– 2014 Getting away to Middle East Dubai Iran 1 Month Trip
I forgot why I came here, maybe it was because it was near to Sanandaj. There are 2 spots that worth going: Taq e Bustan and Bisotun. They could reach by bus and mini bus respectively. We asked the people how to get to there, people are all nice to tell us and let us know when to get off.
One thing worth mentioning is that as Kermanshah and Sanandaj are both small cities and not touristic, usually the hotel/motel needs extra charge for show. As a budget traveler, I skipped showering. Moreover, as girls need to wear hijab, even your hair is oily and scruffy it does not matter. If want to know more about accommodation in Iran, please see my another entry: Clothing, Food, Living and Transportation of Iran
Taq e Bustan is not quite worth for the price of the ticket. Price was IRR$150,000 and there was only a few things to see. Luckily we pleaded to have buy 1 get 1 free ticket. There were only two carved holes and one lake. It will be nice to have picnic there, but not for winter season. I did not get insight into Persian history, so I will skipped that here.
Taq e Bustan, we came here for those 2 carving holes
Closer up, there is light shining on the carvings at night
You can barely see tourists in Kermanshah . All people were curious about us. There were also bread making machine here but this one is a lot more advanced than the one we saw in Sanandaj. Only one person was needed at the end to ensure the bread produced are not stumbled during the process.
Automatic bread machine
We also strolled around the bazaar here. There is a trolley selling the hot white carrot. With some salt sprinkling on top, it was quite nice.
The second day we went to another ruin Bisotun (IRR$150,000). This was much bigger than Taq e Bustan. But the most important carve we could not see it in a close distance. We only could see it from far away place (Basically we could not see it as it was very high.). Overall Bisotun was bigger and more things to see. The scenery was also great.
Taking a mini bus to Bisotun, yes again, we needed to wait until the mini bus is fulled
Carving on the mountain, they were some alphabets and wordings
Caravansary in Bisotun
On the top of it, got drive out by guard after a short while
The most important carving - The relief and inscription of the Darius. It was really high, we can barely see it...
Basically in Kermanshah all we saw in the ruins were carvings, not really special. But in here we met a 'star'. When we were eating in a restaurant, there was a middle aged big tummy man approached us. He gripped us for a photo and requested to create a short film with him. He also showed us his 'music video'. While shooting the short film he wanted us to say hi at the start and watched his music video on his mobile and we needed to praise it. He was not nice to his assistant, we could know it from his attitude.
Star with his own music video, the one behind was his assistant
All things here were not very remarkable but it is still a good memory. Meeting someone you don't know is a destiny. At that time, at that place and that person, yes, this is the meaning of travel.
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Dubai (1 day)-> Sharjah (Where the ferry was) -> 1. Bandar Abbas (1 day) -> 2. Kerman (1 day) -> 3. Bam (0.5 day) -> Kerman (1 day) -> 4. Yazd (2.5 days)-> 5. Kashan (Abyaneh , Maranjab) (3 days) -> 6. Tehran (2 days) -> 7. Sanandaj (Palangan) (2 days)-> 8. Kermanshah (2 days) -> 9. Isfahan (3 days) -> 10. Shiraz (3 days) -> 11. Bandar Abbas (2 days) -> Sharjah (Where we took the ferry)-> Dubai (0.5 day)