Ultimate Guide to Mashhad | Everything you need to know
Mashhad is one of the largest cities and the second most overpopulated one in Iran, which is located in northeast of the country, as the capital of Khorasan-e-Razavi province. This city was selected a few years ago as the spiritual capital of Iran. Mashhad has always been known as a religious city and every year, millions of pilgrims visit the Imam Reza shrine from Iran and other Muslim countries.
Well holy shrines aren’t just for people of that religion! You’ll never leave Paris without visiting Notre Dame or Moscow without Saint Basil’s cathedral and your Bangkok trip won’t feel complete without visiting a few Buddhist temples. And visiting these spiritual places doesn’t have anything to do with your religion. So visiting an Islamic holy shrine while traveling to an Islamic country is surely a good idea so you can visit the most important one.
For other reasons we suggest traveling to Mashhad since despite its religious side, it’s not just a pilgrimage destination anymore . There is a spectacular nature around the city and many attractions as well, such as : Malek abad garden, Kang village, kalat’s road , Malek’s house , The dagger’s house,tomb of Ferdowsi and Some cities near Mashhad such as Neyshabur, where lies the tombs of Khayyam and Attar, two great poets of Iran, and a beautiful wooden mosque.
A must try on a Mashhad travel is its restaurants and foods. In Mashhad,the traditional food is really tasty and you can get it at a lower price compared to other big cities . We would definitely recommend you not to miss the famous lamb chops of the well-known “ Pesaran Karim “ restaurant. It’s absolutely a new experience for travelers.
Most people speak Persian with various accents, which are really sweet.
Mashhad has a dry climate, which means in summer is hot, arid and clear, and in winter is very cold, dry and partly cloudy. Between May till Sep the maximum temperature can be between 31 to 37 °c . Cold season is from Nov to March and minimum temperature can be minus 3 to 6.
Best time to visit
It depends on the reason why you travel there, but normally best time to visit is Sep to Nov and also March to May. If you want to go and see waterfalls and the nature, spring is the best time.
There is only one resort where you can go to ski in winter and to hike in the summer.
In this city you can use public busses and taxies. There are many routes for busses with many stations and good quality busses. The only problem is that all the information in the stations are still just written in Persian . You can ask people as they are friendly and ready to help. You can also check the “Essential persian phrases” just in case .
There are 4 active lines in this city.
There is only one main bus Terminal there.
There is only one train station there.
- Imam Reza Holy Shrine
- Goharshad Mosque
- Kooh Sangi Park
- Nadir Shah Afshar’s Tomb
- Mellat Park
- Mashhad Bazaar
- Astan Quds Razavi Central Museum
- Professor Bazima Science Park
- Water waves land
- Darougheh Historical House
- Arman shopping center
- Miniature Park
- Chalidareh Dam
- Khorasan Great Museum
- Khaje Aba Salt Shrine
- Khajeh Rabie Tomb
- Haftado Tan Mosque
- Saint Mesrop Armenian Church
- Mahdi Gholi Beyk historical bath
- Ghonbad Sabz
- Armenian Cemetery
- Baba Ghodrat Tourist Complex
- Hezardestan Traditional Teahouse
- Toranj Cafe Restaurant
- Tomb of Ferdowsi
- Tomb Of Omar Khayyam
- Kang Village
- Bazehoor Fire Temple
- Mausoleum of Omar Khayyam
- Radkan Tower
- Salook National Park
*Written by Sahar Sharifian.