About Kermanshah Province
Kermanshah Province as an ancient province,has been one of the Sassanid centers and located in the mountainous area between the Iranian plateau and the Mesopotamian Plateau.Kermanshah Province is a Destination for Adventurists and Cultural Tourists.
There is many valuable monuments form this period in this province, Such as (Taq Bostan), Bistoon inscription and Anahita temple have remained and during various centuries due to Kermanshah’s special strategic position, this city of particular importance. Today, Kermanshah is one of the most important cities in western Iran.
Kermanshah with its long history of culture and also art has magnificent historical constructions and attractions to visit. There is more that three thousand historical attractions this province embraces, 716 ones have been registered on Iran’s National Heritage List. Bisotun is its only Cultural Heritage registered on UNESCO until this moment.
he province is bounded on the north by Kurdistan, on the south by the provinces of Lorestan and Ilam, on the east by Hamedan and on the west by Iraq. Kermanshah city is the capital of Kermanshah province and the cities of this province are: Islamabad West, Paveh, Javanrood, Ravansar, Salase Babajani, Sarpol Zahab, Sanghar, Sahneh, Shirin Palace, Kangavar, Gilan Gharb and Harsin.
Popular cities in Kermanshah
Major cities and towns in Kermanshah Province include Kermanshah, Eslamabad-e Gharb, Paveh, Sonqor,Harsin, Kangavar, Javanrud, Gilan-e Gharb, Sahneh, Ravansar, Qasr-e Shirin, and Sarpol-e Zahab.
Kermanshah province is exposed to humid Mediterranean fronts that, in the face of Zagros altitudes, cause snow and rain, and create several different types of weather. Mild winters and hot and dry summers include Qasr-e Shirin, Sar-e Pol-e-Zahab, and Azgaleh villages in the southwest of Javanrood.
The cold winter and summer encompass the Paveh and Javanrood counties (with the exception of Azgaleh village) and the Karand district of West Islamabad. The semi-arid and warm steppe climate also includes the cities of Kangavar, Sahneh and Harsin. Kermanshah province is generally divided into two regions: Tropical (West) and Cold in other regions.
Transportation System of Kermanshah City
Kermanshah is located in the west of the country, about 530 kilometers from Tehran, about 200 kilometers from the border with Iraq. Kermanshah city is located on the path of religious pilgrimage and its location on the transit route of Tabriz Imam Khomeini port has made Kermanshah an important city economically. The main and most important way to reach Kermanshah by private car and bus is Tehran Saveh Highway to Hamedan and from there to Kermanshah.
If you want to travel to Kermanshah by bus, you can get a ticket to Kermanshah directly from many of Iran’s major cities. Kermanshah Terminal is located in the country Boulevard and not far from the city center. Because you can easily reach the city center and your accommodation by taxi from the terminal.
Kermanshah also has an airport and a railway station. Ashrafi Esfahani Airport is one of the most popular airports in the country and flies to Tehran daily and directly.
Why travel to Kermanshah
Kermanshah province has an estimated 3000 historical Monuments, of which 716 of them have been registered in national monuments and the other in the world. Taq-e Bostan is a collection of Sassanid era petroglyphs and inscriptions located northwest of Kermanshah in western Iran.
Bistoon archaeological site is the only collection and artifact of Kermanshah province that is listed on the World List. Mount Bistoon is mentioned in historical texts with the names of Baghestan & Behestan.
Bistoon Boulder, the world’s largest boulder, is located 30 kilometers from Kermanshah, in the city of Harsin, on the slopes of Mount Bistoon. This monument is listed in UNESCO World Heritage List in year 2006. This stone narrates the account of Darius the Great’s victory over Gumate, or falsehood, and is one of the most important and famous documents in world history and the most important historical text since the Achaemenid period.
The arch is a forest area in the north of Kermanshah, which has been favored by the Sassanid kings due to its greenery and favorable climate. The arch consists of two large arches, one carved in the heart of the mountain and the other in a carved relief. The construction of the archaeological complex took about 100 years, more than two thousand years, and tells the story of three Sasanian kings. In the middle of the large arch you can see Khosrow Parviz engraved on Shabdiz.
From Hamedan to Kermanshah, you can visit the Anahita Temple near the city of Kangavar in the middle of the road. The temple of Anahita dates back to the Parthian and Sassanian periods, and some historians believe it to be of the Achaemenid period. The temple is built on a platform that has been a common style of architecture in the central parts of Iran. On the platform is a row of large stone pillars, and is said to have been a temple. Anahita is an angel and guardian of water, abundance and fertility, and has long held a high status among the Iranians.
Ghoori Ghale Cave
About 90 kilometers from Kermanshah and 25 kilometers from Kaveh town is created on the slopes of Shaho Range. At present, the Ghoori Castle Cave is composed of two parts, the first part of which is 500 meters long and consists of two halls and corridors between them. The second part is closed with iron doors and is only accessible to professional climbers with equipment. Although numerous natural obstacles and impassable corridors, this part of the cave is not accessible to tourists.
Tekyeh Moaven al-Molk
The most well-known monument remaining from the Qajar period in this city. It’s been a place for holding mourning ceremonies for religious leaders.
Tekiyeh of Biglar Beigy
It’s one of the masterpieces of Iranian architecture, and a great tourist attraction dating back to the Qajar period.
Emad-o Dowleh Complex
It’s a magnificent manifestation of Iranian architecture dating back to Qajar period and consists of a mosque, a bazaar, and a caravansary.
Kermanshah Great Mosque
It’s one of the remarkable monuments dating back to the late Zand period.
Built with the style of Turkish mosques, Shafei Mosque has long minarets. Its construction dates back to 1945. This mosque is for the Sunnis.
The Sahne of one of the cities of Kermanshah province is located 55 kilometers from the city of Kermanshah. Sarab is close to the city which is a popular resort for Kermanshah citizens and tourists due to the numerous mountains, gardens, rivers and waterfalls, large and small, wild trees and caves. The Sarab of the Stage is located in an area called Darband Garden which is covered in trees and flowing through the high river valley. Also it is likely that kings have been the resort of kings throughout history. To reach the Sarab of the scene you have to enter the Kermanshah Road of Hamadan and enter the Sahne after 55 km. It is best to visit the area in the middle of spring to enjoy the cool, greenery of the Sahne.
Traditional Kermanshah markets include:
The Kurdish market
Zagros Paleolithic Museum
Museum of Stone Taq Bostan
Agricultural Museum of Natural History
Province Museum of Clothing and Jewelry
Line and Book Museum
Holy Defense Museum
What to buy in Kermanshah?
Souvenirs of Kermanshah
It is the most famous souvenir of Kermanshah province is a kind of cookie named Kaak. Also there also another well-known souvenirs and sweets(or cookies) such as Naan Roghani ( kind of sweet bread), Naan Berenji (kind of cookie), Kermanshahi traditional oil, Saqez (traditional Persian chewing gum) that travelers to Kermanshah can buy.
Music Instruments and Handicraft
Kermanshah is one of the main centers of building traditional Iranian instrumental music such as tar, setar , tanbur, and daf. It is also one of the centers producing Giveh.
Tourists who travel to Iran have a wide range of eating options in Kermanshah. Dandeh Kebab, Khoresh-e Khalal, Tarkhineh are the most well-known delicious must-eat for those who wish to experience the real taste of Kermanshah.
Kermanshah is a popular tourist destination every year and also has many souvenirs
Carpet and Jajim
In the morning visit Taghbestan(is a collection of Sassanian lithographs and inscriptions built in the 3rd century AD. This building is located to the northwest of the city of Kermanchah, in western Iran.)
After visit Taghbestan go The Qori Qala Cave is the largest water cave in Asia and the longest cave in Iran.
The visit to this cave is full of surprises for caving enthusiasts and tourists, located 25 km west of Kermanchah and only 500 meters from it, ready to be visited by the public.
(The lighting in the corridors of this cave and the boat ride on the river that runs alongside the cave gives you a great time.
Inside the cave, you can visit the waterfalls, whose height reaches 4 to 10 meters, and the different rooms and chandeliers of this city. A species of bat lives in this cave.)
In the evening visit Tekyeh Moaven-Ol-Molk( is one of the magnificent and magnificent works that have been remembered in Kermanchah since the Qajar period and which is unique in the world in terms of architecture and beautiful tiling.
Tekyeh Moaven-Ol-Molk is the name of Tekyeh in the city of Kermanchah, which was built 114 years ago during the Qajar period.)
Kermanshah city tour
We’ll start our sight seeng by Tekyeh Moaven al-Molk, and continue with bazaar, getting to know Kermanshah old fashion business type and Kurdish handicrafts.After wandering in the bazaar, visit Emado dolleh Moque and Bigler Beigi Tekyeh Hosseinieh .
A day tour to Bistoun and Taqe Bostan
We start our day with a drive to Bistun world heritage site. We’ll visit the Hercules statues lying there as well. Driving back to town we’ll visit Taqe Bostan in Kermanshah, a memorial of the Sassanid dynasty .In the afternoon, will rest at top of the Kuhestan park.
Paveh , because of the friendly people and also the great weather in summer, is one of the top beautiful places to visit in Kermanshah.
it takes 2-hour from Kermanshh to Paveh. The stepped village type of Paveh is enough to amaze any traveler, still, there are so many beautiful spots around that your local guide can take you there to enjoy.