My second project in Tehran was in January and February – the middle of Winter and very cold!
Tehran has lots of parks, and all the ones I visited were popular and very well kept. This particular walk was to Taleghani Park, about a 45-minute walk from the hotel where I was staying in the Northern part of Tehran.
Taleghani Park is connected to the Ab-O Atash park by the Tabiat bridge. The park is heavily wooded but with paths you can follow throughout the park.
There are plenty of places with groups of covered seating and play areas for children, and it’s a popular place for people to play sports and take exercise.
Apart from a small area that contained toilets and a café, and one that provided the base for an enormous flag pole, the constructions are almost all made of wood.
This includes the steps, where the paths are steep enough for them, and path surfaces in many places.
I found it less crowded than the other parks I visited – not that any of the parks were crowded, because it was too cold at that time of year..!
Here’s my hotel in relation to Taleghani park, along with other places in the pictures that follow:
Walking to the park from my hotel I passed quite a few local markets and stalls. This one had flowers with the most spectacular colours:
Continuing towards the park I was walking alongside the Haqqani Expressway (also spelt Haghani) and I needed to cross the Modarres Expressway to get to the park. This picture of the Alborz Mountains was when I was half way across the bridge:
As you can see, it was a spectacular day..!
Turning around as I stood on the Haqqani Bridge, I took this picture of the Tabiat Bridge – a bridge that has won many awards.
The Tabiat Bridge is the biggest pedestrian bridge in Tehran and connects the Taleghani Park, on the left in this picture, with the Ab-O Atash Park on the right.
The bridge is on three levels, contains restaurants at each end, seating areas throughout, curves left and right as well as up and down, and it’s a popular meeting place. You can see in this picture how crowded it is:
This picture below is not one of mine. I bought it from Shutterstock because it’s difficult to find pictures that give a good impression of the bridge, and I was completely incapable of taking a good one myself!
At the left end of the bridge is Taleghani Park, and the flag pole I mentioned earlier. At the right end is Ab-O Atash park:
From the Haqqani Bridge I walked on to the entrance to Taleghani Park. From this side it was a scramble up the embankment beside the Expressway – I was definitely entering via the back door!
Once in the park, though, it was peaceful, easy walking as I followed the many paths that take you around.
As I said above, almost everything except the toilets, the restaurants and the flag pole (and its base) are constructed from wood. Here’s one of the communal rest areas:
And another view – the rest areas are set up for families or groups of friends to gather and socialise:
Taleghani Park is very hilly, so there are spots where you can get spectacular views. This one is looking to the North East of Tehran, with the Alborz Mountains stretching away to the horizon:
And this is looking almost due East, with a basket ball court at the bottom of the steps and the Holy Defence Museum on the other side of the court:
I spent a good two hours wandering around the park. Even though it was Winter, and many of the trees were bare of leaves, it was still beautiful.
It must be stunning in the Summer and, given the density of the forest and the hills, a cool respite from the Summer sun.
By now I was getting hungry, so it was time to head back to the area near my hotel, where there were some restaurants to explore.
I’ve said it several times: I loved my time in Tehran. If you get the chance, I do recommend you visit!
Let us know if you’ve been there!
The Expat Traveller