Tehran – Not what you thought it would be.

The first thought springs up in most of our minds when we think Middle East is desert, dry weather and heat. If that’s what you think about how Tehran would be, think again! Tehran is a mega capital city of Iran with an approximate population of 8,000,000and is the 19th largest city in the world!

Tehran has a wealth of cultural attractions. The best way to enjoy this city, for that matter any place in the world, is to lose all your inhibitions and pre conceived notions.  If you are ready to do that you will find a lot of interesting things to see and do while in Tehran. One of the most important monuments in Tehran is “Freedom Tower” or “Azadi Tower”. It is the symbol of Tehran since it was built in 1971 in commemoration of the 2,500th anniversary of the Persian Empire.

Other must visit attractions of Tehran is Golestan Palace. There are some really well known museums in Tehran each having a unique collection of artifacts and objects. Tehran is also home to the Iranian Imperial Crown Jewels, also called the Imperial Crown Jewels of Persia, it is claimed to be the largest, most dazzling and valuable jewel collection in the world. Tehran also has some of the world’s best synagogues and fire temples and hence it sees its own share of pilgrims flocking from all around the world.

Surprisingly, you would see quite a bit of fashion on the roads and the streets as the younger Iranian generation is well versed with the latest trends in the fashion world. There is no better place to shop than the Tehran Bazaar which is the biggest market of its kind in the world. Such is its size and the number of the alleys that you can scour; it almost gives you a sense that there is nothing that you cannot buy from there!

Once you are finished with visiting all the major spots in Tehran, you could head out to one of the world class ski resorts in Alborz Mountain Range which would take around 3-4 hours to reach.

Tehran has a thriving art and theatre culture and artists of all forms are respected and their work showcased. A good place to check out some legendary art work is the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art features the works of great artists such as Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. Tehran International Book Fair is known to the International Publishing World as the most important publishing event in Asia and the Middle East.

All in all, Tehran is a complete city, a far cry from what you thought it might be. Once you are leaving you will be left wondering that there are actually very few cities in the region which can compare to Tehran!

Tehran is Oman Air’s latest destination spot as flights start from September 1st 2012. See you there!