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The Surreal Charm of Autum Iran

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    In Search of Wisdom... 
    Iran is a vast country rich in ancient cultures and history; laden with numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites with Persia being the power house of academic knowledge in ancient times and leaders in astronomy, medicine, mathematics, literature and philosophy which produced the best scholars in the world in all fields of science. And more..... sites of some important stations of The Silk Road, Oasis in one of the most beautiful desert are found here !   

    If you fancy : 

    - whirling back into the Asian middle ages when Persia lived its cultural heyday under the safavid reign 

    - visiting the oldest of the historic monuments in the Capital Tehran, and of world heritage status, the Golestan Palace belongs to a group of royal buildings that were once enclosed within the mud-thatched walls of Tehran’s Historic Arg (citadel). It is a masterpiece of beautiful garden and buildings consist of collection of Iranian crafts and European presence from 18th and 19th century.

    - being blown away by the stunning stepped travertine terraces no less fascinating than Pamukkale In Turkey 

    The Spring is actually comprised of two separate springs with completely different colored and scented water Over the course of thousands of years. Water from these two springs cascade from the mountain range merge and resulted in a number of orange, red and yellow colored pools shaped as a naturally formed staircase. 

    - spending a night at caravanserai (road Inn) on the Silk Road, riding with camel, jeep safari in the Iranian desert, walking on golden sand dunes upon an infinite horizon while meditating with the wind and star gazing in the vast open space at night. What a place to be for an ultimate desert experience in one of the ancient desert cities of Isfahan province. 

    One of the most beautiful parts of the Iranian deserts with Autumn as the best times due to dryness of the path, mild weather and the lack of insects.  

    Some bird watchers even found interesting species of birds here; others can also look for some plants. Get to see whatever one expect to see in a desert here....sandhills, camels, caravansary (desert fort), and all types of desert textures and pavements all together in one site!.  

    Desert Milky Way 

    - travelling to Isfahan, one of the most beautiful cities due to its beautiful hand-painted tiling and magnificent public square. Its profusion of tree-lined boulevards, Persian gardens and important Islamic buildings gives it a visual appeal unmatched by any other Iranian city, and the many artisans working here underpin its reputation as a living museum of traditional culture. Walking through the historic bazaar, over the picturesque bridges and across the Unesco-listed central square are sure to be highlights of your holiday. 

    Isfahan is also well known for 11 historical bridges that manifest the archeological styles evolving during the Safavid era. Serve as both a bridge and a dam (or a weir), it links the Khaju quarter on the north bank with the Zoroastrian quarter across the Zayandeh River. The bridge also served a primary function as a building and a place for public meetings. This structure originally was designed with artistic tile works and paintings serving as a tea house.  In the center of the structure is a pavilion where Shah Abbas would have once sat, admiring the views.

    Today, remnants of a stone seat are all that remains of the king’s chair. The bridge highlights one of the finest examples of Persian architecture at the height of Safavid cultural influence. 

    - visiting the Shah Mosque, also known as Imam Mosque, renamed after the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran.  Built during the Safavid period, ordered by the first Shah Abbas of Persia. The mosque has also been called Jameh Mosque of Isfahan over the course of years. 

    The Shah Mosque of Isfahan is one of the everlasting masterpieces of architecture in Iran. It is registered, along with the Naghsh-e Jahan Square, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its construction began in 1611, and its splendor is mainly due to the beauty of its seven-colour mosaic tiles and calligraphic inscriptions. The mosque is one of the treasures featured on Around the World in 80 Treasures presented by the architecture historian Dan Cruickshank

    - tracing the Silk Road history and route, reliving the ancient traders' experience. Coming to the cultural crossroads of Caravanserai in Izadkhast citadel, an important station of the trade route showcasing ancient castle fortress offering traders and travelers a place to rest before resuming their often dangerous journey.

    Izadkhast citadel caravanserai is one of 999 such inns that were built during the reign of Shah Abbas I to provide facilities to travelers. The first caravanserais in Iran were built when the Achaemenid Empire (circa 550–330 BC) ruled Persia. Along with the development of road systems and the increase in the number of travelers and merchants during this time, these old roadside inns increased and flourished along the trade routes of the old Silk Road.

    - venturing into the historically interesting monumental city of Persepolis that once ruled 40% of world population, then the pride of the Persian empire until its destruction by fire.  

    Historians are still unsure if it was destroyed by  the romantic legend of the drunken revel led by an Athenian courtesan OR was it set by Alexander the Great in 330 BC.  

    Persepolis ranks among the archaeological sites which have no equivalent and which bear unique witness to a most ancient civilization. 

    - visiting Yazd the capital of Yazd ProvinceIran. The city is located 270 km (170 mi) southeast of Esfahan. At the 2011 census, the population was 1,074,428 in 270٬575 families. Because of generations of adaptations to its desert surroundings, Yazd has a unique Persian architecture. It is nicknamed thecity of windcatchers (Persian: شهر بادگیرها Shahr-e Badgirha) because of its ancient Persian windcatchers. It is also very well known for its Zoroastrian fire templesab anbarsqanatsyakhchals, Persian handicrafts, Termeh (Iranian handwoven cloth), silkweaving, and its high quality Yazdi confectionery

    If I would have to think of one word to describe Iran, it would be ‘misconception’. 

    If you have heard all kind of scary, horrifying and weird stories about Iran, check these out!

    More than 10 things you didn't know about Iran : 

    http://www.mytravelaffairs.com/iran-interesting-facts/    - People in Iran are just too nice 

    http://www.momondo.com/inspiration/12-things-you-didnt-know-about-iran/#x3DIPyBwoPfeCveU.97     -  have a chance to taste caviar, buy saffron 

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    Price: USD1995  (11 Days) Deposit of SGD500 is required to secure your slot Air fare at around SGD715

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    Price Includes: 
    - Hotel accommodation for 10 nights in mid-ranged hotels 
    - plus breakfasts 
    - double rooms 
    - English-Speaking tour guide 
    - Entrance fees for the mentioned monuments 
    - visa code 
    - Airport transfers 
    - Private vehicle 
    - 4wd in Maranjab 

    Price Excludes: 
    - Air tickets 
    - Travel Insurance 
    - Visa fee 
    - Personal expenses 

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    Email Dawn Yin Jun for details on flight and full itinerary : [masked] / WhatsApp at[masked] 

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