Isfahan city is the capital of Isfahan Province in Iran and it is one of the largest and the most beautiful cities in the world. Isfahan’s location is in central Iran inside the plains. It is famous for its unique culture and, Persian–Islamic architecture sites, historical monuments, profusion of tree-lined boulevards,Isfahan historical bridges, palaces, mosques, minarets, Persian gardens and important Islamic buildings, beautiful hand-painted tiling and handicrafts masterpieces, domes, tile works, plaster works, fresco wall paintings and calligraphers, carpet weaving, engraving, miniature painting, Moarragh, tile art, brocade, calico work and enamel work. In fact it is a world of handicraft and traditional arts. Isfahan also is heavy industries home. It is modern, but a priceless gem. The harmony of the city’s rich culture and beautiful nature is perfect. In this article of Chiyakotravel, we take a deep look at Isfahan city together.
For a real treasure trove, visit the famous bazaar.
• Isfahan carpets are world-famous, among the most quality woven Persian carpets; Although extremely expensive. Carpets from the nearby town of Na'in are similar in style, also well-known, and are expensive too.
The carpet shops in the bazaar have a fine selection of other carpets as well, including moderately-priced lower-grade Isfahans and carpets from all over Iran, plus some fine rugs from minority ethnic groups such as Turkomans in the north and Baluchis in the east.
• For those who are interested, traditional dress of Isfahan which is extra alluring, containing limitless bright color ranges is a lovely shopping item.
• Miniatures These exquisite miniature paintings are painted on camel bone. Most of them are sold frame.
• Isfahan is one of the main centers for traditional Iranian metalwork. Most pieces are copper or brass; some are decorated only by hammering, but most have engraving and some have enamel work.
It is easy to get around Isfahan by public transports.
BRT Bus lines are all around the city, providing you quick and convenient veheicles. You can pay the driver directly, or buy multi-journey contactless cards at bus stop booths. Note that separate parts are divided for men (front) and women (rear) on each bus.
Isfahan Metro is a metro system serving the city of Isfahan, Iran.
you can buy multi-journey contactless cards at any metro station ticket seller offices.
Ubers and Ride-Sharing Apps
It is recommended for traveler to use the ride-sharing apps such as SNAPP or TAP30 since they are cheaper than the regular taxi most of the time.
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• Beryani is a popular and tasty lunch dish in Isfahan. Many visitors wrongly call it “Biryani” which refers to the place that sells Bryan. This local dish is made of sheep meat and lung.
• Fereni & Shireh (Fereni= A concoction of cereal, rice flour, water, and milk) mixed with date essence.
• Khoresht mast is a popular dessert dish, only made in Isfahan. It is a sweet yellow pudding, which literally means “Yogurt Stew”. Saffron, meat, and yogurt are among the main ingredients.
• Doogh-o-Gooshfil a combination of Doogh (yogurt drink – usually salty/sour) and Gooshfil which is a sweet kind of confectionary.
Climate of Isfahan City
Isfahan is a city of four distinct seasons, and has regular seasonal changes. There exists a variety of climatic conditions, but generally Isfahan city has an arid climate. It is hot during the summer with low humidity and moderate temperature at night. In Isfahan city, during the winter days are mild while nights can be very cold.
Some believe that the best seasons or the best time to visit Isfahan are spring and fall when the weather is sunny, warm and pleasant for sightseeing and outdoor activities. Although there is extreme heat in summer and cold in winter, they do not last longer than three months and it is a city of four seasons. Spring begins in late March with the trees in full bloom, summer months extending from late June to August are hot and dry. There is usually rainfall in March and April. The city greets fall color in late September with the leaves falling off the trees and winter months starts in late December and lasting to February are cold with sporadic snowfalls. Among all the seasons and months, Isfahan is in its perfect splendor in May. It is the month when a breeze from the sky drifts through the colorful city in possession of a pleasant weather and luring lights.
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Transportation in Isfahan City
There are different transportation in Isfahan, that you can get around Isfahan city by metro (some routes has metro), taxi and bus: It’s easy to get around Isfahan by bus. In fact, the easiest and the cheapest way of traveling inside Isfahan is, by buying an Isfahan card which you can use it when traveling by bus, metro and some of the taxis.
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Naqsh-e Jahan Square (also known as shah square or imam square), Masjed-e Jameh, Bazar-e Bozorg, Kakh-e Chehel Sotun, Masjed-e Sheikh Lotfollah, Zayandehrud Riverside, Kakh-e Ali Qapu, Imam Mosque (Shah Mosque before Iran’s Revolution), Pol-e Khaju, Kelisa-ye Vank, Jolfa: The Armenian Quarter, Isfahan Music Museum, Si-o-Seh Pol, Madraseh-ye Chahar Bagh, Decorative Arts Museum of Iran, Hammam-e Ali Gholi Agha, Pigeon Towers, Jolfa Square, Pol-e Shahrestan, Qeysarieh bazaar, Pol-e Chubi, Monar Jonban, Hasht Behesht Palace, Ateshkadeh-ye Isfahan. Our suggestion for you is to book your Isfahan hotel in city center near Naqsh-e Jahan Square to be close to most of the attractions. We also organize different city tours to cover all of your needs.
Handicrafts and souvenirs of Isfahan city
Handicrafts: Isfahan city carpet (Carpet weaving, brocade weaving, Kilim or a coarse carpet), Isfahan Calligraphy, Isfahan miniature, Enameling (Meenakari), Inlaid (Khatamkai), Engraving (Qalam-Zani), Tiling (Kashikari), engraving on metal, silver work, jewelry making, ceramic and tiles.
Gaz: Gaz is delicious signature of Isfahan and the world’s most unusual delicacies. This sweet, milky sap originated from Isfahan. Its main ingredients are sugar or corn syrup, pistachio or almond kernels, rosewater, egg whites and the sap of a rare wild plant named Angabin is the main ingredient of this sweet. It is served with tea.
Sohan: Ingredients consist of wheat sprout, flour, egg yolks, rose water, sugar, butter or vegetable oil, saffron, cardamom, and slivers of almond and pistachio.
Famous food, Drinks and desserts
Chelo kebab: A dish of meat served with rice.
Beryani: It is the famous traditional lunch dish and very fatty food of Isfahan city. Lamb meat and lung mixed with onion, turmeric, pepper, salt and cinnamon. This meat, which is the same size as a hamburger. Iranians serve it with a piece of Sangak bread.
Fereni: There are only a few and simple ingredients in Fereni. Ingredients of this dessert are rice flour, water, milk and rose water. It is a winter dessert.
Khoresht-e Mast: Unlike its name, is not served as a main dish. It is a sweet pudding served as a side dish or a dessert. It is beef yogurt dessert or yogurt stew. Ingredients of this dessert is beef neck, plain yogurt, saffron, small onion, egg yolk, sugar and turmeric. In Iran people have this classic, delicious, sweet and creamy dessert cold and decorate it with pistachios and dried barberries.
Dough and Goushfil: These two mixtures might seem a little bit irrelevant and weird but believe us, this is one of the most delicious mixtures.
Dough: Dough is salty yogurt drink with a combination of yogurt, water or soda and dried mint. This is a traditional drink that sometimes accompanies with Iranian dishes but now it is accompanied with Goushfil.
Goushfil is a crispy golden brown sweet and its main Ingredients are egg yolk, salt, sugar, vegetable oil, milk, sifted white flour, vegetable fat, cooked syrup, water, powdered sugar, cardamom, and ground pistachio nut.
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Traditional drinks in Isfahan city
It should be noted that Isfahan city has many traditional drinks and beverages called Sharbat. You can pay a visit to special places called Sharbat khaneh in Isfahan that they serve numerous types of Sharbats. They have many health benefits. As they are perfect for liver detox and constipation problems,reducing food craving and blood pressure as well as having high amount of omega-3. These drinks are full of calcium, protein, and fiber. Here are some delicious drinks to hit the spot and chill your body in scorching days of summer.
Sharbat-e Sekanjabin ba Khiyar (Sekanjabin with Cucumber): Ingredients are water, Sekanjabin, honey(sometimes with sugar), white vinegar, a small bunch of washed fresh mint, two small cucumbers, washed, peeled and shredded Lime rind.
Sharbat-e Khakshir: Ingredients are Khakshir (as much as you want), water, sugar or honey, ice cubes, lime juice (optional), rosewater (optional). The main Ingredient of Sharbat-e Khakshir is tiny reddish-brown seeds, called teff or herb-Sophia in English.
Sharbat-e Tokhm-e Sharbati: Ingredients are exactly like Sharbat-e Khakshir; The only difference is instead of Khakshir seeds, Tokhm-e sharbati seeds are used.
Sharbat-e Zaferoun: Ingredients are water, sugar, rosewater, saffron, and boiling water.
Isfahan city is like a piece of jewelry among the cities of Iran, and it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iran or top tourist destination for a good reason. It is an exemplary city and a museum where people actually live in.
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