Brace yourself: this will likely be a touchy subject for some. Right up front, we’ll state that this post is about Iran. As of this writing, Iran is politically boiling and is, in many places, generally not a good place to be, especially if you’re a tourist. As is what is happening everywhere now it seems, Iran has once again swung to the right, and with a vengeance. In many places in the country, it is not safe to be there, even as a citizen.
But, it has not been that way forever. Sure, it has had many ups and downs, but so many of its wonderful people (we personally know many Iranians, and their intelligence, knowledge of the world, their sense of adventure and their welcoming and open demeanors is one of life’s joys) and, so, they should not be painted with the same whitewash.
These political swings and roundabouts come and go. A day will come when we can visit once again, safely. And, when we do , please take a look at Rudkhan Castle. Rudkhan Castle (Persian: قلعه رودخان, Gilaki: رودخان دژ); also Roodkhan Castle, is a brick and stone medieval fortress in Iran that was built by the Talysh people to defend against the Arab invaders during the Muslim conquest of Persia. With the fall of the Sasanian Empire, this area became a defensive position against the Arabs in the then-newly established Tabarestan. It sits at the two peaks of a mountain at elevations of 715 and 670 metres and contains strong fortifications and battlements at a length of 1,550 metres. The castle’s 42 towers still stand intact. Read more here about the castle, courtesy of Wikpedia.
The current situation will not last forever. But the castle, the history and the people will. Hold tight.
Typical Prices – flights: from €667; hotels from US $120; activities – varies
When to go: spring and autumn
Family friendly: 3 of 5 stars
Public transportation: 2 of 5 stars (private taxi) in the street, or a normal shuttle/shared taxi in the street.
Main languages: Many Iranians are also schooled in second languages like English and French. Younger Iranians are particularly likely to speak English, and older generations are likely to have some French abilities
LGBTQ+ Equality Index rank: 6/ 100
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