Golestan
Capital: Gorgan (Gorgaan)
Total Area: 20,367 km2
Population (2016): 1.870 million
Languages: Turkmen, Persian Mazandarani
Main Cities: Gorgan, Gonbad-e Kavus, Bandar Torkaman

Golestan National Park is Iran's biggest national park which spans three provinces, Golestan, Mazandaran and North Khorasan.

This province is one of the unique and unknown destinations, with very different attractions, especially natural sights.

Golestan Province

Golestan Province (Golestaan) is one of the 31 provinces of Iran, located in the north-east of the country south of the Caspian Sea. Its capital is Gorgan. Golestaan derives its name from a wider region known historically as Gorgaan (Gorgan), Middle Persian Gurgan, and Old Persian Varkaana (in the Behistun Inscription) meaning "The Land of Wolves". This is also the root of the Ancient Greek Ὑρκανία (Hyrkania) and Latin Hyrcania. Wild wolves are still found in Golestan.
 

Road to Khaled-e Nabi

Human settlements in this area date back to 10000 BC. Evidence of the ancient city of Jorjan can still be seen near the current city of Gonbad-e Kavus. It was an important city of Persia located on the Silk Road. The world's tallest brick tower, the Gonbad-e Qabus, stands in this province.

Under the Achaemenid Iran, it seems to have been administered as a sub-province of Parthia and is not named separately in the provincial lists of Darius and Xerxes. The Hyrcanians, however, under the leadership of Megapanus, are mentioned by Herodotus in his list of Xerxes’ army during the invasion of Greece.
 

Gonbad-e Kavus

Golestan enjoys mild weather and a temperate climate most of the year. Geographically, it is divided into two sections:
The plains, and the mountains of the Alborz range. In the eastern Alborz section, the direction of mountains faces northeast and gradually decreases in height. The highest point of the province is Shavar, with a height of 3,945 meters.

The beautiful scenery, composed of exceptional green canyons and velvet-smooth rolling hills, and Khalid Nabi, the tomb of a pre-Islamic prophet whose location is far more than outstanding, should be in the highlights of any travel guide to Iran.
 

Khalid Nabi Cemetery

The landscape and the epic archaeological sites are not the only reason for visiting Golestan but, from a cultural point of view, this is a very unique region.
And the reason is that, since it borders Turkmenistan, Golestan province has a large population of Turkmens.
 

Golestan National Park
CITIES IN Golestan
Gorgan
The township of Gorgan is situated in the southwest of the province and its neighbors are: Semnan province from south, Kord Kooy and Bandar Turkaman from west, ...
Gonbad Kavoos
The township of Gonbad Kavoos is the biggest township of Golestan province regarding the area. This township is neighbors with Turkmenistan in the north and is ...
Ali Abad (Aliabade Katul)
The township of Ali Abad is situated in south of GOLESTAN province and is limited by Semnan province in the south, Gonbad Kavoos at the north and Gorgan at the ...
Bandar Torkaman
Bandar-e Torkaman in GOLESTAN Province is situated to the west of Gorgan and limited to the Caspian Sea in the west. Its neighbor is the Republic of Turkmenistan ...
Minoodasht (Minudasht)
The township of MinooDasht is situated in the east of Golestan province and is limited by Semnan province in the east. Gonbad Kavoos exists at the northwest and ...
Kord Kooy (Kordkuy)
The township of Kord Kooy (or Kordkuy) is situated at the west of Golestan province and neighbors Mazandaran province in the west. In the north, this township is ...
List of all cities in
Golestan Province
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