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Mashhad (Iran)

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2 / 5 - One review
How to get there
900 km by bus or train from Tehran
When to go
April-May or September-October
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Mashhad

Fabien Dany Seasoned Traveller
9 written opinions

Everything in Mashhad reminds you of the reason for the town's existence, including its name: one of the most important imams in Shiism is buried here, Reza. Attracting millions of pilgrims each year, it's also the saffron capital of Iran.

My suggestion:
Dine in the Shandiz district, slightly on the edge of the city in a less urbanised area. There, you'll be surrounded by Iranian families who go to relax around a water pipe or a good meal of grilled meat and rice.
My review

The second largest city in Iran,Mashhad developed around the mausoleum of Imam Reza and today welcomes close to 20 million Shiite pilgrims from all over the Muslim world.

Penetrating into the mausoleum's enclosure gave me a better idea of the religious fervour which can drive Iranians. Reaching the tomb isn't normally allowed for non-Muslims, but the lucky ones may succeed in slipping into the crowd to rally the Holy of Holies and witness the very emotional displays of religious fervour.

In addition to Imam Reza's mausoleum, you'll be able to visit the tomb of Nader Shah Afshar, an Iranian emperor who briefly conquered Delhi (India) in the 18th century. Other historic attractions close to Mashhad during a trip to Iran are the neighbouring towns of Nishabur and Tus.

Iman Reza's mausoleum
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