The largest field in Iran and home to Iranian skiing, Dizin Resort has more lifts than Shemshak but the runs aren’t as difficult. Still, with a vertical drop of about 900m it should appeal to anyone feeling the need for speed. With base camp at about 2700m and the upper slopes about 3500m, skiing is usually possible from December until April.
Holy Shrine of Imam Khomeini
When future generations look back, the early years of the Islamic Republic will be remembered as a time of great endeavour on the building front. This, the resting place of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (known as His Holiness Imam Khomeini in death), is the grandest of those endeavours.
Shaped like Mt Fuji, Mt Damavand (5671m), northeast of Tehran, is the highest mountain in the Middle East. Damavand has many mythological tales associated with it but in reality it is a dormant volcano that still belches out sulphuric fumes strong enough to kill unfortunate stray sheep.