Interestingly the Islamic Republic of Iran, formerly known as Persia, is one of the historic Middle Eastern destinations, ideal for various activities such as hiking, skiing or paragliding, as well as learn about the city and its beautiful mosques, mausoleums and palaces, guardians of the past glory of the country. East of Iran are Afghanistan and Pakistan, while Turkmenistan is located in the northeast. The northern shores are washed by the waters of the Caspian Sea, the northwestern border are shared by Azerbaijan and Armenia, and the West with Iraq and Turkey, and the south by the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman.
The Iranian climate is characterized by the contrast between the sweltering summer and the long, cold winter. The hottest months of the year are June and July, with temperatures ranging between 35 º C and 45 ° C and occasional heavy downpours. During the winter (December-March) are frequent snowfalls and temperatures become -5 º C to -20 º C, although the days can be a bit more temperate in the interior. Therefore, the best time to visit the country between April to June and September to November, ie, spring or fall, avoiding the sweltering heat and the harsh cold.
Entry requirements for the vast majority of visitors are a valid passport and a visa. The latter is recommended to deal well in advance, since the cost is high and the rules are to get a bit confusing. Once in Iran, the length of stay permitted by the visa can be extended.
It is wise to travel with U.S. dollars and convert them into local currency at banks, money changers or city street. It is suggested not to take traveler’s checks, and that can only be collected at branches of Bank Melli located at the international airport and downtown Tehran. The number of middle-class hotels and establishments that accept higher levels of Visa and MasterCard is increasing. Some of the most luxurious hotels billed in U.S. dollars.
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While the country’s capital, Tehran is a city that stands out for its beauty and organization, there are some interesting places to visit. Armenian Sarkis Cathedral, gardens and parks, the bazaar and the mosque of Imam Joeini are some of interest. It is also a good idea to visit some museums such as the Saad Abad, former residence of the Shah, one of the most important of Reza Abbasis, possessor of an important collection of ceramics, paintings and jewelry Islamic and the National Iran where you can see pieces that date back millennia BC V.
It is important to consider the Muslim day of celebrations, governed by the lunar calendar, as many establishments are closed for them. The main celebrations are the fasting month of Ramadan, which ends with the feast of Eid-e FETREN, the anniversary of the commemoration of Muhammad and the designation of the magnet by the prophet, the e-Gadir Jom. The celebration of the victory of the Islamic Revolution of Iran (11/02), commemorating the death of Khomeini and the Iranian New Year (Now Ruz), between 21 and March 24, the celebrations are also worth witness the punishment.
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