An open area in front of the Vakil Mosque, close to the Vakil Bazaar in Shiraz

An open area in front of the Vakil Mosque, close to the Vakil Bazaar in Shiraz

A hot water kettle in front of a shop to make tea or coffee

A hot water kettle in front of a shop to make tea or coffee

I saw these guys sitting in the square and enjoyng a game - my curiosity brought me over to them to have a look

I saw these guys sitting in the square and enjoyng a game - my curiosity brought me over to them to have a look

It appears to be that they were playing an ancient game of backgammon

It appears to be that they were playing an ancient game of backgammon

A car parked beside a wall - this ancient city is the capital of Fars Province and the history of this city goes back to 2000 BC

A car parked beside a wall - this ancient city is the capital of Fars Province and the history of this city goes back to 2000 BC

Painting of two guys sitting on a hill side - it may depicts a scene from the Iran-Iraq War where a soldier is writing a letter

Painting of two guys sitting on a hill side - it may depicts a scene from the Iran-Iraq War where a soldier is writing a letter

Facade of the Fars Justice building in Shiraz

Facade of the Fars Justice building in Shiraz

The name of this hotel is 'Tungestan' which roughley translates as 'the narrow place'

The name of this hotel is 'Tungestan' which roughley translates as 'the narrow place'

A small garden filled with the orange trees in front of the Arg-e Karim Khani

A small garden filled with the orange trees in front of the Arg-e Karim Khani

My first evening in Shiraz - It was a busy day now I was heading back to the hotel

My first evening in Shiraz - It was a busy day now I was heading back to the hotel

Locals gathering beside the Arg-e Karim Khani in Shiraz - it seemed that everyone was having a good time

Locals gathering beside the Arg-e Karim Khani in Shiraz - it seemed that everyone was having a good time

Following day, I took a tour to go to Persepolis and Naqshe Rustam and this house was the place, where I had lunch

Following day, I took a tour to go to Persepolis and Naqshe Rustam and this house was the place, where I had lunch

This house was built with mud which are still popular in the remote villages of Iran

This house was built with mud which are still popular in the remote villages of Iran

Some of the decorations inside the house were there to show how rural Iran had looked like

Some of the decorations inside the house were there to show how rural Iran had looked like

We all sat around a Persian rug and meal was brought to us by two ladies (mum & daughter)

We all sat around a Persian rug and meal was brought to us by two ladies (mum & daughter)

One of the walls of the dining room - the food was great and I managed to warm myself after having a very cold and rainy day

One of the walls of the dining room - the food was great and I managed to warm myself after having a very cold and rainy day

After my tour, I went to visit the holy shrine of Syed Alauddin Hussain

After my tour, I went to visit the holy shrine of Syed Alauddin Hussain

Along the way, I saw these walls decorated with colourful tiles

Along the way, I saw these walls decorated with colourful tiles

Glazed Persian tiles are renown in the world - this is the part of the world where this art was mastered

Glazed Persian tiles are renown in the world - this is the part of the world where this art was mastered

This huge sign (or decorative piece) beside a road says ' Salaam Syed Alauddin Hussain' (Syed Alauddin Hussain was brother of Imam Raza)

This huge sign (or decorative piece) beside a road says ' Salaam Syed Alauddin Hussain' (Syed Alauddin Hussain was brother of Imam Raza)

A cafe at the roof of the hotel - I came here in the evening to enjoy the view of the city

A cafe at the roof of the hotel - I came here in the evening to enjoy the view of the city

Dome of the shrine of Imamzadeh Bibi Khadija (locally known as Bibi Dokhtaran) can be seen from the roof of the hotel

Dome of the shrine of Imamzadeh Bibi Khadija (locally known as Bibi Dokhtaran) can be seen from the roof of the hotel

The central courtyard of the hotel was covered and in the background, hostel part of the hotel can be seen

The central courtyard of the hotel was covered and in the background, hostel part of the hotel can be seen

The courtyard of the hotel scene through the window of my room

The courtyard of the hotel scene through the window of my room

I woke up early and it was all quiet in the courtyard where breakfast was going to be served

I woke up early and it was all quiet in the courtyard where breakfast was going to be served

This hotel was the site of the literature Association of Shiraz

This hotel was the site of the literature Association of Shiraz

Traditional seating area in the courtyard of the hotel

Traditional seating area in the courtyard of the hotel

This traditional house is more than 100 years old and this is where first newspaper of Shiraz was published

This traditional house is more than 100 years old and this is where first newspaper of Shiraz was published

Flags of different countries and a comment book on display inside the courtyard

Flags of different countries and a comment book on display inside the courtyard

This old traditional house is converted into a hotel now

This old traditional house is converted into a hotel now

There are many steps up and down in the hotel which is a hallmark of Iranian architecture

There are many steps up and down in the hotel which is a hallmark of Iranian architecture

A photo in the middle of two lights shows the restoration work

A photo in the middle of two lights shows the restoration work

The rooms are named after prophets in Islam

The rooms are named after prophets in Islam

A street in the historical centre of Shiraz - this area is traffic free and it has small winding streets

A street in the historical centre of Shiraz - this area is traffic free and it has small winding streets

A covered street in the old districts of Shiraz

A covered street in the old districts of Shiraz

Following morning, I saw this car towed away from the street

Following morning, I saw this car towed away from the street

A square, close to the Afif Abad Gardens in Shiraz

A square, close to the Afif Abad Gardens in Shiraz

After rain, sun came out for a brief moment and sky looked much nicer

After rain, sun came out for a brief moment and sky looked much nicer

A busy street close to the Vakil Bazaar

A busy street close to the Vakil Bazaar

A pizza shop at the Lotf Ali Khan Zand Street - I had my lunch here (one of those rare moments)

A pizza shop at the Lotf Ali Khan Zand Street - I had my lunch here (one of those rare moments)

A bus at a bus stop in front of Shah Chirag

A bus at a bus stop in front of Shah Chirag

A cool way of parking the cars - it was managed by a lift which will move the cars according to their space timings

A cool way of parking the cars - it was managed by a lift which will move the cars according to their space timings

A wall laden with the green plants - it was strange to see this green plant in the middle of February

A wall laden with the green plants - it was strange to see this green plant in the middle of February

A square in the historic centre of Shiraz

A square in the historic centre of Shiraz

Shiraz was almost similar to many other cities in Iran, in terms of design and architecture

Shiraz was almost similar to many other cities in Iran, in terms of design and architecture

A wall decorated with arches and it shows sellers with their wares

A wall decorated with arches and it shows sellers with their wares

An Ilkhani Mosque, this mosque is associated with the Mongol period in Shiraz

An Ilkhani Mosque, this mosque is associated with the Mongol period in Shiraz

A large covered space inside the Ilkhani Mosque, prayer hall is located to the left

A large covered space inside the Ilkhani Mosque, prayer hall is located to the left

A fire brigade office in the historic centre of Shiraz

A fire brigade office in the historic centre of Shiraz

Exterior of the hotel, I was staying in

Exterior of the hotel, I was staying in

In the afternoon, hotel's courtyard was busy with the locals - I had my supper and it was time to leave this city

In the afternoon, hotel's courtyard was busy with the locals - I had my supper and it was time to leave this city

Main bus station of Shiraz - I was going to take bus from Shiraz to Yazd in the evening

Main bus station of Shiraz - I was going to take bus from Shiraz to Yazd in the evening

The bus station was very well maintained and it was surrounded by green spaces

The bus station was very well maintained and it was surrounded by green spaces

Waiting area at the Shiraz bus station - buses are parked to the right of the waiting area

Waiting area at the Shiraz bus station - buses are parked to the right of the waiting area