Iranian Tourism: A Cup of Tea at Chalous’ Chai-Khoran Palace

History of Chalous’ Chay-Khoran Palace

Tea was new to Iran at the time when the Chai-Khoran Palace was built. Drinking tea became common over time and gradually settled into Iranian culture.

Reza Shah Pahlavi valued this tradition when he ruled in Iran. She ordered a palace to be built to keep the tea drinking culture alive in the country. He would often stop by the palace on his way to work, hence the name Chai-Khoran Building (chai means tea in Persian).

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, and this is why in Chalous many still refer to the building as a library.

The entire land north of the palace, now the Emamat Education, Culture and Reception Centre, was the palace’s wooded garden. But now the palace has been transferred to the private sector.

Kasnavi Yazdi, the private investor of the palace, said, “Only the recess of the building is habitable. Other parts are not like that. The rooms inside the palace, which is now a cafe and restaurant, used to be guest rooms. The entrance to the palace on the south lane was made during the reign of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (the last Iranian Shah before the 1979 Islamic Revolution), and mainly the building was used as a residence at that time. There is a small airstrip in the north of the palace, swimming pools and streams in and around the south. The main materials used in its construction are stone and brick, and the roof is tiled.”

Iran Tourism: Chalous' Chai-Khoran Palace

The pleasure of drinking tea at the Çay-Khoran Palace

Almost four months have passed since the palace opened to citizens and tourists. And its former glory has returned to the building. It now welcomes its visitors as a historical, touristic and reception complex with its luxury restaurant, cafe and a nice tea house.

In addition, an area has been arranged to serve as a venue for photography and film shooting and for special events, thus leaving good memories for our land.

In fact, the Chai-Khoran Palace is probably Iran’s only palace-restaurant and is classified as a palace, but can be used to host events and for cultural purposes.

Have you tasted your tea? Are you returning from the sea now or are you going there? Now it’s time to have a cup of coffee at Chai-Khoran Palace.

Iran Tourism: Chalous' Chai-Khoran Palace

Attractions near Chai-Khoran Palace

• Hassal Swamp

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

Hassal Swamp

• Chalous Forest Park

If you’re planning a picnic or camping in the woods, Chalous Forest Park is a good choice. It has amenities such as gazebos, playgrounds and benches. A river runs by the park, making it even more attractive.

Chalous Forest Park

• Namak Abroud

It is close to Chalous, only 17 kilometers away. It’s a small town but has a lot of tourist attractions.

Namak Abroud

• Radio Darya Beach

The beach is one of the most beautiful spots in Chalous.

Radio Darya Beach

Frequently asked questions about Chai-Khoran Palace

1. Where is Chalous’ Chai-Khoran Palace?

If you are planning to visit the beautiful palace, you should go to Chalous, the city where the weather is nice. The palace is located in Mo’allem Square, also known as Mokhaberat Square, close to the main road.

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

The north of Iran is pleasant in all seasons. With the arrival of spring, the area fills with the scent of orange flowers. It’s fun to hit the seaside or the mountains in the summer.

However, if you are a fan of rainy and cloudy weather, autumn is a good choice. Winters are usually cold and rainy, and the tops of the mountains are often covered with snow.

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