If you're planning to travel to Iran, you’ve most probably heard about its charming architecture style and historical buildings, its picturesque deserts, and its amazing cuisine. But, fewer people acknowledge the strikingly beautiful scenery of this land. I can tell you, without a doubt, that Iran has it all; from deserts and mountains to jungles, seas and rivers. This country is one of Mother Nature’s finest artworks. These eye-catching landscapes are located all over the country, scattered from north to south and east to west.
Now, if you’re into road trips, in Iran, you'll have the advantage of enjoying the lovely scenery while you’re going from one city to the other. You can use the VIP bus Iran services to travel anywhere.
- The Tehran to Shiraz bus ( 10 hours)
- The Tehran to Kashan bus (2.5 hours)
- The Shiraz to Yazd bus (5 hours)
- The Tehran to Babol bus (3 hours)
- The Esfahan to Shiraz bus (6 hours)
- And etc.
** The bus prices are pretty cheap and they are quite easy to book.
Since we are on the subject of road trips I will introduce some of Iran’s most beautiful roads to you in a list down below.
1. The Astara-Ardebil road (Gardane Heyran)
If you want to travel from Astara to Ardebil, you will surely see one of Iran’s most beautiful roads. This road is called Gardane Heyran meaning “The place where the clouds are”. The word Heyran on its own also means “astonished”. You may be able to guess how lovely this place is from the meaning of the name alone. Travelling by this road can be quite the dream for nature lovers. On one side of the road you will see vast valleys, rivers, and green mountains; and on the other side you will see a border of different kinds of trees and flowers separating the road from the jungle. Not to mention that the whole time you will be driving through the clouds!
This road is located in the North West area of Iran. This road has facilities such as restaurants and a tele-cabin. You may also be able to visit the nearby villages if you have more time to spare. The best time to travel through the Astara-Ardebil road maybe during the summer; because of the heavy winter snowfall. and on that note you should always pack some warm clothes when going to Heyran (even in the summer).
2. The Hajij-Oramanat road
This road is located in Iran’s central west ( close to the border of Iraq). It connects Kermanshah to Hajij. Words can not really describe this strange road quite as well as its pictures can. Going through this road may feel like you’re riding a Helter skelter because of its endlessly curving path.
This astonishing mountain path has a lot of interesting things to see. There are beautiful caves, crystal rivers, and a lovely waterfall named Bil.
So if you want a break from the road and you have some extra time on your hands you can explore these wonderful things.
It takes about 3 hours to travel through this road.
3. The Chabahar-Beris coastal road
If you are visiting southern Iran and you have God’s plans to travel from Chabahar City to the Beris village you will pass through a striking Road named Chabahar-Beris. A path bordered by the Oman sea leading to the Gwadar Bay. Travelling through Chabahar-Beris you will have one of those once in a life time experiences.
You will come across Lipar wetland (or as some call it “The Pink Lagoon”), rocky beaches, and of course The Martian Mountains of Chabahar. Yes, you heard me right! Martian Mountains! So why visit Mars when you could just take a Bus-road-trip to Chabahar-Beris?
4. The Karaj-Chalus road (Chalus)
The Karaj-Chalus road is by far one of the best roads in Iran. This road, also sometimes called Kandovan, is a very important road specially for the people living in Karaj and Tehran because it is one of their main holiday/weekend- getaways (* so you should keep in mind that you might get stuck in heavy traffic using this road on the weekends or during any Persian holidays).
This road, considered the 4th beautiful road in the world, goes through the heart of the mountains. You will be surrounded by nature, rivers and valleys. You will also encounter the eye-catching Karaj Dam after you enter this road. Along the way there are many restaurants and traditional Persian tea houses where you can stop by and spend hours enjoying the view, the amazing food, and maybe a lovely cup of Persian tea.
Please keep in mind that even though this road may be very beautiful during the winter, it can also be slippery and dangerous due to heavy snowfall and the fact that some parts of the path are narrow.
5. The Asalem-Khalkhal road
This road, located in Northern Iran, starts from Asalem city, in the Gilan province, and leads to Khalkhal city, in the Ardebil province. Now when you see this road with your own eyes, you will give me every right to call it a paradise, literal heaven on earth! This road being close to the Caspian Sea and going through mountains has foggy weather all year and is almost always cold. Going through this road you will encounter jungles and wild flowers. This place is so dreamy and beautiful that it will most definitely make you stop every once in a while just to stare at the scenery. I can undoubtedly tell you that this road might even be better than the destination it leads to!
Also if you are into trying traditional food made with fresh ingredients this road might be just the right place for you to go.
These were just a few of Iran’s many wondrous roads. If you want to see them or the rest, don’t hesitate to book a flight to Iran the first chance you get.