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Unveiling the Hidden Gems of Iran

Journey through the ancient country of Iran and discover a collection of hidden treasures that are waiting to be explored. While cities like Isfahan, Shiraz, Tabriz, Kashan, Kerman, and Yazd offer a wealth of historic and architectural wonders, there are lesser-known landscapes and destinations that often go unnoticed. Allow me to guide you through ten extraordinary places that even many Iranians haven’t discovered yet.

Rainbow Valley

Located within the beautiful Hormuz Island in the Persian Gulf, Rainbow Valley is a geological marvel and an artist’s dream. This stunning site showcases narrow valleys adorned with vibrant shades of red, purple, yellow, ochre, and blue. These colors are the result of the uneven cooling of molten rock. During late afternoons, the landscape comes alive with a mesmerizing display of colorful mountains and geometric patterns.


In the remote province of Mazandaran, you’ll find the serene village of Filband. Surrounded by untouched natural beauty, this hidden gem offers a peaceful escape above the clouds. Picture yourself in hillside meadows dotted with grazing sheep and charming cottages. Here, you can find solace from the chaos of city life and immerse yourself in the tranquility of cloud-covered landscapes.

Karshahi Fortress

Karshahi Fortress, also known as Thieves’ Castle, has an intriguing history. During the Qajar dynasty in the 19th century, it served as the headquarters for a notorious gang of robbers. The crumbling adobe structure, adorned with five watchtowers, tells tales of bygone glory. Rumor has it that secret passageways and a lush oasis of pomegranate trees can be found here. Adventurers are invited to camp under the starry sky at the foot of this forgotten fortress.

Stars Valley

Make sure to include Stars Valley, also known as the Valley of Stars, in your itinerary when exploring Qeshm Island. Carved over millions of years by the forces of wind and rain, this geological wonder lies in the western part of Berkeh Khalaf village, near the southern coast of the island.

Shadegan Lagoon

Experience the diversity of Iranian geography and communities at Shadegan Lagoon in Khuzestan province. This tranquil lagoon is home to migrating waterfowl and even the occasional water buffalo, making it the perfect spot for a calming boat ride. Don’t miss the picturesque Mozif inns with their unique round cane roofs that add to the beauty of the surrounding landscape.

Raqaz Canyon

Located in Fars province, Raqaz Canyon will captivate you with its numerous waterfalls and natural pools. While the initial part of the journey is relatively easy, reaching the higher waterfalls, especially the 65-meter cascade, requires technical equipment and some experience. However, the natural beauty of this canyon will undoubtedly leave you in awe.

Kal-e Jenni Canyon

In South Khorasan province, you’ll find the mysterious Kal-e Jenni, or Jinni Canyon. This valley begins with palm trees and marshes and gradually reveals a landscape that blends romance and an eerie aura. Erosion-formed structures and strange sounds attributed to the wind sweeping through the valley create an enchanting atmosphere that even the locals believe has supernatural qualities.

Ghost Lake

Ghost Lake, nestled in Mazandaran province, gets its name from the haunting sight of dead trees reaching up from beneath its waters. While locals dismiss notions of the supernatural, the ambiance of this lake might just evoke compelling ghostly stories for those who are fascinated by the unknown.

Dalikhani Forest

Overlooking the southern shores of the Caspian Sea in Ramsar city, Dalkhani Forest serves as a sanctuary of semi-alpine beauty. Towering trees and thick fog create dreamlike vistas, making it a paradise for hikers and climbers seeking respite from the coastal heat during summers or embracing the cool climate during winter.

Loveh Waterfall

Tucked away within Golestan National Park in Golestan province, Loveh Waterfall remains a hidden gem surrounded by lush trees and moss-covered rocks. The tranquil environment and the soothing sounds of flowing water provide the perfect setting for meditation or quiet contemplation.

Unlock the secrets of Iran by venturing beyond the famous landmarks. Explore these lesser-known destinations to discover the hidden marvels and cultural riches that await you. These off-the-beaten-track gems, along with countless others, promise an unforgettable journey through the diverse and mesmerizing landscapes of this ancient land.

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By Cindy

Hi, I'm Cindy, a 32-year-old photographer who loves to travel. I'm passionate about capturing beautiful moments and exploring new places. Join me on my adventures through my lens!