Iranian Calendar

Iranian Calendar The Solar Hijri calendar is one of the world’s most accurate calendar systems. It is also known as Persian Calendar, Iranian Calendar, and Jalaali Calendar. History and Background The Persian calendar is a solar calendar with a starting point that matches that of the Islamic calendar.  A number of different calendar systems were used in Persia through the centuries, including the Zoroastrian calendar and the Islamic calendar. The first version of the modern Solar Hijri calendar the origin of the Persian calendar can be traced back to the 11th century when a group of astronomers (including the well-known poet Omar Khayyam) created what is known as the Jalaali calendar. However, a number of changes have been made to the calendar since then. The current calendar has been used in Iran since 1925. When Was Year 1 The Solar Hijri year count starts with the Islamic prophet Mohammed’s migration (Hegira or Hijrah) to Medina in 622 CE. Although the Solar Hijri calendar shares this start date with the Islamic calendar (Hijri calendar), the calendar systems are not related otherwise. The Hijri calendar is a lunar calendar. Because of this, the year counts between the Solar Hijri calendar and the…

How You can provide a SIM Card in Iran?

SIM Card

How you can provide a SIM Card in Iran ? If you want to travel to Iran, Tripema can provide you SIM Card and internet services. Hamrah-e Aval and Irancell are the two largest phone operators in Iran. Both companies offer SIM Card services to foreign visitors and have an extended network coverage in Iran. Basically, coverage will be guaranteed if you stay within reasonable distance from, and in between large cities. Hamrah-e Aval: Hamrah-e Aval is Iran’s first telecom provider and has been operating since 1992. The SIM Card comes with 800MB free data and gives you 5000 tomans extra charge when you re-charge for the first time. Airtime and data can be bought separately according to your needs. Price for phone calls per minute is 67T for Hamrah-e Aval numbers and 93T for other providers. you can Buy the SIM Card directly at the Imam Khomeini airport after arrival but as you know you will pay more cost at the airport, also Tripema can provide you this SIM Card with lower price. The SIM Card will only expire once it’s unused for three months and has less than 5000 tomans credit on it. So unless you come below this…

Some necessary Persian phrases for traveling to Iran

Some necessary Persian phrases to learn before traveling to Iran It is necessary to know some essential Persian phrases before you start your journey to Iran. In big cities like Tehran, Isfahan, Yazd and Shiraz most of the young people know basic English language, but it would be better to know some words for communicating with taxi drivers or sellers in Bazaar. There is a stereotype which some believe Iranian people speak Arabic. The national language across Iran is Farsi (Parsi). The alphabet may seem similar with Arabic but there are slight differences which native people are aware of it. Iran is a big country with races ranging from Arab, Turk, Fars to Kurd. Due to this, every part of the country may speak different languages such as Arabic, Turkish etc. Still, the official language of Iran in Farsi. In this article you can find some useful phrases for everyday use. Greeting  Hello = Salaam =سلام Good morning = Sobh Bekheir =صبح بخیر Good afternoon = Baad az zohr bekheir = بعد از ظهر بخیر Good evening = Asr bekheir =عصر بخیر Welcome = Khosh aamadid =خوش آمدید How are you? = Chetori? / Hale shoma chetor ast? =چطوری؟/حال شما…

How to get from IKIA Airport to your accommodation?

How to get from IKIA Airport to your accommodation? If you are a solo traveler visiting Iran and no one is picking you up at the airport, this post can help you. IKIA airport is about one hour away (almost 35 Km) from the center of Tehran. After your arrival at IKIA Airport, whether you are staying in Tehran or leaving the IKIA Airport to Mehrabad Airport (domestic flights to other cities), it is better and safer to use the Airport Taxis. Seirosafar company is one of the transportation companies with over 50 years of experience and professional drivers who are ready to serve for all arrival and departure flights. Exactly in front of the arrival and departure terminals you can find a long line of airport taxis waiting for passengers. Their colors are yellow or light lemon green, and they all have the logo of the company on them. The good thing about airport taxis is that NO MATTER WHERE YOUR DESTINATION IN TEHRAN IS, THEY ALL COST THE SAME. The regular Toyota Camery will cost 85,000 Tomans (around 6$) and the Van or Rav4 will cost 90,000 Tomans. Make sure to have enough cash on you before taking…

Iranian currency, is it really confusing?

Iranian currency Usually tourists, during their visit to Iran find Iranian currency really confusing. But the question is, is the currency really that confusing? The answer is yes! Not only Iran has two currencies, but also the exchange rate in Iran changes every second. The official currency in Iran is Iranian Rial (IRR) and all notes are printed in Iranian Rial. Rial is used in banks and official correspondence. But in daily life, people always use Toman. Toman is just another way to tell the price of goods and services, but there are no actual bank notes in Toman. To convert Rial to Toman you need to omit one zero and vice-versa. For example 10,000 Rial is actually one thousand Tomans. If this is not confusing enough, let’s talk about the language people use when talking about money. Imagine you are in a supermarket and want to buy a small bottle of water. When you ask the price it is said as “۲ Tomans”. Wait, what?! There isn’t a note or a coin that small. Since there are lots of zeros in the currency people usually don’t say the thousand part when speaking. 2 Tomans actually means 2000 Tomans.  …

What tourists should wear in Iran

What tourists should wear

What tourists should wear in Iran When visiting Iran, lots of tourists  may wonder what they should wear in public areas. Are there any restrictions regards clothing? Are there strict penalties for breaking the rules? Iran always holds many surprises to it’s visitors. Let’s start by saying that clothing restrictions and laws in Iran is mandatory for both men and women. Women According to Iranian rules, Hijab is compulsory for women. Women should wear scarves to go out and covering your arms and legs are advised. The scarf doesn’t need to be worn tight around the head or give full hairline coverage. As long as it’s on your head it’s fine. Women should also be modestly dressed. In addition to the scarf or shawl, Iranian ladies normally wear long pants, full length skirt and a tunic or a coat called “Manteau” reaching to mid-thighs or knees. There is a wrong disbelief that color choices for clothing lean towards darker colors and mostly black. In Iran any colors are welcome. Specially in hot days of spring or summer, after covering most of your body, wearing dark colored clothes doesn’t seem a wise idea. In other to enter some mosques, women are supposed to…