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Qazvin Travel Guide

Qazvin Travel Guide

Qazvin has an area of approximately 15,820 square kilometers and accounts for almost 1 percent of the total area of Iran. This city is one of the historic cities of Iran with a diverse ethnic composition.
Qazvin Travel Guide

Qazvin city in west of Iran

Qazvin province with an area of 15,820 square kilometers is among the central province of Iran between 48 degrees 44 minutes to 50 degrees and 48 minutes north of the equator. This province is restricted from the north to  Gilan and Mazandaran, west to Zanjan and Hamedan, from the south to Markazi and from the east to Tehran.. Due to its high altitude and average rainfall in the temperate of the country, this province is located on the southern slope of Alborz Mountains. The highest mountains of the province are "Siahlan", with a maximum height of 4175 meters above sea level. The central and eastern boundary of the province is a plain whose slope extends from northwest to south east and at the lowest point is about 1130 meters. Its minimum height is in the northwest and in the lower part of Tarom and the banks of the White River Lake with a height of 300 meters above sea level. According to the latest state of the country's divisions, by the end of 2011, the province of Qazvin has six counties) in 25 cities, 19 sections, and 46 villages. The history of the Qazvin dates back to the time of the Medes in the 9th century BC. At that time, the southern and southwestern mountainous region of Qazvin was part of the Median realm, which was always inhabited by tribes, including the Assyrian tribes and Kassites. The results of the study obtained from the south of Qazvin plain in the Bu'in Zahra section shows that there were some habitat in this area in the 4th and 5th millennium BC. The original building of Qazvin is attributed to Shapur. Shapur built the city of Qazvin to prevent invasions. He set up fortifications and made his army stronger there. Over time, the Shapur military base was developed and the core of Qazvin was created. The location of this city has always been important as a major crossroads of Tabarestan and the Caspian Sea. After the Arab invasion of Iran and the beginning of the Islamic conquests, Ibn al-Asab surrounded Qazvin with the famous Arab commanders in the 644. In the Islamic period, Qazvin also became the base and source for the next Arab. In 807, "Aaron al-Rashid" came to Qazvin and started to develop the city and build a mosque in the area around it.

Climate of Qazvin

The semi-arid climate is the largest climatic zone of the central plain of Qazvin and the cities of Abak and Takestan. With reaching the highlands in the northern parts of these cities as well as the Kohin. The driest region of the province is the Bouyin Zahra region and its surrounding areas in the east and south, with a dry, cold climate. Meanwhile, in temperate regions of the Avej, dominant wetlands are semi-humid. The average annual precipitation in the province ranges from 210 mm in the eastern parts to more than 550 mm at northeast elevations. The most plentiful areas of the province are the northeast slopes in the Alamut area with a rainfall of more than 550 mm, which can be observed in lower northern areas of Qazvin.  

What is Qazvin souvenir?

Qazvin province is one of the most beautiful and fascinating provinces of Iran. With its delicious and famous traditional pastries, its beauty has doubled. In the rest of this article, we try to introduce the traditional handicrafts of this province. Paderazi, Nokhodchi,  baklava, Nan Charkhi, Nan Badami, Nan Nazok, are among the important and traditional pastries of Qazvin.


Qazvin travel guide

Paderazi from Qazvin

Paderazi is among the most delicious sweets of Qazvin that has a wonderful taste. The main ingredients of this cookie are ginger powder, rice flour, egg, milk, smooth liqueur, saffron, sesame, sugar powder, wheat flour and vanilla. If you travel to Qazvin, I suggest you try this delicious pastry with tea. Because you will be delighted with the taste and aroma of it.


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Nokhodchi from Qazvin

Another delicious sweets from Qazvin is Nakhodchi that is unique in its taste. Nakhodchi Bread is soft and small, and has a lot of lovers. To prepare this delicious sweetie, you need white flour, solid oil, chickpea flour, pistachio slices, sugar powder, cardamom powder and egg yolk. Nokhodchi is cooked in some other provinces of the country, but Nokhodchi in Qazvin is unique in its kind.

Nan Charkhi

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Nan Charkhi from Qazvin

Nan Charkhi is another traditional sweets from Qazvin province, and the people of Qazvin have chosen the name of “Charkhi” for a reason.  After mixing the raw materials, they sink it into the meat grinder to make it ready. Nan Charkhi is made from powdered milk, solid oil, rice flour, white flour, egg, yogurt, pistachio powder, baking powder and cardamom powder. Nan Charkhi can be stored for a long time after being processed.

Nan Berenji

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Nan Berenji from Qazvin

One of the delicious sweets in Qazvin province is Nan Berenji. For the cooking of this sweet, you need to use the mixture of powdered sugar, rose water, eggs, solid oil, and rice flour.

Nan Badami

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Nan Badami from Qazvin

Nan Badami is one of the traditional and famous sweets of Qazvin, which is very tasty and attractive. Qazvini Bakeries use the mixture of ingredients such as flour, cardamom powder, solid oil, sugar powder, almond powder and pistachio powder to prepare this sweet.

Nan Nazok

Thin bread (thin slices) is one of the traditional pastries in Qazvin province, which is very tasty. Bakeries use sugar, powdered walnuts, eggs, vanilla, white flour, saffron, solid oil, yogurt, melted butter, salt, baking powder, sour milk powder, pistachio powder and sesame to make this sweet.

Cake Sharbati

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Cake Sharbati from Qazvin

This cake, which is very tasty, is in the list of traditional pastries of Qazvin province. After cooking sponge cake, bakers of Qazvin add saffron to produce Cake Sharbati. Tourists usually buy this delicious souvenir  for their relatives.


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Baklava from Qazvin

Baklava is created in different forms in Qazvin province. This delicious sweet is unique in its kind and it's very nice. Undoubtedly Baklava is considered one of the most expensive traditional sweets in Qazvin. In the final days of March, the sweet and fragrant aroma of Baklava that is eaten raises from the houses of the people of this city and refreshes the soul of people. In the preparation of it, you need to use milk, flour, sugar, almonds, pistachios, cardamom powder, saffron, and egg. People who travel to Qazvin take this sweet for themselves and relatives as souvenirs.


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Atabaki from Qazvin

Other traditional pastries in Qazvin province include Atabaki, which has a high reputation. The hospitable people of Qazvin province combine this delicious flavor of rice flour, cardamom powder, solid oil, sugar powder and egg to make Atabaki. The sweetness of Atabaki is low, which adds to its charm and delicacy. People usually eat them in some special occasions among other sweets in Qazvin.

Nan Qandi

Nan Qandi is one of the sweets that almost all people in Iran love to taste and enjoy it with tea. Housewives make sweets in their homes in the final days of the year, and delightfully distribute it among all the people in their neighborhood. In the preparation of Nan Qandi, the combination of powdered sugar, cardamom powder, flour, solid oil, and baking powder are used.

Nan Chayi

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Nan Chayi from Qazvin

Nan Chayi is one of the most famous sweets in Qazvin. This sweet is cooked and baked with or without butter. The ones that are made with butter must be eaten right after it is made. Otherwise, it will dry up and become stale. In order to make Nan Chayi, Professional bakers of Qazvin use butter, eggs, flour, sugar, yogurt, baking powder, saffron, sesame, and oil. Travelers arriving in Qazvin province will surely buy this souvenir from this pastry for themselves and their acquaintances.

Handicrafts in Qazvin

Qazvin province, like other provinces of Iran, has its own handicrafts that foreign and Iranian tourists buy for themselves and their relatives. Carpets weaving,  cloth weaving,  “Pans weaving, wool weaving, embroidered mittens, embroidered gowns and embroidery are from crafts in Qazvin.

Kilim weaving

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Kilim weaving from Qazvin

Kilim weaving is one of the industries that the people of Qazvin are active in. The people of Roodbar Alamut, Ardagh, and Zia Abad are among the areas where they are involved in Kilim weaving.

Jajim Weaving

Jajim weaving is one of the handicrafts of Qazvin. There is a great historical background behind this handicraft. You can find Jajim weaving in most villages of Qazvin.

Giveh Making

The people of Takestan and Qazvin are active in this industry. The sole of the Giveh in Qazvin is made of leather and plastic, and this is different in some part of this country with others.

Traditional foods of Qazvin

Qazvin province is one of the oldest provinces in Iran. The traditional cuisine and food of this province are famous and have a good reputation not only throughout Iran, but also in other countries

Gheimeh Nasar

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Gheimeh Nasar from Qazvin

Gheimeh Nasar is one of the most popular and, at the same time, the most famous traditional food of Qazvin. Nearly all the tourists that enter the province taste this delicious food. The food is most often served by the host when it comes to organizing big family parties, and celebrations. The people of Qazvin use rice, lobster, orange slices, onions, saffron, barberry, almond slices, pistachio sprouts, tomato paste and some delicious, seasoned spices to prepare this meal. They usually serve this meal with vegetable and yogurt. We recommend that you try this unique native dish while enjoying this wonderful city and its wonderful taste.

Kuku Shirin

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Kuku Shirin from Qazvin

Another native food of Qazvin province that is full of spices and fragrant flavors is known as Kuku shirin. People in this province usually eat Kuku Shirin with other foods. People in Qazvin are using potato, saffron, egg, yogurt, oil, cardamom powder, flour, sugar and rose water to prepare this delicious food.


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Doymaj from Qazvin

Doymaj is one of the traditional foods of Qazvin province, which is often cooked in the hot summer season. This is an interesting snack, with a mix of pieces of bread, cheese, cucumber, walnuts, hot onions, and, if desired, watermelon. There are some Interesting points about this traditional dish that can be mentioned here. People of Qazvin usually eat this delicious food with their hands, and they usually shape it with their fingers. Of course, some others are using the glasses to form this meal.

Ash-e doogh

Ash-e doogh is one of the traditional and unique meals of Qazvin province. This meal is considered as the traditional and native food of this province. In fact, Ash-e doogh is one of the easiest meals that any Iranian housewives can make. The taste of pistachio along with meat is great and lovely. People in Qazvin province do not have much obsession with the choice of raw materials in preparing this traditional food. They often use such substances as chickpea, lentils, rice, asparagus, hawthorn, hot onion, and mint to prepare this meal. Of course, due to the different tastes, they may add or deduct some of the ingredients. They usually cook Ash-e doogh and after that, they add meat ball to it. We recommend that you try Ash-e doogh if you want to travel to Qazvin province, and enjoy this wonderful and gourmet lunch.

Ash-e Mash Piaz

Ash-e Mash Piazo is another type of traditional dish in Qazvin. Despite all the varieties made around the world The people of Qazvin do not use vegetables to cook this delicious meal, The main primary ingredients in the preparation of Ash-e Mash Piazo are rice, lentils, cabbage, meat, onions, cinnamon, pistachio, salt and pepper.  

Qazvin Hotels

Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel of Qazvin is located on the east of Peygambria Street and in the western part of the Safavid Citadel of Qazvin. This building was constructed by Shahram Parsi, around 1299-1300. This hotel has been listed in the National monument of Iran since 2005. Since it is surrounded by metallic walls, perhaps less tourists notice the presence of the first Iranian hotel on this street. There were many caravansaries in the early days of the Naseri rule, some of which were located in Mozaffari street. When the Qajar king went to the west, he brought back some gift with him including the hotel.  The first Grand Hotel was constructed in Qazvin, after that they built the second Grand Hotel in Bandar Anzali, Tehran and Qom.

Behrozi House

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Behrozi House in Qazvin

Features: refrigerator, TV, suites, toilets, parking, chapel, lobby, coffee shop, internet in the lobby Description: Room rates for foreign travelers are calculated in Dollars. Children under 3 years of age are free. Internet is free. Use of parking is not free for more than one night.

Alborz Hotel

Alborz Hotel of Qazvin began its activities in 1976. This hotel was renovated in 2016 with the aim of welcoming its guests and equipping the accommodation units with modern facilities. The Alborz Hotel has three floors with 38 rooms. Being in the center of the city, this hotel provides easy access to shopping malls and other streets for guests. It should be noted that the hotel does not have a lift. Refrigerator, TV, Suite, Restaurant, Internet, , room Service, Parking,  Lobby, Satellite, Coffee Shop, Internet in lobby are among the features of this hotel.

Qazvin Shopping Centers

Narvan Mall

Narvan Mall, which consists of four floors, is one of the largest and most popular shopping centers in Qazvin. In addition to the colorful shops, this place also has a nice restaurant that you can try delicious dishes. When shopping at this shopping center, you do not need to worry about replacing your car park, because the shopping center is equipped with a free parking lot.

Iranian Shopping Center

This is one of the best shopping centers in Qazvin, which offers the goods with the right prices.

Commercial and administrative complex

Commercial and administrative complex of Dariush has 36 commercial units and 24 administrative units. The restaurant, the most equipped kitchen and parking facilities are the advantages of this complex.

Ferdowsi Commercial Complex

This complex that is located in one of the best commercial areas of Qazvin, is a twelve-story complex with 5 floors of administrative and 3 commercial floors and one floor for fast food. This shopping center is equipped with a 3-storey parking lot.