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ٌWomen cyclists in Iran

Question : Can women cycle in Iran?

Answer : Yes !

If you are a woman planning to come to Iran with your bike then rest assured that you can ride in Iran.

In Khoonegeli, we have had several guests who came to Iran cycling.

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Off-Road trips Iran

If you are looking to go off road in Iran and have your own vehicle or want to hire a four wheel drive 4WD vehicle in Iran with or without a driver then please write to or send a message to +989371501993

Google currency converter and the Iranian Rial

If you plug in 1 USD and convert it into the Iranian Rial using this application from Google you will get something like 42000 Rials.
This exchange rate is not what you would get in Iran.
You would get over twice as much these days something like 120000 Rials or 12000 Tomans.
Why? Because this is the official exchange rate i.e exchange rate for the Government organizations and related businesses to import and export and there is the parallel exchange rate.
The parallel exchange rate is still legal. It is for ordinary Iranians and tourists alike to buy and sell non Iranian currency.
Where do you exchange to get this rate? In most banks, bureau de change, hotels etc.

Ramadan in Iran

In the holy month of Ramadan, if you are travelling in Iran, note that you may not eat and drink in public in the hours of daylight. If you are trekking then it is fine to do so in the mountains but clearly you should avoid doing this in settlements.
Restaurants are usually closed but there will be some open to cater for travellers, Iranians and tourists alike. The problem is to identify which is open as they tend to cover their windows so that passersby do not get a glimpse of people eating inside or put a sign up in Farsi announcing their business as usual.
Intercity buses will make the usual stop on the way for passengers to eat and drink.

Ski and Snowboarding in Iran

Leave your prejudices where you live and come skiing in Iran !

Yes, we have ski resorts and when people are busy skiing in Iran,   many European resorts  are waiting for their first snowfall ! 
Besides, you pay embarrassingly little to ski in Iran.
Here you have a list of all the ski resorts close to Tehran:
1. Tochal Ski resort, this is the highest ski resort in Iran. It starts close to the summit at 3850m and is some 1200m long. It is skiable for almost 8 months of the year! It is a short car drive from central Tehran.
2. Dizin, arguably the best ski resort in Iran,  it is situated deep in the central Alborz range with spectacular views of the Alborz summits such as Alam Kooh and Mount Damavand. It is a 3 hour drive from the capital. There are 7500m of ski pistes from 3600 m down to 2650m of altitude.
3. Darband Sar is 50KM north of Tehran. It is a good resort for experienced skiers.
4. Abali Ski resort is on the eastern part of the city and is one of the oldest …

Swimming in the Caspian Sea

Unless you have been to other Islamic countries, you may be surprised to see the beach culture in Iran. However, like most things there is a hidden side to what you first see.

be informed that most Iranians use the Caspian beaches for picnicking.

Women swim with their clothes on. There are segregated beaches for men and women alike but they are not that popular. These beaches that are segregated are done so by curtains.

Those that have a boat go deep and swim freely.

Others use private and or isolated beaches although these are very far and few in between.

There are no restrictions for men. Men swim with their swimming trunks or shorts and that is it.

Water skiing is popular in the Caspian sea so is jet ski.

If you were wondering whether it was at all worth going for a swim you should not think twice. The waters of the Caspian are among the best swims in the world. There are no strong currents if the sea is calm, the water temperature is pleasantly warm in the summer and its low salin…