Your First Time in Iran
some things that help you a better tour in Iran
Welcome to the land that is the friendliest country in the world. Iran is the gem of Islam's crown, a mix of history, art, and architecture with warm hospitality.
These are sentences that you have seen and heard on sites or blogs, and absolutely all correct. In this article, we have suggestions for you that will make this exciting trip more enjoyable and comfortable.
Top Tips for Your Trip
-Plan your trip (Including the visa application process) well in advance.
- Don't be too ambitious - Iran is big and trying to see everything can lead to frustration.
-Learn some Farsi before you go - a sure way to make local friends.
-Take some small gifts from home to repay the many small acts of kindness and hospitality you're likely to receive while in Iran.
-What to Wear Few
questions occupy the minds of first-time female visitors to Iran quite like the question of what to wear. Like all females aged nine and older, women travelers will need to wear hejab while in Iran. That means covering hair, arms, and legs and wearing clothes that disguise your body shape when in public. Bring something long and loose from home and, if you want to look less like a tourist, shop for a manteau (an overcoat that covers your bottom, at least) once you arrive. Ditto for scarves, which will require constant attention lest you expose too much hair. As for men, the main dress restrictions are that you shouldn't wear shorts or singlets that show your shoulders.
Of course, strict cases have sharply decreased in Iran. The hijab of women and girls in Iran is very similar to the West.
The choice is limited to fairly uninspiring hotels and basic local lodging houses away from the main tourist circuit and larger cities.
-Hotels: Runs the full gamut from budget cheapies to top-end behemoths; the upmarket end of things is limited but improving all the time.
-Mosaferkhaneh: Basic lodging houses or very basic hotels with dorm beds, shared bathrooms, and a predominantly local male clientele.
-Camping: With few official camping areas, camping is rarely appropriate.
In general prices in shops are fixed. But virtually all prices in the bazaar are negotiable, particularly for souvenirs and always for carpets. In heavily touristed areas, such as Imam Sq in Esfahan, bargaining is essential.
Bargaining tips include not showing too much interest at first when you find something you like. And don't buy the first one you see. Check out a few alternatives to get an idea of quality and price.
Remember that bargaining is not a life and death battle. A good bargain is when both parties are happy and doesn't require you to screw every last toman out of the vendor. As long as you're happy, it was a good deal.
Tipping is not a big deal in Iran. In upmarket restaurants (mainly in Tehran) a 10% gratuity might be expected - on top of the 10% service charge that's often built into the bill. But in most other places any money you leave will be a pleasant surprise. It's normal to offer a small tip to anyone who guides you or opens a building that is normally closed. If your offer is initially refused, persist. There is no culture of baksheesh (alms or tips) in Iran.
Iranians are generally quite forgiving of Westerners for any minor cultural transgressions - they don't expect you to know all of the rules. Some useful things to remember:
-When invited to dinner take a tin of the local sweets (Gaz in Esfahan).
-Never use the thumbs-up sign(Of course, in recent years, this case has been accepted by tourists among the people, which is the equivalent of the middle finger 'up yours(Of course, in recent years, this case has been accepted by tourists among the people).
Men should not offer to shake a woman's hand unless she offers first
-Take off your shoes when entering a home or a mosque.
Iran is an excellent place to eat out (or in, if you're lucky enough to be invited to a meal in a local family home). -Teahouses Traditionally where Iranians would go to socialize and eat, with tea, Galyan (water pipe), and food.
-Kebabi: Simple Kababi tend to be found around major Meydans (squares) and serve, yes, kababs. Eat where the locals eat.
-Take-away: Fast food is popular and begins (and often ends) with bread-roll sandwiches!
-Restaurants: Found across the country: most serve ash-e jo (pearly. barley soup) and salad as standard starters
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