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General Views of Iran

Traditional and National Food of iran

The Iranian “sofreh” (cloth that is spread on the floor, on which food is served) is a colorful one, and the gastronomic culture of this country is very rich. This richness is due to the diversity of natural products and cultures. In different areas of the country, based on existing possibilities, various types of local foods are cooked. However, there are some dishes, which are common to all arolind the country, so they are considered as traditional and national foods.

Hotels, Guest-Houses and other Accommodation Facilities

In Iran, there are different accommodation facilities of diverse classification, at reasonable prices like hotels, motels, guesthouses, inns, hostels, etc. For the welfare of tourists, hotels or guesthouses have been established by Iran Touring & Tourism Organization in several regions or even in remote cities, with suitable and sanitary services at reasonable prices all equipped with necessary facilities like restaurants, teahouses, air conditioners, and parking with a pleasing atmosphere, Other suitable tourist facilities such as tourist complexes and camping sites are available in several locations.

Post and Communication Services in Iran

In Iran, the telecommunications system is widely expanded with diverse facilities. Each traveler can communicate with other parts of the world by mail, telegraph, telephone, mobile telephone, facsimile, E-mail and the Internet. Several newspapers in Farsi, English, Arabic, French, etc. are published every day.

Money and System of Measurement of iran

The monetary unit of Iran is the rial; 10 rials is one tooman. Iranian coin denominations are 10, 20, 50, 100, 250 and 500 rials and different Iranian paper money denominations are 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000 and 50,000 rials. Different kinds of travelers’ checks, certified checks, and credit cards of domestic banks as well as interna tional credit cards may be used. For greater safety,

Iranian Calendar

The official Iranian calendar is solar. The Iranian New Year begins first of Farvardin which coincides with March 21. The lunar calendar is also formally used in Iran. Each lunar year is 11 days less than the solar year. Religious events and ceremonies are calculated according to the lunar calendar, which varies each year. It is recommended that tourists regulate their travel time in order to prevent coincidence of their travel with the fasting month of Ramadan or the mourning month of Moharram. During these months, religious ceremonies and rituals influence normal daily activities, with extra holidays.