TEHRAN – On Saturday, a group of Iraqi travelers began a two-day familiarization tour of Kermanshah province, a local tourism official said.
The group entered neighboring Iranian province today across land borders, Ali Saber said on Saturday.
The group is due to visit historical and cultural sites, and then they continue their excursions to Bandar Abbas and Qeshm Island in southern Iran, he noted.
Because Kermanshah province shares a border with the Arab and Kurdish parts of Iraq, more tours are expected to come from that country, he said.
Last month, the province held a dedicated Iraqi Travel Insider Familiarization Tour, resulting in the organization of a tour only for Iraqi tourists, the official said.
“The province offers special capacity for Iraqi tourists, especially in the area of health tourism, which travel agencies should consider. ”
Earlier this year, the two neighbors agreed to abolish visa requirements for air travelers. The announcement came after Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi met in Tehran, discussing various issues including visa waiver, a joint rail project and raising the level. Exchanges.
Many domestic experts believe that medical tourism in Iran is a win-win opportunity for both the country and foreign patients, as they are offered affordable but quality treatment services and the country earns considerable foreign exchange.
Kermanshah includes a variety of impressive historical sites, including the UNESCO-listed Taq-e Bostan and Bisotun.
Inscribed in the base of an imposing cliff, Taq-e Bostan includes extraordinary Sassanid bas-reliefs of former victorious kings who divide opinions. Late afternoon is the best time to visit, as the cliff turns bright orange in the setting sun, which then poetically dies across the duck pond. Bisotun is a patchwork of huge but impressive life-size sculptures depicting King Darius I and several other figures. UNESCO wants Bisotun to bear exceptional testimony to the important exchange of human values on the development of monumental art and writing, reflecting ancient traditions in monumental bas-reliefs.
Another popular historical site in the province is the Anahita Temple in the town of Kangavar, which is said to have been built around 200 BC. Several column bases and ruins of a wall remain of the magnificent Greek-style temple. The temple was used in the Parthian period (248 BC-224) as well as in the Sassanid period (224-651).
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