Darakeh is an escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown Tehran and the closest you’ll get to a genuine hike without leaving the city. The path to the mountains in the north of Tehran starts from the city suburbs and follows a gushing stream to the top of the peak. The path is rocky and challenging enough in places to make the unaccustomed huff and puff. But that doesn’t deter a handful of specialist traders from making up a scattered, eclectic bazaar on the earlier sections of the mountain path and there are teahouses where the thirsty walker can stop for refreshment. Tehranis come to stroll in the fresh mountain air, picnic or buy Darakeh’s fresh fruits and vegetables.