Top things to do in Central Khorasan

Top Choice Teahouse in Central Khorasan

Lankadeh Padideh

A blanket ban has pushed qalyan-smoking out of Mashhad, but in Shandiz you can still relax puffing on water pipes at various upmarket teahouses. While not recommended for its limited food, castle-styled Lankadeh Pad…
Monument in Radkan

Radkan Tower

This conically spired 25m brick tower has baffled visitors for centuries. Was it a tomb? A coronation spot? According to Iranian archaeo-astronomer Manoochehr Arian (www.jamejamshid.com), it was actually a highly so…
Tower in Kalat

Khorshid Palace

Nader Shah’s 'Khorshid Palace' isn't really a palace at all but a distinctively fluted, circular tomb-tower, on an octagonal base set in manicured lawns. (The name Khorshid (literally ‘sun’) refers to one of Nader’s…
Mausoleum in Neishabur

Attar Tomb

Small but lavishly tiled, the octagonal tomb tower of Sufi poet Sheikh Attar (1145–1220) sits in a very pretty garden that's a popular destination for horse-and-carriage rides from Omar Khayyam's tomb complex. The s…
Historic Building in Neishabur

Shah Abbas Caravanserai

Directly west of Khayyam Sq, the city centre's most interesting feature is this restored caravanserai, which incorporates into its arched niches a series of interesting mini shops selling turquoise, crafts and music…
Viewpoint in Kang

Kang Viewpoint

Kang's foremost sight is the village itself, especially when seen from the southeast. Probably the best viewpoint to appreciate the vertically piled houses is from a little area of walnut orchard just off the unpave…
Iranian in Central Khorasan

Bagh-e Salar

Fashioned like a palatial caravanserai – complete with stalactite-vaulted iwan – this is one of the most indulgently upmarket restaurants in Shandiz for tasting succulent shisklik (skewers of large, barbecued lamb-r…
Tomb in Tus

Ferdosi Mausoleum

Domestic tourists flock from miles around to see the mausoleum of Abulqasim Ferdosi (c 940–1020), the great 11th-century poet credited with preserving Persian as a literary form during the era of Arab control. Set i…
Picnic Area in Neishabur

Dehkadeh Chubi

If you're visiting Neishabur by car, a gently amusing side trip is the 10km excursion east of Omar Khayyam's tomb to this little fantasy hamlet with its handful of eccentric shingle-roofed, timber and adobe building…
Mausoleum in Tus

Harooniyeh

Experts still debate the purpose of this massive, brick-domed 14th-century building, which looks especially impressive when floodlit at dusk. The most popular theory is that it was the mausoleum of Sufi philosopher …