"Home of Imam Reza" Mashhad by kiwigeo
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The Holy Shrine of Imam Reza (8th grandson of Mohammad) is the major Shiite pilgrimage site in Iran. Mashad also houses the greatest density of hotels in the country so getting accommodation should not prove to be too difficult, though flights are always heavily booked. For most non-muslims the significance of the Holy Shrine is lost and the most spectacular part (the tomb) is not open to non-muslims, but the complex may be visited (without cameras). Aside from this there is very little to see in Mashad, but if you venture a little further away some very interesting places can be seen.
What I would suggest is to hire a taxi for the day and set off for Ferdowsi, have lunch in Shandiz and then walk around Torgabeh in the afternoon (see my travel tips below). You could spend a day at the Holy Shrine and wandering around town, but for most people a 2 day visit to Mashad could not be justified.
- Pros:The finest lamb chops in all of Iran
- Cons:Too many pilgrims
- In a nutshell:Get out of the city to the country side.
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