Iran has quickly become one of the most incredible places I have ever visited, and over the past few months I have been posting quite a lot about this incredible and underrated country.
The response I have had to these posts has been overwhelmingly positive, and it seems that I have caused Iran to be added to quite a few bucket lists!
So, to end the Iran Series (for now at least) here is my final attempt to get you to add Iran to your travel wish list! These are my 25 favourite pictures from my travels in Iran, and I hope that you find them as inspiring as I did when I captured them.
As always, thank you for letting me bring you along with me on my adventures!
1. Shah Cheragh Shrine, Shiraz
I snapped this shot of a woman just a few seconds after entering the shrine. I remember thinking it looked like a shot from a Persian film. This woman moved on only moments later and I remember giving myself a mental high five for always having my camera out and ready!
2. Shah Cheragh Shrine, Shiraz
The attention to detail on the mosaics at most shrines and mosques in Iran is undeniably impressive, and there isn’t a much better example of such intricate and skilled craftsmanship than at the Shah Cheragh Shrine.
3. Necropolis, Shiraz Province
I absolutely adored the Necropolis! These tombs carved into the side of mountainous rocks may be simple, but that by no means makes them less magical.
4. Persepolis, Shiraz Province
Like the Necropolis, but on steroids! If you are looking to explore ancient ruins, head to Persepolis and prepare to be amazed.
5. Nasir-ol-Molk, Shiraz
I still have dreams about the Pink Mosque! Nasir-ol-Molk was the whole reason I wanted to visit Iran, and it certainly did not disappoint.
6. Nasir-ol-Molk, Shiraz
Though the Pink Mosque is famous for being beautiful on the inside, it is pretty stunning on the outside too.
7. Hazira Mosque, Yazd
Credit for this next photograph goes to my friend Hayden from backpackertrack.com – I love how small I look next to the enormous stained glass windows!
8. Towers of Silence, Yazd
These Zoroastrian ‘Towers of Silence‘ were once an important part of the Zoroastrian burial process – and they look bloody incredible at sunset.
9. Towers of Silence, Yazd
Sitting just below the Towers of Silence are a whole stack of abandoned structures that give off massive Star Wars Episode IV vibes.
10. Spices in a small store, Yazd
I still have no idea how and why these spices are stacked like this, but holy moly, I am glad I spotted them sitting unassumingly in a small store!
11. Kharanaq, Yazd Province
I love the ragged mountains in the backdrop of this shot – especially how the highest point of said mountains is just slightly left of centre.
12. Somewhere between Kharanaq and Chak Chak, Yazd Province
This deserted road was surrounded by stark desert and stunning mountains – what could be better?
13. Kharanaq, Yazd Province
Another shot from Kharanaq – the blue domed mosque is the star of this shot.
14. Chak Chak, Yazd Province
Iran may be a dry and stark country, but that is the beauty of it! I love the way the road weaves through the emptiness in this next shot taken from Chak Chak.
15. Meybod, Yazd Province
Can you believe that this is made out of mud brick?!
16. Water Tower, Yazd Province
This water tower popped up when I least expected it, and the simple but mesmerising symmetry was enough to make me crane my neck and point my lens for ages and ages.
17. Abyaneh, Isfahan Province
This next shot of me wandering through Abyaneh is completely cluttered, but I think that is why I like it so much!
18. Maranjab Desert, Isfahan Province
Feeding cookies to the cutest camel ever – true love right there!
19. Maranjab Desert, Isfahan Province
Another shot of camels in the Maranjab Desert – I love this one in particular because of how red the sand looked on this particular angle.
20. Maranjab Desert Sand Dunes, Isfahan Province
Quite possibly one of my favourite self timer selfies ever! Oh and the sand dunes aren’t half bad either 😉
21. Kashan Bazaar, Kashan
A humble bazaar, demonstrating that some of the most beautiful places are hidden where you least expect them.
22. Agha Bozorg Mosque, Kashan
Motorcycles in a mosque – now that is something you don’t see everyday!
23. Agha Bozorg Mosque, Kashan
Iran is all about angles.
24. Aran va Bidgol Mosque, Kashan
The most gorgeous kids excited about having their photo taken in Kashan.
25. Aran va Bidgol Mosque, Kashan
Last but not least, the most stunningly green mosque I have ever seen!
So there it is, the end of the Iran Series!
I am certainly sad to have finished this series of posts, and Iran has easily been one of the most exciting destinations I have ever written about.
Thank you to each and every person who followed along on this series, and an extra special thank you to everybody who commented, shared or bookmarked any of these posts – I appreciate it more than words can say!
Now, stay tuned for posts about the Maldives, Cambodia, Jordan, Egypt and more.
As always, happy solo travelling! xx