Shandiz and Torghabeh
These two country towns are perhaps the most popular places to visit after the Holy Shrine, especially during the warm seasons. A very popular local dish of these towns are their garden restaurants that serve Shish-leek kebab, which is six barbequed tender lions served with fresh tandoori bread and/or hot steamed rice; it is definitely a must-try.
A mountainous area with many orchards is located 16 km to the southwest of Mashhad far from the crowded city. The population has been dispersed among the vallies full of trees. this lovely town is popular for its natural scenery, trekking trails and traditional and modern garden restaurants. Hand-woven baskets, wooden works and carpets are the best souvenirs of the region.
This town is located also in the mountains some 38 km southwest of Mashhad, and just like Torghabeh it has wonderful gardens, springs, trekking trails and traditional and modern garden restaurants.