Hamedan province is one of the most beautiful western provinces of the country, which, like other provinces of Iran, has many tourist attractions and accommodates all kinds of tastes.
Hamedan is considered as the capital of Iranian history and civilization. The capital of this province is the city of Hamadan, which was built in the Median era and was known as Hegmataneh at that time. Hegmataneh was the glorious capital of Persia. Other major cities in the province include Malayer, Nahavand and Tuyserkan. Hamedan is located in a mountainous region.
Hamedan on map
Top attractions in Hamedan
Alisadr Cave, the longest water cave in the world, is one of the most exciting motives for tourists to visit Hamedan. The wonderful cave of Alisadr is one of the few water caves and is said to have the longest cruising route in the world.
This cave is about 75 kilometers northwest of Hamedan, and if you want to go there, you should visit Alisadr village in Kabudarang city. Tourists will be given a boat to visit the cave.
The temperature inside the cave is constant and is always 20 degrees Celsius. It is interesting to know that since 50 years ago, the entrance of the cave was very narrow (about 50 cm long and) no one except the highly skilled climbers could enter it, but at that time the locals had come with the help of a professional team, dilated the entrance, and now it is 3 meters long. Most people traveling to Hamedan list the sightseeing of Alisadr as their top priority.
Avicenna Mausoleum (Aramgah-e Ebn-e Sina) is a historical tourist attraction in Hamedan. It is the tomb of the renowned Iranian physician and philosopher, Sheikh al-Rais Bu Ali Sina, or as known in the west, Avicenna. This monument is built in two styles, post-Islamic Iran and ancient Iran.
Examples of ancient Greece and Egypt also inspire the architecture of this building. The exterior part of the tomb features a beautiful fountain with traditional ponds and greenery inspired by Iranian gardens. In the north hall, you can find an exquisite collection of manuscripts and works by Bu Ali Sina, while the south hall of the tomb is a museum with stonewares and artifacts belonging to the ancient times. This magnificent mausoleum was built in the Qajar era.
Baba Taher Oryan Tomb is another tourist attraction in Hamedan, located in a rectangular, lush green field in the northwest of the city. Baba Taher was a great poet and mystic in the 11th century. The beautiful octagonal and turquoise dome of this tomb was built nearly 60 years ago and is an artistic blend of historical and modern architecture.
When you go to this place, you can see the beautiful poems written on different parts of the tomb. Next to the monument is the museum of Handicrafts of Hamedan Province, which should not be missed.
Hamedan Ganjnameh Recreational, Tourist and Sports Complex is located 5 kilometers west of Hamadan and Alvand mountains. The pleasant climate of the hills, beautiful Alvand valley and the spectacular landscape of Mishan plain create a charm that attracts both domestic and foreign tourists. The complex contains several attractions that require a full day to visit them all.
This recreational village projects started 20 years ago and took nearly 16 years to be completed. Do not miss historical stone inscription when you visit this magnificent area. In addition, amusement parks, Ganjnameh gondola lift, rail sleigh, aquarium cave and many other places are the ones that can keep you entertained there.
Hegmataneh Hill is located in the northern part of the old texture and market of Hamedan, at the bottom of Ekbatan Street. There you can find an underground city dating back three thousand years. Various archaeological excavations over the years have uncovered more dimensions of this vast and ancient city, and the artifacts from these excavations are on display at the Hegmataneh Museum.
If you love to see a magnificent collection of authentic handicrafts and daily equipment used in old civilization, Hegmataneh Hill is a must-visit for you. The ruins of Hegmataneh are actually remains of the culture and civilization of the first people who lived in Persia.
In Hamedan province, Most people’s diets are made up of diluted and watery foods such as broth. There is an exciting variety of diluted foods that satisfy all tastes. One of the best of this kind of food is Aush-e Khoshbar, which is so rich in nutrients. Dried fruits include dried plums, dried cherries in mixture with leafy greens make the taste of the food sweet and sour, which pleases people who eat it for the first time.
Perhaps the most famous and popular Iranian food is Qormeh Sabzi, which is a stew cooked with red beans and special vegetations. Another essential part of the Iranian diet is broth (Abgoosht). Now, Hamedani people mix these two bland traditional foods with each other and make something called Abgoosht-e Qormeye Hamedan. Do not miss its unique taste when traveling to Hamedan.
If you ask Hamedani people which restaurant to go in the Hamedan for the first time, most of them will tell you one name: Na’le Eshkeneh Restaurant. If you want to enjoy the magnificent scenery while eating, choose this place. Of course, the price of food in this restaurant is a bit high, but it’s worth the cost. The best kebabs in the city can be found here, with fresh, top-quality meat and raw materials.
If you prefer a restaurant with a more traditional atmosphere, Shandiz Haji Restaurant is highly recommended. The place where the restaurant is located today is the historic Haji neighborhood, in a building which dates back to the Qajar era. Actually, it used to be a public bathroom at that time. The quality of this restaurant, especially its Shishliks, makes it one of the best restaurants in Hamedan.
Where to stay
Located in Eram Boulevard in Hamedan, the newly established Katibeh Hotel is a four-star one in which you can enjoy spectacular climate due to its geographical location. By staying at this hotel, you have a fantastic view of the Alborz Mountains. This hotel is the newest one built in Hamedan and is only one year old. The breakfast menu, the cleanliness of the rooms, and staff attitude are all the pros of choosing Katibeh Hotel.
It is also important to note that the largest indoor amusement park in western Iran is located in this hotel so if you are traveling here with your children, Katibeh may be the best option for you. In addition to the Iranian restaurant, the hotel has a high-quality Italian restaurant where you can find delicious pizzas. The cost of the rooms varies between 35 to 90 dollars.
The 5-star Baba Taher International Hotel is considered the best one in the province. This newly renovated hotel has three separate lobbies and 130 rooms for residence. Following the renovation of 6 years ago, all rooms have been modernized. The hotel staff’s good behavior, easy access to recreation centers of the city and delicious foods are the reasons travelers choose Baba Taher Hotel.
It is a short distance from this hotel to famous sights like Baba Taher Tomb, Avicenna Mausoleum and Hegmataneh Hill. Other benefits include a well-equipped aquatic sports complex in a breathtaking atmosphere. The cost of the rooms depends on number of beds and quality, which starts from 60 to 90 dollars per night.
Souvenirs and handicrafts of Hamedan
Komaj bread is a type of delicious sweet bread made in some provinces of Iran like Isfahan, Azerbaijan and Markazi, but the Hamedani Type is among the best Komaj bread that you can find in the country. The main ingredients of this unique traditional bread include flour, sugar, butter, cinnamon powder and egg.
There is another kind of traditional bread which is served with tea and its name is Nan-e Chai (tea bread). If you want to taste a pleasant sweetness when drinking Iranian tea, do not forget experiencing this bread. It is made from ingredients such as flour, yogurt, egg and butter.
The grapes harvested in Hamedan province are suitable for making juice. Fakhri and Gazneh grapes are two particular kinds of them that are grown in Hamedan. Grape Juice is a rich source of vitamins A and B, magnesium and iron and is very useful in the treatment of anemia. So do not forget to buy some jars of this delicious juice when visiting Hamedan.
Hamedan souvenirs are not only about edibles. Pottery, leather woodworks of this province are among the best ones in Iran. According to the latest statistics, approximately 2500 pottery workshops in Hamedan are producing elegant and magnificent handicrafts. You will not find better pottery products in any other provinces of Iran, which have a better quality and look more beautiful.