Rasht has a special place among the most popular northern Iranian destinations; it, in fact, is Iran's third tourist destination. With its lush nature, dense forests, beautiful sea and spectacular houses, Rasht steals any tourist's heart. Before embarking on travel to this city, read the following Alale guide to learn more about the city.
Rasht, capital of Gilan province, is the most populous and the largest city in the north of Iran. The city's population is about one million people, the figure which is likely to be doubled during the busy tourism seasons. The city is surrounded from the north by and Anzali Lagoon and the Caspian Sea, from the east by Koochesfahan and Astaneh Ashrafieh, from the west by Some’sara, Fooman and Pasikhan River and from the south by the cities of Sangar and Roodbar. The distance between Tehran and Rasht is 325 kilometers.
Rasht has a humid temperate climate with; its average annual rainfall is 1359 mm, which is why the city is called the city of rain. Continuous rain fall has caused people to build their roof tiles cover. During the past few years the lowest average of rainfall in this city, has been in August and October has been the month with the most rainfall.
The main attraction of the city is its sea and forests. However, the city with its rich history, has many historical attractions. Here are some of them:
Shapur School was built in early Pahlavi era in Rasht - Anzali rout. The school is registered as one of the Iranian heritage sites. It is, actually, the first school in Iran built based on the modern architectural style.
Safi Mosque, with its beautiful tile work and amazing plaster, is one of the most significant historical monument among the religion related buildings in Rasht. Construction of the main building of the mosque dates back to the Safavid era. Since a number of young princes have been martyred (Shahid) in this mosque, Shah Abbasn named it Shahidiah.
4 km southwest of the city of Kelachay, there is a beautiful monument built during the Safavid era and refurbished during Qajar and contemporary era. In this monument, there are a middle room, side porches, and wooden beams which simply create the building. The tomb is rectangular look and the roof is made of pottery.
Rasht cuisines are some of the most delicious Persian dishes with garlic as the integrated ingredient. Here are two of the most famous dishes of this land:
This dish is consist of eggplant, tomatoes, eggs, garlic, herbs and tomato paste. To prepare it first, eggplants are roasted and peeled off, then after squishing it and stir frying, then garlic and tomato paste are added, and finally the eggs are added to the material.
this dish is made of Rashti Beans (Pach Baghala), dill, raw garlic, eggs, spices and oil. In order to prepare it first, beans are peeled and sautéed with garlics and oil, then dills will be added and the materials should be cocked with a little water and over medium heat. When the food are almost done the eggs are added.