Sari is in the beautiful Caspian region of Iran with about half million people residing in the town and same amount in the suburbs, that is mainly on the left side of Tajan River and about 20 km south of the Caspian (Mazandaran) Sea. Sari is in the north of Iran on northern slops of Elburz mountains.
Sari boasts as ancient city, as all of the historical maps referring to this city, being the capital of the ancient Hyrcania civilization 6 centuries before Christ and Kingdom of Tabaria till the 17th century. It was twice the capital of Iran within the last four centuries,
Sari and some towns in Mazandaran is one of rare cities of Iran that night life is available during summers. Many people enjoy gathering each other in some places such as Barbod, Paradise, Tooska and Nemashown to play games, enjoy music and pleasant weather, or eating meals. Or to read some poetry book such as Diwan-i Hafiz. You also find many of restaurants in city center (specially Farhang Street) and a restaurant in the Tavakol alley which provides Italian dishes.
- Population: 568,214 (2006 estimate)
- Elevation: 50 m
- Area: 5089 km²
- Religion: Islam, Zoroastrianism, Christian
- Language: Mazandarani (Tabarian), Persian, and some Turkmen.
- Dasht-e Naz International Airport. Four daily flights in the summer season and six weekly flights in other seasons scheduled to and from Tehran. The fare is about USD$20. Also weekly flight destinations o Mashhad and Saudi Arabia. The airport is in the northeast and less than 10 km from city center. Shared and airport taxis are available in the airport parking. There is highway under construction to connect the airport and city directly.
Every day there are four passenger trains getting to sari, one Local train runs from Gorgan about 06:00 and reaches Sari before 09:00, and returns from Sewatcow at 13:00 to getting sari in 14:30, one from Tehran runs in 09:10 everyday to getting to Sari about 16:30, and leaving Sari at 20:30 (summer) and 21:10 (winter) to getting Tehran about 04:00, There are Twin Mazandaran trains which have Gorgan destination running from Tehran, one runs from Tehran in about 19:30 (winter) and 22:10 (summer) getting Sari about 03:30 (winter) and about 05:50 (summer) and another at the same time gets to Sari about 10:45 (summer) and 09:10 (winter) to reach Tehran about 07:00 (summer) and 05:30 (winter).
The scheduled program of Twin Gorgan destination trains are changing periodically. However Sari destination train gets to the city about 16:00.
There are many automobile and car routes from the main cities next or near by Sari.
Sari is connected to Neka and Shahi by the A62 Autobahn, all of the coastal cities in Mazandaran have at least 8 bands (4 forward and 4 backward). Many of people are visiting Sari via Turkmenistan–Mazandaran (Iran) borders, it is possible to getting Visa of Iran from border, and to continue trip around Mazanderan Sea.
There are five bus terminals in Sari. So its easy to get around in the county by buses.
City buses has destinations to approximately all of the towns in Iran, but be aware that the buses are not running everyday, but it has hourly buses for Tehran, Also it is possible to getting the bus from the Imam Khomeini Sq. in the southeast of city when no bus may be founded in the busy days.
The port of Amir Abad is on the beautiful southern coast of the Mazandaran Sea, but the cruise is not high quality.
The spreading of the city makes taxis available almost everywhere.
There is a wide choice of taxi systems including ceremony taxis, wireless telecommunication taxis, airport or rail station taxis, telephony taxis and shared taxis.
You may call 133 from everywhere of the city and county to ask for a ride anywhere in Sari in less than five minutes or taking you from approximately 20 km far distances (requires first registration) and even to serving you getting any destination around Iran. So if you would like to stay more than a week in Sari, registration with this office is recommended.
Parking may not found in the avenues of Sari, and parking is usually in the small streets and alleys, or have a small entrance from avenues. It is recommended to park your car in your hotel’s parking.
Driving may be an option for going to some sights in the suburbs such as Soleyman Tanga (meaning Strait of Solomon), or Masandaran Sea. Destinations which are of primary concern to a visitor are the Caves from 70th millennium BC and towers of dynasties of Tabarian Kingdom.
- Huto Cave
- Kamarband Cave
- Xorshid Dabo’s Private Cave
- The Resket Tower from the Karen Pawand era
- The Ladjim Tower from the Dabuyans era
- The Farrah-Abad Complex Place
Notable are famous houses such as Kolbadi House and Amir Divan House (Ramedani House) , Archaeological sites including Hutto Cave (70th millennium BC), Kamarband Cave (70th-millennium BC); also the Resket Tower from the Qaran era and the Farahabad Complex Place from the Safavid era.
- The restored 125-year-old Khaneh Kolbadi is reminiscent of an 18th-century khan’s palace. Thick walls kept the lower floor warm in winter while the light, bright upper floor could be opened to through drafts for hot summers. Its orosi windows (wood-framed puzzles of multicoloured glass) supposedly disorientated mosquitoes. The building is slated to become a museum incorporating the historic Vasir-e Hamam (bathhouse) behind.
- Haaj Mostafa Khan Mosque
- The unusual Jameh Mosque has traditional Mazandarani tiled roofs, but from outside looks more like a medieval Italian prison.
- Tomb of Yaha
- Tomb of Zeinol Aabedain
- Tomb of Abbas
- The Clock Tower
- Badab-e Surt The travertine terraces which are similar to the ones in Pamukkale, Turkey, are 100 km south of Sari. The location is marked in OpenStreetMaps (Location: 36.3537126, 53.8566692). There is a 2-km trail to reach to the terraces from a parking lot which is reachable by a bumpy road. Also expensive pickup rides (from US$20) can be hired for the steep 2-km hike. Easiest way to reach is a private car via Kiasar, however also a few public buses run to the nearby Orost Village, 5 km, from Kiasar (around 12:00) or the junction at the bus station. Scenic hiking is possible from the Sari – Damghan junction towards Orost and Badab-e Surt. It’s more than 20 km, there are no hotels around as it’s a very rural area, but in Orost village you might get hosted by a friendly Iranian family. There is also a local hammam spa available with alternating opening days for men and women. From the junction, there is a dry river bed that leads through the valley which spectacular view on the mountain range which leads to the rewarding travertine terrace views from its top. Its possible to dip into the water of the uphill spring which is apparently helpful for rheumatic and back pain problems. However bathing in the travertine pools shouldn’t be done to protect the geological formations.