darband of tehran
On a sunny or smoggy day few things could be nicer than fleeing the traffic fumes for the foothills of the Alborz Mountains and the walking trails of Darakeh and Darband. The trails pass waterfalls and cross streams as they head up into the hills. They are crowded on Thursday afternoon and Friday and make a great place to meet Tehran is in a relaxed, social atmosphere.
The lower reaches of both trails are lined with teahouses and stalls selling food and drinks, which are hugely popular in the evenings – some close midweek and in winter. A dish of dizi (stew), a kabab or two, a cold drink or a huff and a puff on a qalyan by the stream will soon help you forget the Tehran traffic. Among other tasty treats to sample on the way up are dates, apricots, pickled walnuts, lavashak (sheets of pressed dried fruit), fresh mulberries and steamed lima beans.
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 land mark 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. . 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.