About Tehran

About Tehran

 

Tehran, is the capital city of Iran. A bustling metropolis of 14 million people, it is situated at the foot of the towering Alborz mountain range. Tehran is a cosmopolitan city, with great museums, parks, restaurants, warm friendly people. It deserves at least a few days of your Iranian itinerary. The city can be roughly divided into two different parts - north and south. The northern districts of Tehran are more prosperous, modern, cosmopolitan and expensive while southern parts is less attractive but cheaper.

 

Tehran Coordinates

 

Province

Tehran

Latitude

35 40 N

Longitude

51 26 E

City

1500 km  (579 sq mi)

Urban

686 km (265 sq mi)

Elevation

1200 m (3,900 ft)

Population (2006)

about 11,000,000

Density

10000/km (25,899/sq mi)

Time zone

3.5 GMT

 

A combination of factors make Tehran a pleasant place to visit: The dry climate which is constantly cool (at least in the evenings), the proximity of the mountains, the parks and gardens where flowers blossom all through the year, the alleys of trees in the avenues or even smaller streets, and even the water that runs down from the upper city along deep and wide gutters which look like small rivers during spring. The Alborz range on the north of Tehran, which hosts the highest peak in Iran, provides fantastic conditions for ski lovers in the winter. In winter, the mountain hotels and ski-clubs at Shemshak, and Dizine are full several days a week. Some specialist skiers consider the snow value in northern Tehran to be one of the most excellent in the world.

 

The administrative instruction of Iran is concentrated in Tehran. Azadi tower and Milad tower are the symbols of Tehran. This city hosts nearly half of Iran's industrial activities and it is also a large market for carpet and furniture throughout Iran. There is an oil refinery in the south suburbs of Tehran which called Tehran oil refinery.

Language

Although a variety of unofficial languages are spoken, roughly 99% of the population understand and speak Persian. The majority of people in Tehran identify themselves as Persians.

 

Currency

 

The "RIAL" is the currency of Iran. Although the "TOMAN" is no longer an official unit of Iranian currency, Iranians commonly express amounts of money and prices of goods in "tomans”. For this purpose, one "toman" equals 10 rials. Despite this usage, amounts of money and prices of goods are virtually always written in rials. For example, the sign next to a loaf of bread in a store would state the price in rials, e.g., "10,000 Rials," even though the clerk, if asked, would say that the bread costs "1,000 tomans."

 

Electricity

The standard electrical voltage in Iran is 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Travelers may need a transformer for any appliance or electrical equipment to three-pronged UK-style plug.