• Kermanshah, a cradle of civilization 2017-05-15 15:49

    Kermanshah, a cradle of civilization

    A photo collection depicts several natural landscapes, historical places, tourism attractions and museums that are scattered across Kermanshah and its surroundings in western Iran, May 12, 2017. The city is a cradle of civilization due to its antiquity, rich culture and Neolithic sites that yielded rich collections of stone tools and fossil bones. Proximity to the Achaemanid and Sassanid bas-relief carvings of Bisotun and Taq-e-Bustan is amongst other tourist drawcards for the city.Tehran Times/ Leila Qodrat-Elahifard

  • A general view of the historical Abyaneh village in central Iran. 2017-05-11 07:04

    Abyaneh village, open-air museum of living traditions

    TEHRAN – Dominated with reddish hues and lost in labyrinth of heights, Abyaneh village is one of the oldest in Iran. It is an example of human adaptation to nature, wherein one can redraw the boundaries of time and feel a flavor of ancient Iranian culture and civilization.

  • Clusters of natives and travelers mark the national Shiraz Day during their visit to Hafezieh where Hafez, an illustrious 14th-century Persian poet, is laid to rest in the southern Iranian city on May 2017-05-05 21:03

    Iran marks national Shiraz Day

    Clusters of people mark the national Shiraz Day during their visit to Hafezieh where Hafez, an illustrious 14th-century Persian poet, is laid to rest in the southern Iranian city on May 5, 2017.

  • An undated photo depicts people visiting the UNESCO-inscribed Imam Square in Isfahan, central Iran. The 17th-century square is bordered on all sides by monumental buildings linked by a series of two-s 2017-05-02 09:13

    Isfahan’s foreign tourist arrivals break 40-year-record

    TEHRAN – Some 85 thousand foreign travelers visited Isfahan during the first Iranian month of Farvardin (Mar. 21 to Apr. 20), setting a new record for the past 40 years, Isfahan Governor General says.

  • A cluster of pilgrims walk in a scenic mountainous route that leads to the shrine of Khalid Nabi in Golestan province near the border with Turkmenistan, April 29, 2017. 2017-05-01 09:22

    Khalid Nabi shrine where faith and beauty meet

    A cluster of pilgrims walk in a scenic mountainous route that leads to the shrine of Khalid Nabi in Golestan province near the border with Turkmenistan, April 29, 2017. The modest shrine, surmounted by a tiny cone-shaped dome, is seen in the foreground atop a greenish pick.

  • An undated photo depicts travelers walking across the scenic Shahdad Desert in Kerman province. 2017-04-29 18:38

    Sharp rise in foreign tourist visits to Kerman province

    TEHRAN - The number of foreign tourists traveling to the southeastern province of Kerman has raised five times over the past four years, a provincial tourism official said on Saturday.

  • Tourists from Hong Kong visit the Gate of All Nations at the ancient Persian city of Persepolis in southern Iran, February 11, 2016. (AFP Photo/Behrouz Mehri) 2017-04-26 20:52

    Foreign tourist arrivals fetch Iran $32b in four years

    TEHRAN – Foreign tourists have spent some $32 billion in Iran over the past four years, said an official with the Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Organization.

  • Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) shakes hands with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili in Tbilisi on April 18, 2017. 2017-04-19 19:08

    Zarif urges Georgia to recommit respect for Iranian tourists

    TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Tuesday that Georgia should recommit to the respect for Iranian tourists.

  • Golden Eagle passengers arrive in Isfahan on April 12, 2017. 2017-04-18 12:18

    Intl. tourists aboard Golden Eagle visit World Heritage sites in Iran

    TEHRAN – On Saturday, a group of foreign tourists aboard a Golden Eagle luxury train, known as a 5-star hotel on wheels, visited three UNESCO World Heritage sites, which are scattered across Khuzestan Province in southwest Iran.

  • A view of St. Basil’s Cathedral, a major tourist destination in Moscow 2017-04-08 21:04

    Iranian tourist visits to Russia up by 72% in 2016

    TEHRAN - Roughly 67,000 Iranians visited Russia in 2016, a solid growth of 72 percent compared to a year earlier, Russia Beyond the Headlines reported on April 5.

  • An open-top double-decker tourist bus is seen before Azadi Tower in western Tehran on March 23, 2017. 2017-04-06 14:10

    Tehran eyes rise in inbound tourists this year: AGI

    TEHRAN – The bustling yet historical Iranian capital is expected to witness a boom in the number of its visitors this year, though years of international sanctions had slowed the expansion of tourism industry in the country, Italian Journalist Agency -- Agenzia Giornalistica Italia (AGI) – reported on March 31.

  • Rouhani and Putin shake hand during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 28, 2017. 2017-04-03 19:45

    Tehran, Moscow agree on visa-free travel for tourist groups

    TEHRAN – Iran and Russia have inked a visa-free agreement for tourist groups, as the two countries are taking steps towards broadening bilateral tourism ties.

  • Land of Affection - Qazvin 2017-03-28 13:07

    Iran, land of Affection - Qazvin

    Located in Qazvin province, northern Iran, Qazvin city enjoys a great historical context, potential for cultural attractions and tourist desirability.Tehran Times / Amin Rahmani

  • An open-top double-decker tourist bus is seen before Azadi Tower in western Tehran on March 23, 2017. 2017-03-23 15:54

    Double-decker bus offers hop-on, hop-off tour in Tehran

    An open-top double-decker tourist bus is seen before Azadi Tower in western Tehran on March 23, 2017.

  • A view general of Tehran with snow-clad Alborz mountain range in the background 2017-03-20 11:41

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Time to see another face of Tehran during Noruz

    TEHRAN – Noruz, the ancient, national festive of the Iranians, is the right time for those who have been for long fancying being in Tehran.

  • A general view of the Burnt City, an archeological site located in Sistan-Baluchestan Province. 2017-03-14 09:27

    Sistan-Baluchestan to turn into tourist hub

    TEHRAN – Iranian tourism authorities seek to put a new face to Sistan-Baluchestan Province in a bid to turn the vast southeastern region into a tourist destination.

  •  A Westerner couple pose for a photo at the enormous historical Imam Square in Isfahan on November 9, 2016. The sixth-story Safavid-era Ali Qapu Palace in also seen in the background. 2017-03-06 18:31

    World media put spotlight on Iran as tourist hub

    TEHRAN - Following a landmark nuclear deal Tehran and world powers clinched in 2015, Iran is repeatedly named as a hot travel destination by a circle of international media outlets in terms of its rich history, picturesque sceneries, traditions, cuisine and hospitable people.

  • An exterior view of the Zeinodin Caravanserai in southern Iran 2017-02-23 19:27

    Under visitors’ eyes: Centuries-old Zeinodin Caravanserai

    TEHRAN - For some visitors to Iran staying at or even a short visit to a caravanserai seems to be a must. The 16th-century Zeinodin Caravanserai, which is tastefully renovated, is amongst such time-honored roadside inns.

  • Espinas Palace Hotel 2017-01-30 18:20

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Global hotel industry seeks to boost foothold in Iran, reaping gain from tourist influx

    With Iran steadily becoming a hot tourist destination, several international hotel companies are looking to establish footholds in the country, as the government has pledged support for the flourishing sector to cope with the tourist influx.

  • Vakil Mosque in Shiraz 2017-01-28 21:20

    Picture of the day

    A foreign tourist takes a shot of the courtyard of the historical Vakil Mosque in Shiraz, southern Iran on January 16, 2017. (Photo: IRNA/Reza Qaderi)

  • Western tourists walk along a platform at the Tehran railway station 2017-01-18 19:17

    Post-JCPOA Iran regards tourism a fountain of wealth

    TEHRAN – Iran regards tourism industry a source for generating wealth, and is seeking to make the best use of positive atmosphere created in the wake of the nuclear deal, known as JCPOA, signed in January 2016.

  • Monastery of Saint Thaddeus 2017-01-15 13:01

    Monastery of Saint Thaddeus, a UNESCO-inscribed tourist spot in far northwest corner of Iran

    TEHRAN – The Monastery of Saint Thaddeus is a tourist destination in the far northwest corner of Iran, adjacent to the borders of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey.

  • Vank Cathedral 2017-01-08 09:21

    Vank Cathedral lit at sunset

    The dome, towers, and spires of the Vank Cathedral are lit at sunset in the Jolfa district of the central Iranian city of Isfahan on Dec. 31, 2016.

  • Hafezieh 2017-01-03 09:06

    Hafezieh, meeting point of nature and culture

    TEHRAN - Each day hundreds of Iranians along with foreign backpackers come to visit Hafezieh, a major tourist spot where illustrious Persian poet Hafez is laid to rest.

  • Tchogha Zanbil 2016-12-26 19:16

    Tchogha Zanbil, a fascinating tourist destination in southwest Iran

    TEHRAN – The magnificent ruins of Tchogha Zanbil is amongst the topmost tourist attractions in southwest Iran as it is considered by many the finest surviving example of the Elamite architecture in the globe.

  • Sadabad Cultural-Historical Complex 2016-12-17 17:44

    Under visitors’ eyes: Sadabad Cultural-Historical Complex

    TEHRAN - Sprawled on about 110 hectares of a mountainside parkland in northern Teharn, the Sadabad Cultural-Historical Complex is used to be a royal summer residence during the Qajar and Pahlavi eras.

  • A view of the historical Seb Castle in southeastern Iran 2016-12-16 16:02

    In focus: Historical Seb Castle stands tall in southeastern Iran

    The historical Seb Castle stands tall as one of the tourist attractions in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan.

  • Gonbad-e Qabus in northern Iran 2016-12-07 18:22

    Gonbad-e Qabus: Outstanding, innovative example of Islamic architecture

    TEHRAN – The one-millennium-old Gonbad-e Qabus in northern Iran is of high architectural importance as an exemplar yet innovative design of the early-Islamic-era architecture.

  •  Eram Garden in southern Iran 2016-11-30 13:02

    In focus: Eram Garden in southern Iran

    Eram Garden widely famous for its towering cypress trees is one the impressive and most-visited gardens in Iran.

  • Tourists arrive in Tehran on a luxury train from Budapest 2016-11-07 17:33

    Luxurious Golden Eagle to resume excursions to Iran

    TEHRAN – The Golden Eagle Luxury Trains, a prestigious European operator of exclusive, long-distance rail tours, is scheduled to run new rounds of its services that offers extensive excursions throughout Iran.