Introducing Tehran to Gorgan
The road to Manzadaran from Tehran winds over stunning Alborz mountain terrain and is well worth the journey in itself, but has some treacherous switchbacks.
The gateway to the northern province is the sprawling city of Sari, famous for a cluster of three 15th-century tomb towers: the Imamzadeh-ye Yahya, the Imamzadeh-ye Abbas and the Borj-e Soltan Zein-ol Abedin. Keep an eye out for the Khaneh Kholbadi, a restored 18th-century mansion with fabulous coloured windows that scatter light across a glamorous interior.
Sari’s finest hotel is the Hotel Badeleh. Also good is Hotel Asram.
Sari has three flights a week to Mashhad (US$48). A better option is to explore the wonderful landscape of the Alborz by taking the train from Tehran (four departures daily). Trains also continue to Gorgan.