How to visit Chogha Zanbil (Tchoqa Zanbil) in Iran, Tours, travel tips, Pictures of Chogha Zanbil
Before you visit Chogha Zanbil it will be useful to get familiar with what you are going to visit on Ziggurat of Chogha Zanbil, The ziggurat of Chogha Zanbil is an ancient Elamite complex located 30 K.M west of Susa in Khuzestan province in Iran. It is one of the few existent ziggurats outside of Mesopotamia. The site of Tchogha Zanbil of Ziggural dates back to 1250 BC by the king Untash-Napirisha, mainly to honor the great god Inshushinak (Dur Untash). The site of Tchogha Zanbil is the first Iranian site registered at UNESCO world Heritage Site.
What to see when visiting Ziggurat of Tchogha Zanbil: The complex is protected by three concentric walls which define the main areas of the 'town'. The inner area is wholly taken up with a great ziggurat dedicated to the main god, which was built over an earlier square temple with storage rooms also built by Untash-Napirisha. The middle area holds eleven temples for lesser gods. It is believed that twenty-two temples were originally planned, but the king died before they could be finished, and his successors discontinued the building work. In the outer area are royal palaces, a funerary palace containing five subterranean royal tombs. Although construction in the city abruptly ended after Untash-Napirisha's death, the site of Ziggurat of Tchogha Zanbil was not abandoned, but continued to be occupied until it was destroyed by the Assyrian king Ashurbanipal in 640 BCE. Some scholars speculate, based on the large number of temples and sanctuaries at Chogha Zanbil, that Untash-Napirisha attempted to create a new religious center (possibly intended to replace Susa) which would unite the gods of both highland and lowland Elam at one site. The ziggurat is considered to be the best preserved example in the world.
How to Visit Tchogha Zanbil the Ziggurat: the Chogha Zanbil is located 30 K.M west of Town-ship of Susa and can be visited on best way by a taxi from city of Ahvaz for 80 K.m of driving, if you are in Susa or Ahvaz then you can easily visit Chogha Zanbil by taking a shuttle taxi, Or contact a tour guide at Iran Budget Tour and let the rest to us and we can arrange tours including driving packages to visit Susa and Chogha Zanbil includes a day tours from ahvaz.
Tips for visiting Ziggurat, the Chogha Zanbil: As tap water is accessible everywhere when you travel to Iran But during the hot months especially, take plenty of bottled water with you to drink and wear a hat and sunscreen. You should also wear sunglasses for further sun protection.