Politics has played a big role in where Iran stands today on a global scale. It has caused the media to portray Iran as an unsafe country full of religious fanatics. Politics has also contributed to tourist fears of traveling to this country. Beyond the stereotypes is a country desperate to been seen for what it is.
“If travel is most rewarding when it surprises, then Iran might just be the most rewarding destination on Earth. If you fancy traveling somewhere neither East nor West, and exotic and fascinating yet perfectly comfortable” (lonely-planet)
Iranians are endlessly welcoming. If you are going to visit Iran, it is much likely that you are being invited to But if you’re open to the idea, you probably will be, and through it experience the ancient and sophisticated Iranian culture first-hand. It’s these experiences that will live longest in the memory.
There’s a lot to see from the years when Persia was a great world power. Traveling to Iran is not only about knowing the past but getting to know a nation who is thriving for the brighter future. Once, Persia was a cradle of science, contributing to medicine, mathematics, science, and philosophy. Trying to revive the golden time of Persian science, Iran’s young generation of scientists now are cautiously reaching out to the world.
According to the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), Iran increased its academic publishing output nearly tenfold from 1996 to 2004, and has been ranked first globally in terms of output growth rate and 17th in terms of science production in the world in 2012 above Switzerland and Turkey. Women have been the major player of this scientific revival as they constitute more than 60 percent of graduate students in Iran.