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The month of Muharram is the first Islamic month of the Islamic calendar, One of the unique times to travel to Iran is during the lunar month of Muharram, because Shia Muslims in Iran have special ceremonies during this month, especially the first 10 days, in which the greatest tragedy and oppression occurred in the history of the Muslim world.
Ashura is one of the events attracted the most attention of Muslims throughout the history, that in addition to its extensive role and profound social and historical impact, it has become a special cultural event now.
The popularity of this day among Muslims is driven from the event of Ashura in the 61 AH, in view of the fact that the major events of Karbala occurred on the ninth and tenth day of the month of Muharram al-Haram; these two days became more prominent, with the names of Tasu’a (“Ta’sa” in Arabic means “Nine” and “Tasu’a” means “Ninth day”), and Ashura (“Ash” means 10th and Ashura, meaning 10th day).
During these days, Imam Hussein (AS), the third Imam of the Shias and seventy-two persons of his followers were martyred with a thirsty lip in the war with a the forces of Yazid in the event of Karbala.
In the lunar month of Muharram in 680 AH, Imam Hossein and his family and companions left Medina for Kuffa in Iraq. On the day of Ashura (the tenth day of Muharram), the third Shiite Imam, the grandson of the prophet Muhammad, Imam Hossein and 72 of his companions were slaughtered by the Umayyads in the Karbala desert. Therefore, Imam Hussein is a symbol of resistance against tyranny. They were martyred in the name of justice and freedom. So Ashura day is the best choice to know the Shia rituals during this month.
Ashura is considered to be the most significant symbol of the Shia relationship with the rest of Muslim community. Muharram is the peak in the history of Islam. This event is not forgotten even after 14 centuries.
Tour guide will meet you at Isfahan shahid beheshti international airport for a “Welcome to Isfahan/Esfahan” meeting. Then transfer to hotel and rest for some hours, then tour guide will meet you in lobby for Isfahan / Esfahan city tour that is including visit of Sio Se Pol bridge( which is the longest historical bridge in Isfahan) and Khajo bridge, then continue to visit Atiq Jameh Mosque of Isfahan, unique place that tourists Never miss visiting it, the UNESCO World Heritage Site. This ancient mosque has been estimated to exist even before Islamic era. After that group will continue Isfahan city tour with Bazar and Last place for first day will be Chahar Bagh Street (Chahar Bagh e Abbasi Street). Chahar bagh or Charbagh is a example of persian garden’s structure and design. Isfahan’s Chahar bagh street constructed in Shah Abbas era.
Return hotel and rest.
Over night: Isfahan / Esfahan.
Early in the morning group and tour guide will move toward Kashan, in the way Abyaneh village will be visit(Red Village), a small village with people in traditional cloths, narrow allay and pure nature. This village is one of best Iranian village you can find yourself so close to Iranian people and culture, in Muharram you will visit Iranian Muharram ceremony that held every where by your eyes, black cloths are hanging over the walls,… . After Abyaneh drive toward Kashan and in Kashan Fin garden (Fin Garden or Bagh-e-Fin is a great Persian garden and as one of the nine Persian gardens registered on UNESCO world heritage list) will be visited, then Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse and one of old houses(Tabatabai House or Borujerdi House) will be visited, after visiting BAZAR group will return to Isfahan/Esfahan.
Over night: Isfahan/Esfahan
At 08:45 am tour guide waiting for you in lobby to start city tour that is amazing and include visiting Meidan Emam(Emam Square / Naqsh-e Jahan Square). Meidan Emam, Esfahan (Emam Square / Naqsh-e Jahan Square) include visit of 4 masterpiece: Emam mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah mosque, Chehel Sotoun palace, Ali Qapu palace and at the end of this complex visiting Qeysarriyeh Bazaar( Grand Bazaar ) included.
After lunch time in one of traditional restaurant city tour will be continue with visit of: Vank church, Monar/Menar Jonban(Shaking tower), Fire temple(from down side of mountain), free time and rest.
Over night: Isfahan/Esfahan.
Leaving Isfahan behind, we’ll have a short stop in the small town of Na’in, an ancient community with origins dating back to the 8th century to visit the Jamé Mosque. It is one of the oldest mosques in Iran and is known for the beauty of its brickwork. You’ll learn more about the region’s cultural traditions.
Today is the ninth of Muharram is named Tasoa. You can visit domed mosques, walking on the street, listening to Persian poetry and participate in this special festival.
Your overland journey continues to the most sacred Zoroastrian site in the world, Chak Chak. Once there, climb the steep hill with over 300 steps, to reach the Pir-e-Sabz Fire Temple, the most sacred of the Zoroastrian mountain shrines. The shrine enclosure is floored with marble and its walls are darkened by fires kept Eternally Burning in the sanctuary. In the cliffs below the shrine are several roofed pavilions constructed to accommodate pilgrims. Each year from June 1418 thousands of Zoroastrians flocks to Chak Chak for pilgrimage.
From here we will continue to Yazd, driving through a desert lined with mountains, often snow-capped. We start our tour of Yazd after arriving in this city. Yazd is one of Iran’s oldest continuously inhabited towns, its silhouette punctuated by minarets and the ingeniously-designed wind towers that capture desert breezes to cool homes during the hot summer months.
Yazd (Yezd) in central Iran selected as a world heritage status in the 41th session UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting in Krakow, Poland. Yazd is a city in central Iran and the capital of the Yazd province. It is an ancient city dating back to the Sassanian Period (224-651 AD).
Over night: Yazd
The tenth day of Muharram, known as the Day of Ashura, is the most important day of the Mourning as it’s the day of Imam’s martyrdom.
Today is Ashura and you have a chance to experience Passionate Ashura in Yazd. Although these rites take place in numerous parts of Iran and you can visit the gangs of mourners in every street, in some cities including Yazd, they are held much more glorious with more Iranian local foods as Nazri. There are various traditions such as Ta’zieh, a kind of street theatre in the costume inspired by historical and religious events which happened in Karbala battle about 1400 years ago and Nakhl Gardani, carrying a majestic wooden Nakhl – a symbol of Imam Hussein’s coffin – on the shoulders of mourners.
The ceremony in Amir Chakhmaq starts when the heavy decorated Nakhl is carried on the shoulders of hundreds of male mourners, old or young, symbolising the coffin of Imam Hussein and his martyr companions. This ritual is called NakhlGardani (literally carrying and turning the Nakhl). Almost all the other male mourners gather in the centre and the women in a bigger circle around them and on the rooftop of the buildings nearby. The population is said to reach millions, especially in the nearby town of Taft where so many tourists also visit to watch the ceremony. There are some guys standing on top of the Nakhl, among them, an old Sayyed (descendant of the prophet) chants Ya Hussein and guides the passionate mourners carrying it, so that no one is left under. They turn the Nakhl several times around the square and at the same time the people cry out religious chants.
After the Nakhl-Gardani ritual, people continue mourning and listening to the religious sermons until sundown. After the night prayers, they hold the Sham-e Ghariban (literally the night of the strangers) as candlelight vigil for the martyrs of Karbala. Children often go to different districts holding candles and light up the streets, symbolizing children of Imam Hussein and his companions who search for the corpses in the dark night of the Karbala desert. And that is how and when the massive rituals to observe the first ten days of Moharram end in Yazd.
Over night: Yazd
Early in the morning Zoroastrien’s Dakhmeh/Towers of Silence will be visited (Zoroastrien’s Dakhmeh is also named as Tower of Silence. This mysterious name and the history behind makes every tourists to visit it in their trip to Yazd…) and then ground transfer to Shiraz city. In the way Pasargadae & Persepolis (2 UNESCO World Heritage) will be visited and then continue to Shiraz city.
Hotel check-in and rest
Over night: Shiraz
City tour include visiting of: Nasir-ol-molk Mosque( the Pink Mosque), Narenjestan Garden or Qavam House, Eram garden (Bagh-E Eram), that is one of the nine Persian Gardens inscribed on UNESCO’s world heritage sites, Quran Gate (Darvazeh-e Quran).
After lunch Vakil complex will be visited which includes the Vakil Bazaar, the Vakil Mosque and the Vakil Hamam (Bathhouse)…
Over night: Shiraz
Free time and transfer to airport and say good bye…
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