Jul 20, 2014, 5:01 PM
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Developing rest camps along Golestan coast

Tehran, July 20, IRNA -- Some 2.3 billion rials ($78,333) has been earmarked for organizing and setting up infrastructural facilities along the coasts of the northern province of Golestan in the current Iranian year (to end March 2015), said director general of Golestan Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Department.

Monday edition of the English language newspaper Iran Daily quotes Qorban Abbasi as listing the establishment of the sites' perimeters, and construction of toilets and arbors as measures taken for providing services to visitors.

Temporary residing camps for travelers have been constructed across the province at a cost of one billon rials ($33,000), he said.

He called on the municipalities to publish brochures and travel guides and distribute them at the entry points of the cities.

Also, the governorates should organize shops and stores along the coasts, he added.

He said Bandar Gaz and Bandar Torkaman are a priority for hotel construction.

Negin-e Bandar Torkaman project, which is estimated to cost $400 million, includes 50 villas and one five-star hotel, he said. "We hope that the project will be implemented in 2015."

Also, there are 28 rental houses, as well as gyms and schools for Education Ministry Resettlement Taskforce in Bandar Gaz.

The above-mentioned sites are ready to accommodate summer visitors, he said, noting that four schools in Bandar Gaz, three schools in Bandar Torkaman, and one boarding school in Gomishan have been allocated for summer holidaymakers.

In addition, private investors can provide facilities for water sports such as Jet Ski to extend the time spent by tourists along Golestan coasts, he said.

He hoped that the travelers would stay longer in Golestan province once the tourism infrastructures are expanded and the services are improved.

Golestan province covers 20,893 sq. kms (8,067 sq. mi) in the northeast of Iran. Its capital is Gorgan, which was called Esterabad or Astarabad until 1937, has a population of 1.7 million in 2004. Golestan province was a part of Mazandaran province until 1997.

It is located on the southeastern coast of the Caspian Sea. In general, Golestan has a moderate and humid climate known as the "moderate Caspian climate".

The average annual temperature is 18.2 Celsius and the annual rainfall is 556 mm.

Its capital, Gorgan, is approximately 400 km from Tehran and has an airport and several universities. Golestan National Park is located some 150 km to the east of this city. It also boasts of farmlands of Dasht-e Gorgan (the Plain of Gorgan).

Golestan province has contributed to the rich literature, poetry and science of Iran and even the world by producing outstanding celebrities such as Abdolqaher Gorgani, Seyyed Esmail Gorgani, Mirdamad , Mirfenderski, Asad Gorgani and Esmaeil Hosseini Gorgani.

Gorgan, and in general Golestan province, has a world famous carpet and rug industry made by Torkamans and inherited from the ancient Persian city of Bukhara. Jajim carpets are also exclusive to the province.