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Tehran is the 32nd city to become the capital of Iran and the city considered the heartbeat of the country. With its nearly 13 million inhabitants, Tehran is a modern metropolis with a traditional side known for welcoming different cultures, ethnicities and nationalities into its loving arms.

The city, which bustling with life during the day and peacefully calm at night, is the center of cultural, educational, economical, political and social activities and a place home to countless historical mosques, churches, synagogues and Zoroastrian fire temples.

Tehran is surrounded by mountains, making it a popular destination for skiers in the Middle East who flock to the six marvelous ski resorts - Shemshak, Dizin, Darbandsar, Tochal, Ab Ali, and Khor -in and around the city to enjoy the fresh, untouched powder. The dry, light snow of these resorts has become an addiction for many skiers.

Tehran may be the city of high-rise buildings, chic restaurants, gardens, graffiti art and lights that shine bright in the dark of the night but it’s the warmth and hospitality of its inhabitants and the diversity of its lifestyle that forever captures the hearts of visitors.

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Top foods to try:

  • Kebab- Meat or chicken cooked over a flame, served with grilled tomato and rice.
  • Qormeh Sabzi- A stew with lamb or veal with parsley and other herbs, beans and  dried lemons, served with rice.
  • Dizi- A thick soup with lamb, legumes, potatoes and tomatoes served in a special container.