is why I was asked so many questions about the King of Belgium and the current Belgian political system whe...Read More