Visiting Iran in January
4 things to know about Iran Tour in January
January falls under Cold Season (October to May) in Iran. Although travel restriction has been relaxed if not lifted, and still yet the 2023 was not the year anyone planned for – but visiting Iran under new normal during Christmas holidays, with a whole different culture, nature and climate is an interesting experience, for sure.
JazireSafar Travel team wishing you all a Happy New Year and a fresh start for 2023!
You can celebrate your New Year’s Eve in a desert or a traditional hotel with your new Iranian friends. Enjoy and taste winter fruits in Iran like different kinds of citruses, apples and pomegranates.
1. What to wear in January in Iran
Warm clothes and shoes (a jacket, a windcheater coat, woolen shawls, hats and gloves) for northern cities but if you want do some skiing you don’t have to pack essential tools because you can rent them from shops available in the ski resorts.
Clothes to where during the day and night – recommendation: Warm clothing warm shoes sunglasses camera, umbrella for the day and jacket or coat warm shoes and of course camera and other device to capture your moment.
For city tours in central and eastern cities a warm overcoat and comfortable winter shoes are fine and an umbrella may come handy.
2. Iran tour recommendation in January
January in Iran is a month for cultural, historical and adventure tours. Recommended places to visit are but not limited to: Tehran-Tochal, Dizin, Shemshak, Darbandsar, Isfahan, Shiraz, Lut desert (Shahdad) Darbandsar. Southern provinces such as Ahvaz, Qeshm and Kish Island.
Tehran, Isfahan and Shiraz with their milder weather can be better destinations for the ones who don’t enjoy snowy and freezing winter. You can choose a cultural tour and enjoy the historical monuments from different eras and spend your nights in warm cafes and restaurants, meeting Iranian people of course mind the social distancing and other health protocol such as wearing a mask. Though nowadays may not be necessary but it is highly recommended to protect yourself at all times.
3. Iran must do and see in January
If you are in Iran on the last days of January, don’t miss the Zoroastrian mid-winter feast called “Jashn-e-Sadeh”, (Fire Festival) held in Kerman and Yazd, where most of Zoroaster people live. Zoroaster people make a very large bonfire, as the symbol of defeating “Ahriman” (Satan), because fire and its light have assumed holy in ancient Iran’s philosophy before Islam. They gather around the bonfire, say prayers in ancient Persian language and wish their soul to remain pure and innocent. Warming the earth’s heart in the middle of winter to prepare it for the upcoming spring is another symbolic reason for making this giant fire.
4. Highlights: Skiing and desert adventure
If you are interested in winter sports and packed appropriately, north of Tehran is a good choice, because of the ski resorts available there. “Tochal” has a long gondola lift which begins from Velenjak valley and ends in the last station near the main ridge of Tochal. “Dizin” international ski resort which is known as the best in Middle-East, “Shemshak” resort and “Darbandsar” resort are all located in the north of Tehran so you can easily reach there and enjoy Iran’s winter in an exciting style. Many skiers who travel to Iran for skiing believe that this sport costs less in Iran than in Europe.
Lut desert (Shahdad) with its extremely beautiful sky and kalouts has been introduced as the warmest spot on earth with a 70°C temperature recorded. So an excursion to stunning Shahdad, is a good choice on cold days of January.
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