Best things to do in Tehran and sightseeing in Tehran
Golestan Palace - Tehran
Built during the Safavid dynasty, it came into prominence with the powerful Qajar rulers,is a world heritage and a stunning complex of palaces.It has beautifully landscaped gardens, fountains and museums. Golestan Palace is a masterpiece of Persian art and bears rich testimony of synthesized European and Persian styles.
Teherán - Tehran
Saad Abad Museum - Tehran
Saadabad Palace at the foot of the Alborz mountains was the summer palace of Qajar rulers, although it was built by the Pahlavi dynasty. Situated in Shemiran area of Tehran, it is less grand compared to Golestan but prettier, intimate and also houses museums filled with treasures of the past. Used until 1970′s by Mohammed Reza Pahlavi it was converted into a museum after the Iranian revolution.Complete with pretty chandeliers, fantastic art collection from all over the world, European furniture and fairy tale parks, it is a wonderland.It even has a very Cindrella esque royal carriage.
Darband - Tehran
Darband was the pretty square where I spent my grumpy Tehran evenings. Hot from all covered in burning summer heat, itchy from keeping my head covered constantly and ego bruised by moral police, Darband and it’s festive air had given me a lot of solace . It’s a bit far from the central business district and supposedly the home of the rich and powerful of Tehran. It is also a traffic nightmare, has rows of interesting restaurants and shops and loads of fashionable crowd checking each other out.Vendors selling kebabs, preserves, honey, and even puppies throng the lively place and it is a photographers’ delight.