Darband was one of Tehran's oldest rural villages most famous for it's country life, nomadic pastures, clean water, and cool fresh air. Light construction had always stretched high up around the meandering stream of Darband. But now the village is one of Tehran's most upmarket destinations for casual dining, relaxing, tourism, and fitness hubs.
HIKING THE MOUNTAINS
Located in the Shemiran District, Darband is positioned 1700 meters above sea level. The same Darband River flows through the Sa'dabad Palace Complex, and due to the temperate weather all year round, it's one of the best places to access the Alborz mountain range. Hiking is possible east towards Jamshidieh Park, west towards Darakeh valley, or as far North as Mount Tochal reaching 3964m elevation. There are also winter skiing opportunities here too, but don't worry there are telecabins around Darband and Darakeh all the way to the Tochal Hotel, so more comfortable options are readily available. You can also camp, lodge in huts, or find other hotels scattered above both Darband and Darakeh valleys.
Tehran's Darband Mountain Retreat: Hiking the mountains.
DINING IN DARBAND
However if fitness and landscapes aren't your thing, you might instead consider trying the local sweets, relaxing in a traditional teahouse, or ordering a delicious Persian meal from Darband. There are many dining options in Darband from luxury restaurants to small cheap teahouses. Whatever your into, at any time of the week, Darband makes an ideal respite away from the bustling Tehran city. While you might experience a little foot traffic and the odd grazing goat, rest assure cars cannot access the valley. But if you're too tired to hike to Darband, you could always appreciate the river below from Sa'dabad Palace Complex, it flows right through the royal parklands next to a few cafes.
Tehran's Darband Mountain Retreat: The nightlife and dining.
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Where to Stay
My favorite luxury hotels in Tehran are the 5 Star Espinas Hotel and Parsian Azadi Hotel Tehran (ex-Grand Hyatt Hotel prior to revolution), both with professional staff and great views from different parts of Tehran. Double rooms start from US $230 and $250 respectively, including breakfast.
Decent 4 Star Hotels also include Niloo Hotel and Escan Hotel. Or for more budget options, the 3 Star Rated Mashad Hotel is right next to Taleghani Metro and provides comfort at US $130 for a double, including breakfast. Otherwise Iran Central Hotel (Hotel Markazi), Firouzeh Hotel, and Golestan Hotel Tehran are also some of the better budget options under $80/night.
There are also Hostels in Tehran from $10 U.S. per night for the budget travellers.
Where to Eat Nearby
Of the Best Restaurants in Tehran, not far away from the city centre is the popular Gol Rezaeieye Cafe serving great traditional Iranian meals in a cute and hip American diner setting. Dizi Restaurant is also rated highly on Trip Adviser for a great stew, or Coffeeshop and Veggie Restaurant serves only vegetarian meals if that's more you (conveniently near Artists Park in Tehran). Or if you're in northern Tehran near Darband, Tehran SPU Restaurant is highly recommended. But for a great cup of coffee checkout Romaan Book Cafe near the Italian Embassy (what a perfectly match).
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