The city of Tehran is the capital of Iran and the Tehran Province, and has been since 1778. It is the largest city and urban area in the country, as well as the largest city in Western Asia. Tehran is known for being large and chaotic, but it boasts many impressive museums, a wide range of restaurants, and lots of art galleries.
What to see & do
National Museum of Iran - The National Museum of Iran, located in Tehran, is a combination of two museums: the Archaeological Museum of Iran, and the National Arts Museum. The two museums preserve ancient and medieval Persian antiquities. The museum has the following departments: Prehistoric, Historic, Coins and Seals, Islamic, Paleolithic, Pottery, Inscriptions, and Conservation. The National Museum of Iran is the best place for one to see and learn about the history of Persia.
Golestan Palace - Golestan Palace, which can also be spelled Gulistan Palace and literally translates to Roseland Palace, is formerly the royal Qajar complex in Tehran. It is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site and is the oldest of all the historic monuments in the city. The Golestan Palace Complex comprises of 17 structures, a mix of palaces, halls, and museums. These structures include The Marble Throne, Pond House, Picture House, Museum of Gifts, Ivory Hall, Diamond Hall, The Building of Windcatchers, and the Abiaze Palace.
Tochal - Tehran has a ski resort called the Tochal Ski Resort adjacent to metropolitan Tehran, on a mountain in the Alborz range called Mount Tochal. The highest peak is at an elevation of 3,964 metres. The Tochal Complex consists of the ski resort, the Tochal Hotel, and the Tochal Telecabin, a gondola lift that runs from Tehran to the resort. Tochal is a popular region among the locals for recreational activities, with several accessible peaks which include the Lavarak, Palang-chal, Bazarak, Tochal, and East and West Lezon.
How to get around within Tehran
The roads of Tehran are often clogged with traffic. Although taxis are the most comfortable mode of public transportation, the traffic makes it difficult to flag one down off the street and the fares in Tehran are higher than in the rest of the country. You can find places to line up in a queue to wait for taxis. There is also a special kind of taxi called the motorcycle taxis; it's a way to weave through the traffic quickly, but note that taking a motor taxi can be more dangerous than a regular taxi. Motor taxi drivers holler out 'motor' to people who pass by.
How to get there
Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport serves not only Tehran, but is the primary international airport of the whole of Iran. It is located 30 kilometres southwest of the city centre, and was created to replace the Mehrabad International Airport. Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport is the home base of several airlines such as Iran Air, Iran Aseman Airlines, Taban Air, Qeshm Airlines, Caspian Airlines, Mahan Air, and Zagros Airlines. Airports that connect to Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport include the international airports in Dubai, Rome, Abu Dhabi, Stockholm, Kuwait, Paris, Baghdad, and Ankara.