How different countries celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year

The UN has marked 21 March as International Nowruz Day — a celebration of spring and the connection between humans and nature. Here, we look at the similarities between, and peculiarities across, the nations that commemorate this ancient rite.

Iran: Meeting the nomads of Babak Castle

A hike to Babak Castle, in northwest Iran, proves fascinating, although the highlight is an encounter with a nomadic family

Iran: Hiking the Valley of the Assassins

Inspired by Freya Stark's travelogue, Shaun Busuttil sets off into the depths of this fabled and fearsome valley

Iran: Where two worlds are one

Mysterious, magnificent and so often misunderstood, modern Iran is bending rules and breaking traditions to welcome a new generation of curious travellers

Iran: A warm welcome in Esfahan

Our Digital Nomad receives a warm welcome in Esfahan, Iran, a city with a long history of receiving visitors on the Silk Road

Iran: Mission impassable

Back from the international wilderness, Iran presents the hardy traveller with plenty of tantalising new options. But crossing the world's hottest desert on foot is not for the faint of heart

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