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Mashhad

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Get around
==Get in==
[[Gonabad]] is 260km from Mashhad. There are two roads to [[Tehran]] which is about 900km west of Mashhad. Sarakhs, the closest border to Turkmenistan is 200km west of the city.
===By air===
===By bus===
There is mostly night buses to Mashhad from other important cities. There are NO international buses from [[Ashgabat]] or anywhere in [[Turkmenistan]].
 
===By bicycle===
Sarakhs border crossing: the area near the border is not safe and considered dangerous even by Iranians, incident of two guys raiding a tent and trying to rape a female while camping at night occurred on Sep 2012 around 20km from the border (not reported to the police). Cross early and cycle at least 50km before trying to find camp. The road is in good condition, a few ups and downs and one good uphill before reaching Mashhad.
==Get around==
Mashhad Metro.
==See==
*'''Imam Reza Shrine Complex''' is also a mausoleum to the eighth Imam of Shia Islam. Complex includes a library and Ghoharshad mosque. It is the largest mosque in the world by dimension and the second largest in capacity.Need to leave bags and cameras on the kept luggage outside, only photos-videos with mobile phone are allowed inside the complex. If you enter through the main gate you will be assigned with an English speaking guide who will take you around for free and tell you some interesting information, end up in one of the offices in which you will be offered religious books and some postcard souvenirs of the shrine, all free. If you dress modest and try to enter through the side gates, you might manage to pass and then you will be free to enter the center of the shrine which is normally not allowed to non-Muslims, just be careful as they close the gates when its time for praying. There is no entrance free. [Sep 2012]
*'''Nader Shah Park & Mausoleum''' Monument to the founder of Afshar dynasty (1736 - 1747)
*'''Ferdowsi Park & Mausoleum'''
*<buy name="Sajjad Blvd" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">You can find few good quality shopping centers in this Blvd(a bit expensive).</buy>
=== Bicycle ===
There is a good GIANT bicycle shop {GPS 36°18'09.3"N, 059°34'36.1"E} with lots of spare parts near the intersection of Kolahdouz Boulevard and Salman-e-Farsi street.
==Learn==
==Eat==
Iranian cuisine is one of the best in the world. They do tasty, while not eat spicy food but even then their food is very tasty. Chello Kebab is a very popular dish as well as Bakhtiari Kebab. Their are also different kinds of breads available. So eating will be a assured good and affordable experience in Mashhad
You can find lots of great restaurants and all kinds of fast-foods are available. the most advertised restaurant of Mashhad (and one of the most expensive) is 'Padide Shandiz'. There are also numerous other decent restaurants in Shandiz. Full meals with rice cost from 5 to 20 dollars.
but the rent for '''Ghasr Talaee Hotel''' is very expensive about 400 USD per night. But there are lots of rooms for rent around the shrine which are pretty cheap and suitable to rent, they are ranged from 30-90 USD per night depending on the distance from shrine.
* <sleep name="Vali's non smoking homestay" alt="" address="38th (Farsi:۳۸) alley (previously 6th) off Malakoshoaraye Bahar street (previously Engelab Eslami street), house 277 (Farsi:۲۷۷)" directions="close to Lashgar square at the intersection with Imam Khomeini street" phone="851 6980, 0915 100 1324" url="http://www.valishomestay.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="Dorm 80 000 rials$6, double $15, breakfast 15 000 rials$2, fantastic home cooked dinner 50 000 rials$3" lat="36.28223" long="59.59404" email="[email protected]" fax="">Vali is a carpet merchant and a regional guide but most of all a chatterbox! (he speaks English and basic French) His wife cooks delicious meals which you can enjoy sitting on the terrace, he will make sure nobody will leave without a full stomach. Two bedrooms and an extremely comfortable dorm are available in the basement full of Persian rugs with a basic shared bathroom. The doors on the private rooms do not lock and some single females have reported feeling unsafe. The setting is simple but cozy and there is a warm family atmosphere. Internet and Wi-Fi, for $1 per hour. Indoor safe space for motorcycles and bicycles. Lots of tourist information (Vali can help you to sort your visa for Turkmenistan). Hikes and excursions can be organized for one or more days in the villages and mountains surrounding Mashhad.(to To help you find Vali's place copy this Farsi phrase and show it around: بین چهاره راه لشکر و استانداری ملکا اشعرابهار ۳۸ شماره۲۷۷ ولی انصاری).[Sep 2012] {GPS 36°16'56.7"N, 059°35'38.7"E} <b>Caution (November 2012):</b> unlike virtually every other place in Iran, Vali is using US-dollar pricing and has not adjusted the US-dollar pricing to account for the massive devaluation in the Rial. Most places in Iran cost about 1/3 to 1/2 of what the Lonely Planet quotes, and Vali has the nerve to charge a whole six dollars a night for this cozy and comfortable accomodation. Scandalous! The nerve of him not cutting his prices by half! (this statement makes sense only if you think that US dollars are Iran's national currency) Six months ago a dorm bed at Vali's cost about 70,000 rials; today he charges about 180,000 rial. Add breakfast and you're paying 240,000 rials. When you can get a clean single room in Tehran with breakfast and TV for 250,000 rials, something is fishy. </sleep>
*<sleep name="Ghasr Hotel" alt="" address="Emam Reza st." directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
=== To Afghanistan ===
[[Herat]] in [[Afghanistan]] is only a few hundred kilometers from here.
 
=== Within Iran ===
All the buses leave from the main bus terminal {GPS 36°15'38.2"N, 059°35'32.1"E}, south of the center.
Buses to Yazd cost 160.000 rials and take around 14 hours overnight [Sep 2012]
===Visas and permits===
* '''Consulate of [[Pakistan]]''', <sleep name="" alt="" address="P.O. Box No.91375-1733, Imam Khomeini St., Opposite of Melli Garden" directions="" phone="+98-511-6040364" email="" fax=""></sleep>
 
* '''Consulate of [[Tajikistan]]''', <sleep name="" alt="" address="91379, Darvazeh Quchan Sq." directions="" phone="+98-511-7275480" email="" fax="+98-511-7275480"></sleep>
* '''Consulate of [[Turkmenistan]]''', <sleep name="" alt="" address="No. 34, Konsoolgari Alley, 10th Day Sq. 91386" directions="" phone="+98-511-8547066" email="" fax="98-511-8547073"></sleep>
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