Talesh County, also called Tavalesh is a county in Gilan Province in Iran. The capital of the county is Hashtpar.

The lands of the Talesh were much larger than the present day area. In olden times the geographical areas of the Talysh people was more than 10,000 km². At present the Taleshan live in Gilan Province, and some cities in Ardabil Province (Iran) and southeastern Azarbaijan.

The Talysh people are one of the oldest inhabitants of the western littoral Caspian Sea areas, which stretches from Dagestan in the north, to Iran in the south. The Talysh have lived in what are known as “Talysh land” for millennia, and are amongst the native inhabitants of what is today Iran and neighboring Azerbaijan.

Things to Do in Talesh

Historical monuments and natural sites including:

  • Salsal village which goes back to Ismaeilieh era near Ghalehbin village located 15 km. from Talesh
  • White Mosque which dates from Seljukian era that situated at Hashtpar (Talesh) city
  • Agh-ev-lar region at a distance of 32 km of this city which is considered among the first grade tourist sites of the Iran
  • Asalem – Khalkhal road, and Laezeh countryside on the way to Khalkhal
  • Coasts of Kissom
  • Loomer Waterfall
  • Nasrollah Khan Sardar Amjad (Amidossaltaneh) Winter Quarters Castle – dates back to Qajar Era. It has eight sides
  • Nasrolah Khan Sardar Amjad (Amidossaltaneh) Summer Quarters Castle – in Aq Evlar Village
  • Three – Floor Tombs Around the Lighthouse (Atashkadeh), and Remnants of Mard Ali Bil
  • Aq Evlar Old Bath – located in a garden of Merian Village, built in Safavid Era ( 500 years ago)
  • Soobatan countryside
  • Talesh Natural Park – covering an area of 80 acres (320,000 m2)

Talesh Attractions