Iran Tourism: A cup of tea at Chalus Chai-Khoran Palace

History of Chalus’ Tea-Khoran Palace

At the time the Chai-Khoran Palace was built, tea was new to Iran. Over time, drinking tea became common and gradually integrated into Iranian culture.

Raza Shah Pahlavi gave importance to that tradition when he ruled Iran. He instructed to build a palace to preserve the tea drinking culture in the country. While traveling, he often stopped at the palace, hence the name Chai-Khoran Bhavan (Chai means tea in Persian) refers to it.

Architecture and Land Use of Chai-Khoran Palace

After the Islamic Revolution, the Chai-Khoran Palace was used as a library for 25 years, and so in Chalus, many still refer to the building as a library.

All the land to the north of the palace, which is now the Imamat educational, cultural and reception center, was the palace garden, which was filled with forest. But now the palace has been handed over to the private sector.

Kasnavi Yazdi, a private investor in the palace, says, “Only the alcove of the building is habitable. No other parts. The rooms inside the palace, which today house cafes and restaurants, used to be guest rooms. The entrance to the palace on the south lane was built during the era of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (the last Shah of Iran before the Islamic Revolution of 1979) and, essentially, the building was used as a residence at that time. There is a small airstrip to the north of the palace, and there are 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: Chalus' Tea-Khoran Palace

The joy of drinking tea at Che-Khoran Palace

It has been four months since the palace was opened for citizens and tourists. And its former glory has returned to the building. It now hosts visitors as a historic, tourist, and welcoming complex with a luxury restaurant, coffee shop, and a delightful tea house.

Also, a space has been arranged to serve as a location for photography and filming, and for special events, so as to create good memories for the people of our country.

In fact, Chai-Khoran Palace is probably the only palace-restaurant in Iran, which is regarded as a palace but can be used for events and cultural purposes.

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

Iran Tourism: Chalus' Tea-Khoran Palace

Attractive locations near Chai-Khoran Palace

• Hustle Swamp

A pink swamp in the heart of the Chalus forest. Sometimes, of course, it is red or green.

Hustle Swamp

• Chalus Forest Park

If you plan to picnic or camp in the forest, Chalus Forest Park is a good choice. It has facilities like gazebos, playgrounds, and benches. A river runs along the park making it even more desirable.

Chalus Forest Park

• Salt Abroad

It is close to Chalous, only 17 km away. It is a small town, but has many tourist attractions.

Salt Abroad

• Radio Darya Samudra

The shore is one of the most beautiful places in Chalus.

Radio River Sea

Frequently Asked Questions About Chai-Khoran Palace

1. Where is Chalus’ Chai-Khoran Palace?

If you plan to visit the beautiful palace, you should visit Chalus, a city with good weather. The palace is located in Moalem Square, also known as Mokhaberat Square, off the main road.

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

North of Iran is pleasant in every season. With the arrival of spring, the area is filled with the fragrance of orange blossoms. Walking on the beach or in the mountains is fun in summer.

If, however, you are a fan of rainy and cloudy weather, fall is a good choice. Winters are often cold and rainy, and the mountain tops are often covered in snow.

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