Warming Relations

Posted 3rd August 2015

After 18 months of intensive bargaining, culminating in an eight-day period of continuous talks, Iran and world powers struck a ‘historic’ deal limiting Iranian nuclear activity, opening a “new chapter” in Iran’s relations with the world. Iran has promised to make drastic cuts to its nuclear regime in return for the gradual lifting of economic sanctions, ending a 13 year nuclear stand-off. On the back of warming relations between Iran and world powers, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) advice against travel has been lifted for most parts of the country.

With continually warming relations between Iran and the West, we expect many more travellers to cast aside their uncertainties to explore what this diverse country has to offer. Formerly known as Persia, Iran is brimming with archaeological treats that will enthral history buffs and art aficionados alike. The importance and quality of the UNESCO World Heritage site and Persian ancient capital, Persepolis, make it a unique archaeological treat. Similarly, the Western and Northern areas of Iran boast further ancient and medieval architecture, littered with churches, mosques, ancient temples and early Persian art. Visit the stunning Valley of the Assassins and troglodyte homes in Kandovan. Marvel at the remote Babak Castle and take a whirl through the west’s bygone civilisations from Armenian monasteries to the sacred Throne of Solomon.

Iran’s diverse natural landscape offers an array of activities ranging in physical demand. The vast mountain ranges will beguile hikers, climbers and walkers of all skill levels. With the highest mountain in the Middle East, Mount Damavand boasts 5,671 metres of rocky terrain, offering an excelling challenge to the more experienced climber and hiker. Village-based walking tours in the Valley of the Assassins, the Zagros region and the area South and West of the Caspian Sea afford numerous possibilities for more comfortable routes. Due to the high altitude of many mountain ranges, Iran also has a surprisingly prominent ski scene, boasting a significantly longer season than that of European resorts. Optimal conditions can be found between mid-November and May. Dizin, Iran’s largest resort, offers 23 runs and the opportunity of grass skiing in the summer season. Closer to sea-level and covering an area of over 360,000 square kilometres, Iran’s largest deserts – Kavir-e-Lut and Kavir-e-Markazi – offer fascinating and largely undiscovered areas of sand dunes, salt lakes, steppe-like plains, date palms and camel flocks.

Iran is a country with a profound and intriguing history, a vibrant culture, a diverse natural landscape, an array of archaeological treats and warm-hearted locals who are generous with their hospitality.

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