On the way to India it was also planned to follow parts of the famous Silk Road. The romance and the beauty of this journey were badly influenced by the controls of the former Soviet states which cost us time, money and nerves.
The community Couchsurfing works probably in any country as good as in Iran. The Iranians are very interested to meet or to host travelers for sharing their ideas and histories. Thanks to Couchsurfing we came in contact with amazing people from Iran which probably would be possible as we would be normal travelers.
Imagine you arrive to an European city. Lets say Prague. And a Czech person comes to you, gives you the hand and says: “Welcome to Czech Republic”. And leaves. Impossible right? But it happened almost daily to us in Iran. A travel report about a very hospitable country.