Tehran is the capital of Iran. A dynamic, loud, chaotic and cutting edge city, bold fashion, art galleries, restaurants and cafes. It is also home to museums overflowing with ancient treasures, magnificent palaces, inspiring yet imposing mosques and dramatic government buildings. Endlessly enchanting, Tehran is one of the brightest gems in the Middle East.
Best Time to Visit
If you are planning a Travel to Iran then the best time to visit Iran is during the spring and autumn. There are ideal temperatures across most of Iran from March until May and then again from late September to early November.
Top Places to Visit in Tehran
1. National Jewels Museum
One of the best museum, featuring an over-the-top, staggering collection of artifacts encrusted with dazzling gems. The 37 display cases are filled of pearl-covered crowns, emerald and ruby-encrusted globes, swords covered in thousands of rose-cut diamonds and more. Everywhere you look in the museum, something is sparkling, shining and glittering in the light.
2. Golestan Palace
A complex of 17 halls, museums and palaces built during the 200-year reign of the Qajar kings. Each of the halls presents visitors with something new and wonderful to explore. The Takht-e Marmar awes with its marble carvings, ornamental throne, lattice windows and fanciful traditional architecture. Masterpieces by European artists are on display at the Hoze-Khaneh, the royal jewels astonish at the Negar Khane, and the Museum of Gifts contains a fascinating collection of decorated ostrich eggs and other presents given to the Qajar kings. Chinaware takes center stage at the Talar Zoroof, mirror work impresses at the Talar-e Aineh, and the Shams-ol-Emareh stuns with its towers, multiple arches and intricate tile work. These are just some of the abundant riches that await visitors at the Golestan Palace.
3. Darband and Darakeh
Trade the chaos of the city center for the peaceful respite of the Alborz Mountains’ foothills, then refresh after a hike at the tea-houses and stalls that line the lower reaches of both trails. Enjoy a dish of dizi, a cool drink, a kabab and a puff on a hookah by the stream. Mingle with the locals while feasting on mulberries, apricots, walnuts, dates and other treats plucked from the surrounding areas. In the near-oasis, you will soon forget you are in one of the busiest cities in the Middle East.
4. The White Palace
Once the royal summer home, features 5,000 square meters of pure opulence. Handmade carpets blanket the marble floors, extravagant furnishings sit under chandeliers dripping with diamonds and tiger pelts decorate the walls. At the Green Palace, mirror stalactites hang from the ceilings and Persian and European architectural styles combine effortlessly at the Shams-Al Emarat Palace.
5. Imam Komeini Mosque
Still popularly known as the Shah Mosque, this handsome early-18th-century complex is looking all the better for recent interior restoration. One of the city’s largest and busiest mosques, it is surrounded by the Grand Bazaar: there are various entrances, but the main one is off Panzdah-e Khordad St, which takes you directly into the large courtyard with large central pool for the faithful to make their before-prayer ablutions.
Other highlights to explore in Tehran include the well-designed green space of Park-e Laleh, the Sarkis Cathedral, the Madraseh va Masjed-e Sepahsalar, the colorful Tehran bazaar, the Holy Shrine of Imam Khomeini, the 435-meter high Milad Tower, the Iranian Photographers’ Center, the Azadi Tower, Tehran University and the former United States Embassy.