ADD TO LISTTehran , capital of Iran has a metropolitan population of 12 million. At an altitude of 1200 metres, it is dominated to the North by the Elbourz Mountain Range. Due to its infrastructure (roads and railway), it developed as a commercial and industrial centre. Its petroleum industry is very lucrative.
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Tehran is a must see city as long as you are OK with Trafic and pollution!! It has strange and lively and crazy nature of any metropolitan city. A combination of old and new, modern and ancient, one of the most friendly people to foreigners!!! They would take you to their homes and accomodate you to the best of their ability, feed you and take you for sightseeing just because they love foriegners!! Of course the general caution rules always apply. There are wired people everywhere. Used to have one of the best tap waters in the world, don;t know about the last 5 years! Has international resturants but you are gonna have a lot of fun if you are a Kabab lover. I love the traditional sweets, cakes and confections in general. Delicious Turkish Coffes. Lots of sight seeings, huge colorful bazzars, old bulidings, etc. There is much to say, take me and I will show you around for free;) Afterall it is my beloved hometown!
Tehran's best non-museum sight, the haphazard bazaar is so big it's practically a separate city. Each corridor specialises in a particular commodity; you'll be pounced upon in the carpet area. Just wander around the labyrinth of streets and alleys - don't try to navigate, you'll inevitably get lost. The best time to visit is in the morning.
Visit the National and Carpet Museums. Have a local doughnut: filled with meat, cream or some other oddity! Don't tell the authorities, but find an illegal shisha (khalion) pipe 'den' for a shifty smoke. ( Women are unfortunately not allowed even though they are doing something illegal anyway!!)
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