Iran, Isfahan, 7 – 10 October 2016

I travelled by bus from the South Terminal in Tehran to Isfahan, cost 330,000 rial or 10 euro. There are many buses going to Isfahan, ask around and find one that leaves asap, though this could mean anytime hahaha, I was told 1000 and the bus left at 1100 and arrived in Isfahan at 1700, a 6 hour journey with one rest stop. You get a snack box and a drink on the bus as part of the ticket and comfortable seats with more than enough leg room. 6 lane toll road to Qom and a 4 lane highway after that, barren and sometimes beautiful landscapes all the way, with Police check points where the driver had to show his credentials.

Isfahan – population 3.8 million, second largest city in Iran and it was also once upon a time the  capital of the country. Highlights of the city are the Naghsh-e Jahan Square which is 560m long surrounded by palaces, mosques and a bazaar and the bridges across the Zayandeh River.

Naghsh-e Jahan Square and Ali Qapu Palace and Mosques

Walk through the park along the South bank of the river from Si o Seh Pol Bridge to Khajoo Bridge

The Armenian Quarter or New Julfa, protected by the government, an interesting area to wander around.

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