Exploring North-West Iran: A Four-Day Journey of History and Nature
Explore the wonders of North-West Iran in a comprehensive four-day journey. Beginning in Tabriz, where historical treasures like the Blue Mosque and the Azerbaijan Museum await, venture onward to Shabstar and Selmas. Discover relics like the Khan Takhti relief and enjoy the scenic landscapes. Urmia offers an array of attractions, from Shahrbani Mansion to the Urmia Caravanserai. Journey to Miandoab, visiting ancient sites like Hasanlu Hill, Taq Mosque, and Imamzade Tajan Ali. Bonab boasts its renowned kebabs and Bonab Bazaar, while Maragheh and Ajab Shir provide more historical gems. Your adventure concludes, having circled the enchanting Lake Urmia.
Tabriz Shabestar Selmas Urmia Miandoab Bonab Maragheh
The route of this journey starts from the city of Tabriz and ends in Tabriz again with a tour around Lake Urmia. As a result, the visit to Tabriz can be postponed to the end of the trip. But if you can’t wait to discover the heritage of the constitutional period, then this is you and this Tabriz!
Tabriz is the largest city in northwestern Iran and the capital of East Azerbaijan province. Azerbaijan Museum is one of the equipped museums in the country to display a treasure of findings from archaeological excavations in the country located near the Blue Mosque. The mosque is famous for its blue tiles. Also, resorts such as El Goli are among the sights of Tabriz.
But wait! This is just the beginning of the journey.
Go from Tabriz to Sufian. Sufian cement factory will be seen on the side of the road. After the Sufis, a crossroads is on your way. The path on the right goes to the north, Marand and Jolfa, and the path on the left goes to the west and Lake Urmia. By taking the western route, you will reach Benis and then Shabster. It is better to stop in Shabstar and see the Soharqa Church, the tomb of Sheikh Mahmoud Shabstri and the prohibited hunting area “Mishu Dagh” from up close.
A little while ahead of Shabstar, you will reach “Bandar Sharafkhane.” Go to the “Tal” pier and use its beach camp in this port. In addition, monuments such as Seyed Mir Agha’s tomb and Jame Mosque can be seen in this city.
Little by little, as the day ends, you should think about a night’s rest. Now you are probably around Selmas! By spending the night, you will have time to explore Selmas and its surroundings the following day.
Selmas has a relief called “Khan Takhti,” which dates back to the Sassanid period. Also, Hammam Sheikh and Haftvan Church are among the sights of this city. Selmas has vast pastures and meadows, and animal husbandry is popular among its inhabitants. So for breakfast, make yourself a guest of hot and fresh bread, cheese and local cheese.
Now it’s time to leave Selmas for Urmia. A city that gave its name to the nearby lake. Inside the city of Urmia, there are many attractions such as Shahrbani Mansion, Three Domes Mansion, Urmia Museum, 9 Steps Glacier, Barandooz Bridge, Urmia Caravanserai, Urmia Old Market and Garmabeh Akhund, all of which need at least one day to visit. It takes time. You can also see “Band Urmia” at night and enjoy the delicious food sold there.
At sunrise, leave for Miandoab. On the way, you can visit Naqdeh and Hasanlu Hill, located 7 km from this city. Hasanlu Hill is one of the ancient hills of Iran, which dates back to more than 6 thousand years BC.
Then continue your way to Miandoab. Miandoab is located in the middle of two rivers, Zarinehroud and Siminehroud, and south of Lake Urmia. The Taq Mosque, the ancient hill of Dash Tepe village, rock holes known as the forty steps, Imamzade Tajan Ali and Halako Castle are among the sights of this city. To make the most of your time, leave Miandoab before dark to reach Bonab.
You must have seen the name Bonab on the grills in your city or country or at least heard about its reputation. The characteristic of the kebab is its large size and the use of pure and high-quality sheep meat in its cooking. In addition to wandering around in Bonab Bazaar, you can visit the Blue Mosque in Bonab.
The city of Maragheh, with its famous domes, is also nearby. Ajab Shir is also located near Benab. A city that can be one of your destinations to visit is “Tea Castle” as well as “Zahak Castle” and Dizaj Hasan Bey village. By visiting Ajabshir and passing through the cities of Azarshahr and Momghan, your trip will end around Lake Urmia.
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