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Mashhad has three large bazaars. Interesting things to buy include Khorassan crafts, fur-cloak, jewelry, perfume, saffron, and religious souvenirs.
 
Mashhad has three large bazaars. Interesting things to buy include Khorassan crafts, fur-cloak, jewelry, perfume, saffron, and religious souvenirs.
 
*'''Bazaar-e Reza''' (or Bazaar-e Bozorg) two stories height and one of the main shopping centres in the town.  
 
*'''Bazaar-e Reza''' (or Bazaar-e Bozorg) two stories height and one of the main shopping centres in the town.  

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Interactive map of Mashhad (OpenStreetMap)

Imam Reza shrine

Almost everything about Mashhad relates to its role as the holiest city in Iran, even its name (literally: burial place of the martyr). As the capital of Iran's Khorasan province, Mashhad's year-round cool temperatures and fascinating insights into the Shi'ite heartland have much to offer visitors.

Understand

Mashhad started life out as Sanabad, a village pitstop for trade caravans headed towards Turkmenistan. But in the ninth century, the eighth Shi'ite Imam Ali Bin Moosa Al Reza, the great grand son of Imam Ali who was the cousin & son in law of Prophet Mohammad was poisoned by the jealous caliph of the time. Imam Reza was buried in Mashhad, and his shrine became one of the holiest sites to the shi'ite muslims after the Holy Kaaba in Saudi Arabia and Karbala in Iraq.

Over the next thousand years, the shrine complex was levelled, ransacked and rebuilt a number of times depending on the ruling army of the day. Today the Shrine is the most important place in the city and in the whole of Iran.

The love & respect for the Imam in this city is so immense that every person, taxidriver, shopkeeper, whoever he is, will go out of the way and help any newcomer who wants to visit the holy Shrine and is seeking any assistance.

Also keep in mind that city is very conservative by western standard in so many ways. Dress code for women is very strict and a self encompassing chador is a must for any lady. In the vicinity of the shrine even men with shorts, if there are any, will get stern looks from the locals. Respect the dress code and then be assured of any help if required.

Photography inside the holy Shrine is not permissible as all visitors will be frisked at the various gates leading to the Shrine. There are separate entry gates for ladies and gents.

Get in

Gonabad is 260km from Mashhad. There are two roads to Tehran about 900km east of Mashhad.

  • Mashhad International Airport (Shahid Hashemi Nejad Airport) (IATA: MHD) (ICAO: OIMM)
  • Mashhad is also reachable by train.

By air

One of the route to reach Mashhad is from Kish Island. Kish Air flies three times per week from Kish Island to Mashhad. The flight takes around 2 hours, the planes Tupolev TU-154M & McDonnell MD 83 are quite old, and gives a scary feeling. But the plane crew is decent and converse in good english.The return ticket will cost USD 120 can be bought from travel agencies in Kish (Near Kish Air head office)

The is Air flies from all the cities which has airport to Mashhad. The large cities like Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz has flies everyday maybe more than 2~3 times a day.

Tomb of Nader Shah

There are International flights to Bahrain, Damascus, Dubai, Kuwait, Bishkek, Beirut, Jeddah, Dushanbe, Kabul, Doha, Almaty and Istanbul.

By train

There is train to Mashhad from Tehran. There are more than 3 different trains in different prices and qualities every day (mostly they leave afternoon or evening). Its about 10~14 hours way.

By car

There is mostly night buses to Mashhad from other important cities.


See

  • Imam Reza Shrine Complex Shrine to the eighth Imam of Shia Islam. Complex includes a library and Ghoharshad mosque.
  • Nader Shah Park & Mausoleum Monument to t he founder of Afshar dynasty (1736 - 1747)
  • Ferdowsi Park & Mausoleum
  • Gombade Sabz Mausoleum
  • Torghabe, Sightseeing, village restaurants
  • Shandiz,village restaurants

Buy

Saffron costs 2200$ per kilogram

Mashhad has three large bazaars. Interesting things to buy include Khorassan crafts, fur-cloak, jewelry, perfume, saffron, and religious souvenirs.

  • Bazaar-e Reza (or Bazaar-e Bozorg) two stories height and one of the main shopping centres in the town.
  • Sara-ye Bazaar-e Reza Mostly a fabric and textile bazaar.
  • Kuwaiti Bazaar, om th 17th Shahrivar Square.
  • Bazaar-e bozorg-e markazy, on the corner of shirazi Av. and akhond-e khorasani st.(SHohada

crossroad).

  • Shargh-Zist Trade Center All things with best prices, Tabarsi Sqr, north side of Holy Shrine.
  • Proma Trade Center , Janbaz Sqr.
  • Almas-e Shargh , Northern Khayyam Blvd.
  • Zist Khavar , Shariaty Sqr.

Eat

Iranian cuisine is one of the best in the world. They do 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

Sleep

Mashhad attracts huge number of visitors specially during the summer months, so be sure to make travel reservations in advance. Mashhad can also be very cold during winters, hence heavy woolens are required during winters. Even in summers nights are pretty cold and requires light woolens.

Five-star hotels in the city are: Pars Hotel [1], Homa Hotel and Pardisan Hotel. There are also couple of good hotels near the Imam Ali Bin Moosa Al Reza Shrine, namely Khayyam Hotel, Ghadir International to name a few. The Shrine is 10 min. walk from the Khayyam Hotel and the rent for double bedroom with attached bath is around 35-40 USD.

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