Below, we will be talking about Hamedan’s natural, historical, and cultural attractions and things to do. Before getting to the historic attraction in Hamedan, we will be introducing the natural attractions near Hamedan. We start with the Ali Sadr Water Cave as one of the natural wonders in Iran. This mysterious cave is within 72 kilometers of Hamedan. This cave is one of the largest caves in the world where you can boat through its magical geological wonders. The Varkaneh Village is another nearby attraction of Hamedan (within 20 km). Everything in this ancient village is made of stones which amazes everyone.
More natural attractions near Hamedan
- The one of a kind nature of Alvand Mountain as one of the main natural wonders of Hamedan and Iran. Alvand Mountain is a part of Alborz Mountain Range with a peak of 3575 m. Ganjnameh complex, Dasht-e Misha, and Takht-e Nader are on the route to the summit of Alvand.
- Abshine Lagoon at the slopes of Alvand Mountain (within 10 kilometers of Hamedan). This lagoon is the best place for watching migratory and native birds, especially, during the spring.
- Dasht-e Mishan on the way to Alvand Summit. After a Moderately Strenuous hike, you can reach this 1-hectare green plain.
- Ganjnameh Waterfall as a part of Ganjnameh Complex (within 11 km of Hamedan)
Now, let us get into the main attractions and things to do in Hamedan. You can find more information on these attractions by checking out our Blog’s posts.
Attractions in Hamedan
- Avicenna Mausoleum as the symbol of Hamedan in the central square of the city. The philosopher and the father of early modern medicine, Ibn Sina is laid to rest here.
- Baba Taher Mausoleum, the tomb of 11th century Persian Dervish poet. The turquoise dome of this mausoleum and its Persian architecture has caught the interest of many visitors.
- Alavian Dome, a reminiscent of the 12th century Seljuk dynasty. Moreover, the stucco reliefs and brickwork of this monument is eye-catching and unique.
- Hamedan Traditional Bazaar with various rows and sections belonging to Qajar era.
- Ganjnameh Historical Complex where two ancient inscriptions are engraved on the mountain. These reliefs were commissioned by the Achaemenid kings, Darius I and Xerxes.
- Hegmataneh complex with reminiscent of one of the first Iranian settlements known as Medes. Aside from Hegmataneh Archeological Mounds, Hegmataneh Museum and Church are of the other parts of this complex.
Things to do
- Tarik Darreh Ski Resort which is the third top Ski Resort in Iran. The resort has 1 ski-lift and 2 chairlifts to the valleys of Alvand Mountain. Hamedan gets the best snow for skiing during winter. Grass skiing is also possible during other seasons.
- Ganjnameh Tele-Cabin which takes you from Ganjnameh complex to the plains of Dasht-e Mishan.
- Ganjnameh 1150 meters Summer Sledge Riding with the speed of 45 kilometers per hour
- Rangin Kaman and Ganjnameh Amusement Parks
Local Food & Signature Dishes
There are a variety of stews, pottages, and Kebabs among the signature dishes of Hamedan. Some of these dishes are:
- Sardashi Kebab which is the number one local dish of Hamedan. Accordingly, this Kebab is made with a mixture of potato and meat in a pot topped with tomatoes.
- Bozbash Stew which is lamb soup with red or white beans, green vegetables, and special herbs.
- Yakhni Stew with main ingredients of onion, meat, potato, and lemon.
- Kachi Pottage which is a thick soup with lentils, yogurt, and grout.
You can try these signature dishes and other Persian food in most of the restaurants there. Here is a list of hand-picked Restaurants and Cafes. As edible souvenirs, you can find many sweets such as Baslogh, maple syrup, Gaz, and different types of jams.
Handicraft & Souvenirs
The most famous handicraft of Hamedan is pottery. The antiquity of the art of pottery in Hamedan dates back to about 7000 years ago. It is worth noting that the city of Laljin in Hamedan is most famous for the works of pottery. Other significant handicraft are:
- Leather works
- Haft Rang or Seven Color tiling and ceramics
- Inlay work
- Jewelry making
- Kilim ( a special kind of rug)
- Giveh ( a kind of handwoven shoes)
You can purchase these handicrafts as souvenirs while exploring Hamedan and its adjoining villages.