What is Halal Tourism?
Halal or halal-friendly tourism is relatively new, compared to other types of tourism invented all around the world. This type of tourism is famous amongst Muslims in specific, because of their religious beliefs. However, it can also be new and educational for non-Muslims as well.
Halal tourism is a type of tourism that is specially modified for the religious beliefs and traditions of Muslim people. This type of tourism can be separated from other types by three important divisions of tourism:
Food and Drinks, entertainment and accommodation.
Why Religious Tourism?
In the meantime, Islam and Muslims have an important role to play in this branch of tourism. The pilgrimage, pilgrimage to the holy places, and mourning or religious celebrations of Muslims are some of the biggest religious tourism events in the world.
For many thousands of years, travel has been an integral part of human entertainment. “Religious tourism” is one of the subdivisions of the tourism industry and is of particular importance. These trips are not exclusively for Muslims, and followers of other religions also go on religious trips based on their religious beliefs and works and remnants of their religion. Religious tourism has also entered into world trade today and is progressing day by day.
For example, Shiites go to Mashhad for the purpose of pilgrimage to the shrine of Imam Reza. But in religious tourism, a Muslim may travel to another city to visit the historic church. In religious tourism, the purpose of travel is not merely a pilgrimage or religious practice, and includes a wider range of religious travel. For example, attending religious conferences, cultural-religious events, and performing religious music concerts are other than religious tourism.
Halal Tourism in Iran with zhivar
People have different opinions of what a good trip is like. Each traveler has a specific idea of the perfect trip in his/her head. Many people like to wander around in nature and breathe the fresh air in, while many love to go sight-seeing and visit different historical touristic spots. Some people travel to become acquainted with different cultures and traditions in different parts of the world, meet new people, make connections and foreign friends and try new things. Many travelers just need a change of the environment to relax and become energized for the start of a new week or a new year. Because of the difference in touristic preferences, in recent years, many different types of tourism have emerged and new models of tourism have been designed to suit various tastes, budgets and personal preferences. Well, ZHIVAR Traveler Services is here to help people plan the perfect trip in Iran, based on interests. we would introduce halal tourism to people , as it might be pretty unknown because of its unique and new nature.
RELIGIOUS TOURISM IN THE MODERN WORLD
- Length of stay
Religious tourism is divided into three general categories in terms of length of stay:
Short-term Religious Tourism: Short-term religious trips are limited in location and occur at short intervals. On this trip, the person goes to a religious, local, regional or trans-regional area of influence or attends a religious celebration, conference or meeting. Such trips are short-term and destinations are close and do not include overnight stays.
Long-term Religious Tourism: Long-term religious trips are those trips where one visits religious and sacred sites with local, regional, trans-regional, national or international influence or attends religious celebrations, conferences, or meetings. The journey takes several days or weeks.
- Motivations and goals of the trip
Pilgrimage and pilgrimage:
On such trips one goes to shrines, mosques, churches, temples, monasteries, tombs, shrines, etc. If we look more closely at this from a religious point of view, such trips are divided into two types: the pilgrimage and pilgrimage tours, which include pilgrimages, pilgrimages, shrines and graves of elders. Religion, the womb, visiting the sick, doing good, helping the needy and orphans, etc., and advertising trips in which one promotes religion, and guidance.
Attending religious conferences and celebrations: On these trips one goes solely to attend such events.
Visiting Monuments and Architecture Religious Places: Some travel to visit religious monuments. For example, the historic church of St Stepanos is located in the city of Jolfa, and people, whether Muslims or followers of other religions, visit it.
- How organized the trip is
In the features of religious tourism, we noted that these trips are often organized.
RELIGIOUS TOURISM IN IRAN
Iran, dating back thousands of years, holds many historical and religious monuments, and many prophets and religious elders have lived in the country, and today their tombs are a religious and religious destination for people from Iran and other countries around the world. Religion has played a very important role in the formation and development of some Iranian cities such as Mashhad, Qom, Shiraz, Qazvin, Shoush, Ardebil, Gonbad Kavous and others. About 2 prophets have been buried in Iran, including Daniel the Prophet, the Prophet Haqqiq, the Prophet Qaddari, Ishmael, Prophet Joshua, Prophet Khaled bin Sanan Abbas, the Prophet Shia, Prophet Hajji, Prophet Mordecai, Prophet Qadir, Prophet Rubil, Salam, Soheil and Alqaia pointed out.
In addition to the tombs, the tomb of the eighth Shi’ite Imam Ali ibn Musa al-Reza is located in Mashhad, making the city the religious capital of Iran. The shrine of this imam is of global value and every year millions of Muslims from all over the world travel to Mashhad for a variety of worship. The shrine of Hazrat Masoumeh, the dear sister of Imam Reza, also hosts Ahlul-Bayt lovers and is the center of Iranian religious universities and theology.
Another major religious event taking place in Iran is the Holy Quran Exhibition, coinciding with the holy month of Ramadan. This exhibition can become one of the biggest events in the Islamic world.
Iran’s religious tourism capacity for Muslims is very rich, but there are also well-known non-Islamic shrines in Iran that followers of other religions can count on for religious travel; non-Islamic religious sites include the “Check Czech” shrine in Yazd, Vanak Church In Isfahan, the “Church of the Church” in West Azerbaijan and “The Prophet Shemvil” in Saveh. Jews and adherents of Zoroastrianism can also visit sacred sites in Iran such as the Stromardkhai in Hamedan, the tomb of Cyrus in Pasargadae and temples and Zoroastrian temples in Yazd.
Iran has a rich artistic encompassing many traditional disciplines, including architecture, literature, music, calligraphy, painting and miniature, weaving (particularly rugs and carpets), pottery, metalworking and stonemasonry. There is also a vibrant Iranian modern and contemporary art scene that includes cinema, graphics design, photography, sculpture and various other form of visual arts.
A visit to Iran with ZHIVAR, promises to be an exciting adventure and a truly unforgettable experience Iran have 31 provinces and 339 cities in Iran with different kind of culture, language, nature, etiquette, history north to south and west to east of Iran has different weather and you can see many different lifestyles too.
TOURISM IN ISLAMIC COUNTRIES
The Qur’an encourages people to travel to see and learn from the past, to be grateful for the blessings of God, to know the creatures and blessings of God, to know the mystery of creation, to think about the various issues and conditions of the past. Understand the traditions of the past, travel on commerce and trade, circulate capital and the economy, and transmit culture, science, and civilization to other peoples. However, tourism is very important in the religion of Islam and has been emphasized more than other religions. For this reason, we consider religious tourism among Muslim nations.
There are many sacred and religious places around the world that belong to different religions and religions. But according to the teachings of Islam, religious tourism is more prominent among Muslims. Muslims around the world go to Mecca every year from the beginning of Islam to Mecca to observe the pilgrimage, or the Shiites and Ahl al-Bayt travel to Iran, Iraq and Syria for pilgrimage, or to other Islamic countries such as Egypt. And Yemen has mosques dating back to the early days of Islam and attracting many tourists.
CITIES OF IRAN
Before Cities of Iran:
Introducing the touristic cities of Iran and their most famous historical, natural and entertaining touristic spots. ZHIVAR also offers some of the best tour packages for each city you may want to visit during your time in Iran.
Before to explain cities of Iran, Iran’s country, as a unified nation, has existed since about 4000 BC, making it home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations. Iran is located in central Eurasia on two ancient trade routes: One runs North-South and connects the Caspian Sea to the Persian Gulf, and the other, known historically as The Silk Road, Stretches East-West between China, India, Europe and Africa.
Tehran’s various climatic condition is because of being located between the Alborz Mountains and central desert. Generally, the weather in Tehran can be described as mild and windy, with occasional showers, in the spring and autumn, hot and dry during the summer, and cold with rain and snow in the winter.
For solo travelers, Tehran’s prominent transportation system including subway, BRT and taxis makes circulating along the city easier in comparison with the highlighted cities of Shiraz and Isfahan.
Last but certainly not least, in the last two decades of the 20th century, television screens and newspaper articles around the world portrayed Tehrān as a deeply religious city steeped in tradition, fighting against modernization and Westernization. While the Iranian self-image is that of an ancient people with a long history and a rich heritage, Tehrān challenges these images, as the corporeal city is relatively young.
Isfahan is Iran’s top tourist destination for good reason. Its profusion of tree-lined boulevards, Persian gardens and important Islamic buildings gives it a visual appeal unmatched by any other Iranian city, and the many artisans working here underpin its reputation as a living museum of traditional culture. Walking through the historic bazaar, over the picturesque bridges and across the Unesco-listed central square are sure to be highlights of a holiday. As the country’s third-largest city, Isfahan is home to some heavy industry, including steel factories and a much-discussed nuclear facility in the outskirts of town. Inevitably, then, traffic jams are a regular occurrence. Despite these modern realities, the inner core of the city remains a priceless gem.
Many travellers opt to bypass Kashan on their journeys between Tehran, Esfahan and Yazd, but this delightful oasis city on the edge of the Dasht-e Kavir is one of Iran’s most alluring destinations. It not only boasts a cluster of architectural wonders, an atmospheric covered bazaar and a Unesco recognised garden, but it also offers some of central Iran’s best traditional hotels. During the Seljuk period (AD 1051–1220) Kashan became famous for its textiles, pottery and tiles, reaching high levels of accomplishment in each of these cottage industries. Currently local textile artisans are enjoying something of a renaissance of interest in their work, but mechanisation has largely led to the demise of this ancient craft. Today the town is more widely known as a major centre for the production of rose water, which is sold at outlets around the main tourist attractions and at dedicated stores in the bazaar.
Mashhad is Iran’s holiest and second-largest city. Its raison d’être and main sight is the beautiful, massive and ever-growing Haram (shrine complex) commemorating the AD 818 martyrdom of Shiite Islam’s eighth Imam, Imam Reza. The pain of Imam Reza’s death is still felt very personally well over a millennium later and more than 20 million pilgrims converge here each year to pay their respects. Witnessing their tears is a moving experience, even if you’re not Muslim yourself. Mashhad is also a good place to buy carpets, and it’s a staging post for travel to Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and the little-touristed Khorasan region. Be aware that during No Ruz and major Muslim holidays, almost all accommodation and transport will be booked out months in advance. Mashhad is not only a megacity for religious tourism (nationally and internationally), but also a major source of revenue for the government of Iran. Mashhad’s potential to become a more economically lucrative city for the halal-conscious tourist has sparked expansive development by the Islamic Republic of Iran. The government in its halalization of the city is investing money into a wide array of tourist-related establishments, including hotels, to become members of a global halal-certified business and to take advantage of the rapidly growing religious tourism industry (By contrast, at other times visiting Mashhad can prove quite a bargain.)
Iran’s second-holiest city after Mashhad, Qom (Ghom) is home to both the magnificent Hazrat-e Masumeh shrine and the hardline clerics who have ruled the country since 1979. Shiite scholars and students come from across the world to study in its madrasehs (schools) and browse in its famous religious bookshops, pilgrims pay homage at the shrine and locals are conspicuously pious. Travellers need to be mindful of the city’s religious nature when visiting and dress conservatively. Discreet behaviour is particularly appreciated around the Hazrat-e Masumeh shrine. Qom is one of Iran’s fastest-growing cities (the population has doubled since the revolution) and the outskirts are being transformed by a sprawl of apartment blocks. While the new infrastructure is rather unattractive, the population growth has at least brought new life to the old centre.
Other things that distinguish religious tourism from other trips are the types of services offered to travelers. Depending on the social, cultural and ideological context of the tourists and the host city, the accommodation and catering facilities have their own characteristics.
Why Travel to Iran?
In all parts of the site, the reasons for traveling to Iran are stated separately as well as, the introducing Iran and the reasons for traveling to Iran is clear In short, Iran is beautiful. It has so much tourism potential that is missed often due to its political situation and only tourists who have visited the country know about the livelihood and the beauty of our country. The misconceptions and accusations made towards our lovely country almost always vanish the second tourists arrive and start their travel experience. The people of Iran are very pleasant with tourists and are often overly excited when they encounter a tourist up close. We are very friendly and accepting towards foreign cultures, and a lot of literature and foreign studies students in Iran are highly familiar with the culture and language of Japan, China and Korea. They almost always welcome any opportunity to meet with foreign people and make friends for life. There are so many mesmerizing famous natural and historical spots to visit in the country, especially in cities like Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, Yazd, Kish and Qeshm. You can look up the touristic spots of Iran with a simple Google search.
Why Choose Iran for Halal Tourism?
The tourism potential of our beautiful country Iran is truly unlimited. Natural to historical and cultural touristic sights, great cuisine and unlimited hospitality of our kind people has made Iran a great country to visit during your holidays. But Iran is also a highly suitable destination for Halal tourism.
The official religion of Iran is Islam and most of the population of the country are Muslims. Because of this, all of the entertainment facilities, restaurants and cafes in Iran are compatible with Halal and Muslim lifestyle. In Iran, Muslims can be sure their beliefs and traditions are respected at every location and they can enjoy their trip comfortably and without any worries.
Among the top destinations for international tourists to Iran are religious cities of Mashhad, Qom, Shiraz and capital Tehran. In terms of religious tourism,Iran enjoys an enormous potential. It has 8,000 sacred sites and pilgrimage places, around 4,400 of them have been registered.
While Iran is investing heavily in making Mashhad a destination for the halal global religious tourist, it is also striving to be the second largest Muslim pilgrimage destination for the Shi`is in the world (after Mecca). At the moment, Iran can easily attract Shi`i pilgrimages into a country deemed safe when compared to other Shi`i tourist destinations such as Syria and Iraq.
What to Wear ?
Wear hijab is one of the most important aspects of the introducing Iran Most of the population of Iran are Muslims, and the official religion of Iran is Islam, so you have to wear a Hijab if you are a woman. But don’t worry, it’s not as strict or difficult as you might imagine. Here in Iran, we cover our heads with beautiful colorful scarfs, available for every budget or taste, in every color, size or material. You can mix and match the items in your wardrobe to create a fashionable look that is appropriate to wear in Iran. Many of the women tourists try wearing leggings with skirt and a long shirt, and they always seem to enjoy the difference of culture and clothing. Men do not need to cover their arms or feet, however it is more appropriate to wear long pants instead of shorts, even in the summer.
Do not forget to visit the big luxury shopping malls in Tehran, as they are one of the biggest most populated entertainment centers in the capital. For foreigners, these malls are usually extremely affordable and we promise you a good time visiting some of the famous malls in Tehran: Palladium (located just next to our headquarters), Megamall, Opal, Tirazhe, Tehranmall, etc.
What to Eat in Iranian halal foods?
Eating is one of the most interesting aspects of introducing Iran
If there is one thing to do in this place, that’s trying different restaurants and cafes. We spend a lot of our free times in cafes and restaurants with our friends and companions, trying different Cesar salads for a change! You may want to go the other way, towards the traditional food of Iran, which is said to be very delicious and mouthwatering by a lot of the tourists. Try Ash, Halim, Kebab and Latife, which is a type of pastry made with whipped cream. Every city in Iran has a set of special foods of its own. From dinner to dessert, don’t forget to try the special food of every city, as that is a must while visiting Iran. In Iran, we live for quality food and sweets, so be careful not to miss out.
Our services include but are not limited to:
Includes a variety of different packages, different tour types, with different durations and based on different budgets and tastes.
Includes airport, city and outside of city transportation.
Includes introducing various shopping malls in big cities of Iran.
Leaders and Translators:
Includes providing the most professional tourist leaders and interpreters based on your personal schedule.
Restaurants and Cafes:
Includes introducing some of the best eating and drinking spots and the most popular cafes and restaurants from all over the country.
Booking the best flight option available based on your personal schedule and budget.
Photography and Filming:
Includes professional photography of you and your loved ones during your time in Iran. We make your memories eternal.
Providing rental options for transportation in and outside the city during your travel time.
Introducing the hotel options in each city, and booking rooms based on your personal preferences.
Providing one of the most crucial steps of traveling abroad: Exchanging your currency.
Introducing one of our hugest branch of tourism and its services.
Business and Commerce :
We offer services for those who seek a special market of goods in Iran and are looking for affordable and high quality raw material. Those who are after exportation or are looking for a spot in the next business international fair can also benefit from our services. There is also a unique opportunity for those who are after visiting mines, factories or small business for later interest or profit.
Here in Zhivar Traveler Service, we welcome you whole heartedly, you can contact on us for a fabulous trip! Happy VISITING IRAN !