Iran: The Bradt Travel Guide

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Iran is renowned for the rich diversity of its culture. Ancient sites such as Persepolis, the intricate architecture of the country's mosques, and exquisite Iranian crafts create a kaleidoscope of attractions that continue to inspire travelers.
Author Patricia Baker brings her considerable knowledge and understanding of the country to update and expand this second edition of her guide to Iran. Guidance on cultural awareness and religious sensitivity is set in the context of ...

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Overview

Iran is renowned for the rich diversity of its culture. Ancient sites such as Persepolis, the intricate architecture of the country's mosques, and exquisite Iranian crafts create a kaleidoscope of attractions that continue to inspire travelers.
Author Patricia Baker brings her considerable knowledge and understanding of the country to update and expand this second edition of her guide to Iran. Guidance on cultural awareness and religious sensitivity is set in the context of Iranian history which - together with in-depth coverage of where to go and what to see - make this the essential companion.
Inside you will find:
Cultural guidelines, including information for women travelers Islamic art and architecture in detail Iranian food and drink Practical information both for those on a group trip and for independent travelers Bureaucracy, visas and cutting through the red tape

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841621234
  • Publisher: Bradt Publications UK
  • Publication date: 8/1/2005
  • Series: Bradt Travel Guide Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia L. Baker first went to Iran in 1971. Since then she has escorted and lectured to special-interest groups and tours, and has both contributed to and written numerous books on Islamic art.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements VI
Introduction XI
Part 1 General Information 1
Chapter 1 Background Information 3
Geography and climate 3
Natural history and conservation 4
History 5
Politics and economy 14
People and language 18
Religion 19
Education 23
Chapter 2 Practical Information 25
When to visit 25
Suggested itineraries 25
Tourist information 26
Tour operators 26
Time difference 27
Red tape 28
Getting there and away 29
Health 30
Safety 33
What to take 34
Weights and measures 34
Money and banking 34
Other export and import restrictions 38
Getting around 38
Accommodation 41
Eating and drinking 41
Public holidays 43
Shopping 46
Culture and entertainment 47
Office life 51
Cultural dos and don'ts 51
Interacting with people 53
Dress 54
Tipping 55
Giving something back 55
Part 2 The Guide 57
Chapter 3 Tehran and the Road South 59
Getting there 59
Accommodation 60
Restaurants 62
Things to see and do 62
South of Tehran 69
Chapter 4 West of Tehran: Qazvin and Hamadan 75
Qazvin 75
Hamadan 80
Chapter 5 From Kashan to Isfahan 93
Kashan 93
On the road 98
Ardestan 99
Na'in 99
West from Na'in 101
Isfahan 103
Chapter 6 The Caspian Region 123
Towards Gilan 124
Amol 127
Sari 128
Gonbad-i Qabus 131
Bastam 133
Damghan 134
Chapter 7 Into Iranian Azerbaijan 139
Ardabil 140
Tabriz 142
North of Tabriz 145
Chapter 8 Shiraz and Around 155
Outside Shiraz 165
Chapter 9 Persepolis and the Surrounding Area 173
Naqshi-i Rustam 179
Chapter 10 The South Coast 185
Ahvaz 185
Shushtar 188
Susa 188
To the northwest 191
To the southeast 192
East to Izeh 194
South of Ahvaz 196
Eastwards along the coast 197
Further along the coast road 199
Chapter 11 En Route to Yazd and Kirman 205
Coming to Yazd from the southwest 205
Yazd 209
Kirman 215
Mahan 220
Bam 222
Zahedan 223
Chapter 12 The Road to Mashhad 227
The north road to Mashhad 228
Mashhad 229
Outside Mashhad 237
South of Mashhad 240
To Kashmar 244
Nishapur 244
Appendix 1 Language 249
Appendix 2 Further Information 253
Index 257
List Of Maps
Ahvaz 186
Azerbaijan (northwest Iran) 138
Caspian region 122
Choga Zanbil 193
Hamadan 82
Iran
Isfahan 102
Isfahan Masjid-i Jami 112
Isfahan to Shiraz 156
Kashan 95
Kashan to Isfahan & Yazd 94
Kirman 216
Mashhad 230
Mashhad: the shrine 234
Northeast Iran 226
Orumiyeh 149
Persepolis 176
Qazvin 76
Shiraz 158
Southern Iran 184
Susa 190
Tabriz 144
Tehran centre 61
Tehran city 58
Tehran to Hamadan 74
Yazd 210
Yazd to Kirman & southeast 206
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