Tehran was the first city in the Middle East to host the Asian Games. The 7th Asian Summer Games in 1974, was held with the participation of 2,363 athletes and officials from 25 countries. Tehran is also the site of Iran's national football stadium on Azadi Sport Complex with 100,000 seating capacity. Many of the top matches of Iran's Premier League are held here. Other stadiums in Tehran are Shahid Dastgerdi Stadium, Takhti Stadium, and Shahid Shirudi Stadium, among others.
Within 10 minutes driving distance from Tehran lies a ski resort. Tochal is the world's fifth highest ski resort, at over 3,730 metres (12,240 ft) at its highest 7th station. The resort was completed in 1976. There are two parallel chair ski lifts that go up to 3,900 metres (12,795 ft) near Tochal's peak (at 4,000 m/13,125 ft), rising higher than the gondola 7th station. This altitude is higher than any of the European resorts.
From the Tochal peak, one has a spectacular view of the Alborz range, including the 5,671 metre (18,606 ft) high Mt. Damavand, a dormant volcano.
At the bottom of the lifts in a valley behind the Tochal peak is Tochal hotel, located at 3,500 metres (11,483 ft) altitude. From there a T lift takes skiers up the 3,800 metres (12,500 ft) of Shahneshin peak, where the third slope of Tochal is. Tochal 7th station has skiing eight months of the year. But there are also some glaciers and year-round snow fields near Tehran where skiing began in 1938, thanks to the efforts of two German railway engineers. Today, 12 ski resorts operate in Iran, but the most famous are Tochal, Dizin, and Shemshak, all within one to three hours of Tehran.
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Tochal Ski resort
Tochal (Tochāl) is a mountain in the Alborz range and a ski resort
adjacent to metropolitan Tehran. The mountain has a 12 km long
ridgeline. The highest peak, also called Mount Tochal, is at an
elevation of 3,964 m (13,005 feet) and at coordinates 35.88°N
51.42°E. Tochal is a popular recreational region for Tehran's
residents. A gondola lift, named Tochal Telecabin runs from Tehran
to the Tochal Ski Resort and the modern Tochal Hotel, all as a part
of Tochal Complex.
Darband hiking trail
Darband (Darband) was formerly a
village close to Tajrish, Shemiran, and is now a neighbourhood
inside Tehran's city limits. It is the beginning of a very popular
hiking trail into the Alborz mountain Tochal, which towers over
Tehran. A chair lift is also available for those not interested in
hiking. Darband has a suitable climate all year round, and sees
heavy snowfall every year.
The initial start of the trail at Darband is about 250 metres long
and is dotted with a number of small cafes and restaurants. These
are quite popular and are busy in the evenings, as locals and
tourists alike visit the many hooka lounges (locally called
Darband is where many Iranian giants of art and culture such as Iraj
Mirza, Mohammad Taghi Bahar, Forough Farrokhzad, Abolhasan Saba,
Ruhollah Khaleghi, Rahi Moayeri, and Darvish-khan are buried (Zahir
Forest Park is situated in Tehran. It is an artificial forest and
covers an area of 14.5 square kilometers west of Tehran. It lies
within the borders of Tehran's district 22. It also has different
ramps and facilities for cycling and skating. It is one of the
largest parks of the province, and can be used throughout the year.
This park is very popular with the population of the Tehran and
Karaj and being situated on the way of the West-East wind in the
province it has a purifing effect on Tehran's air.
The Chitgar park is served by a highway and a metro line (the metro
station is also called Chitgar). The forest areas of this huge park
are irrigated by the rivers Kan and Vardavard. A man-made lake is
planned for construction between the two Chitgar hills.
Azadi sports complex
Sport Complex was constructed for the 7th Asian Games in 1974 with
international criteria. Its land measurement is 450 Hectares and it
is located in West Tehran. This sports complex not only has the
ability to put in effect different local sport fields, but also is a
proper place to have sporting camps.
Though a simple bowl concrete structure, the stadium is a
breathtaking site. Situated west of the capital, an arching,
slightly raised outer shell appears to give way as sweeping stands
sink down to pitch side, as if the ground collapsed during building.
In 2002, the lower level of the stadium had seats installed, the
pitch was replanted along with the installation of an underground
heating system. Stadium management also plans to later install seats
in the upper level of the stadium. The renovations were completed in
2003, reducing the capacity of the stadium to 100,000 (Originally
120,000 capacity) as the lower level of the stadium was refurnished
with 35,000 seats. In 2004 a large jumbotron television was added,
replacing the original scoreboard. This giant screen with a total
area of about 300 square meters and screen area of 104 square meters
(20m by 7.5m) is one of the biggest in the world.
Enghelab Sports Complex and Golf course
Enghelab Sport Complex is a sport complex in Tehran, Iran. There are
many facilities which cover different type of sports in this complex
Enghelab Golf Course
Enghelab Skating Academy
Matrix Paintball Club
Enghelab Bowling Club
Enghelab Tennis Courts
Enghelab Squash Club
Enghelab Skating & Inline Hockey Arena
Enghelab Indoors & Outdoors Swimming Pools
Enghelab Fishing Pool
Enghelab Karting Track
Enghelab Basketball Halls
Enghelab Soccer Fields
Enghelab Fitness Gym
Shahr-e Bazi amusement park
Bazi, (literally The City of Games in English, formerly Luna Park),
was an amusement park located in the north of Tehran. Covering 150
acres (0.61 km2), it is one of the the largest amusement park in
The amusement park was opened in the 1970. In the following years,
the park was made more technologically advanced. Shahr-e Bazi
features twelve thrill rides, as well as a cinema and theater. There
are also six restaurants with different food from around the world.
Souvenir shops and a money exchange office are located around the
park. One of the main reasons for the park's popularity is its water
slides and pools.