Isfahan

For everyone going to Iran, Isfahan is a certain stop, and it’s one of the places that you will remember for a long time. Isfahan is the most beautiful city in the world. The Persians called it “Nesf-e-Jahan”, meaning “Half World”.

Geographically Isfahan is in the center of Iran and with its mild climate and fertile soil and enough water from Zayanderud River, it has always been a very good place to be living in.

Isfahan was chosen as the first cultural capital of Islamic countries in 2005. This city has welcomed many tourists from the Islamic countries and many other visitors from different parts of the world.

Climate

Isfahan is one of the coldest regions in Iran with an average daily high temperature of only 22 degrees centigrade. Several months of the year it is warm to hot at temperatures continuously above 25 degrees centigrade, sometimes up to 36 degrees. Due to the warmer temperatures the best time for traveling is from June to September. Nearly unattractive for tourists are the cold months from November to March.

 

 

Best time to visit Isfahan

Spring and autumn are the best times to visit and the days are often pleasantly mild in this part of Iran. Ideal weather in Isfahan is during March to May and September to November. However, during these months, Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive.

Transportation in Isfahan City

You can get in the city by airport, railways and bus transportation system.

Airport: After Imam Khomeini International Airport of Tehran, Isfahan Airport is identified as the second-most-reliable and modern airport in Iran and it is the largest airport in the southern region of Iran.

Railway system: The city has Train Station and railway network to Isfahan, Tehran and Mashhad.

Metro:The city has metro system for some part of the city.

Bus:Isfahan city has bus lines and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).

Taxi:Isfahan has telephone taxi agency and taxis driven by women that specifically cater to women passengers.

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Handicrafts and souvenirs of Isfahan

Isfahan is one of the largest provinces in Iran. This city has the most famous tourist attractions in Iran. Many foreign tourists choose Iran for travel to enjoy these eye-catching attractions, and if you ask from any foreign traveler they will say Isfahan is their favorite city. Buying souvenirs is one of the most fascinating parts of travel. By buying souvenirs, we share our sweet memories with our friends and loved ones. In Isfahan, you have many choices for buying souvenirs.

Isfahan is a cradle of Iranian handicrafts. The handicrafts of this city have a long history and they are famous not only in Iran but also throughout the world. The best artwork of Iranian artists can be bought from the Naqsh-e Jahan square and the old market in Isfahan.

You can find best sweets and delicious desserts and cookies and also best handicrafts that are so unique that you cannot find like them anywhere.

Gaz

Isfahan Gaz has a long history for several hundred years. Centuries ago, Iranian kings offered Gaz to other kings of the world.

In fact, it dates back to the reign of the Safavid, and is one of the most important Isfahan souvenirs and handicrafts.

Poolaki

After Gaz, one of the most famous sweets and souvenirs in Isfahan is Poolaki.

This product is very popular not only among tourists, but also among the Iranian people. It is one of the candy family.

Fereydoun Shahr Honey

Perhaps you never heard that Fereydoun Shahr honey in Isfahan is one of the best honey in the country.

It is because of the variety of herbs in the city that make it a high quality honey and it has many healing properties.

Joz-e Qand

This local delicacy is one of the most expensive Isfahan souvenirs and handicrafts. In some of our country’s cities, this traditional sweet is prepared.

For making Joz-e Qandi, they use a local fruit called the Alag, which is actually a type of peach.

Sohan Asali (Honey Sohan)

Honey, butter, sugar, almonds and pistachios, water, rose water and saffron are the ingredients to prepare a delicious and different sweet that you can buy it in Isfahan.

Mina-Kari (Vitreous enamel)

Isfahan is the birthplace of vitreous enamel. This art has become one of the most important handicrafts of Isfahan today and it is a part of Iranian culture.

All tourists fall in love with this beautiful art and buy it as gifts and souvenirs.

Vitreous enamel is the art of decorating commonly metal materials with color.

Of course, besides a variety of metal containers of gold, silver, brass, copper and bronze, this art also used to decorate a variety of pottery too.

Khatam Kari

Khatam kari is another handicraft in Isfahan, which is used by skilled artists in the wood industry.

Khatam kari is also common in Shiraz and it date backs to the Safavid era. This art is to put together small pieces and triangles of wooden shapes to create beautiful geometric shapes.

They also use materials such as camel or horse bones, gold, silver, aluminum and brass, and also ebony wood, jujube, orange and betel.

Qalam kari

Qalam kari can be called the art of printing on fabric, which is framed by wooden molds on various fabrics such as linen, pear and in various colors, and makes fabulous, beautiful, yet simple, fabrics.

Kashi Kari (Tiling)

The oldest tiles in Isfahan are Cyan tiles that they decorated historic inscriptions of Seljuk period minarets with them.

In addition to simple building tiles in Isfahan, Ensign tiles for the exterior of buildings and mosques are also produced and used in seven colors and mosaics.

Also, tiled dishes, pots and various other things are made with different designs, which are generally export-oriented.

(Qollab Doozi) Crochet and other embroidered stitching

Embroidery, crochet, and other kinds of this art are performed by Isfahan Ladies.

Malileh Sazi

Malileh Sazi is so famous in Isfahan and the silver makers of Isfahan produce sets of necklaces, earrings, bracelets and pins with using this art and sell it.

Qalam Zani (Etching)

This art is one of the famous industries in Isfahan, and its done on objects such as trays, pots, dishes, plates, photo frames etc. you can find them in shops of Chaharbagh Street and Naqsh-e Jahan Square.

Qalam zani is one of Isfahan’s most famous handicrafts. Isfahan artists perform engraving, grating, branding on a variety of objects including pots, trays, decorative items, samovars, plates, boxes, etc.

They bring beautiful designs and create valuable works that attracts the attention of every visitor to themselves and makes them to buy it as Isfahan souvenirs and handicrafts.

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Famous foods, Drinks and desserts of Ispahan

Beryan

The most famous food in Isfahan and perhaps the best food in Isfahan is Beryan. Many people think the name of this food is Beryoni. But they do a mistake. Because the name of this meal is Beryan, and it is called in the name of Beryoni with the Isfahani accent. And They called the store which is cook Beryan, Beryoni. Some have said that Beryan is returning to Zarathustra’s day that we have nothing to do with them. Because evidence suggests this food cannot be more than 400 years old. According to the history of Isfahan during the Qajar era, 68 shops of Beryan were in Isfahan. After the mill, Attari (Perfumery) and Kish weaving, Beryan was in fourth place. At that time, the food had a lot of fan and special kitchens which cooked this food, had a meat quota! Bryan is made from sheep’s meat, white liver of lambs, Isfahani spice and onions.

Jeweled Rice

The people of Isfahan from ancient times were famous for being luxuries. Therefore, some believe that the origin of this food is from Isfahan. What’s the matter now? “Morasa” means “Jewelry shown”. Since the important ingredient in this food is a few kernels such as almonds and pistachios, and the kernels are both expensive and beautiful, they are called Jeweled Rice or Morasa Polo.
Barberry is another important part of this food.

Kaleh-Joosh

Kaleh-Joosh is an Isfahani fast food. It means an early and delicious meal. Of course, when we say Isfahan , we didn’t mention just Isfahan. But this food comes from the small towns around Isfahan and it is popular; you may have heard the name of this food a lot, because it is cooked in many cities, but it is said that its origin is from the Qashqai and Isfahan. Whey and walnuts, dried mint and onions are the ingredients of this food.

Halim Bademjan and Kashak-e Bademjan

It’s strange, but some people say that both food is also a local food of Isfahan. Although this food is much more popular than the foods mentioned above. You should know that eggplant, rice, whey and meat are the main ingredients of this meal.

Gheymeh Rizeh Nokhoodchi

Gheymeh Rizeh Nokhoodchi or Ghermeze Nokhoodchi is made from a mixture of meat and flour of chickpea. But this food is different from the meatballs, and the difference is in the amount of meat.

Kalleh Gonjeshki

They mix meat, onions and tarragon, and put them in the water where meat and onion was cooked, then they add Potatoes. They arranged it in a special form in dishes that it doesn’t seem same.

Shole Beryoon-e Rizeh

Shole Beryoon-e Rizeh cooked with meat and rice, onions and black beans, and it has fine taste and very good flavor and it looks like Halim.

Polo Mush and Ghomri

We finally got to Polo. Ghomri is a cabbage that cultivated around Isfahan. So the people decided to eat it. This Polo has both flesh and greens. We did not eat. But they say that this food is very delicious.

Koko Ghandi

Old food that is less commonly remembered these days and more cooked in homes and rarely found in restaurant. The cooks of Isfahan cook Koko Ghandi using potatoes, eggs, saffron, sugar, rose water and lemon.

Isfahani desserts

The people of Isfahan were so high class that they had desserts when nobody know what dessert was. Khoresht-e Mast and Haft Dokhtaron Kachi are the popular desserts of Isfahan.

Khoresht-e Mast

The first impression of all non-Isfahan people when facing the name of Khoresht-e Mast is asking why “Mast” (meaning yogurt)? How come they used this word? Well, yes! They used “Mast”and the food is even sweet too!
The reason for this impression is that people think this food is served with rice, just like the other stews (Since stews are called Khoresht in Farsi) But no! In fact, this food is just another strange food like Dough and Baklava and is actually a dessert; which either comes with the main food or it is served after the main course while it is cold. This dessert has been said to be a luxurious one and it is still. That’s why Khoresht-e Mast has been often served in stylish luxurious parties.

Kachi Haft Dokhtaron (Bibi Hur)

Kachi Haft Dokhtaron is the name of a ceremony during which people cook Kachi with the presence of seven girls. People believed that in the past, a poor girl, forced by her stepmother, went to the desert every day to pasture the cows and to spin cotton. One day, the king’s son sees the girl and falls in love with her. The boy’s family disagree with their marriage and because of that, the girl makes a vow to the god that if they could marry each other, she would cook Kachi. This ceremony is performed on Tuesdays, in some neighborhoods or cities of Isfahan. Women say that this Kachi should be made under the roof of a house, away from the eyes of strangers and men should not eat it!

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