Kermanshah Province is one of the western provinces of Iran and one of the important hosts in the country to visitors who come to the country. Alale has provided a guide for those who plan to visit this city.
Kermanshah province is located in the west of the country. The pleasant weather of this province attracts tourists and travelers to this beautiful city each year; as if the weather itself is not enough, there are some great places of interest in this beautiful city.
Kermanshah Province is a mountainous region between the Iranian plateau and the Mesopotamia plain. It is surrounded by mountains, peaks and highlands of the Zagros Mountains. The Zagros Mountain range is located in an area parallel to Kermanshah province, and high mountainous plains and Zagros crossings. Kermanshsh is a four seasoned city in a province with the same name with four different climates. But in general, this province can be divided into two tropical regions (western provinces including the cities of Qasr-e Shirin, Sarpol Zahab, Gilan-e-Gharb, Sumar, Naft Shahr, and the southern part of the city of Kermanshah) and relatively cold areas (other areas of the province).
The international airport of Ashrafi Isfahani, the major airport in Kermanshah, is known as the most important airport in the west of the country. This airport is located near Imam Khomeini Square (airport).
The Kermanshah railway runs its initial stages and has not yet been opened. The nearest railway station to Kermanshah is Malayer Railways in Hamedan Province.
Depending on the area from which you are heading to Kermanshah, there are five routes to the city:
The common route from all directions (except from south of the country, Kurdistan and the region of Azerbaijan), is shahid Keshvari Highway in the east of Kermanshah city, which after passing through Hamedan province, ultimately leads to Kermanshah Emam Square (airport).
There is another route for travelers coming to Kermanshah from the south. After passing through Ilam province, this route reaches the city of Islamabad, and is divided into two branches. The western route goes to the Qasre Shirin and then goes to Iraq, and the eastern route continues through the highway of Karbala to Kermanshah, and eventually reaches the Azadegan Square in Kermanshah.
The third route to reach the city of Kermanshah is a route that passes from Kurdistan province and Sanandaj and is a common route for travelers coming from the northwestern provinces to Kermanshah province.
The fourth route is entering the province from the south-east and is suitable for travelers from Lorestan, Kohgiluyeh and Boyerahmad provinces, Isfahan, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari and Fars. This route passes through Lorestan province and Khorramabad city and reaches the city of Harsin in Kermanshah province. From there, it connects to the main route of the province and finally reaches Imam Khomeini Square in Kermanshah.
The fifth route is suitable for travelers coming from Iraq, Iraqi control Kurdistan or Syria to Kermanshah. This route reaches the entrance of Khosravi border in Qasr-e Shirin City and reaches to Kermanshah via highway of Karbala to Azadegan Square.
Shahid Kaviani terminal, is the entrance to the city of Kermanshah from the east and the travels from the Tehran road reaches to this terminal.
The Karbala road terminal is the entrance to the city from the west, and travels from Baghdad and Erbil to this terminal.
Undoubtedly, one of the most important issues that you will be faced on your journey is choosing the right place to stay. You can choose your accommodation based on the budget and location of the tourist attractions you are considering. In Kermanshah, two to five star hotels are available in different parts of the city, which can be booked in advance, depending on your needs. At holidays, people are allowed to camp in some parks and green spaces you will be set up and use travel tents.
The routes are short in Kermanshah City and you can easily take a tour in the city via bus and taxi. Also, the Kermanshah Wireless Taxi System (1881) is always ready to provide services to travelers and tourists.
The tourist attractions of Kermanshah are indications of the ancient history and rich culture the city and the other cities in the province of Kermanshah offering the large bulk of popular recreational and natural attractions to tourist from all over Iran and the world. Addressing all the attractions of this province is not possible in this article. However, we have selected some of the more popular ones in this article.
Historical collection of Bisotun is located 30 km northeast of Kermanshah City. The collection is situated southwest of Bisotun City and at the foot of this mountain on the Hamedan route to Kermanshah. The sanctity of Mount Bisotun, the favorable climate conditions, and the placement of important roads, including the Silk Road, have led many kings and rulers to pay attention to this area, and therefore, there has remained many great monuments and relics in the heart of the Mount Bisotun.
This historic, cultural and natural site has 28 nationally registered monuments and more than 150 works of art. Darius's inscription have been registered in the UNESCO World Register in 2006.
The statue of Hercules is a sculpture made of stone that belongs to the Solucci era that is in this area.
Also, Farhad-Tarash, various inscriptions, Bisotun Lagoon and Khosrow Bridge are also the spectacular works in this area. Beside the beautiful countryside, Imam Zadeh Baqir Mausoleum is another religeous attraction belongs to Imam Kazem, which is a pilgrimage for the people of this area.
The Safavid Caravanserai, which has now been renovated to become the Laleh Bistoon Hotel, is built in a four-door form and is a place for tourists to stay.
Tagh-e Bostan is a collection of Sassanid boulders and inscription in the northwest of Kermanshah. This collection is rich in artistic and historical value, and includes two large and small arches and several inscriptions.
The presence of the mountain and spring in this place have made it an amusing place that has been considered from ancient times to the present day. We also recommend visiting the Art Museum in this area.
There is an old tree next to this historic site. Local people believe that the tree is over 600 years old.
You can walk through the Mountain Park close to the northwest of the countryside, and enjoy the beauty of this path that is surrounded by old trees and shrubs. Do not forget to go to one of the traditional restaurants and dining’s in this area and taste the famous Kermanshah “Dande Kabab. The mountain park is at high altitudes, and from this section you can see the wonderful view of the city of Kermanshah, which is very spectacular and memorable in the night.
If you have a good chance for climbing, you should not be satisfied with visiting the city's view of the Mountain Park, and sit back in the cave of the Do-Ashkaf and watch the city from up there. The cave is located in the north of the city of Kermanshah, on the slopes of the Miuleh Mountain, overlooking the Mountain Park. The cave is the oldest remaining of human habitant in the city of Kermanshah.
The height of the cave is about 1600 meters above sea level. This ancient site includes two adjacent caves and is located on the southern slope of Mount Miuleh, about 300 meters from the plain and overlooking the Mountain Park.
The Anahita Temple is a historical monument belonged to the Parthian and Sassanid area built on the rocky plain overlooking the Kangvar plain. Anahita was an angel and guardian of water, abundance, beauty and fertility. The remnants of this building, which is one of the largest Iranian monuments, is now located in the city of Kangvar on Hamedan rout to Kermanshah.
The vaulted structure is located in the path of the Patagh on the rout of Kermanshah to Sar Pol Zahab alongside the ancient macadamia road. Today, due to redirection, this building is located on the slopes of the asphalt road. To see this work, about 200 meters after passing the famous Patagh checkpoint, you’d enter into a sub road on the left of the main road and after a distance of about 500 meters, you’d reach the desired place. There are some disagreements about the time of construction of this building. Some attribute it to the Parthian and some to the Sassanid era. However, according to archaeological evidences, this building was apparently built at the end of the Sassanid era and probably during the reign of Khosrow II (628-590 AD). This monument is believed to have had different functions, such as "The thoroughfare for caravans," "The camping of the King", "The Royal Erica," "The Border Post" and "The Memorial of Victory."
The reputation of this natural and recreational collection is due to the presence of a small lake in the area. The lake is full of lotus flowers, which in warm seasons cover most of the lake’s surface, creating spectacular landscapes. Around the collection, the amenities needed for tourists and travelers are provided, so that you could spend some fun time in this natural area. Do not forget to boat on the lake. You can also embark on fishing. Niloufar is 30 km northwest of Kermanshah.
The Cave Qouri Qaleh is located 87 km from Kermanshah (25 km from Ravansar city) on the slopes of Mount Shaho. This cave is the largest cave in the Middle East with a length of 12 kilometers. Quri Qaleh Cave is one of the seven Iranian natural national attractions in the world. The temperature inside the cave is constant throughout the seasons tempering between 7 and 11 degrees. This cave consists of several beautiful halls. It’s worth it to plan a trip to Kermanshah Province only to visit this unspoiled watery cave.
Rejab is located 120 km northwest of Kermanshah. You need to plan ahead to visit this touristic area. Kermanshah Road to Rejab is a mountainous and winding, making it so beautiful that will fascinate you. But you have to pay special attention because the road could be dangerous. It's better to go early in the morning to have a good time to visit this area.
There are countless natural and historical attractions that you can visit in Kermanshah City; the Alvand River, which is the only river branching from Rejab, the Rejab waterfall, which is one of the highest waterfalls in Iran, numerous springs, valleys that are the permanent slopes of the Alvand River, and finally vegetation, trees, shrubs and the forest that has given a unique beauty to this area. More than 25 ancient works are located in this area from the most famous ones of which is the Sassanid III Yazdgerd Castle and the Rejab Tower.
The city of Sahne is situated 55 km from the city of Kermanshah on the road of Kermanshah to Hamedan. The most beautiful and beautiful touristic area of this city is Sarab-e Sahne (Sahne Warterfall), which is located 68 km from Kermanshah. The smooth road makes it possible to get around this city within 45 minutes from Kermanshah by car. Sarab-e Sahne attracts many visitors due to the great weather, the beautiful and roaring waterfalls, the wild trees and the fruit gardens, the mountains uplifted and the cave of Keykavuos. When visiting this area, make sure to visit the waterfall and its small lake. To do this, you need to cross a path full of beautiful trees that are located on either side of the river.
At some points on the rout, beautiful bridges have been built across the river to give you beautiful landscapes for capturing selfies and family photos. If you decide to slowly follow this path and enjoy the beauty of the area and if you want to hear the relaxing sounds of the water before reaching the waterfall, and keep your moments with the photograph, it will take you about an hour to reach the waterfall, but it definitely will worth it. Boat trips on the lake, mass sports and barbecue grills are among the other entertaining options in the area.
The monument is dating back to the Qajar era. This historic building is located in the old town of Kermanshah in the area of the old Abshuran neighborhood. The unique and remarkable privilege of this building is its unsurpassed tile. Cultural heritage experts believe that the tall and semi-prominent tiles with beautiful designs and 100% natural colors used in this building are unmatched in the world.
It is composed of three parts of Husseinyah, Abbasiyeh and Zainabiyah with three entrance. The Anthropology Museum of Kermanshah on the southern side of the Abbasiyeh part is located in a 200-meter-wide hall which includes 29 showcases of old objects, handicrafts and clothing with cultural and social themes. This museum was founded in May of 1990. In Abbasiyeh section there is also a museum of clothing and jewelry that you can visit.
The traditional Bazaar of Kermanshah is one of the main sections of the city and one of the largest indoor markets in Iran. The market, which is now divided into four sections due to the main streets of the city, consists of several parts and sections which all together form a great tourist attraction. In this Bazaar you can visit local clothing, souvenirs and handicrafts of Kermanshah province.
One of the most important souvenirs in Kermanshah is Beji, Berenji, and Shekari Breads, Kharami Bread, and Kak bread. These sweets can be bought on the Traditional Bazar and in the Nanberenji sellers’ neighborhood. Of course, add the famous Kermanshahi oil to this list as well. With a little search, you can find excellent oils and add them to foods and on rice since they will add great flavor to your food.
There are many items in the handicraft souvenir list; the most important of which are carpets, rugs, flowers, colored Giveh (kind of comfortable shoe), Gelim and Jajim (types of traditional rugs), jewelry and leather artifacts. We strongly suggest that Kermanshah province handicrafts be considered as a great souvenirs or an exquisite gifts for your loved ones.
One of the most famous dishes served is Dand-e Kabab which is more than delicious. Khalal is another delicious traditional dish made of almond slices, meat, almond slices, and black barberry served with rice. Be sure to have this meal on your trip to Kermanshah. Another food that you should not lose on your traveling to Kermanshah is Ash Abbasali (kind of soup). This traditional and local Kermanshahi soup is a very tasty meal that you can find in the small restaurants in the city center.
In order to have your trip planned or if you have any question regarding this article or the city of Kermanshah, do not hesitate to contact Alale.