Mashhad, the second most populous city and the Spiritual Capital in the northeast of Iran , is in itself a historic city and was a major oasis along the ancient Silk Road connecting with Merv in the East. This city with temperate climate is close to the borders of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan and being a major tourist attraction by itself, has always been welcoming to foreigners from all around the world. But Mashhad is especially perfect for practitioners of Islam. Mashhad was chosen as Iran’s Capital during the reign of Nader Shah Afshar and many active galleries and historic museums with over 70,000 rare and invaluable manuscripts from various historical eras. There are some six million historical documents in the Astan-e Quds Razavi Complex central library. With that, MASHHAD is not only a great destination for those who want to enjoy the religious aspects of this city while tending to their medical needs, but also can be a great pleasure for history fans too.
The city has gained a very well reputation as one of the major medical tourism destinations of west Asia and the Middle East. Throughout the Medical Tourism in Mashhad, patients get the opportunity to travel to this historic and religious destination, and also take advantage of top quality and cost saving health services. Imam Reza Hospital, the largest referral center in Mashhad with many departments such as Internal Medicine, Surgery, Ophthalmology, Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases, Maternity, General Clinic, Laboratory, Radiology, Dentistry, Animal Autopsy and many more is equipped with state of the art technology and modern tools.
Mashhad boasts some of the best hospitals in the region and most of its private hospitals top the chart with internationally recognized quality standards and provide accommodation facilities. Mashhad, with the cheaper cost of treatment, highly qualified experts and doctors, easily ranks among the top centers of Medical Tourism in the country. In 2014, the city saw some 14,000 medical tourists who came looking for treatments. The cost of medical services and surgeries are very low compared to those in most developed countries.
Holy Shrine of Imam Reza with the old-plated dome and seven courtyards, one of the most extensive cultural and artistic treasures of Iran, locates in Mashhad which attracts 20 millions of tourists and pilgrims from all over the world. Travelling to Mashhad, try not to forget to visit Shandiz with the outstanding gardens, Torghabeh, and tomb of Ferdowsi too.