Information about Mashhad

Information about Mashhad

The city of Mashhad is situated alongside the Silk Road (approx. 850Km east of Teheran) and is – with its more than 2,5 million inhabitants – the second largest city in the country. Mashhad is the capital of Khorasan province in northeast Iran.

The holy shrine of Imam Reza (the eighth Imam of Islam) in the city of Mashhad has made it the pilgrimage center of the Shi`ites - more than 20 million pilgrims from Iran and from all over the world travel here every year.

Mashhad has also become an important commercial centre for the transit of goods to central Asian countries.
In terms of its location, Mashad is 250km away from the border with Afghanistan, 360km from Herat (Afghanistan) and 250km from Ashgabat (Turkmenistan).

The climate in Mashhad benefits from the proximity of the mountains, having very cold winters, pleasant springs, mild summers and beautiful autumns.