The city of love and poetry, Shiraz has the plethora of historical monuments, greenery gardens, handicrafts, and the delightful scent of sour orange trees spreading over every corner of the city in spring. Every time you travel to Shiraz, you will find something new to explore. Probably, one of the best Shiraz tourism attractions is the beautiful Delgosha Garden in the northeast of Shiraz. Its grandeur and beauty is the same as other famous gardens like the Eram Garden, the Narenjestan Qavam Garden and etc. Therefore, visiting this amazing garden should be an integral part of any Iran Tours and Shiraz Tours for those who travel to Shiraz.
The Brief History of the Delgosha Garden
The original construction of the Delgosha Garden dates back to the pre Islamic era or the Sassanid Empire. The garden enjoyed its prosperity during the reign of king Timur who was so delighted to see the garden that he ordered to construct a similar garden in Samarqand as well. The Delgosha Garden reached to the zenith of its prominence during the Safavid and Afsharid era. However it was destroyed after the death of Nader Shah Afshar. Shiraz was again a prosperous city during the Zand Dynasty. Particularly During the reign of Karim Khan Zand many historical buildings were built and restored in the city including the Delgosha Garden. The garden was also alive and prosperous in the Safavid and Qajar kings. Later in 1918 Reza Goli Mirza purchased the garden and constructed a pavilion in the middle of the garden. In 1948 Haji Mirza Ali Akbar Gavam –ol Molk added a few features to the building such as the current Iwans (porch) and the related pillars. The garden was registered as the national heritage in 2002.
The Architecture and Features of Delgosha Garden
Located on the hillside and in the south of Tang Abkhan near the mausoleum of Sadi, the Delgosha Garden was constructed in an area of about 7.5 hectares. The garden is filled with lovely foundations lined with cypress trees and sour orange trees, creating a pleasant scenery in the spring with beautiful blossoms and aromatic smell. The most distinguishing part of the garden is the three storey pavilion nestled in the center of the garden dating back to the Qajar era. The façade of the building is decorated with amazing glazed tile works and plaster moldings. In addition, the pavilion features a grand iwan facing a large pond. Supported by two monolithic pillars, the wooden ceiling of the iwan is embellished with lovely oil paintings, floral motifs and bird designs. There are also some poems around the iwan written in calligraphy which describes the garden and its beauties. Moreover, there are two inlay work entrances in the left and right of the building leading to a large grand hall with four magnificent alcoves. The hall is adorned with amazing mirror works, paintings and stucco work. In the middle of the hall there is an octagonal pond decorated with blue tile works. Besides, there are some beautiful oil paintings on the dome like ceiling of the hall.
In the second floor of the building there is another hall with wooden lattice windows facing the garden. There are also two smaller iwans in the north part of the building with supporting columns.
In the northern side of the mansion, there is another garden called Tavoos (peacock) which is filled with cedar trees as well as pine and palm trees and some orange trees scattering among them.
The Museum of the Delgosha Garden
Inside the building, there is also an enjoyable museum displaying the precious collection of the ancient items such as old coins, Seljuk Quran on the skin of Deer, old bicycles, carpets, plates, old Iran maps, clothes, stamps and etc. The most pleasing part of the museum is the museum of Radio located in the second floor. It is a nice collection of 50 old radios with different level of technology. Amazingly, there is a radio on display which works with oil rather than electricity. Visiting this museum is indeed an extra bonus in Shiraz Tours while taking the pleasure of visiting the garden and its beauties.
What is the best time to visit the Delgosha Garden
Generally speaking, the best time to travel to Shiraz and visit the Shiraz tourism attractions is in the spring when the weather is moderate and particularly the aromatic smell of the orange blossom spread over every corner of the city. The Garden is open from 8:00 to 23:00 in spring and summer and from 8:00 to 22:00 in fall and winter.
Attractions near the Delgosha Garden
Other Shiraz tourism attractions near the Delgosha Garden are the tomb of Sadi, Narenjestan Qavam Garden, Haft Tanan Museum, Koohpaye Park and Khawju Kermani Tomb. It is also very pleasing to visit the Chah Cheragh or the Quran Gate of Shira while taking Shiraz Tours or Iran Tours.
Hotels in Shiraz near the Delgosha Garden
If you want to spend the night near the Delgosha Garden while having access to other Shiraz Tourism attractions as well there are a number of nice hotels in Shiraz for you. If you are looking for luxury and modern hotels in Shiraz, you can select The Shiraz Royal Hotel or the Shiraz Grand Hotel or Persepolis Hotel. However if you travel on Budget or if you are a backpacker or solo traveler looking for yout piers there is a nice hostel called Shiraz Niloo Hostel near the garden.
Shiraz Restaurants near the Delgosha Garden
There are several nice restaurants with modern and traditional atmosphere near the Delgosha Garden. Among them Aramis Café and Monireh Fast Food Restaurant, Sarvenza ice cream Shop and Café, and Karim Khan Dining are nice places to take a rest and try delicious food and drink.
The historical Delgosha Garden is now one of the most famous recreational sites in Shiaz which is run by the Municipality of Shiraz. It is strongly recommended to visit this beautiful garden and take home some of the most brilliant memories of your travel to Shiraz.