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Iran - Land of Aryans

The word Iran means 'Land of the Aryans,' derived from Old Persian Ariya from the 3rd millennium BC. The Aryan definition was given to the Avestan (Old Persian) and Vedic Sanskrit family of languages. These people were thought to have been the earliest settlers on the Iranian Plateau and the northern Indian subcontinent. The Aryan population expanded around the Caspian Sea towards Western Europe. However with the 7th CE Arab Conquest of Persia, eventually Iranians submitted to Islam and the Arabic language. The Aryan language restored after the 9th century with the best examples found in the epic poetry of Ferdowsi, with not one Arabic word had been used. This is just another reason to travel to Iran.

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Susa Iran Historical Region

Covering about 350 hectares, Susa (or Shush) constitutes one of the world‘s largest archaeological sites. Susa is one of the oldest cities in the world with excavations showing evidence of continual habitation since 4200 BCE. It has been mentioned extensively in Hebrew texts. In the late 6th Century BC prophet Daniel lived here during the Babylonian exile of jews, where it's most widely beleived his tomb is located. There are several UNESCO sites around Susa Iran: the most famous of which is the historical Shushtar Hydraulic System. Susa is Iran tourism at it's best. 

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Iranian Saffron

Currently Iran produces around 95% of the worlds saffron. Did you know it takes over 100,000 flowers to make a single kilogram of saffron, which is why it's often compared to gold. Saffron-based pigments have been found in 50,000 year-old prehistoric art in northwest Iran. Saffron has been used in Iranian cooking, seasonings, fragrance, dyes and medicines for more than 3,000 years. Want to see some saffron fields? Then travel to Iran and make a trip to Khorasan around Mashhad and Birjand before October's picking season. 

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Iran's Qanats and Badgirs

What is a qanat and a badgir? Travel to Iran to discover since ancient times, over 3000 years ago, Iranians have used a water supply system called a 'qanat' (or kanat). It's the world's oldest manmade water supply network. Windcatchers (or badgirs) are also symbols of traditional Iranian architecture. They have provided natural air-conditioning in hot, dry and humid climates for thousands of years. Qanats and badgirs were both pioneered on the Iranian Plateau and the best examples can currently be found around Kashan, Yazd and Kerman.

CURRENCY RATE

1 USD = 34640 IRR
1 EUR = 39060 IRR
1 GBP = 49250 IRR
1 AUD = 25530 IRR

Last Updated: 15 June, 2016

*Exchange rate is approximate only