Tourism in Iran: A cup of tea at Chai-Khoran Palace in Chalous

The history of the Chay-Khoran Palace in Chalous

At the time Chai-Khoran Palace was built, tea was new to Iran. Drinking tea became common over time and slowly became ingrained in Iranian culture.

Reza Shah Pahlavi valued this tradition when he reigned over Iran. He ordered a palace to be built to preserve the tea drinking culture in the country. While traveling, he usually stopped at the palace, hence the building’s name Chai-Khoran (chai means tea in Persian) refers to this.

The architecture and land use of the Chai-Khoran Palace

After the Islamic Revolution, the Chai-Khoran Palace was used as a library for 25 years, which is why many in Chalous still refer to the building as a library.

All the land to the north of the palace, which is now the Emamat Educational, Cultural and Reception Centre, was the palace garden, which is wooded. But now the palace has been transferred to the private sector.

Kasnavi Yazdi, the palace’s private investor, says: “Only the alcove of the building is habitable. Other parts are not. The rooms inside the palace, which are now cafes and restaurants, used to be rooms of ‘guests. The entrance to the palace from the south lane was built in the time of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (the last shah of Iran before the Islamic revolution of 1979) and essentially the building was used as residence at that time. There is a small airstrip to the north of the palace, and there are pools and streams to the south and around it. The main materials used in its construction are stones and bricks, and the roof is of shingles”.

Iran Tourism: Chalous Chai-Khoran Palace

The joy of drinking tea at Chay-Khoran Palace

It has now been almost four months since the palace was opened to citizens and tourists. And its former glory has returned to the building. It now welcomes visitors as a historic, tourist and reception complex with a luxury restaurant, cafe and pleasant tea house.

Likewise, a space has been enabled to serve as a space for photography and filming, and for special events, so that good memories can be made for the people of our land.

In fact, Chai-Khoran Palace is probably the only palace-restaurant in Iran, which is considered a palace but can be used to host events and for cultural purposes.

Have you enjoyed your tea? Are you coming back from the seaside or are you going there now? Now is the time to enjoy a cup of coffee at Chai-Khoran Palace.

Iran Tourism: Chalous Chai-Khoran Palace

Attractive locations near Chai-Khoran Palace

• Hassal Swamp

A rose-hued swamp in the heart of the Chalous forests. Sometimes, of course, it turns red or green.

Hassal Swamp

• The Chalous Forest Park

If you plan to have a picnic or camp in the forest, Chalous Forest Park is a good choice. It has facilities such as viewpoints, playgrounds and benches. A river runs through the park and makes it even more desirable.

The Chalous Forest Park

• Namak Abroud

It is close to Chalous, only 17 kilometers away. It is a small town, but it has many tourist attractions.

Namak Abroud

• Radio Darya Seaside

The coast is one of the most beautiful places in Chalous.

Radio Darya Seaside

Frequently Asked Questions about Chai-Khoran Palace

1. Where is the Chalous Chai-Khoran Palace?

If you plan to visit the beautiful palace, you must travel to Chalous, the city with good weather. The palace is located in Mo’allem Square, also known as Mokhaberat Square, near the main road.

2. What is the best time to visit the palace?

Northern Iran is pleasant in all seasons. With the arrival of spring, the region is filled with the scent of orange blossoms. In the summer, it’s fun to go to the sea or the mountains.

If, however, you are a fan of rainy and cloudy weather, autumn is a good choice. Winters are usually cold and rainy, and the mountain tops are often covered in snow.

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