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Kerman

Kerman, the Iranian city where the tales of ancient traders whisper through the adobe walls of its majestic structures, beckons travelers to traverse its rich tapestry of history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes. Amidst the sprawling desolation of the Lut Desert, the city emerges as an oasis of architectural wonder and cultural profundity, weaving together the threads of centuries-old traditions with the vibrant, indomitable spirit of its people.

 

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The land of Pistachio and sand

Kerman, a captivating city rich in cultural and historical heritage, sits as a gem in the southeastern region of the fascinating country of Iran. Enclosed by the desolate yet beautiful Lut Desert on the north and east, and by the mesmerizing mountains of Hezar and Jebal Barez to the west and south, Kerman adorns itself not only with natural splendor but also with a millennium-long tapestry of history that has woven its urban fabric.

Kerman’s roots plunge deeply into the annals of time, with its historical timeline interwoven with the tales of ancient traders who traversed the undulating terrains of Persia. Being a significant station along the historic Silk Road, Kerman became a melting pot of cultures, ideas, and goods, developing into a vibrant city where traditions and tales from afar coalesced and took on a new life amidst its local customs and architectural endeavors. The city is peppered with vestiges of its varied past, where every brick and every faded fresco whisper tales of prosperity, invasions, and ingenious survival through epochs.

How to get to Shiraz by Air, Bus , car or train.

By plane

  • Shiraz International Airport (IATASYZ) has regular flights to all major and some smaller cities in Iran. There are International flights to IstanbulDubaiSharjahKuwaitDoha: Turkish Airlines operating daily direct flight from Istanbul to Shiraz and vice versa; Qatar Airways flies 4 times a week (on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays) from Doha to Shiraz and vice versa; Air Arabia operates Daily Flight between Sharjah (UAE) and Shiraz; Iran Aseman Airlines Flies once a week (on Fridays) from Shiraz to Muscat and vice versa; several daily flights are available between Shiraz and Dubai operating by Iran Air, Iran Aseman Airlines and Fly Dubai; there are some weekly Flights between Shiraz and Kuwait City; BoraJet is planning to fly between Istanbul and Shiraz and Fly Baghdad will operate a weekly flight (on Tuesdays) between Najaf (Iraq) and Shiraz soon; there are some charter weekly flights between Antalya (with an hour stop in Adana) and Shiraz operating by Freebird Airlines. These charter flights usually operated from mid-March until late September.

As the metro have not reached the Dastgheib roundabout there is a shuttle bus running from Namazi to the airport. Number is 110 and runs about every 15th minutes. Number 120 (minibus with yellow stripe and approximately 10 seats, located at the outside of the Namazi roundabout/first platform of the bus station) also runs from Namazi on the main street through Shiraz to the airport. Price is 10000 Real.

By bus

Shiraz is well connected to most parts of the country by bus. The main Karandish bus terminal is 4 km from the city center. Buses to Yazd take 6 hours; to Isfahan it is 7 hours. Prices vary as there are different companies and different types of buses. A standard bus to Yazd may cost IRR220,000. There are two kinds of VIP buses: one with 24 seats (IRR350,000), one with 36 seats (IRR250,000). To Isfahan IRR360,000 for a VIP bus. Information: Jan 2017

By car

Motorways connect the city to IsfahanKermanBushehrAhvaz and Yasouj, and Bandar-e Abbas is reachable by highway.

By train

Shiraz Train station has recently been finished and there are Trains to Tehran but not to Esfahan (Oct 2015). However, the bus journey is shorter (2hrs less), so that might be recommended. There is a connecting bus from the train station to GhasroDasht bus and metro station. Price in Aug. 2015 was 10,000 rial for single ticket.

How to get around Shiraz or travel to other destinations from shiraz

There is a tourist information on the main boulevard a bit west of the palace. They speak English and can give helpful tips and have English maps. 

For non-Iranian visitors, taxis are probably the most convenient mean of transport. There is not a lot of room for haggling as prices are more or less fixed. Ask locals who take taxis about what the price should be and agree with the driver before you get into the car.

If an unmarked car stops while you are hailing a taxi, don’t be alarmed. Many taxis in Shiraz are unmarked and also as a means to supplement their income, is not uncommon to find private car owners touting themselves as taxis. 

However it is always good to find a taxi through a reputable “telephone taxi” agency. For a set fee, drivers of these agencies will take passengers to their destination, drive them around town and also wait for them while they shop or run errands. All hotels and local residents will have a phone number of one these agencies. There are also taxis driven by women that specifically cater to women passengers.

The city also has a reasonable bus service.

Shiraz metro is operating with a single line between Shahid Dastgheyb (next to airport) and Ehsan stations. Single ticket costs 5000 rials and a train every 15 minutesTab Content

  • Pasargad was a Persian capital built by Cyrus the Great in the 6th century BC. Around 500 BC, Darius I built a new capital at Persepolis 50 km away. Both are now listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and both are near Shiraz.
 
Persepolis (Takht-e-Jamshid)
  • Takht-e-Jamshid (Persepolis) – The centre of the great Persian Empire, ceremonial capital of the Achaemenians and the showpiece of Achaemenian art, Persepolis (Capital of Persia in Greek) is a historic site in Fars Province, 60 km to the northeast of Shiraz. Iranians call it Takht-e Jamshid (The throne of Jamshid), Jamshid being the first, probably mythical, ruler of Iran. This magnificent court was the summer residence of the Achaemenian emperors and their official reception quarters. It must be by some strange accident of history that Persepolis was never mentioned in foreign records, for it was here that representatives of all the varied peoples of the empire gathered to pay homage, and bring tribute, to the King of Kings, probably each spring, at the time of the ancient Now Ruz festival. Although set on fire and destroyed by Alexander in a gesture symbolizing the destruction of Persian imperial power, its still impressive ruins permit a fairly complete reconstruction of its original appearance. Entrance fee 200,000 rial (not including optional guide or museum entrance)
  • Naqsh-e Rustam – an ancient necropolis 12 km northwest of Persepolis, with a group of ancient Iranian rock reliefs cut into the cliff, from both the Achaemenid and Sassanid periods. Entrance fee 200,000 rial.
  • Palace of Apadana
  • Varzaneh desert is the closest desert town to Shiraz. It is easily reachable from Shiraz-Abadeh-Ramsheh Road.
  • Firouzabad
  • Palace of Ardashir – The Palace ruins of Sassanid king Ardashir I. As of September 2014, entrance is 150000 Rial per person for foreign tourists. To get there, there are several options. You can either hire a taxi from anywhere in Shiraz, take a shared taxi from the front of the Kar Andish Bus Terminal in the east of the city or go by bus. Local minibuses leave from the so called Ali Ibn Hamze Terminal, which is a smaller terminal south of the bigger Kar Andish domestic bus terminal, right next to the river. Ask for minibuses to Mavdasht or Persepolis. One ride is 22000 Rial per person [May 2016]. From Mavdasht, taxis take you to Persepolis in 10 minutes. Don’t pay more than a maximum of 60000 Rials. To get back to Shiraz, take a taxi from Persepolis to Mavdasht Terminal, which is a hardly visible spot next to the street near the southern exit of Mavdasht. If you ask locals for ‘bus Shiraz’, they’ll point you. From there, minibuses leave again when they are full for 15000 Rial per person. On the way to Persepolis, you pass the Qur’an gate(city gate). You can ask the driver to drop you off at ‘Darvazeh ye Qur’an’ to visit that after coming back from Persepolis.
  • Ghalat village – Located 30 km northwest of Shiraz, Ghalat village is an ancient village popular with locals escaping the city. It has restaurants, stylish coffee houses, ruin mosque and church, river and picnic area, waterfalls and mountain hike. It’s particularly beautiful in autumn when all the maples turn red. To reach Ghalat, take the metro to Ghasr-e Dasht station, walk 5 minutes to the Qasr Dasht bus station and take bus number 50 (one hour ride, bus every 30 minutes, 8000 rials). Otherwise hire a taxi from Shiraz for 600,000 rials return which usually allows 1 hour stay.

What to eat and where to find good food in Shiraz.

Local foods

  • Kebab with rice – like elsewhere in Iran, kebab with rice is a common fare, though Shiraz does offer a local variation on the national dish.
  • Shirazi Salad – A delicious and famous salad available throughout Iran, made with cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and a simple lemon juice and olive oil dressing.
  • Kalam polo – A traditional food found only in Shiraz. Some delivery food restaurants serve this food but it can be hard to find in normal restaurants. It is a dish made of Rice, meat balls, chopped cabbage and some other vegetables and spices.
  • Ash shirazi – It is a kind of soup made of vegetables and meat. It is served all over the city early in the morning. People eat this for breakfast. But please note that it’s only served really early in the morning (from roughly 5 to 7 a.m).
  • Masghati Halva – a great dessert and snack.
  • Nokhod(Chickpea) Cookie – delicious cookie made of chickpeas, known as one of Shiraz’s souvenirs.
  • Shirazi Paloodeh – Paloodeh is an ice cream made of rice starch, which takes the form of noodles. It is flavored with “sharbat” (sugar water), which can be of different flavors. Shirazian paloodeh is the best paloodeh in Iran especially when mixed with Bahar-e-Naranj liquor.

Restaurants

Almost all of these places have Live music playing

  • Haft khan, buffet and classic restaurant, Iranian and international cuisine
  • Kohan , classic Iranian and international cuisine
  • Qavam, traditional Iranian cuisine, Ferdowsi St.
  • Bel passi, Italian Restaurant
  • Brentin,
  • Hedayat, a cafe – restaurant in Hedayat street presenting light meals
  • Lotus Restaurant, on the 13th floor of Pars International Hotel
  • Kaktoos Restaurant
  • Sharzeh Restaurant, a classic old restaurant located just outside the Vakil bazaar
  • Soofi Restaurant, traditional restaurant located at Sattarkhan St.
  • Ojagh Bashi , a branch of Turkish meals, Sattarkhan St.
  • Hammam-e-Vakil (Vakil Bath), classic old style restaurant
  • Shandiz Restaurant
  • Gambron SeaFood Restaurant, serving famous food from the whole of Persian gulf
  • Dragon, Chinese Food
  • Zeytoon , Classic restaurant, Iranian restaurant.
  • Shater abbas , Traditional Iranian restaurant , located in khak shenasi St. and another one in Chamran ave.

Fast Food

You can find at least one fast food parlor in every Street of Shiraz.

  • Zaver, Italian Pizzas
  • Sand, Fast food in a place with different interior design
  • Rabo
  • Soofi”*
  • Avishan, A clean, healthy and budget fast food located in Be’sat st.

Cafes

You can find coffee shops at shopping centres and on the main streets. Some are big and some are small.

  • Abizh Cafe is an awesome hangout spot with a nice selection, decent prices. Very friendly, English speaking staff, English menu, decent prices and free Wi-Fi. Open from 8 AM to 11:00 PM.That is a great Restaurant Cafe in Shiraz

They have many different plates for breakfast and egg with cafe latte and nice special tea there They have also great design and make a great mood and atmosfer there

  • Royal Cafe Address:Vakil Bazaar, Between Vakil bath and vakil mosque. At this place you can enjoy hot and cold drinks and traditional Shiraz dishes. There is also free wifi in the area and you can sit outside the café under the umbrella and enjoy the beautiful view at the market entrance.English speaking staff,open from 9:00AM to11:00PM. for reservation you can call or send message to this number +989011309503
  • Nikan cafe is an awesome hangout spot with a nice selection, decent prices. Very friendly, English speaking staff, English menu, decent prices and free Wi-Fi. Open from 12 PM to 11:00 PM. They have some food for lunch like pasta , a eggplant chicken crepe , Meat Mushroom and … . it is locate in Hedayat street next to 8 lane. Try their herbal drinks , Soft drink.

 

  • Ferdowsi is an awesome hangout spot with a nice selection, decent prices. Very friendly, English speaking staff, English menu, decent prices and free Wi-Fi. Open from 9 AM to 11:00 PM . they serve a breakfast until 11.they have a cozy atmosphere With tasty foods and drinks, , and friendly english-speaking staff, with homemade menu ,healthy & light food. Mostly you can see young locals.

We suggest cake of the day with cream and strawberries, again delicious. the penne with mushrooms and chicken in a creamy sauce and the cheesecake.

  • Cafe Inn ,Ma’ali-Abad Blv

 

  • Screwchi’s Nespresso Bar, Offers good variety of coffees, teas, and other hot and cold drinks, along with high quality snacks and one of a kind pastas and salads from around the world. Breakfast and brunch menu is also so popular and it has a lounge section for smoking and outdoor sitting and enjoying the beautiful weather of the city. The café has modern design and is placed in luxury side of the city. Location, photos and additional information are provided on Trip Advisor

Food Gardens

There are a lot of gardens out of Shiraz, most have been remodeled as restaurants. Most have live music playing in the evenings and offer great view.

  • Nakhlestan Garden
  • Padra Garden, relatively new
  • Darband Garden
  • Silvia Garden

Drink

For more information on typical drinks in Iran, see Iran#Drink

  • Distill’s – Shiraz have many kind of aromatic spirits

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By plane

  • Shiraz International Airport (IATA: SYZ) has regular flights to all major and some smaller cities in Iran. There are International flights to IstanbulDubaiSharjahKuwaitDoha: Turkish Airlines operating daily direct flight from Istanbul to Shiraz and vice versa; Qatar Airways flies 4 times a week (on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays) from Doha to Shiraz and vice versa; Air Arabia operates Daily Flight between Sharjah (UAE) and Shiraz; Iran Aseman Airlines Flies once a week (on Fridays) from Shiraz to Muscat and vice versa; several daily flights are available between Shiraz and Dubai operating by Iran Air, Iran Aseman Airlines and Fly Dubai; there are some weekly Flights between Shiraz and Kuwait City; BoraJet is planning to fly between Istanbul and Shiraz and Fly Baghdad will operate a weekly flight (on Tuesdays) between Najaf (Iraq) and Shiraz soon; there are some charter weekly flights between Antalya (with an hour stop in Adana) and Shiraz operating by Freebird Airlines. These charter flights usually operated from mid-March until late September.

As the metro have not reached the Dastgheib roundabout there is a shuttle bus running from Namazi to the airport. Number is 110 and runs about every 15th minutes. Number 120 (minibus with yellow stripe and approximately 10 seats, located at the outside of the Namazi roundabout/first platform of the bus station) also runs from Namazi on the main street through Shiraz to the airport. Price is 10000 Real.

By bus

Shiraz is well connected to most parts of the country by bus. The main Karandish bus terminal is 4 km from the city center. Buses to Yazd take 6 hours; to Isfahan it is 7 hours. Prices vary as there are different companies and different types of buses. A standard bus to Yazd may cost IRR220,000. There are two kinds of VIP buses: one with 24 seats (IRR350,000), one with 36 seats (IRR250,000). To Isfahan IRR360,000 for a VIP bus. Information: Jan 2017

By car

Motorways connect the city to IsfahanKermanBushehrAhvaz and Yasouj, and Bandar-e Abbas is reachable by highway.

By train

Shiraz Train station has recently been finished and there are Trains to Tehran but not to Esfahan (Oct 2015). However, the bus journey is shorter (2hrs less), so that might be recommended. There is a connecting bus from the train station to GhasroDasht bus and metro station. Price in Aug. 2015 was 10,000 rial for single ticket.

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Why to visit Kerman?

The architectural grandeur of Kerman reveals itself through a myriad of splendid structures, most notably its majestic bazaar. Wandering through the intricate labyrinth of the Bazaar-e Sartasari, visitors are enveloped by the aromatic whispers of spices, the vibrant palettes of Persian rugs, and the mellifluous murmurs of merchants and patrons engaged in a delicate dance of commerce and camaraderie. The bazaar, one of the oldest trading centers in Iran, offers not merely an exchange of goods but a timeless journey through the ebb and flow of culture and commerce that has shaped the city.

Ganjali Khan Complex, a splendid and intricate example of Safavid architecture, is a marvel that unfolds amidst the bustling bazaar. Comprising of a bathhouse, mosque, caravanserai, and square, each element of the complex narrates a tale of the city’s rich socio-cultural and economic past. The bathhouse, now a museum, with its turquoise tiles and exquisite frescoes, silently narrates tales of the travelers and tradesmen who once sought repose within its calming confines.

Kerman is a city that has gracefully aged, with its landmarks such as the Arg-e Rayen, an adobe citadel nestled against a picturesque desert backdrop, presenting an awe-inspiring display of architectural prowess and ancient urban planning. This silent sentinel of history has stood resiliently against the sands of time, offering a timeless tableau of the splendors and sorrows of yesteryears.

The natural allure of Kerman is as equally bewitching as its architectural charms. The Shahdad Desert, part of the broader Lut Desert, unveils a surreal landscape of Kalouts, gargantuan natural sandcastles shaped by the tireless toil of the wind over millennia, offering an otherworldly experience to those who traverse its silent, sandy corridors.

Moreover, Kerman is not merely a sanctuary for the curious traveler but also a haven for scholars and seekers of knowledge, with its numerous libraries and madrasas, such as the Grand Moshtaghieh Mosque and Madrasa, reflecting the city’s enduring commitment to intellectual pursuits amidst its diverse historical epochs.

For the gastronomic traveler, Kerman unfurls an enchanting tapestry of flavors, with its local cuisine offering a delightful amalgam of age-old recipes and innovative culinary creations. From the fragrant Beryooni, a delectable dish of minced meat and aromatic spices, to the delightfully sweet Kolompeh, a date-filled pastry that tells tales of Kerman’s lush date palms, the city offers a sensory journey through its rich culinary heritage.

Visiting Kerman is not merely a physical journey but a passage through time, a communion with ancient cultures, and an immersive experience into the sublime tapestry of human civilization that has elegantly interwoven nature, architecture, and tradition into a harmonious existence. With its enchanting landscapes, architectural marvels, and the generous hospitality of its residents, Kerman extends an open invitation to travelers, beckoning them to lose themselves in its countless tales and timeless charm.

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A few places places to stay.

Kerman Welcoming Hostel, Kerman

Arad Hostel, Kerman

Kerman Province, Kerman, خیابان شیخ احمد کافی شمالی، Arad Hostel, Iran

Narenj Hostel, Kerman

Kerman Province, Kerman, Mirza Aghakhan Street, Narenj Hostel, Iran

Moshtagh Guest House, Kerman

Moshtagh Guest House, Kerman, Kerman Province, Iran

A few places worth a visit.

Archological sites

Persepolis& Necropolic

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Bazaars

Shiraz Zand bazaar

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Gardens

Eram Gardens

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Hafiz and Saadi mausoleums

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Mosques

Nasire Al- molk colorful mosque

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