News ID: 56336
Published: 0343 GMT November 28, 2014

Historical, natural attractions of Kermanshah

Historical, natural attractions of Kermanshah

Kermanshah province in western Iran has numerous historical and natural attractions for promoting tourism.

It is home to outstanding sites such as Taq-e Bostan’s rock reliefs and Bistoun’s inscription – the largest petrograph worldwide.

Bistoun was registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2006. It is an important relic that depicts the victories of Achaemenid King Darius.

Taq-e Bostan features petroglyphs and inscriptions of Sassanid era.

The province also boasts of monuments such as Anahita Temple, Tekieh Moaven-ol-Molk and Es’haqvand Rock Tomb.


Beautiful nature


Kermanshah boasts natural attractions such as the mountains of Perav, Bistoun, Dalahoo, Shahoo and Dalakhani, valleys, jungles and springs.

It is home to mirages of Niloufar, Bistoun, Yavari, Hashilan and Harsin.

The long caves of Qouri-Qal’eh and Perav also fascinate visitors.

The four-season climate attracts tourists throughout the year.

Kermanshah is renowned as Iran’s India due to its cultural diversity. It is the cradle of mystic music and traditional Iranian musical instrument tanbur (the long-necked, string instrument).


Handicraft exports


Nasrollah Sepehr, the deputy head of Kermanshah Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Department, said Kermanshah exported handicrafts worth $1 million during March 21-June 21.

"The country’s handicraft exports earned over $112 million in revenues from March 2013 to March 2014,” he said, adding that Kermanshah has a bigger share in Iran's handicraft export.

Sepehr noted that kilim and giveh (a type of traditional Iranian shoes) are among the most important handicrafts produced in the province.

"Since Kermanshah has a big share in the handicraft market of neighboring nations, the province could earn huge profits by selling handicrafts," he said.

"Since tourism and handicrafts could give a big boost to the region's development, 92 tourism exhibitions and 45 handicraft shops were set up last year."

Sepehr also said 504 local craftsmen have so far been insured.


Germans eager to invest


Ali Felehgari, a senior official in the department, said the province welcomes domestic and foreign investments.

“We believe that by attracting investors to the tourism sector, the ground will be prepared for all-out development,” he said.

“Iran and Germany have had special ties in tourism and cultural heritage fields, especially in archeology.”

Felehgari noted that German investment in Kermanshah’s tourism sector was highlighted in a recent session held between Kermanshah governor general’s office and a reputable German company.

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