ISFAHAN, Iran – The head of legal commission of Isfahan Tourism Forum has said Indian tourists are keen to come to Iran to see their forefathers’ motherland.
Reza Baradaran Isfahani said on Sunday that sessions with Indian tour operators had taken great steps in introducing possibilities of organizing low-cost tours of Iran, thanks to deeply-rooted cultural ties between Iran and India; “India has a large multitudes of Muslims of Iranian descent, and attempts will be waged to channel these multitude to Iranian religious cities and Isfahan as a cultural and historical magnet; for achieving this, low-cost tour packages will be worked out to provide the Indian tourists with a firm base of information about Iran,” he added.
“Isfahan would act a midpoint in the route to Iraqi tourist attracting cities of Najaf and Karbala, and as well Iran’s famous city of Qom, and Shahcheragh of Shiraz; India tour operators are very keen on visiting Iran; an Indian tourist once had said that since many tombstones were written in Persian scripts, Indians were very interested in going to Iran to find out about their forfathers’ motherland,” Baradaran Isfahani said.
“Isfahan Tourist Forum has on its agenda to attract tourists mainly from neighboring countries in a framework of Islamic tourism package; the second on the agenda is European targets. A major pitfall here is that the information on Iran and tourism attractions had not been communicated effectively to the Indians; second pitfall is an undue focus by the Iranian tour operators on other countries with little cultural interest on Iran,” he emphasized, who urged a general shift of focus toward countries with few tourist coming to Iran such as India.