Gulistan is a persian word meaning "rose garden". One could say that is the land of roses. Iran's public and private gardens are covered with trees, roses and other flowers. It is important, it is an image of happiness, the perfect place, the paradise as described in the Qur'an. A garden is an oasis of well-being in contrast to the arid desert environment.
Roses are everywhere in Iran, in gardens, homes, kitchens.
Iran is not associated with flowers in the western media, but religious fanaticism, retrograde koranic laws (death penalty stoning), aggressiveness of its leaders to some countries such as Israel and the USA. Western newspapers and TVs, for almost forty years (since the 1979’s islamic revolution), shaping an image of Iran very dark, where masses of aggressive people, including women in their black chador, roam the dusty streets at constant religious events, shouting and railing. A people who would seek to obtain the atomic bomb to launch on its neighbours ...
But a few travellers who have ventured into Iran the last years came back with different comments: a friendly, quiet and xenophile Iranian people, welcoming foreigners in the streets, inviting them to drink tea or eat something at home.
A country with ancient history everywhere, in the bazaars (the most beautiful in the east), mosques covered with mosaics, palaces, museums, villages in adobe, towers of wind, underground channels for bringing freshwater from mountains to cities.
My curiosity was excited by these testimonials so I wanted to see by myself. I confirm.
Most Iranians are friendly, eager to communicate and prove they are as nice as any other people. In Iran you get lot of friends simply walking down the street.
I created this site to share the pleasure of discovering this country travelling for a month in 2010 and later in spring 2014).