Province is one of the 31 provinces of Iran. It lies along the Caspian
Sea, just west of the province of Mazandaran, east of the province of
Ardabil, north of the provinces of Zanjan and Qazvin. The northern part
of the province is part of territory of South (Iranian) Talesh. At the
center of the province is the main city of Rasht. Other towns in the
province include Astara, Astaneh-e Ashrafiyyeh, Fuman, Lahijan, Langrud,
Masooleh, Manjil, Rudbar, Roudsar, Shaft, Talesh, and Soumahe Sara.The main harbor port of the province is Bandar-e Anzali (previously Bandar-e Pahlavi).The
first recorded encounter between Gilak and Deylamite warlords and
invading Muslim Arab armies was at the Battle of Jalula in 637 AD.
Deylamite commander Muta led an army of Gils, Deylamites, Azerbaijanis
and people of the Rey region. Muta was killed in the battle and his
defeated army managed to retreat in an orderly manner.
The historical town of Masouleh, having an attractive nature and a
wonderful architecture with an antiquity of more than 1000 years, is
situated at a distance of 35 km from Fooman and 60 km from Rasht, and
1050 m. above the Caspian Sea. Masouleh is registered as historical
towns in the historical & cultural heritage register under the
number 1090.This beautiful complex, remained from history with traditions, manners
and customs, handicrafts, and many natural and historical sites, is the
host of thousands of eager guests and travelers every year.Masouleh is a small village in north of Iran. It's near Fuman. It's a
village in the foot of mountain and therefore it has an amazing
structure and architecture. Homes are above each other and roof of each
house is the yard or walk area for the people in upstairs. This feature
has made it a favorite place for tourists to visit.
You can also see nice old wooden windows and doors in this village.
Masouleh has a nice bazaar and you can buy women handicrafts, special
sweets etc. You can try local dresses and take nice pictures.There is also a very small hotel in Masouleh. But It's better you stay
in Fuman or Rasht. Otherwise you can stay in local homes in Masouleh and
rent a room in a beautiful home for one or more nights with food.
Latoun Fall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iran. The fall is located in Lavandevil City which is in Astara County.The approximate height of the waterfall is 105 meters and that's why this fall is the highest fall in Gilan Province and Iran.
There are different ways to get to the fall, all of them bypass
beautiful forests and hills, which have plenty of water springs along
the way to be seen.
The waterfall is visible from 500 meters away.
This castle is constructed smartly on top of two peaks on a mountain
which are 715m and 670m tall. This medieval castle covers an area of
50000 sq m and is situated 25 km from Foman city. Rudkhan Castle is one
of the most splendidly preserved castles. All the 42 towers of the
castle still stand intact with all their glory. The castle is believed
to be built in the Sejluk dynasty. The most stunning attraction of the
castle apart from its surroundings is the main entrance gate.
The Heyran Tourist Region
The Heyran Tourist Region is situated 30 kilometers west of Astara in
Gilan Province and consists of three villages: the Lower Heyran, the
Middle Heyran, and the Upper Heyran.The Heyran Pass is one of the most important tourist attractions of
these villages and is located on the road connecting Astara to Ardabil.
It faces the forest-covered mountains on the one side and a valley on
the other side where the Aghchai River flows and forms the border
between Gilan Province and the Republic of Azerbaijan.This Pass is covered by fog most of the time although it is not of
very great height (the highest point is about 1500 meters above sea
level). The main reason for this permanent fog cover is the moisture
coming from the Caspian Sea.
Half of the forests and the pastures in this region belong to Iran and the other half to the Republic of Azerbaijan.This region has recreational and tourist facilities. The cable cars at
the beautiful Heyran Pass, on the road from Ardabil to Astara and on
the borders between Ardabil and Gilan Provinces and the Republic of
Azerbaijan, are one of the unique facilities in this region. The cable
cars travel a distance of 1500 meters and stop at the Fandoglu Forest.
The Heyran Tourist Region