Southern Asia

iran white chador varzaneh

VARZANEH | At The City Lane we’re always looking for off the beaten path experiences, things that you don’t normally find in the travel guides and while travelling through Iran we came across an article about the rural city of Varzaneh that fit the bill. The immediate striking thing about

KHARANAQ | In a world with a rapidly growing population, we’re always hearing stories about cities growing faster than anticipated, cities becoming more densely populated, cities becoming more hectic. It’s a common story around the world. How is it then, that there can be cities that decline in population? There

travelling in iran a woman's perspective

The question of what it’s like to travel to Iran as a woman is something that I’ve been asked many times. Every time I’ve attempted to write this article I have struggled to find the words that express what Iran is truly like for a female tourist. In part, my

shah cheragh mirrored mosque shiraz iran

SHIRAZ | Shah Cheragh, which is Persian for “King of the Light” is one of the most important places of pilgrimage in Shiraz. It is home to the tombs of the brothers Ahmad and Muhammad, sons of the 7th Shiite Imam Musa_al-Kadhim, who took refuge in the area during the

tomb of hafez shiraz

SHIRAZ | The Tomb of Hafez, and the memorial hall Hāfezieh in Shiraz is one of the most popular meeting places in the city for locals, and when you walk through the beautiful landscaped Musalla Gardens, which themselves featured extensively in Hafez’ poetry, it’s not hard to see why. Hafez, for

Iran Silk Road Caravanserai

IRAN | For thousands of years, the Silk Road was the most important cultural and trade route in the world. It spanned over 10,000 kilometres from China to the Mediterranean, linking East to West over several nations and empires. Chinese, Persians, Somalis, Greeks, Syrians, Romans, Armenians, Indians, and Bactrians were the main

iran dovecote pigeon tower varzaneh

VARZANEH | Pigeon Tower! Pigeon Tower! This was something that myself and my travel companions shouted repeatedly during our time in Iran but why? I’m not quite sure how it became “a thing”, but I can certainly educate you about what at pigeon tower actually is. Pigeon Towers, or Dovecoats

persepolis graffiti iran

PERSEPOLIS | Ask most people what they think when you say the word “Persepolis” and you’ll generally get one of 2 reactions. The respondent will either reply that they have never heard of the place, or will tell you that they know it is one of the most historical ancient sites

persepolis heart of persian empire

The day is hot, very hot, and as I approach the ruins of Persepolis (Parsa), the capital of the once mighty ancient Persian Empire, I’m already working up a sweat. As the sun beats down, and I get closer to the ruins of this city which was founded in 515 BC

ancient persian wrestling varzesh-e bastany

YAZD | Before the Islamic Republic, before Islam in Iran, there was Varzesh-e-Bastani, the literal translation of which is “ancient sport”. This ancient Persian wrestling in on UNESCO’s list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, and is an aspect of Persian culture that survives to this day, a source