Iran is surrounded by three water bodies and seven countries. The Persian Gulf, Caspian Sea and the Gulf of Oman surround it. And Pakistan, Turkey, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Afghanistan share its border.

Traveling to Iran may not be considered safe due to terrorist activity. This is due to the continuing unrest between Shias and Sunnis.

The plethora of landscape that there are to greet your eyes will stun you. There are mighty mountains as well as rolling plains.

The climate here is arid. Most of the country gets minimum or little rainfall. Winters are frigid, and summers hot in the north. But in the south, the winters are unbearable, and summers are as hot as it gets. The area on the southeast border with Pakistan is called Baluchistan. The area in the northwest of the country is called Iranian Azerbaijan.

Tehran is the capital of Iran. The Persian Gulf divides the country from Saudi Arabia and this is called the Persian Gulf region. The eastern part shares its boundary with Turkmenistan and Afghanistan. It is named the Khorasan.

Other than the stunning yet dirty capital of Tehran, there are other cities you need to visit. The former capital Isfahan has loads of Architecture and many shopping centers. Hamedan and Kermanshah have historical importance. The rose city of Shiraz is a romantic city to visit. There are natural gems you should visit in Iran, like the Kish Islands, Persepolis (ancient ruins), Qeshm Island(eco-tourism), Varzaneh (a desert town).

Air travel is cheap and can take you to many popular destinations. Planes, however, are not well maintained. Bus transport is the best service around here. Prices are affordable and buses are quite comfortable. The train network is not intensive and, as such, a problem. Taxis are an excellent way to travel inside the cities due to low fuel costs. You can have a rental car and drive yourself around, but the government has imposed a fuel tax on foreign travelers.

Persian is the official language. You have to learn a bit of it if you need to get around in rural areas. But English will help you in hotels and cities.

Thirty thousand Iranian rials is equal to one USD. Cards are not accepted. ATMs only accept local cards. It is better that you bring hard cash so that you can exchange it in banks. If you keep are on a budget, do things like eat fast food and live in guesthouses. That way, you can survive on USD 15 in Iran.

Taxis are available in all cities. Also, group taxis for up to 10 people are available for intercity travel. Car rental service is available in most cities and from airports. The network of roads is extensive, but their quality is unreliable. Cars drive on the right side of the road here.

In Iran, they use electric sockets of types C and F, as in Europe. The standard voltage is 230V.

Enjoy the ancient mosques and palaces as well as the deserts and volcanoes.

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