Most foreigners to Iran seem to have the perception that since alcohol is illegal and there are no bars or clubs, then Iranians surely have no way of having fun. Yet, there are many sites and instances that rebut that notion constantly, every second in Iran. Iranians can show the world that you don’t need alcohol to have fun. Darband, Tehran is a popular weekend getaway for Iranians that supports this.
Darband is an old village in Shemiran, located to the north of the Saad Abad Garden, Tehran, the capital city of Iran. With its cool summers, Darband is a highly visited tourist attraction in Tehran. The Darband River passes through this village.
Darband is 1700 meters above sea level, and is one of the main starting routes taken by mountaineers for reaching the central Alborz Range.
Darband Street starts at 1600 meters above sea level at Tajrish Square and ends at 1800 meters above sea level at Sarband Square. The Mountaineer’s Statue, the most famous landmark in Darband, is installed at Sarband Square.
The Darband tourist area has many modern as well as traditional cafes and restaurants, located both indoors and outdoors, ready to serve tourists in this beautiful mountainous area.
Darband Tele Siezh
Starting at the “Tele Siezh” Station adjacent to Sarband Square, Darband Tele Siezh is a unique feature of the area, which provides tourists with a panorama from high above of this attractive tourist area. If you choose not to take the tele cabin, then you have to take the narrow winding path through many restaurants, cafes, and hooka lounges (locally called ghahveh khaneh). This path is too steep in certain parts and passes by streams and the river.
Despite being a popular climbing outpost, Darband is most popular for simply its relaxing and vibrant scenery, open for all to enjoy free of cost. There are numerous waterfalls that lay around the village and “beds” laid with Persian carpets for you to lie on and watch the clear night sky. One visit to this village from a foreigner, and their perception of the country will be changed forever.
Darband is also home to bustling bazaar full of a variety of fruits and meats and
street food. Lavashak, a natural fruit roll that has a variety of flavours bursting in your mouth, is especially popular for sale in the village. Kebabs are often served to visitors as they sit on Persian Carpets observing the beautiful scenery and talking to friends. Darband offers a very opening scene welcome to both foreigners and citizens for shopping, eating, climbing, and simply relaxing.