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5 Iranian cities With “Conscious Traveller”

5 Iranian cities With “Conscious Traveller”5 Iranian cities With “Conscious Traveller”

Becki Enright is a British blogger who roams the world without a map, writing about misunderstood destinations and untangling cultural misconceptions. Having visited countless destinations since 2007, she fosters, through her blog, Borders of Adventure, a different way of travel which she calls “conscious travel”. She is currently on a trip across Iran, where she reports on the hidden beauty of this mesmerizing country, writes

The following are the highlights of Enright’s trip:


“The Masjed-e Jameh (Friday Mosque) in Isfahan is the largest in Iran. It has been adapted and expanded for over 800 years,” Enright explains to her readers.


Abyaneh, the “1500 year old village,” nestled at the foot of Mt. Karkas (in the central Iran desert, in the Central District of Natanz County, Isfahan Province) “was our resting place for one night as we left Isfahan and made our way towards Kashan,” Enright writes.  She describes the village with its “red brick, winding streets,” and the residents who speak “Middle Persian” (an older form of Farsi), and who “wear distinct traditional clothing (men in baggy black trousers and women in colourful, floral headscarves).” However, she warns, “it is on the tipping point of becoming a tourist ‘zoo’, with both domestic and foreign tourists treating it as such.”


She highlights the Bazaar of Kerman, which also contains the hidden gems of a lively tea house and an old bath house (now museum). In the bazaars all around the country one meets “the friendliest of people”, and is greeted constantly with ‘Salam’ and be asked the same question over and over: ‘Where are you from?’ “You are never short of friends in Iran,” she explains.


“Checking out the carvings at Persepolis – ‘The City of the Persians’ and the capital of the Achaemenid Empire,” she suggests. The Persian Empire is considered “the largest and greatest of all time.” These carvings depict the visitors from various countries who came to visit the king, bearing gifts. “Ancient Iran is incredible!”she exclaims.


As a spot for reflection, The ‘Karim Khani Nook’ (tomb) at Tehran’s Golestan Palace – one of the city’s oldest historical buildings and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a great place to visit while staying in the capital city.

The Tehran street scene is vibrant and full of surprises, but be warned, she writes “it’s not uncommon for motorbikes to whizz past you on the pavement without any warning!” “The capital city of Iran certainly has a frenetic buzz,” she adds.