News ID: 115006
Published: 0319 GMT April 07, 2015

North Khorasan a unique tourist destination

North Khorasan a unique tourist destination

North Khorasan province in northeastern Iran is an outstanding tourist resort, as it hosts a range of historical sights and natural beauties.

The province is bordered by Turkmenistan in the north, Khorasan Razavi province in the east and southeast, Semnan province in the southwest and Golestan province in the west. Bojnourd is the central city of the province.


Tourist spots

This province has hundreds of tourist attractions. Attracting tens of thousands of people from Iran and across the world each yea, some of these places are presented below:

Mofakham Mirror House

This building is in the city of Bojnourd and belonged to Sardar Mofakham, one of the officials in the late Qajar dynasty. As the name indicates, this building boasts of mirrorwork and tile design.

Besh Qardash Spring

Meaning “five brothers”, this spring is 8 km south of Bojnourd and to the east of the Bojnourd-Esfarayen Road. An apocryphal account states that five brothers disappeared at this place. The water of this spring is rich in minerals and aids digestion and metabolism.

Ancient Belqeis City

This city, which is actually the ruins of the old city of Esfarayen, is located 3 km from the present city, and to the right of Sabzevar-Esfarayen Road. Earthenware discovered in this area dates back to Safavid era, and it is believed that this city was constructed much before this period.

Hassanabad Old Castle

This castle is on the fringe of Hassanabad Village in northeastern Esfarayen. It has been erected on a natural mound and is 140 meters in length and 70 meters wide. A part of the wall still exists and is 4 meters high. This castle is a remnant from the advent of Islam to this region.

Qeisar Castle

This castle is 3 km from the village of Beed in Esfarayen. Evidence from the Zoroastrian era has been found here. The castle dates back to pre-Islamic times.

Qarahsou River

This river flows in the valley of Esfarayen. It originates from the south of Aladaq Mountains and to the north from Shah Jahan Mountain Range. After saturating the Jajrom plain, it flows from north to south and joins the Kalshour River in the south of Sabzevar. Finally, at the end of its course, it enters the salt desert that seeps up its flow. This river also has its own special attractions.

Sary Gol Protected Zone

This is located northeast of Esfarayen and covers an area of 28,000 hectares. Trees such as araxes, korku and wild willow thrive here, besides a number of other species. Wildlife is protected in this zone.

Teimouri Tomb

This tomb is located 6 km from Shirvan city and to the northeast of Imamzadeh Hamzeh Reza. The structure of the tomb belongs to the Teimouri period in 785 AH. The tomb is octagonal, though internally it is shaped into a square. This tomb belongs to one of Amir Teimour's warriors.


It is located 45 km northeast of Shirvan. The natural beauty of this place is enhanced by the presence of a river, gardens, waterfalls and natural springs.

Poostindooz Cave

This cave lies 6 km northeast of Lojali Village near the Imam Hezar Mountains. The cave is dome-shaped and measures 3 meters in height and 4 meters in width. Visitors should visit this cave with a guide because of its unusual features and structure.


Zavarom is located 28 km southwest of Shirvan. The region has springs and waterfalls, in addition to old trees such as oriental plane, white poplar, pear, walnut, cherry and almond trees.

Gelian and Estakhri

These areas include places such as Hesar-e Pahlavanan on the slopes of Shah Jahan Mountains. The countryside boasts of valleys full of streams, trees, springs, waterfalls and caves.

Handicrafts and souvenirs

Various types of handicrafts are produced in North Khorasan, including carpets, silk textiles, felt carpet, wool, stone sculptures, turquoise stone rings and ceramic products. Other articles made by the artisans of the province include traditional shoes and wooden and metal products, as well as paintings on leather.

Provincial foods

The cities and villages of North Khorasan have a variety of local foods, such as different types of potage, Eshkeneh and other dishes.

Local music

The music of North Khorasan is one of the oldest Iranian music, which is used in different songs and melodies sung by its residents. The musical language and dialect of people of the province have a common base.



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