Count Andor Széchenyi

Persepolis is one of the most popular tourist sights in Iran, the loss of the once prosperous city was caused by the conquests of Alexander the Great. Its name means “Persian city”. The city has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, thanks to its unique architectural monuments. One of them, the “Gate of the Peoples”, erected during the reign of Xerxes I, therefore appears in many places like the Xerxes Gate.

At the gate is the engraving of Count Andor Széchenyi, made during his journey in 1892-93. The name of the traveler and the date of his visit are shown on the gate. Andor Széchenyi was born in Pest in 1865 as the grandson of István Széchenyi. From the age of 23, he has organized trips around the world. During his travels he reached the southern archipelago of the Atlantic Ocean, where he visited many islands. Later, he traveled to the Somali land of present-day Somalia, following which he traveled to China, Russia and Persia.

Hunza people – The White Huns

The Hunza Valley is located at the northernmost tip of Pakistan, where Pakistan meets Russia and China. Its location is breathtaking; there are no less than six mountain ranges in this area. The average height of the peaks is 6,100 meters and the Rakaposhi peak is 7,600 meters high. The Hunza people live in an extremely fertile valley that is wedged by rocky outcrops.

Until now, the area was almost completely inaccessible, as the only entrance and exit was the winding path on the side of the surrounding mountains, where most of the year traffic was very risky.


Hunza people are lonely but proud people who claim to be descendants of the Huns, the descendants of the so-called White Huns (Hephthalites). According to some assumptions, the White Huns, descendants of a group separated from the people of Attila, were Huns, who were thus related to the ancient Hungarians. The Huns are blondes, browns, reds, blacks; they have blue, green and brown eyes, and their features are strikingly different from those of Inner-Asian Turkish and southern, Indian, or Pashto-Iranian faces. These people have huge apricot groves. Apricots are dried and consumed in abundance in the sun, and they are made into alcoholic beverages called Hunza water.

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