Takht-e Soleymān (Persian: تخت سلیمان, “the Throne of Solomon”) is a stunning archaeological site on top of a volcano. Beside the crater lake are ruins from different periods dating back to pre-islamic zoroastrian times. Placed in this hight deserted area, equipped with a spring-lake which is providing endless water its a impressive place. The place was one of the most important zorastrian firetempel. sadly there was hardly any information about this interesting place, so I just link you here to the Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takht-e_Soleym%C4%81n
I’m a big fan of caves. But as much I like to crawl trough dark, tiny and muddy holes, I hate it to be in a group of tourist that is hurried on concreted routs trough a electrified tourist spot.
I totally would classify the Ali-Sadr-Cave as a developed tourist attraction (even as they only expect domestic tourists).
But, there is a big but. This Cave is outstanding! Its, enormously big, It is even so huge that this huge amount of people that is being booted trough the cave almost vanishes in this great halls and lakes. You enter an parallel world and automatically start to look out for Gollum and other magical creatures…
And the top of all came Afterwards: In this area we had so much snow that we asked if we could pitch our tent on the snow-exempt parking. Instead we got invited for tee and Lunch, and in the end we where allowed to camp in the waiting hall of the cave. Wow!
on our first section of bicycling from Isfahan to Golpayegan, we actually found this ruin of a abandoned Caravanserai. I realy liked the look of the bare bricks. when you look closer you see a lot bullet-holes in the walls. I wonder what kind of fight had taken place here in the middle of nowhere?
I was lucky. Really lucky! I had the chance to visit the former US-Embassy in Tehran. A building that normally is not open for the public but a training-centre for the Revolutionary Guards. Only once a year during the “Revolution Week” small museum in the embassy is opened for national and international visitors. I can’t retell the whole story that has been taken place at his interesting place. I strongly recommend to reed at least the Wikipedia article about the “Iran Hostage Crisis” to get an idea how much the whole building and its history still is a very emotional topic in Iran and the US.
I accidental got to know that it was actually possible to visit this building at the time I was there. And I won’t regret the Visit! Even as we where given little to no Information about the shown objects and rooms during the tour we got through the Museum the “Exhibition” spoke for it self. But have a look to the Pictures and see for your self!
Trigger Warning: There is a lot of anti-US, and anti-Israel-propaganda!
Actually I was planing to write also some texts about our Experience in Iran and edit the Photos properly, but unfortunately I couldn’t get my self up to do it, and now there are already so many other Photos waiting to be published. So I decided to upload a selection as they are.
Here you can see some shot shots of the Tehran. But unfortunately these Pictures can’t really show how welcoming the people are. I would say there might be the most hospitablepeopleon the globe. Also I have to be careful by publishing photos of people to bring them not in trouble as they might come in to situations where they get asked by officials what kind of contact thy had to foreigners. Nerveless this didn’t prevent the people there to be very open for visitors!
just keep in mind that i did not edit any of this photos, its just the pure jpg as it came out of my camera. But if anyone feels like editing or processing few of my photos, just ask I will send you the RAWs. All my photos ar under a CC BY SA Licence, so you are free to do what ever you want with my pics as long as you mention my and my blog and purplish the Photos under the same License.
Back in Delhi again I managed to get a new passport (my old one is only valid till march 2014) and finally was able to apply for a Iran visa. Knowing the procedure for the Iran Visa, was going to take at least few weeks, I took the “north-east-express” to Guwahati.
The train is suppose to make the distance of 1800km within 34 hours, but India wouldn’t be India, if everything would run in time. The train started already with an delay of 8 hours and, while we reached we where already late of 24 hours….