In photos: Iran by author Cyrus Massoudi

British-born Iranian Cyrus Massoudi took a three-year journey to Iran. What he discovered: A rich culture, stunning landscape, warm hospitality, and delicious food. He wrote about the experience in a new book, Land of the Turquoise Mountains.

[img src=http://www.cctv-america.com/wp-content/flagallery/in-photos-iran/thumbs/thumbs_young-men-ashura-festival-chizar-tehran.jpg]6960Young men at the Ashura festival, Chizar, Tehran
Photo: Cyrus Massoudi
[img src=http://www.cctv-america.com/wp-content/flagallery/in-photos-iran/thumbs/thumbs_beach-qeshm-island.jpg]6393The beach at Qeshm Island
Photo: Cyrus Massoudi
[img src=http://www.cctv-america.com/wp-content/flagallery/in-photos-iran/thumbs/thumbs_hengam-island.jpg]5890Hengam Island.
Photo: Cyrus Massoudi
[img src=http://www.cctv-america.com/wp-content/flagallery/in-photos-iran/thumbs/thumbs_hike-above-jissa-mazandaran.jpg]5810Hiking above Jissa Mazandaran.
Photo: Cyrus Massoudi
[img src=http://www.cctv-america.com/wp-content/flagallery/in-photos-iran/thumbs/thumbs_hypernova-underground-rock-band-in-secret-recording-studio.jpg]5570Hypernova, an underground rock band, in their secret recording studio.
Photo: Cyrus Massoudi
[img src=http://www.cctv-america.com/wp-content/flagallery/in-photos-iran/thumbs/thumbs_khaled-nebi-shrine-turkoman-plain.jpg]5420Khaled Nabi Shrine.
Photo: Cyrus Massoudi
[img src=http://www.cctv-america.com/wp-content/flagallery/in-photos-iran/thumbs/thumbs_kurdish-girl.jpg]5151Kurdish girl.
Photo: Cyrus Massoudi
[img src=http://www.cctv-america.com/wp-content/flagallery/in-photos-iran/thumbs/thumbs_wilderness-camping-near-hamedan.jpg]5200Wilderness camping near Hamedan.
Photo: Cyrus Massoudi
[img src=http://www.cctv-america.com/wp-content/flagallery/in-photos-iran/thumbs/thumbs_lar-national-park-damavand.jpg]4890Lar National Park, Damavand.
Photo: Cyrus Massoudi
[img src=http://www.cctv-america.com/wp-content/flagallery/in-photos-iran/thumbs/thumbs_north-tehran-2006.jpg]4860North Tehran, 2006.
Photo: Cyrus Massoudi
[img src=http://www.cctv-america.com/wp-content/flagallery/in-photos-iran/thumbs/thumbs_shiraz-bazaar-241.jpg]4782Shiraz bazaar.
Photo: Cyrus Massoudi
[img src=http://www.cctv-america.com/wp-content/flagallery/in-photos-iran/thumbs/thumbs_skiing-shemshak.jpg]4731Skiing at Shemshak.
Photo: Cyrus Massoudi
[img src=http://www.cctv-america.com/wp-content/flagallery/in-photos-iran/thumbs/thumbs_tehran-january-kooh-022.jpg]4330Tehran in January.
Photo: Cyrus Massoudi
[img src=http://www.cctv-america.com/wp-content/flagallery/in-photos-iran/thumbs/thumbs_tehran-jan-2006.jpg]4510Tehran in January.
Photo: Cyrus Massoudi
[img src=http://www.cctv-america.com/wp-content/flagallery/in-photos-iran/thumbs/thumbs_land-of-the-turquoise-mountains.jpg]4261
Book cover.