Geography of Iran
Iran is a huge country of 1,648,000 square Kilometers with varying ecosystems. From the tropical Caspian shore with its rice and tea plantations, to the oilfields and sugar cane fields of Khuzestan; from the orchards and wheat fields of the province of Azerbaijan, to the deserts of Kavir and Lut with their oasis towns; from the central arid plateau, to the snowcapped Zagros and Alburz mountains – Iran is a land of extraordinary contrasts. The mountains are cold in the winter, the deserts hot in the summer, yet in spring and autumn there is no more beautiful a place on earth. Carpets of wild flowers are everywhere; little villages extend a shy welcome. This truly is God’s own land.
The beauty and variety of scenery to be found throughout Iran is simply second to none. In addition to the natural splendors, you are very likely to see nomadic tribes in many parts of the country. Iran has the world’s largest population of nomads, the majority of whom still live and dress in their traditional ways.
The wealth of Islamic architecture found all over Iran makes the entire country a world heritage site. Minarets and domes glitter in the distance and almost all the sites can be visited and enjoyed at leisure. Spiritual serenity and architectural perfection abound in this country of poets, artists and philosophers.