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Naqsh-e Jahan Square

Photo of the week : #1 Naqsh-e Jahan Square

It’s been two weeks into our backpacking trip and we are just loving it! Iran has been just great, more so, because of the lovely, lovely people here.

Starting from today, we’ve decided to add at least one photo which inspired us during the week to our blog along with a short story. So, here we start our photo series with our most favorite place in Iran – Isfahan.

Naqsh-e Jahan Square
Naqsh-e Jahan Square

The Persian proverb “Esfahān nesf-e jahān ast” which means Isfahan is half of the world is true in every sense with its beautiful palaces, majestic mosques, amazing boulevards and pretty bridges. We went to Naqsh-e Jahan (image of the world) square (it is one of the biggest squares in the world) early in the morning at around 7:30 AM and is the best time to enjoy all the beauty it offers before it gets too busy with the crowd. We had a meditative experience being in the middle of the huge square listening to the prayers.

This is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites and was a important stop along the silk road. This square houses important buildings from the Safavid era on all sides. The Shah Mosque, Ali Qapu Palace, Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque and Qaseiraiyah along with the historical bazaar of the silk road times showcase Islamic architecture at its best.

16 thoughts to “Photo of the week : #1 Naqsh-e Jahan Square”

  1. Looks like an excellent start to the trip in Iran! Here is wishing you guys more sightings of ‘Naqsh-e Jahan’s!

        1. Even i agree with you Jayz. You guys should come up with a book, writing both the perspectives of Vijay &Gayathri. Infact readers will get a double fun, sometimes reading extremely two different feelings.

          1. Hey Sankar,
            Haha.. You are right. Me and Vijay have totally different view points often πŸ˜‰
            We’ll work towards a book. For now it sounds so big! πŸ™‚

        2. Hey Jayz
          Now that would be a big task but thinking about it, yeah, why not! We’ll keep it in our mind and try to work towards the idea.
          Thanks πŸ™‚

  2. Subhan Allah! What a lovely place this is! Sure you people had a great time in Iran. The picture in About us is of St, Mont Michel right? I wish to do France next year and will look for some budgeting tips from you people. Keep enjoying!!

    1. Hi Sudhir
      Yeah, Isfahan was truly one of the most beautiful places we have seen so far. Pleaseat plan to visit Iran πŸ™‚
      And you are right! Its Le Mont St Michel in Normandy region of France. Sure, ask us when you decide to go there.

  3. I have always fancied visiting Iran watching those beautiful movies that come from Iran during film festivals. Happy to read this new thread. You should catch up 100 strangers project & i would like you to share a picture from each day of your trip. I have become so much interested in your trip that i check your blog everyday to see if there is any update from you guys. Wish you wonderful days in Turkey.

    1. Hi Sankar
      Thanks for the kind words. Iran is a beautiful country and the people here are the best. You should plan to travel to Iran and use couchsurfing.
      Yeah I’ve met so many wowonderful people and I plan to update my Strangers project. Please like our facebook page to get more regular updates.
      We had limited access to internet and social network websites. Hence the delay in updating the blog.
      Thanks again for the good wishes. πŸ™‚

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