Cities like Isfahan, Yazd and Shiraz are world-famous destinations in Iran as they offer art, culture and history. We know enough about these wonderful cities. What deserves more attention than it gets, is the capital of Iran, Tehran. Tourists often overlook the fun and excitement this city can offer and make their stay in Tehran as short as possible.
Not only can you see several UNESCO world heritage sites in underrated capital city of Iran but also you can channel your inner adrenaline junkie in Tehran and its suburbs. Here are our top 3 picks for the young and the young at heart in Tehran who seek a thrill on a budget.
1. Tochal mountain and ski resort
Hiking and conquering the tallest southern peak of the Alborz mountain range, Tochal, is fun and exciting when you are in Tehran. To go to this snow-capped mountain, go to Baam-E-Tehran, Velenjak St. (Daneshjou Blvd.), then walk for an hour to ride a cable car that takes you up the mountain to station 5. Here you can ride a sage cable car for about 5 minutes, get off at station 7 and, have a scenic 10-minute hike to the highest point of Tochal peak. Enjoy standing 3962 meters above the sea level, looming over Tehran with a magnificent view.
If you are a foodie, make time to stop along the way and try a couple of cafes before reaching the top! The best thing could be an Irani Omelette for breakfast halfway through the climb.
Please note that carrying cash with you could be dangerous and uneasy, we recommend signing up for a DaricPay Travel Card. This will enable you to enjoy all the adventures in Iran’s capital city without having to worry about payment issues such as carrying bundles of money around.
2. Mishineh-Marg Strait
Mishineh-Marg strait is an adventure destination that’s not often talked about. If you move out of Tehran towards North East, before reaching Firoozkooh, you reach the village of Arjomand. Enter this village and continue driving down the only straight path until you reach a dead-end.
Here, you are about to start an interesting and mysterious journey. On to the next 6 -7-kilometers, you’d have to hike, climb the rocks, and trek the river. This journey will give you stories to tell. Right when you think you have reached the destination and you can now rest in the vast green meadowland, Mishineh-Marg will surprise you with two and a half more hours of trekking and climbing.
3. Abu Zeydabad Desert
Some 202 Km South of Tehran, you can enter a mystic land of desert sand dunes, ride camels, watch a colorful sunset, and experience a one-of-a-kind adventure safari in Iran. This is one of the most popular desert safaris near Tehran.There is so much to do that we recommend spending more than just 1 day and staying at Abouzeidabad Caravanserai Hotel at night. One last thing: don’t forget your camera because the scenery here is worth remembering and showing to your friends.
Although all these are reasonably priced, carrying cash in Iran can still be frustrating! To enjoy these escapades fully, avoid bringing cash with you. Instead, get yourself a prepaid travel debit card and pay through POS for each activity that you feel like trying. DaricPay is your safest bet here! Read more about DaricPay Travel Card.
These are what we had to tell you about adventure destinations in or near Tehran. Which ones made it to your list for your Iran trip?