Iran: The Bradt Travel Guide

Iran: The Bradt Travel Guide

by Patricia L. Baker

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781841621234
Publisher: Bradt Publications UK
Publication date: 08/01/2005
Series: Bradt Travel Guide Series
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.65(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsVI
IntroductionXI
Part 1General Information1
Chapter 1Background Information3
Geography and climate3
Natural history and conservation4
History5
Politics and economy14
People and language18
Religion19
Education23
Chapter 2Practical Information25
When to visit25
Suggested itineraries25
Tourist information26
Tour operators26
Time difference27
Red tape28
Getting there and away29
Health30
Safety33
What to take34
Weights and measures34
Money and banking34
Other export and import restrictions38
Getting around38
Accommodation41
Eating and drinking41
Public holidays43
Shopping46
Culture and entertainment47
Office life51
Cultural dos and don'ts51
Interacting with people53
Dress54
Tipping55
Giving something back55
Part 2The Guide57
Chapter 3Tehran and the Road South59
Getting there59
Accommodation60
Restaurants62
Things to see and do62
South of Tehran69
Chapter 4West of Tehran: Qazvin and Hamadan75
Qazvin75
Hamadan80
Chapter 5From Kashan to Isfahan93
Kashan93
On the road98
Ardestan99
Na'in99
West from Na'in101
Isfahan103
Chapter 6The Caspian Region123
Towards Gilan124
Amol127
Sari128
Gonbad-i Qabus131
Bastam133
Damghan134
Chapter 7Into Iranian Azerbaijan139
Ardabil140
Tabriz142
North of Tabriz145
Chapter 8Shiraz and Around155
Outside Shiraz165
Chapter 9Persepolis and the Surrounding Area173
Naqshi-i Rustam179
Chapter 10The South Coast185
Ahvaz185
Shushtar188
Susa188
To the northwest191
To the southeast192
East to Izeh194
South of Ahvaz196
Eastwards along the coast197
Further along the coast road199
Chapter 11En Route to Yazd and Kirman205
Coming to Yazd from the southwest205
Yazd209
Kirman215
Mahan220
Bam222
Zahedan223
Chapter 12The Road to Mashhad227
The north road to Mashhad228
Mashhad229
Outside Mashhad237
South of Mashhad240
To Kashmar244
Nishapur244
Appendix 1Language249
Appendix 2Further Information253
Index257
List Of Maps
Ahvaz186
Azerbaijan (northwest Iran)138
Caspian region122
Choga Zanbil193
Hamadan82
Iran
Isfahan102
Isfahan Masjid-i Jami112
Isfahan to Shiraz156
Kashan95
Kashan to Isfahan & Yazd94
Kirman216
Mashhad230
Mashhad: the shrine234
Northeast Iran226
Orumiyeh149
Persepolis176
Qazvin76
Shiraz158
Southern Iran184
Susa190
Tabriz144
Tehran centre61
Tehran city58
Tehran to Hamadan74
Yazd210
Yazd to Kirman & southeast206

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