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Logic1234

Visiting Iran for the first time

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:salam:

I am going to visit the shrines of Syeda Ma'suma e Qom & Imam Radh (عليه السلام) in December this year In-sha Allah. This will be my first visit to Iran and I will be travelling alone. 
I would be greatful if any Iranian here help me with their suggestions where to stay in Qom & Mashhad (any good hotels with all facilities specially internet & wifi so that I can keep in contact with my family) and which places, other than the two holy shrines, should I visit in these two cities? And how will be the weather in these two cities in mid of December?

Jazak Allah..
Wassalam   

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Wsww. TaqabbalAllah zyaratkum.

Mashhad I would recommend atlas hotel, its right next to the entrance of the haram, Bab al Ridhaa entrance. Also close to bazaar Ridha.

Temperatures can drop down to -15, so be prepared for autumn to wintry weather.

 

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On 11/23/2019 at 12:29 PM, habib e najjaar said:

Wsww. TaqabbalAllah zyaratkum.

Mashhad I would recommend atlas hotel, its right next to the entrance of the haram, Bab al Ridhaa entrance. Also close to bazaar Ridha.

Temperatures can drop down to -15, so be prepared for autumn to wintry weather.

 

And what's your suggestion about Qom? 

My father told me that people in Iran only know Persian language, so I would face communication problems specifically in Tehran or any other city except Mashhad & Qom. He has advised me to restrict myself to these two cities only.  

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26 minutes ago, Logic1234 said:

And what's your suggestion about Qom? 

My father told me that people in Iran only know Persian language, so I would face communication problems specifically in Tehran or any other city except Mashhad & Qom. He has advised me to restrict myself to these two cities only.  

In Qom, I did not stay at hotels the time I went but went to musafir khunes right next to the haram. I believe hotel idris is one of the recommended hotels for foreigners, its adjacent to the haram. Theres another I can picture in my mind but don’t remember its name. Let me see if I can find it on google maps 

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37 minutes ago, Logic1234 said:

My father told me that people in Iran only know Persian language

Salam it's not true , you can find people that know English in big cities like as Tehran & Isfahan & other big cities that Qom is not different but still foreigners have stereotypical ideas about Qom like as " city of religious fanatics " or " you can't have fun in Qom" that they had about Mashhad too but their minds changed after visiting Mashhad but still thy have false fear from propaganda of presence of religious fanatics  in Qom & Mashhad that about Mashhad it's decreasing but about Qom it's harder to convince them that Qom is a good city for visiting by them anyway you can find people that at least know basic level English for communication in most cities of Iran so you won't face any problem 

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40 minutes ago, Logic1234 said:

And what's your suggestion about Qom? 

My father told me that people in Iran only know Persian language, so I would face communication problems specifically in Tehran or any other city except Mashhad & Qom. He has advised me to restrict myself to these two cities only.  

If you speak english with a western accent, you will find people willing to learn english just to be able to communicate with you. LoL. It will also help if you look western and modern. :grin:

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17 minutes ago, Ashvazdanghe said:

Salam it's not true , you can find people that know English in big cities like as Tehran & Isfahan & other big cities that Qom is not different but still foreigners have stereotypical ideas about it like " city of religious fanatics " or " you can't have fun in Qom" that they had about Mashhad too but their minds changed after visiting Mashhad but still have false fear from propaganda of presence of religious fanatics  in Qom & Mashhad that about Mashhad int's decreasing but about Qom it's harder to convince them that Qom is a good city for visiting by them anyway you can find people that at least know English in most cities of Iran.

Alaikas-Salam, 

Brother he actually told me the whole story of his visit of Iran. He faced problems in finding an international telephone booth, he purchased a calling card from Mehrabad Airport and start dialing call to Pakistan to inform his family that he reached Tehran safely. The computerized voice on that phone booth only speaking Persian language, so he went to hotel from there and after leaving his luggage in hotel he left the hotel for making a call to Pakistan. He told me that he traveled 2-3 Km and talked to several shop keepers near to public phone booth but none of them understood English. Finally, he went to an Imam Bargah for offering prayers and after finishing the prayers he discussed the matter with a brother Iranian present there in weird language like saying "Me Pakistani" and putting his hand on his chest, to let the other person know that he is talking about himself. The brother Iranian understood that this person is from Pakistan, father then showed him different telephone calling cards (he purchased from different shops) and told him Telephone-Pakistan. Iranian brother again understood that this guy want to make a phone call to Pakistan. He then responded by pointing towards telephone booth ------- Telephone Dakhili and then put his finger on the chest of my father and said "Telephone Khariji". My father understood what he said, and further inquired from him where he can get that Khariji Telephone Booth :), he gave him the address of telephone & telegraph office situated at a famous street. When my father reached there, the office was closed and he was unable to make a phone call to Pakistan. :D

This never happened in Qom & Mashhad, even the shopkeepers there talking with him in Urdu & English languages. 

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3 minutes ago, Ashvazdanghe said:

My father told me that people in Iran only know Persian language

Salams

Especially in religious cities (ziyarati) , in bazaars & Markets  Some of sellers can talk both Arabic and English .

 

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16 minutes ago, MehrBanoo said:

Salams

Especially in religious cities (ziyarati) , in bazaars & Markets  Some of sellers can talk both Arabic and English .

 

Salam,

Yes, that's what I have been told. Some even speak Urdu language too in Qom & Mashhad. 

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58 minutes ago, Logic1234 said:

so he went to hotel from there and after leaving his luggage in hotel he left the hotel for making a call to Pakistan. He told me that he traveled 2-3 Km and talked to several shop keepers near to public phone booth but none of them understood English.

Salam now Imam khomeni (رضي الله عنه) Airport is for foreign flights & Mehrabad is just for internal flights  anyway in recent years many changes happened that travelers can buy Sim card from airport  (Irancell is most recommended sim card by travelers ) also there is no public phone booth anymore because of cellphones but you can use roaming &data services of sim cards that it's better to buy a prepaid Iranian sim card at arrival also number of English speaker persons highly increased during these years but it's first time that I hear about Iranians that can speak Urdu :Dbut it seems that it's  not strange in  Qom & Mashhad 

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Alhamdolillah, finally came back from ziyarat yesterday. 

It was a wonderful journey throughout which ended up in a mess and I faced a lot of trouble in the end which I cannot forget for many years. Just sharing the story here so that people may know the irresponsible & arrogant attitude of Iranian Airlines. 

I left Karachi for Iran on 5th of December 2019 & my return was scheduled on 12th of December 2019. I purchased Iranian Airlines return ticket from Karachi, arranged hotel reservations in Qom & Mashhad. Weather in Iran was a bit cooler, temperatures were between 2-14 degree centigrade. After finishing with the Ziyarat of Qom & Mashhad, I left hotel Al-Jawwad of Mashhad at about 5pm on 11th of December as my flight of Caspian airlines was expected to fly & take me to Tehran at 8:30pm. After reaching at Mashhad Airport, it came to my knowledge that the caspian air line flight was delayed and expected to fly on 24:00, I was shocked to see that as my flight of Iran Airlines from Tehran to Karachi was scheduled at 05:10am on 12th of December. 

I confirmed the caspian airline staff whether it is confirmed that their flight to Tehran would fly on 24:00, they responded me negatively and said they cannot confirm this at the moment. So I hurried to Iranian Airline office, situated at Mashhad Airport and purchased a ticket from them as their flight to Tehran was expected to fly on 21:00. I reached to Mehrabad Airport at 22:15 and from where driver took me to Imam Khomeini Airport. I reached IK Airport at about 23:00, went straight to the check-inn desk and waited there until the check-inn started and I got the boarding card at about 2:50am. 

I saw the boarding card and surprised to see that the Iranian Airline flight to Karachi was one hour late as the boarding time 5:40am and flight time was 6:10am was written on the boarding card. I asked the air line staff that the time written on the ticket was 05:10am, he guided me by encircling the boarding time & gate number on boarding pass and said that I have to follow the timings of boarding pass. I went through immigration at 3:15 and after passing some time into the duty free shop, reached to the boarding lounge at 4:20am . I found some Pakistani passengers sitting there at gate 23 (which is mentioned on the boarding pass), I met with one of Pakistani passenger asked him to take care of my handbag and went straight to the toilet, after five minutes I returned back, took my handbag, offered thanks to the person taking care of my bag and thought to drink a cup of coffee from a coffee shop situated in the departure lounge near gate number 22, then I went into the smoking room and smoked couple of cigars and came back to gate number 23 at 5:10am. 

I saw no passenger was sitting there and there was only one Iranian Airline Person standing on the gate, I went to him and showed him my boarding pass, he said sorry, you are late we have closed the boarding at 4:50 am and the Plane took flight at 5:10am. It was a shocking news for me as the boarding timings & flight timings mentioned on the boarding pass were 5:40am & 6:10am respectively. I argued with him and showed him the boarding pass again, he said, we have made the announcements, there were only 25 passengers in that flight and I cannot do anything for you now as the plane has left the airport. I pleaded him, requested him for help and told him that I was there in the departure lounge, if you have made the announcements & called my name, I would have listened it and hurried to him. He arrogantly refused and told me to go back to airline office at the airport and leave me standing there in confusion. 

I hurried to another person, standing at gate 22, showed him the boarding pass and told him the story. He, after looking at the boarding pass, told me, don't worry, your boarding time is 5:40 and flight time is 6:10 so you have to wait for a while till the airline staff come. I mentioned him that no Pakistani passenger is present in the hall, the persons whom I met with were all absent. He made the call to airline office, inquired with them and given them my boarding pass details. After finishing his discussions he told me to wait, airline staff is coming and they will help me. After 10 minutes Iranian Airline staff arrived and saw my boarding pass and confirmed me that my flight has left the airport at 5:10am and now I have to go back to hotel or buy a new ticket from any other airline. I asked him whose mistake is this, why my name was not announced while the airline has issued me the boarding pass and how can they just left me like this? How can they just ignore their own timings of boarding and flight? He took me to the senior manager who after listening to the story said arrogantly that the flight time written on the ticket (I.e. 5:10) was the actual time and its my failure that I was absent from the boarding lounge while they have started the boarding. 

Watching them not accepting their mistake, I found my self in a deep trouble as I have already spent US$ 150 which were available with me, in the shopping at duty free shop. I mentioned him that I don't have money and I cannot even use my visa debit cards in Iran. I demanded him to accept the mistake of airline and arrange for me a ticket of next available flight to Karachi. He again said arrogantly that I have to pay for the ticket, the next flight of Air Arabia would take to me to Karachi via Dubai, its price was 350$ and it is expected to leave IK airport at about 2:30pm afternoon and it would take 16 hours to reach to Karachi. They have taken my boarding pass and returned me my luggage. I protested, and asked them to give me back my boarding pass so that I can lodge my complaint. They only allowed me to take the picture of my boarding pass, and I took the picture, it is the only evidence available with me at the moment of this incident.  

Thanks to the international roaming facility of my cell phone, I contacted my brother in Pakistan and told him the situation and asked him to arrange a ticket for the earliest available flight to Karachi. He purchased a ticket of Qatar Airline scheduled to leave IK Airport at 22:30, it took me to Doha and from there a connecting flight will take me to Karachi. The ticket cost me US$650 and I reached Karachi at 7:10 am on the 13th of December. 

Now I am thinking what to do with Iranian Airlines? Should I sue them? Or should I just digest the incident and injustice they have done with me? 

I am willing to take action against the airlines, as it is necessary. Because remaining silent on this matter would not help the airline. They need to know the non professional and arrogant attitude of their staff. Never in my life have I seen a flight take off an hour before its scheduled time mentioned on the boarding pass. If there is any Iranian brother who is willing to help me and can fight my case, I can provide him copies of my ticket and picture of my boarding pass and boarding pass of Qatar airline for coming back to Karachi. At the moment, I have decided to visit the Iranian Airline office in Karachi and register my complaint there and demand form them excuse as well as the compensation of financial charges for buying the tickets of Qatar Airlines. 

 

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1 hour ago, Logic1234 said:

I am willing to take action against the airlines, as it is necessary. Because remaining silent on this matter would not help the airline. They need to know the non professional and arrogant attitude of their staff. Never in my life have I seen a flight take off an hour before its scheduled time mentioned on the boarding pass. If there is any Iranian brother who is willing to help me and can fight my case, I can provide him copies of my ticket and picture of my boarding pass and boarding pass of Qatar airline for coming back to Karachi. At the moment, I have decided to visit the Iranian Airline office in Karachi and register my complaint there and demand form them excuse as well as the compensation of financial charges for buying the tickets of Qatar Airlines. 

Salam I'm ashamed for that & I completely agree with you that you musttake action against the Airline , the postponing flights are normal in Iran but behavior of staff at airport was unprofessional that you must do action against it from Iranian Airline office in Karachi because it needs your presence. 

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55 minutes ago, Revert1963 said:

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I think most people use cell phones these days :)

Salam, 

This is what I have done. Used my cell phone which has the international roaming facility, to contact home for help. The case you have quoted was of 2005, back then, there were no mobile service or international calling phone both in Iran.

Wassalam

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2 hours ago, Ashvazdanghe said:

Salam I'm ashamed for that & I completely agree with you that you musttake action against the Airline , the postponing flights are normal in Iran but behavior of staff at airport was unprofessional that you must do action against it from Iranian Airline office in Karachi because it needs your presence. 

Salam,

Just visited the airline office an hour before, informed them the case and they asked me to submit my complaint and that they will forward my complaint to the head office for compensation. So I have emailed them my complaint with relevant documents and have included the office of Ayatullah Khamenei in the cc list :)

Lets see what will happen!

Wassalam.  

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Hopefully your compensation claim ends well. One of mine did not, but it was not related to an airline, rather a refund of ticket for attending a paid for conference. Lots of trickery and eventually you are given a sackful of tomans and told it is the amount due to you, go find dollars, only to find you are several hundred dollars short and nobody responding to your queries. :ko:

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On 11/25/2019 at 1:09 AM, Ashvazdanghe said:

Salam now Imam khomeni (رضي الله عنه) Airport is for foreign flights & Mehrabad is just for internal flights  anyway in recent years many changes happened that travelers can buy Sim card from airport  (Irancell is most recommended sim card by travelers ) also there is no public phone booth anymore because of cellphones but you can use roaming &data services of sim cards that it's better to buy a prepaid Iranian sim card at arrival also number of English speaker persons highly increased during these years but it's first time that I hear about Iranians that can speak Urdu :Dbut it seems that it's  not strange in  Qom & Mashhad 

Assalaamun aleikum,

I just want to add one thing..when we went to Iran last summer, we discovered that the phones we brought with us couldnt use an iranian sim card because our phones were not "unlocked" and the 2 companies we talked to said they were not able to unlock our phones to accept the irani sim cards, so anyone reading this, if you want to use your own phone without having to buy another one when you go to Iran, make sure to have your phone unlocked before you leave your country of origin.

W/s

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