Farewell to the Land of Persia!

Yes, this is my last post on Iran, a travel series that I had written for the past 3 months, capturing the places that I had visited and experiences that I had went through during that 8-day trip. It seems quite a lot for an 8-day trip but rest assured, we had quite a lot of free time as well to experience Iran at a more leisurely pace.

We left Esfahan on a Friday โ€“ it was a start to their weekend and the city was quiet. There were not many cars on the roads. Shops were closed and not a soul could be found in the streets. However, we managed to find an Armenian cafรฉ opened in New Jolfa, the Armenian quarter in Esfahan. Fully satisfied with a lovely cup of Armenian coffee and some cake, we left Esfahan for Tehran in the afternoon to catch our flight back to Kuala Lumpur at night.

Our guide, Maryam and her husband drove us to Tehran. Maryam mentioned that she and her family had plans to spend their weekend in Tehran, so when she was informed of our itinerary by the travel agency, she offered to drive us there since they were heading to the capital city anyway. That was the first time we ever come across such an arrangement, so we were surprised and appreciated the offer. We were also delighted to meet her cute 18-month old son, Khoroush.

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The time taken to drive from Esfahan to Tehran is 4 hours. En route to Tehran, we stopped in Kashan for an hour. It was part of our itinerary that we visit a few places of interest in Kashan.

We visited the Tabatabaei House, a historical house built in the 1880s and owned by a rich man in that region. The house features typical classical Persian design and architecture of stained glass windows and a courtyard of gardens and a pool. The Tabatabaei House was designed by Ustad Ali Maryam who also helped to build the Boroujerdi-ha House which was for the rich manโ€™s newly married daughter.

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Just before we left Kashan, we stopped by at the Hammam e-Sultan Amir Ahmad, a traditional public bathhouse originally built in the 16th century during the Safavid era but was damaged in an earthquake in the 1770s and later renovated during the Qajar period. It was really nice and cool inside the hammam, a respite from the heat outside.

land of persia kashan hammam

land of persia kashan hammam water

We climbed up to the roof top of the bathhouse and here are interesting roof domes which look like outer space.

land of persia kashan public bathhouse rooftop

Thank you so much for reading and following my travel narratives on Iran, and truly appreciate your questions and comments about my trip ๐Ÿ™‚ There is so much to see in this beautiful land of Persia, and I hope you get the opportunity to do soโ€ฆsomeday.

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  1. I didn’t know you went to Iran as well, generally I don’t see a lot of people traveling to Middle East! I am going to read up your whole series on Iran now. A quick question – Are the laws stringent there coz I see your head covered?

    1. Yes, went to Iran in May last year ๐Ÿ™‚ The laws in Iran are quite stringent for women. I used a dupatta to cover my head (just like when I enter a Sikh temple) throughout my trip. And must cover arms and legs too, however, 3/4 sleeves tops are acceptable. Tops must be long enough to cover the butt area. So I wore a few Indian kurtis/kurtas when I was there. Overall, it was a very good trip ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Grace, thanks for your comment, good to see you here ๐Ÿ™‚ I can foresee they will reduce the bureaucratic formalities but probably not so much, well, depending on the political situation with the West.

  2. Kat such an intriguing tour you have given your readers. I know very few who have traveled to Iran so I appreciate your insights. The hamams look so very similar to those of Turkey which of course makes sense due to the proximity.

  3. Must have been a very sad feeling leaving such adventures, but there is also that feel of electricity that you’ve just had an amazing experience. The history of the area, and your photos and writing brought all this to us (your readers) and as in my case it is doubly nice as I hope one day to be walking on those same streets. Cheers and enjoy your return Kat ~

    1. When we were at the airport waiting for our flight, I was thinking to myself, there are some countries you go to and you feel great for have visited them, and there are some countries which you feel, oh wow, I have seen and experienced it…even though only once but will remember it for a lifetime ๐Ÿ™‚

      You will love it, Randall…cheers.

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